So as many of you know I have been unemployed for over a year, until last Tuesday that is. I am a construction professional and well lets just say construction is not a great industry to be in during this current economic condition.
But anyways of course I was extremely happy that I was going back to work but then it hit me! I thought to myself , "OH @#$% I GOT A JOB?!?! WHEN WILL I WORK OUT? HOW WILL I EAT CORRECTLY!". You see over the past year I have been able to workout and eat whenever I wanted, I had no stresses that involved my schedule. I did panic for a few short minutes but I quickly realized that in the past year I have built a strong foundation and that I could adapt to any situation.
First thing I did after I calmed down was call my Registered Dietitian to schedule an earlier appointment, I wasn't supposed to see her for another month. I just wanted to restructure my meal plan since I knew I would be "awake" longer now and I needed to ensure I was eating enough of the right foods to get me through the day and my busy workout schedule.
Second thing I did was go buy a nice sized lunch box. I often tell people if you want to be successful then you need to plan ahead! My plan was to eat breakfast and dinner at home most nights and carry all the food I needed in between those meals with me. So far its worked out great, when its time to eat I just reach down below my desk and grab what I need. No drive thru's or snack machines!
Third thing I did was join a new gym. After losing almost 100 pounds I knew it was time for me to SHAKE THINGS UP. The gym I had been using was just your basic gym, and for $10 dollars a month you really couldn't complain. Now my new gym (Lifetime Fitness) is amazing! They are open 24-7 which works out great for me, there will be no excuses for not working out. Also they have all the facilities I need to start my triathlon training. Oh wait I haven't told you guys this yet, but YES I am going to start training for a triathlon! Its not going to happen overnight but its something I will work on until I feel ready to attempt one. I have to personally thank my good friend Pam for encouraging me to even consider doing a triathlon! So far the new gym has been amazing, I have shared my story with some of the staff and they have all welcomed me with open arms. I cant wait to try all the fitness classes that they offer! To be honest if they had beds to sleep in I would never leave that place!
Its my second week on the job and I love it so far, but what I am really happy about is how I have adapted to my new situation so quickly. I think the old me would have taken weeks to adapt and I would have definitely used the stress of the change as an outlet to eat endlessly. I am so glad those days are over.
I feel really happy inside, I haven't felt happy in a long time. My overall goals haven't been reached but I have no worries that I will attain them. When I used to think about all the weight I still needed to lose I used to get scared and panic inside, it was overwhelming. I no longer feel like that, it doesn't scare me at all. I know what and how I need to do this, and if i do them then its only a matter of time...