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Life is crazy busy!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Holy crap it's been a long time since my last blog. Finally have time (not really) to blog about what's happening.

We finished our basement and promptly put our house up for sale. We decided to move closer in toward DC, as my husbands commute was already horrible and was about to get worse. His office moved to Bailey's Crossroads, which is just dang difficult to get in and out of. So, we decluttered, and put the house on the market. And it sat on the market for what felt like forever, but truly was only a few weeks. We received a couple of offers on our house about 6 hours before we left on vacation for 3 weeks.

Yup... vacation... 2 weeks in Idaho and 1 week in Minnesota visiting family... should have been fun and relaxing, but dealing with negotiating on our house, my crazy aunt taking care of our house and pets and purchasing a home long distance (inspections, appraisals etc) ... we were a wee bit stressed out. And yes, we purchased a house long distance while we are on vacation. emoticon Who does that? We toured a bunch of houses with our Realtor on FaceTime, if you can believe that. Isn't it technology fabulous? We are closing on both homes on August 28th, less than 2 weeks away, and we have yet to see the new place. We know it has potential, but right now, it is ugly. Luckily we know how to remodel homes. Monday we will finally get to see it in person.

And it is all about location, location, location. It is an ugly fixer upper, but has potential. It is in a wonderful neighborhood, really good schools and less than 10 miles from my husbands office. And I get to design a new kitchen. emoticon That should be really fun. Well, with the exception of finding the closest grocery store, Costco and Target.

We will miss our wonderful next door neighbors, but truly looking forward to the move. A fresh new start, and hopefully a happier hubby with the shortened commute. A happier hubby with projects galore. emoticon

  
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KENDRACARROLL 8/20/2014 5:37PM

    How nice to hear from you, Julie :)
How exciting about the new house. It'll be so much fun fixing it up to your family's taste and liking.
I am a crazy commuter too, but my Los Angeles traffic is probably mild compared to DC. I spend about 3 hours in traffic every day and I'm looking to make a change as well.
Hey, don't forget to breathe in all this craziness.
Wishing you well, SparkFriend.

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ABAKER34 8/18/2014 10:07AM

    I also do the insane daily DC commute (I have a 65 mile commute each direction), so I completely understand where you are coming from. Congrats on your new home, and your husband will probably be in shock at first over the amount of stress that he has just unloaded off of his shoulders from having to sit it that traffic!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 8/17/2014 5:43PM

    WOW! What a cool way to buy and sell a house! I'm so glad you were able to sell your old house so quickly and find a fixer-upper you like! Wow! If you have time, can you share some of the crazy-aunt stories? And did I say WOW!

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Small Goals

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Today, just wanted to sit for 10 minutes and think. And this is what I thought:

Something is not working with what I'm doing (or not doing), and I need to go back to the basics and start small. Maybe take on the healthy habits one or two at a time until they stick, then add a new one. No big announcements, no huge plans. Small, manageable baby steps toward health and weight loss.

It seems like when I have these wonderful (and totally doable) plans for weight loss, I make my statements and then break the promise to myself within the hour.

Goals For January:
1. emoticon Walk (the dog) every day for 45 minutes (has to be done anyway, so maybe this shouldn't count)
2. emoticon Drink 90 oz of water per day (11 glasses - 1 - 8 oz glass per hour?)
3. emoticon Wii Zumba twice per week (Can I tell you though, the Zumba guy - he creeps me out completely!)

That's it. Once I get these habits down, it will be onto the next habit(s)...

  
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BOBINVA 1/23/2012 9:02PM

    I like that goal #4 to say hi to the rest of us. Keep sparking.

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KENDRACARROLL 1/19/2012 9:51PM

    Goal #4: log into SP every day and say hi.
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Ah, ja, the water habit...
I've been here for almost 5 years and I still don't have that one down.
Somehow I think I never will. But, it's not really a main focus for me.

Good deal though, pick a couple of small goals and run with it. It will all fall into place if you keep at it long enough.


