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I haven't updated since last July

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Okay, so it's been a while.

What has been going on? Well, I'm still working with my Coach and I've only maybe missed a handful of workouts since July. I am getting stronger. Right now I am working my way toward a real pull up. I started with a small, medium and large resistance band for assisted pull ups and I have worked my way from the large to the medium band. Sadly the cold has resulted in me staying indoors most of the time. I've been trying to get out and walk more. I miss hiking.

I gained 2-3 pounds over Christmas, which made me decide not to eat junk food for an entire year. I put together a pretty extensive list of foods that count as junk food. I focused on stuff that is a real problem for me to resist, like pizza and ice cream and things with added sugar. I'm paying myself (from our savings) $1 for every day I succeed, but only until I break the chain. So far I have gone 1 month and 13 days without junk food and I'm doing fine. Some days are harder than others but it's a lot easier than debating all the time whether I should or should not allow myself to eat something.

I weigh 170 pounds which is still 22 pounds less than I weighed In December 2012, but not really where I'd like to be. My remaining fat is kind of holding me back right now, impeding my flexibility and increasing my risk of injury when I exercise. Even though I haven't been eating junk food, I've still got a lot of bad eating habits and tend not to eat the most nutritionally balanced meals. Too much dairy, not enough vegetables, etc.

As far as the rest of life goes, I have an amazing job with a large community development corporation, I've been there about 3 months now and it has been a huge boost to my career. I am writing grants for large quantities of money. leading projects, and generally handling a lot more responsibility than I ever have. I love my coworkers and everything is good, though it is a very high-stress, high-pressure job most of the time. I am getting used to it. The commute is horrible. All of the snow we've been getting lately has made it worse. We got 11 inches today but at least my office closed.

Next Friday (1 week, 1 day) Dom is going to find out whether or not he is getting an internship for his clinical psychology Ph.D. You may recall we've already been through this twice and he did not match two years in a row. Here's hoping 3rd time's the charm! Yeah it's stressful because we don't know what's going to happen. If he does get an internship there's no telling what state it will be in, so I may have to leave my job. If he doesn't get an internship things are going to be incredibly difficult for both of us, so we are trying to remain optimistic. Thinking negatively just doesn't seem to be helpful right now.

Overall though we have been happy. We'll be celebrating 8 years of marriage in June. He's my beloved Squish Potato Pie.

I love my cat too, though I think he is starting to show his age now that he is around 10 years old. He's still pretty active but just a tiny bit less than he used to be. He's still a giant baby who doesn't want to do anything but snuggle.

Yeah, update. In a nutshell.

(Help! I'm in a nutshell!)

People who read this should update me on how they are doing. I've missed you guys.
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  • TENNISJIM
    Welcome back.
    2618 days ago
  • MAURIZIA
    So happy for the update. Sending positive energy to Dom for an internship.

    Congrats on your job. I don't know that in this day and age there are any jobs that aren't high pressure. Even though I love what I do, the hours are so long...and once upon a time things slowed down in winter. Not so this year. I'm training a black woman who is going to expand our outreach into that community. Once she is trained, I will be doing the same for a Latina outreach worker. Both of whom will be under my supervision - plus my usual responsibilities - and may I add, no extra dollars for the extra efforts. :(

    Like you, I'd like to be many lbs lighter than I started 2013, but I am 17 lbs lighter and now participating in a 5% challenge here at SP, which is helping me focus on foods and exercise again. In the first 3 weeks I eliminated 6 lbs, but had a tough food day yesterday. I believe it is all related to all the sn*w, ice, and cold this winter. You may remember I have SAD and I HATE sn*w!

    That's my nutshell...back in I go. :) Hugs
    2619 days ago
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