Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Can't believe it's been over a year since my last blog entry. So, I guess it's about time for one....
2013 was rough. I changed jobs, not once but twice, when the 1st firm I went to turned out to be a bunch of F- - -wits who didn't want the skills I had to offer. At least not until the day I quit, then all of a sudden they were willing to do back flips for me. Add to that a colleague who periodically took it in his head to come curse me out at the top of his lungs, and place number 1 had to go. Enter place number 2. Started there in June and it's been a real adjustment. It's a smaller firm than the one I was at for the previous 14 years. And they hadn't had any really continuity in my department over the last 5 or 6 years, except for one guy in the LI office who doesn't provide any thought leadership to the Firm. So I definitely have my challenges cut out for me here. Whether it's backward thinking partners or small-firm mentality that throws a barricade in front of me, I plant my hand and hurdle it. Of course often I'm keeping in mind the great old adage "It's better to ask forgiveness than for permission!"
2013 also saw it's share of health issues. 2 cancer scares, including the one every woman fears deep in her soul -- breast cancer. Thankfully, all is well. But for a while there I was really scared. I'd even constructed a whole worst case scenario in my mind...mastectomy, reconstruction, I'd even designed some brilliant tattoos for the girls -- one's that symbolized strength and wisdom. It sounds ridiculous now, but at the time, it made perfect sense to me. Also had some surgery for an unrelated issue. So all in all 2013 pretty much SUCKED!
But all of that is the PAST!!!
Enter 2014....Jan 31 starts the year of the Horse and that is MY year! So 2014 is going to be my year to ROCK!!
About the same time I was running around to doctors I registered at a new gym right around the corner from the office (no excuses) and started working out with a trainer. After the first leg workout my heels didn't touch the ground for 3 days b/c my calfs just would NOT release! I've come a long way since that first workout. My trainer pushes me hard and I ache when I leave the gym, but I also feel empowered and strong. May not be able to lift my arms but I still feel STRONG!
Now I'm getting back in the biking and soon the running. I WILL conquer that 5K this year if it kills me!! Was supposed to be today that I started running, but got hit with a little blizzard and had to rejuggle my plans. So I came home and rode for 17 miles. May crank out a few more before bed. LOL (I think I'm getting a little obsessed).
So that's a bit about where I've been and where I'm headed. Here's hoping all my pals have a wonderful 2014!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
I do NOT even know where to begin...it's been a wild month. Between being on vacation, a spur of the moment trip to Vegas where I won a packet at blackjack, the delivery of my couch after 6 aborted attempts, the hurricane and subsequent snowstorm, and cap it off with finding a new job!
Had a great vacation. Really relaxed and got some stuff done around NYC. It was great. I read tons -- discovered a new author I'm really enjoying (Steve Berry) -- walked tons and worked out like a demon, until I got to Vegas that is.... The week before I left for Sin City, the sofa company I'd ordered my new couch from back in Sept, called to say that the couch was in and they could deliver it Wed. Then they called back to say no...not in the warehouse yet. Then the called Tuesday to say they could deliver it wednesday, then ...nope not in warehouse yet. Then they called Wed and said they could deliver on Thursday. Then they called to say...nope didn't make it on the truck. Then I got a message a 1/2 hour later saying it was coming. By the time I got that message they were closed so I had no idea if it was coming or not til Thursday morning! 10 guesses? Yeah you're right, it didn't come. But it would DEFINITELY be ready the folowing week. OK...one problem.....I was going to be in Vegas! So we arranged to deliver it on the 31st. I figured that was my mom's b-day so I could work from home and have diner with her and all would be right with the world with me on my new couch!
Vegas was great! I went hiking 2 days -- once to red rocks and once to Mt Charleston. The weather was perfect. Cool mornings and not too hot days. One day I walked the length of the strip geocaching. You'd be amazed how many caches are hidden up and down that one road. LOL I stayed at the Venetian, and had a great room. The only thing I didn't like about the hotel was the gym. I think I almost killed myself when I was doing my running intervals. The bloody treadmill had a mind of it's own and at one point it ramped up to 10mph. REALLY??? was the stupid thing trying to kill me??? So muh as I liked the room and the casino, I will think long and hard before I stay there again. Speaking of the casino, I think I had my best trip ever to Vegas as far as winnings go. After losing my pre-allotted daily gambling allowance the first night after a respectable 2 hours of play. I won every night after that! It was awesome! Now the one down side of Vegas is that you can't turn around and not be surrounded by FOOD! There is food every where!! Although it's not the healthiest routine I ended up eating breakfast and dinner. Trust me an early morning breakfast was MORE than enough food to last me the entire day! Now the plus side of Vegas is the walking. I was logging over 10 miles a day of walking alone.