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DETERMINEDJANET 1/18/2012 10:17PM

    Solid goals! You can do it!!!

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MHNGJR 1/18/2012 3:32PM

    emoticon should count even if you have to do it. You don't HAVE to go the whole 45 minutes but you will. emoticon

I've wondered if there is Zumba for the wii as that is my only option right now. Other than the creepy guy is it fun?

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Sabotage - October 3, 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

Sabotage, by definition is a deliberate action aimed at weakening another entity through subversion, obstruction, disruption, or destruction. Self sabotage then is just doing that to yourself.

I have been guilty of self-sabotage. I have been subverting my exercise, obstructing my journey, disrupting my schedule and destroying my diet. Not horribly, mind you, but I have been.

I have all these plans. I love the way thin feels and all that. But I have no follow thru. I really need to get fit, get ridding of my tummy. Lose 30-40 pounds.

I take my dog for a walk every day. But I havenít really been running, I have been walking. I make excuses: not wearing the right sports bra, didnít take my asthma medication, toe hurts blah blah blahÖ I bought a hula hoop, but didnít put it together until today. I have all sorts of exercise videos, Wii workout stuffÖ but not doing a single one. And I can tell Ė my body and my joints ache. Change in weather? Possible. Laziness? Definitely.

I talked about focusing on my diet. Yes, I eat mainly healthy. I love fruits and veggies. I eat mainly whole foods. But there are momentsÖ I want ice cream. I want dates (the fruit, but a date with my husband isnít so bad either). I want chocolate. Guess what? Last week, I had my period. So, I was grumpy and wanting the non-veggie, non-fruit type food even more.

I love water. I love drinking water. I love taking showers. Have I been drinking my water? Nope. Have I been showering every day? Nope.

There was a lot of other stuff happening last week also, not just the spark stuff. We had wonderful visitors from back home for a couple days and the visit was great. They left on Thursday. My husband left for a work trip on Thursday. Our new friends on our new street moved to Chicago on Thursday. Thursday was a difficult one.

SoÖ I was/am going through a little depression. Sabotage.

We just moved to Northern Virginia due to my husbandís job relocation. We left my family, our friends, the kidsí friends. We moved at the end of June. It is now the beginning of October. I still have rooms to organize. A few boxes left to unpack and put away. My plan was to work an hour in each room. One room per day, until it got done. Have I been doing it? Nope. Sitting on my derriere catching up on movies and tv shows that I really donít care about. Me. Really. Sabotage.

Have I been cooking healthy food for the kids? Yes. Have I been eating? No. Not hungry, unless it is really full of good and nummy Swiss chocolate. Luckily I donít have any in the house. But guess what? The scale was not my friend. Yes, it was THAT time of the month, but dangÖ I want to see some progress, even if I donít put all the effort that my body seems to require.

I have errands to do today. But I am waiting for a DHL delivery. Canít go into the shower, because I donít know when they are arriving. Canít go for a walk with the dog, because I donít know when they are arriving. Excuses. So, Iím blogging while catching up on TV shoes on Hulu. Fun, eh? Yes, laundry is going, beds are made, dishes are done, and the hula hoop is put together. But I am sitting on my derriere.

For now, I guess thatís enough. More to come. Hopefully I can kick my patootie and get back into my groove.

  
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YORKIE_GIRL 10/21/2012 7:02PM

    You're in the right place (SparkPeople). Sounds like you are about to turn a corner & start focusing on your health. I have confidence all will improve!

Here's a great motivational article http://www.dailyspark.com/blog.asp?
post=staying_motivated_tip_8_be
at_the_three_ps_of_failure

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KENDRACARROLL 10/22/2011 1:10PM

    Hi Julie, I'm late checking in. I read your blog when you posted it, but somehow never found the time to respond properly. (My life has been and continues to be a crazy mess. Actually, my son's life is the crazy mess, but as a mom I find myself right in the middle of my kid's screw-ups...)

