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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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). emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • NJGP1960
    congrats on the new job and the renewed dedication to Sparkology! We are all behind you!
    1369 days ago
    WOW!! Lots of changes in your life, and all for the better I think!!
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    I know being closer to home will be fantastic. Personally, it takes me 20 minutes to get to work in the morning. I don't understand how people can commute for 2 hours out of their day, every day. Congrats on getting back with the program, too! I know you're feeling better for it!
    1370 days ago
    congrats on your new position and that its' closer to your home cause that traffic can be aggravating sometimes...but at least most of the drivers still have the aloha.

    the MAYniacs are great! they're one of the reasons I've been sticking to my work outs. and WTG on your weightloss...YOU are DOING it! To us, lumpia :))) and reaching our goals....IMUA!!! emoticon

    1370 days ago
    Congratulations on your new position! And as for the weight loss journey, well... it's a journey. with ups and downs and sometimes potholes! But you can do it!!!
    1370 days ago
    emoticon on your new position! My friends who work in the ER actually enjoy the frenetic pace... maybe you will, too!

    I am so jealous of where you live.
    I visited Maui in 2012 and it was the most amazing place I've ever been, and helped re-spark my desire to be physically fit. Now just to come up with a way to live somewhere I can play outside more than 6 months of the year!
    1370 days ago
  • TERRY631
    Wow! Lots of changes for you. Best of luck in your new job. I hope it works out well for you, and although it may take time to learn to accommodate the pace of an ER, I'm sure that you can do it! Hope your knee is doing better, and it sounds like you've got the whole nutrition/exercise thing well in hand. emoticon emoticon
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