Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Hello, Again!

I'm back!! I'm not quite sure how frequently I'll post as I get back into the swing of things, but there will be posts... FINALLY! Moving has really occupied more time than I thought it would.  It has been a long process of packing, cleaning, moving, sorting out  "things" from the last almost-ten years....what I wanted to keep - what was junk-- and what I'd put in a sale pile, unpacking, organizing, buying new things to continue organizing, more unpacking, more cleaning, re-organizing,... You get the idea.  With that and working full-time, as well as other commitments, things have been busy!!

I won't re-cap everything because we would be here for a while.  I'm sure my posts are lengthy enough as it is!

I suppose my personal life is where I'll start since I just wrote about the move... I'm pretty much all moved. There are still a few odds and ends at my old house but nothing noteworthy.  I have most of my stuff unpacked and am finding places for all of it. I'd say the basement has the most work left to do, as that has become my storage area for all of the things I don't have space for or am not yet ready to organize. I want to get some work done on that this weekend so that I can get my gym area set-up!!

In addition to moving and the usual time with my family and friends, I've done some babysitting and we've had some family things to do. Mothers' Day kept us busy. And Easter. Then there was my boyfriend's little sister's dance recital last Friday night. He had to work about a month of Saturdays so that limited some of what we could do (I spent half of those babysitting). I also spent a morning volunteering for registration for a local charity lake jump.

 Last weekend we finally took some time for ourselves and just to have fun... Mostly.  Saturday we went to a nearby town and spent time shopping and went out to eat.  It was nice to go and do something different and spend time together just goofing around instead of having to do something.  Last Sunday was going to be similar but I discovered my drain in the basement was backing up when I did laundry. So I called my Dad and he and my boyfriend fixed that.  My Mom hauled some boxes out for me and mostly kept me company.  I had slipped in the water and banged my knee all up (this was Sunday and it's still bruised, swollen, and a little sore). Monday I came down with a nasty cold... I think it's a sinus infection. I'm prone to those and when weather changes or I'm around someone else who is sick, I seem to pick things up. We hung out with my cousin and her boyfriend for a bit Friday night...And she was sick.  I'm pretty sure I got it from her! I think I'm on the mend already though... I've been taking day and night cold medicine, allergy medicine, and zinc tablets. I feel better today than I did the last two days. My energy level is coming back and I don't seem to have a fever today. It was a low-grade fever but, man, that can really take it out of me! So, I'm glad I'm starting to feel better. I'm not 100% but there's a difference between yesterday and today.

I have a race coming up this weekend, a 10K, that I'm on the fence about doing currently. It's about an hour and a half away and we were going to go up Friday night then come home Saturday after the race.  With this knee injury and now being sick, I'm not sure. I am starting to feel better in both areas so I'm thinking I should still be able to do it. I am fully aware that it'll take me a lot longer than normal (my time would've been slower than my time last year anyway). I'll probably have to walk a good portion of it. My jog will be slow. You know what...? I'm okay with that. I'm sick. I'm injured. I'm not in the same shape I was a year ago. I haven't been able to train as much. I'm okay with not beating myself for once. It'll be nice just to get out and enjoy some fresh air in the morning...And what a good way to start the day - burning some calories, bonding with strangers.... Perfect morning! My boyfriend will have to sit and wait for me (or he will end up sleeping in while I'm at the event) so hopefully I'm not TOO slow.  I checked times for last year's event and it looks like quite a few people probably walked it or did a walk/jog mix. It took a handful of people over two hours to do the 10K. It took several between an hour and a half and two hours.  I may not be where I was last year and won't be able to finish it in just over an hour, but I'm confident that there will be some other walkers out there! SO, if I keep improving (in terms of the cold..I mean I do need to be able to breathe), I'll be going!

Exercise has not been up to par.  That's part of why I want to get my basement organized on Sunday... Then I'll be able to get back into my usual workout habits. Walks, jogs, and random moving things (seriously some of what can torch a lot of cals!) are good...and I'm moving, but I need to get back into it like I was before. I have not been as consistent or as intense. It's time.

Eating has been kind of all over the place.  I was doing really well and then as we got more into the move, I was eating like my boyfriend more than usual (take-out, chips, etc... NOT my usual). Last week I didn't have much of an appetite so that wasn't too terrible, but then the weekend wasn't so great because we ate out a lot. This week I haven't had much of an appetite because I haven't felt well, and I haven't had the energy to cook. So dinners have been weird... I've had popcorn or ice cream... Junk stuff but in small quantities. I'll say that the ice cream did feel really good on my sore throat though!! So I have to make a list out tonight and get some groceries this weekend! THAT was another thing - trying to stay healthy while finishing certain foods, not having everything unpacked... Yeah, eating out or easy things was super easy to do. I've had way too much pizza in the last month! Seriously, I think we had it once a week! That is not typical for me!

I'm happy to be getting things settled now... The house, the groceries. It was way too easy for me to get off-track with everything during the move because the other options were "easier." I guess I was so tired from back and forth drives and everything else I was trying to do that I didn't really care to put my usual effort into things. I'm darn lucky I didn't turn into a big blimp!!! I did gain back the few pounds I'd lost before though, so that's not good. I guess I should be happy that it wasn't more. And hey, here I am with a plan and ready to spring into action! I cannot wait to get everything done and get back on track. Meanwhile, I'll keep doing random things and walking... I plan on walking tomorrow with my cousin and I'm going to see if my boyfriend wants to go for a walk tonight. It's been gorgeous out this week so I think that the change in weather is really helping me to want to get back into it... Especially now that I'm feeling better!! I don't want to just lay on the couch and sleep... I feel rested and want to go move a little!

Hope you are all doing well... I'm glad to be back and getting into my usual routine again!



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