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Goodbye Ohio

Thursday, August 30, 2012

So we did it, we moved out of our Ohio townhouse. It's a strange feeling to be in limbo between places but we are thankful we finally got everything packed up in Ohio and into storage for around a month or so. We have no idea how long because we are still waiting to hear if we got the house we put in for an application and paid $60 to get. (yep, you have to pay to put in an application that is non-refundable) Praying we get it so we don't have to worry as much.

Right now we are staying with my parents in Michigan before we drive down to Virginia, our new home state, in about a month. It's crazy moving, and incredible stressful. For now we are shutting off utilities and trying to get an extended hotel in VA. It would totally be nice to have family there so we wouldn't have to worry about all this craziness, but at least we are getting some support from my husband's new company. Just wish it were less difficult...

So, right now even though we are totally freaking out and stressing, I'm trying to get our lives back in order a little. I can't even remember the last time I ran but yesterday I made sure I took the furry baby out on a walk. We walked for maybe 30 minutes in total. Plus, I have been helping around my parents house with cleaning and other yard work for a little sweat session. Hoping to get back into exercise again once things settle down (such as those little butterflies in my stomach). Additionally I went to a local farmer to get some fresh vegetables for dinner last night for everyone, made a large grilled salad and homemade apple pie. Okay, so maybe the apple pie wasn't exactly that healthy but it was vegan and was made with apples from the Ohio farm. It's healthier than the other stuff they seem to eat in my family. I can't remember really but I don't believe my family ever ate as many pre-packaged snacks and meals as they do now. It's difficult being in my family house now (not only because of stress) but because they always have junk food sitting around the house. It's temptation house! But so far I haven't done too bad...

My question is: What do you do when you are moving and there is a lot of stress? We want to keep healthy even if our bodies are taking a slam due to the stress. Suggestions?

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2WHEELEDSHARON 8/30/2012 12:40PM

    Moving is stupidly stressful. I hope you get the house lickety split.
When I moved my packaged-food-loving-parents from Buffalo to Indiana a few years ago, I did my best with what they ate, but no matter what else we had to do, I had a very strict exercise schedule that everyone knew they weren't allowed to mess with. Because we were moving, I think I focused on yoga and cardio but no ST. I don't know if any of that would work for you, but I remember how much it helped my sanity. I hope you keep yours!

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NATPLUMMER 8/30/2012 10:45AM

    Fingers are crossed!!
I'm glad you got out for a walk, that had to have helped a little bit.
The last time I moved, I had injured my back (not from moving) and couldn't do much. I tried to take as many walks as I could, though.

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KKKAREN 8/30/2012 9:54AM

    I feel your stress, I'm trying to make a move from FL to CA. Lining up an apartment, moving stuff and getting myself and my two cats out there is stressful. I'd say eat as healthy as you can and get as much exercise as you can to keep the stress down.

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Back from Hawaii and Moving!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hello everyone! I'm so thrilled to be back online and here at Spark. I hope all of you have stuck with me and will continue to cheer me on through my weight loss journey. It's been very stressful the last few months as my husband has had two companies urging him to work for them. While it's a blessing and we're incredibly thankful, it is stressful trying to decide which one to go for since they are on different parts of the nation. One was in California, which I have always wanted to move to ever since I was young. The second one was in Virginia, a place we have visited and enjoyed. My husband finally after months of hectic conversations and mulling over which one to chose finally chose right before we went to Hawaii. In Hawaii, my Japanese sister got married and we had a wonderful time celebrating with my Japanese family and new "in-laws". When we got back, my husband finally sent out a signed contract and now we are moving to VA. Right now we are having numerous problems trying to find a rental house that is a nice quality but not over priced. Apparently the realtors we talked to said that there was a million available last month and this month there is nothing. Even the towhouse and apartments are all taken up - never even heard of that, yikes!

So, that's my life in a small paragraph as of this summer. We haven't had much of a summer let alone have I been working out like normal for this time of year. But, I am hoping if we can find a house and finally move (which has to be done by the 31st of this month), I will be less stressed and my headaches will go away.

I hope everyone will stick with it through my non-correspondence, I cherish everyone's support through it all. Plus, I can't wait to read what I have been missing with all of you. For now though, I'm off to run in the sunshine before it gets cold again.

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SOKKERNUT 8/20/2012 11:25AM

    emoticon back. Good Luck with the house hunt and the move to VA.
emoticon on continuing your staying in shape and on track.

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    Welcome back - hope the move goes smoothly.

