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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
    1202 days ago
  • JIBBIE49
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    1365 days ago
    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
    Thank you Skinnymini247 and Busymama2! emoticon
    1480 days ago
    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
    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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