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September 19th, 2017 at 05:57 am

I have to make a confession even though it is only loosely financially related. I have let myself go physically since the move. This is especially shameful because I have a fitness center, indoor pool, park and mall at my disposal. I have been in somewhat of a depression due to finances. I hate that the subbing situation is such a mess. There are also some challenges with editing. There are also personal issues with the family which alone wouldn't be derailing, but they are adding to the overall stress and depression.

I will get paid for tutoring next month which will be a huge help. My weight and blood pressure lately gave me a wake up call. Over the last week, I have done the following to change my situation (and will continue):

I am committed to eating only between 6 AM and 6 PM (I was successful with this in Florida).

I am exercising a minimum of 15 minutes per day (I plan to increase this each week).

I hate the idea of calorie counting. I give up after awhile. I am trying to limit myself to 7 items of food/drink a day. Water is a freebie of course (Generally, my only other drink is my morning cup of coffee). Obviously, there is some moderation in this. I am not going to eat seven slices of cake and consider it a success.

On the job front, if the subbing isn't straightened out by Oct 6th, I am showing up at their offices (about 80 miles away) on my way up north with my dad. We are going to my grandmother's grave north of Muskegon for the day. It would have been her 90th birthday. A "simple" paperwork snafu has made the subbing situation somewhat of a nightmare for me. Phone calls and emails have been unsuccessful so far. If at that point it doesn't get fixed, my dad said he would loan me the money to expedite finishing up the steps to getting certified to teach full-time in Michigan (about $500). This would open up a lot more options for me.

3 Responses to “Confession”

  1. snafu Says:

    I am so sorry to see you are caught in an Education bureaucracy snafu as when they mess up it is terribly difficult to unwind the 'who sir, me sir, oh no not I sir' ridiculous mess. In your shoes I'd leap at the $ 500. to expedite state certification and open doors. The sum will easily be paid back and the aggravation will melt away

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    That's a good plan! I know I can lose weight by calorie counting, but I find it so tedious and also it makes me obsess about food (which makes me wish I could eat more).

    In the past year or so I've fallen on a routine that's enabled me to gradually (very gradually) lose weight. I do intermittent fasting (basically try to confine my eating to an eight-hour window, whenever lunch and dinner happen on any given day). In even simpler terms, I skip breakfast and try not to night-snack.

    I also worked to incorporate exercise into my routine so it wouldn't be something I had to try and get the motivation to fit in. Every morning as soon as I wake up, I do a series of strength-training exercises at the foot of my bed. I started simply with crunches, squats and push-ups. I've gradually added more reps to each over time, and I added tricep exercises with a small hand weight that I keep in the bedroom. My goal is every weekday morning and take weekends off.

    I also either walk to work, from work or some combination. My goal there is 10,000 steps a day at least 6 days a week.

    These are all easy to remember, simple to do and fit into my routine. And I've gradually lost about 10 lbs. But it looks like I lost more because I'm more toned thanks to the exercise!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    I am very sorry this whole subbing thing has become such a painful situation.

    I totally understand the eating problem. I tend to eat when I'm stressed. Hang in there. You are starting good things like exercise and watching what you are eating.

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