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New Beginnings! FINALLY!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Hello fellow Sparkers!

Man, has a there been a LOT of change in my life recently! And guess what? For once, I can really say that it is pretty much ALL positive change! HOORAY! I don't even want to go in to the vast amount of "less than good" that went on since the last blog post I wrote in SEPTEMBER. Let me just say that I was sick with pneumonia and/or bronchitis for over four months, I was stressed out, over worked, and on the verge of a true breakdown.

Thankfully, God decided that I had paid my dues long enough, or knew that I was one shift away from having more than I could handle on my plate, and I was granted a wonderful nugget of hope. Two promising FULL TIME WITH BENEFITS job leads turned up just when I needed them to. The first one didn't work out, and I'm quite glad it didn't. If I had been offered that job, I wouldn't be in my NEW JOB that I am LOVVVVVIINNNNGGGGG!!!! (Just imagine me with the BIGGEST smile on my face right now!)

It almost seemed like fate - I had gotten some distressing news about a co-worker that was bound to have a serious impact on my work schedule. I was at the end of my rope and I came home in a panic and told my husband that I simply couldn't take it anymore, I had to quit. I bemoaned aloud "Why can't I just find a job in a library?! I just want to work in a library again!" seconds before I started searching all my usual job posting websites. And guess what?! There was a position open, in a library, and not just any library, the Michigan Tech library! Getting to work at the same school where hubs is a PhD student? What could be better? It is a union position, and I happened upon it, I kid you not, an hour and a half before open applications for external candidates were being accepted. I had a mini panic that I wouldn't get my application, cover letter, and resume together in time, but it was as if fate had prepared me for the task at hand once again. I had applied for a part time library position at Finlandia University (the smaller liberal arts college in the area) in January, and all I needed to do was tweek two sentences, and off the resume and cover letter went! Within a few days I had heard back and had an interview set up! And, well, I already gave away the punch line, haha.

So here I am, starting my second full week at work! I'm only working 40 hours a week for the first time in over a year and a half, I have benefits, AMAZING fringe benefits (including a new iPhone and paid phone bill, $150 in "TechFit" money that I can use towards gym memberships or fitness classes, rewards for my points on SparkPeople, and hey, carpooling with my husband and having lunch/dinner together regularly is quite the perk too!), great co-workers, CONTROL over the food I put in my mouth, and CONTROL over my exercise habits. YAY! HOORAY! RIGHT ON!

That said, I'm still adjusting to this new life. I have grown accustomed to being awake well past midnight most nights, and running on fumes. I just had my first real weekend in months, and I now can really FEEL how tired and beat up I really am. It will take a while to heal this used and abused body, but I know I'll get there!

Right now I'm still seeing a number on the scale that makes me cringe a bit (and by that I mean a LOT). Right now I'm noticing that my clothes are not fitting the way that I like, and things that used to be loose are getting tight again. It is sad that I have "backslid" during the past year and a half, but I'm glad I have been able to more or less maintain 20 pounds below my first starting weight. I may be starting fresh, but at least I'm not starting OVER. In the back of my mind I just couldn't handle the idea of getting back up to the 290s and 300. Now it's time to adjust, start again, and celebrate the successes and victories along the way!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SJKENT1 5/10/2013 8:14AM

    Welcome to Michigan Tech! Having a job that you love is an amazing gift!!

Have a great day and Spark on...


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IYA_EKUNDAYO 5/1/2013 10:04AM


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SWEETNEEY 5/1/2013 7:44AM

    You gotta get the mind and soul straight first, then you can proceed to other things. Being happy is important.

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SARASMILING 5/1/2013 6:39AM

    I WANT YOUR JOB!!! LOL! So proud of you!!! And so happy for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DWSCHUYLER 4/30/2013 6:42PM

    Looking back, sometimes it feels like things happened for a reason! Sounds like you are on a roll! emoticon

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JCARDINAL 4/30/2013 3:37PM

    Congratulations!! You deserve all this good fortune!

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CM_GARDNER78 4/30/2013 12:38PM

    That is AWESOME!!! Congrats on getting a job at MTU!!! :-D That is fabulous!! Way to go! Now you can use the SDC to workout too!! WOO HOO!!!!! I am SO happy for you!!! emoticon
Now...time to focus on YOU! Sounds like a great plan!!!

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    SO glad to hear things are working out for you! And a job you love!

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LYDIASPURPLE 4/30/2013 10:55AM

    What a great thing (s) happening!

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BLUENOSE63 4/30/2013 10:54AM

  See you must send out positive karma as what goes around comes around.

Glad to see things are so much better!

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