Update, finally......

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hello, Sparkly friends!!!! Sorry it's taken me so long to post this update, but I wanted to have a progress report to go with it. However, I still haven't made it anywhere to weigh in, so I'm going ahead with it anyway and am just going to make sure I can weigh in before April first. I will say that I'm not expecting a loss at all, and will be amazed if my gain is not huge.

Well, I left off at leaving town to be by my mothers side as it didn't look like she was going to make it. Good new, there, she pulled through! She is doing much better than any of her doctors had expected her to. She is now in a Long Term Advanced Care Hospital (LTACH) now, and maybe getting to come home in the next couple weeks. So all that has been amazing. She is going to have to adjust to a few new ways of life, but that she is already able to walk short distances is actually pretty amazing. I have to give credit to my brother, he was the only one who was really optimistic the whole time. My husband and I were concerned that he wasn't being very realistic, and as it turned out, we were just being to pessimistic.

I was living in Joliet, IL, and came down here to Arkansas City, KS. to be with my family. After I had been here about a week, my hubby and I decided that we would go ahead and move down here, for a few years at least. So I started looking for work and a house, and found both! My husband came down for the weekend last week, right before I started my new job, to visit and he will finally be joining me on the 1st of April , when we will move into our new house.

On the job front, I am the new manager at a convenience store, a job I had done before. It's not a job that makes me very happy, but it's pretty good money. I actually hate it, but I'll get by for now. I hate even more that I'm good at it. Makes it hard to quit, you know. I was hoping to get a job at a casino down here, and I did get that job, too, but it was taking so long to get the background check back, so I took the managers job. I'm a little bummed, because I know that I'll not be able to go to school like I have been wanting too for so long. And it limits the time I have to spend with my little girl. It's going to be a lot of work, at least right at the start, getting it back to being a profitable store. But, I'll get it done, then reassess what I want to do at that point.

But, not having worked in 3+ years, going to a job and being on my feet for 9 straight hours everyday last week really kicked my butt. That's why I hadn't been on here in the last week. By the time I got off work, picked up my kid, made dinner, washed the dishes, bathed little girl, took a shower and did whatever else that absolutely needed to be done, I was a total zombie. Needless to say, my exercise has suffered drastically.

On the new home front, I'm really happy. We got an actual house, and for $200 cheaper than the crappy little apartment we were renting in Joliet. Kansas is always good for the economy. Or so I thought. Surprisingly, groceries are much higher here than in IL.

I have been eating out too much as well. So, with the excessive eating, no work outs, and stress beyond any that I'm used too, I guarantee I've gained weight. The question is, how much? I don't know yet, but will soon. Hopefully it will help me with much needed kick in the pants. I have to be up at 3 am to get ready for work, but I'm going to squeeze in a 15-20 min. workout and 5-10 minutes of stretching. Not only will this help me burn more calories throughout the day, but I'm hoping that my muscles will be more reluctant to ache and groan for the whole rest of the day.

I have so much going on the next few weeks, but regardless, it's get back on the hoarse time. My life has changed once again, but it's no reason to let it drag me down. I need to focus on the positives. I'm back with my family and friends, I have a job, in fact I'm so desirable in the work force that I actually turned down 2 other job offers, my little girl finally has others close to her age to play with and has been having a blast, I'm moving in to a super cute house, with an easy going land-lord.....there are others I'm sure.

Oh, and a big bonus of moving here.....A local gym that is only $15 a month, with no joiner fees or contracts!!!! Weight loss goals, ready or not, here I come!!!!!
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    I am so happy your Mom is doing well and that you were able to move closer. You have been on quite the roller coaster with an ill parent, a young family, a new home and a new job. Eventually, everything will settle and you can go after that casino job again if you still want it.
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    2556 days ago
    You have a lot of changes going on!! Wishing you all the best with each and everyone of them! emoticon
    2556 days ago
  • GAYLE-G-63
    Welcome back Dawn!

    Things will get better once your life settles down. Don't feel guilty, just look forward. You're where you need to be. I'm very happy to hear everything is going so well. Onward!!!

    2556 days ago
  • VIRGIE8278
    Wow, Alot Has been going on with you! I was concerned when I saw you drop off, I was hoping that it was just a much needed break! Doesn't sound like you have had much of a break at all!

    Hope things settle for you soon!!!! Glad to hear your mom is doing well, and on the road to recovery!

    We are here if you need us! Take care..and spark on.

    2556 days ago
    Huzzah!! emoticon
    2556 days ago
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