Random thoughts of an upbeat mind

I want the hour back

I am not ready for it to be 7pm already. Even though it is still bright outside and I will appreciate it tomorrow when I am coming home from work.

Today was a productive day. It’s amazing how much you can get done when you don’t turn on the TV.

I went to Costco, Walmart and the grocery store after dropping one of my kids off to work this morning. Since I am not eating meat, I am also not cooking much. And since I have been buying lunch, I have not really done a proper grocery shop. So I stocked up on veggies and bought a Costco size piece of salmon.

I roasted carrots, broccoli and made sweet potato toast and baked the salmon. I am ready for the week. Although salmon does not last long in this house, so I might have to cook again.

Before I go to bed, I will make some chia pudding to have for breakfast.

My goal this week is to go back to not buying lunch. Even though it is only $7 and the portions are generous, it does add up rather quickly.

The part time job is not keeping me as busy as I would like it. Last week, I only had 2 shifts, Friday and Saturday evening. The schedule is the same again this week. I am lightly looking for another job, both full time and part time. Gotta keep my options open.

Last week at the full time job was trying. The sales rep I work with is very panicky and scattered and it increases greatly when there is lots going on. I spent the whole week willing it to end. Not the way I want to live my life at all.

This week should calm down a bit so I should also be able to return to the gym with more consistency. Last week, I went twice. Which considering I only went to the PT job on Friday makes me a little disappointed. This week I am aiming to get at least 3 workouts in, preferably 4.

Life is still pretty quiet. I keep toying with learning to use my DSLR properly, but have not picked it up to do anything with it. 😦 I been reading a bit. Currently tackling “The Woman in the Window“. It reminds me a lot of “The Girl on the Train” and I did not enjoy that book much. But I will struggle through it as I want to see how it ends.


Every morning at work, I start my day by reading msn. There are usually fitness articles from Popsugar. Recently I read 3 articles about daily exercise challenges; 100 squats/day for 2 weeks, 50 burpees/day for 30 days and 50 push-ups/day for 2 weeks. Out of the 3, the push-ups seemed the most doable. I’m 10 days in and it is not getting any easier. I did not add the challenge of doing all the push-ups on my toes. I have only tried to do some on my toes once. And well … it sucked royally.

Usually by the time I am getting to do my push-ups it is late and I just want to get them over with as soon as possible. So modified push-ups for the win!

Maybe after these 2 weeks are over I will continue but instead start on my toes and see how far I can get in 2 weeks.

I am still getting in some workouts at the company gym but not as many as before. So far I seem to be working 3 shifts/week at my part time job. Only 2 of those are during the week, so I really have no excuse.

I was attempting to avoid going while the boot camp was in session but our paths crossed last week and it was not as bad as I thought it might be. Our gym is not very big so it really starts to feel restrictive with more than 4 people in it, at least to me.

A friend of mine is trying to convince me to join the local no-frills gym. It is $5 every 2 weeks, so $130/year. Not ridiculously overpriced. It is a 24/7 location so the only thing to figure out when to go. Ideally I’d love to go first thing in the morning, especially since the location closest to me is in a mall with a glass wall. It makes me think of zoo animals as everyone in the mall can watch you work out. So my only options are to go when the mall is closed and late night working out does not appeal to me.

Other than that life is pretty mundane.

PT job so far

I must say the universe has been kind to me. Since the acquisition of this part time job happened so quickly, I was concerned that it might too much for me. Especially when the training schedule was not conducive to my day job.

I survived last week. The job itself is not rocket science. It does get a little repetitive and fast paced at times. But nothing I couldn’t handle. Plus by the time it starts to get to you, your shift is over. Three hours goes by fast, especially when most of it is busy.

“Training” lasts 5 weeks. During this time shifts will not be longer than 4 hours. Next week’s schedule was released yesterday and I am only working 2 shifts, Friday 5:30-8:30 and Saturday 4-7.

I will not be getting rich from this schedule but at least it does not interfere with my day job and I can get to work out 4 days in the gym this week. Attempting to work out in the morning was unsuccessful last week. So the ability to get back to what works is making me happy. I never thought I would miss working out. I’m sure I will eat those words tomorrow night on the treadmill.

Other than that life has been relatively uneventful. Just the way I like it.

That was fast

I got confirmation on Thursday that I was offered the position, along with a training schedule that is not exactly conducive to my day job.

I was assured that it was only for next week, so we shall see.

The first part of training is 6 hours during the day Monday. I then have one 4 hour shift and three 3 hour shifts to round out the week. All shifts end at 7 pm so no late nights. 🙂 Not sure how long that will last, but I’ll go with it.

Since my first week of shifts are so short, it makes me wonder if the shifts they asked me about for my availability were current.

I will need to do a complete overhaul of my schedule. I don’t want to lose my 5 days a week work out momentum, so I am going to have to be on point with my days. In a perfect world, I would work out in the morning. Right now my cousin gets up at 4 am to work out. That seems a bit extreme for me. But I am going to try to follow her lead.

