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Change is coming....

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I mentioned a couple of posts back that I'd been contacted for a job that I really wanted. Well, I interviewed this past Monday for that job. And, this past Thursday, I received the tentative job offer. There are still a lot of variables, but I've accepted the position and am now waiting on the "official" offer. It's a return to Civil Service (for the Navy), which I'm excited about. It also means a move. To Annapolis, MD. What I've seen so far, I liked. The people that I'll work with seem very nice and open and there is opportunity with this position. All of which is far from what I have in my current job. I'm sad to be leaving my house and my little peach tree and my magnolia tree (both of which I planted), I'm scared about the housing market, but I'm looking forward to the new opportunity. I'm also worried about what happened with the last two job changes; namely 30 lbs! I'm going to count on having gained really good habits with SP and the fact that this should be a positive environment change to get me through.

On a side note, my goal of wearing what' s in my closet has been partially met. Yes, I can wear many things I couldn't this time last summer. However, I can no longer wear most of my work slacks, which wasn't something I planned on money wise. Yes, I'm stoked about the weight loss, but finding pants has always been a challenge. I have hips and a butt, but a smallish waist. Always, always a challenge, which over shadows the joy of shopping because your clothes don't fit. So, if you have hips and a butt and a smaller waist, what brands work for you?

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WITHSPIRIT 6/26/2008 8:36AM

    Congrats on the great new job!! :et us know when it becomes certain =)

Hey lady! I have butt and hips with a smallish waist - we're pears, lol!!! Anyway, I have had my best luck with clothes at Ann Taylor Loft. They are priced reasonably and have great sales going on right now. You will need to try on their stuff. I do well with the Marisa style and the Julie curvy styles among others too! Good luck with everything =) Lisa

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TERRIEJO53 6/23/2008 10:38PM

    Congratulations on the new job. I hope you get a good price for your home and find something you live in MD. I know what you mean about getting pants to fit. I'm short waisted and have all kinds of problems. I finally decided the only answer is to buy good quality pants and spring for the cost of alterations. The initial output of money is expensive, but they last longer, so in the end it's not so bad.

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SARAHANN32 6/23/2008 12:04PM

    Congrats on the job :) Crazy we were doing about the same thing last week :) Mine doesn't involve a move though - but I feel your pain, a lot of the other jobs I'm applying for did and that kind of freaked me out a bit. I should find out this week if they are going to extend an offer. Maybe you can find a good (cheap) tailor for your pants and have them fix them for you so you don't have to go buy new ones - sometimes it is a lot cheaper on the pocketbook :) I have to take mine in just because they don't make pants that fit my waist/height so I have to go and get them sewed up on the bottoms - I'd do it, but all these new styles are too fancy for me to fix; unless it is straight and boring I'm not up to the challenge quite yet lol.

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I never thought....

Sunday, June 08, 2008

That I'd ever be able to wear anything by Gloria Vanderbilt. However, Kohl's has a lot by GV and they were having a sale and I'm going out of town next weekend, so I gave them a try. Not only can I wear them, I went down a size from what I thought I'd be getting. Color me shocked! They are quite floral and are capri's and even better have a drawstring type waist as well (with snap). Since they are a little large in the waist, this works very well for me. I always have a bigger lower half than my waist... it's just who I am.

Given all that, I decided to step on the scale this morning. I hadn't done that in a while. I'm by no means losing weight at a rapid pace, but I'd lost almost 2 pounds. I'm now below 130! I was beginning to think it wouldn't happen.

I like doing the extra gym day as I can go shorter amounts if I want or need to on the cardio. However, the machines I think were causing problems. Mainly, my joints, including my right shoulder, have been really bothering me. Meaning, they've been hurting me. So, I'm going to do free weights for a while. And, the next time I'm near exercise stuff, I'm going to reward myself with a set of bands to increase the variety of exercises I can do.

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WITHSPIRIT 6/11/2008 4:16PM

    Good for you!!! I have been sorely MIA with no real good excuse but I am ending that now =) thanks for always checking up on me like you do - a true Sparked friend!! I will be adding more pictures too - don't you worry, LOL! Hugs, Lisa

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AMBERMNANCE 6/9/2008 3:18AM

I am sure that felt so good to be a size smaller I think it awsome your staying into with your body Its a good Idea to get the bands I hope that your week Is a great one keep up the teriffic work emoticon

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Changing things up a bit....

