losing your job

What A Year It’s Been

I kind of knew 2012 would be a challenge. Michael had gotten word from his boss in December of 2011 that he may be losing his job and sure enough, restructuring happened and he lost his job at the end of January. Because of that, it’s been a year of ups and downs. Going down to one income was difficult, especially since my paltry income in no way could cover the mortgage. Luckily, we scraped by on my salary and his unemployment without going into any debt or suffering too much.

Stress levels were definitely high this year but I tried to focus on my personal growth and used fitness as my stress-reliever. I increased my cycling this summer more than I ever did last year. I was able to somewhat successfully commute to work by bike 3 times a week (with some bumps in the road because of lots of flat tires).

The cycling training I did didn’t prepare me for that full Century I wanted to do. Instead, Michael and I biked the Salem Metric Century (64 miles). It was a great ride and I felt strong and happy at the end.

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My knees, however, ended up being a literal pain the remainder of 2012. I was diagnosed with the dreaded runner’s knee but immediately started physical therapy, altered my workouts, and was able to rehab my knees enough to try running again. I’m still not 100% but I’m glad I can do something!

The Highlights

The biggest highlight of 2012 was Michael landing the perfect job. I really do think things happen for a reason and the reason for our struggles this year was for Michael to find an even better job than his last one with better people, benefits and pay.

I had my 15 minutes of fame when I was on the local news about my weight loss. And I found an agent for my book!

Traveling

It’s funny how the year that Michael loses his job ends up being the year we do the most traveling. I don’t know how, it just ended up that way. We were really, really lucky this year with our vacations.

The first one was to Vegas. We cashed in all our airline miles to make the trip doable. We stayed at the Monte Carlo and had a wonderful time (but I never have a bad time in Vegas). I won on roulette the entire trip, we saw a Cirque show and ate some amazing food.

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The second trip was to Texas for his sister’s wedding. Since it was a family event we didn’t have to pay for airfare or a place to stay for the wedding. It was nice seeing his family and the wedding was beautiful. We ended up going to Austin for a few days to celebrate our 4th anniversary before heading back home.

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I surprised Michael for his birthday and whisked him away to the beach. We walked in the sand, saw sea otters, ate some good food and drank beer at Rogue.

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Lastly, the trip to Hawaii. Man, that was a surprise! Another gift from the universe. Our friends invited us to stay with them at their condo and all we had to foot was airfare. I have to say that the best parts of Hawaii were running and swimming in the ocean.

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Also, the flowers.  🙂

Moving Forward

What does 2013 have in store for me? Only time will tell. I have a lot of goals I want to achieve in the new year and I’m going to be focused and determined to achieve them. A lot of my goals revolve around cycling, my book, and hopefully some personal enrichment. I’m forming a book club, I applied to volunteer at the cat shelter I used to volunteer at, and I’m planning some fun trips (of course one will most likely be Vegas!).

Cheers!

QUESTION: How was 2012 for you? What were the highlights?

The Ax

I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but I’ve been trying to get back to running. Last week I ran 1 very sloooow mile on the treadmill with one walking break. The other night I had some time to kill before Spin class, so I hopped on the treadmill again. This time I ran a slightly faster 1 mile with no walking break. It will be a slow process getting back my running legs, but I hope this time it sticks.

The Spin class was a challenge. It was a lot of really challenging seated climbs and a few standing climbs (which I prefer). The instructor said the resistance should be “8 out of 10” in difficulty. My legs held up but it was difficult! My legs kept moving but it was a slow climb. Maybe I pushed it too much but my knee hurt a bit after the class. Maybe “8 out of 10” isn’t quite appropriate for a girl with knee issues. Lesson learned.

Gym Stats:
Time: 1:31
Calories Burned: 643


Do you remember my quest for finding the perfect post-workout snack to prevent crashing? I’ve been eating Apricots for awhile now and it’s worked really well! Eating just a few of them right after I workout gets me through the drive home before I can eat dinner. It’s prevented crashes or crankiness and I feel like it’s something more natural I can eat.

I got home from the gym and Michael had made us dinner. It was the rest of our Brussels sprouts, Israeli couscous and chicken thighs. I ate one chicken thigh because it was a lot of food.

I also had a glass of Pinot Grigio with dinner. It was a crisp, tart wine and I liked it a lot. Now for the latest news…

News

A few months ago Michael got word that he might lose his job. It wasn’t for sure. Needless to say we’ve been living under a cloud of stress and anxiety and worry for awhile now. In December he got the word that it was more of a reality. He was convinced that come January his job would be gone. I chose to try and think positive (aka live in denial) up until the very day. Unfortunately, my positive vibes and desperate hope were all for nothing. We are now down to one income.

It sucks. It’s stressful. I know that whatever stress and anxiety I am feeling, Michael is feeling it a million times worse. I hope that this turns out to be for the best and something even better comes into his life. I do believe that things happen for a reason and every difficult thing I’ve gone through has made me stronger and given me better opportunities. I hope that is the same for Michael.


Lots of things will be changing. We’re tightening our belts. We’ll probably stop eating out at restaurants for awhile (we do have some Groupon deals we have to use up first). Our meals will be simpler and using the things we have in our pantry and freezer. The new addition to our family that we’d wanted in 2012 will probably have to wait. Things will be up in the air for awhile.

Thank you all for the comments in support of yesterday’s post. I may be a long time weight loss maintainer, but the struggles are still there.  So that’s the news. I’m trying to think positive about better opportunities for both of us.

QUESTION: Have you had to deal with a spouse or partner’s job loss? What got you through the tough times? Any tips on how to be extra supportive?