Saturday, June 22, 2013
I havenít posted an update in awhile but only because life has been busy but good! I started my new job at the beginning of May and I absolutely love it! Itís a bit of a culture change not needing to worry about government restrictions, and the people are really great. Donít get me wrong Ė I totally adored everyone I worked with at my previous job and am keeping in contact with them Ė but itís so nice when you meet equally as nice people coupled with a good work environment. A little bragging moment here Ė Iíve pretty much proven myself in a very short amount of time that I was the right choice for the position and worth every dime they pay me! I have already become a Subject Matter Expert when it comes to Outlook (they recently converted from Lotus Notes) as well as PowerPoint and Excel. Iím gaining the respect of the other executive admins as well as the executives and it feels good. Iíve been told Iím a Ďbreath of fresh airí and even had an outside recruiter we are working with tell my boss Ďheís lucky to have meí. All is good in the work arena.
Diet and exercise is back on track and Iíve finally gotten the scale to move! I had a resting test done at my gym a few weeks ago where I wore a mask and a machine took readings to tell me exactly how many calories I burn at rest and the makeup of those calories. Itís helped me to focus on my diet as well as know what my calorie range is that I really need to be in to lose weight. Even though I eat pretty well the majority of the time, the test showed I was still high on carbs and low on the good fats. Iím not entirely embracing the low carb, high protein diet like the trainer suggested, but I am creating a good balance that works for me. I have more energy and feel better and the scale is moving!
There is also a partner to the resting test that is a cardio test. We attempted it on Thursday evening but I have to go back on Monday. I mentioned to the trainer that I hate to run Ė Iím a cyclist Ė so we tried it as a walking test. I worked up to a 15% grade at more than 4.0 mph (which did make me run) and I couldnít hit the wall even though I felt like I was. Every time I got close, my body would adapt. It was a little frustrating but it was because Iím in great shape so I really canít complain. Iíll go back on Monday and weíll do it as a running test. This will show exactly where my fat burning zone is versus my anabolic threshold (sugar burning). I think I have a pretty good idea of zones since I am a Spin instructor and cyclist, but this will tell me for sure and then I can focus on the fat burning zones. By the way, since I left my previous job where I was a Spin instructor at lunch, I did get a position at my gym teaching the Thursday morning 6:00am classÖall is good!
I hesitate to mention my personal life in fear of jinxing it but letís just say, Iím cautiously optimistic about a potential romantic interestÖI hope I can share more on that next time!
Itís Saturday morning and cycling season. Time for a healthy breakfast and then a ride with a few of my favorite people on some aggressive rollers in the country!