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.