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one year later

Saturday, November 03, 2012

This year has been pretty amazing. I've discovered a lot about myself and my relationship with food. It's an ongoing process.
I've also been working on my life. I hired a life coach and we are working to develop the plan for the next chapter of my life. It's pretty exciting. I've also joined a women's support group that is led by my life coach. What a phenomenal group of women. Support is the key word.
Being part of that group is actually what brought me back to Spark. This is a huge group of people, here to support each other, with a common goal of improving health, fitness and general well-being.
So, I want to say that I'm happy to be back on board and part of this wonderful support network. emoticon


Golf and me

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I am having a love affair with the game of golf. It intrigues me, it makes me frustrated, but I can't stop thinking about it. I actually think about golf before I go to bed at night. While I'm at work I think about ways to improve my practice.

I haven't played that much. I took lessons eons ago, and worked pretty hard on it at the time. I didn't fall in love with it then. Starting a few months ago, I started going to the driving range, just on a whim at first. Then, something about hitting that ball and wanting to get better at it got to me.

My boss's boss's boss was kind enough to include me in an after work outing where we played a round of golf together. This was a few weeks ago, before I fell in love. I remember feeling frustrated after that game, and wishing that I could play a lot better. It was nice to hang out with the guys though. (I was the only woman there)

My boyfriend had taken me to the driving range a few weeks earlier, and we worked on my swing. He is really good at golf, and I felt like he was really frustrated with me. Well, I was even more frustrated with myself because of how often I was hitting my ball with the shaft instead of the head of the club. So he gave me a few pointers. More recently we had a really good learning session at the range, and I think he discovered a few of the things that were wrong with my swing. So I've been working on them, a lot. I've been at the driving range 4 days in a row now. Today I was there for an hour. It's hard work, so I'm giving myself fitness minutes for it. I can feel it working on my arms, back and core.

Am I getting better? That's the question. And I think it is too soon to tell. I am still in love with golf.

Last night when I came home from my walk I found a golf ball outside my apartment. I think that's a sign from the heavens that I need to keep playing.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

DIVINEPRINCESS 7/29/2011 10:39PM

    Look out Christie Kerr! You've got some major competition coming your way in WITHSCISSORS.

You'll improve--and excel--because you're in lovd with it. Anything you love and have a passion about, is something you'll stick with and want to get better at.

Way to go!

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/29/2011 7:31PM

    Nothing like a new summer love... that's hot. Enjoy!


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FIT_TERI 7/6/2011 7:50AM

    I think it's awesome that you've found an activity that you love! My husband is an avid golfer....in fact, he's playing right now...before work. He thinks about it all the time, too. I've tried to love it, but I don't. So, I never practice, never get better and don't really have too much fun playing. I totally think you should count your time at the range as fitness minutes. When I do play, I definitely feel it in my shoulders, back and obliques. Have fun!

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I survived another lay-off

Monday, June 13, 2011

My work is becoming more stressful than I thought it would be. This morning we had the fourth lay-off in just 6 months and we lost some good people. It's because sales aren't as good as predicted by the wildly optimistic marketing guys a few years ago. They made these crazy predictions and then we had a frenzied ramp-up with lots of hiring. Now, many of those people that we hired are gone along with people who have worked there longer than me.

As my blog title indicates, I still have a job. Thank goodness. Apparently they think I'm doing a good job. But so were my friends.

The saddest thing is that even though lots of underlings lost jobs, there were only one or two managers who did. In my group we still have all the same management that we had back when we were twice as big. The one that really bothers me is Mr. MBA, who joined the company last summer. He is too young and inexperienced to be a Director, but that's his job. He is my boss's boss and he is just about enough reason for me to polish up my resume and start lining up interviews. He is truly one of the most annoying people I've ever met.

Well, enough about that. Since I'm home now, and my sweetie is coming to visit me tonight, I'm just going to relax all my cares away in the bathtub.

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MISSYGEEN 6/14/2011 7:55AM

    Wow, That's tough, we had the same thing happen a few years ago. We learned from that mistake and during lean times we all pull together to get the work done. Glad you still have your job. I'm sure it must be still a little anxious for you. It is good that you are taking some time to relax, that's what's needed in times like this. Good luck with everything.

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Sunday, April 10, 2011

I am starting to make friends again. It's been awhile since I've actually had any friends. I don't know if it's because they were turned off by my husband or if it's because I pushed people away because I didn't want them to know how bad my marriage was. But now that I've left him, I feel like I'm attracting friendship again just like back before I ever met him.
Anyway, I had great fun on Friday after work going to a girls' get-together at my friend Lydia's house. In addition to the fun and laughter, I told them about how I had left my marriage, and they were so supportive. I also ended up buying a second hand loveseat from a friend and got help from another friend to haul it to my apartment and get it up the stairs and inside.
So, you all probably already know how wonderful it is to have friends but I have to admit that I had forgotten what it was like and I'm really enjoying re-discovering friendship.

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SNUGGLE318 4/10/2011 1:12PM

    Congrats on your new adventure... ''in progress''! good luck with your journey! emoticon emoticon

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NICKI984 4/10/2011 1:04PM

    Awesome! Glad to hear it! Sounds like things are going great!

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I left

Saturday, April 02, 2011

As discussed in my most recent blog, I left my marriage. I moved out and I now have a beautiful, quiet apartment without much furniture. But I am sort of free from the control freak husband. It feels great. My apartment building has a gym so now I no excuse to not work out often.

My next step is to negotiate a schedule for my 13 year old daughter so she will have some order in her life in terms of where she will be each day.

I'm feeling pretty positive about the whole thing, even though he keeps calling me. He returned from Iran yesterday and the fit hit the shan. It was pretty ugly. He got really angry and he threatened me. But I survived yesterday, and I will just keep going until I am finally free of him. It feels good to be doing this.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/3/2011 3:59PM

    I am sorry to hear about your marriage break up. I pray for your Dd, too, because I can imagine how difficult it is on her, as it is for you.


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KARBIE18 4/3/2011 8:10AM

    I experienced the same kind of freedom when I left my first husband. In fact, it was actually the best thing I ever did for myself, and my daughter. So proud of you for taking that first step.

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FIT_TERI 4/2/2011 2:22PM

    I'm glad you're feeling good about your decision. I hope this works out really well for you and your daughter. Stay strong.

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