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Getting Settled


Monday, July 08, 2013

So the past 6 months of my life have been absolutely INSANE...in a good way. I have a new job that I love which is rewarding and makes me feel like I'm doing important things and contributing to society and helping people who really need my help. I have 3 amazing coworkers, and an extended "team" of people that are simply a joy to work with (well, most of them *lol*) - you know when you're boss asks you in the first month to help him pull a prank on your coworkers, you're off to a good start. Most importantly, I have finally accomplished a goal I have had since I was a little girl - to have my very own home. My husband and I moved in around late June and we've spent the past few weeks moving things in, painting, trying to get some decorating done, getting furniture delivered, etc. So now that I'm broke and my first mortgage payment is coming up, it's time for me to settle down on my home projects and get back to work on making myself a stellar and amazing force of nature.

I can honestly say that lot of my goals have changed, but at my heart I realize that I'm never going to stop wanting some things. And I can also honestly say that I'm in no place to say for certainty right now that I'm ready to get back on the "losing" bandwagon...hell, my scale is still at the old place, but I have plans to pick it up tonight. (We do still have some "moving" to do, as it were. Thankfully we're only 10 minutes from the old place and we don't need to move out of it completely until we're good and ready...if only I could get my FIL settled and on the same page as me on that.) So life is still a bit of a crazy mess and I'm trying to adjust, but I've been working on making strides in the right direction.

An update on me physically:
I'm likely up around 380 again. I'm hoping I lost some in the move and decorating and painting process, but we shall see. My plantar fascitiis is still alive and well, but I've spent the past couple weeks trying to tape the heck out of it and today I have both my foot and my calf taped and am feeling a heck of a lot better. (Of course, now I need more KT Tape... and, for the record, I'm having some issues keeping this stuff stuck at the ends, but I'm hoping it's just because my leg hairs need a good trim). My arm muscles grew a bit in the painting/sanding/moving process, but mostly on the right side. I'm slow and heavy again, and I can certainly feel the difference. That being said, I'm not put off from getting started again, so there is that.

Current goals:
- Set a weigh-in day. I used to always use Sundays, but I know that often can be stressful. Maybe I'll try HUMP day, gives me the notion that there's still time to make a change before the end of the week, as it were. Either way, I'm probably going to need my scale for that. *lol*

- Start evening walks with the dogs and the boys. This is going to get a bit difficult because football season is about to start again, but I think if Ethan and I play our cards right, we can WALK to football practice. :)

- Tape EVERY DAY. I've heard great things about this, but consistency is key, and we all know I have my problems with consistency.

- Start planning home-cooked meals at least 5 nights a week. Let's be honest, when you're moving and painting your kitchen you really have no other choice but to eat out pretty much every meal. But now that everything is back together, I've been having a great time discovering how much easier it is to cook in a kitchen that actually FUNCTIONS properly and has room to work. I'm still missing some of my pans and other tools from the kitchen, but those will come and I've been filling in the holes as needed. Last night I made a low-fat dessert for everyone with angel food cake, instant coconut cream pudding and lite cool whip. Next time it will have sugar free pudding...a little flub on my part at the store there. Was nice to feel like I was indulging without eating 1k calories in one sitting.

- Set a plan of action for working out. This morning I set my alarm for 10 minutes before I needed to be up...which means I only overslept by 20 minutes. *lol* I'm gradually working my way up to morning workout times. Again, it's going to take some time and some adjustments on my part.

That being said, I have a 5k scheduled for next Saturday, the 20th. I would love to see if I could drop down to the 2k distance, so I'll ask about that...otherwise I'll be huffing and puffing my way through the 3.1 miles, or as long as I last. Thankfully it should be a forgiving and understanding environment as it's for the Mountain State Center for Independent Living, which encourages and supports persons with disability attempting to live as independently as possible. It's very much related to the work I do, so as tempting as it is to bow out completely, I don't think my heart will let me. Plus, we all know I've never been a very good "quitter"... I have another 5k scheduled for the end of September, which I plan to be much more prepared for, and which I am doing with a group of like-minded friends who have seen me struggle through my injury and promise to stick by me along the way. It helps that they'll be bringing their kids so that should slow us down a bit. It also helps that it's a color run, so the emphasis will be on FUN, not FAST. :) Here's to hoping I make it through strong as ever.