Back in the City, the same day I'm supposed to go back to work, a hurricane or frankenstorm or nor'easter, or whatever you want to call it hits!. Really??? Irene, last year was supposed to be a hundred year storm. Now this one was a hundred year storm....I know time flies but seriously...noone ever said it travelled at light speed! Compared to many in the area I got off light. No damage, no power outage, just watching my picture window bow every time it got hit by a gust of wind. At least the office was smart enough to close Mon & Tues before it struck, so noone was out in it. My assistant and everal people from the office lost everything. So I was lucky. Very lucky! Monday the sofa company also called to reschedule the delivery of the couch. LOL Now it was going to be the following Tuesday -- 8 days later. OY! The rest of the week life slowly returned to normal as transportation was restored and the mess was being cleaned up. Some of my friends only got power back this weekend. A few are stil out.
Anyway....before I'd left for Vegas a friend of mine who knew I was looking to change firms, called me and hooked me up with a head hunter who had a position available at another firm. Apparently their head of QC is well past retirement and they need to do some succession planning. That's where I come in. So I met with them last week....twice! The first interview was 4 on one. The 2nd was 6 on 1. Nothing like a little pressure. This Monday I got the verbal offer and tonight I got the the formal written offer. So...Deember 3 I will be working for a new Firm. Those of you who know me, know that I've been unhappy where I am for a while. Well, time for a fresh start! A lot of fresh starts!! The best part....they're bringing me in as a Principal. That's the step below Partner! It's a huge message that this firm believes in my potential!
I think that pretty much brings me up to date. Been a helluva month!
Oh yeah...the couch arrived and it not only looks great...but I don't get any back pain when I sleep on it!!!
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Although the day started off with a short meeting at the office -- yeah, yeah I know...I'm on vacation! One of my colleagues needed a consult, so I figured I'd swing in, do the consult, have my pre-worout snack and then hit the gym for my run and some biking time. The weather managed to hold off as I walked to the office, but it was raining by the time I got done at the gym so the walk back home was a bit damp!
Picked up lunch on the way back, chatted with mom and some friends, did some reading, took a nap. Then when I woke up I realized completely forgot to pick up lettuce for dinner. Of course by then it was pouring outside! So what did I do....easy...some body weight exercises! LOL Then when the rain stopped, I slogged back out into the damp to get the bloody lettuce. Now I think I'm going to have something else for dinner. LOL Oh well it'll be here for tomorrow.
That's about all for tonight. Nothing exciting just a good day with a lot of fitness!
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Well....OK! I'm not REALLY quitting. Well I am...but not the way y'all think. Ya can't get rid of me that easy!
What I AM quitting is being a slave to the bloody scale! In the last 2 months I set very modest weight loss goals. Not more than 5lbs a month. And in each month I was lucky if I lost 1 or 2. Not for lack of trying either! I watched what I ate, finally managed to get the daily recommended amounts of fiber in my diet without resorting to bran muffins (YUCK!), and worked out regularly on top of walking to and from work everyday. But NONE of it reflected in the scale.
A few weeks ago, I got the newletter fro my gym and it had a picture of two guys who weighed the same amount. One had a pregnancy belly (y'all know what I'm talking about). The other....well let's just say there's not a woman in the world that would have kicked this guy out for eating crackers in bed!!
And I got to thinking....it's NOT the number on the scale it's how you package the number!! SO! For the next month, while I will still weigh in, I'm going to concentrate more on tightening up what I've got and trying to make a dent in some inches! I can't tell you how many times people tell me I've lost so much weight...I've lost FOUR lbs in 2 mos!! But I am definitely smaller (Yes Getstrongrrr, I need to get new slacks!). So, the goal for the next month is to lose 1 inch on the waist, 2 on the hips and 1 on the thighs!
Oct 1, I measure up and the challenge is on!
And the scale can go get stuffed!!
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