Saturday, July 06, 2013
Been awhile since I took the time to blog, even though I log into the site daily. I have not been very diligent about the diet and exercise, and it is showing! Although I am happier these days (work is going very well and there is no stress there) it has sort of backfired on me. I have not been going to the gym more than once or at most twice a week and I've been eating stuff like fast food again once or twice a week. The atmosphere I am working in is much more social and seems like someone is having a birthday or baby or something to celebrate at least once a week...so I've eaten lots of stuff I shouldn't!
Nothing but laziness on my part! I stepped on the scale the other day and I've gained about 8lbs over the past two months. NOT GOOD!!
That's not a lot for some people, but I worked pretty hard to get below 150, so to be back at 153 is a wakeup call for me.
So, back to the routine that works. Basically, no junk food, just healthy stuff, vitamins, lots of water and EXERCISE.
My Fit bit Zip went kaput about four weeks ago (they are sending me a new one) and that cost me some momentum I think. I really enjoyed my Zip, and I wouldn't use that as an excuse, but it did make me more active I think, so I will be happy when the new one arrives.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Last time I blogged I was anxiously awaiting my visit to Miami to see my younger daughter and granddaughter, then starting my new job the following Monday.
A whole week flew by and here I am now getting ready to start the second week of the new job.
I had a wonderful visit with my family, however, I ate too much and exercised too little. We went to Butterfly World on Friday (pictures will follow at some point) then spent the rest of the time pretty much eating, shopping, eating again, shopping, going to the beach and hanging out at the pool. I loved it!
Then I came home and went right to work at the new job, which I think I am going to like very much compared to the last one. I am so thankful to God for this opportunity! I sit all day long which is new to me and I am back to the five day work week. Both those things are okay; there is an area I can walk a bit in during lunch. I'm not used to an hour lunch anyway!
The bad thing is I didn't walk last week nearly as much as I should have. I spent lunches getting to know people instead and even ate out a couple of times for lunch. My husband and I splurged and went out to eat twice last week also.
I only went to the gym once last week also...no surprise that I gained three pounds since my last weigh in two weeks ago. So I've had my fun and now it is:
Time to get back on track and get life under control again!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
My weight loss hasn't been reflected on the scale like I think it should be, so I was pleasantly surprised recently when I went clothes shopping to see that I am now a size 8 in pants and shorts! Wow...I haven't been a size 8 since before the birth of my youngest child, who just turned 25 years old!!!!! That was a very pleasant surprise, because I had just purchased some pants for work in January that were a snug size 10. They have become looser recently and then I put some shorts on from last year (size 12's) and they were really loose. Time to shop for summer I thought, and promptly put it off. I particuarly HATE shopping for shorts.
I am going to Miami next week, however, and I really need to look like I actually live in Florida, so off to the store I went...
Boy was I surprised to find that I fit perfectly into a size 8 and they actually look pretty good! I have muscles in the back of my legs (quads I think they might be called?) that have definition to them and I actually have calf muscles. Even when I weighed less before, I think I was "skinny" fat. There has never been much muscle tone. Then I put on a tank top and my arms look pretty good too! I stood there wondering who that halfway decent looking middle aged woman was looking back at me! She looks like she works out I thought, lol! Here I've been focusing on fitness for my overall health and look at the bonus I've gotten...I can wear shorts without finding furniture or trees to hide behind!
I have to say that shopping wasn't nearly as traumatic as it has been in the past. Work and career clothes shopping never really bothered me, because you can always disguise and layer; most office buildings are like arctic zones, but outside of the office you can't really hide those jiggly arms and legs, especially in Florida!
I might even be moved to post a pic or two of my Miami trip next week. (I have a notorious aversion to being photographed and only submit to being in a photo when my children force me usually).
I am actually looking forward to acquiring a few more outfits!
Saturday, April 20, 2013
I gave notice at my job last week and it was a little bittersweet. I have several close friends there, and we have been one another's moral support through the rough times and stresses brought about by the change in management last year. My supervisor and I have been through alot together; we are friends as well as colleagues and I treasure her friendship, so I had to tell her personally before I visited the HR department. She is sad, but completely understands. I believe my initiative in taking the step to look for and find another job has helped my friends embrace the idea that they don't have to remain in a position where they are disrespected and subjected to hostile treatment on a daily basis. I told everyone that asked me the reasons I was leaving: "my health and well being and quality of life have suffered from the amount of stress generated by this job, and I am just not willing to live with it any longer."
Life is just too short to remain in a negative atmosphere for ten hours a day four days a week when it is within my control to change it.
On a brighter note, I am going to Miami to visit my younger daughter and granddaughter next week and I am very excited already about it. We are going on a field trip with my granddaughter to Butterfly World on Friday, and I am SO looking forward to it. We will spend a day at the beach Saturday and then go home and bake something in the EZ Bake oven I am bringing to Gisele...I am so thankful for my family and so aware of how quickly life can change...
I am so very sad at the events that happened in Boston last Monday. I have family there, and although they were all safe, there were many people there who have endured tragic loss, and my prayers are with them. That beautiful little boy who lost his life - I cried when I saw him holding a poster he made recently: "Stop hurting people. Peace." What a profound statement for one so young.
Let us be at peace with one another in honor of little Martin.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
If anyone has read my blogs in the past, then you will know that I have had tremendous struggles at work over the past few months. I finally came to the realization that the stress was undermining all my efforts at good health, so I began my search for a new position a couple of months ago. I wanted to go into sales again, but unfortunately, I haven't been able to get more than two interviews; the first one I didn't get hired and the second one I turned the job down because it had absolutely no benefits...
Well...I applied for another job recently with the state government...and surprised even myself when I was one of the top candidates! I went and took their skills verification test, thinking I wasn't going to be in the top four, which would get you an interview, and surprised myself again...I got a call for an interview...Unfortunately, it was during the week my boss was on vacation, so I ended up doing a phone interview. I thought for sure this would disqualify me...but they hired me! I am so happy! It is at a higher salary, with better hours and I start the 29th! With the different hours I will be able to get to the gym more easily during the week.
Thanks for all my Sparkfriends who said a little prayer for me and supported me when I was down!
Thank the Lord in Heaven also for all good things come from above!
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