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WENDYJM4 8/18/2012 8:53PM

    hope you find somewhere to live soon. Good luck

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NATPLUMMER 8/18/2012 8:30PM

    Welcome back! Good luck with the house hunting.

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JESPO1800 8/18/2012 5:17PM

  August is a hard time because college students take up a lot of rentals but you will find something. Its great that all these new and exciting things are going on in your life though. Change is great. Best of luck! emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 8/18/2012 5:08PM

    I hope you enjoy your new home and I'm sure before long you'll have an actual house to make your home. Keep on sparking!

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Strong Thursday

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Today has been a challenge over myself and struggles with the weight scale. I woke up this morning to check my weight. Yeah, I do it everyday but it's more of a motivational thing instead of personal torture (well, most of the time). This morning it hit me hard though seeing that I had gained another pound this week! That's about 5-6 pounds in the last few months. And yes, my pants are a bit tighter... It's frustrating.... I've kept with my casual counting calories and also working out at least 3-5 times a week of moderate/intensive workouts.

At first I was really grouchy with the world and my poor husband... No one ever said a person that is trying to lose pounds is always the most pleasant to be around and my hubby got the grunt of it this morning. Poor guy. So, I pouted for a while this morning as I was getting some work done. Thankfully I got myself out of it and went to work out at the gym like normal. I ran more than I have in a few weeks seeing that I was so determined. Hopefully it's natural and okay to cater to my anger in such a way. (I used to abuse exercise to get rapid weight loss in college.) It felt great though to workout and run 5.5 miles. In fact I wanted to go more but unfortunately the gym was getting busy and I didn't want to hoard the treadmill. I then lifted weights, lunges, situps and etc for about 25 minutes. Finally I went home with a smile on my face.

What do you all do with your anger at the weight scale?

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NATPLUMMER 6/15/2012 12:59PM

    Yay for a great run!!! That'll help :-)

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/14/2012 9:56PM

    Ellipticize it out. Since it zens me out, I let myself do it longer when I know I need the zen, but not a whole hour all the time. Yay for smiles on the face! Hope you continue to feel better.

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Amazing Weekend

Monday, June 11, 2012

Such a great weekend! I'm finally feeling better and hoping to get a good week of workouts put into place. This weekend wasn't that bad though, no running but definitely fun workouts. Saturday the hubby and I went ahead and got out the dusty bikes. The furry baby in a dog backpack on my back and we were off to do 2.5 hours of biking while garage sale shopping. Hooray! Then Sunday it was really hot and humid, so we went again with the furry baby on my back and took to the forest for art carved into stones. Hiking with a 9 pound pooch on the back is a little harder than it sounds... It was great!

We also did a lot of picnic eating with fresh, raw vegan salads from Oh She Glows Website and other vegan delights.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Here's to the new week! emoticon

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WENDYJM4 6/11/2012 8:32PM

    awesome photos. great weekend.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 6/11/2012 1:18PM

    Awesome pics! Your food looks delicious and your hiking pics are so cool!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/11/2012 12:03PM

    All of it is beautiful! Have a fun week!

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NATPLUMMER 6/11/2012 11:04AM

    Looks like a great weekend!!

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    great pics,.. glad you had a great weekend

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Did it - then Ate it

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Today I had another difficult day of not feeling the best. I'm not sure if it's the combination of everything that I had this week or lack of sleep but it was hard to stay awake this morning. Thankfully I work from home so I could take a cat nap (or nanny nap) and get refreshed a little to make it through the entire day. Not much work got done but I think it was worth it.

This afternoon I went ahead and got myself to the gym. I ran 3 miles at about 11min/mile pace (very slow) and then stopped there. I didn't want to overdo it but I knew I had to get some form of workout in. I've been feeling sluggish and sometimes a good sweat session does the job. Strange how I think that now that I've falling in love with working out... haha The run was at least better than yesterday (which I forgot to mention was National Running Day).

Tonight the hubby and I went shopping for groceries and found some fun things. I hope to write about them soon. Then we got home and I shredded some veggies for a nice raw vegan dinner that was simply amazing! I highly suggest it! It's from g living and can be found here: The
. Trust me, the sauce make the difference! (I'm sad though because it used up the rest of my nutritional yeast and the store didn't have any again! I was planning on making some more salads with it this week - whimper)

I've run out of time to post photos of meals but I hope to do it tomorrow. Sorry about the delay. Hope you all had a great day!

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NATPLUMMER 6/8/2012 12:20PM

    11 min/mile isn't that slow.
Anything with garlic and tahini is great in my book!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 6/7/2012 9:02PM

    I think napping is an important task. Congrats on finding some workout mojo.

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