I haven’t blogged for quite a while. I just couldn’t seem to find the time or when I did, I couldn’t seem to organize my thoughts into anything that made sense. There has just been so much happening in my life.
The biggest thing that has happened is I have taken a new position. I have been with The Queen’s Medical Center since April of 1993, and though I have been very happy, since I have moved to the west side of the island, it has been a pretty long commute, and a long day. I know there are areas on the mainland where a 2 hour commute is not unusual, but for an island that is less than 600 square miles, spending an hour in traffic (on the freeway, no less) to get home sucks. The hospital that served this area was originally opened and run by the Sisters of St. Francis in 1990. In 2005, a consortium of physicians purchased it and the original hospital in Honolulu. The Doctors were unable to make the hospitals profitable and a bankruptcy court returned them to the Sisters and they were closed in Jan. 2012. Within the first month, there were rumors that the Queen’s Health Care Systems were in negotiations to purchase the west O‘ahu facilities. The Rumors turned out to be true and The Queen’s Medical Center-West O‘ahu will open for business May 20, 2014 at 8:00 am. I applied for several positions, and interviewed for two, and was offered a Unit Secretary spot in the emergency room. I am very excited to not only be closer to home, but to be in a new and exciting position. The downside to all this has been an incredibly high level of stress in the last couple of months. They moved the opening date from the beginning of April to the middle of May; I wasn’t sure when my last day at my former position was going to be; they scheduled my training for a week when there wouldn’t be any one available to do it; and, quite frankly, I am still a little nervous about how busy the ER is going to be, compared to what I am used to. The result has been weight gain and falling off the exercise horse, followed by trying too much too fast to get back on and ending up with a knee injury.
I have been slowly working back into a routine, and I am happy to say I have lost the weight and I am back to my lowest weight this year. I owe a big shout out to a great group of people on the “40 Somethings With 50-99 Pounds to Lose” team. They got together and organized 3 team challenges; March-Madness, the April Antics, and the MAY-niacs. I missed the March-Madness, but have joined in on the April Antics and the MAY-niacs. Everyone has been so supportive of each other and it has really helped me to be honest and accountable to myself. I also got a Fitbit Flex through the Wellness at Work program sponsored by our health insurance company. I was initially surprised by how much I actually do move, on average, each day, and it has motivated me to try and move more. It has also shown me that I actually needed to increase my calorie range a little. I am not eating as much as FB tells me to, but I am eating about 150-250 calories more that I thought I needed.
Over all, I feel like I am finally starting to move forward. I have passed my 6 year Sparkerversary, and I have yo-yoed back and forth, but I have never given up. Will this be the year I make my goal? I don’t know, but I would like to end 2014 under 164 lbs (the lowest I reached with SP).