Back to Work
Monday, June 17, 2013
I had to read some of my last few blogs to see what I had shared and what has happened since. Hereís a 30 min update (the amount of time itíll take me to write it, not the amount of time itíll take to read it.)
Today is my first day back to work. Iíve taken a job working full time at my Air Force reserve unit. (Additional info on this topic can be found in the Jan 30th blog.) Iím a government civilian wearing my military uniform during the week and I still do my Air Force reserve duty with the rest of the unit (one weekend a month, two weeks a year). They wanted me to start a couple months ago, but I pushed it off to be able to see the kids through the rest of the school year and then go with them to my Dadís fianceís cabin up in Northern California. The pay is nowhere near as good as my previous job, but the stress and uncertainty is gone. We discovered, much to our amazement, that with the cuts we made to our budget that we have been able to live on my husbandís income alone. We have never touched my severance pay, even after 9 months.
Additional good news here is that I think Iíll have more time to come on the computer at work to log my food and exercise and blog. Iíve been so inconsistent I make to predictions.
My commute will be similar to my old one, just in the exact opposite direction and Friday afternoons will be a lot worse. I may need to cultivate a surface street route to make sure I make it back to my town in time to pick up the kids from daycare on Fridays. Weíll see.
I really enjoyed having almost all of this past school year at home with the kids. David and Beth both did really well in school (much to my shock with David). They both reached 100 miles with their school running club! That was another factor in my pushing off my start date for the new jobÖ NOTHING was going to get in the way of getting the kids to 100 miles. At the beginning of the next school year their names are going to be painted on a special wall on the playground. I knew if I stopped running with them Beth would stop going and she wouldnít get there on her own.
So we not only made it to Disneyland to celebrate their making 75 miles each, theyíve also decided to pool their money they earned for making it to 100 miles and pay for about half of an Xbox 360 with Kinnect. Iím not thrilled with getting video games, but a deal is a deal and at least I can load it up with things that require movement.
As soon as the kids reached 100 miles I stopped running. Iíve run most of this year with Achilles tendonitis and shouldnít have. But, again, I knew if I didnít run with Beth she wouldnít run, and I was right. As soon as I stopped running, she stopped getting in as many laps each morning. I took my Air Force fitness test in April, got the ďexcellentĒ score required to not have to test again until April 2014 (it would have been October 2013 if I hadnít gotten the excellent), and now Iím going to try to rehab it and start running again later this year if I can. I havenít been doing the eccentric stretches I should be for the Achilles tendonitis. I pledge to get better at that. I also got new uniform boots that should be better for my feet and tendons now that Iíll be wearing them every day.
My weight still isnít great, but itís down 5 lbs from when I came back. And itís staying there. I have not gone back up. This makes my uniform (the ďfat pantsĒ admittedly) more comfortable and less embarrassing. Iím still looking forward to getting the ďfat pantsĒ loose and then moving back into the good pants. As a reference for the future, my current weight is 178. My happy place is in the 150-155 range.
Iím limited to swimming and biking right now. I purchased a recumbent bike for our home since I really canít use our treadmill at this point. But I need to get our horribly heavy futon out of the exercise room first. The futon is also broken so I canít donate or sell it. I will have to throw it away. That will require a dumpster. But thatís the easy part. I need my husbandís help to get it downstairs and out of the house, but his time at home is going to be really limited for the next couple weeks. So I may just woman-handle the darned thing, trying not to strain anything, and get it out of there by myself. I just canít wait two weeks and I donít know if Steve is going to be willing to prioritize it high enough to help me. Now that Iím back to full-time work and taking care of the kids mostly by myself I need that in-home exercise to be available to me again. I donít have a pool at home Ė so that leaves the bike.