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Vent: My Co-workers!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sorry, but I need to vent to someone about this.

In the first few weeks, I noticed.. let's call it "catty". Not sure if that is the right word though. Basically two of the people that have worked there for a while was trying to get one of the guys fired. Okay, fine IF he's not doing the closing tasks. I found out this week that SAME girl asked the guy she was trying to get fired to work for her!!! Pretty low, if you ask me!

Anyhow, after I have gotten everything done at work, I sometimes sit in the office. I have asked for what else I can do. My boss started to give me some projects but I get SO bored so easily. I cannot put things away because we have been busy so people are using the weights and all. *sigh* Anyhow, I feel like these two girls brought it up to her. Mind you, just this past Friday I worked because the guy that works Fridays (and only Fridays!!!) got sick. Keep in mind, I saw him the night before at like 9 pm so I am not sure if I am buying into it but okay, sure, I will help you out... I will work.. on three hours of sleep! That's the problem.. I will bend over backwards for my job and usually I don't get it in return.

Okay.. deep breath.

Today, we got an email saying we shouldn't be in the office for periods of time. Yes, I know we shouldn't. I have everything done. What do they want me to do? Stare at people working out? Sometimes people just do not want to chit chat when they run. They want to be left alone!

I am really wondering if this job is going to help me in the field. I also am concerned about balancing this job with my class load.

Okay, I think I am done. Thanks for listening!


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1CRAZYDOG 1/20/2011 8:26AM

    Stay away from catty girls. DO ask your boss what would help out rather than sitting in the office. I think you're right to point out that people exercising (running . . . whatever) sometimes prefer to just be left alone! And yes, I think you need to maybe make a pro and con list of how you view your job in the scheme of things like benefiting your future career. Certainly you won't quit this job before you have another one, but at least this will help you weigh which direction to go in with this job. Bear in mind, though, you are going to find catty people ANYWHERE you work. **SIGH** Had my share of that myself.

Have a peaceful day....and hope you got some sleep!

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HANNAHV 1/17/2011 6:04AM

    You sound tired? maybe lacking some precious will know emoticon Try seeing to yourself first and the rest will fall into place, maybe it's time to review your goals and reason for working there.

Good luck emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 1/16/2011 5:09PM

  If you really like the job and want to stay with it, I would stay away from the "Catty" girls. They are always trouble and NOT to be trusted. Just do what is expected of you to the best of your ability and ask the boss where she would like you to be rather than in the office. Tell her what you said here about how people who are exercising really want to be left alone and you want to respect their wishes.
If you really don't like the job and it is interfering with your schedule, then I would look for something else.
Good Luck. I know you will do what is best. emoticon

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P0KERS0PH 1/16/2011 4:35PM

    My job has been getting me down so I have been applying for new jobs, I have an interview in 2 weeks time.
I hope you can resolve your issues, if not make a change.

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Mission: The Sculpter, Toner Me

Saturday, January 15, 2011

When I started this journey, I felt fat. Whether if I was or not was not the point. The point is I felt that way and felt unhappy. So, I did something about it.

In the last few weeks, I have felt fat. But, why? I have no idea. If I have no idea, how am I supposed to change it? So, I have been trying to figure it out.

Maybe it's because I am in work out pants, sweats, or wind pats. You see they are part of my work uniform and since I have worked for the last five days, I haven't worn anything else. I had to go grocery shopping today before work and I chose to wear jeans. I haven't put on jeans all day. It was like it was reconfirming that I did lose weight. While grocery shopping, I picked up a new pair of work pants and a workout tank (the kind that sucks right to you).

The pants were size 8-10. Does this mean I can officiallly say I am a 10? emoticon I gotta say I feel like I have a flatter tummy, and nice butt in them. At the store, I tried on the tank. It fit but I am still quishy. I guess that is when I had my realization.

