May 25, 2014

A Day in the Life...

Seven days into my new job (my first two weeks were short weeks which was great!) and I am exhausted. There is so much to learn. This is a completely new field for me and although I have done a lot of Project Management/Coordination, Quality Assurance initiatives, Training and Manual writing - it has never been in this field or environment and I am finding that there is so much I need to know before I can even really start my own job.

That being said, I am loving the challenge and the people seem really great.  Very similar to when I worked at Aecon Buildings and was part of the team for the Corus Entertainment building, I feel honoured and proud to be part of this project - it's something that will be around for a long time and I will always have a connection to it.

In other news, I am not sure if Spring has arrived as it's still quite cold at night and we're getting a lot of thunderstorms, but Winter seems to have finally left us!  I've been walking more and hitting over 10,000 steps each day. I had two days in the last two weeks where I hit over 17,000 and one day over 18,000. I try to get out and walk at lunch for half an hour and I get off the bus 2-3 stops early and then I try and go out again after dinner.  At work, I take the stairs all the time unless I'm with my boss (who doesn't do stairs) or I am carrying a lot of stuff.  This past week, I topped 89,000 steps.  My goal is 10,000/day.

For calories, my goal is 1200-1400/day, although I sometimes have one day a week up to about 1700 but it does average to about 1300 over the seven days so I'm not worried about it. I weighed in at the diabetes clinic this past Wednesday (May 21) and I had lost 3 lbs in three weeks. I'm happy with 1 lb a week consistently. I still have a ways to go to get back to my lowest weight two summers ago, but I'm getting there and looking forward to having "new" numbers.

I have a great support group on FB and I have some FitBit friends who help encourage me to keep my step count consistent as well.

I wish you all wonderful, and healthy, week!

May 13, 2014

Tomorrow, tomorrow....

Thank you all for your kind words on my last post. Sadly, Elaine did pass away the morning after that post. The funeral was this past Friday and as you can imagine, it has been a stressful and emotional few weeks.

While this was happening with Elaine, I was also in the midst of being hired for a new role and had interviews and some medical tests to complete.

I start my new job tomorrow and I can't tell you how happy I am to be living and working in the same city. Although I still have to use public transportation to get to work, it is a fairly quick and easy route and I am looking forward to having 'normal' hours again.

The role is a year contract but it is a big organization and I will take some relevant courses at community college over the Fall and Winter this year that will put me in a good position for other roles at the end of the year. I am feeling hopeful about my work future for the first time in about 5 years.

Thankfully, through all this stress, I did not go off my eating plan and stayed within my calories and even managed to hit 10,000 steps 5/7 days last week. Yesterday I topped 17,000 steps. I am not sure how my walking/step count will be whilst working again, as I don't have a walk to/from work or train station. Once I am into the routine of getting up early again, I may walk part way in the morning since it is light now at 6 a.m. I will see how it goes. Since I should be home fairly early, I will be able to go out walking after dinner as well.

We had a lovely thunder and lightening storm last night and I lay in bed watching the lightening bounce off the building and hear the rain pound the windows. Everything was so green this morning and it smelled like summer time, you know? It is thundering again now and I think we are in for another storm tonight.