New digs, new diet
Posted: Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012
Photo by: Nathan Abplanalp Photography
Brittany Sajbel is an associate attorney in Concord. Her March wedding planning has hit quite a few bumps in the road, but she remains positive and sane with the help of her amazing fiance, Neil Love, and their two furbabies, Gemma Bean and Kitty Caroline. Contact Brittany here.
My new job began on Monday, and its been exhausting since the minute I walked into the office. My first morning began in jail with a rather colorful defendant who operated in two modeson and off. He would come close to crying one minute before trying to fire my boss the next. After that encounter, I spent the next two days in a trial with my supervisor. One huge bonus was the lovely painting I received as a welcoming gift from a senior partner. The work of art, No Rest for the Night Shift, gets passed down to each newbie at the office and will certainly be treasured as soon as I find a nice hanging spot for it, possibly behind the door or a filing cabinet.On any given day, I get to the office before 8:30 and leave around 6 with a decently-sized lunch break when court is in recess. While this is a normal work day for a lot of people, I have never operated on such a rigorous and intellectually demanding schedule, and its definitely worn me down. However, my new schedule is slowly becoming a great thing for my diet. The thinnest that I have been as an adult was while I was teaching, around 21 years old. Six years later, I can look back at that experience and realize that my physique then was due to the high-intensity of the situation and the rigid schedule that I had to hold myself to. My diet wasnt necessarily healthy at that point, but it had structure, which I think is more important. I was forced to eat at regular intervals and it had to be food that I had packed and brought for myself.As with teaching, I now have a job with certain times when I can and when I can not eat. Period. There is no snacking in between meals or grabbing something quick because its near me. I realize that if I dont have access to food, I dont think about food. Also, its immensely helpful that I dont have much food readily accessible in my office to just gorge on. In my own little controlled-environment, I have apples, caramel rice cakes and fruit cups. I dont have to deal with a roommates food, a fiances food or junk food I bought in a moment of weakness. I feel healthier already, knowing that I have my own space to control what happens, where the only choices that I have to make are for me. Hopefully, healthier-me will lead to a lighter-me soon enough, because my heels are already killing me!
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