When I was still in my teens, I worked for the Holiday Inn in housekeeping and it would seem I have come full circle and find myself now working for the same employer in my forties. For over 25 years after leaving the Holiday Inn I’ve worked in a variety of jobs from warehouse, to factory, to office, to nursing, to chef and the ever popular, data processing. I think it’s safe to say I’ve pretty much “done it all” and lived to tell about it. It’s funny though because when I was in my teens doing housekeeping, I remember enjoying it immensely and here I am, so very happy with this minimum wage paying job and I wonder why I didn’t do this years ago. I could say, “I needed to try other avenues first”. Or I could even admit that God still had a lot of work to do in me be before I realized it’s the simple things in life that would ultimately give me the greatest pleasures and enjoyment. The pay is terrible, but to work so hard that at the end of the day you crawl into bed exhausted and actually look forward to the morning so you can get up and do it all over again is so very satisfying, if not even gratifying to some extent.
I’m still losing weight and am 2 more pounds closer to 220 it’s scary!!! (officially 223lbs) Every morning I stand on the scale and see I am a pound or two less by the end of the week and it’s invigorating to say the least. I’m so excited to see my body changing and how my health is so much better now than what it was just 5 months ago now. My life has changed so much in such a short time, it’s crazy! Who would have thought that getting back to basics and working myself to the bone would be the answer to my weight problem!?! I know I sure didn’t think it would take this much to succeed, but obviously the desired weightloss is the ultimate result.
I am now wearing my 23yr old daughter’s size 14 jeans! And not plus size either! I couldn’t believe it when I tried them on last week and they fit!!! I’m now into every day LARGE shirts and mostly because I’m really big chested to begin with but also due to the major weight loss on my torso. I went and purchased new undergarments in a size xlarge and will have to buy myself some new bras at some point since I’ve gone from a 44FF down to a 34DD which is pretty much where I was prior to all this weight gain.
I still track all my food intake with LoseIt app on my IPod and have yet to go over my daily calorie budget in over a month. (*I don’t even come close when I add in the exercise I do for 8 hours a day!) I work pretty much 5 days a week and when I’m home I spend those 2 days cleaning my own home so I don’t ever really stop until I collapse into bed each night. I haven’t had time for tennis in the past few weeks between a major bout with the stomach flu and head/chest cold I was hit with the past 2 weeks and now it’s peak season at the hotel for Oktoberfest but once that’s over, then the hotel will slow right down and my hours will be cut drastically. I don’t mind so much but will need to start looking for another job to fill in the gap in the paychecks before spring comes around again and I’ll be back to working full-time at the hotel again. It seems like I’m always looking for work and I wish I could find a job I enjoy this much where I wouldn’t have to worry about losing hours every winter. That’s the only downside to this job right now until some of the full-time permanent girls decide to retire or go elsewhere. They’ve been doing their job so long they have no idea there are no more “good” jobs out there these days. Just jobs to pay the bills and employers who are NOT nice to their employees. They have no idea how good they’ve got it working at the Holiday Inn!!! Even with the old vacuum’s and thread bare linens! They wouldn’t last a week in any other job.
Well time once again for me to head to bed. Tomorrow I go in to work for my 6th day in a row before I get 1 day off (Tuesday). I’m so looking forward to my 1 day off. I’m hoping to sleep for at least half the day! 😀 And then will probably clean the rest of it. One consolation to look forward to is I’m making a roast beef with gravy and scalloped potatoes for Tuesday’s dinner so that’s my motivation to get me through tomorrow. I’m exhausted…. goodnight sleep sweet.