Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Itís been a long while again but Iíve got great news! I started my new job! Last Monday was the first day and although I donít know nearly enough to actually make a difference, I already have so many ideas and canít wait to implement them!
So, after my last blog, I had two weeks where I was wrapping up everything at my old job. I was in a bit of a ďscrew itĒ stage which worked out really well for me health wise. I was still doing Seattle Suttonís, although I did stop it at the end of this two weeks. And because I just didnít care about work anymore, I was going to the gym over lunch a lot. The first of these two weeks I went every day but I didnít go the last three days there. I was really in ďwrap it upĒ mode making sure everybody knew as much as they could before I left and I did lunch one day with my SIL who worked nearby.
After that I took a week off prior to starting my new job. I decided to take the girls to visit my parents who have been in AZ since the day after Christmas for my momís job. I spent the first couple of days getting ready for the trip and we were there Wednesday through Sunday. It was really good to see them but taking a 16 month old on vacation without dad was tough. Thankfully Chelsea was extremely helpful but it wasnít much of a vacation for me. Linnea wasnít sleeping well or eating well so I was insanely tired the whole time we were there but we still managed to do at least one activity every day. Iím glad we went though! We ate out a lot but we also did a lot of tours and hiking. We went to the Desert Museum which involved a lot of walking. I had Punky in a Boba (similar to an Ergo if you are familiar with that) which meant I was carrying around an extra 23lbs all day. We also spent a day at Kratchner Caverns which was spectacular. Again I had Linnea on me the whole time. She LOVED the caves but chatted a bit more than the others on our tour would have liked!! The day after that my dad took us on a two mile hike through Sabino Canyon. This was a lot of fun. Linnea was on my back again and just before we were finished she fell asleep. She was beat! She went home and slept a lot while C, my mom and I had a little girls night that involved maniís, pediís and dinner. And on the last day my dad and I went on a solo run/hike at Sabino Canyon early in the morning. He took me on his favorite trail that was a little more difficult than the one we did the day before. All in all it was a good vacation that was a strange mix of lots of rest but none at all.
Now Iíve been at my new job since last Monday. Having a gym in the building again is fantastic! I got my gym card last Wednesday and have been able to get down there Thursday, Friday and yesterday! I ran all three days and got between 2.5 and probably 2.65 miles in each time. And, it was finally nice outside this last weekend so I took Linnea out of about a mile and a half walk on Saturday and other two or so miles on Sunday during Cís volleyball tournament while her team was refíing a match. (Thankfully Linnea is actually enjoying her stroller this year which will make my spring/summer/fall a lot easier!) My legs are a bit stiff after five days straight of running and walks so today Iíll hop on the elliptical for a 5-10 minute warm up but Iíll spend most of lunch doing yoga/ST. And for food, I would love to get back on Seattle Suttonís for a bit longer but itís just too expensive. I knew it wasnít going to be anything long term and was using it more as a way to get back to portion control and as a jump start and it did the job. The other plus side was that it gave me a lot of meal options that I wouldnít have necessarily thought about before. And I did manage to lose about 10-13 lbs or so which was awesome! So now, Iím trying to focus on what Iím eating and incorporating some of the things I got from SS like smaller portions, fruit/veggies with every meal, fewer desserts, etc.
So thatís a real quick summary of the last month! I hope youíve all been well and hopefully Iíll get back to making more frequent appearances this month!
Monday, March 03, 2014
Hi everybody! I have some great news to share!
If youíve been reading any of my blogs for the past year, you likely know that Iíve been very unhappy with the job I took back in April of last year. The stress of the job, the commute and not having a fitness center in the building have really taken a toll on me. I made a lot of improvements in the work which really cut down on the stress. And Iíd decided to make fitness a priority again and joined the gym here, even though itís a few blocks away and takes much longer to get a workout in, which helped a lot also. But I cannot change the commute and itís been hard. Very very hard. Iím gone 11-12 hours most days and Iím still not getting in a full 8 hour day which means Iím not getting workouts in and Iím having to log on at home.
So after interviewing with a few places, I got a job! Iím very excited about it. The company does something that I find very interesting and is the type of company you can feel good about working for as they are doing something that is benefiting the communities they are in. It will cut my drive time nearly in half which is fantastic. There is a fitness center in the building and they only charge $10 a year to pay for key card access. And Iíll have my car again (no more public transit!!!) which means I can also run errands over lunch breaks again. I will be away from home from about 7:00 am to about 5:30 pm which will include a full workday and a workout! Plus I got a raise in both my base salary and my bonus potential. AND, possibly the best part, itís casual every day!! I can throw away my work clothes!!
Iím so happy and cannot wait to start. And in the meantime, Iíve got 10 business days left at my job and I plan to work out on 9 of them. I have to leave early to pick up Linnea today so I wonít today but every other day I will be there because I QUIT!!! Iíll make sure the work gets done but Iím not going to stress about any of it!
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