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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

So I had a pretty full day. I toured a gym and signed up. Yay! They have evening Yoga and Zumba and even with my current job I should be able to get there a few times a week. When I start the new job, it'll be easier as they are just down the street from the clinic! I'm going in on Sunday for my weigh-in, body fat, etc. I'm not nervous about it: it is just a starting point and not a measure of my worth. The lady was really sweet and called me "itty bitty" (ITTY BITTY? Ha!). I know she was just being nice. But she commented that I'll be "rockin'" once I've lost the weight.

I had not yet read _Ramona's Blogs from today:

So if I could go back in time, I'd say: "lady, I think I'm pretty rockin' right about now, thank you very much."

Instead, I said "uh-huh!".

I got my nails done. This is part of my "invest in myself" mantra. Usually I get them done once and then I'm done - I'm not worth the money. Now, I'm not budging. It's happening. I got nice, long gel nails for vacation but had her shorten them so that they are more natural. I really like the way they look. My natural nails are boring and always look dirty and rough and gross. So what the gel does is it makes it look manicured, only it isn't polish - it won't come off, so it lasts forever. Of course, I have to get them filled and touched up every 3 weeks, or so, but that's ok.

This is what they looked like for vacation: definitely looks fake and who wants their veterinarian examining their pet with talons (even though they really aren't *that* long):

Here is what they look like now - more natural, I think, but still have the polished look which is what I'm going for:

(eh, they don't look that great in this pic - they are nicely sculpted and shiny in real life)

Afterwards I went to a local church that was holding a big event for the homeless - clothes, free haircuts, bike repairs and pet services. I was there for 3 hours vaccinating dogs and cats for free. This is through the clinic that I'll be working for come June. This is one of the primary reasons I believe they will be a good fit for me. Shelter medicine, community service, helping the homeless population, etc. is something that I devoted myself to in vet school and even before. I won't go into detail, but it is near and dear to my heart. My current clinic does nothing. My future clinic is extremely active in the community. We are very like-minded on that front whereas my current clinic will only go out into the public if it means they have a chance at increasing clients. So they might go to a local event where there are a lot of different booths (such as a doggie dash or dog show), but they wouldn't, for example, go to an event for the homeless. Anyway, I had fun. I'm looking forward to being a part of their team.

So overall, a good day.

March has not been good to me in the weight loss department. I'm holding steady, up by a bit less than a pound. I did not incorporate exercise as I'd planned to. I continued to spend my leisure hours cleaning, reading, sleeping, knitting, etc. I am currently sitting on my laurels.

The plan for April is to incorporate the gym and get back to serious tracking and blogging. When I track, I stay accountable. When I blog, I stay accountable.

So my goals:
1) Gym - I'll at least start twice a week since it is a bit out of my way right now...hopefully by June I'll be up to 3 days a week and then come June I see no reason why I shouldn't go every day that I work (4-5 days a week).
2) Track - already started, tracked everything today. It doesn't take long, I have no reason not to do it.
3) Blog - daily, even if it is a tired blurb - it keeps my head in the game


No weight loss goals - I just want to see that scale moving.
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  • v GLC2009
    i love your new clinic you're going to. it sounds like a great place to work. i know our local vet's donate time and service to the spca, but, they don't help poor people care for their pets. it seems the people have to give up their pets in order for the poor animals to get vet care. that's how we got one of our dogs. he needed to have his eye removed and the owners couldn't afford it, so, they had to turn him over to the spca. i thought that was very sad. they sent a note with him telling us his likes and dislikes. it was so sweet. making me tear up a little just thinking about it emoticon
    886 days ago
  • v THESB25
    So glad the gym seems to be a good fit - I like your goals especially just wanting to see the scale budge instead of setting a specific number...I'm the same way. It's neat your new job does so much community work, I really can appreciate that since I'm in the human service career myself. Sounds like things are looking up! Thinking of you!
    887 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by! Love the nails and I'm excited for you starting a gym membership.

    887 days ago
    Yoga and zumba would be 2 of the main gym classes I would want.

    I accept my body regardless of my size as my self esteem doesn't come from my looks.

    I thought both sets of nails looked great. Certainly not the tacky ho nails that my hubby hates. I don't have any nails. I worked too hard and could never keep them.

    I love the volunteering aspect of your new clinic. Too many places are just about money. My vet sometimes defers his fee and I know it's his way of saying that he cares about us and our pets. We spend a lot of money there. When I was about 19 we had a neighbor who allowed a homeless man and his dog to sleep in his garage. It was sad. I had very little money myself but I would give food to him and the dog though he never asked. The dog had mange and the homeless man would hug it and tell me what a good dog it was. It always made me cry. I wished I had the money to take it to the vet and even asked around but found out that most of the vets refused to take charity cases. I know they can't give away all their services for free but you wish there was somewhere that people could get help for their pets when they don't have any money.

    I need to get moving too. LOL.
    887 days ago
    Great blog! I'm so glad you're getting the job with the team that you fit with!

    Nails are on my to-do list today. Stopped at Sally Beauty yesterday and got new 4-in-1 nail file/buffers, so I have no excuse!
    887 days ago
    Hey! I love the gel look. If you got the extra money, keep it up. I will keep in touch with you. I need more sparky friends like you!
    887 days ago
    Wow, what a wonderful thing for the vet clinic to do! Social justice is an important component of being part of any community, so YAY for the clinic for doing this! And, of course, YOU TOO!!!!
    887 days ago
    That is so nice you volunteering your time to vaccinate animals on your week off! My manager at my job is really into rescuing feral cats and spaying and neutering, well his wife is. They have 16 cats right now. I can't imagine, 2 is plenty!
    887 days ago
    love the nails. I just had mine done -- love it!
    887 days ago
    Love your nails. The gel nails are cute and never look worn.
    887 days ago
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