Apr 212014
 

Back in February I posted T is for Truth where I admitted I have been struggling this winter. There were a lot of reasons (excuses) for the weight gain–I’ve been more sick this winter than any other (getting a cold/sinus infection three times!), I took a month off from weight lifting due to an injury, the typical holiday eating packed on some pounds, there was some stressful bullshit going on (those issues have since been resolved) and that led to some stress eating. I also changed my birth control–which cleared up my acne but caused some very unfortunately weight gain.

I was up to 149. 1 pound from goal weight. That buffer area is important to me. I like having some wiggle room between my current weight and my goal weight–it allows me to indulge once in awhile and not see the scales tip. I usually fluctuate between 144-146. That 149 was scary. I decided I needed to get my act together.

I wasn’t feeling good about myself and that was making me not feel good about everything else in my life. It sounds whiny, I know, but feeling uncomfortable in my skin colors how I see the rest of the world/go through my day. I wish I was stronger and didn’t let the self-esteem issues effect me in such a way. But when none of your clothes fit, it’s hard NOT to look in the mirror and feel disdain. Then Lori at Finding Radiance confessed that her self-esteem had taken a beating lately. It was nice to read that another maintainer was feeling similarly and it was comforting in a way.

I cleaned up my diet in a number of ways. I reduced or eliminated the liquid calories I was consuming. Having one glass of wine on a Friday and Saturday night is sufficient. Drinking during the week isn’t necessary and just packs on the pounds. I also took a look at my sugar habit. It was a little out of control this winter! I finally finished that tub of Nutella (it only took me 4 months) so that temptation is out of the house! I’ve stopped buying ice cream and other desserts. I do have dessert but I’m trying to make better choices and not eat it every night.

Last week I weighed myself for the monthly check-in. I was anxious. I’d been doing well with my food for weeks but my pants were STILL TOO TIGHT. Like skintight. I didn’t have high hopes. I was happily surprised! I’d lost a few pounds; weighing in at 147. I’ll take it. Progress is progress, even if it’s just a little bit.

I’m confused and frustrated that my pants don’t fit. I’m only 3-4 pounds higher than I was this time last year when my pants all fit. I find it hard to believe that 4 pounds could really make such a difference that my pants won’t button now. What is up with that??

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For awhile I will try to post once a week discussing my progress and making goals. I think I’ve gotten out of my funk and I’m ready to get serious.

This Week’s Goals

ACCURATELY track my calories each day–this means all the bites, nibbles, sips, snacks. It also means not lying to myself when I KNOW I ate more than one serving of something…

Drink at least 3 water bottles of water at work in addition to the water I drink at home and at the gym.

Strive to leave 200 calories left for each day in my “bank.” On days I work out I do eat more calories and I often justify the extra treats. Many days I have less than 100 calories leftover for the day. That’s not creating any kind of deficit. I think 200 calories is a good number to be left for the day.

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I will check in next week!

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Apr 172014
 

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I have news!! Good news!!

A little while ago I mentioned that I had an interview for a promotional position within my company and had gotten “the job.” I use quotation marks because there wasn’t quite a job yet. There were three (potential) openings for my new position but because of bureaucracy, budgets, and just general slow moving processes I knew it would be awhile before anything came to fruition. In fact, two of the positions were essentially being created from scratch–brand new positions with no processes, no guides, nothing.

Well I heard through the grapevine last week that the wait might be over. A few days later I was officially offered the position! It’s the same type of position was doing last year temporarily for 6 months.

It’s a promotion and a different title. I won’t be a Lead anymore, which means no more “people drama,” which will be nice. I will be working with clients one on one and doing a lot of paper work.

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My new position will include a lot of client contact. I will be helping a vulnerable population sign up for health care and schedule them for drug/alcohol/mental health evaluations. It’s a good opportunity to learn new things and I’m really excited to start.

Today is my second day in my new job. The nice part is that I’m in the same unit I was in before, my boss is the same (whom I love), and I get to work with the same people I’ve worked with for 6 years. It’s also nice that I already know a lot of the ins and outs of this unit so that makes training much easier. None of this is completely foreign or new to me.

So that’s my news!

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