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My big health transition from college to work

My big health transition from college to work


Last time I wrote a PumpUp blog, I was finishing up my list assignments as an undergrad and preparing for what I like to call, “the big transition.” Now, I am writing this post from the computer at my new job. That’s right, y’all, I finished college and started working. While this job transition isn’t too bad right now, I know that there is a lot of work coming for me. I'm enjoying this time as a newbie. That being said, I’m having some problems transitioning my physical health. It’s only been 3 days and I already feel slammed with responsibility. This is bad since I have the rest of my life ahead of me. I worked out on Monday, but it was at home. While the workout was decent (I used DailyBurn for the first time), it wasn’t what I was used to at my school’s gym. I miss that gym. I miss doing hardcore cardio everyday. I already feel like a fatty, as well, with all this eating out I’ve been doing. STOP THE MADNESS! My mind is weak at the moment. I haven’t felt this way in a long time. I have this whole mentality that the workouts that I do throughout my transition from college to work will end up doing will slow down my progress.

Ohmyitschels: Chelsie Jamerson's health transition from college to work

Luckily, my job has a wellness initiative where they will give me 1.5 hours a week to work out. What that means is that I can leave 30 minutes early to go work out. And, another cool part is that my job has a 1 mile jogging trail and a pool (even though the pool is closed for the summer). I have the resources but I’m just so restless. I wanna get back on track. I want to bring my lunch and my snacks and I want to work out hardcore.

The only reason I bring up these frustrations is because if I say them aloud or in public, I have to acknowledge them. I want the PumpUp community to hold me accountable. I enjoy posting progress photos every week and seeing all of the encouraging comments I get. It helps me move forward. Something I didn’t expect when getting on this journey is being an inspiration to others. It means a lot when people say I’ve inspired them and I don’t want to let them down almost as much as I don’t want to let myself down. So that’s why I’m saying it here: I’m frustrated but I’m not quitting. I will continue. This mind block is only temporary and I will move past this transition from college to work. Thanks to everyone who reads my blog posts and follows me on PumpUp. I hope that I can continue to inspire you.

From College to Work: The Health Transition is bumpier than you think

This post about transitioning from college to work was written by PumpUp member @ohmyitschels. Check out Chelsie’s YouTube page here.

The truth about hard work : why the payoff doesn't happen immediately

The truth about hard work : why the payoff doesn't happen immediately


“Go hard or go home” is a saying we hear all the time in our society. This can stem from a sports player who is not giving 100% while in the game. This can be an employee who is getting paid to do a full time job but chooses to do less than average work. People will often mention that they want to live a healthier life, but find a way to avoid every opportunity that comes their way. The reason why the phrase “hard work pays off” is so difficult to achieve is because we expect the end result to happen almost immediately. Anything that we want to sustain as a lifestyle change takes time. It takes trial and error, a process that we try over and over until we master it. Getting it right the first time normally never happens, but during the times that we try to get it right, we find things that we were doing wrong and work to correct them. We learn not to do the same things over and over again and expect a different result.

What does working hard mean for you? What it does is that it provides an opportunity to achieve anything your heart desires. The goal of a better and healthier life becomes more of a reality. The light at the end of the tunnel becomes brighter and closer. The doors that were normally closed are now opening little by little. The workout that we once dreaded is now one of the highlights of our day. The body that you never thought you could have is now one of the bodies that everyone around you wants answers about.

The things you stand to gain from working hard are not only things that will be noticeable by people outside of your circle— most obviously physical transformations—but you'll also stand to benefit from a transformation of the heart. You'll notice how hard your drive and passion come in to play as you work toward your goals, and that's something to be proud of. This is something no one can ever take away from you. This is something that was not just handed to you, because it was earned by you.

Hard work takes dedication. Hard work takes commitment. Hard work takes a support team. Hard work takes time.  When all of these come together, we get the one thing that comes with hard work: rewards.

This post about why hard work brings rewards was written by PumpUp member @inspiredone.