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cuppa comfort, with a side of support
We're not in this World alone, so why try to struggle through it all alone, eh?

Pull up a chair, a nice cuppa, some (calorie-free) biscuits and have a word. Be it fitness management or relationship woes, sharing the load eases the burden. Together, we'll solve all our problems and be home in time for a candlelit soak and a good read.


January 2011
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lauri [userpic]
Time on my hands..

 Well, the world is my oyster now that I have been made redundant... just finishing week two of being unemployed, and I must say that I have never felt better.  Amazing, the lack of stress... probably helps that my 'roommates' are my parental units - rent has been reduced, other finances are minimal and manageable.

The best part of all this free time is spending two hours at the gym everyday - at a pleasant time of day, no less!  Unfortunately for me, even with nearly two months of an average of 6 days a week at the gym, I have yet to experience a drop in clothing size.  My clothes fit a little differently, sure, but I do not know if that is a good thing or not...  I did, however, manage to lose 5 pounds four weeks ago and have since put it back on.  I am hoping that it is muscle weight - my calves are solid these days.  My problem, of course, is poor eating habits.  Not so much what I eat, but definitely how much.  I really, really need to work on my portion control.  And my red wine consumption... shame, really, since I LOVE red wine.

I have decided that since I have been consistent with the gym, the next goal is to start running.  March 1st I will begin a new interval training program that will include running.  Short bursts to start - two minutes walking, one minute running - until I hit my groove.  I am hoping that after two weeks of doing that everyday, I should be able to run for ten minutes straight.  After a month, I should be able to run a mile at a decent pace.  Two months, two miles.  Maybe more, maybe less, but no matter what, I will be a runner again by June.

On another note, major career changes are in the works... not sure yet just what they might be - I plan to enjoy a month or two of this unemployment thing first while I contemplate my options - but becoming a high school science teacher is a very good possibility.  Because of the lay-off and my career change endeavor, I have decided to quit graduate school.  The decision was made in part due to the deadline for 50% refund and because I would rather wait to see what my next move is and incorporate the right schooling based on that then continue on in a course of study that may just turn out to be a waste of my time and money - especially since I was paying out of pocket.

And on yet another note, I have started talking to a guy that I 'met' through Facebook through a kayaking group that we both belong to.  He is very smart and funny and we share many of the same interests.  He is also very easy to chat with on the phone - he kept me entertained on the phone for over three hours the other day.  Me!  Three hours on the phone!  So crazy.  The only downfall to this guy is that he is older than I am used to... I mean, I generally like men older than me, but I try to keep limits.  This guy exceeds the limit a bit, but I am unsure yet if is something that cannot be overcome.  We shall see, I guess.


Wow!!! Did I miss something????

Apparently the layoff happened a couple weeks back, but how? Why?

I could so see you as a science teacher. Didn't we talk about that before? It would be a lovely career move for you, I think, with free summers and there is a definite need. Private schools, too, would pay more.

Kudos on the consistency, my sista! We are yet again on the same page - good with the workout, poor with the eating habits, and thus seeing no change. *sigh* I'm too high on the portions when it comes to the 'goodies' or something like cheesy pasta mix. I like wine, but rarely drink it, as it's no fun opening a bottle with no one else to share. Hmm, perhaps if you just had wine every weekend? That would cut out a fair bit, and yet you don't totally give it up.

Ironically, I've thought of doing the same - getting back into running - but after injuring my hamstring (right below my knee - sucks!) trying to do so, I feel it best if I lose some weight before trying to run again. I know, I know...

Awesome about the guy; a three-hour conversation on the phone, and you were entertained? That is excellent. My fingers are crossed for you, m'dear. It's wonderful. And hey, age limits - pshaw. If you really like the guy, don't let that be a factor. My mum and her siblings had their longest marriages with men at least 14 years' their senior. At least he's mature, eh? ;~)

And yes, the freedom from work does have its advantages. Lack of stress is simply amazing.

It happened on February 12th... the environmental industry has been very slow in NJ due to some major revisions in the state's way of doing things. The new regulations are basically allowing 'responsible parties' like gasoline stations the option to not clean things up for the next 3 years until the new regs actually kick in. It has been devastating to companies like the one I worked for... but in a way, it was a godsend for me. I was so sick of that place, but it was a comfort zone that I was just stagnating in until some major thing kicked me into action. Hello, layoff.

Don't know why they picked me, other than I was probably the only person in the company that did not have a family or mortgage to maintain... my best friend Eve was laid off at the exact same time, but she just bought a house so I have no idea why they picked her. Aside from the fact that they are a bunch of arseholes, of course.

Thank you! You know, funny that you should mention cutting out wine during the week... I do believe that I did that during the two weeks that I lost 5 pounds. It really is an effective way of cutting out some calories and unnecessary sugar. Plus, I really don't need to be drinking that often anyway.

It's kind of a double-edged sword when dealing with an injury like that... don't want to risk overdoing it and causing more damage, but then can't reach the goals quick enough to get back to it. I hear you. Better safe than sorry, I say.

I know, I was amazed myself! I could talk to this guy for an hour and not blink an hour. It is crazy. And funny that he said the same thing to me when I mentioned the age thing - he wanted me to put an end to things for something real, not just age. 'It's just a number', he said. And it is true, just a higher number than I am used to, I guess. Maturity goes a long way, that is for sure! I am so sick of the childish crap, after all! How funny, too, that my mom and stepdad are 15 years apart and they have been going 20 years strong now.

OMG, the lack of stress is fantastic. I almost don't want to get too used to it - will just make it harder to re-acclimate to the stress once i land a job. But at the same time, I am in no rush to find another shit job. I am definitely going to pursue the teaching thing for real, since I have been talking about it for-ev-er!

Thank you for your support, dear sister!

stress reduction does amazing things for the mind and body. :)
glad that teh finanaces are flexible enough to accomodate what's going on.

woot on the connecting. i'm jealous ;) take it slow and see how it goes and where your comfort zone happens.

running - ever looked a the couch to 5K site thing?

sorry for the choppy thoughts. 3 hours sleep last night. overdue update to TTT. brain is in over stress mode :P

No worries - I can understand lack of sleep and stress. Makes me really appreciate the lack of stress at the moment. Thank you for your support, disjointed thoughts or not!

Thank goodness for moving back in with the folks when I did, otherwise this would not have been possible here in NJ for me. I would be homeless otherwise. It is just way too expensive here to afford rent on one's own without a really decent income.

Thanks! That is the plan - slow and steady wins the race. I know myself too well and anything but slow progress at first will scare me off.

I haven't seen the couch to 5k thing... will have to google it. At this point, I could use any and all recs and help I can get. Haven't done the running thing in about 8 years so it is like starting from scratch all over again.