If I can get up and moving by 6 – 6:30 am to exercise, then I will be golden. Now to execute. If only it were that easy. As a non-morning person, this is going to be a challenge. But I have done it before, so maybe there will be some muscle memory that can be recalled. lol

Morning workouts mean that I will no longer be using the gym at work. 😦 I have really been enjoying … well maybe enjoying isn’t the right word … I have gotten into a good groove with going to the gym after work. I am seeing a difference in my body and I like it and want to get more into shape. I think the exercise has really helped with my energy level and immunity.

I deliberately left Sunday as unavailable to give me time to prepare for the week. My lazy weekends are going to be a thing of the past. I have a cousin who works both a full time and a part time job with rotating shifts. I will consult with her to see if she has any tips on how to make it work.

This weekend, I will pull my instant pot out of its box and figure out how it works. I think it will be a great help now that I don’t have all the time in the world. My meal planning will need to be on point as well.

I am going to have to be very organized. This may be a good change for me. Time will tell.


PT Opportunity

Not this past weekend but the weekend before, I went to a local chain restaurant and noticed there was a sign up announcing they are hiring. Since kitchen renovations don’t pay for themselves, I decided to go for it.

Instead of getting an application on the spot, I applied on-line. Truth be told I was really hungry and didn’t want to delay eating.

On-line there were also positions available in their call center, so I applied for that as well. I got an email last week to set up an interview for today. The call center is about 10 minutes away from my day job and about the same timing from my home.

At my interview, I was given an application to fill out. It included my availability. The shifts are longer that I would like. The shortest one is 6 hours. The latest shift starts at 5 pm. My day job ends at 5 pm. They are willing to work with me and offer a later start time. Even with that, I’m not sure that this is an opportunity I really want to take on.

There are mandatory shifts. One must work 2 out of 3 days between Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend shifts are all evening shifts. Basically the weekend would be gone. Also, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are mandatory.

The lady who interviewed me is not the one making the decision, but she did think I would hear by the end of the week if they want to offer me the job. Training would be 2-3 days and then I would be live.

It doesn’t seem like complicated work. I would be taking food orders over the phone and entering it into their system.

I didn’t think to ask what the minimum amount of shifts I could work per week. I am hoping it is 2 or 3. Even that makes for long days as the earliest end time is 11 pm. While I am usually up at that hour, I am happily relaxing on the couch.

I think if offered the job, I will take it and try it out. Worse case scenario, if I don’t like it I can quit. Plus extra money can’t hurt right?


Got to do better

I need to add one more thing to my “resolutions” list of things to do better. For the past 5-6+ weeks, I have been having trouble getting to work on time. So far, no one has said anything and I do stay later to make up the time. But I’d like to get it under control before someone says anything to me. Also the earlier I get to work (read on time), then the earlier I can go to the gym and take my sweaty self home.

I have one more boot camp class tomorrow and then it is over!! I feel a little bad, as we require 4 people to have another session and 3 out of the 4 of us are not interested in signing up right away. My coworker who wants to go again is disappointed that no one else wants to continue. 2 of us are over it and the other is away for most of next month so it makes no sense for her to sign up right now.

My coworker is trying to get me to commit to starting in back up in March but I just can’t. I don’t enjoy the trainer that much and I have been able to convince myself to get into the habit of going to the gym every day by myself. Not sure what I will want to do in 6 weeks, but right now it’s a no for me.

Now I just need to make some food as I ran out and ended up buying lunch on Friday. 😦

Resolutions …

It was not my intention to make any resolutions this year, as I figured I would only fall off the wagon and it would be demeaning and uninspiring.

Case in point, I am trying to get my late night eating under control and set an alarm on my phone to go off at 7:45 pm to remind me to stop eating. Well … last Tuesday I was sitting down to dinner at 9 pm. 😦 In fact every day so far this year, I did not hit 8 pm at all. Rather than beat myself up over this “failure”, I have chosen to instead focus my attention on the 4 days I made it to the gym after work; including one day when I left my desk at 6:40 pm. Since I usually spend about an hour at the gym, I didn’t get home until after 8.

I am not removing my reminder, just adjusting my expectations. If I am having supper after 8, I will try to make better choices; lean protein and veggies for the win.

On the food front, I am aiming to bring my lunch to work every day. This is going well. Cooking on Sunday is working for me. Having said that I did not cook today, so we shall see what effect, if any, this has on my lunches this week. I  have leftovers for tomorrow and meat marinating so I should be able to stay on point.

The other change to my life that I am implementing is working out every day after work. This I am nailing by the way!! 🙂 As long as I bring my gym clothes to work I have no excuse not to workout. The gym is in the building. I don’t even have to go outside.

My cousin bought some body weight workout program over the holidays and has been graciously sharing the pages with me. They have tided me over while our boot camp was on holiday hiatus. We have 3 classes left and once this session is over, I don’t think I will be signing up again any time soon. I am getting in the habit of getting myself to the gym, so I don’t need the outside help right now.

OK, time to take myself to bed, as tomorrow’s workout is going to be tough.