Adjusting to the work week
Saturday, July 20, 2013
I started my first day of work last Monday. My days start at 6:30 in the morning, which is fine because I'm totally a morning person! Plus, it's nice to get my work out of the way and have the afternoon off. I had done pretty much the same thing last summer, so I already knew what to do. I had a small amount of training, and then I was out on my own. I like it a lot better because they put me in a different building and rather than cleaning the same rooms every day, I'm cleaning different rooms every day on a rotating schedule so I know at least that I won't get too bored. The other good thing is that there are less rooms to clean every day, so when I'm done I'm often recruited for other tasks. It's pretty awesome. They sent me home early on Friday because I was going to be over hours. I love that I have a job that's at least close to full time (37 hours for last week). I might actually be able to do something fun for Adam and my birthday. We want to go to the coast for the night, but we'll see what happens as we get closer to that date.
I rode my bike to work too. I like that I'm on my feet all day. I actually went on a run last Wednesday. I jogged about 3.5 miles. I haven't had a chance to get out again though. I kind of faltered eating wise this last week.
On Monday Adam and I bought a new (to us) car. It's a 1991 Oldsmobile Toronado. It's pretty awesome. There were a couple things wrong with it, but those things were only cosmetic. it has damage in the front because it got hit, and the front seat is a little weird. the lining on the inside isn't on very well, but those are things I can handle. The wipers, lights and breaks all work, and it doesn't burn out. It leaks just a little bit of water, but it seriously runs like a dream! It's got guts too! I love it! The best part is that we only paid $380.00 for it. She sold it so cheap because of those damages. really, I would have been willing to pay more for it. I'm just happy to have a car again! It's been over a year! Also, it doesn't give me this weird feeling like the Saab we had last year did. I seriously thought if we had kept that car it was going to kill us. This new car actually FEELS better. It's weird to have a gut feeling about a car, but with the Saab, I had that feeling, and then the brakes ended up failing on us. We could have been seriously injured if not killed in that car. I guess sometimes the gut feeling is not something to be ignored.
We have been staying at my parents' house for the last 3 weeks or so. We pretty much realized that there's nothing to do in Monmouth, and since my work is here in Keizer, I might as well just stay the majority of my time here. They don't mind, and my dad and Adam get a long well, which is nice. We did get a chance to drive home and check the mail and stuff a couple times so that's good. We also got the air conditioner that we got from my sister's boyfriend (for free!) installed and I was able to take a short nap in my room with it on yesterday. It was wonderful! I also had to pick up some pop cans and my food scale.
Today we're going to the coast. I hope the weather is nice enough for it. It seems pretty cloudy out now, but I suppose it will clear up like it did yesterday.
Wednesday Adam and I went to his parents house for dinner. They also gave us 6 HUGE bags of pop cans! We got about 20.00 for them and ended up buying gas for the car with it.
Thursday, I went to meet with a personal trainer. She took my body fat percentage, and we talked about nutrition. I told her that I was already on this website, but she set a nutrition plan for me-and here's something new: she wants me to keep track of macro nutrients! I've actually never done that! I usually just pay attention to calories, but I didn't see myself as one to care about what percentage of it all is fats, carbs, or proteins. It will matter though. I knew it mattered, I guess I was just being lazy about it. This is the next logical step. I've formed the habit of tracking my food for the last 4 years, so I should add another element to this.
She gave a couple guidelines and I'm going to follow it. She suggested that I create my meal plan for the week, plug it in and see how my calories pan out as far as those macro nutrients and calories are concerned, and then once I have it all plugged in, go grocery shopping. It totally makes sense. Once I do that, there's no guess work in what to buy, and I buy the exact amount I need for the week so nothing goes bad. It's perfect really. I'm not sure why I didn't think of it as a convenience thing rather than a hassle. I knew that one day I'd have to figure this stuff out. I have read about meal planning for the week, and then going grocery shopping, but I never actually did it. I am going to sit down today and actually do it, and plug every thing in. Honestly, it will take the guess work out of it all. I am tired of wondering what to eat, and then not 'finding anything', and going for whatever 'sounds good'. I'm doing so well with the exercise and being physically active, but food is where I fail. I'm tired of failing. I'm tired of letting it all slide, and then feeling horrible about it.
I actually enjoy structure, so why don't I just do it? Not a big deal. It's totally manageable, and I'm sure those habits will come in handy when I go back to school and eventually start volunteering somewhere.
In spite of not losing any weight, I'm proud of myself for not gaining any more weight as well. I've been the same within about 5 pounds since the start of summer. It's okay, and I know that once I get this eating thing scheduled, it will become much easier. Also, I talked to my mom about my plan, and I feel like telling her was a big deal so she understands why I might not eat something she makes. I also informed her that once I get my first paycheck, I'll be buying my own foods, so she won't have to worry about it. I think coming back to my parents' house was an important step in this process. Last year, I let the fact that I'm here serve as an excuse to eat like I did when I was a kid living here. Not anymore! It's not happening anymore because I'm going to make sure it doesn't happen anymore.
I am actually going to go for a walk or a jog sometime this morning. I want to get my exercise in. I haven't included the rest of what I have for the week because I am limited to the use of the family's computer (which I'm not too fond of) so I had been putting it off.
Well, I think this is going to turn out to be a really good summer.