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Great to be back on track (again)

Sunday, September 08, 2019

So much has happened since I was last here...

For the last 8 years, I worked both part-time (5 yrs) & full-time (3 yrs) in a local grocery store bakery until I was let go this past May (5/29) due to a restructuring of the department & new management (translation: they wanted more part-time workers; I was full-time w/ full benefits).

Needless to say, I was shocked. However, it was for the best. At 44, I'm not getting any younger. The heavy lifting and long, flexible hours were starting to take a toll on me... And I was gaining weight. It was time to move on (get out of retail & return to an 'corporate USA' (office / desk job).

I was extremely lucky with my job search... Having applied for 35 jobs, I had 2 job interviews (both with the same company) and within 2 1/2 weeks (of being unemployed) I had a new (office / desk) job. (which I started weeks later)

My official start date was 7/15... It's been less than 2 months and already I'm loving it! The job itself can be stressful, but I'm working with an amazing team of people in my department. Also, my company encourages employees to develop healthy habits (periodically getting up to stretch and / or take short walks in the hallways, etc.) 3 weeks ago, I signed up for the company's wellness program (ReGenerate) and meet with a life coach on a weekly basis.

Stepping on the scale one day, I was horrified... I was at my all time highest weight of 174.7. Talking with the life coach, I set goals to both eat healthier (no more donuts) and lose weight (we're working on a weight goal / timeline).

Getting back into the groove is a slow process (my journey started day 1 of being unemployed)... I started with setting small, personal goals, the 1st being to exercise a minimum of 10 minutes per day. I've progressed up to a maximum of 90 minutes (2-3 days per week); incorporating a wide range of activities on a weekly basis (pilates / yoga, strength training, low-impact aerobics, 'Body Groove' (similar to Zumba), walking, etc.)

Today, I logged back into SparkPeople for the 1st time in a year (or more). It's great to be back.

And so my journey begins (again)...

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    Fantastic that things worked out as they have.

    DH's position was terminated (as was the entire dept. he headed) in July. He's 67. So now he's doing consulting! It's good for him to keep busy, it's generating income, we're comfortable and no more of the ridiculousness of office politics (he works from home). so, it's a win/win.

    Good luck! Good that you have such encouragement to be healthy!
    204 days ago
    Welcome back!
    204 days ago
    Welcome back friend. It's good to have you back on board again! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    204 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
    My friend had that happen to her as a Deli manager at a large grocery, as they were all put on part-time and she lost her benefits. She is 60 and found she had ovarian cancer, so she had surgery and chemo and she's on disability now. I'm glad u found a good job. Just be frugal with your money as every penny counts. My friend works at a bank and she told me she was amazed at the credit card debt people have. She said "If you look it is Eat Out, Eat Out, Eat Out, $30, $50, $35, etc.' She said "Why don't these people get organized and cook and save money?" She listens to Dave Ramsey.
    204 days ago
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