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Wow, that sure was a lot of adulting

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Last week, I quit the job where I had worked longer than I've been a mom. A while ago, I looked back over old blog entries and had seen one from 2012 in which I wrote about how I gained 40 pounds in my first 5 years of working there, so it snuck (sneaked?) up on me, and I would only "address" it in fits and starts. I blamed a lot of my grown-up weight gain on not only my lack of activity level, then becoming a working mom, and the office environment / culture.

The job was stressful, to say the least, from day one. However, the level of toxicity in the workplace grew to be unbearable over the last year-and-a-half to two years, and I began searching for other employment during this time.

I'm counting my mid-life career change as an opportunity for a complete lifestyle overhaul. One positive thing I look forward to is, during the interview for the job that finally gave me an offer, one of the interviewers said that nothing would happen in this workplace that would "cause me to lose sleep at night." That hadn't been true of my last job for any decent length of time.

I want to be the best / most loyal employee they've ever had because I feel like they took a chance on me when I'm a complete mess, and threw me a lifeline.

Goals I have in this first month or so are as follows:
- follow Phase 1 ddpyoga eating as close as possible (almost identical to South Beach Phase I);
- do my damndest to stay hydrated (I can hardly ever make it "half your body weight in ounces per day"); and
- find a way to get active every day. There's always my ddpyoga, I have a regular Zumba class I can attend, and I've signed up for a grown-up beginners dance class as well.
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  • KOFFEENUT
    Good for you! So many folks are in stressful jobs and toxic environments, but few people reach deep and DO something about it. Way to go on hanging in there until you found another position that met your needs and for being intentional in beginning to take better care of yourself!
    131 days ago
  • CATLOVER110
    Good luck with your new job!
    132 days ago
  • JNFRDAWN
    Thank you all very much for the kind words!
    132 days ago
  • RHOOK20047
    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. If I can help in anyway, feel free to reach out to me! Congrats at the new job! I find myself at 64 looking for another job. Not the easiest thing in the world. Good luck with your future and attaining your goals. You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
    132 days ago
  • DWROBERGE
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    132 days ago
  • MIAMI_LILLY
    Congrats on the new job and it seems like you have s very well thought out plan
    132 days ago
  • BIKE4HEALTH
    Best of luck with your new choice.
    132 days ago
  • LSMITH2017
    Good luck with the new job.
    132 days ago
  • PAMMYLBEAR
    Congratulations on the new job! I hope it works out wonderfully for you and the company. Sounds like you've got this adulting thing down pretty well.
    132 days ago
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