How is everyone doing out there?! I hope I get some time soon to check in on all of you, but work has kept me PRETTY busy. As a salaried employee I don't GET overtime, but I sure do it! Thankfully I love the job and don't mind the extra time I spend on research, cold calls, and fielding calls for help or even complaints...well, I don't mind them too much. :)
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RISINGBLUESTAR 7/12/2013 6:15PM

    Congrats on the new job and all the good things going on in your life!
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CHICAT63 7/12/2013 1:53PM

    Hi there, sorry I missed this blog !! Congratulations on the new job, new home, all the best in settling in.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/10/2013 3:08PM

    so good to see a blog from you girlie! I of course see all these great things on Facebook, but man, Spark sure can use some motivators like you around here again!!!

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SUGIRL06 7/10/2013 12:29PM

    I'm just so happy things are looking up for you!! I know you were stressed about your house and your job and look at all the great things now!!! I think all this positiveness will eventually make it easier to get back on the healthy wagon again (I mean, it already is right??). Sometimes its life that gets in the way. You are doing great!
~Ang

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ATROTTIER 7/8/2013 6:47PM

    Yay!! So happy for the new job and house!! Such wonderful accomplishments! =)
I'm trying to get back on track...I've been bringing my healthy habits back slowly but they are incorporating nicely so far but still being patient with myself and giving into a treat every now and again...I feel for me that I can't be super strict or else I go mad! LOL! Congrats again!!!

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RACHNC26 7/8/2013 6:19PM

    Congrats on the new house! Good to see you back!

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MISSROCKABILLY 7/8/2013 5:03PM

    Congrats on your awesome new job and your new home! It's wonderful to see you back again and find out what's been going on with you.

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ERIN1128 7/8/2013 3:11PM

    Oh Esther, I'm so glad to see you back!!! Awesome news on the job. Sounds like things are going really well, I'm so happy for you.

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NATNOEL 7/8/2013 1:17PM

    So great to hear from you.
How exciting about your house and I am very happy to hear you love your job.
Sounds like a whole new chapter is starting in your life :)


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SARAWALKS 7/8/2013 12:51PM

    Hurrah, Esther, it's great to hear from you! Funny, I was just thinking of you last night and checking out the last blog you posted. I'm so happy for you about the new job and the new house. emoticon
and I know you are going to get back in your groove once things get sorted out a bit. Good to hear you've got plans for the 5Ks!
I'm retiring August 1st so am doing a lot of clearing out myself, though not moving, thank goodness.
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/8/2013 12:48PM

    Congrats on your new home. emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 7/8/2013 12:36PM

    Glad to see you back here and so glad you are realizing some other dreams!

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/8/2013 12:24PM

    Very excited to see something from you! I have wondered how you are doing, but have unfortunately failed to drop by your page and leave a message. Congrats on the new house! That is so exciting!! But also a LOT of work! Can't wait to hear more as you continue to settle in!

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MANDYBUC 7/8/2013 12:24PM

    I was attracted to your post because it sounds like we are in similar places right now, though not exactly, just that we both seem to have lots of exciting things happening right now? I have also just started a new job which I am really enjoying, looking at moving out of my parents home and into my own place (well, rented) in about September and just generally feeling like lots of good things are happening right now. I've also just spent some time re-evaluating my goals, hope yours work out for you.

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JEREMY723 7/8/2013 12:11PM

    So great to hear from you and congrats on the house! Sounds like you're keeping busy! Congrats on the new house as well. emoticon

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