Starting A New Job

Starting a New Job 

Well this is it- I am finally starting my new job and I couldn’t be more excited!

I applied to so many jobs I couldn’t even keep count. But this was the only job I REALLY wanted and after two interviews..I.actually.got.it! When I got the acceptance call, I literally jumped for joy…and had a conversation with my man of elated disbelief at our big break.

Now I actually have to prove they made the right decision.

No worries, I love to learn- Nerd Status…say whaat?! That is all you are expected to do in the first couple weeks of starting a new job. Learning the new culture, what the company does and how they do it, and lastly learn what is expected of you.

Bring it on!

Learning something new also brings nerves as well- there is a lot of uncertainty. This is the place where you will spend most of your time. The people working there will become like family, but will they be a cozy-close-nit-family or a dysfunctional one?

To find this out means a lot of networking- meeting new coworker friends and who’s who. Learning who are good allies, and learning how to navigate relationships with everyone in the office. Such as learning not to talk to the boss before their first cup of coffee in the morning.  This networking will help you get a clear perspective of the culture of the office like the unwritten rules such as where everyone has their lunch or smoke break, who does the dishes…and what not!

All this uncertainty and expectations for success = stress.

And unfortunately…

Stress = Weight Gain

After every major change in life- it has been known to cause weight gain.

New relationship- gain some happy weight…start college- put some party weight on…start a new job- stress weight…get married- happy weight again…have children- of course you gained weight…but surprisingly most of the time the father does as well. Any major change in life often leads to weight gain.

So of course I’m a little worried about falling off track of my new fitness journey.

 I am doing really well. But I know that I will have less time to work out, and more stress unwillingly consuming my energy.

The stakes are high to say the least.

I’m relying on self- determination and support from my man to see me through.

Do’s and Dont’s of Starting a New Job

I’ve read a few articles in anticipation of my first day, and here are three do’s and dont’s I found helpful to pass on to you.

Do’s

1. First Impressions are still important!

Just because you landed the job, you still have to back up all those wonderful things you said about yourself in the interview process. You still want to stand out with success- it is not expected for anyone to come in and be successful at the job right away. But small wins while learning are definitely good. To be successful you must understand what the company deems success.

2. Understand why you are hired

This one is connected with the first. If you understand what the company deems success, you can more easily understand why the company believed you were ideal to become successful in the role.

Understand the expectations of you as an employee.

3. Be Conservative

On the first day you do not know the culture or what is allowed in terms of dress.

So the safe bet is to be conservative.

Here is my first day outfit:

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I went with navy pant and a royal blue blazer. I added some personality with the polka dot top- I can’t stand being completely boring! But i choose a simple bun look with no jewellery.

Don’ts 

1. Compare old job to new

Either way it can give the wrong impression. If your comparisons put your old job in a good light- coworkers will wonder why you left the old job? If you compare your old job in a negative light- well put simply, you look like a complainer.

This comparison syndrome also creates a distinction between you and the company reminding people you are new. You are supposed to be seamlessly assimilating.

2. Don’t try to change things

You may innocently be talking about your old position because you believe the information will be helpful at your new job. But you are the rookie, still learning and likely not seeing the whole picture.

You are simply a sponge in the first few days or weeks at the new job. No one expects you, or wants you to turn the place upside down. Your job is to observe, learn, and later make an informed suggestion.

3. Don’t expect hand-holding

 Obviously you are new and need guidance. But don’t expect that your manager is there to tell you what to do. Instead see it as you providing help for the manager to get things done.

The difference in perspective is the difference between:

the employee who when finished takes a break

and the employee who when finished asks the manager what else is needed?

Whether this initiative is something you can keep up is beyond the point…it is merely a good idea to show initiative in the beginning and hopefully throughout your employment!

Lastly: don’t be late. But that point should be moot by now.

 

 

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How to eat and lose weight

Disclaimer: by no means am I a dietitian, I also have not consulted with one.

But I can only tell you what worked for me to lose 30 pounds.

Restrictions

Before I started I was a frequent customer to both my local convenient store and fast food joints.

Put an end to that!

That extra weight will shed from your rear-end and transfer to your wallet. win-win!

Do not drink your calories. Do not be fooled by those 0 calorie products. They have hidden calories from all that sugar- that sugar turns to fat in your body.

Water is your new best friend.

