Tuesday, November 9, 2010


When I started my current job at the end of July 2009 I was hired on a temporary contract.  I was desperately applying to any job that paid more than unemployment and not getting calls back about jobs I was way overqualified for and feeling all depressed.  So when a recruiter called me about the opportunity I jumped at it.  Being shy, new jobs suck (especially with everyone in my department being SO outgoing!!) and it was tough at first but as time went on I was so happy there and grateful when they decided to hire me permanently.

Today was our health plan fair thing and it left me thinking about last year's.  At that time, I had just been permanently hired, and the fair was a few days before my official start date.  I don't know how it goes at a normal office but here at our enrollment fair there's a raffle you can enter if you get some info filled out: body fat %, weight, waist, cholesterol that kind of thing.  And I was so embarrassed about it that day.  I just wanted my free Met Life Snoopy (Husbandcake has a thing for Snoopy!) and to go back upstairs.  This year was totally different and it's made me reflect on how far I've come.

In the past year, I have:

  • lost 41 pounds.  Forty-one.
  • realized that I can function as well as anyone else at a "real" job
  • learned how to change lanes on the freeway
  • had more encouragement and support than I've known what to do with.
  • shrunk my waist by 12 inches
  • worn "heels" 3 times - and yes anything over a half inch counts
  • grown a thicker skin...and I know that's relative as I'm the most over sensitive person alive but I'm a teensy bit better anyway!
  • gotten an average of 48 mpg in my Prius (better than advertised, I'm AWESOME!)
  • started eating healthier food
  • bought and worn pants for the first time in years
  • won a weight loss competition in my office
  • skipped cake on other peoples' birthdays 400 times...maybe not that many but it feels like I've overcome a lot cake-wise!
  • become a tiny bit more outgoing...
  • been inspired to find all of you beautiful people to help me along the way
You know most of those things have been a direct result of my job.  No - all of them.  Even the driving ones.  If it weren't for taking a job farther from my home that I was comfortable with I never would have learned that I could drive without being terrified.

I'm so happy that I'm here.  Everyone even coworkers know that I'm already ready to retire, I wouldn't lie about that.  I've been saving up and I know I'll never be the type to work my whole life - but as jobs come and go this one has been great, I wouldn't be as happy anywhere else and I was reminded of that today.  I also happened to have a moment to recall any of the things I dislike about my job today, it has its down sides and its negative aspects.  It was nice at the end of that though to realize it was my work-iversary and overall my life is better today than it was November 9, 2009.  SO much better.

And as cheesy as it sounds I hope that all of you are happier and better today than you were a year ago :) I'd love to hear about your progress too!

Anyway I wanted to share that and also even though yesterday was so busy I didn't post I did weigh in at 184.3 - a tenth of a pound down.  So I'm not losing a lot but STILL LOSING and still working hard!!


Jeanette said...

Thanks for sharing! I've come a long way this year myself.

I had gastric bypass surgery and have lost 128 lbs so far (10 more to goal!), found a job, lost a job, my hubby found a great job, I've gone from a BMI of over 47 to just under 29. I've gone from a size 24 to a size 14 (sometimes 12 depending where I buy), lost two shoe sizes, gained self-confidence, became independent and so much more. I want to become more active and am hoping that will come soon.

I've said it before and I'll say it again...if you know of any opportunities at 24 hour fitness in Payroll or HR, permanent or temporary, please let me know.

Thanks and take care,

Sarah said...

You are awesome.. No matter what the catalyst, you did all of those.. and you deserve all the praise in the world for conquering your fears..

Congrats on all your accomplishments (including the new job).. :)

Tammy said...

Gosh it feels good to hear happy people! Congratulations on your anniversary for all that you have accomplished in a year. All inspiring. I love that you have skipped cake 400 times (or close to it)! I should start taking a count too, because just missing one sometimes is sooooo hard.

Miz said...

congrats on a year of working fighting living growing losing and STILL BEING ON YOUR HEALTH LIVING PATH!


Anonymous said...

I do love reading happy posts. :) This is just awesome. SO PROUD OF YOU! Happy Work-iversary!

Miss E said...

That is so great for you! Considering the proportion of time we spend at work, it is very important to be happy with there. Congratulations on your work-iversary.

Brigitte said...

Congrats on being an even better you a year later! Here's to a complete knockout next year!

Natalia said...

What a great year!! Congrats!!! :)

Crystal said...

I just wanted to come leave you a note, and ask a question. :) First of all, I thought you should know, I miss your posts! You should come back and post. :)

Secondly, I wanted to ask how much it would be to get a replacement arm band for my bodybugg? I know you had said you ordered one for me in the blue, but I think I am going to need a new large one. The velcro thingy broke so It won't stay tight. :( You know the little velcro under the tab part? It came unstuck from the tab.

s.j. said...

Great posts and blog!! Congrats!!

My weight loss journey blog:

I am 7 weeks post op from gastric bypass.

sarah said...

wow...your journey is a great inspirational one.

Jess said...

What great accomplishments in a year!!!

Hi! I am Jess and just came across your blog!!! Please take a peek at mine!!!! :) http://projectgetthin.blogspot.com/

WockyWookie said...

Great job! Keep it up, it's amazing what can happen in just a year, isn't it? :D

Natalia said...

Hey I hope that you are doing OK, and having a great holiday season! :)

SlenderSwan2B said...

where did you go??

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