Tuesday, January 14, 2014
My live has undergone a slew of changes since I last blogged:
*I am now living in Seattle, Washington
*I have a new job
*I have gained 15 lbs
*I am in a new Army unit
*I'm living alone until my husband can join me here
*My son will be graduating & joining the Air Force in May
*I am starting counselling
In some ways I almost feel like I've been hanging on by a thread in the last few months. I've been out here all by myself except for 2 weeks at Christmas, feeling lost, floundering and just not coping well. So I am fighting to get myself back on an even keel until a new normal can be established once Mark gets out here.
It's been very very hard and I am just now starting to feel like I have a grip. Getting my eating, especially in the evenings, under control has been awful. I also am having to restart my excercise program under very different conditions.
Before, I got off at 4:30 and was home by 5, leaving me plenty of time to work out, spend time with family, etc. And now I'm living alone and feeling like I barely have time to fit everything else in, let alone working out. Weekends that I have Army drill are a challenge too... they basically have me working a stretch of very long days, 12 in a row. My normal day here has me up at 6 and not home until 6... it's a long day.
Despite all that, I really do love it up here. It's fun and exciting to be in a new city. I even ran my first 5K in December, The Ugly Sweater Dash. It was a blast and I met some really nice people. My next race is scheduled for 26 December at Seward Park. My goal is to run some sort of race, fun or competetive every month this year. I will be running the Go Girl Run back in Missouri when I am home in May.
So it's a lot going on. I'm trying to get back into journalling, tracking, excercising and all the things that I know work to get this 15# off!
Thursday, August 29, 2013
So much has been going on, blogging has been kind on the back burner lately. Writing much of anything anywhere has been on the back burner.
I had interviews with the Seattle/King County Department of Health Monday this week and the Washington County DHHS (Oregon) on Tuesday. I think both of the interviews went well. So now I am just waiting to see if I get a job offer in the first instance or a call for a 2nd interview in the latter. I don't know how this is going to go exactly, but I do feel like I will be moving soon. The coincidences and synchronicity surrounding all this has been really weird. Things just falling into place... I "feel" the movement, if that make any sense at all. My mind is just wrapped up thinking about what to pack and finding an apartment, etc. But the reality is that I don't know until I hear something.
So I am having to adopt what I am calling the Peace of Patience:
I have never been good at waiting and having patience with the process that must unfold in its own time. In the meantime, I try to breathe deep, swallow hard and run... run a lot.
I am really doing better at getting back on track after kind of a crappy summer. I was really sparked by about 10 days of 70 degree weather in Missouri in August... I was getting out and really enjoying it... but then August came back... we are currently humid and in the upper 90s, which means I cannot get out. I had a heat injury in 2007, so I am very heat sensitive. Despite all my complaints about cold runs this year, I would much prefer a cold run to a hot one.
So I had good week/bad week/good week... this being the 3rd one there. Despite just having the treadmill, I am making the best of it and working back up slowly from some great 6+ mile courses during the cool week. Part of what made last week so bad was my treadmill getting computer alzheimer's.... the nice tech guy helped me fix it, so all is well in my happy treadmill land again. Of course, after that, my fitbit lost its mind, but they are sending me a new one free as a replacement... that is customer service.
So I run, breathe, swallow hard and run... and do my best to practice the Peace of Patience.
I am also excited to be volunteering for the Heart of America marathon on Labor Day, right here in Columbia. Later in September, I will be volunteering for the Tough Mudder. I like giving back to those who have made my enjoyable runs happen. My last run in Columbia (if I get one of the jobs) will be either the College Ave. 1 miler or the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. I am just waiting until later to sign up since I really don't know where I will be.
Saturday I am going to the Bethel MO World Sheep Festival! Wonderful wool and BAH!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
I know I haven't blogged for 2 months, I can hardly believe that. I feel like I fell off the wagon and then got run over by it, and backed over by it.... repeatedly. I was so crazy busy for most of the last 2 months...it's unreal.
The first half of June was Army Annual Training and then I was back home and things were insanely busy with disease cases and other health department things... and some very very sick people. July was continuing at a similarly busy pace and then I went to a weeklong Disaster Response training in Alabama that was amazing! I finally have some breathing room, back to regular life... as regular as it ever gets around here.
But of course, I am potentially about to really play snowglobe with my life... a really amazing job opportunity has opened up in the suburbs of Portland, OR. I want this job. It is perfect, exactly what I'm doing now but at nearly 2X the pay in the area that we want to relocate to. So even though Portland is more $$ than Missouri, It will still be a 25% increase in pay.
So, today, I ran the Show Me States Games 5K. My time was about 34:15. It was far from my best, but I have been trying to get my mojo back over the past month and last week was actually the best I have had in working out consistently and eating within calories for the past couple of months. Too much busy, too much sick & tired all really added into a downward spiral of bad eating and not working out enough. Somehow, though, I didn't gain weight.
I was feeling the desire to go out and run... but my body just kept saying "you didn't train enough". I feel good that I didn't walk 2/3 of the race like I did in June, when I REALLY wasn't feeling it. I'm making that my low point.
So going forward... Turtles in Peanut Butter!!
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I am still feeling good. Got out yesterday for a long walk with my walking buddy Jasmine. It was nice to just walk easy and not feel pushed or rushed. I brought the coffee and we both brought companionship & conversation. It was an easy near 4 miles on one of the prettiest trails in town.
I have settled on my first half marathon as the Go Girl Run here in town next Memorial Day Weekend. I think I needed that goal in my mind... I am still trying to find the 10K I plan to run in this fall... and I'd like to find a 10 miler in between that and the half. So I have a year... and will run, barring any injuries. If something prevents me from running, I will volunteer. I find the racing community vibrant and supportive, hardly a group of happier people have I ever met with... except maybe here on SP!
I have been doing well staying buckled in, calorie and exercise wise the last few days. Hubby and I have a date tonight, but I think chicken and veggie skewers are in my future.
Be well all!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
I just did the 5K yesterday and yet I rested most of the day today and just had to get on the TM tonight. I did a 4 mile training run with 0.24 mile warm up & cool down. After a week plus of being quite under the weather, it was really hard, but I got up and made it happen.
My biggest thing to doing a 10K at this point is getting my endurance for longer runs up I think. I plan to run one sometime after September. I am looking at one in November that will benefit the local food bank, something hubby and I have long supported.
My training will be rather off the next few weeks since I will be off doing Army things.
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