These were the only restrictions I put on myself- everything else I ate, I kept.

Don’t Diet – Be Mindful of Calories 

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I don’t like vegetables… I love the “meat and potatoes” lifestyle. Meat and grains are my favourite food groups!

So how could I still enjoy eating and lose weight at the same time. I mean, I didn’t want this to be a “fad diet” or something I was going to do for a short time. I wanted this to be a sustainable lifestyle change. And the only way I would be able to sustain it is if I was still enjoying what i was eating. I mean I LOVE TO EAT; I cannot be one of those people who look at food as fuel. Food is comfort, food is a social facilitator , and food is …well DELICIOUS!

So that was when I had my revelation, if I watch my calories I can still have home-made burgers, pasta, and snacks!

So, I researched how many calories with my BMI (age, gender, and weight) I should be eating to lose weight.

and I was successful with 1,200-1,400 calories with workouts.

This means you have to start looking at the nutritional values on the back of the products you buy at the grocery store. If you don’t know how to read them, do some research. The main important values are: Serving size, calories, fat (trans), and sugar.

But as you will soon find out your calories will go much further if you eat better, so i started adding the vegetables i would actually eat to my eating habits such as carrots, peas, corn, lettuce, and cucumber.

You also feel better during a workout when you eat better.

So slowly your tastes begin to change. You actually begin to enjoy different tastes (like me with vegetables i never liked before) and hinder your craving to those meals that make you groggy and slow- and therefore workouts harder.

It’s all about the baby steps of change.

How I Handled Cravings 

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low-calorie snacks!

You know what… they aren’t the best nutritionally, but they are a guilt-free way to satisfy my cravings.

low-calorie is the new advertising ploy, as a result there is basically aisles full of low-calorie snacks. (I can hear the dietitians of the world screaming “Nooooo!”) But my favourites were granola bars and goldfish crackers- I have frequent salt cravings. But for all you sweet-tooths out there, fruit can subdue your urges for sweets with natural sugars!

At the end of the day when I’m watching my recorded television programs, i like to munch.  Two of my favourite new munchies are:

A peanut butter lollipop- that’s a glorified way of saying a spoonful of peanut butter. It is salty-sugary-goodness that has a high protein content that helps you feel full. It is the perfect “fix.”

Another good munch food while watching a movie is popcorn. 3 cups of air-popped popcorn (NOT popcorn in a bag!) with two tablespoons of margarine is 200 calories. Fool Proof!

Tricks and Tips

When I first started watching my caloric intake, I found it quite difficult but let me pass on my tricks to you.

1. Eat every 3-4 hours.

You won’t get hungry and therefore you won’t binge eat on something bad. Also you keep your metabolism working throughout the day. If you don’t eat for long periods of time, your body goes into storing fat mode to anticipate the next lull period between meals. You want your body to be using the fat on your body not storing more.

Also if you don’t eat for a long period of time, your body obviously gets hungry and you have a higher likelihood of binge eating!

2. Don’t Skip Breakfast!

 Not eating is going to put you into fat-storing mode; I mean you haven’t eaten in more than 8 hrs. Get your metabolism moving right in the morning. Even if you don’t eat breakfast usually, add something small to your coffee routine such as an apple, peanut butter toast…just something to wake your metabolism up!

3. When eating high caloric meals …split it!

Whether you are eating out at a restaurant, split the meal. Me and my man would order something together then just split it. I mean restaurant serving sizes are completely out of whack anyway. The average meal (without appetizers or desert) is 1,200 calories. Therefore when you split it, you consume the more reasonable 600 calories.

But high calorie meals are enjoyed at home as well. I know some of my dishes I always make are  roughly 800 calories. So what do i do? I split it, time wise! I eat half now and the other half 3 hrs later. I’m still eating the same amount of calories but because I split it up, I won’t get hungry later.

4. Snack!

Cravings and Hunger can throw you off track. So satisfy them the smart way.

Your eating every 3 -4 hrs that doesn’t mean they all have to be the same size meals all day. You can eat a larger meal, and three hrs later have a little 100-200 calorie snack such as an apple (75 calories- apples have been known to be natural way to help wake yourself up without caffeine), granola bar (100-200 cal), nuts (200 cal- both granola and nuts help make you feel full) …these were some of my favs. Find what works for you!

