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Back home . . . for now

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thankfully, my flights up & back went smoothly. No blizzards, no dipping into the Hudson. While it was one of the coldest weeks of the winter, I'd invested a LOT of money in winter clothes during the sales of December, and it paid off. I didn't mind the cold, even when walking outside for almost an hour. Now, how I'll feel about it when I've already endured a few months of it . . . that's a different story. It's easy to endure a little cold when you don't have to walk the dogs, shovel the walk & driveway, and you know you'll be coming back to warm weather.

We made an offer on a house yesterday; it was accepted. Of course it can all still fall through, but I'm hoping it won't. I'm a homebody, and I want to be settled. I am also praying that we are able to either rent or sell this house quickly. It's hard; we have lived here a long time (15 years in this house, almost 17 years in Austin), and I've been very happy here.

The good news is that I can relatively easily envision walking the dogs in our new neighborhood, if we do get the house. A few of the houses we looked at had such narrow streets, further narrowed by all the snow, that I was really kind of in despair.

They say that moving is one of the most stressful things you can go through. It's doubly hard when you're leaving a place you love for a place you really don't want to live in.

Still, there are positives too. I'll be closer to my parents, and they're not spring chickens anymore. The summers will be much easier (with of course the winters being much harder). Fall will be beautiful. Contrary to popular opinion, we do have fall here, but it's much more muted. It's much easier to travel somewhere by car, whereas here if you want to go on vacation, you often have to fly. NYC isn't really quite close enough for a day trip -- you can do it, but it makes for a really long day -- but still, we can get there by train instead of having to fly. Maybe I'll finally be able to take more advantage of my parents' timeshare in Manhattan! It's been almost 7 years, and I miss it.

One of my SP buddies recently blogged about change being good. I'm trying to embrace this, truly I am. Sometimes it's hard, though, of course. I know the next few months will be hard on my healthy lifestyle, but I also know how much better I look and feel, and I'm determined to try my best, and that's all anyone can do.

My parents haven't seen me since I truly began losing weight, and I haven't told them about it. They will be very pleasantly surprised, and that's even more motivation to hang onto my healthy habits as much as possible in the upcoming turmoil.

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JUDITH1654 1/22/2009 10:49AM

    Sounds like you are handling things beautifully. LIke you, I am a homebody...have been in my house 31 years! I hate moving, too. But you seem to be taking everything in stride and making the most of it. Good for you!!! emoticon It's hard but you've got lots of support here on SP!

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MTER67 1/22/2009 8:27AM

    Wow, have I fallen behind! Back from your trip already? Made an offer on a house? Wow, again.

I know how you feel about moving. I read somewhere that every 3 moves with the military is the equivalent of a house fire when you add up the amount of damage and loss that occurs. That seems a little extreme to me, but relocating is definitely an upheaval. I have never lived anywhere as long as you have, but no matter how long you have been in a place, you have to find a new dentist, hair stylist. You have to learn the roads, meet the neighbors, develop a new routine. It is sad and a little scary, but it is also an adventure, and an opportunity to reinvent yourself a bit.

I wish you all the best with this move. I bet you will settle in and love your new place before you know it. I am probably going to be in the same boat this summer b/c my husband is up for orders.

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Winter exercise for the dogs

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yesterday I got in enough exercise to make up for this weekend. I did Zumba, then headed out for a long walk, basically circling around most of the apartment complex again and again. DH was working from home.

Today was a bit more challenging, because it's a little icy out there, just from snow thawing, refreezing, thawing, refreezing, and so on. I cut my outside walk short. I need about another 1200 steps today, but I'm going out to take a second, closer look at the 3 houses we're most interested in in a little while.

I know I can get in the exercise just for me -- in addition to my exercise DVDs, I also have a little-used (now, I used it a lot prior to the dogs) treadmill. But just how am I going to walk the dogs every day? How do you people who live in the frozen north walk your dogs?

I know a lot of people just don't, but the dogs and I are used to walking twice every day. The cold hasn't really bothered me much -- surprising, considering the difference between here & TX (altho it was in the 30s when I left TX, which probably helps).

There are no streets with sidewalks here. It's an old city, and the streets are narrow. Even if there were sidewalks, they'd probably be icy. The dogs need their walks just as much as I do!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/20/2009 9:07PM

    I'm not sure how cold winter is up there but it is freezing 8 months of the year up here. I have 2 dogs and my older big dog loves winter - but he has the fur. My lil' guy not so much - he has hair and not fur, so there is not much warmth there.

The picture of your doggies on your Sparkpage looks like they are little guys, so they will probably need extra protection and only walked on warmer winter days. My lil guy doesn't like to go out in the -30 celcius cold for no more than a few seconds, just to do his business....but when it warms to -10 to -15 celcius, he stays out a bit longer.

Your lil' walking buddies will probably need coats (to keep them warmer) and boots (to protect their feet from sharp ice, freezing and salt). I have boots for my lil' guy and they have a protective nonslip sole - it's kind of like rubber. But watch them closely and see how they react to the cold, especially if they are not use to freezing tempatures, they may not want to go for walks in the winter.