I want to my solid muscle.
I want to be a solid muscle runner.
I want to be a slim, solid muscle runner.
I want to be a slim, solid muscle runner with a flat tummy.

Specific enough?

I guess I have been thinking alot about reaching the weight 160. In the last few weeks, I believe the question was asked: What does 160 mean to me?

You know what I could not answer that. Now, I kind of can. In my mind, it meant I am solid, slim, and athletic. Even if I get down to 160 I can still be quishy. It is time. Time to take my strength training seriously. Like I did in the beginning of my journey.

Besides that, my BF has been kinda in a roundabout way been asking... when I will be happy? I will be happy when I am not squishy but seriously sculpted and toned!

Here is the plan, basically.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday - Strength Train (with free weights)
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday - Run
Saturday - Rest

Mind you, it looks like I am not doing much cardio but what's hidden is that I have Step Aerobics MWF and Badminton TH for my semester classes. I will definitely get the cardio in. Not worried about that.

So, I am on a mission... sculpting a stronger, toner body! emoticon

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HANNAHV 1/17/2011 6:06AM

    emoticon emoticonproud of you!

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SHERYLDS 1/16/2011 9:15AM

    I am so proud and happy for you..... you have really become a powerful source of inspiration. You go for it.

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TEE2EE 1/15/2011 4:30PM

  Sounds like a great plan. Lots and lots of cardio for sure. Congrats on reaching your goal weight and making new goals to refocus your plan! Great job!

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Job Update!

Friday, January 14, 2011

I have been working at the YMCA for a little for a month now. Overall, I enjoy it. Except when I am bored out of my mind because a new member didn't show up orientation.

Or like today. When the guy that works ONLY Fridays calls in [which I saw last night so I am not sure if I am buying into he's really sick] and my boss asks me if I can. Well, um... I don't want to work.. but I guess I can. I really need the money.

So much for my day off.
So much for resting.
So much for my first run with the Bridge to 10K.
So much saying good-bye to Nick before he leaves for the weekend.

On a more positive note, I do enjoy working there. I like showing people how to use the machines. It really makes me feel smart and like reconfirms how far I have come. I know, weird, right?!

In the last few years, I have volunteered/worked at a variety of places. I learned real quick that the work environment is important to me. I remember I volunteered at a place with a negative energy. I hated it and dreaded going.

Well, that is definitely not the YMCA. It has such a positive energy. When I am there it actually helps to motivate me. In fact, I see everyone running on treadmills while I am there.. that it energizes me to want to run which is awesome for my Half Marathon training.

One of my members apparently adores me. She told me I was awesome than bragged to my boss that I am awesome! Woot! She was telling me this yesterday and my boss told her that I interview great! Double Woot! I always thought so. I know I just need to get my foot in the door and I usually can get the job... but man, it sure is nice to have that reconfirmed especially when I will be looking for a career in the next year or so!

Anyhow, I think I will be a bit tired after working today so time to change plans. The run is SO on for tomorrow before I work at 1 pm or Sunday at the VERY least!

Have a wonderful Friday!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/14/2011 10:24PM

  I am so glad that you love your job. The added bonus is that it also helps you to feel even better about yourself and how far you have come.
Hope you find some time for YOU this weekend and don't tire yourself out too much. Take care of yourself...... emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/14/2011 7:26PM

    Awwwwww - that is so great!!!!!

emoticon Hope you get some rest this weekend!

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ARARUTH 1/14/2011 10:07AM

    10k is what 6 miles? You can totally do it before work! emoticon

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ECLECTIC_ME 1/14/2011 9:44AM

    The Y sounds like a terrific place to work. Hope you are feeling better!

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Gathered the troops for my HM training!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

24 hours really can make the difference!

Yesterday, I was hesitating on training for the HM.
Today, I decided to go for it.

This morning I was pretty excited about my decision.

I knew with my decision I was going to need some major support. So, I gathered the troops.

I think I have all my bases covered.

