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How my Personal Decision to get fit, made me change employers

Saturday, January 30, 2016

For those who may have followed my story, I used weigh nearly 280 pounds! Over the span of 7 years my weight loss journey has been a true roller coaster. Up, down, up, down, up, up, down, up, down, down, up, up, down, down... I am pretty sure you get the picture. The cause and effect have been a result do to my relationship with food and my current emotional state, that has been affected by a multitude of internal and external cues.

When my step father passed and the two years that followed his death, those were the worst. I even signed up for my first half marathon a year before the race so I could focus on that instead and lose weight. Failed there too! It wasn't until I had 2 months before the race came I went and got another gym membership and explained I didn't want to be the last to finish. With very minimal guidance, because I wasn't going to fork over the money for a trainer, I ate less like she suggested and did a lot of cardiovascular on the treadmill and the elliptical machines to gain some stamina. See my photo of me finishing my first half marathon! I can't say I was hooked, but something about the medal hanging from my neck, even if only for a day and the silent but loud accomplishment it screamed to everyone who saw it, stirred a desire it me. A desire to earn more, more medals...to get just a little faster.

Last October 2015 at the Portland Marathon Half is where I completed my 11th half marathon, it also was my best time to date of 2:21:19 I believe and where two years prior was my first at 3:24:26. The interesting thing about all of this though is however, I Hate To Run! I had wanted to do a full marathon while I was 35, but knew the task was bigger than me. I threw it on the back burner, I was still too heavy anduty I didn't want to be out there forever trying to finish my race. That all changed last June when my half marathon registration was accidentally upgraded to the full marathon.! I found out the day before my race that they had given me a 26.2 mile race bib. I had barely trained for my half and suddenly I was supposed to do twice the mileage I had planned to do?! With some common sense friends advice, I contacted the race officialso and let them know a huge mistake has taken place! I was directed to get a different bib the morning of and not to worry about it...but that was it for me, I made my decision, next year, which is now this year I was going to do my 1st and last full marathon in June of 2016.

Well, Thursday was my first official training day and today I need to get 3 more miles in to...but this blog is important. With the past economic fall, I had always been employed, but more recently I had been under employed...life was fine though..with the economy slowly and then quickly building back up, I was again hired to do what I have been trained to do and was back to being fully and gainfully employed. I have been with my current employer now for nearly 1.75 years, we rarely disagree but certain policy and lack of consistency has been driving me nuts for a while now. I knew I had my marathon training coming up and I wanted to have a conversation with my boss, to see if this training time I needed could be accommodated a little....I in fact found out that because it was a personal decision they would not even allow me to alter my schedule by 30 minutes, 3 days a week. This did break my heart and with the build up of my lack of enjoyment I had been feeling for a while I had already sent an application to another employer just to see if someone else wanted me. Well, yesterday in fact I was offered the job and I am very thankful....but I am wondering how this employer will see my marathon training? So Monday morning I will be going in and taking a tour and I will basically be interviewing them...I will see if my marathon training will be appreciated and possibly "rewarded". Either way it doesn't mean I will or won't take to job, but I will choose the employer who will allow me to be the best me possible.
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  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
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  • A-NEW-OLD-LAURA
    I am amazed! Congrats on the half marathons... and for the courage to make choices that are right for you. I soooo admire that courage and hope to one day be there too.
    1398 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4274730
    My story of the running sounds like you - but I have yet to get the courage to go for a full marathon, though I have trained for one and got as far as a long run of 18 miles, but then just gave up.

    Good luck with the job!
    1480 days ago
  • RENEERUNS
    Thank you Skinnymini247 and Busymama2! emoticon
    -Renee
    1480 days ago
  • SKINNYMINI247
    Keep up the good work. I'm walking more now also. I never did a marathon, but l have walked for charity over the years. You inspire me to get out there more, and maybe a walk this fall.
    1480 days ago
  • BUSYMAMA2
    Wow, I love your determination! I walked my first half marathon in October 2013, and training for that was a great motivator for starting my weight loss/health journey. Lost about 50 pounds, but have unfortunately gained back almost half of that. Even so, I have a new found love for race events and have completed several 5ks, one 10k, and am walking another half marathon this fall. I've kept up the walking, and I know that I'm much healthier than I was even at this weight before I started exercising regularly.

    Good luck with the interview. I hope you're able to figure out the best spot for you!
    1480 days ago
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