Monday, September 10, 2012
Hello Everyone, Happy Monday! Today was my husband's first day at his new job! Hooray! It's a large change for him going from government work at NASA to the private sector. For me it was the first day being a housewife/freelancer from our hotel room. We have three weeks in this hotel room but I'm not complaining because it is pleasant. The only thing I fear is that I might get too spoiled and not want to leave. Everything went really good today and I was surprised that I got a lot done even though I didn't have too much to do. We only have one car right now, so in this transitional change, I am stuck at the hotel all day long. But, don't fear there is a gym, pool, spa, large grassy area outside, television and even wi-fi. So I'm all setup for the next few weeks. We'll see what I'm feeling after a week or two. The kitchen is a help though so we can eat healthy and not eat out for dinner every day; that would be so tough.
We got up early and went downstairs to breakfast - continental. I have to say that I was hungry and nervous all at the same time and the food got the best of me. I ate vegan options (I checked last time we were here) but not the healthiest.
Breakfast: Coffee, 1/2 waffle, 1 medium banana muffin, and some OJ.
Snack: Mac apple (so little!) and some tea
Lunch: (again bad) Thai summer roll (contains raw lettuce, carrots, a little rice noodle) with a little sweet thai sauce and a donut. (gasp!)
Snack: banana and green tea
Dinner: To be determined still but I did make an raw Aztec Salad to either go in burritos or on top of a mixed bed of organic salad.
Snack: Probably more tea and possibly popcorn if we are wanting more.
Exercise: 3 mile run on treadmill, numerous times up and down 3 flights of stairs to take furry baby outside, carrying laundry to and from laundry facility in our hotel, and maybe some swimming tonight (depending on how tired the hubby is).
Enjoyment: Sitting in the sunshine reading for just less than two hours! Can't believe I have more time now that I don't have to clean the house. (Plus the hubby is on 9 hour days now instead of 8)
This last weekend we toured the gorgeous downtown of Fredericksburg, VA. We went to an Episcopal church on sunday but then walked around a bit checking out the stores again. It was really nice. Then in the afternoon we went to Lee's Campaign trail and hiked a little with the furry baby. I can't believe we get to live in this amazing place! I just love walking the streets (okay that sounds bad but still) while listening to all the foreign languages of visitors. Here are some photos:
Friday, August 31, 2012
Hello Everyone! Twice in one week, impressed, I know... We are still living the life of the "homeless" lifestyle at my parents house in Michigan. Today is our one week countdown before we make the official move to VA! Hooray! It's been one week since I left OH and a few days since we moved our things into storage. As an update, we finally sent in our request for an extended stay hotel of two choices to our relocation company. Feels so good to finally have two options for a hotel for about a month. Just in case you didn't know, we are moving into a hotel for about one month before we get into a house. We also have a house that we have put in for and paid but are still awaiting the lease paperwork from our realtor. It's a small house with no garage but it is in a gated community that has a private gym for only $100 a year per person. Hopefully that's a good price, haven't had to pay for a gym in about five years. Thrilled to get in there in October though and start up. Our two hotel choices do have a private gym also, so thrilled to have this option to get started once we get down there.
As far as food, we are still eating vegan and trying to eat healthy. I do have to say though healthy options are hard to come by in my parents household. They do not eat on a three course meals a day - so it's hard to remember to keep to our schedule. I don't know how they survive on eating off schedule and the pre-packaged meals that they dine on daily. I can tell why their health is not optimal now. It just reminds me that I want to be healthy and lighter so that is pushing me to keep with my lifestyle and not falling into the healthy habits again of my juvenile years.
Exercise has been difficult too since I'm cleaning like a crazy lady lately. I've been trying to keep up on housework at my parents house even though no one else seems to care about sanitation. Maybe I'm just a clean freak, I do not know... haha But, I am making my husband and furry baby go out at least once a day for about a mile walk. I hope to start running again but with the stress I don't want to over do it. Hopefully we can get the lease papers on the house rental and just get everything setup finally to reduce stress.
What's your favorite exercise during stressful times?
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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