Online... um, can you say Sparkpeople? Hehe. I found some people and I think I am going to join a team specifically for it!

In person... I have a friend I am going to train on twice a week.

During the race.. Running it with my aunt.

I feel like with all that support, it is definitely doable! I totally have this. This is totally what I needed. A new focus.

Now, all I need to do is set up some weekly personal training to teach me how to use free weights or kettle bells. Honestly, I am leaning towards kettle bells. All I know is my core needs to get to be stronger... pronto! I have noticed after I run, my sides and back hurt a bit. I think it's because my core needs to be stronger.

Besides the personal training, all I gotta do is send in my registration. That will probably happen the week classes start. That is really just a housekeeping item.

By the way, if you are interested in knowing, I did my first official training run today.. well, kinda. I didn't have enough time.. but I did run 2 miles in 30 minutes. It's a start. Friday, I have off so no excuses.. I WILL be running 10 minutes with 1 minute walk breaks four times.

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P0KERS0PH 1/13/2011 9:11AM

    Your next planned run is the same as that of the first week off bridge to 10k, are you following that programme?
That's what I am going to do after completing couch to 5k.

Now you have made the commitment you have no choice but to follow through, woohoo!! You can do it!

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NAMSMOMMY 1/13/2011 9:00AM

    Make sure you are running with your back straight and upright. That will help with the back issues =)

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VPOPPY01 1/12/2011 7:26PM

    WOO! emoticon Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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Today, the HM training starts!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I have made up my mind. I am going to do it! That's right, I am going to train for the Half Marathon. *gulp* Since my aunt is three hours away, I will be basically training by myself. But, I CAN DO IT! On the day, my aunt and I will be emoticon the first NINE miles together so that will be great! So, as soon as I get more money through my school refund and bigger checks from my new job, I am going to register so I cannot back out!

The plan?

I am going to complete the Bridge to 10K which is ideally 6 weeks long. After that, I may take a week off. Maybe ignite my love with the arc trainer again. After that, I am going to complete Hal Higdon's HM Program for Novices which is 12 weeks. According to my calculations, I will have approximately one to two weeks left to work on what I want to until the HM on June 5th! Perfect!

So.. if anyone is training for their first HM, or have advice for me about training or know of a great team on here while I train... I'd LOVE to hear about it!

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HALFFAST 1/12/2011 3:59PM

    I'm also training for a HM but I'm using Fitness Magazine's 8 week program. I can already run 10k at a time so I'm really psyched about this! Just wish the weather was better so I could get off the treadmill and back outside! Good luck to you! And by the way, I love your name!

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CRISSYCURRY 1/12/2011 1:37PM

    Yay!!!! I'm also training for my first HM using Hal Higdon's program. I'm not doing the 10k first, though. I feel like I get that training in with Hal Higdon's training. Good luck!!

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P0KERS0PH 1/12/2011 12:15PM

    Excellent!! You will do brilliantly I am sure of it!
I have 4 weeks of c25k left, then I am going to do the b210k programme.
I have signed up for a 5k & a 10k so far this year. I'd love to do a half by the end of the year, but I'm going to see how the training progresses before I sign up for one.

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ONCEUPONADREAM 1/12/2011 11:51AM

I am also doing the bridge to 10k with hopes of training for a half!

Hope the progress will be easy and hopefully we'll both be crossing that finishing line around the same time!

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NAMSMOMMY 1/12/2011 11:50AM

    You can totally do it!

I am working on a 10k for March 26 =)

You might also look at Jeff Galloway (at least I think that is how it is spelled! lol) and his method. He says take walk breaks, it can really make a difference! I got a 1 minute improvement on each of my times the first time I did it!

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VPOPPY01 1/12/2011 11:38AM

    emoticon Wow and good luck! I've kind of wanted to do a HM, but I would like to loose a bit more weight and work on my running a bit more. What marathon are you doing?

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