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Transformation Tuesday 8/18 and Photo: I’m Still Here!

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Weight Loss Journey Progress

It is with agonizing humility that I return here to pick up where I left off. I realize it’s almost 2 months since my last post, and every tortuous Tuesday that has passed by with my own radio silence has rung out as silent defeat to my ears. I’ve had on and off (mostly off) days/weeks. Sugar-fueled weekends turned into weeks, and the internal rally to get up and move! went largely ignored by my senses, dulled by idleness, wine, chocolate, and angst over the minutia of life.

But I’m nothing if not persistent. I’ve not given up. I’ve renewed my renouncement of my drug and have managed to conquer 3 whole days with no sugar, with Day 4 just hours away from being ass-whooped.

And so it was, with little enthusiasm but a hopeful heart, that this morning I donned my Guinness T-shirt and jean shorts, took a jaunt to the scale and then outside for my Transformation Tuesday photo.

 

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Surprisingly, I’m 10 pounds lighter than when I first started this journey. I’m currently at 320. So that means that I must have managed to rid myself of 3 pounds during the past couple months.  My initial reaction to this photo was incredible disappointment, but then I took a moment to compare all of my progress photos thus far, and I observed something:  My fat rolls are definitely creeping south, drastically so.  So there is either less fat or less water retention buoying those puppies up.  It’s a snail’s pace but beyond my expectations, so I’ll take it!

I started my weight training regime again two days ago (a maneuver that instantaneously improved my sleep quality), and the intention is to continue building muscle whilst managing my eating.

Can I just tell you that I’m headed out of town for a beloved cousin’s wedding this weekend and I’m terrified? I know it’s going to be a wine-and-cake kind of weekend and I will let you know up front that I will be partaking. It’s how we celebrate everything and it’s been so long since I’ve seen my family. And I want to. That’s the bottom line, isn’t it?

Do I have a plan? Yes. Well, sort of. Just jump back on track Monday. I’ve already recruited my husband as my accountability partner, a task he seems to be all too eager to take on (I suppose I’ll forgive him), as well as committed to updating you the following day, Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

So until then, thank you for sticking with me and have an incredible week!


Rediscover Your Productivity While Working from Home!

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Work-at-home Tips,Working from Home

From time to time, I find myself feeling a little frustrated when I don’t quite “have it all together.”  Case in point, I’m currently sitting in my home office which very visibly has not been vacuumed since my return from vacation nearly a week ago; the mail basket sitting on my desk is overflowing with envelopes I’ve yet to open; my voice mail box is so full it can’t take any new messages; and I’m sipping coffee from one of 3 drinking vessels left on my work station during the course of the week.  (About 10 minutes ago, I picked up the wrong mug.  Ugh!)
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How to Determine what to Charge for your VA (Or Any Other) Services

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Tips on Working from Home,Virtual Assistant,Working from Home

For a few years, a sizable portion of my income while working from home was made as a VA (virtual assistant).  While I did well and worked with some wonderful individuals (partners as well as clients), I soon became dispassionate about my work.  I was stubborn and slow to accept and learn about blogging as an important facet of running a successful business and I was overwhelmed by social media in general.  I’m not as stubborn as I formerly was regarding these common business tools, and while I still have so much learn about them, I am genuinely making the effort.
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Virtual Assistance – Setting the Industry Standard?

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , Categories: Virtual Assistant,Working from Home

Before I started my own virtual support business, I read every available Internet magazine article; skimmed every blog; lurked in every VA forum; examined and quietly critiqued every known VA web site; and asked thousands of questions. After paying my due diligence, I felt I was ready to get down to business – well, almost.
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Make Money Working from Home as a Voice Actor

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Voice Acting,Working from Home

I haven’t forgotten about my series on legitimate work-at-home jobs; I’ve just been really, really overwhelmed as I’ve had a lot going on, including my water fast.  But I’m feeling pretty good and so today I’m going to briefly discuss another option for anyone who wants to work from home and add a really interesting job to their resume – Voiceover work!

I fell into it quite by accident five years ago and honestly, I was very reluctant to do it at first.
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Looking for a Job Typing from Home?

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Transcription,Working from Home

In my quest to find a lucrative work-at-home job, I pored over many online ads and sifted vigorously, trying to separate the scams from the legit.  My prior extensive administrative experience lent eligibility to much of the typing work available, including transcription, and as I was tiring of the remote telephone customer service work, I thought I’d give it a go.
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How to Work from Home as a Telephone Customer Service Rep

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , , , , , Categories: Customer Service,Working from Home

My first experience working from home was that of a home-based telephone customer service representative.  I had done some CSR work for a brief stint in my late teens and while at that time I couldn’t get away from it fast enough; let me tell you, desperation over much-needed income with which to support my small family, coupled with the prospect of not having to give a damn about my dress and grooming (it’s a slippery slope) was all the motivation needed to change my perception of the work; and when after two telephone interviews with a reputable communications company I was hired as a home-based independent contractor, I was overjoyed!
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Dressing The Part

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , , , Categories: Work-at-home Tips,Working from Home

The rich warm aroma of brewing coffee; the clicking of fingers on keyboards; the clacking of high heels on hard floors; the background hum of paper-shuffling, printers and voices – these are just a few of the ambient smells, sounds and sights of the typical office that I have come to miss while working from home, a sentiment I’ve discovered to be beyond the grasp of many I know still subject to the conventional grind of their occupations and even at times a surprise to myself.
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So You Want To Work From Home…

by Colleen ElizabethTags: , , , , , , Categories: Working from Home

Almost nothing I say interests people more than when I tell them I work from home. This revelation never fails to bring out exuberant responses from others ranging from curiosity to assumptions; and as anyone who works from home can tell you, the latter can have you pulling your hair out!
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