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Not What I'd Hoped For!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

As some of you may now I had applied for a job with the Autisim Community Network early in the month and after going through two rounds of interviews I was informed I did't get the job. I was beat out by another candidate by a narrow margin! emoticon

I took the news pretty hard because: 1) I thought it was a job I'd enjoy and would be good at. 2) It was a non-profit that supports a good cause, two factors that were really important to me. 3) I had gotten my hopes up pretty high because I really thought they'd offer me the job!

Anyway, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things after allowing myself a short pity party. Yes it was a great job, but I have faith that an even better job will come along! God has a plan for me, of this I am sure. I may not see or understand it, but I know he's going to take care of me as he always does.

The Dirty Girl Mud Run is quickly approaching, December 1, and I NEED to start training for it again. I am also planning on doing the Jingle Bell Walk later in December, then Color Run in February, and finally the San Antonio Spark Team's 13.1. I had intended to add weekday walks to my plan, but never followed through with that plan. I'm hoping to get in a walk on Tuesday or Wednesday and Saturday. I just keep reminding myself that a step, no matter how small, in the right direction is better than standing still or sliding backwards.

SO it's time to shake this funk I've been stuck in and start taking control of my life. Who's with me?

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GODIVADSG 9/3/2012 9:54AM

    emoticon Something better is around the corner!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 8/27/2012 11:50AM


I cannot WAIT to do the Dirty Girl with you, not to mention the Half Sparkathon. I just love you and your spirit. You pick yourself up and keep going and that tenacity is what tells me you will NEVER be defeated.

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POSITIVE_ONE 8/27/2012 8:28AM

    Sorry you did not get the job you were hoping for. It sounds like life threw you a little unexpected curve ball. I think it threw a few of us things we did not expect.

I am with you!! Lets pick ourselves back up and start taking our lives back!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 8/26/2012 10:33PM

    I'm sorry to hear about the job but glad you're not letting it deter you!

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BINGEFREEBABE 8/26/2012 9:12PM

I'm with you, Tamara!! So sorry you're disappointed about the job.

regards, Hope

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August, a New Month and Another Chance

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Ugh, I've been so lazy the last two weeks! I was going strong all of July with 800 fitness minutes and then I fell flat! I don't know what happened, but I missed like one workout and then another and the next thing you know two weeks passed and the only exercise I got in was the 20 minutes it took me to wash my car on Thursday! What an embarrassment! I hate being a flounderer. I always start strong and then finish weak. But August is a new month and with it come new hopes. I will try, try, try again until I get it right. Until it sticks.

But for some good news: I have moved forward to the second round of interviews with the Autism Community Network. Interview 2 is scheduled for Friday, Aug 10!! I'm super excited because like I said before I'd really enjoy this job and I'd be great at it!! The pay is right where I want it to be, so fingers are crossed. My first interview went really well, so I feel GREAT about my chances! I am a little worried about how I'll fit in exercise when I start working again. Right now, I can pretty much exercise whenever I want, but I'll have to get on some sort of schedule when I start working and I'm scared I won't stick to it. The best thing for that is to set goals. So here are my goals for this month:

August Goals
*EXERCISE - 6 days a week, at least 20 min including walking 2 days a week.
*FOOD - Eat cleaner! Less processed foods, more fruits and vegetables. Start measuring and tracking food again.
*SOCIAL - I need to be more active on Spark. Blog, be active on the SA team page, and comment more on member's posts! I think my lack of interaction on Spark has been part of my failure :(

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TXLADY110 8/4/2012 11:46PM

    Congrats on the interview steps. I have melted this week... no exercise exercise but lots of strength training by working on the house. Looks like a great plan to get August under control. I may borrow some steps.

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X5X52000 8/4/2012 6:04PM

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 8/4/2012 5:10PM

    The job is YOURS. I've already claimed it for you.
You WILL fit in the exercise when you start the job because you know it is a priority for your healthy life and future plans and goals. The job isn't the goal, it is just another tool towards the goal. Your efforts on getting your health to a certain level is also a tool towards the goal.

