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The universe might have just given me a giant middle finger...


Saturday, February 23, 2013

...and I might be enjoying its joke. Crazy, huh?

Still not counting chickens, mind you, but there be cracks in the shells.

The title refers to my War Nerve post (should have titled it that, but instead went with the "I look at my reflection and I see an enemy"). You know, the one from last Saturday, where my attitude was spitting out the lyrics of the Pantera song by that name, "F*** the world for all it's worth/every inch of planet earth/f*** myself, don't leave me out/don't get involved/don't corner me".

That's last Saturday. This is how this week went:

Monday, the 18th, I submitted resumes to two potential employers. One, I haven't heard anything from. The other, as stated on the resume submission web page, responded within one business day. The e-mailer asked me to let them know when NEXT WEEK I might be available to talk about stuff. I said, any time but Tuesday, referring to the 26th. On the afternoon of the 20th, the very next day, I get another e-mail, saying essentially, tight time lines, can you talk to someone today? I replied yes, and within a half hour, talked to someone from that company. That very night, I get a templated version of my resume back. with the kind of flowery language I'd never have come up with on my own. I add specific details and send it back the next (Thursday) morning. That day, I hear from them a couple of times, get to tweak the resume again (the document awaited in my Thursday blog), and I hear that their client was interested. On Friday, I'm talking to someone at the client site, hearing that they like what they see, and they'll make a decision early next week. Three or four hours later, an e-mail saying congrats.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy. But my head's spinning a bit. I'm wondering whether or not I should have waited until the middle of next week to post this recap, just in case I wake up and it was all a dream (I suppose I could still change my mind, and you'd never know). But I seem to have a new e-mail address, and a couple of documents that I need to sign and send back to make things all official like.

The work itself is consulting on the software made by the company I used to work for. First time doing something of the sort, so I'm apprehensive and excited all at once. The place I got hired on to, a friend and former (and future!) co-worker is posted there, and he referred me. Now I've got to live up to whatever he said about me, too. No pressure there. Nope, none whatsoever. I might be buying the first 20 rounds or so.

One big concern of mine has to do with the fact that I'll be on the road, living out of a hotel 4-5 days a week. Wondering how that might affect the weight, and suspecting strongly that it won't help. As in ripe for disaster potential. I ain't going back to the 190/200/205+ ranges I've left behind, so I'll have to figure out some way of taking care of myself for as long as this particular adventure continues.
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CLPURNELL 2/23/2013 8:33PM

    I am an IT consultant. Have been for many years and living on the road is hard. What would help is get a national. Gym membership. Also have the spark app or fat secret app on ur phone so you can make good eating choices out. Don't be shocked by how quickly things happened I went from initial contact to being in Hawaii in 11 days. I once got a gig in a 17 min interview. IT moves at lightspeed sometimes!!! Congrats!!! Enjoy the new gig!!!
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1CRAZYDOG 2/23/2013 8:22PM

    One step-at-a-time. As for the diet, yeah, travelling makes it difficult to eat properly BUT with patience you'll figure it out.

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KING_SLAYER 2/23/2013 6:13PM

    Grats on the job!! As for not gaining weight, you can do evening or early morning jogs, calisthenics in your room or nearby park while on your jog / walks. Eating healthy can be accomplished by just avoiding the things that you know are bad at take out / dine in restaurants. You can do it!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 2/23/2013 5:25PM

    How frickin' cool is this?!* And eating on the road is going to be a culinary adventure. Hey; maybe you can be a new blogger for how young up and coming single professionals traveling for work can successfully lose and be fit!

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PRIZM96 2/23/2013 3:48PM

    This is sooooooo exciting!!! I'm so happy for you!! :-) And what a whirlwind! But thrilling nonetheless!! It may be a little more difficult while you're on the road, but you got this!! Hey! Now you may be working out in a fitness center instead of on an exercise bike from the 80's, listening to Whitesnake in your Rents' basement!

WINNING! :-)

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KMM1123 2/23/2013 12:17PM

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Please excuse the preemptive strike of congratulatory emoticons above. I swear I'm not trying to jinx you but I can't help it - I'm genuinely happy for you!

And I have no doubt you'll be able to navigate around the diet and exercise road blocks this job will come with. You're a smart guy - you'll figure it out.

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GARDENCHRIS 2/23/2013 10:29AM

    emoticon GOOD Deal! Bring a cooler with you and pack up good things to eat into it... they even have those little things you freeze so you won't have to contend with wet ice. You CAN do this! Eating lots of Salad in restaurants lean fish and protein...totally doable! emoticon

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NANCY-GIRL 2/23/2013 9:57AM

    Congrats Partha!
I actually envy your travelling. Sounds like an adventure.

I actually lost weight on the road. And we went to some fun places!! 10 days straight of hotels (7 hotels in 10 days) - southern California, Arizona, wonderful, warm, fun places. 10 days of airport and restaurant food. - and I lost weight!

You have to be really intentional about what you do and what you eat. Egg white omelets are actually pretty good after a while (and if not, there's always hot sauce & catsup!). Some quinoa burgers are better than others... That's for sure! I'm on a quest now to find the best and will order it if I see it on the menu (hard to beat the one in Aliso Viejo, Cal, tho!). Most hotels (I think all!) have at least a treadmill (of varying quality), so use 'em. There are Subways in almost every city, too. Walk as much as you can. Check out the local rec centers as part of your trip planning. Don't get lazy. That's about it.

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JEWELMAKER1 2/23/2013 9:50AM

    Yea! For YOU! I hope you enjoy your new job and give the "universe" the one finger salute right back!

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SARAALINE 2/23/2013 8:57AM

    Congratulations on the job! And, who knows? The stress from travels 4-5 days a week might actually cause you to lose more weight.

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ZENXB! 2/23/2013 8:49AM

    OH, I hear you! Living on the road is not always easy! But you can do it! When I did it I had to set rules for myself like make use of the hotel's treadmill and pool if they have one. Promise not to turn on TV until a certain time. You see where I am going with this. (I was not always successful, but trying hard is better than giving up in the very beginning.)

CONGRATS on the job! That is so exciting. You will be successful AND maintain your will to be healthy! You can do this!!! Keep us posted.

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ADARKARA 2/23/2013 8:09AM

    Congrats!!!! You can do this. Planning will be your best friend. Hopefully you will be in corporate style hotels where there are mini kitchens and gyms, then it will (almost) be like home. Just don't forget to visit us here on Spark!

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DAJAMOGU1 2/23/2013 6:24AM

    Congrats on the job! You CAN follow healthy eating on the road, but it isn't as easy as unhealthy eating----it's just . . . well, healthier! I used to be on the road and it about killed me. I finally started taking a small cooler of fresh fruit for snacks and I'd pack healthy wraps for meals. In every town I stayed I found a grocery store and went there instead of to restaurants.

Good luck! You can do it because being healthy is worth the work!

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