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Looking back at 2013


Sunday, January 12, 2014

To say that 2013 was turbulent would be an understatement. Here's a look back at what happened month by month.

January 2013:
My first 5k
Started a regular job as an ESL teacher, loved it

February 2013:
Long term relationship I was in took a downturn. Lots of arguing. He was becoming more and more interested in his video games and less interested in having a life with me.

March 2013:
Relationship ended. Cue feelings of sadness, anger, and loneliness.
Started online dating to keep myself busy.

April 2013:
Moved from a cozy little apartment into my grandparents house. Not cozy. Not quiet. Cue lots of anxiety.
Met a few guys from an online dating site.

May 2013:
Had surgery on my sinuses to fix a chronic issue (polyps in my sinuses causing lots of sinus infections)
Started dating a friend from college. Got real serious real quick. Cue the start at the best summer I've had in forever.

June 2013:
More new relationship happiness
More frustrating with living at my grandparents house
My boss at the ESL school got fired, cue the beginning of the end for me at that school

July 2013:
Got my own place for the first time! It was awesome at first....
Work was going downhill fast. Pressure to keep survey results up. Mounting evidence that student progress didn't matter.
Met my boyfriend's parents.
Went kayaking for the first time.

August 2013:
Nice quiet place with nice quiet roommate went away. Second roommate moved in with loads of noise and smoking.
Tried a second teaching job to make some extra money. Bad idea. Cue lots of stress and anxiety.

September 2013:
Ditched second job. Anxiety level way too high. Stuff at the ESL school was terrible.

October 2013:
Serious search for a new job began. First of many interviews....
Got fed up with the situation at my place. Moved in with my boyfriend and his friends.

November 2013:
Excellent living situation. Terrible work situation.
My job ended the day before Thanksgiving.

December 2013:
Resting and recovering from my job. Intense search for a new job.
Realization that I'm 200 pounds again. Frustration. Depression.

So here we are at January 2014. I'm looking at a fresh start in my career. I'm looking into becoming a preschool teacher. I've had 3 interviews in preschools already. I have one more tomorrow. So hopefully the job search will end soon.

As for my weight? My good habits disappeared when all of the stress and anxiety from my job hit. It's time to rebuild them.
Step 1: Log in to Spark People every day.
Step 2: Drink more water. At least 8 glasses a day.
Step 3: Start a fitness streak. How many days in a row can I exercise for at least 10 minutes?

So here we go. A fresh start for 2014. A better job for me. A happy life with the man I love. A happier body so I can enjoy that life.
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