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Monday, January 23, 2012

I realized it has been more than one month since I last blogged. So much has happened since then, but so much feels the same. I haven't changed one inch for better or worse; haven't lost or gained more than the same five pounds despite holiday eating and having flu AND stomach flu in the last month. Where do I begin?
First, I haven't been tracking. Mostly because there's not much to track. My workouts have been sporadic, with most of them being major housecleaning in order to keep the rest of the family contracting what we're calling "the Hollywood cleanse" at work. That's how I lost 5 lbs. and got a flat stomach, but not in a good way. Luckily nobody else caught it. The downside is that since I had the flu in November, it has seriously affected my energy level and my ability to run. I feel like I need to start back on week one of Couch to 5K as my endurance (which was not good to start with) is even worse. The gastro last weekend did not help either. My food intake was minimal, but now is back to healthy. My water intake stinks. My exercise output is sporadic. But I'm working on it.
Second, I've been experiencing life. Just started a new job right before the holidays; and I feel VERY blessed that I have not just one but two jobs lined up. I took this job knowing what it entailed and that it wasn't what I wanted, but didn't expect to have the second job which is EXACTLY what I was looking for fall into my lap quite so quickly. The current job is still 12 hour days, which I didn't want, and every other weekend. The duties are what I expected (but knew I wouldn't be happy with for long). The new job will start in March, with stable hours, no weekends or holidays and a great teaching/learning environment which will allow me to practice the skill set I went to school for. Until then, I have days where my exercise is standing/sitting/walking continuously for 4-5 hours at a time and come home mentally exhausted and starving. Not much to track, not much to say. But, I'm making the most of it-it's a blessing to get paid for this work and my coworkers are very supportive and friendly.
Third, I think this is the first time in about a month that I've been on an actual laptop computer instead of on my dumbphone. I refuse to blog from there; the most I can do from that screen is "like" someone's friend feed status. It does make me feel disconnected from my spark family and I've tried to keep up with blogs but it's just too difficult. Trying to learn things to prepare for my new NEW job, trying to finish orientation from my first new job and keeping up with paperwork is too much for me. Something's gotta give and if I have a choice between getting 10 minutes in for exercise or reading rather than typing, I will.
Hope all my Spark Friends are getting to their goals. I hope to read all about it soon. I am 50/50 with my resolutions about journaling daily on paper before bed, getting my reading for work equal to my reading for pleasure, and getting my water in (worst at goal EVER!!). I'll get there.
Miss you all!
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    Welcome back! We missed you!
    2310 days ago
    Whew what a whirlwind! Glad to hear from you, honey, and that you're mostly doing well. So so sorry about the bouts of flu emoticon not the way to release the lbs at all. Hang in there until the new NEW job starts - it'll be great for you to get things reined back in again.
    Hang in there doll. I'll keep bringing you along on my runs.
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    2310 days ago
    Wonderful to hear from you, but so sorry to hear of the "bug" onslaughts! Knock on wood I seem to have dodged the bullet thus far!

    Great to hear of promising job changes ahead!

    Hang in there and keep Sparking when you can!

    2310 days ago
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