This journey will soon come to an end..

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So something awful and good happened a few days ago. A phone call. A phone call from an HR department. I can’t reveal specific details until it is official, but a pending full time job is on its way for me. After graduating with my MLIS degree in 2014, finally there is a place for me; but it’s not all good news.

I mourn the part time life that I am soon to lose; that was the whole focus for this blog and my life, to make the most of my schedule by including exercise and healthy meals; I worry that it will be harder for me to keep losing and maintaining my weight. The one tool I can think of right away to help me with this transition is Jenny Craig. I think I will be making the most out of my annual membership by continuing to order breakfast and  lunch items to keep me on track.

The other part of my life that I mourn the loss of is walking away from my current place of employment for the THIRD time. The library I am at now has always been my favorite place to work; I like to think that many years from now a position will open up for me and I will end up here indefinitely- this is the place I want to retire from someday.

Lastly, that photo at the beginning of my post. My husband and I have planned a week long vacation in the pacific northwest- planned as in flights have been booked and paid for. I can only hope that this new job offer won’t interfere with our plans. I hope to have it all- a nice vacation with my husband so I can start my new job refreshed and not wanting to take a vacation while still on probation!

We’ll see how this all plays out.

Stay tuned for the official job announcement 🙂

A Summer of Choices for some (me) and Not for all (everyone else)

In my opinion, the hardest part about losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle is that not everyone is on board. In no way do I want to discount my husband, because he has been my biggest supporter and shoulder to lean on. I am so grateful and thankful that I have him along for the ride in our quest for a healthier lifestyle; and we figure, the healthier we become, the more it will benefit our future children in what we will be able to bring to the table in raising them. Aside from my husband, I have no one in my professional or personal life that shares the same goals and it’s starting to bother  me. This is literally affecting the few friendships that I have. The clearest of examples is that many social rituals revolve around eating and consumption of alcohol; many engage in this kind of behavior with reckless abandon, but not me! What’s a childless person in their late 20’s supposed to do if not that, right?! Wrong. I’m straight edge. I value taking care of myself more than ever. I just wish I had some peers that felt the same way.

So what else is there to do? My husband and I purchased a package of kickboxing classes that we plan on completing together over the summer; I am also secretly hoping that we find people there that we can bond with and share our new lifestyle with.

What about you? Is there anyone else out there that has thoughts on the subject of living a healthier lifestyle despite having peers that aren’t interested in doing so? I would love to hear how anyone else may cope with this issue.

How Netflix Can Encourage Weight Loss

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So I felt the urge to watch some stuff about healthy eating over last weekend and it got me thinking about how Netflix and other shows and even specific TV channels can be a go-to source for some much needed inspiration to keep at it with a healthy routine. For example, while flipping around the regular channels (i.e. the non- cable, the channels anyone can get so as long as you have a tv + antenna), I came across channel 7.2 which is called the “LivWell” network. I sat through a couple of episodes of the show “recipe rehab” and was intrigued. The premise of the show is for chefs to help families recreate their favorite meals with healthier substitutes to boost nutritional value and have less calories and all that other bad stuff (fat, cholesterol, etc). I found this channel to be like (a healthier version of) the food network, HGTV & the Travel Channel all rolled into one; this channel plus the Doctor Oz show on Fox are great examples of *free* content that can help you on the road to becoming a better “you.”

For those that subscribe to Netflix, there is a host of documentaries that revolve around healthy eating and how the food industry in general is willing and allowed to do anything to get you addicted to junk. This past weekend we watched the documentary “Hungry for Change.” For my husband and me, it pretty much reinforced a lot of things that we already knew. However, if you are new to the weight loss/ health game, this documentary is a great starting point for explanation of the physiological and psychological elements of weight loss; it will help explain how as a society we all ended up here. “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” as well as its sequel staring Joe Cross is highly recommended as well as the classic “Supersize Me” with Morgan Spurlock. Seeing Joe inspired me to re-attempt a juicing cleanse soon. My husband was very successful with juicing, as it helped jump start his 60lb weight loss prior to our wedding. I on the other hand couldn’t hang. But now that I have lost 30lbs on my own, I feel like taking another stab at it. I plan to do it the lazy way though and purchase the juices from our local juicery which means it will take a few weeks to save the money on the side to be able to do it; but when I do, I’m sure I’ll have much to complain about daily when I do.

Until next time!

