July 12, 2013

Roses and thorns

Two days in a row! Look at me go!

I wrote yesterday about my ever-changing perception of myself as I shopped for an interview outfit (killed the interview, by the way! More on that in a few). Today, I wanted to get back to an old blog feature I used to do - a weekly check-in, sharing my weight and how it'd changed from the week before, as well as the ups and downs for the week.

Last week I was at 261, and today I'm weighing in at 258. A good loss for the week, one that I'm proud of. We even went out to lunch (I had an old Groupon for a sushi place that was about to expire) and I still managed a loss! No binges, no mindless eating, and being diligent about tracking on MyFitnessPal have helped a lot. I made sure I was extra careful with my eating this week because it was so hot and humid, I knew my walks with Noah would be limited. I don't log most of my exercise calories - I log them when I use the Wii Fit but a little 20-30 minute walk isn't a real calorie roaster, so I'd rather not eat those burned calories back.

258 means I'm 13 pounds away from reclaiming my 100 pound weight loss milestone, which I'd like to achieve by Matt's dad's wedding. I know I can do it - 13 pounds is less than three bags of sugar!

I'm so hopeful about this teaching position. It went incredibly well, and while I'm trying not to read too much into it, the search committee said a few things at the end of the interview that have me believing that some time next week, I will have some good news to share. It would be an incredible job, combining all my favorite elements of my two previous university positions. Plus, it looks like it's in a good location, not only for raising a child, but for getting and staying healthy and active. I looked up local races on Running in the USA and found a TON, from triathlons to 5Ks all the way up to a marathon! Something that made California tough was the irony that I could finally afford to do all the races I wanted, but there weren't any races nearby. That wouldn't be the case in this new city!

It's hard not to get too excited when you have to do so much planning "just in case." If I get an offer from the school, we would have to be there for August 16. That would leave us about 3-4 weeks to sublet our current apartment, find a new one in the new city, pack up everything (for three people this time, not just for me!), and move us all down there. So in order to expedite things, I've already been researching apartments, looking into the cost of a UHaul, figuring out how to sublet a place and how to get a UHaul and Matt's car down there with only one driver. It's very tough, trying not to fall in love with an apartment or daydream about running a half marathon in a dreamy location.

This week, my goal with the job, as with the weight loss, is to take things one day at a time, and not to be devastated if my strong efforts don't always yield the results I expect.

What about you? How was your week? Any interesting weekend plans?


Anonymous said...

Congrats on the loss! This week has been about getting back on the bandwagon health wise myself. I actually worked out four of five days and have eaten relatively well. I'll keep praying and sending good thoughts for your job possibility.

We're off to find a new beach this weekend as the one we'd been going to has been commercialized and is now full of people. Being that most are conservative Muslim, we stand out quite a bit and it's not overly comfortable to be there. Hope you have a great weekend!

Tami AKA My Kid's Mom said...

I can't imagine packing up and moving that fast.

Katie said...

You can always tow your car behind the U-Haul. We had to move 2 cars and a U-Haul cross country on short notice and that was the only way we could do it. My husband drove the U-Haul and trailer and I drove the other card - the high point of this, is that you then also have the ability to load stuff into your car since it's being towed! I've got my fingers crossed for you that everything works out and that you get the job. You sound so excited about this opportunity and I hope you get it!

Taryn said...

When I finally got accepted for a transfer from one university to another, I had 10 days to quit my job, tell my landlords, find a new place 3 hours away, pack and move. It was tough but it certainly can be done. I settled in the day before school started. I still don't know how I managed but I did.

I knew you'd nail the interview. I had a feeling. Can't wait to hear when you get the news!!!!

I have lost 4lbs so far this week and weigh in is 2 days away. I don't know if I'm going to get back into my blog. I'd love to but...we will see.

Marla said...

Congrats on the loss! I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good news about the job. I really hope everything works out because you deserve things to go right.

Unknown said...

Great job on the loss this week! :) And I'm saying a prayer that things go your way on the job.

Caron said...

I love that you are posting more. I am so hopeful that you will get the job. Keep up the good work. :)