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It's time to come back

Monday, February 23, 2015

Well, that's a little misleading. I haven't actually been away--- not according to my browser history and daily spins, at least. I'm still here, I just haven't been active on the site. But despite not blogging, I kept up my fitness routine-- until November.

Over the summer, my housing situation became unstable and in November, I decided to cut ties with a somewhat abusive situation. Unhappy and lonely in Rhode Island, making nothing close to a living wage [although I was working my dream job], I made the decision to return to Chicago [where I lived for four years after college], back to my friends, a city I loved, and a place I can make enough money to pay rent. It wasn't an easy decision [I originally left Chicago because my depression was out of control, to the point where I couldn't make myself work enough to pay my bills, and I got into a lot of financial trouble], but I considered all my options and decided it was the best one. I packed up and left Rhode Island a week before Thanksgiving, stayed with some friends for a bit while I settled in, and have been pretty happy since. [I say "pretty happy" because I've yet to find a steady job-- although I have unsteady employment through a temp agency, and it's more than enough to pay the bills-- which leads to a bit of anxiety.]

The downside? I left my *wonderful* gym, my personal trainer, and all my gym friends in Rhode Island. I only mentioned it a little in a couple of my last blog posts, but I ended up doing a 10 week fitness program at the gym multiple times for over a year. I also went to aqua aerobics regularly. I made a lot of friends through these two things, and it was great to have these people to laugh along with during our workouts. It was definitely a community, and I miss it. I'm skeptical of finding anything like that in Chicago, even if I *could* afford the gyms here [they're so expensive! And there's no Planet Fitness for even basic gym needs]. So right now, I'm just... kind of in limbo, fitness-wise. I'm trying not to undo all the work I did in the last few years, but I'd be lying to myself if I said I haven't gained weight [and lost muscle] since the move. But it's winter, and I know I'll get into the swing of things once it stops being -20 out, and these are excuses but I'm still settling into life here again.

[Getting to see my friends all the time again is great, though, and I have an awesome roommate who loves my cats. And I live within walking distance of everything I ever need-- work, Target, my vet, and my running buddy! So I'm getting some fitness in, even if it's not lifting weights and swinging kettlebells.]

So, I once again turn online. I need sparkpeople to be my fitness community again. I need to start blogging, interacting, and doing more than just spinning the wheel every day. I need to track my food and exercise [I don't even track my exercise right now! Even though I do some every day!]. I also need to reactivate my GymPact so I have something else holding me accountable :D So, sparkpeople, here I am. Who's still around?
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