Darrin and I after his 2nd place finish
Just a nice picture of Darrin and I from our recent trip to Indiana.
My first roadbike ride! I went 15 miles and could have done more!!!
| Pounds lost: 33.0
Hi Lynn, Here is an article I found on the mypath website that I thought would be perfect for you to keep you motivated and not bummed out about the job market:
Practice Portion Control
Posted by Natalie Gahrmann Aug 5, 2009
Everyday while you're unemployed and searching for a new job, you must spend your time productively. Here are some things you can do to make the most of your time:
Enhance your skills. Keep your skills current and be sure they align with the demands of the job market. To develop your skills, you can enroll in a class online or in-person, learn new software, read relevant books, and join professional associations, volunteer, or work part-time.
Teach. Training others will help you improve your skills since you need a solid proficiency in order to adequately teach others. You can teach through distance learning, adult education programs or perhaps through the local college or university. Instructing will help you sharpen your presentation skills and build your confidence and network. It will also position you as an expert and help if you decide to start your own business in a related area.
Network. Get involved with a local career network, professional organization or job seekers' group. It is easy to get socially isolated and discouraged while unemployed. Joining a group can keep up your spirits. Networks can be great places to make connections that lead to job interviews. Be sure everyone you know is aware of the type of work you are looking for.
Seek Temp Jobs, Contract assignments or Part-time work. Being at least somewhat employed will help keep you out there in the world of work. In addition to broadening your skills and keeping them fresh, this can bring in some much needed income. The success you have in these assignments can be discussion points during the interview process. Hands-on experience may also help you transition to another industry or career. Project or consulting work may lead to a full time position or at least build your network for job leads.
Launch a New Business. Self employment may be a short- or long-term option for you. Consider starting a business if you have a skill that would lend itself to self employment and are a strong self-starter with the discipline to manage yourself. A franchised business often provides a turn-key approach to getting started with ongoing support to help you succeed. A partnership may also be an option worth exploring. There are also many other opportunities including companies such as BeautiControl, Avon, Pampered Chef, Amway, and more where you can start a business with little up-front cost as an independent distributor or consultant.
Catch up. Although much of your time is spent in the job search process, spending time with your family and doing some of those little projects you never had time to get to while working full-time, can be time well spent. Rather than taking on a costly major home project or improvement, choose chores like planting a garden, weeding, and painting, de-cluttering or organizing. Spend quality time with your family in low cost ways like going for a walk together, having a picnic, going through old photos and making some albums, or spending a day at the beach. Reconnect with old friends, extended family and colleagues.
Balance your Time. Seeking a job can be drudgery so balance it with time for fun.
The positive energy you get from practicing portion control while you are seeking a job will help you remain focused on what matters most.
2516 days ago
Was checking in to see how you are doing? It's that time of the month so I've been crabby and crampy so not exercising as much as I want to and been having some indiscretions here and there, but hopefully the scale will remain the same tomorrow although I think with the bloating, I won't be surprised if it goes up. Once this is over with, I can hopefully go back to a peaceful existence. LOL!
2521 days ago
Hey there Lynn!!! How have you been? Are the races going well for Darrin? I hope the crazy schedule is not too much of a hassle for you. I've not been doing the greatest. Eating has been horrible and exercise not too good either. I think I went on the one bike ride after you and I went a few weeks ago and that's about it. I have been walking the dog and although I count it as activity I don't really count it as heart elevating exercising.
I'm back on SP now recommitting myself to a healthy lifestyle and making myself a priority again. I have to get the rest of this weight off. I want to get it off. If you are interested and have the time to get together for bike rides or the Y let me know. I'm also going to try to get into some sort of hobby or thing to do to give me something different to do besides watch tv or sit in front of the computer all the time.
Take care, hope all is well. I'll try to call you sometime this week just to chat. I'm really bad sometimes at keeping up with friends and family and that is something I need to get better at too. Looks like I'm a girl who needs lots of improvement!!!
2534 days ago
HEY... I MISS YOU!!!!
2534 days ago
HEY LYNN!! THANKS FOR CHECKING ON ME. I HAVE BEEN MIA FOR WHILE DUE TO MY BACK BUT I AM BACK NOW! I CAN TOTALLY RELATE TO YOU IN THAT I GOT MYSELF INTO A SLUMP. I WAS DEPRESSED BECAUSE I COULD NOT WORK OUT EITHER FROM BEING TOO TIRED FROM WORK OR JUST NOT CARING TOO.BUT I AM TRYING TO GET MYSELF BACK IN GEAR BUT IT IS HARD. I STARTED BACK TO RUNNING LAST WEEK AND IT WAS SO HARD. I DID NOT REALIZE HOW FAST YOU COULD LOSE WHAT YOU WORK SO HARD FOR. I WAS RUNNING MY 5K RACES IN 28 MIN BEFORE HURTING MY BACK--NOW I AM DOING THEM IN 32 MIN. WELL ENOUGH ABOUT ME. HOW DID JOB CAMP GO? IT HURTS MY HEART TO SEE THAT YOU ARE OUT OF A JOB. I WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS AND PRAY THAT GOD SENDS A JOB YOUR WAY!! WELL GIRL WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!! WE CAN DO IT AND WE WILL ACCOMPLISH ALL OF OUR GOALS. LOOK IN THE MIRROR EVERY DAY AND TELL YOURSELF THAT YOU ARE A STRONG POWERFUL WOMEN AND YOU CAN CONQUER ANY CURVES THAT LIFE THROWS AT YA!!!!JUST KEEP MOVING FORWARD AND KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE!!!HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK.
2541 days ago