I can only imagine that this move uprooted you somewhat terribly. And as moms we always make sure that our family is okay first, before we even begin to think about ourselves. I hope you've begun to find your bearings again.

How's the unpacking coming along? Maybe you can set your goal to 30 minutes instead of an hour. It's easier to get started if the time commitment is shorter.

Maybe joining a gym is not a bad idea. Great place to get your exercise, and you'll meet new people. Especially if you take a class: yoga, zumba, ...
Plus, it'll renew your sprits and get you out of the house. It's a win win win win!!!

Exercise is my #1 weapon to keep my sanity and keep my stress level down.

I do what you do when I get a bit depressed - I just sit and stare at the tube mindlessly. Netflix makes this even easier. Well at least I can now choose what I want to mindlessly watch... :)

Hope you're doing well.
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AGGIEGIRL95 10/14/2011 12:22AM

    I'm sorry you've had a tough time. Moving is hard. Friends moving is hard. Losing weight is tough. I pray you will be encouraged and find strength to move forward. emoticon

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BOBINVA 10/4/2011 4:57PM

    Sometimes when we do the rest follows. Don't give up. Keep doing. Build on your successes. Put it on your calendar and stick to it. I live in Northern VA and there are lots of gyms and boutique gyms. Find one and join. Get someone there to kick your butt into shape. Let me know how I can help.
Good to have you sparking.

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MHNGJR 10/4/2011 4:50PM

    Here's a patootie kick. emoticon I need one too. Just can't seem to keep my mouth closed. Doing lots of exercise, but eating anything easy to grab.

Here's to Wednesday. I eat only what I should, you try out that newly assembled hula hoop. Whatcha think??
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AJINMN 10/3/2011 2:37PM

    You will get back into your groove. Moving is tough. I gained weight with every move when I was younger. Now... I'm not moving off this farm until I'm so old my kids have to move me! Focus on what you really want to do and get that in check, then move on from there. You can do it!

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BONDMANUS2002 10/3/2011 1:03PM

  you will

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August 31, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Finally getting settled into our new home. Rooms are painted (only a couple left), furniture has been purchased and delivered, found the Costco, kids are registered for school... deep breathing has begun. Not everything is in Ordnung yet, but getting there.

We survived a tornado, record heat, earthquake and Hurricane Irene. emoticon Welcome to the neighborhood, I guess. emoticon

I sprained/broke my toe a few weeks back just going out to get the mail while barefoot, so I've been trying to get that to feel better. It was hard to walk around for awhile. Needless to say, I gained about 5 pounds (so bummed). Nothing like that to kick you in the patootie.

Haven't been running until today. emoticon
Haven't been counting calories until today. emoticon
Haven't been logging my fitness until today. emoticon
Haven't been logging my food intake until today. emoticon
Haven't been drinking all my water until today. emoticon
Today feels good. emoticon

I updated my main page a bit, changed my ticker and decided it is about time to be honest with myself and everybody here who wants to hear/see it.

School starts on Tuesday for our kidlettes here, and I cannot wait! I am so happy to have the ability to be selfish again. emoticon Selfish because I can really spend some focused time on me rather than kids and the house. emoticon

My goals for the next few (10) months are as follows:
- lose 5 pounds per month
- weigh myself only once per week
- drink 9+ glasses of water daily
- exercise minimum 30 minutes per day, preferably an hour
- complete my walk/run program (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
- add strength training and yoga into my routine (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
- maintain my momentum and increase my desire to have fun and be healthy
- blog at least once per week updating my accomplishments
- keep FLYing
- increase positive self talk, decrease negative self talk (it's one of my talents)
- be accountable

Thank you for reading. Please feel free to check up on me - I would appreciate it greatly.

  
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ANNIESADVENTURE 9/15/2011 11:49AM

    You've been doing a lot. Now time to get back to you. You have a plan and some very good goals. Hope your toe is feeling better now.
Annie

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KENDRACARROLL 9/1/2011 12:17PM

    Hi Julie, glad you're pretty much settled in.

