Thursday, January 7, 2010

You're Fired!!

No, I don't watch the Apprentice, but today I fired our real estate agent. Our 'other' house has been on the market for over a year and has not sold despite numerous price decreases. We just felt our realtor was not terribly concerned about selling our house, but since we've been paying two mortgages for a year, we really need to get rid of it!!! I love our house now, so I don't care so much about the loss we take in a declining market. I just want to stop writing two big checks every month.

Surprisingly this event has not caused me to binge eat. Most people would be stressed to the max with this situation, but I'm so ho-hum about it. My theory is: If I have money, great, if I don't - oh well! I'm the type of person who hates the "Where do you see yourself in 5 years" question in interviews. I really would like to say someday. "Look in 5 days I might be working for you, and maybe still in 5 months, but in 5 years I could be on a yacht in the Mediterranean, drinking umbrella drinks under the sun." My point - I don't have a 5 - year plan. I generally don't have a 5 day plan. I might have a 5 minute plan. Like, in 5 minutes I might put laundry in. But that's really as far as it goes. Some might think my lack of planning won't help in my weight loss efforts and we'll see, but I know that I'm happier when I'm succeeded slowly than when I'm trying to make my "plan". My goals: To feel normal, to experience as much as this world can offer me and hopefully become healthy enough to do it!

So a 5 year plan really doesn't work for me. I've never had the same job for 5 years. I do administrative work, but in many different industries: investment banks, malls, accounting firms, violin shop, furniture store, college. Same stuff but different environments. I get too bored to stay one place for a long time. At a certain point I've gotten to a place where the learning curve stopped..then I've had to move on. I guess my answer to that 5 year question would be "I plan on staying here until I've learned everything I can from your company, and then move on."

So I guess in terms of weight loss: "I plan on working on my body until I've done everything I can to make it healthy, and then I will find a new journey"


  1. Jodie you have a good outlook on your house issue. I hope you get a realtor that cares.

    For me I live 41 1/2 years without and plan and I believe that was my downfall in the weight department and budgeting department. I was free as a bird just flying nowhere at all. I was never a planner because that felt like a commitment and I dreaded that word for years. My friends would make jokes about me just flowing with the wind.

    Know I love planning my life out because I don't want to miss out of life. I plan for everything now and my life has structure and substances. Since I started planning my monthly workouts I have lost a ton of weight and I am much happier.

    I am flexible with my monthly schedule but 98% of the time I follow it. So for me having a plan has been a blessing and a life changing experience. I can never go back to being that bird with not plan.

    I have a monthly plan for my budget, entertainment, exercise, social life, pampering life, education, and downtime.

    You have to do what works for you in the end. I have to agree with you that the five year plan is a little overrated. I plan my life out every month because after living with cancer that is all you can look forward too.

    Good luck my friend!

  2. I don't think I've said how much I love your new picture on your blog. You look wonderful! Interesting stuff about the 5 year plan. I'm like you - who the hell knows where (or if!) I'll even be in 5 years, so why make a plan? Life is lived in the present day and moment. Of course we have goals and dreams, but my main investment is to do the best I can for myself today and participate fully in my life today. That includes eating well, exercising, self care, enjoying family, doing something for someone else, spending time with friends - whatever.

    Looking forward to seeing how the Friday weigh in goes!