5. Don’t eat three hours before bed

Three hours before bed, your body has enough time to digest the food you have eaten. If food isn’t digested before hand, it turns to fat. It’s that simple. If you just cannot make it… like I can’t sometimes….I eat a low-calorie,easy to digest snack: Peanut butter. I spoke of this gem already- It helps makes you feel full to make going to bed easy.

6. Eat on Smaller plates

Ok, this one might be my most silliest. But todays plates are huge, and don’t represent what a proper serving size should be. Therefore you fill up your plate, and you essentially over-eat. So instead I use the smaller plates that come with a set and i fill that one to the max.

That way it doesn’t feel like I’m not eating anything compared to what i used to (while gaining weight!)

7. Don’t drink your calories!

Sugary pops or juices just are not worth it. As i said before water is your new best friend. I would SO rather use those calories for a snack then a favoured drink.

8. Alcohol Beverages

Most nutritional information and dietitians will tell you to remove alcohol from your lifestyle. AND…I just said not to drink your calories …But I’m giving information to the average woman like myself, and let’s face it…I’m not giving up my cocktails.

So…

Vodka tonic with lime is the drink with the lowest caloric value.

Your welcome. 😉

9. Lastly, workout!

You will never get the results you want if you don’t workout.

It burns those calories.

It keeps your metabolism working.

When you research how much calories you can eat with your BMI. Whether you workout or not and how often.. will be a factor.

You can eat more if you workout because you burn more calories!

Who doesn’t want to eat more?

 And when you finally hit your goal weight- you can enjoy much more! If you continue to maintain your muscles, that means you burn more calories. Meaning you can eat more compared to someone who doesn’t workout. The good thing is it takes less working out to maintain muscle then to gain it.

Did I lose you?

Look at it this way:

If you workout you lose weight faster. And later to maintain your weight: you can work out less and eat more!

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Cardio Vs Weights

As women the thought of looking masculine isn’t appealing- but don’t be afraid of lifting weights!

When I started working out; all I thought was I didn’t want big muscles- that’s not sexy.

But guess what?

You know that ideal body type you covet- it’s achieved through lifting weights AND cardio.

The ideal body type i coveted was: lean arms, trim tummy, toned legs, and a nice shaped booty.

I’m guessing your ideal body type sounds pretty damn similar.

Well through much research and constant encouragement from my man/work out partner- I realized that all those things I wanted would never be achieved through cardio alone. To tone…there must be muscle; to have a nice lifted booty…you must lift weights….PERIOD.

But I can talk at you all day, quote research, show you statistics and it doesn’t have the same effect as showing you the proof!

I don’t follow much fitness accounts on instagram but I found @taifitness different from the rest. She was a real transformation story, and completely honest and forthright about her feelings and evolution through her fitness journey.

Say Hello to: @taifitness

www.mytaifitness.com

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This is her at the start and present day of her fitness journey. Jaw dropping results right?!

She has gone through some amazing transformations including changing her workout routines.

She started out mostly with yoga and cardio on the left and then incorporated weights.

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And the results speak for themselves. There is much more lift and shape to her body type on the right photo compared to the left. You can melt away as much fat as you want, but that will never give you the shape you are looking for.

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She is looking absolutely spectacular!

If you are looking for a personal trainer, motivation, and nutrition advice you can contact her at:

tai@mytaifitness.com

Have you been convinced of my point yet?

Well…

There is a reason that Tony Horton from P90X  incorporates weights into his “lean routine” P90x Program:

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1. shoulders and arm routines: for those lean arms I want

2. Legs and back routine: for those toned legs and that lifted booty i want

3. core synergistics and abs workout: for the trimmed tummy i want

All these routines incorporate weights or use your body as weight- And they are in the LEAN routine..to give you that Lean Body type you want.

Lifting weights to gain mass: is lifting heavy weights for short amount of reps

Lifting weights to gain lean muscle: is lifting lighter weights for more reps. BUT you must go until it is a struggle unless you aren’t working out. If it isn’t a struggle, then up the weight!

Another benefit of lifting weights for the seasoned readers.

It helps our aging population stay healthy and independent for longer.

I hope this convinces even one of my readers to incorporate lift training into your work out routine.

I got to say: STRENGTH IS SEXY!

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I was Fired?!

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Say Whaat?!

My first job out of university, I was let go… just after a raise and before the one year mark.