Besides, job or no job (and you DO HAVE the job, I told you) if you slack off too much and I figure out that you aren't doing what you are supposed to be doing for yourself - I will hunt you down and make you do exercise videos until you drop! emoticon

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MEETSADMAMA 8/4/2012 2:56PM

    Congrats on making round 2 of the interviews! That's amazing!!

Great goals to get you going again =]

I've had the same trouble the last couple weeks. Until a week ago - I just couldn't get back on track!! I'm still not where I was a month ago but with small steps back towards what I was working on I've come pretty close - PLUS I'm finally getting into the habit of strength training which I just couldn't find the motivation to do before.

Things I try to do when I fall off track:
- I've figured out my healthy triggers. We all have "bad day" triggers, well I figured out what my "healthy trigger" is. If I force myself to do just 20 minutes of a fav fitness DVD I tend to get my water in for the day, plus I don't crave as much soda and I want to eat better food
- sometimes I'm just bored. Find something new to try...a different workout, go for a hike, try geocaching, go for a swim
- hot weather gets us unmotivated pretty quick!! Go swim or find a cool place to workout. You're rewarded by getting out of the heat =]
- check out success stories on here. Reading about how people who are bigger than me and who have more obstacles than me really inspires me to get my butt moving. If they did it...why can't I??
- change your perception of things. Instead of thinking, "Oh I've only lost 17lbs" - think "WOW!! I've almost lost 20% of the weight I'm trying to lose!!
- I also just updated my reward system - I'm quite a bit off pace to meet my end of the year goal and I've accepted I'm not going to lose 50 lbs by the end of the year but I have plans to celebrate when I hit the next target %. I have a few picked out for now and when I do finally hit the 50 lbs down - I want to get a massage!!!

Good luck on your journey!! If you're in need of some extra support - I'm only a SparkMessage away =]

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DAWNDMOORE40 8/4/2012 2:20PM

    It sounds like you have set some positive goals,and they are goals that are obtainable instead of setting really hard to reach goals which a lot of people make the mistake of doing when they are first starting out. I have been exercising consistently for several years, but the intensity is what has picked up the last couple years and it really makes a difference. So my suggestion to you is to change it up! I have been doing the P90X workout for about two months now and it really has improved my flexibility and my endurance! Keep up the good work! We are here for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I just realized I haven't blogged in FOREVER so here's an update:

I had a phone interview last week with the Autism Community Network and I have a face-to-face interview on Friday!! I'm super excited about this!! I haven't applied for a lot of jobs because I'm really particular about what I want to do. I'm blessed that I don't have to work and can be picky, but this my dream job!! I'd be the Community Outreach and Marketing Director so I'd be handling their social media accounts, volunteers, and coordinating special events like the Autism Walk. So I'd appreciate all the prayers, good vibes, and thoughts that you'd like to send my way!!

The Olympics start this weekend and that's a BIG deal in our house! We went to Freetail today to watch the Women's US Soccer team DEFEAT France 4-2!! It was great and we were so rowdy we got interviewed by WOAI radio to discuss the Olympics and why we love it so much!! If you've never been to Freetail, it's off 1604 and Bitters, let me warn you. It's a brewing company and the smell of HOPS is strong when you first walk in, but you do get used to it quickly! They've got yummy food to!! I had the Freetail BAT which is turkey, bacon, avocado, lettuce and tomato on foccacia!! I had a side of fresh fruit and it was YUM-O!!!

I have to admit, I've been a bad girl with my exercising this week, as in I haven't done any! I know, I know, but I have been deep cleaning if that helps any. I do plan on getting in some exercise tomorrow and Friday, plus double exercise on Saturday for my normal walk and then the Spark Rally in honor of National Dance Day that evening.

That about sums up my week so far!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 7/26/2012 3:54PM

    The job is yours. I've named it and claimed it on your behalf!

Can't wait for Saturday's walk and the Spark Rally. Like you, I haven't done much at all this week; no excuse, I've been lazy. That's about to change, though!

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    *happy thoughts* I'm excited for you! emoticon

I'm also getting ready for the Olympics, soooo excited!!! Have a GREAT weekend!!!

