Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Today, I made my page public again and it couldn't come on better day.
DAY ONE THOUSAND.
When I joined SparkPeople back in December 2011, I was hoping that somehow, this time it would be different. That all my failed attempts and weight loss were out of my system, and I'd somehow manage to really get it this time.
And I did.
But not without the help of thousands of SparkFriends and readers who made comments on my pictures and blogs, encouraging me when I was down, and giving me suggestions when I had questions.
Through SparkPeople, I found articles about becoming a runner. I also found SparkFriends that suggested Couch 2 5k. Other SparkFriends sent me a link on how to train for a half marathon.
And then I ran a half-marathon.
So many people celebrated with me when I reached One-derland. And so many congratulated me every time I had a non-scale victory or dropped a pant size.
And I blog about it all the time, but the support I get from my SparkFriends is what keeps me going. Every time I hit a bump in the road on this journey I'm on, I know that I can come here, share what's going on, and find support and that's what SparkPeople is really about.
Whether you're new to the site, or have been here for years, the site and the people on this site are constantly finding ways to make this whole losing weight and getting healthy thing a little bit easier.
I am so thankful for SparkPeople and how it's improved and changed my life.
Now, I'm off to training for my new job. J.D. and I both start September 8th and are hoping to hear back today on a house for rent we put in an application for. If we don't get it, we will just have to keep looking, but I think this house is meant for us, and I hope that we get it.
Thanks for reading, Sparkfriends. And for putting up with my ramblings for 1,000 days.
I love this site, and am so grateful that you all are a part of my life.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
I was offered the position I interviewed for at the University of Michigan and I start September 8th!
Thank you so much for all the positive vibes and good thoughts.
I plan to make my page public again in a few days when the background check is totally complete.
I'm getting a headache so I'm gonna lay down, sorry for the short blog.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Sorry for the delay, but was debating whether or not to post this.
Sunday night, I went to dinner with my prospective new boss and then had a full day of interviews on Monday. It went EXTREMELY well other than the fact that I ate what was available and what I thought wouldn't get all over me and could still talk and converse, and didn't worry as much about the calories or nutritional value, which I paid for on the scale this morning. I got to meet a bunch of people I would be working with, and was given a tour of the amazing facilities. I also got a feel for what would be expected of me, and what I was truly getting myself into.
And I LOVED it.
And yesterday, HR contacted me and asked for my references and to sign a waiver for a background check, which to me says they are hopefully interested in hiring me, but I haven't heard back yet.
However, due to the background check, I've temporarily made my page private and only people I've added as SparkFriends are currently reading this.
I'm not ashamed of this page. I'm actually very proud of my journey on SparkPeople. However, I've posted some very honest photos, some of which I'm in bathing suits or sports bras and shorts, and I just don't know how supportive a new job would be of these photos. I plan on making it public once again, as soon as I've heard from them either way. But for now, only you my SparkFriends know what is going on.
So now I'm just going to sit here, holding my breath, crossing my fingers and toes that I hear from them.
Thank you for all your good thoughts and well wishes before my interview, by the way. I could feel the good vibes all the way in Ann Arbor.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Thank you all for the positive thoughts! They called me yesterday and scheduled an in person interview for Monday, which I am very excited for.
While I'm excited, I also know that an interview this fast, it means that if the job were offered to me, I would probably start working before the wedding in November, which would mean my final months of wedding planning would be 3.5 hours away from the wedding and my mother. I'm sure I'll be fine, but I'm worried about stressing my mom out.
But when opportunity knocks, you have to answer, and this is a great opportunity.
In other news, Wednesday night, I decided to try to run at a constant faster pace, instead of doing jog/sprint intervals for my 5k and I ended up with a 30:47 5k. Not as fast as my intervals, but it made me feel good that I can now run at a constant pace faster than 6 miles an hour. Yesterday, I was almost going to miss my 10 minutes of exercise, but took a 20 minute walk during lunch. My SparkActivity tracker lit up and reminded me of why I want to exercise daily.
How have your weeks been?
Thursday, August 14, 2014
While reintroducing some foods back into my diet after my Whole30, I've seen a small weight gain on the scale. This morning I was 174.8. And I've seen that number for the past few mornings with no change.
And this morning when I saw it, it didn't bother me. I wasn't upset that even with good food choices and a 5k run last night, that I didn't see a decrease. And this is how I know my relationship with the scale is getting better. I used to be so disappointed if I did something that I felt deserved a weight loss, and then it stayed the same or worse yet I gained. But now when I see these small gains or stay the same, I'm not discouraged. I realize that my body just isn't losing weight currently. But I'm wearing size 6s and I'm running faster than ever before, so the number on the scale is defining me less and less.
And that's a pretty great feeling.
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