It’s still soaking in; I lost my job today, effective today.  There was a huge lay-off; co-workers who were employed for 9 years were laid off. That’s the horrible news.  But, me being the person I am, I don’t want to blog about that.  I want to thank God that my car will be paid off next month, and that my Mama won’t let me be homeless or starve.  So what did I do?  The co-worker friend helped me pack up my desk, and I fought through the tears and neatly labeled all the files to be returned to their respective attorneys.  I had to leave with class; I didn’t want to kick the recycle bin on the way out as one of my co-workers suggested.  I came home, put on my work out gear and went to the GYM!  Can you believe it?   I said “I might be broke, but I’ll be dog gone if I’ll be FAT and broke!” 

I really have a great support system that keeps me laughing, my big little sister said I should sell my peach cobbler that I call “crack-cobbler” because of the way everyone craves for it all throughout the year.  My other little sister said I should apply for unemployment and food stamps….geez… and My cousin’s suggestion was the best, he suggested that I sell myself on craigslist, LOL!…. I got a good laugh out of that.  *shaking my head*… Well anyway, at the gym, I jogged for a little over half an hour while listening to my podcast for Week 1 training.  Then I hit the workout room and got on the elliptical.  Somewhere between Micheal Jackson’s Billie Jean, Michael Jackson - The Essential Michael Jackson - Billie Jean and the 15 minute marker, I started to break down, I think my little sister on the machine next to me thought it was sweat rolling down my face, and not tears. Either that, or she just didn’t want to call me out for crying.  I went to the bathroom and cleaned my face up.  I went back and finished my time on the elliptical.  Nobody can EVER say to me they didn’t feel like working out, if I’m jobless and crying and still pedaling.  After the gym, I went to my weight management meeting.  I had a GREAT week I lost 4 of the 5 pounds I gained during my New York trip.  I am super excited about that.  I had a one-on-one with the counselor, who was certain that my positive personality and business ventures would pull me through.  Since I can’t afford to attend the sessions anymore, they said I can still come and weigh-in each week for Free!  More good news, my blog is taking off, I had 351 visitors yesterday!  Wow!  I’m going to get through this time and focus on what my pastor says “Your Setback is Only a Setup for Your Comeback.” I’m going to have a huge comeback, I’m going to be rich AND skinny…LOL…you wait and see. J


  1. I can’t imagine you ‘not’ achieving anything you put your mind to. I love the idea of the C25K podcast; I’m defiantly going to give it a try starting this week..and will send you a donation to keep the site going.
    YOU ROCK!!!

    Best of luck,

    • Karen, WOW, thank you so much. I started to blog as a way to keep myself accountable, and once I realized it had potential to help others, I wanted to keep it going. Thank You so much for your support!

  2. I am happy to see that you blogged yesterday. After all, I lost my job after working there for 30 years, so I started my on business. When one door closes another one opens.

    Keep the positive attitude and something will open up. As my pastor say’s, “IT MAY NOT COME WHEN YOU WANT IT, BUT IT’S ALWAYS ON TIME.


  3. Hi Carli,
    Hang in there! You have a great blog and a fierce attitude! Stay motivated! YOU are the master of your destiney.


  4. Thanks for the podcasts and inspiration. I lost my job spring of 2008 and found out I was pregnant 2 weeks later. We’d been trying and due to difficulties in the pregnancy being laid off turned out to be a blessing. Though I doubt this is your scenario, my point is that surprises like this can be a blessing.
    Just keep plugging.
    FYI, I too have lost 50 pds in the last year and am running. So best wishes.

  5. I did not know this. I am shocked. However, remember this the Lord will provide. You know it happened to me several times. I have been laid off of the best of jobs through the years. However, everytime the Lord blesses and “My setbacks have become opportunities for my comebacks”. I have no doubt that you will prevail. Let me know if I can help in any way. Love ya.

    Uncle Dickie

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