Making It Happen!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Ow! That's a word for how I'm feeling right now. A few other accurate choices would be: happy, relaxed, content, excited. I've started another job (finally!) It feels so great to be making closer to what I need to meet my bills!!! I've got a cleaning job, actually; I'm cleaning our state capitol building overnights. Some people may not like working overnights, but I sure do! I hate waking up in the morning, with the sun all bright. I'd much rather get up at night & sleep during the day. Is that strange? Yeah, I'm strange. I also like watching the sunrise, but not if I have to wake up to do it! emoticon There are some drawbacks to this type of work, however. I am on my feet for around 8 hours, which I haven't been accustomed to for at least four years. Second, the majority of the floor on which I walk is marble. Translation: marble doesn't give any softness at all to my poor feet. It doesn't give way at all! Third, I didn't have the money to buy any good shoes for this, so I'm wearing my best walking shoes for now. As soon as I get my first full check, I'm getting professionally fitted at Dick's Sporting Goods with some cross-training shoes. Since I'm doing more movements than just walking (vaccuming, dusting, mopping, etc.) I figure those are the best. You get what you pay for in brand names of shoes, so I hope to get some Nike or Reebok sneakers. Those are the two brands that I know to be most durable. I've worn out cheaper pairs in a matter of weeks. This will not do! I also have been wearing arch support inserts, since I recently discovered that I have high arches. I also am planning to get some gel insoles. They will be worth the investment for this job! I have every intention of keeping this job, for my top two positives: I'll be moving for most of my shift and NEED THE MONEY! All of my coworkers are also very professional, which is the most I could ever hope for in coworkers, for once! I also have a certain, if eventual, promotional opportunity. Needless to say, last week was my first week and was very rough. I haven't been doing physical work like this in a while, only my workouts. I've been sore a lot & took the last week off from exercising because I felt I needed the rest. However, I have been doing about 10 minutes of stretching before and after work to help with the muscle stiffness and what not. Today was my first day back working out. I went for a 15 minute walk and was shocked at how much I enjoyed it! It was cold, but a few degrees above freezing. I was dressed smartly and went for a pre-dawn walk after work. I was so into it and even was passed by a couple out jogging their dog. emoticon I was already pleased by this, but then, thought I saw a shooting star. (It turned out to only be a reflection of lighting, though.) I quickly made my usual "I wish to be happy" before I realized I was mistaken. Then, I recalled some quote I read associated with Spark People. "A goal without action is only a wish." I may be paraphrasing, since I can't quite remember whether it was Sparker's signature on message boards or what. I realized that I was happy, walking! emoticon I really feel ecstatic when I'm exercising! So, it wasn't just a wish: rather, it was a goal I was reaching! emoticon
What more can you really want in life? I must hold this feeling whenever I want to not work out or procrastinate. This is it. Some people search their whole lives for that elusive ______ (money, spouse, etc. here) that will make them happy. I've found it, and it is SPARKPEOPLE! emoticon emoticon
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    emoticon emoticon get some nice socks too when you get the shoes- they really make a difference. So happy to hear you are so happY!!! emoticon
    2279 days ago
    YAY! Back to work and job where you aren't sitting all day - BONUS!! I too have been out of work for the past 4 years - this month was the anniversary - and there is nothing more degrading than being out of work for so long. It makes you feel worthless and just crappy all day every day. At least it does for me.

    If my disability does not come through by April, I am going to get my concealed carry permit (yes, for my gun - I let mine lapse because I was broke) and I am going to try to get a job as a Security Guard so I can walk all day or night and carry my gun to be safe. I am in no condition to fight anymore, so the gun is somewhat necessary for the job.

    All of my jobs have been high-paying executive admin or research analyst positions, but I don't want all that stress. So that was the best job that fit my requirements - getting paid and walking for exercise. Especially since I cannot sit for more than 20 minutes before pain starts radiating up my spine from my degenerative joint disease and degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis.

    So I have a plan if I need it. But I am thrilled that you have found something that you enjoy and that will keep you moving. And I too love the feeling I get when exercising, and I do love feeling a sense of accomplishment at night when I go to bed.

    I wish you all the best of luck in your new job... and hope you get those shoes soon!!
    2279 days ago
    Congrats on the new job! Working a physically demanding job when you haven't done so in awhile is so difficult, so there's nothing wrong with stopping your workouts for a few days while you become accustomed. When working out you get to ease into it, but with a job you have to just do it.

    I'm totally with you about being a night owl - I swear I'm a vampire in training. The sun tends to cause a lot of eye pain for me, and I'm on medications that can make significant exposure to the sun dangerous, so I'm happy staying inside more during the day. Also, there's usually a nice calm and peacefulness at night while most people are asleep. I think it helps lower stress levels overall. After all, getting to work doesn't entail the same rush hours!
    2279 days ago
    This was a wonderful blog! I am happy that you sound so happy, and that Sparkpeople has been so fulfilling for you! I love that feeling when you are truly in the moment and enjoying how good exercise can make you feel. Congrats on your new job. I hope it continues to go well for you, and that you get those good shoes that you need soon. One of the things I like about my job is that I get to move around a lot too. Sitting behind a desk all day can really add on the pounds. Oh, and I know what you mean about those overnight shifts. I've worked both evenings and overnight, and there were so many pros to working both over days.

    Anyhow, I hope you keep this glow and happiness around you as long as possible!
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