Being OK with this week’s challenges

I was in Vegas for a long weekend with The Husband and our good friends.

As I said in yesterday’s post I gave myself permission to eat and drink whatever I wanted.

That being said I didn’t go super nuts. Many of my meals were decent in the calorie department, in fact, some were actually healthy.

I told myself that starting today I would get back to healthy living. And today I did. In fact, I was so busy at work that I didn’t even want to snack. And I hit the gym after work for my usual Monday night body conditioning class.

This week is going to be interesting and challenging with some added emotions.

This week is my boss’ last week. He is about to retire. I have worked with him for almost eight years. He has been my only boss while at Onyx. He is my boss, my mentor and my friend.

So besides the emotions associated with my boss retiring and the craziness going on at work with added projects and playing catch up for being out a whole TWO days there will be eating and drinking fests with a major challenge to my regular exercise … Continue reading

Flexible schedule keeps employees happy

Yahoo’s CEO has announced that employees will no longer be able to work remotely.

A major uproar seems to be coming from working parents, especially mothers.

Not to discount parents at all, but I am not a parent. And personally for me if this was announced at my place of work I would be unhappy with the new plan and it would add a layer of challenge to my life.

When my company was 4.5 miles from my house I rarely worked from home. And that was if I had to be home for the exterminator or something like that. I never worked a full eight hour shift from home.

Now that my company is about 20 miles from home,which means a long commute and traffic over the Bay Bridge I work from home on Fridays. It was an agreement my boss and I made when the company moved. He also works from home on Fridays.

I prefer to be in the office with my co-workers.

But there are times working from home is necessary: big project where interruptions are detrimental, numerous private conference calls (I sit in a cube and rather open area) or just when you … Continue reading

Yawn … so sleepy

I eat fairly healthy and exercise regularly. I drink lots of water.

But I feel tried most of the time. I don’t sleep well.

I fall asleep just fine. Usually I zonk out on the couch while watching TV. But I wake up during the night. Sometimes just once or twice. Sometimes 5-6 times a night. Sometimes I fall asleep quickly. Other times I feel like I am awake for hours. I try to not look at the clock.

There are times when The Husband will ask how I slept. Then he tells me how he slept great. I usually know this as I was watching him sleep … sometimes contemplating his murder. (Just kidding about that last part.)

So many other women I know don’t sleep well either. Why do women have such a hard time sleeping?

The Sleep Doctor says, women face particular challenges to sleep throughout their lives. Research shows they are more likely than men to experience difficulty sleeping.

The above-linked post also says this can have to do with hormones, menopause and peri-menopause and raising children.

In the article titled, Why women have trouble sleeping and strategies to sleep better, it says women’s tireless … Continue reading

A challenging Challenge

One of the challenges for January’s Monthly Challenge is to work on curbing unproductive complaining, to be more aware of what we are really complaining about. It is just bitching or is there some truth and necessity to it?

I will admit I am having a hard time with this challenge.

I have been super negative at work–some of it is just the regular crap. But some big changes are happening, which I have been trying to process and emotionally deal with.

I don’t do well with change or uncertainty.

I do believe everything happens for a reason. And usually the reason is not evident immediately.

I don’t like being so negative. It is such a waste of energy. I want to focus my energy on things that are important, things that need my attention and energy.

Earlier this week I took a break from Facebook, Go Fit Girl! blogging and research, Twitter, etc. I went to work and yoga and then spent my evening just vegging. I did that for two nights and it was a great relief. On Thursday evening I got a massage. Massages may seem like pampering. But I do believe they help with … Continue reading

The power of the cupcake

I had another post in mind today. But I have some work to do on it and I am tired.

And something happened at work, which warranted a short and quickie post.

Part of my job is to ensure that our researchers keep their lab notebooks up to date, that they are complete, signed and have a witness verify and sign off on the science and eventually be backed up via PDF.

Because we are closed the week between Christmas and the new year we encourage our researchers to turn their notebooks in to have our vendor PDF them. It ensures a high quality copy of the notebook should anything happen to the actual notebook.

The Law Department hosts twice a year an event called a Witnessing Party, where we provide refreshments and pizza. We don’t have the Witnessing Party at the end of the year.

But we have cupcakes.

And those little suckers are quite powerful. Not just with the researchers but just about anyone in my department and anyone who walked by.

I mean, yes, they are yummy. But wow, who knew that little sugary cakey thing could cause such a ruckus of excitement from Sibby’s.

And, … Continue reading

Taking care of No. 1

As a woman I have to remind myself that I need to take care of me, too.

