Here's what I feared:
- Starting a new job
- A new commute
- Not having time to take care of my health
New Job: I haven't started at a new company since 1997. Let that sink in. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. But, it went really well. I picked up on everything quickly and I spent the majority of my time writing - LOVE! This is a welcome change from my last job that entailed much less writing and much more red tape, meetings and email. Refreshing!
Commute: We only have one small hybrid car fit for an urban environment. That will need to change soon! (Convertible, you think?!?!) By Friday I was able to make it to and from work without my GPS. And, usually the skies are clearing from afternoon storms on my way home, which makes for a magnificent drive.
Healthy Lifestyle: Keeping up my healthy habits is a priority. But, things have changed, so I have to adjust.
- I've been walking to and from work for the past three years.
- I've been using a standing desk at work for the past year.
- I've had a gym membership for the last several years.
We are getting back on track with meals after our road trip. And, I worked out 4 out of 5 mornings this week. I actually went running outside one morning, which I haven't done in ages because it's been too cold in Minneapolis. I miss not having a gym right now, but I'm working with weights I have at home and doing fine with that. I also got in a pool workout after work twice this week and walked on my lunch break. Plus, I feel like I'm so much more active from a NEAT perspective, which contributes.
Prior to my week back to work, we headed to Fort Myers Beach.
Luckily, the weather cleared up this weekend. Yesterday morning we went to a community my husband found that's just a mile from us to watch dolphins and manatees playing. I could've stayed there watching all day, but it was cooking outside!
Then, I did some househunting, a pool workout and rewarded myself by cooling off with a bit of rum while watching the hometown Minnesota Twins game at our new local tavern!
Another day at the beach and pool today, then back to the new normal tomorrow! And, I'm excited! I was worried that the grass wouldn't be greener. That the dream I hyped up in my head for so long wouldn't be as great as I thought. But, it's even better than I imagined. I found my home!