My First Week Back To Work

This might sound crazy, but I am actually glad to be back to work.

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Don’t get me wrong, two months of sleeping late and watching more TV than normal was nice. It turns out I actually like leaving my house everyday and having an income. Having people other than cats to talk to during the day is also nice.

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(It is true that my house is full of nothing but cat furniture and toys.)

I am slowly getting adjusted to being on a regular schedule again. It will probably take a few weeks until I am completely acclimated into being around people in actual pants but I am getting there.

My first week was all over the place workout-wise.

Workouts First Week Back To Work

My running is way down but I did at least get one full body strength training session in. ( I did Jackie Warner’s Power Circuit Training.) It also demonstrated how much more frequently I need to strength train because the abs circuits nearly killed me. (I may have been swearing and had a cat staring at me like I was a crazy person.)

I joined a gym for the first time in a few years. It is halfway between work and home. The location is perfect because I have to drive by it to get to work. My plan is to get my easy and speed/tempo runs done on the treadmill before work. It is getting to that point in the year where the oppressive heat and humidity of Florida is wrecking my runs. I think the gym is the best solution to keep my mileage up. Plus, how can I skip going when I have to drive by the place twice a day?

I have no races in the near future and this is the first time in six months where I am not on a training plan. To keep my motivation going, I plan on running four days a week (two easy, one speed/tempo, and one long run) and doing strength training twice a week. The new gym offers Les Mills classes, so I want to give those a shot and see if I like any of them. I want to try spinning but do feel a bit intimidated by it. (I am scouring the internet for spinning for dummies type articles. My best bet is to tell the instructor I am new and have them help me get set-up.)

I did get my biopsy results back and I do not have cancer.

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Good News Bad News

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I got a job!

Being unemployed since mid-January has been trying. Looking for a job is literally the worst job I have ever had. (Working retail might have been worse.) This economy does not make it easy. Many listings have a long list of job duties coupled with a very small salary because so many people are out of work. It is so frustrating to send out resume after resume and hear nothing back.

My last job had a 60 mile a day commute. With gas prices what they are,  plus my sanity of driving through a tourist mecca, I wanted something closer to home.  I am so lucky that everything came together and I found a job with a 20 minute commute.

I know J is relieved because with him going to school full time, we really cannot afford for me to be out of work.

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I start next week and I really couldn’t be happier.

The bad news is from a recent appointment with my Endocrinologist. My blood work was great (thyroid, glucose, and cortisol levels) as it has been for the last year. The issue is that I still have a nodule on my thyroid that is active. When you do the RAI, it typically kills all thyroid function. Mine did not.

The doctor decided to look at my nodule with an ultrasound and noticed that instead of one that I had six months ago. I now have two. It is most likely nothing but he suggested I have a biopsy to rule out cancer. Most nodules are not cancer. Thyroid cancer is very treatable but I am still freaked out. I thought that minus the regular blood work, I was done with dealing with thyroid issues.

So there it is, some really good news and some news that is probably going to be fine.