I honestly never thought I would be fired in my life. Immediately I felt relieved…I don’t think that is supposed to be your reaction.

But afterwards the stigma attached to this circumstance hit me.

Is this going to affect my future?

I knew I had what it takes to be successful, but would someone take a chance with me now?!

Don’t Dwell- Get Going!

Instead of dwelling on all the uncertainty faced before me, I put it in my rear-view mirror and looked forward to the future.

Whatever my feelings were about the company and the circumstance i was in… were irrelevant now- they weren’t going to change what happened.

So,

I updated my resume, and dived head first into my job search. Spending most of every day on it- essentially treating it as my new job.

Take Advice where you can get it!

 During my first job interview- my interviewer gave me some advice:

1. Ditch the cover letter- most interviewers don’t read it anyway

2. Use the achievement style resume – Information on achievement style resume

Obviously i did not get this job- but he did give me some valuable advice.

And the results were amazing.

The amount of callbacks for my resume increased substantially, and it landed me a job offer two weeks after I changed my resume!

Obviously I also took the time to send a thank you email for his advice.

It’s not the end of the world

Of course during interviews the question came up: “What was the reasoning for leaving your last employment?”

Don’t lie- it will just come back to bite you in the end.

Turn the conversation back to the future and the possible position.

Example: “Although my last job wasn’t the right fit; This job is a perfect fit for the following reasons…”

Don’t complain about or slander your last company-  it is only making you look bad.

Instead a company would prefer to hear that you learned from the experience.

When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens!

I learned a great deal from my first employment. Although i was let go, it was definitely the reason why I got the job i was offered.

I gained so much more confidence in myself from the experience I gathered there.

I know I can handle anything a job can throw at me.

I am appreciative to my past- but Elated and Excited for the future at my new job!

dr seuss new job

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Fitness: Enough is Enough

I am publicly making myself accountable:

by letting  you my readers and followers aware of my fitness journey.

I am now accountable to GET STARTED.

How my fitness journey started.

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Before i started my fitness journey (on the left). I was completely satisfied with my appearance- i could rock any weight. It was not until I randomly calculated my BMI that I realized I had creeped-up on an unhealthy weight for my age, gender, and height.

This hit me hard.

I had always thought of myself as a curvy woman, and I embraced that. But i officially crossed the line from curvy to overweight. With a new perspective, I realized how many clothes i was holding onto that I no longer fit into. If i wasn’t thinking that i would eventually wear these clothes again, why was i holding onto them?

It was time for a change!

Just like that…I made changes. I bought a video work out program called P90x- the thought of a gym intimated me. I had never been to one before, did not know how to use any of the machines. And the thought of struggling in front of everyone was frankly an embarrassing thought.  This was between me and myself, and it was going to be a battle i was going to win by myself… in the comfort of my own living room.

With dietary changes, and a workout routine. I successfully toned my body to the right picture- Losing 30 pounds.

I had not been that trimmed since i started high-school. Basically when the weight gain started.

Fitness Journey Now

Now a year later. I have fallen off my fitness lifestyle and have gained 15 of those pounds back. The new clothes i had purchased to celebrate my new body range from “no longer fitting- to VERY snug.”

I’ve hit my second epiphany moment: Enough is Enough.

No more winter hibernation with a sedentary lifestyle in-front of the couch with junk food. That is not the life i want to live. I enjoy hiking, i enjoy going for night-time walks, i enjoy the euphoria you feel after a good sweat. When i workout I am more confident, I am happier, I sleep better, and i feel more energized during the day without coffee!

I am officially kicking myself in the butt; and saying “wtf girl?”

If those aren’t great enough reasons to live a healthy-active-lifestyle, what more is it going to take?!

So I’m starting over. Not from the beginning. But from a minor setback.

and I’m going to take you along with me this time.

My Goals:

I am cutting out the junk. No more pop, junk food like my ultimate comfort food chips and dip, no more fast-food stops.

Cooking and preparing healthy meals everyday- Not only for me but for my household.

Starting P90x again. It is a three month video program. I would definitely recommend it to anyone, at any fitness level!

I dont want to set a goal weight- I dont want to fixate on a number. Instead my goal is going to be: to become more toned. Ensuring that my clothes fit again. Whatever weight that happens at.

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Me day 1 of my fitness journey.

I’m excited!

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