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MJ7DM33 7/25/2012 9:55PM

  I pray that everything does well for you with the new job!!! You have a good plan to get your exercise in, so you will be fine!

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I miss you sleep!

Friday, July 06, 2012

I'm so miserable! My upstairs neighbors are INSANE. They woke us up around midnight because they were being loud, slamming doors, running around playing with their dog etc. As if that wasn't enough, they woke us up again at 3am HAMMERING. And not hammering as in "let's hang this picture", but hammering as in "let's build a bookcase." And this goes on every night. I'm not positive, but I think there are lots of people coming in and out of there that might be living there on and off. Reiko ended up going outside to see what the hell was going on and she yelled at them to knock it off, which they did thankfully. Unfortunately, our welcome mat was mysteriously missing this morning when Reiko left for work around 6:15 and then returned late this morning around 9. So apparently it's a bunch of 12 year olds living upstairs. I'm starting to think there's something with that apt upstairs. The neighbors we had before used to fight and scream so loud at each other. She would beg him not to leave it was horrible!! It's already really hard for me to sleep (it takes me forever to fall asleep and if I wake up, it takes me a long time to fall back asleep). Waking up three times a night, not including going potty, is really starting to get to me. I'm irritated, tired, have no energy, moody, etc. So we called the mgr. and he's going to send out a noise notice or something and verify the people living there are the people on the lease.

Other than that drama I haven't lost any weight....but hey no surprise there! I'm still working out and eating right and I'm going to keep on doing that. I don't know what else to do, but keep on keeping on! Who knows, with any luck maybe I'll see a change on the scale on Sunday morning, but I'm not holding my breath!

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TXLADY110 7/8/2012 10:33PM

    Uggg. I can relate to the lack of sleeping once you have been woke.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 7/6/2012 10:28PM

    Rude neighbors are the bane of apartment existence. I've had a few horrible experiences in the past when I was an apartment dweller. Interrupted sleep, even if you were to end up with 8 or more hours total sleep, is not the same as one long, lovely, uninterrupted night of rest. You have every reason to be cranky and frustrated.

I hope the scale reflects your hard work on Sunday. You sure deserve to see some positive changes!

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POOKASLUAGH 7/6/2012 4:08PM

    I feel for you on both accounts! :/

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July Game Plan

Sunday, July 01, 2012

So I never set monthly goals for myself, but I probably should. So here are my goals for July:

1) Reach AT LEAST 1000 monthly fitness minutes including walking 7 miles 2x per week (as part of 13.1 training)

2) Stay in calorie range 6 out of 7 days a week

3) Drink 9+ glasses of water daily

4) Continue on my path to no smoking (I'm currently on Day 7)

That's it. Short and sweet and absolutely do-able!

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BRENNI71 7/1/2012 11:41PM

  Quitting smoking!!! Good for you! When you are struggling, you could jot down the price of cigs and see how long til you have saved enough for a pair of those amazing shoes! Can't take tooo long to reach one hot pair of pumps! Good luck and I'm sure you can do it. People offer foods and excuses not to work out all day, every day and you just say no to them. You can do this too!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 7/1/2012 11:17PM

    You are one amazing lady! Congratulations on week 1 of clean lungs! I adore you for this and so much more!

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LYNNR71 7/1/2012 7:01PM

    Awesome goals!

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EVLOBOS310 7/1/2012 1:35PM

    emoticon goals! And emoticon to day 7 of no smoking! I fell off the wagon on that one emoticon But I have a book coming, The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr, that is supposed to be excellent to help quit. Hopefully then I can join the non-smoking group again! emoticon emoticon

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TXLADY110 7/1/2012 12:53PM

    Accessible steps Tamara... the lack of cigarettes will so help the B/P...
Mine dunked 20 points a month after I quit and has stayed there.

I hope you smell an new world now :-). You can make those exercise minutes you did great in June.

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POOKASLUAGH 7/1/2012 12:41PM

    Definitely you can do this TaMara!! Woohoo!

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CKRIEG2 7/1/2012 12:39PM

    Good job on quitting smoking!!!!!! Keep it up.
I've never made monthly goals, either. Maybe I'll start after reading this.
Have a nice day :)

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