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Fo' realz y'all

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Alright folks, I hesitated to say anything because I've tried to get back here in fits and starts and looking back at my old blogs it looks like every two weeks I was BACK! And then radio silence. This time it's for real. I started Monday with tracking my food and the 30 day shred (so naturally Tuesday had to bring me TOM). Monday I was over my calories, but with exercise I was still under my total burn. Tuesday I was WAY over my calories (thanks TOM and chocolate chip cookies and wine!) and really did not exercise much. In fact most of the morning was spent either in a hot shower or lying in bed with a heating pad on my belly. So blah.

Today I am on track with diet, on plan with exercise, and actually have some work to do (which means I'm making money!) before I head out with my fiancee to spend several hours in the car with him like we used to. I may as well take advantage of being unemployed to spend time with the people who matter, amiright? I took my parents dogs for an hour walk on Monday, picked up my sister from the airport, enjoyed the balmy weather that has been gracing California until...well, until today. Ahh well. :-)

I've had two interviews so far, I think there's a good chance I'll get called back for a second interview for one, and if I'm not employed in about 9 months the other one will have a position for me, but they don't right now.

Okay, so a quick check in. I had to fight with our internet provider for a week, which is why I only just got internet at home yesterday. That was tough. Had a GREAT time on the cruise, worked out two days, did significant walking without significant food two days, rode a horse for an hour, including trotting and cantering along the beach which was a heck of a workout, one day, and felt wonderful in my dresses that I had worn a year ago on our last cruise and had to wear slenderizing garments underneath. I didn't wear the slenderizer this time and looked much better. Hopefully pics soon, but they're currently on the camera and we left the cord at the other house.

Had a good Christmas despite or even because of the job thing, a great birthday, and I'm not really sure where January is going because it's already the 23rd and I swear yesterday was the 12th.

My plan:

January 21-February 17 = Ripped in 30. I'm going along with this 5-6 days per week, today will only be my second session but that's okay. You gotta start somewhere! I am a bit sore from Monday, so at least I know it's working. I am modifying it a bit, I've added 5 minutes of jump roping in the beginning to warm up and five minutes at the end to rev my heart rate. I also would like to add more cardio when I have the time, even just walking, but I don't always have the time and that's okay.

I'm cancelling my gym membership. I haven't been back since I lost my job. It's only a mile from my old office which was super convenient, but I just don't get to that side of town at ALL so why would I drive 25 minutes each way every day? It's a silly waste of gas. There's a gym much closer that doesn't have all the amenities, but I think it'll be sufficient for my needs and somewhere I'll actually go.

Diet, right now I'm just focusing on measuring everything and staying within my calorie range. I haven't managed to do that the last two days, but I'm working towards it. I've worked on my fiancee enough that he actually makes my plate smaller than his naturally now. Before he would always be scrupulous about giving us the same amount and I always felt like I had to eat it. Now he gives me less and I try not to worry so much about giving left overs to the dog.

Work situation...I'm working. I have two clients and they've been using me a lot. I actually need to finish researching something right now for one and I've already billed a lot of hours for them this month. I think it's working out and I'm a lot less stressed about not having a "job." If I can keep these two clients going and maybe pick up a couple more, as well as some contract work, I might be able to make a go of forming my own law firm. It's not as impressive as it sounds but I am LOVING the freedom of being my own boss. Unfortunately, that also means I have to be my own motivator and frankly, I'd rather use my motivator towards weight loss right now...but what can ya do! If motivation is a muscle and needs to be exercised every day I'm going to have the strongest one around! :-)

Have a great week all, and check back, I'm back baby! emoticon
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KATYDID412 1/28/2013 9:44AM

    Glad to see you!!!

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AUTUMNBRZ 1/28/2013 7:43AM

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OPTIMIST1948 1/27/2013 11:44AM

    Love the optimistic tone of voice here. Solid plans and steps. Lood guck with Jillian. She's tough!

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FIRE-SPINNER 1/24/2013 2:46PM

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You go girl!! I'm so glad you're doing so well and enjoyed your cruise. Keep up the great work! W00H00!!
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ATTACKFATCAT 1/23/2013 4:39PM

    Yay! I was thinking about you the other day. I'm so glad to hear that the contract and client work is keeping you going. Sounds like you have some good goals that will help get you going. Definitely make the trips to the gym as easy as possible, even if it means switching them up. You want to be able to have as few excuses as possible when it comes to working out.

Welcome back!

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ARCHIMEDESII 1/23/2013 2:20PM

    It's good to see you !! glad you're back and keeping busy.

Good luck with those interviews. Remember, don't take any rejection personally. It's not you. it's the economy. A friend of mine has to remind me regularly not to get depressed because I'm not called back for round two of interviews. It's a still a tough market for everyone.

Looking forward to seeing some of your photos of your cruise. Sounds like a lot of fun. It's been years since I rode a horse.

And it's great that you have two clients who are using your legal services. That's how a business gets started. You start with a couple of good clients and build on that. it's no fun being unemployed. But the UI will be your safety net while you grow your business or find a new job.

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KARENCRANER 1/23/2013 2:10PM

    So good to hear from you again!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/23/2013 2:02PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are doing well! Congrats on the clients.

I agree about spending the time you have with people and changing your gym membership. no need to waste time you don't need to.

Welcome back?!?

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