Goals to keep in mind going into the weekend…

 

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I think Friday posts will and SHOULD be relatively short because yay weekend, right? Today is a Friday off  from work which means 3 things for me:

  1. It’s payday
  2. It’s chore day
  3. I have work on Saturday =( [Not a problem, thankful for a job]!

I’m sitting on the couch (partaking in cheezy cozy murder mysteries, my favorite!) after having spent the day cleaning my entire apartment; gearing up for a meal with my hubby, followed by gym time and some sleep,  because I will have a full 8 hour work day ahead of me  tomorrow.

Next week will also be busier than usual. But I’m looking forward to all of it because I am steadfast in my goal of continuing to make the best choices, track with myfitnesspal  and just be the happiest I can be.

My username on myfitness pal is falloutgirl288, if anyone is looking to add!

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend

Tell me more about “underemployment”

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adjective

(of a person) not having enough paid work or not doing work that makes full use of their skills and abilities.nderemployed.

DISCLAIMER: I am lucky enough to be married to an amazing man who happens to be a full time teacher who is supportive of me working part time. I am grateful for this and without a doubt realize this is not the case for everyone i.e. embracing underemployment may not be possible. But for me it is.  I also don’t have any human children, just one needy little fur baby. So for now, our humble lifestyle of just the 2.5 of us in Los Angeles county will be just fine.

Taking a break from weight loss things to talk about career stuff!

So to sum things up… I graduated with my MLIS in December of 2014. I promptly landed a full time 6 month TEMPORARY position; I was very happy with it and cried when it was over with. I didn’t know if there would ever be a permanent place for me in this library that I loved, so naturally, I moved on. I wasted time in an on-call like position, working at most, about 8 hours a week. I interviewed relentlessly with major library systems. I have lists upon lists of the number of jobs that I applied to. I had a knack for making it all the way to the final interview, the magical third interview, only to be told “no” every. Single. Time. By now at least 6 months had gone by since I was “forcibly” removed from the job I loved and the supervisor there loved me so much, she invited me back for another temporary position in the same department that carried more responsibility. I was over the moon. And that was when disaster struck. A disaster in disguise that it is. A school district I had applied with a long time ago was offering me a full time position because their initial choice that had been there awhile suddenly was dust in the wind. What’s that you say? A permanent full time job, you say? Medical and dental benefits you say? Bye place I love, I’m going to go here now. Oh what a HUGE mistake that was.

Things were fine, initially. Then I quickly began to realize why the person before me had departed so suddenly. The person I was charged with working side by side with, In an isolated  bungalow was bat shit crazy. Need me to repeat that? She was crazy. It all went down on the first day of school where she snapped at me proclaiming that I didn’t deserve the job, I was taking it from someone who really needed it, that I wasn’t a good worker, that I lied in my interview and am a liar overall, and so on and so forth. How did I respond? I cried. The realization that I threw everything away in a place where I was happy for this bull crap. I left. I never came back. Wrote a letter to the principal. Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m screwed. I went “on call” for another month or so before I gave in and signed up with a temp agency and accepted a temporary assignment for a position that I interviewed for exactly a year prior but was told “no.” OH THE IRONY!! I did that for 4 months and it was easy money. But it was the instability of not having permanent work is what made me nervous every day. At that point, I didn’t care if I was part time or not, as long as it was steady work, a guaranteed 20 hours a week , a regular schedule, no more bull crap. Then the clouds parted, and a miracle happened.

The library that I loved had an opening! It was part time and in a completely different department than the one I had worked in twice beforehand. But it was home, and commuting was also close to my actual home. (Unlike the school job, this had me commuting on the freeway 30 minutes each way). And the person running this other department was a former co-worker from the former department that we both used to work for (a mouthful, I know). The job was pretty much mine as soon as I picked up the phone and said “yes, I would love to interview with you”.

So that’s how I ended up here, pretty much right back where I started and as a part timer.  As mentioned, I’m lucky and I know it. I know that because of the husband that I have that allows me a lifestyle that only includes 20 hours of mandatory work. The same day I started work at my favorite place for the third time was the same day I started my weight loss journey. Enough was enough I decided. This time I had to do something and it had to work.  I wanted to actually use my the free time I had to focus on health and happiness. So that’s what I’m doing.

THE MAIN DOWNSIDE….

I do have a butt load of student loans. Tens of thousands of dollars. That’s the only major downside to my lifestyle. The loans aren’t going anywhere. They will definitely stay in place until I win the lottery. I see no other way in which they will disappear.

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Until next time!