healthy living, librarian

the beginning of the end

I have mentioned a few times since the beginning of the year that a major factor behind my regaining some of my weight was from work stress. Our East campus is absorbing our West campus, which has been my home for the past three years and I absolutely adore it here and while I’ve been fortunate and given a transfer, the entire situation still makes me so sad. This week in particular has been incredibly surreal as it’s been spent packing up West.

If there’s one thing every librarian needs to learn early on it’s that you can’t get too attached to the physical books in your collection because there will inevitably come a time when you need to weed. That time came yesterday and I spent pretty much the entire day purging our collection. And by “purge” I mean getting rid of over 75% of it. Some of the books are coming with me to the other campus but the most are being left behind, either because they are obnoxiously outdated or there just isn’t space/they are duplicates.

Still. It’s pretty depressing and it was one of those things I just had to do without thinking about.

I will say, though, that it made for good exercise. Books are heavy, man, so even though the cart had wheels, after it was loaded with books it still took a lot of effort to roll it over to the dock on the other side of the building. And then I had to open the garage door by pulling the chain and that took work and after that there was the actual tossing of the books and because of the distance between the dock and the dumpster they literally had to be flung across the air. Then I pulled the chain to close the door and wheeled the cart back to the library. Rinse and repeat.

One of my coworkers brought in some pastries and I had some knowing I earned that cherry filled piece of dough.

Usually my day is spent sitting so it’s been nice to rack up some awesome numbers on my FitBit! By the time I got home on Monday I was at 11K+ steps which, naturally, I took as a challenge for Tuesday. My lunch break was spent walking around the nearby mall window shopping and I might have actually clapped when I noticed I had already hit 10,500 steps before 4pm.

By the end of the day I had completely rocked my steps.

Oh, and the FitBit does sync with GymPact which is awesome, so as long as I get at least 10,000 steps it will count towards my GymPact goal.

Today I’m at the East campus and will be sitting for most of the day so it’s going to be a challenge to find reasons to get up and walk around but I’m confident I’ll be able to find the motivation, especially after seeing that big number yesterday.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

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