Sunday, June 01, 2008

When it comes to exercise, generally, I enjoy it. I actually prefer to go in the morning, but work tends to prevent this. Although I'm trying to psych myself up to change this and adjust my work hours, I haven't. I also hate to pack a gym bag, which I must do if I work out after work. So, what's a girl to do?

Well, I've started going on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Sunday mornings especially are nice a quite. I can usually get to the weight machines that I want and there are plenty of ellipticals and stationary bikes to choose from. Plus, I don't have to get up at the crack of dawn. I can sleep till a reasonable hour, do the gym and still have most of morning left over. This is my second weekend to do it and I think it will work out.

Another benefit of this is if I go twice during the week, that almost ensures I get four workouts in and I'd only been managing three, with sometimes a fourth. In between, I'll do yoga, which will also increase my yoga sessions per week. This should be a win-win all the way around.

Now, I just need to get back on track with the sleep thing. I did really well for about two weeks with getting 7 hours of sleep a night, then I traveled and it got all out of wack. So, I'm trying to get that back on track. I know the key is leaving the compute OFF during the week. I love Spark, but I need to find a balance, particularly in the evenings. I'm working on that too, but don't have a definite game plan yet.

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FITTOFIGHT1974 6/2/2008 10:08AM

    I have rarely gotten enough sleep during the week due to my self-imposed school/work schedule which really kills me in the morning. I'm a late night owl for work productivity. I look fwd to when school/work is done and I can go to bed at the same time E does and actually get a full 7-8hrs for a change. It's good for us yah know? :)

Glad you found a routine that might work for you.. its nice having the gym to yourself isnt it?!

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Monday, May 26, 2008

Retreating is what I wound up doing the past couple of weeks. Coming back from WA I was torn. I loved the area, but realized that maybe that was further than I needed or wanted to be from my Mom. My Dad's death a couple of years ago changed more than I thought. I have a brother, but I can't really rely on him to help my Mom out with the little things. If it was critical, he'd be right there. And, most of the time his intentions are good. It's just his follow-up that's lacking. And, after over 10 years of being able to jump in the car and drive home, well, I'd probably miss that.

I thought I'd have time to really think it through, but that wasn't to be. The following week they offered me the job. Mind you, no particulars, including salary. I had to ask for salary and benefit info and really just got a vague, usually everyone starts at Grade 1 for salary. I used to do HR, I'm cool with that, but that's not what the job add implied with the salary range it posted. After agonizing over it, considering the reasons above and trying to do the math with less pay (the high end salary in the job add would have been more) in a higher cost of living area, I turned down the position. It's not the answer I thought I'd give, given the horrid work environment I have, but given their laisse-faire way of offering the job, the cost of re-locating, and the added expense of flying rather than driving to my Mom's, I couldn't make it work in the end. I was at peace with it, so I guess it was the right decision.

And, I did learn something - to limit my search to within driving distance of my Mom. Say 11 hours. Long, but doable. My current job may not be the best, but I can afford to live here and given the issues with my house (a LOT of them) and a major project over the summer, I decided staying put for now was probably for the best. Start out fresh in the fall.

God may have other plans. When I applied for the job in WA, I also applied for several others. One is definitely out of consideration and the other I had written off. I guess I did that too soon as they would like to interview me next month. Needless to say when the call came I was shocked. Pleased, but shocked. It would also be a higher cost of living area, but it would be a really good salary to go with it. The really cool thing about being at peace (at least mostly) with where I am (in life, in the US, in general) is that I interview really well. Nothing is hanging on it. My life won't end if I don't get it and if I do, well, cool beans. Cause this job, yeah, it would be really cool. I'm somewhat of a believer in jinxing myself, so that's all I'm gonna say for now.

My WA visit while fun and relaxing also threw my whole SP regime out the window. I'm trying really hard to get it back, but for the first time since last summer, I'm having a really hard time tracking my food. Now, I'm pretty sure most days I'm okay because I'm fairly routine when it comes to what I eat. I don't mind developing patterns. Never have. But, I'm trying really hard to get back to tracking, at least during the week, cause little slides can happen. I want to keep that accountability for now.

I have started including strength training every day that I do cardio and I think that's a plus. I know they say you don't need to, but I find if I split my arms and my legs and do some type of strength about four days a week, that's better for me. I'm trying to develop a spreadsheet to take to the gym with me, but the free stuff lacks to say the least. I've tried Zoho, but printing is awful (no preview or anyway that I can tell to see how it's going to print). Google Docs is better, but still kind of clunky. So, if anyone knows of a good, free spreadsheet program, please tell me!

