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How things have changed!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Sorry I've been gone so long! 1. Mental Health- the Lamictal has been wonderful for me. I feel so much better on it and will continue to take it. 2. The boot camp - is going really well. We are about to start week 11, and our graduation date is Aug 4. Right now we are working on final projects, so it's been a bit stressful (with some drama from certain teammates), but I'm confident we will pull through with a presentable final project that we can be proud of. 3. I got a job!!!!!!!!!!!! The interview process was frightening and I thought I did a lot worse than I did. JP Morgan Chase has offered me a job as a Software Engineer, with a salary that is almost 3 times more than anything I've ever earned at my previous places of employment!!! I was the only one from my boot camp (8 interviewed) who was hired, and I'm the only one so far who has an employment offer. I begin Monday, Aug 7th. 4. I'm getting a new car!!!!! Because I will be a Chase employee, I qualify for a 5.5k discount on any Mazda vehicle.... So I am planning to lease a Mazda 6 (black, moonroof, upgraded sound system, heated seats, upgraded safety features, tinted windows). I love this car so much!!! I've been driving a '99 Oldsmobile Intrigue for almost 15 years, and this is the first vehicle I will be getting with my own money :) 5. My weight - is out of control. I'm above 400 lbs again. I would blame stress from school, but the truth is there will always be stress, and I need to learn not to let it affect my eating habits. I have been going to the gym this week every other day, and it's been really good for the stress levels. Now that I have a job lined up and things aren't so up in the air, I really want to focus on my health for the rest of the year. If anyone remembers where I was just 3-4 months ago you know how wonderful these changes are for me and how amazingly blessed I am. Thank you for everyone who has followed my journey and encouraged/prayed for me along the way. --The Goal-- Lose 50 lb by the end of the year! --The Plan-- 1. ****Track every calorie**** 2. Drink more water - 32oz in the A.M., 32oz during the day, 32oz after class/work, and 32oz in the evening 3. Sleep by 10 pm each night 4. Stay in my calorie range 6/7 days per week, with one "cheat meal" where I can eat what I want but only until I'm not hungry anymore - no binge eating 5. Go to the gym at least 3 days / week (mon,wed,fri). 30 min cardio intervals + at least one form of strength training each day. 6. Gluten-free (it seems to really bother my digestion, so I'm going to try cutting it again) I plan to eat steamed veggies and chicken or salmon for dinner most nights, oatmeal and fruit for breakfast, an Amy's frozen entree for lunch, and a vegan protein shake /smoothie on the days I work out. Snacks will be veggies with almond butter, hard boiled eggs, and fruit. Will try to stay away from processed carbs and sugars. Once I get my first paycheck, I'm going to renew my subscription to sunbasket (a meal delivery service where they ship you the ingredients and you prepare the food in your kitchen). It's healthy, pre-portioned, and convenient, and helps break up the monotony. I'm also re-committing to NO FAST FOOD from this day until the end of the year. No French fries. No burgers. No cheese sauce. No bacon. No tacos. No sugary drinks. No super-addictive, preservative-laden foods. No distracted eating. No food delivery. No bingeing, And NO EATING IN MY NEW CAR, haha :) I've got everything else in my life on track, and I can do it with my health too! I look forward to being more active here and posting weekly (maybe daily) updates. It's good to be back!
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    I am just trying to catch up from being gone so long and I am thrilled to read you are doing so well! Congratulations on the new job and car! Wishing you much success.
    622 days ago
    Those are a lot of amazing and exciting changes and I am thrilled for you. Good luck in everything! emoticon emoticon
    636 days ago
    wow CONGRATS ON THE NEW JOB! that is definitely a stress reliever when you don't have to worry about money and it seems like you have a good plan going forward.

    Kill it girl xx
    636 days ago
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    Woo HOO! Congrats on the new job and the new car. Stick with the goal of not eating in the car!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    636 days ago
    This was so inspiring! So very happy to hear all the great things that are happening in your life!

    I've been away from Spark, too, and am finding my way back. I'm at 403 lbs today so if you want a partner with no pressure, I'm up for it. Just send me a pm.

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    637 days ago
    Congratulations on your new job. That's awesome.

    Wishing you luck as you proceed forward.

    638 days ago
    I'm so happy to hear all about the wonderful things that are happening. emoticon emoticon
    The job sounds like a good fit and so interesting emoticon . You will be amazing(and are)!
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    638 days ago
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