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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

HOLY GOODNESS I have been so busy.

I am, no joke, typing up this post on my phone at the gym because I am THAT BUSY.

SO, major points to cover:

1.) NEW JOB (!!!): New job is, well, okay. Depending. The honeymoon ended that first week. Long story short, I work for a micromanager who isn't entirely familiar with what my job entails, so she's trying to train me, but when someone from the other center comes in to train me I find out that I've been learning it wrong and need to relearn it. Also, her priorities are kind of...off. And it takes forever to get things done. But when she's not there, I'm busy getting ALL the things done and I LOVE it. So it'll just take time, methinks.

2.) BUYING A CAR (???): I test drove five cars last Friday. There is a serious chance I might betray my family and NOT get a Toyota (GASP!) The Honda Civic is preeeeeetty sweet. It has all sorts of cool tech toys, and all on the BASE model. And the base model is the same price as the mid-level Toyota Carolla (which is what I'd want because the one feature I really want is cruise control, besides working lights and heat). I also test drove a VW Jetta (hated it), Toyota Camry (when did they get so big!?), and Hyundai Elantra (also nice, but I've heard mixed reviews about the quality). Is there something else I should totes test drive? A friend of mine is hounding me to try the Chevy Cruze.

3.) Boyfriend: We are well. I have a super romantic story to share with you all, but I need my computer to post pictures for that blog. But I warn you--prepare your tissues and box of chocolates!

4.) My health: is lacking. -_- I AM SK ASHAMED. Here's the deal--people found me so inspiring because I was SOO dedicated to my health last year. But that is easy when my full time job IS my health, more or less. I was working part time/minimal hours for the past year. My new work schedule is tough, so squeezing in exercise time is difficult. And I get tired, so finding the motivation to eat well is hard when I just want pizza or some chocolate.

Truth Time--I gained 4 lbs over Christmas. I know it's not a big deal, but my body is not as firm as I'd like it to be. And I've been maintaining since then. And I'm only surprised that I haven't GAINED. I'm eating salty foods too much, not drinking enough water, exercising as little as twice a week, and my motivation is totally deflated. But my will to fight/stubbornness is too strong to give up now. I've been preparing my week's lunches on Sunday so I always eat well for lunch. Boyfriend is in charge of dinner M-Th which we plan out Sunday, so that's generally healthy. This week I'm trying to hit the gym at least four times. I'm disappointed in myself, but I'm not giving up, and that's what matters, right?

Also--I hate this cold, dry weather. My skin is drying out and is super itchy--I keep scratching, and that's not good. Any suggestions?

I'm sorry I haven't kept in touch with ANYBODY. A special shout out to Aly for writing on my wall recently--this post is largely because you asked how I've been. I hope to find the time to catch up with you all soon!

I gotta go--time to shower and get ready for work. I hope you are all well, and I'll try to be more sociable in the future!
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    I'm busy catching up on blogs after being absent from spark for a long while. Struggling doesn't make you any less motivational. Keeping going, even at a lower level is hard with a new job and routine. I hope things are smoothing out for you now, hope to see you blogging again soon.
    1826 days ago
    It sounds like all of the changes will take some time to adjust to but you're doing well! You haven't given up on your health so that is major. Good luck with the new boss!
    1867 days ago
    Yikes!! you have been mega busy! Now I'm intrigued about your boyfriend story! Hope to read it soon emoticon
    1868 days ago
    Glad you are doing well. The new job sounds interesting. Just know that there are the "micro-managers" in every job. And honestly, I don't think any manager REALLy knows what their employees do. Can't wait to see the romantic blog!!!
    1868 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    I'm so happy to see an update! Things are crazy when working full time, huh?? I can't imagine how people with kids and other obligations do it! Serious commitment...

    I'm glad all is going well! I can't wait to see you around more!
    1868 days ago
    Hang in there- You've got this! :) emoticon
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    1868 days ago
    I am so happy you are alive!!!!! I cannot stand a micromanager. I have worked for a few and found the best way to deal with them is to tell them what you are doing before they ask. That way it is on your terms and it gets them out of your way for a while.

    Can't wait to hear about supper sappy tear-inducing boyfriend story. Love is a beautiful thing!

    Don't sweat the 4 lbs for now. Once your life calms down a bit, you will be just as focused as before.
    1868 days ago
    Nice update! I'm so glad things are going well for you and you keep yourself busy with interesting stuff!
    1868 days ago
    Thanks for the update! It always seems to take some time to get into routine after a major schedule change. As for cars, the Civic does sound pretty sweet! I love our Nissan Maxima (drives like a dream) but I don't know how it compares to the Civic on price. My husband is a die-hard Nissan fan, so we didn't even price similar cars. Can't wait to hear what you end up getting and about your super romantic story! emoticon
    1869 days ago
    You're going through a big transition time - be kind to yourself. There is probably no absolutely perfect job in the whole world, so look at the positives and try to get along with your micromanager. At the same time, remember it's your job, not your life. Take time for yourself and look after your health. Sounds like you've found several good options for the car, whichever you choose will be fine.

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    1869 days ago
    Whew, girl, I thought my life was busy. Hopefully once you are trained and in the groove, your boss won't micromanage so much and you'll enjoy it more. You've had a lot of changes going on, so the fact that you've only gained a few pounds back is GREAT! Don't be ashamed...that's an accomplishment if you ask me. You'll get back into the groove.
    1869 days ago
    Can't wait to read the romantic story. You are the one who will be driving it, so go with the car that suits you best. Good luck with work!
    1869 days ago
    I love your attitude towards the 4 lb gain! It's ok to fall off of the wagon occasionally, as long as you get back on it!

    Hope things even out for you soon.
    1869 days ago
    Whew, you are busy! New jobs are always tough in the beginning but you'll keep learning and adjusting with time. No need to drive more cars - the Honda Civic is awesome. I bought mine new in 2006 and still love it! Yay for your boyfriend - look forward to hearing the story. Once you adjust to all the changes, the health/fitness thing will fall back into place. You're right not to give up - that's a huge step in the right direction! Ugh, I hear you on the skin - mine drives me crazy this time of year!

    1869 days ago
    For the dry skin, try to wash with body soap as little as possible, you might even want to try a scrub using sugar and olive oil. It will slough off the dead skin and moisturize at the same time. Try a humidifier in your room at night, and use baby oil right after you shut the water off in the shower. The best time to moisturize your skin is when it's wet. I found the less chemicals I used the less my skin dried out and itched. I also skip the shaving cream because I realized it would just irritate my skin further.

    Also lots and lots of water! Your skin needs all that water to stay moisturized.

    I'm soo excited to hear about your romantic story! :)

    Just remember everything takes time and is an adjustment. I'm still inspired by you!
    1869 days ago
    It's going to take you some time to adjust to your new schedule!

    As for the dry skin, lotion, lotion, lotion. My skin is so dry and bad this year that I have developed eczema at 31 years old (my mom has had it since she was a kid so it's not that odd), and no matter how much I lotionize the backs of my knees they itch and are red and scaly! Boo!

    I suggest Gold Bond lotion. It's thick and creamy and lightly scented. Also, try to not take super hot showers, because they dry out your skin.

    You'll get to a point where you can juggle all your things! =)

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  • MJRVIC2000
    Life is full of challenges! If there were no challenges, life would be boring. So thank God for all your daily challenges. God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1869 days ago
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