I know that life is not going to be easy. I know there is going to be hardship and not everything will go that way that I want. It seems as if nothing is going right for me lately. I need to take a break from negative thinking and put a positive spin on it.
1). I can't find a full time job to save the life of me. I have found a part time job working at the local mental health center as a crisis phone clinician so something is better than nothing.
- Positive- I have a job and now I have my foot in the door if something comes my way.
2) I had problems paying the bills. There never seems to be enough money to take care of everything.
- Positive- I was able to work with my bills and get some better rates. I am also in the process of getting the mortgage modified so this might be able to help. My car loan was modified and this is a great help.
3) My dog recently died and I am taking it harder than I thought.
- Positive- I was able to have him in my life for 5 happy years.
4) I have had some difficulty finding motivation to exercise.
- Positive- I need to get my tushie in gear if I want to continue to maintain my weight loss.
Some days are better than others when it comes to trying to be positive. Today is not one of them and I seem to be having a pity party for little ol' me. I think I am going to jump on the Nordic track and see if that helps me feel any better.
I'm sorry that I haven't been around as much as I would like. My life has taken a huge turn for the unexpected and I haven't been able to be on SP as much as I am usually.
Here is a little update- I was hired as a nanny. I hated it. I was hired to take care of an autistic boy. Well, it seems as if the mother had other plans for me. She wanted me to be at her beck and call. She made a contract that really only benefited her. She was not very happy when I refused to sign it. I even went as far as to take it to a lawyer who told me to run for the hills concerning that job. The job was supposed to be 35 hours, then it dropped to 25, then to 22. She was making it impossible for me to get another part time job. Then she fired me. I can't say that I was upset by this. I was looking forward to telling her I quit but it worked out well. I was then interviewed for a crisis hotline clinician at the local mental health center. I am there now and enjoy it. It is part time as well. I am trying to get a full time job still. Through all of this I have decided that I need to go back to school to get my Master's degree. Now, I'm just waiting to hear back from the school's representative. It's been over 3 weeks- time for another call.
Along the way some personal problems have popped up. I really hope that they can be fixed. Thank you to all of you for being my sparkbuddies and sending your support. I appreciate it.
My in-laws have decided to move in with my sister-in law and they have been getting rid of household items. They had a Nordic Track that I hoped would be offered to me. Well, guess what? It was! Yesterday, my father in law offered it us and we were able to take it home. It took me a little while to get it going as I found it awkward. Today, I was able to work out on it for 2 hours. I had to break it up in one hour sections but I did it. I really liked it. It was a lot of fun. I now need to find a place for it to go. I do not think that smack dab in the middle of my dining room is good place for it. I have a couple of ideas and I will have to wait and see what hubby thinks of it.
I do think that this is going to be my winter workout. Now that it is getting colder here in Ohio I won't be able to go on my bike rides. I have to think about cancelling my YMCA membership as the scholarship amount I was given is higher than what I can afford. It went up $13! The funny part to all of this is that there is a section on the application that asks how much you can afford. I put it down and the amount that I will have to pay is almost 5 times what I can afford. Well that is all from here. I hope everyone is having a good week.
Yes, I am Princess Glutina. I have been gluten free for over 16 months. It is a lot easier than I thought it would be. I have improved in knowing what I can eat and what I need to stay away from. Sometimes I end up being glutened but it is only because I forget to ask family members what is in a meal. They know I am gluten intolerant but forget and put something with gluten in a meal. You live and you learn.
I just returned from Disney World and they are wonderful when it comes to having items that are gluten free. I stayed on Disney property so we had free dining for our whole visit. This gave me 1 counter service and 1 sit down meal a day. I even get one snack. I was able to talk to a chef for all of my meals. They would tell me what I could have or walk me through the buffet. I loved it. I have to admit it felt nice to have someone pay that much attention to my dietary habits. The snack was a little harder to find. I do not usually snack so I skipped it most days. I used my snacks and brought back bakery cookies for my hubby.
If you ever go to Downtown Disney please look up Babycakes. It is a gluten free and vegan bakery. I am not a big fan of gluten free cupcakes but these were wonderful. Babycakes is also supplying the Animal Kingdom with some little cupcakes as a snack at an allergy free kiosk. If it goes over well at the Animal Kingdom it will be implemented in the other parks. I went to Customer Relations and sang their praises.
My sincere thanks to the Disney Corporation for taking my allergy into consideration. I was able to eat at the new Be Our Guest restaurant and they are using a computer screen for ordering. I had to use an allergen tab that showed me what I could have. This was great. The chef did not have to take time away from the kitchen to come and talk to me. I had a lot to choose from- and usually I don't so I was happy.
I hope everyone is having a great start of the week.
Today I decided to spend some money on me and buy some much needed clothing. I am going to Disney World next week with my friend and her daughter and I need summer clothes. I really haven't been able to go clothes shopping since I was laid off. I have been able to get a couple of pieces here and there but it isn't much.
On Wednesdays the local thrift store has the whole store 50% off. I went early and started to find clothes. I was there for about 2 hours. I tried on shorts, jeans, tops, and dresses. Some of the stuff fit me perfectly and some other stuff didn't. It was a huge NSV for me because I did not get upset if a particular size did not fit. I can fit in to a size 4 pair of jeans but according to Ann Taylor I better look for an 8. The old me would have been very upset by this. The new me moved on and found a different pair to try on. Now I know, I will never be able to wear a size 4 dress because I do not have a size 4 chest. I can wear a size 10 in that department. I am ok with it. None of the dresses I tried on fit. Better luck next time. It was hard finding items in my size. (I know I won't get much sympathy for that one...hehe) There were tons of 10-12. I wish I had known this when I was that size.
Overall, I had a lot of fun. There was a lot of trial and error since I am looking for clothes that actually fit. I had to relearn how to dress my body. I have learned it is better to get something that fits and flatters rather than to settle for any size. I still have a hard time with this because I still see myself as chubby and tend to buy things that are a little too big. I would buy clothes that were a 2x even though I wasn't that size. I'm still learning...baby steps. For the first time in my life I was able to find and wear designer labels. I know it is a little vain...but it made me happy. I'm also thrilled for the first time since I started going with them to Disney World I will be wearing all women's clothes. Yes, I wore men's shorts and shirts because they were comfy. Now I am finding women's clothes that fit. You know what? They are comfy too.