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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hello Spark World!

I've had some changes taking place and I'm waiting to see how it all plays out.

I have commuted 150 miles (round trip) for over 25 years. I know, it's insane, but that's the choice I made all those years ago. I spent most of that time in a van pool. The commute time has gotten longer and longer over the years and what had been 3 hours a day commuting had become closer to 5 hours a day.

I knew that the van pool was on borrowed time, since our riders were getting older and closer to retirement, so it wasn't a surprise when a rider announced she was retiring. On the heels of that, another rider announced she was leaving the van for health reasons. Suddenly, we didn't have enough riders to maintain our subsidy or to support the cost of running the van. It is cheaper to take the train.

Also in the last year, my job had changed. Nearly everything I do now is via email. My work comes in electronically, and goes out the same. I don't see customers and I receive very few phone calls. So I approached my boss and asked if I could work from home a couple of days a week. I knew he had to ask his boss but time went on and I had no response. I did not look good.

Finally, I asked him about it again. He said it had been on his list to discuss with his boss at their next meeting. When the answer came through, it was yes. Not only could I work from home a couple of days a week, I could work from home as much as 90% time. I was happy and shocked, all at the same time.

I've been working from home 3 days a week for the last couple of weeks. I've been getting more rest, getting to the gym earlier in the day and actually having time to fix decent meals. I've lost weight the last couple of weeks, and I while I have been tracking my calories and trying to stay within range, I have been pretty much eating whatever I wanted to. I have to think the extra rest and the reduced stress are resulting in weight loss.

It's too early to tell, but I'm hoping that regaining 15 hours a week is going to give me more energy to devote to my goals for weight loss and fitness.

I still have to get adjusted to this new reality, but so far I like it! Finally a change that works for me, rather than against me! May all your changes work in your favor this week.
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  • JIBBIE49
    Wonderful My BIL rode in a van with 6 other guys for 30 yrs to Fisher Body in St. Louis but he was a person who could get in the van and go to sleep both directions, so it really wasn't a problem for him. He just used earplugs and a face mask. They all worked the 3 to 11pm shift and his ride came at 1:30pm. Most of them did farming in the morning.
    1224 days ago
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    emoticon That is awesome. Go ahead and take advantage of doing it 90% of the time, and don't feel guilty about it. More and more companies have people working from home. My husband works from home, and I've also worked for that same company from home as well.. (before I became a stay at home mom). I have lots of friends who work from home. It's all the new rage, since companies are realizing they can save money doing that.
    Keep up the good work!! emoticon
    emoticon for dropping by my page to say hi. emoticon right back at cha!

    1272 days ago
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    That is excellent news! You will feel like you have regained a whole new life! Good for you!
    1273 days ago
    What wonderful news .I am so happy for you.No wonder you were having trouble before adequate rest is essential to weight loss.
    1273 days ago
    The boldness of endurance is the underline to almost every success. - Mary Anne Radmacher 1/31/18
    1273 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    Change is good emoticon emoticon and emoticon in being persistent with your boss. I've commuted myself a time of two and enjoy reading moreso than conversation. Good things are happening and I'm happy for you. Keep up the good work and everything in moderation. Oh emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1273 days ago
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