No back to school for me this year. My trouble child is out of high school and only does one class at the local college currently. Hey, gives him more time to get into more trouble...

Enjoy your me time! Your goals look great.

One question though: How do you increase your desire to have fun?

Have a super day my friend.



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KINSBAILE 8/31/2011 2:38PM

    You are awesome, thank you for your wonderful post on my page!

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MHNGJR 8/31/2011 2:03PM

    I love TODAY because it's always a fresh start. So sorry about your toe. Amazing how such a small part of your body can cause so much trouble. I'll be here cheering you on and checking in with you. Loved seeing "Ordnung" in your blog. I needed the routine of school to get back into the Spark swing too.
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June 3, 2011 - boy, time sure flies

Friday, June 03, 2011

Hmmmm... haven't blogged in a while. almost 6 months. Lots of changes!

Yes, we sold our house - took about 10 days. emoticon. The couple that purchased our home came over a few times to show family members etc... weird, but alright. We closed on the sale toward the end of February. Moved into my parent's home (while they were in Mexico) and settled right in. Kids got to sleep on a sleep number bed, while I was stuck in an unfinished basement on an air mattress and then a futon (friends took pity on me).

We didn't end up purchasing the "white" house... I was getting nervous about not hearing from their bank for months on end, so we just let the contract expire. We did find a nice house, traditional sale, in a great neighborhood in Virginia. Kids will be attending a brand new school in fall (so ALL of the kids will be new, not just mine!!).

My husband left for Virginia mid-March for work. It's been ok without him here, but I truly miss him. Kids and I flew out there over spring break to visit and explore DC, and then he flew home for a week for our sons birthday and Mother's day. But that's been it. Talking on the phone is difficult. DC is one hour ahead of us and he works all day... by the time he can call home, I'm getting the kids ready for bed. Not a lot of personal conversing going on. Miss it.

All this is coming to an end. School is out June 9th, Hubby comes back on the 17th, soccer is done June 18th, Father's day is June 19th and then BOOM!! Moving across country. I'm looking forward to being together as a family again and making our new house a home.

With regards to SparkPeople... yeah... I've been a bum. I drink my water, but don't track food or workouts most days. I haven't weighed myself in over 6 MONTHS. Clothing still fits, so I guess that is good. They are not too big, so I guess I haven't lost much weight. emoticon. I am driving 25 minutes out to take our dog for a walk every day, and then driving another 20 minutes back to clean the kitty litter at another home. I do also go to a gym, but only once in awhile. My days are busy, so I don't make the time every day. I get the walk in with the dog, which is my activity. Plus, running around with the kids after school...

So that's where I am at. Waiting for our big move across the country. I do need to focus on my life/weight. I do eat mainly healthy, and I'm active... I just need to focus more on it than I have been. So that is my goal this summer.

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PRETTYLILY10 6/23/2011 11:55AM

  Hi Julabelle, I am just now getting back on track again after a longggg hiatus. I signed up to a half-marathon so I would have something to work for. I will keep you in my prayers as you sound like you have soooo much going on. Do take care of YOURSELF! Thank you for sharing!


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MHNGJR 6/4/2011 1:56PM

    So glad to hear what's up. Been wondering how house and move have gone. Hoping the transition to the new home and area goes well. As well as the readjustment to a two parent home. emoticon

Sounds like you've been doing good maintaining. Cut yourself some slack in the coming months for transition time.

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KENDRACARROLL 6/3/2011 10:47AM

    How exciting that it's almost time for your family to reunite. Bet that was a bit tricky having DH so far away from home. Check back sometime when you have a minute and let us know how you're settling in. I think this is the perfect time to move when you have kids. Gives them time during the summer to get used to the new surroundings and maybe make some new friends. Enjoy your adventure! (I've been in this old house for going on 20 years - but I love this old house :))

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