2014 New Year’s Resolution: Lose Weight!

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New Years means new beginnings and this is when people start the whole “starting next year, I will…” blah blah and so on. Some times we stick to it (for a couple of months and then we stop) and other times, we just say “to hell with it, I’ll do it next year.” Yes, been there done that. The most popular New Year’s Resolution I hear from everyone is losing weight and being healthy. Losing weight has been my New Year’s Resolution for the past several years. I am older now, and yes, I am more than ever knowledgeable on all the different types of diets out there, including low fat,  no sugar, low carb, low calorie, liquid / shake / green tea / whatever the hell you call it diet.

Last year, my goal was to lose weight and to run a marathon. I succeeded in running 3 marathons and I am very proud of myself . Did I lose weight from running? HELL NO. In fact, I gained weight. Why? Let’s just say that my body craves more fuel when I am running and for some stupid reason, I kept thinking that I can cheat on my diet if I ran miles and miles. That is not the business. We all have different body types and our bodies react different when losing weight. Some people lose their belly first, and others lose weight in their arms or it shows in their face. When I lose weight, I start to lose my buttocks and my breasts. Talk about being lucky. LOL. Ugh, I just don’t get it. Well, starting today, I will do the following:

No Carbs

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I will not visit the cupcake bakery any more and I will not subject myself to eating my mommy’s mouthwatering goodies.

No More Fast Food

I will NOT be visiting KFC, Mcdonalds, L & L, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell just because I am hungry and I want something right away. This is going to be hard!

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No More Daily Weighing!

There is nothing worst than constantly weighing yourself every day and feeling like a failure when the numbers are not going down. Yes, your weight fluctuates but I have this whole mental thing in my head where if I don’t see the numbers drop fast enough, I get discouraged, so I will NOT use the scale.

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Losing weight is important for your health but before you start a diet, please do as much research as you can, get advice/ consent from your doctor and do it in a healthy way.  I will be posting here daily with a progress report so if you’d like to follow me on my journey, check back . Happy New Year!!!!!

“I WANT TO QUIT MY JOB BUT I NEED THE MONEY” ADVICE

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“I want to quit!” Does that sound like you? Are you having a hard time at work with a boss or a coworker? Is your job too demanding? Does your boss go crazy on you and start acting bi-polarish? Are you unhappy with all the stress you’re dealing with for the little pay you receive? Odds are, you NEED the money but you’re contemplating whether you can wait out this job until you find the next one. When it comes to quitting a job, it’s not a decision to be made in a rash moment or after a bad day at work. In this day and age, finding a job is hard. You are competing with people that are more skilled than you, have more experience than you, or is more educated than you, and there’s just not that many jobs available. So, I highly advise, before you march right out the door of your work place, ask yourself these questions:

1. What is my financial situation? Are you able to survive 6 months to 1 year while looking for another job? If your answer is no, then rethink about quitting your job and start sending out resumes pronto. If you have some money saved, consider cutting back on expenses. Apply for a part time job so you still have some sort of money coming in and you can go to interviews.

2. Do I have a support system? When you decide to quit that job, and you dont have anything lined up, odds are, you may start to doubt yourself and go into depression mode. It happens to all of us. I was laid off once and I didn’t work for two months. I went to a couple of interviews and sent out my resumes like a mad woman. After getting turned down twice, I started doubting myself. That is the worst thing you can do for yourself. Never doubt yourself. Pick out 2 to 3 people in your life that you can vent/bitch to and you know will remind you that you are talented and bright and can cheer you up when you need it.

3. Am I looking for a career change? Career changes can take longer than expected, especially if you are considering going back to school. If you plan on quitting your job, make sure to have a back up plan for the career you want to get into. Have realistic expectations. Are you able to afford school? If not, consider talking to a counselor and see what your options are for getting into that career path. Or better yet, see if you can take some affordable junior college classes .

4. Am I Exposing My Resume To It’s Utmost Potential? When you send out your resume, there are hundreds of other applicants inquiring about the same job . You have to get out there and start networking. Get your resumes out on linkedin. Join a recruiting company. Ask friends to refer you. Use social meet up groups to network.

Just recently, I quit a job where I worked for several years. I wanted a change of pace. I wanted more money. I wanted a better title. The more I thought about it, the more I got anxious and impatient. I figured “I will find something soon with all my experience. Im still young. Ill leave.” I ended up  not working for several months, but I did use my time wisely by taking classes ,  networking, and relaxing. Leaving my last job was a great opportunity for me to explore my options on what I really wanted to do in life. Now, I am only giving you advice based on my experience. I am not a therapist, H.R director, or anything. This is purely based on lifelong lessons and experience.

If you are financially okay to not work for 6 months, and you have exhausted all your options of trying to make your job work, then maybe it is time for a change. In the end, it’s really up to you on how much more $hit you can take. People will give you all sorts of advice. They will tell you “just quit. It’s not worth it” or “The job market is horrible. You should be happy you’re getting paid”. And they will tell you all these reasons but remember, this is YOUR life. It is YOUR decision.

Remember, never regret anything you did in life because at one point, that was what you wanted.