So, its been 2 weeks since I posted my fitbit stats, I haven’t been doing great with it to be honest.
Its so hard to get out for a decent walk when my kids complain about even going to the grocery store (a 7 min walk!!)
Week 6 was on target…just.
I have been pretty stressed out with Triage (the work program)
For some reason, as soon as the school holidays hit, they are on my back more times per week than during term time. Seems like its done on purpose to me!!!
Week 6 (Sun 6th to Sat 12th) they phoned me and expected me to go down that day to fill in a paper application form and personality quiz thing for a temporary 16wk position (to cover sickness) – then if I passed the personality section they expected me to go down the next morning to fill in the SAME INFORMATION onto the online application. Double the work!!
I went down to do the paper form, but in order to do so I had to get my ex to watch the kids (they won’t let me take them with me because of the “type of customer” they deal with) He wasn’t happy about it, he had other plans. But he did it.
When she phoned to tell me I had passed the personality quiz and could I come to do the computer version (the next day) I told her – Nope, not possible. There is no one available to take my kids today (my parents, brother and my ex all work, I have no real friends just “people I know”) I said I could go down, collect the form and transfer the information at home using my own computer, but that didn’t seem to be acceptable. She said that she would enter my information for me since it was just copying what I had already written on the paper form. I said that would be great and thanked her. She said I should hear from them “early next week” about an interview (which would have meant Mon 14th – Wed 16th ish) Its now Sun 20th – Not heard back about it at all. Yet more triage fun in week 7….
Week 7, As you can see in the charts above, week 7 was a fail!
I didn’t even do any of my fasts this week – didn’t even try.
I was expecting to hear about an interview – and I knew that I didn’t want to attend an interview during a fast….plus its that TTOM, and I was just plain HUNGRY. lol.
Tuesday, I had to sign on, thats always fun…NOT.
Don’t know why I bother to do my searches, logs etc… they don’t bother to check.
All the job points have been removed from my job centre, replaced with 2 computers. You can’t just nip on and look though – you have to speak to one of the security guards, who then has to go get a special folder and note down details from you – one of which was NI number. Just glad I have a computer of my own.
Went grocery shopping after – daughters were with me. We had the £10 voucher from collecting vouchers the previous 2 weeks (Morrisons) so that was a little help. Ended up getting some school stuff for the girls – a dress each (£5 each), pack of 2 polo shirts each (£3 per pack) and a pack of undies each (think they were £2.50?) Still got a bit to get – shoes, coats, new bags because they have holes in their current ones… probably some more that I am forgetting at the moment.
Wednesday – Triage phoned (urgh) – said I had to go down that afternoon to fill in a vetting form for a cleaners job with the police. Also I had to be available to go to Dundee (city 20 or so miles away) the next day to talk to someone there about it.
I was confused, I had not applied for any cleaning positions with the police.
I know she sometimes puts me forward for jobs though, so I agreed to go down that afternoon.
My mum came to look after the kids, I was stressed – always am before signing on or triage appointments, and she drove me down there to the centre. Dropped me off and drove away, I went in.
Soon as I went in I asked for more information about the position as I couldn’t remember it, she just kept saying “remember I put you forward for it” Umm…no thats why I am asking about it…..
She then proceeds to say “You can get to the police station by 6am right?”
Yup folks, 6am start….how am I supposed to do that with 2 children as a single parent???
I told her no, not possible and I would never have agreed to be put forward for a position that involved those hours (I have agreed restricted availability on my jobseeker agreement due to having children under 12) She “swears” she told me the hours on the phone (she didn’t) – if she had I would have told her that wasn’t possible on the phone and not inconvenienced my mum!!!
So, the triage visit that I had worried myself about all day took 2 minutes. My mum wasn’t happy.
Friday – had to attend triage again (the “normal” arranged weekly appointment) for a job search. An hour sitting on a really slow computer doing exactly what I do from home every day. So productive. My ex had the kids Thursday night so still had them at the time of my appointment so at least I didn’t have to worry about finding someone to have them this time.
Wow, this is a long post!
Oh dear, I do ramble on… congratulations and thank you if you have bothered to read this far! lol.
Wk6 13/07/14 – 107.6kg (- 0.3kg this week)
Wk7 20/07/14 – 108.0kg (+0.4kg this week)
Really need to get back into the 5:2 eating plan. I really do think it helps me and many people on the facebook group have had great success with it. I think it is something that can be done long term – maybe just as 6:1 once all the weight is lost though!