Saturday, May 25, 2013
This week went by quite a bit faster than the last three weeks. Not having to go to work at a very boring job made time fly by a little bit faster :)
I did alright this week, I didn't get in very much gym time but I did get some school work worked on so that's a plus. I ended up with a small loss for the week, but it could have been more if I hadn't snacked too much or had too many Frappuccinos. But with my new found freedom, everything tasted better than it used to. Those 3 weeks I spent as an indentured servant was almost like going to prison, if prison was 8-5, Monday to Friday and you had to dress professionally. It's funny how fast a bad job can drag you down, I literally felt like a man walking out of prison last Friday at 5 o'clock. (there's a hint of sarcasm in that whole paragraph, I would never actually equate a bad job to being in prison. You can't get a tattoo at a bad job!)
Anyway, let's look at the numbers for the week.
Weight : 210.6
Lost : 0.6
Total : 106.6
So just a small loss of 0.6, but still a loss, still moving in the right direction!
I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend. Take a few moments to reflect on what the weekend is all about.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Another week has passed, another week of being bored out of my skull. For all of you that have grown weary of me complaining about my 'job' I have good news for you, Friday was my last day there!!!!!!!!!!! Yep, I went in on Friday morning and told my supervisor that it was my last day. Of course she asked why and I told her that being a full time student and working 32 hours just wasn't working for me. I explained to her that I have 2.5 years invested in my schooling and can be finished in the next 6-9 months if I hit it hard, which I can not do if I'm working.
I didn't tell her that the job was so boring that I felt like my brain was melting and that's the reason why I wouldn't be able to work and do school work at the same time. I'm sure there are lots of jobs that I could do and still get my school work done. But the stress of being constantly bored but always trying to find things to do so as to not get into trouble for just standing around was exhausting me mentally.
Weirdly enough she understood. She had gone to school (online) while working full time several years ago and told me that she knew just how difficult it was. Honestly I think she probably was thinking about how she must be smarter than me since she was able to pull it off, and I was throwing in the towel. But I was getting out of that place and didn't mind if she sat there all day telling herself how much better she is than me :)
I have had several conversations with our security guard about how boring it is there, he agreed whole heartedly. In fact, it's probably worse for him since he doesn't have any tedious office tasks to do, just sit on a stool and periodically walk around and go outside and walk the perimeter. I thought I had it bad!! And this guy speaks 6 languages, and he's stuck making $9.00 an hour as a security guard! Anyway, as I was walking out at 5 o'clock, Omar was right behind me, I told him to have a good weekend and he smiled at me and said "you have a good weekend, you've got your freedom now".
So with all of this going on I didn't care that I had a bad week, sodium and snacks had gotten the better of me. Didn't care if my weight was up a couple of pounds. I had gotten my freedom, nothing else mattered!! So let's get to the numbers.
Weight : 211.2
Gain : 0.2
Total : 106.0
I gained 2/10ths this week and I'm smiling :) I figured I was going to be up a couple of pounds and I'm not and I don't have to go to work on Monday. This has been a very good Saturday. Now I just need to do better next week and get some school work done, I've got no excuses now!!!
Have a super awesome weekend everybody!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
This week went about the same as last week... very slowly. I don't think I like this "work" thing very much and I wish to not do it anymore! Alright, I don't mind working, but the aforementioned work is so mind numbingly boring, it makes me long for a factory job where at least I have the possibility of getting my hand caught in some contraption. Of course where I work, the most dangerous machines are the copier, fax machine and mail scale / postage printer. Not exactly fear inducing.
Mind you, I'm not advocating for the loss of one's digits here, just explaining that the possibility of it happening would be a welcome excitement in my usual day.
Before this blog becomes a whine fest, I'll get to this weeks numbers.
Weight : 211.0
Lost : 0.6
Total : 106.2
It's a small loss, but a loss none the less and I'll take it. I always want to post losses of one, two or more pounds, but at this stage of the game, I'm just glad to be making progress!
Now it's time to get ready to head out to lunch with my son. Afterwards we'll do some grocery shopping, fill up my truck with gas and make a deposit at the bank. Sometime between 3 and 5 this afternoon I will be going to Starbucks for my venti java chip frappuccino... their happy hour promotion is on through the 12th, half price frappuccinos. When they do the half price frappuccino happy hour promotion it makes me think about the old classic song "It's the most wonderful time of the year".
I love me some java chip frappuccino :)
I hope all of you out there in Spark land have a great weekend.
Saturday, May 04, 2013
In previous weeks I felt like the time was moving slowly and the weeks seemed to last forever. Those other weeks went by real fast compared to this last week!
After not working for 4.5 years and draining my bank account from almost 20k down to $63.00 I knew that I needed to get some help. So I bit the bullet and went down to my local county office. They signed me up for a few hundred dollars of cash aid and a few hundred dollars of food stamps for me and my son. In exchange I have to participate in a community service program to the tune of 32 hours a week. This wouldn't be so bad if there were actually 32 hours worth of work for me to do at my assigned location (local Employment Development Dept. office, supposedly one of the best assignments). I started working there on Tuesday and each day seemed like a week, I'm so bored! On my feet for about 7 hours out of 8, trying to find things to do to keep busy. If I had hair I'd be pulling it out. So what I'm trying to say is that this week was probably the slowest of my life!
Now, being a student would normally have exempted me from doing this, but since my school isn't an old fashioned 'bricks and mortar' institution, they won't count it. If I were going to a regular school earning 12 units per semester, I'd be good. Instead though I work at my own pace taking online classes and have averaged 20 units per semester for 5 semesters, working about 20-30 hours a week on my studies. My school has the same accreditation as the University of Washington, Washing State, University of Utah, etc. so it's not due to my school being a 'fly by night' institution. Conversely, it's the fastest growing university in the nation and it's non-profit so the costs are much lower than conventional schools, I pay about $6,000 per year working towards my degree in business.
With going back to work this week, I've been too exhausted to workout. I come home, change out of the work clothes, check my email, check Spark, have a little dinner and then try to stay awake for a couple of hours before I finally go to bed.
This blog post is absolutely way too long already, so let's get to the numbers for the week.
Weight : 211.6
Lost : 1.0
Total : 105.6
A one lb loss for the week! I was really happy to see that after the week I had. It makes me hopeful that I can still lose a little even if my day is spent doing trivial things, like working.
Have a great weekend everyone :)
Saturday, April 27, 2013
This week felt super long to me. My diet was pretty bad and I just wasn't feeling up to snuff, probably because my weight was up and showed no signs of wanting to leave! But the last couple of days I pushed myself pretty good and was actually surprised by my weigh in this morning.
Here's the numbers for this week:
Weight : 212.6
Lost : .6 (6/10ths)
Total : 104.6
So another small loss, but it's more than last week! I'm still moving in the right direction, I'm not setting any records for speed, but I'm still moving!
For some reason I woke up about an hour and a half earlier this morning than I usually do, so today is going to be long and there might even try to sneak a nap in somewhere. However I usually find it very difficult to sleep when the sun is up, but I'm willing to give it a shot!
That's about all I have for now. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend and gets plenty of rest for next week.
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