I have a long commute to work and a long day during the week as I get up between 5:15 and 5:30 most mornings. At times my job can be demanding and stressful.

Even though I am not a mother I am usually worrying about someone else or thinking about someone else or making sure things get done for someone else.

In order to take care of others we have to take care of No. 1 first. Otherwise we really can’t take care of others as well as we think we should.

Lately I have been getting a massage once a month. For years I have gotten massages regularly. And when money is OK I make sure to do it more often.

Today I got a massage from my awesome massage therapist Thanh at Bellissima Day Spa in Berkeley, where I have been going for more than seven years. Thanh is amazing with her hands. She is also a good, kind and hard working person. She cares about me and the feeling is mutual.

Today as she was working me I realized … Continue reading

Are you inspired by Go Fit Girl!?

Recently I debated if I should keep up with the Go Fit Girl! blog. It’s a decent amount of work. I consider it my second job, which I don’t get paid for, and it is rather time-consuming.

I do enjoy maintaining it and doing the research and learning things and sharing it all with my readers. But I had started to wonder if it was worth it.

I love getting comments. But I rarely get them.

Occasionally I hold something called Comment Contest Tuesday to generate comments and get my readers more involved. But I have to say it is like pulling teeth to get people to comment. And with Comment Contest Tuesday my readers have a chance to win a prize. Seems pretty easy to me.

When you comment you have to give your name and e-mail address. Only your name is published. And it doesn’t have to be your full name or your real name.

The reason you have to fill in your e-mail is to help eliminate spammers. I won’t ever share your e-mail. And the only time I use it is to alert you that you won the random drawing for Comment Contest Tuesday and to … Continue reading

Tips on forming good, healthy habits

A friend recently asked me if I had any tips on how to eat healthier. She may regret that she asked.

Just a reminder to my readers … I am not a doctor, nutritionist or personal trainer. This post and all of my posts are based on personal experience and my own research.

So here we go:

It takes time to break old habits and form new good habits.

Drink lots of water. I try to drink at least 64 oz. of water a day. Yes, you will pee a lot. But that’s the point. You are cleansing yourself.

I recommend keeping a food journal. My weight loss and healthy eating is most successful when I am tracking my food. I am not saying you have to join Weight Watchers. Though if you are asking for advice on losing weight I would definitely recommend WW. Regardless the food journal keeps you honest, accountable and makes you aware of what you are putting in your mouth.

Always eat breakfast. Eat something that will keep you full and satisfied. High protein and fiber foods keep you feeling full longer. My regular breakfasts are: oatmeal with fruit; Kashi cereal; Sara Lee Delightful bread … Continue reading

What kind of muscular development do you want?

It’s a good thing I pre-wrote some posts over the weekend in anticipation of a busy week.

Between work, working on the shuttle bus on the way home, coming home and working, getting exercise in, visiting friend’s cat while she is away, being dressed suitably for work each day and still eating healthy I really had to do some planning over the weekend.

And it helps that I stole this directly from a Facebook post from In-Shape City (my gym):

 The amount of weight you lift should be dependent on your desired muscular development goal. What does this mean?

If you want to build muscle size and strength–heavy weights, which you can properly lift approximately 6-10 times is the most effective, resting at least one minute between each exercise set.

If you want to tone your muscles–lighter weights, which you can properly lift approximately 12-20 times is the most effective, resting less than 1 minute between each exercise set.

Remember! Mix things up to prevent plateaus: light weights, heavy weights, super-sets, stability balls, boss ball, kettle-bells, etc.

I feel like attending classes really helps me mix things up. Sometimes I work … Continue reading

Feeding your body after exercise

I really wanted to blog on Thursday night. Mainly because I had skipped blogging for days before. But I got home late and still had stuff to do around the house and work work to do as well. And by the time I was done I was exhausted.

The past work week has been exhausting and busy. And I anticipate this coming week to be busy as well, especially since starting on Friday I will be on vacation for 10 days! I can’t wait!

I found an interesting article on Yahoo about the mistake many people make by thinking just because they work out they can eat or drink anything they want. It’s all in moderation.

I posted the link on both my personal FB page and the GFG! FB page. My friend and neighbor Jessie commented that after she works out in the morning she is so hungry. I know that feeling of needing carbs or protein and sometimes just feeling wiped out.

So I asked her what she eats afterward.

She said she usually grabs a Naked protein smoothie.

So, of course, this prompted some research and lucky for you, a post.

I looked up a Naked … Continue reading