Monday, October 22, 2007

Work, Weariness, and Muffin Wars

Since I began working at The Honolulu Advertiser on October 9 as the Online Coordinator for cars.com, many of you have asked me how it's going. Rather than continuing to answer you all individually, I'm going to take the lazy way out and do a mass answer here. Work is fine.

Originally, I was at a loss as to what I'd actually be doing. My first week was filled primarily with reading about the cars.com product and becoming familiar with some of the technical aspects of the position. Basically, to sum up, I'm technical support for the car dealerships who utilize the cars.com product via www.honoluluadvertiser.com and the liason between clients, our sales staff, and cars.com support.

The work itself has been, for the most part, rather easy. It's mostly about handling personalities and putting out fires. In that sense, it's not much different that Lost or PacRim Marketing Group. It comes down to making people happy. I think I can do that effectively.

My co-workers seem to be a neat group of people. The Online Department is comprised of 12 people, including myself. 8 men. 4 women. My manager is a brilliant woman who I'm convinced is smarter than me by far. I don't meet people like that often, so I love it. I'm of the general mind that most people are stupid (how's that for condescension and modesty), so it's always a thrill to find someone who is on equal footing or who can overstep me. Well, at least that's how it is with me... heh. And I think a good percentage of my coworkers can fall into the equal footing category, so I'm excited.

I've begun decorating my half-cubicle. I have my Yoda head, a few lava lamps left there from the previous employee, and a few pictures. If any of you have anything you want to add to my display area, feel free. I have lots of space left.

In other news, I'm tired. MAN am I tired. As I mentioned in a previous blog, I wake up at 4 am everyday to talk to Yoshi. Which is fine. And I love that I get the opportunity to talk to him. But waking up at 4 am, going to work, going to work out, and then coming home and basically NOT SLEEPING WELL is beginning to kick my ass. I'm no longer having nightmares, so that's a plus. But I'm still waking up every 20 - 40 minutes. I wonder what's on my mind that is making me sleep (or not sleep) that way. It's slowly killing me. I just hope it doesn't affect me on the job. I wake up each day completely exhausted.

And I think I'm getting sick. Shit.

So, that basically updates two of the three topics from my last blog. Last one? Self-image. I'm fat. Shut up. I know, I know. I'm NOT fat. But gunfunnit, I AM fat. Since high school, I've gained at least 30 lbs. I don't fit into the majority of my clothes and can't afford to (and don't want to) buy a completely new wardrobe that'll fit my fluffy body.

A few weeks ago, in looking through some old photos, I finally realized how frickin' disgusting I look in comparison to the younger, more fit me of years past. So I joined 24 Hour Fitness. And work out at least 4 times a week. My goal? To lose at LEAST 20 lbs. (ideally 30) or 10% of my body fat by the end of February.

I've called this my "Muffin Wars," in reference to the ever hated "muffin top" that I've seemed to develop. For those of you who are not familiar with this term, "muffin top" refers to the belly fats that folds over the edge of one's pants as a muffin top would "bloop" (sorry for the sound effect) over the muffin's paper cup.

Here is a visual:


That's my goal... and whether or not I'm achieving it is a completely different thing. Because I've GAINED weight.... please let it be muscle weight. Bleh. So if any of you have a 24 membership and want to work out in the evenings, call me. Rob's been good about coming with me, but I need all the support I can get.

Help me combat the evil that is the muffin top. Join me in my Muffin Wars.

And then maybe the self-image issue will fix itself. Let's hope so.

/me.

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