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FITTOFIGHT1974 5/27/2008 4:22PM

    Everyone has to face those 'whats in the best interest of the family' decisions and thats all you can say and no one can fault you (nor you of yourself) for using that criteria. I admire your decision to support your mother. We're facing a similar issue only that we're here in Germany and E's mom is in NJ while her significant other is terminally ill with few months to live. We rely on his step-brothers to help her w/ her home in PA but they are not reliable either. We're waiting for the phone call for E to go home and I know in the long run, she will be living with us in TN when we have our home. I dont mind that, she's a lovely woman which I'm thankful for.

I'm glad you returned to SP to support our team and find how SP fits back into your routine and life. I too eat very similiar foods daily and thought about not trackgin since the goal has changed since coming back from Italy but I still do for habits and accountability sake.

Good luck and keep movin!


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SASSISPRING 5/26/2008 5:18PM

    Sounds like you made the best decision regarding the job you were offered. It's tough at cross-roads and all one can do is weigh the pros'n'cons as you did, then make a decision based on the knowledge you have "right now." Wishing you all the best in getting back on track and in the furture job searches.

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Been away, but now I'm back...

Saturday, May 03, 2008

It's been a wild couple of weeks and everything seems goofed... from eating to exercise. Last Sunday, I headed out for a three day trip to Spokane, WA. Two reasons, visit a friend I haven't seen in 10 years and a little job interview or two. I'm still completely indifferent on the job (which would be lovely), but it's a far move from TX and my Mom in LA, so that's where the serious pondering is coming in. As much as my current job just sucks the life out of me, I'm not sure that a move there will solve it all. Maybe it will just create a different set of problems or anxieties, which I have enough of right now. First, though, I have to get the job, so I'm taking that one day at a time.

With travel comes eating out. I enjoyed some really good food and even encountered the most awesome, hugest, Peaches 'N Cream muffin that I'll remember for quite some time. (I'm a sucker for a good muffin). However, I didn't snack. Not at all. And, I rarely eat everything, so I'm hoping nothing terrible happened. I will probably never know though, cause chicken that I am, I won't be stepping on a scale for at least a couple of weeks.

Got to see the mountains of WA and ID and they were gorgeous. Still some snow on the ground. Did some walking in a park near downtown Spokane and got some great pictures on my two days of sight seeing. I'm hoping to post a few here soon. However, it also threw my exercise regime out the window. I did make the gym Thursday, which was quite a feat considering I got back Wednesday afternoon. Friday is not my usual workout day, but I was going to go, until I woke up with the beginnings of a migraine and realized I was just plain tired. So, I had an easy, pleasant Friday night dinner with a friend, roamed the bookstore and came home and worked puzzles - Sodoku and a crossword. Tomorrow, I'm back on track and ready to go.

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DIGGLEA 5/9/2008 10:25AM

    Sounds like a nice trip, I have always wanted to see that part of the country. Good luck making your job decision, hopefully you can find a balance that will make you happy! Sounds like you managed to make some good choices even while away from your routine... good work!

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SASSISPRING 5/4/2008 2:45PM

    Sounds like you've been busy. I've had to do that many times, decide on jobs, is it worthwhile and such. My biggest move was going to the NWT and it was an excellent choice. You just never know what life will serve ya. As you said, you'll get through those hurdles when the time comes. Take care, glad it was a good trip and keep us posted.

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XHASTEDMOMOF2 5/4/2008 1:56PM

    Poor thing!!! I just changed jobs about a year after having spent several months feeling like the bumper sticker "I used to have a life but my job ate it!" Overtime was definitely a topic of conversation on my part while I was interviewing; not that I have a problem pulling my fair share but I still have a life outside of work. Thankfully, the job I transferred to is a whole lot better, in so many ways. But it really is very hard to tell during the interview phase!! I wish you the best of luck trying to figure this one out!!!

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HELLO15 5/4/2008 10:28AM

    I can sure relate to the job situation. I'm in the same boat. I also am very close to my mother (relationship wise and distance wise).

I have been with the same company for 16 years. I've been in the same job for 8 of those years with nowhere else to go to in order to change things up a bit. The environment continues to become more and more negative and it just has me wiped out. Understandably though, I have much anxiety about leaving the security of the familiar for something new.

I also don't want to live far away from my mother either. I do have a job interview tomorrow in a neighboring city (50 miles away). It pays less than what I'm making now - but the cost of living is less too than where I am now.

Will see what happens. emoticon

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