They always say that people like to read lists.  So here is a list of 5 Reasons I had to pinch myself to see if I was dreaming.

Pinch Me Reason #1 I quit my job today!  I’m making millions on the internet and no longer have to work a 9-5.  Okay…so I’m not making millions online, not even hundreds, but I did quit my job. Way back in the summer I interviewed for a job at another law firm.  But, they specialized in asbestos cases and I don’t have much experience with that.  However, the partner and the attorneys really liked me and said they would keep my resume on file.  On Friday they asked me to come in to discuss a new position they had created.  The position is a hybrid position combining paralegal and IT skills.  Computers are my thing and I have eight years of paralegal experience, so naturally it was a perfect fit.  At the end of the meeting the partner offered me the job!  I was shocked and honored that they remembered me and chose me.  The office manager at my current job looked completely surprised when I gave my two week notice.  I’ll keep my reasons for leaving professional and just say that the firm was not the best fit for me. It was two long years, and I’m grateful for the change.

Pinch Me Reason #2  On Saturday when I put on my winter coat, I said “oh man, my coat got bigger.”  Then I realized wow, I got smaller.

Pinch Me Reason #3 I’m so glad that it’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.  Throughout the week I consistently counted my weight watcher points.  There was one time I cheated and didn’t track the right portion sizes.  Then I realized I was only cheating myself, and went back and corrected it.  Then yesterday I went to my sister’s Super Bowl party.  I ate nachos, a hot dog, barbecue chicken wings, and even a cupcake (or a cut-kate as my three year old niece pronounces it.)  I was so scared to weigh in today.  I changed into a pair of scrubs, the lightest article of clothing I own.  My Special Friend told me not to worry because he was convinced that I would lose weight again this week.  I figured he was nuts, especially since I ate the cut-kate.  He gave me a big fat “I told you so” when I told him I lost THREE pounds this week.  That’s a total of 11.4 pounds!  I’ve been losing weight for five weeks in a row, and I have to tell you it feels great.

Pinch Me Reason #4 What else could I possibly be excited about?  I’ve decided to write an e-book.  For those who don’t know, an e-book is an electronic book that you can download instantly to your computer or electronic device.  I’ve written about 70 pages already on a topic I think you will enjoy.  I hope to launch the book in early March.

Pinch Me Reason #5 Lastly, that investment property rehab project that’s been stressing me out for months, and draining all my money is finally done.  It passed the final inspection and I can move in a new tenant.  Here’s a before and after picture of the bedroom.  The Maintenance Man truly is a miracle worker.


Before Rehab, after the Hoader Moved Out


After he worked his Magic

After he worked his Magic

  1. Go you! What a way to keep the positive momentum going! (and don’t you just love the “Hey, my clothes got bigger!” moments so much more than the “What am I doing to shrink these clothes,” moments!) I love reading your updates, and it’s amazing how when I’m feeling down on something, you post a new, upbeat, positive post!

  2. Yay, congrats on the new job!! AWESOME! I know how it feels to get out of a place you don’t enjoy and to look forward to a new challenge! And of course, the weight loss, high five on that! Keep it up! Greetings from frozen Germany!

  3. Angela, you always have great things to say to me, I’m glad that I was able to help you!

  4. Hey Chooch, I guess its winter there too..I am so looking foward to the new challenge. It know little to nothing about asbestos, but I know I built my blog from scratch with no formal training, so hopefully I build whatever they need too. I’m so excited, I’m like a senior during the last week of high school, ready to go!

  5. Sending you a big HIGH FIVE from Sacramento-Houston and an even bigger one to your miracle-making maintenance man. Wow!!! That’s a transformation even Vern Yip can get behind.

    Congrats on your new job. I am really looking forward to the ebook. And hot dawg on the continuous weight bye-byes!

  6. Congratulations on the new job, big jacket, healthy and sustained weight loss, e-book, and the after picture from the hoarder! This is probably just the beginning of a lot of great things. That is so cool about the new job remembering and calling you up; it sounds like they already know you are awesome!

  7. Love, love, love this post!!! Congrats on everything!!!!

  8. All I can say is, YOU ROCK!

  9. hey ms carli…HeleM here. Super congrats on everything! I was gonna write wonderful things but what I really want is you to hook me up with your maintenance miracle worker! omg…. is he the perfect man or what?? super impressive… haha! seriously, good job and keep counting and keepin’ on….baby steps turn into running…

  10. It really looks like things are on the up-and-up (or in the case of your recent weight loss… the down-and-down.. haha). I’m so glad that you got a job that’s going to utilize all of your skills and hopefully be a better fit personality-wise. That alone will remove a lot of stress from your life. And then the overhaul of the investment property?! Good God that hoarder wrecked havoc. It’s amazing to see the work that the Maintenance Man was able to do… it looks cozy and you’d never have known that it looked like Berlin circa 1945.

    I’m doing this with you Carli. I’m down 16.2 pounds so far (since Dec. 20th). I’m tracking my caloric intake with My Fitness Pal and I love it. I’ve never been able to control my eating before, even though I’m awesome with exercising and this is the first time in my life I’ve ever actually lost weight. I keep telling myself “This is my year. This is the year I’m going to actually do it.” And wow. I am.

    Keep up the good work… We’ll travel this rough road together. 🙂

  11. Tex, you’re reprensenting H-Town no matter what?! LOL! I had to Google and see who Vern Yip was. Then I was like oh yeah, the Trading spaces guy. It was a miraculos transformation.

  12. Aubree, you are so right it feels like a new beginning. Finally losing weight, finally breaking free from my job and FINALLY got at dag-gone apartment ready. It feels great! I’m so excited about my e-book, can’t wait to share it with y’all. But you already have the inside scoop! Thanks again for your input.

  13. Agh Mama Helen, I’m cracking up laughing! I am very protective of him, I don’t like to share the maintenance man. He always has to remind me that I’m supposed to tell other people about him…I guess now the secret is out. He does a great job for cheap. Even my Special Friend said what’s up with you and this “maintenance man?” Nothing!… We work…I think that room is proof. But seriously, I can’t wait to get some more of this weight off so I can feel comfortable running again…I’m well on my way!

  14. Julie I’m so psyched about my new job and a new environment. It feels like such a burden lifted, I dont’ have to force a happy face every morning…..and Berlin circa 1945 bahhaaaaahhhha! Hi-lar-i-ous!!! I’ve gotta find the pics with all of her crap still in there. It was literally floor to ceiling junk. She was living there long before I got the building…my Little Sis uses My Fitness Pal and loves it. This IS your year Baby!!

  15. Once again, I am so pleased to read one of your uplifting posts. You are an inspiration. I am still plugging away at the couch to 5k. It’s funny, but I feel like we are pals after listening to your podcasts and reading your blog for so many months. Good job with the changes. I am having a few of those myself and WOW, it feels good. I can’t wait to hear more about this book. You will have one reader here for sure! Again, way to go, Carli. Keep smiling and doing what you do! 🙂

  16. Hey Maggie, Glad you’re still running I know its not easy, but its possible. I’m still working on the ebook, it should be out within the next month.

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