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Food isn't sweet salvation

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Change is hard. Change is stressful. Sometimes changes just sideblinds you. It's easy to try and comfort yourself with food. Thankfully, with rare exceptions, I am way past trying to comfort myself with food. Because I know that my problems will still be there whether I weigh 300 lbs or not, and that if I did allow myself to eat in response to stress, not only would I still have my problems, I'd have all the problems associated with being overweight, too.

I came up to NY because we thought we'd found a house to rent that would meet most of our criteria and allow all the animals. Only they decided not to rent their house after we'd booked the flight.

So we've been house hunting. We haven't found any rentals that really seem suitable. We were leaning towards buying a house, and there are some possibilities. Everything is much more expenisve up here -- everything! -- which is very frustrating, but we've found a few we think we can afford and are going to look at more today.

In some ways it's a great time to buy a house, in other ways not so much. My husband's assignment is temporary, and we don't know where we'll end up in 2 years, plus we have the house in Austin to either rent or sell is this terrible market.

Right before going to bed last night, my husband found out his company is laying off 900 people and are going to cut the pay of the rest. Which throws a monkey wrench into everything, to say the least. The prospect of buying a house and moving cross country is scary at the best of times, even more so when you don't know if you'll have a job.

It would be easy to turn to food to comfort myself. Thankfully, I don't have the slightest inclination to do so. I am so much happier being thinner. And I want to get to my goal weight. I have more energy and more confidence being thinner.

Exercise is a much, much better antidote to stress. Unlike food, it actually makes you feel better. Only yesterday the high was 10 (it didn't actually feel that cold). Today it's snowing. Yesterday I got in a measly 3,000 steps -- not even quite that much, actually. I've never had such a low day since getting my pedometer! But I'd already planned to take a break from exercise this weekend; we have other things we just have to do.

I also have faith that one way or another, things will work out. We have our health, and that's so important. People face much worse things than we're going through. The uncertainty, which has actually been dragging on for years now, is a drag. But I know for sure that food won't cure it.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/18/2009 12:25PM

    Oh my, that is a lot of stress! Glad to hear you are not comforting yourself with food - that's great! Too bad about not being able to find a rental, especially if your DH's assignment is temporary one and with the market being so bad right now. I'm not sure what I would do in a case like that. It would be a tough decision. Do you have to move right now, or could you tough it out until you find a rental, or when the market improves?

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TMCH1512 1/18/2009 11:16AM

    emoticon Hang in there! Best of luck in your adventures!

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My traveling companions

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My flights were uneventful -- thankfully, after the plane that went into the Hudson! And while it's definitely cold, I was prepared for it and it's not that bad (as long as you're not walking dogs or shoveling).

I did well eating-wise. They served a small personal pizza and salad on the plane, and I got a veggie burger and a big cup of melon (which was surprisingly good) during my layover. So I got all my fruits & veggies in.

Today we're going house hunting. Maybe tomorrow as well. And I may go during the week. Plus we've got to get some food. I live essentially by myself, but my fridge is always packed -- and my husband, definitely living by himself, always has an empty fridge.

I've mentioned them before, but they bear mentioning again: my traveling companions, food. Usually I'll get a veggie or turkey sub to bring with me. I had a pretty good idea the meal would be a pizza -- and since the portion sizes on planes are always small, and I didn't have a lot of room, I decided to go with it. And didn't quite finish it. That's part of my plan for this week -- to leave just a few bites on my plate.

The rest of what I bring:


Cocoa, so I can make hot chocolate


If I'd had space, I would have brought baby carrots with me

Relatively low calorie chocolate bars with probiotics in them. Yummy!

These are pricey, but well worth it, I think. Because they have no preservatives they have to be refrigerated or they'll go moldy quickly. You can also buy a mix to bake them yourself, saving yourself some money. And www.dietdetective.com always has a 10% off coupon.

Luna bars & clif bars. Usually I bring mini versions, but for some reason I didn't this time.

Calcim never tasted better! This is one way I get my chocolate fix *and* my calcium.

BTW, I did get my 10,000 steps in yesterday -- just! 10,0001. Which just goes to show you how little moving you do traveling. It's hard to do a lot of walking when you're dragging around luggage.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/17/2009 12:13PM

    Sounds like you had a great day! And don't forget the 'strength training' you got in by carting around that luggage! lol.

Have fun - good luck with the house hunting!

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Proud of myself!

Friday, January 16, 2009

I leave shortly. Last night I made a goal of getting in 5,000 steps before I left. I got in almost 7,000. I got in my oils (it's a WW thing), one fruit, and one milk. Sadly, no veggies. Veggies will be hard today. I was going to bring carrots with me, but there's no room -- it's hard to pack light when you're going to such a cold place! I wanted to avoid checked baggage.

But, c'est la vie. I did good. I think I can afford a break this weekend, as long as I watch what I eat.

Stay warm, my friends!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 1/16/2009 9:19PM

    Have a great weekend JLITT62! You deserve a break! Have fun!

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STARTSPARKING 1/16/2009 10:50AM

    You did very well with your food and steps! Yes, you should be very proud of yourself! Have a wonderful weekend. emoticon

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