2012 - A Year of Change

Thursday, July 05, 2012

2012 has been a big year of change for me. In January, I left my job as a Laboratory Supervisor that I had been working at for 11 years and took a position as an Assistant Lab Supervisor at the Water Quality lab in my hometown. My previous job was in a town 18 miles from my house and this one is on the outskirts of town, but still takes 15 minutes to get to. There was a ton of stress in my decision to leave and all the prep work to be able to leave, as I was a job I really did like and I was the only one who did a lot of the things there for the last 11 years, but I was also leaving working with someone who became my best friend for the last 7 years. I knew she would get the promotion to take my place so it was good for her too. And I came to my new job with the promise that the supervisor position would be opened for recruitment within a couple months and that I would be a shoe in for that job. On Monday, I hit 6 months here and they are just now accepting applications for the supervisor job. I think I still have a good shot at getting it but the person who basically promised me it when I came here, has since retired so now it’s a little more uncertain. For now, my Assistant job is better money than I was making, for less work, and the supervisor job will be way more money so I have to keep the faith that it was meant to be.
To add to my stress levels, my hubby went through with his intentions I discussed last year, and quit his teaching job at the end of the school year last month. He had been a high school math teacher for the last 17 years but found that each year he was getting more and more busy outside of school hours than he had the previous year. He never got into teaching for a great paycheck, but for the amount of hours he put into it, he should have been clearing $100K a year and he was no where close to that. It got to the point he always felt so busy that he hated hearing anyone else talk about getting to do anything fun, he never had the energy left to go do stuff with the family and was getting more and more resentful of anyone with a second of free time that we knew it was time to change – this was not the man I married 16 years ago. So now my hubby is unemployed. It hasn’t really hit us yet, as we are very used to him being home all summer with the kiddos, but it will feel real when the kids go back to school in August and he doesn’t. I know it was weird he resigned without having anything else lined up, but he really was so strapped for time he couldn’t even think about what else he wants to do or be out looking for a new job while he was still teaching. We planned ahead for this change, refinancing our house last fall and doing pretty good with savings so he can stay off work for quite some time before we get really desperate for cash. Don’t get me wrong, we will be making some serious cost cutting measures to make sure we are secure in our future, but I actually want him to have at least 1-2 months off after the kids go back to school to really think about what he wants to do for the next 20 years of his life. He turns 40 in October and still has another good 20 years of working ahead of him. He does not have to earn much money – I just want him to have something that he likes and that he can leave behind him when he comes home. He is a very hard worker and takes things very seriously, which is why he spends so much time as a teacher to do it right and do right by the kids he’s teaching, but he needs to relax a little, in my opinion. The really good thing is that his principal told him he’d take him back in a second if he ever changed his mind, so we do have that to fall back on if ever need be.
We did get to go on a big vacation to Mexico that we had planned 10 months ago, before he was certain he was quitting his job, last month. The resort was incredible and we had a blast and I’m so glad we still did it, knowing it may be our last big vacation for a couple years. I ate and drank quite a bit on vacation but actually did not gain any weight which was a good thing.
Which Brings me to the bad part of the last year – I am currently 17 pounds heavier than I was last June – 17 pounds over my goal weight. I never recovered from the weight I gained on our road trip vacation last summer and since I switched jobs I have steadily increased instead of decreased. I know a lot of it has to do with no longer having my exercise bike to ride at lunch each day, like I used to. I also am not getting as much sleep since the new job started at 6:30 am, so I am getting up earlier to get my treadmill workout in, but not going to bed earlier. The spring is also baseball season which means a lot more fast food than the rest of the year so I have all kinds of excuses, although I know it all boiled down to no will power to keep myself regulated to my nutrition and exercise plans. Hubby and I officially started our half marathon training last Monday. We are doing the SF Giants half marathon in September and ran 3.5 miles last Monday, 4 on Wednesday and Friday and 5 on Sunday. Then this week we have done 3.5 on Tuesday and 4 yesterday, with another 4 planned for tomorrow morning and 5.5 on Saturday. With the holiday yesterday I allowed myself to eat way more than I should have (once again) and am planning on getting my eating back under control in the next couple weeks so I can actually start to lose again. I have my goal to be back to 145 by the race day, so hopefully I’ll keep you posted. There’s another goal – actually make it on here more often and get active in the boards again. So this is now long enough – hopefully it won’t be another 8 months or so before I blog again. Thanks for reading and have a great day!
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    Wow. What a busy year already. I am so glad you had the chance to plan ahead for your hubby to be off work. That makes things so much easier, and gives him the freedom to discover what he loves to do. That is awesome.

    I wish you luck with the promotion.
    3156 days ago
    Phew! What a year already it's been for you. I am also a high school math teacher. I left public schools in 2000 when my daughter was born and was glad to be done. Never thought I'd return to it, but now I'm at a private school and while it's still super busy and stressful, it's also much more fun and rewarding. In the in-between time while DD was little, I did a lot of tutoring to help make ends meet. Your husband might want to consider that. it can be quite lucrative, with little prep time and a lot of satisfaction, working one on one with students.

    Glad to hear from you here and hope you will meet your goals! :)
    3156 days ago
    You have had a lot on your plate for the last year. I am sure you will get your promotion. Just do not stress over the things that you cannot control. Hubby will find something he likes before too long and that will make you feel better also. It is a shame that our teachers are not compensated for all the things they do for their students.

    Do not lose heart on your 17 pounds. It is just a matter of getting yourself on track with a good eating plan. My sister lost 30 pounds last year walking on her lunch hour.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK emoticon
    3156 days ago
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