Yesterday was a major victory for me, for several reasons. I’m up at Cornell to do various recruiting events, and yesterday was the big career fair (today there is a second smaller one just for engineering students). I knew I’d be seeing a lot of people from my past, so like a high school reunion, I wanted to look sharp. I brought my favorite suit to wear… and then I put it on in the morning and found that it was a little baggy! On the one hand I was disappointed that I wouldn’t look super polished, but on the other, I was thrilled that my clothes are starting to fit a bit more loosely 🙂
I had stopped at the health food co-op in town on Monday night, so for breakfast, I had a really nice juicy red pear I had bought. When I got to the career fair, there was a continental breakfast laid out for the recruiters. I wasn’t even tempted by the muffins and danishes and pastries – I just grabbed a small plate of the fruit and was all set. For lunch, I only had a few minutes to duck away from the students (I collected over 300 resumes in 5 hours – craziness), and the buffet happened to include a ton of salad, so I piled that onto my plate, and then later in the afternoon, I had a Raw Revolution organic live food bar (similar to a Larabar, if you know what that is). I picked the green spirulina and cashew flavor, because I’m not afraid of green foods like most of you. Dinner was the true test: I was attending a formal networking dinner, and I had no idea what the food would be like. I lucked out that it was a buffet, but that still meant there was a ton of food sitting right there in front of me that I knew I shouldn’t eat. I piled my plate high with salad, had a few “steamed veggies” (even though I could see that their version of “steamed” meant “steamed and then slathered with oil), and then took one very small piece (about 3 oz – most people were taking two) of broiled salmon. The biggest coup was dessert – there were these delectable-looking pieces of cheesecake, as well as some sort of chocolate mud pie. And no fresh fruit! So I walked right past the dessert table to hit up the coffee station for some yummy Harney’s tea, and promised myself that I would have an apple and a Larabar for dessert when I got back to my hotel. I was so proud of myself, and instead of feeling stressed throughout the dinner about all the crap I was eating, I felt confident and content. It was fantastic! Even though I didn’t get a chance to work out yesterday, and even though I “indulged” on a high calorie Larabar when I got home, I was still just hitting my calories for the day. Awesome!
Several of you have asked where I get my willpower for losing weight, and my big thing now is this pseudo raw vegan diet. I am by no means eating a 100% raw vegan diet. However, the idea that I trying to eat raw vegan means that processed foods like breads, pastas, and pastries are off-limits. It’s just really refreshing to see food like that and not have to wrestle with the decision in my mind of whether or not to try “just a bite.” It’s simple: I’m not having it. Period. What’s great is, I’m getting to the point where I rarely miss stuff like that too!
In other news, did anyone else struggle with doing the hundred pushup challenge every other day? When I woke up this morning, my arms are just now sore from the pushups I did on Monday night. But I need to do my pushups now! Today it doesn’t really matter, but in the future, I want to be on a morning routine so that in the future I never have a chance to miss doing them. I think I might wait until early evening to give my arms at least a little more of a break.
Finally, I just accepted an offer for a new project… in New Jersey. Not the exciting locales I’m usually jetting off to (if you can call the St. Louis airport area exciting), but the partner and senior manager are supposed to be incredible to work with (some of the other analysts with whom I spoke offered such high praise like “the best guy I’ve worked with”), and one of them specializes in exactly the type of marketing work I want to do. This project is supposed to be six months and isn’t marketing, but I think I’ll get a lot of responsibility and it will be a good chance to impress two really influential people while setting myself up for a great next project. So – I’m in. Hopefully there will be a perk of at least getting a rental car? We’ll see!