Monday, January 02, 2012

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Back to Work I Go

Dear Diary...

It's currently 4:39AM.  It's been two weeks since I've been up this early.  Two weeks of the pure heaven of being able to sleep in as late as I wanted, taking a nap in the afternoon, and going to bed after midnight.  Now it's back to reality and getting up at 4am.

I was very surprised how easily I got out of bed.  I didn't hit the snooze button for 30 minutes, I hit it once.  That's pretty surprising.  Even before the break, I was hitting the snooze button several times each morning.  I also didn't curse out loud about having to get up.  I mean, don't get me wrong, if I was offered another week of vacation - paid - I'd take it.  But I actually thought to myself "Self, at least you have a job to get up to regardless of how much you'd like to stay in bed for another couple of hours".  That's a pretty grown up thing for me to say.  It's true, though.  Last year, I spent a lot of time wallowing in self pity about not finding a teaching job and having to "settle" for an assistant position.  But I didn't "settle".  I was still given an opportunity to work with kids and teach them every day.  I just have to realize the blessings hidden in what I previously considered setbacks.  Wow, if this is the new me talking... I think I'm going to like her.  A lot.

So, where was I?  Ah, yes... getting out of bed.  Once I got up and started a pot of coffee, I went in the bathroom to get ready.  I got this sudden urge to do a little exercise before I got dressed. Jelly is asleep in the living room, so I couldn't do anything in there.  Hubby is in bed, so I couldn't do anything in the bedroom.  I didn't let that stop me, though.  Nope, I did 10 sit ups and 10 push ups right on my bathroom floor.  I guess it's the one time since moving in to this house where I've been grateful for carpet in my bathroom.  I know, I know, 10 sit ups and 10 push ups aren't anything to write home about - but it was something.  It was a step in the right direction.  I could have just used the excuse that there was someone sleeping everywhere I'd normally do a little exercise - but I didn't.  I did what I could where I could.

If doing a set of sit ups and push ups every morning can become a habit, that will give me a great thing to add to my morning routine - but I'm not promising anything.  I said I wasn't going to do that.  I hadn't planned on doing the mini work-out this morning... it just happened.  Don't want to get ahead of myself.

Completely changing the subject, Jelly has been asleep for almost 14 hours.  After we got home from my parents, yesterday, she fell asleep on the couch.  It was about 3pm.  The plan was to let her sleep for a couple of hours and then wake her up.  I tried, several times, but there was no waking her up.  She'd sit up for a few minutes, then the minute I turned my back she'd be back asleep.  When I went to bed at 9:30 last night I was sure she'd wake up the minute I fell asleep, but she didn't.  It's quite possible that she did wake up and Hubby just took care of staying up with her - that's possible, but I will have to wait until Hubby gets up to find out.  If he didn't, then she's been asleep for almost 14 hours.  The child apparently has some serious sleep to catch up on.  I just hope that's all it is.

I just realized that I can wear jeans to work today.  YAY!!  I'm so glad I checked my calendar. I don't even care that I'm already dressed - it will take me all of three minutes to change in to a pair of jeans and a t-shirt.  What a great way to spend my first day back at work:  Comfortable.

I'm packing my lunch to take to work today. I'm having a ham sandwich.  Boring.  Simple.  Yet low in fat.  I'll be going grocery shopping later in the week to stock up on lunches to take to work - but a ham sandwich will suffice until then.  I'm about to make myself a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast.  I figure I should start eating more than a granola bar for breakfast each day.  I've also got my water cup ready to go.  I will drink the coffee I need before leaving for work, and then it's water all day once I get there.  I know what you're thinking: Who is this person typing all of this right now?  Sarcasm aside, it's baby steps that's going to get me back to where I need to be.  Those baby steps to a person who's spent the past 8 months caring nothing about losing weight are giant steps.  

Well, I think I've rambled on enough for today.  I must say, regardless of how jumbled up my post is - it felt good just being able to sit down and just start writing.  It's going to take some getting used to - not planning my posts ahead of time I mean, but I think it will be a change I'll enjoy.

Oh, before I go, I just remembered something....all this talk of not setting myself up any limits gave me a new mantra for the month: 

Appropriate, don't you think?  This may end up being my overall mantra for the whole year... maybe.

OK, Jelly finally woke up from her 14 hour slumber, so she's in desperate need of something to eat and drink.  Oatmeal, here I come.

Everyone have a great day!  If you're returning back to work - be thankful you have a job to return back to.  If you get another day off - well, then there's no reason to tell you to be thankful... enjoy it and be thankful tomorrow.

Till next time. ;)



  1. Great start to what will be a great week -- I just know it!!!!

  2. Awesome on the mini workout! I'm glad your week is getting off on the right foot.

    And yeah sometimes my kids do the 14+ hour sleep too especially if it's been several days since they napped(which is rarely now) and they sleep like 10 hours a night for a stretch. It all catches up with them.

    Love the new mantra!!


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