Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Unemployed for a Year!

01/26/11 @ 4:30pm
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So much has happened to me this past year. Today is the one year anniversary of me losing my job. I never dreamed I would be unemployed for a year. With unemployment paying only about half of what I made, I was unable to keep up with my mortgage and lost my home. It was the home I grew up in and the only place I have ever lived my entire life. At first I was worried about what people would think of me for losing my home. Then I realized, I didn’t care what anyone thought because they aren’t me and the circumstances were pretty much out of my control. Now, I could throw myself a pity party today to “celebrate” my lay-off anniversary but instead I chose to look at all the positive things that have happened to me.

I moved into an apartment in June. I absolutely LOVE it! I love not having to mow or shovel. I love that when something is broken, I pick up the phone and they come and fix it. I love that I have a pool in the summer. I love that I have a very nice fitness center at my disposal 24 hours a day. I love that my garage is attached to my building (my home for 32 years had a detached garage). The only thing I don’t love about the apartment is the Trex family that lives upstairs. Apparently they have lead feet or are dinosaurs (hence the Trex; T-Rex)! I have gotten used to it for the most part but sometimes it gets on my nerves.

Then there is the fact that I am back in school. I always wanted to earn my Bachelors degree but I never had the money to do it. Because of a state grant for Home Valu employees I was able to go back. I was able to change my focus from accounting (which I have an Associates degree in) to Human Resources. It was an amazing opportunity that I never dreamed I would get.

All of that leads me to today and to my desire to be the best me I can be. I have abused my body for too long. I am ready to be happy, healthy and not overweight. It is a long road but I have time. If this past year has taught me anything, it has taught me that nothing comes easy and nothing comes fast. It will take work and it will take time and I am okay with that.

Today I have been craving pizza. A delivery pizza like Godfather’s or Dominos sounds wonderful. Instead I will go to the store sometime this week and get a crust to make my own at home. I will be able to eat more than I could if I did delivery and I can load it with good things to get some of my vegetable servings in for the day! This is really the first specific craving I’ve had since starting Weight Watchers. I guess that’s not bad and I am handling better than I would have in the past. This week I have stayed in my point range and have used very little of my weekly splurge points. I have earned 8 activity points and have not used any of those either. With that being said, I am not feeling great about weight loss this week. Hopefully it will be like last week and I will be way off and have a great number on the scale but I am not expecting much. I would be thrilled with 2.4 because that would put me at 10 pounds total since starting WW!

Friday night I am going to dinner and hope I can find a good meal on the menu so I can stay within my daily points. If I use extra points, I like to use them early in the week and not the night before weigh in!! I have looked at the menu online but haven’t decided what to have yet. I figure if I plan ahead, I will know exactly how many points I will use for dinner. Planning ahead is a huge thing with Weight Watchers. It really makes life so much easier!

So, there are my thoughts for the day. Take care, thanks for following and Have a Healthy Day!


1 comment:

  1. It's crazy that you haven't had any cravings until now.. I've had sooo many! I was good all day - did cleaning - worked up a sweat even. I'm loving life today! Yeah! And I still might go get on the treadmill... I need to work off my mashed potatoes I had for supper.. it's PMS - I have comfort food cravings! I just ate less than I normally do.

    I love your attitude on your sad anniversary. I think everything happens for a reason and I think everything you are doing is the best move you can do. You are graduating soon - What an accomplishment!

    And don't be hasty on your weight this week - keep up the good work and remember you are doing this for the rest of your life! It's not a race - it's now a way of life! If you are craving something - have a good version, if you do that you won't revert. Keep up the good work! And remember to shake your booty!! he he