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Thursday, September 18, 2014

That's what I'll be! I went a bit crazy yesterday and registered for a ton of shorter races! At this point I have a race every weekend (except 1) through October and November! Check it out:

5 - Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ
-- walking this with my parents and brother to honor my mom, and then spending the day at the amusement park afterwards

11 - Spooky Sprint 5k, Somerville, NJ

19 - Atlantic City Half Marathon, Atlantic City, NJ

25 - Monster Bash 5k, Point Pleasant, NJ

1 - Beauty and the Beach 5 mile run, Long Branch, NJ

8 - Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton, NJ

15 - nothing (so far)

22 - South Amboy YMCA 5k Family and Fun Run, South Amboy, NJ

29 - Westfield 5 Mile Turkey Trot, Westfield, NJ

**Right now, I am trying to decide whether to go to Philly on November 15 and run the Rocky Balboa 10k. The race medal looks really neat, but it starts at 8am-ish and thats a bit of a drive early in the morning, so I am still thinking about it.

BUT how awesome?! Two half marathons; 3 5ks; and 2 5-milers - plus a 2.5 mile walk for the Race for the Cure. I will definitely be taking advantage of the wonderful fall racing weather once I get back to NJ. And since most of them are short races, I think it will be really fun! I am excited :)

Last night I got in a strenght training workout for the first time in a long time. I set myself up with a nice 4-day split to get back into the strength training. I used to love my 4-day split program - like back in the day pre-Air Force. So I'm trying it again.

Monday - legs
Tuesday - chest & triceps
Wednesday - shoulders & abs
Thursday - back & biceps

I did shoulders and abs yesterday and I was impressed I could shoulder press with 15lb dumbbells! But I was disappointed in my core strength. Leg raises on the captains chair were brutal, and they used to be so easy! Even planks were difficult! But glad I got it done. I finished up my workout with 20 minutes on the recumbent bike, and surprisingly, my quads are feeling sore this morning! Looking forward to my back & bi workout this afternoon and a short 3 mile run afterwards.

I've got a meeting this morning and I need to wear my blues for it, but I ripped my panty hose so I am sitting in my other uniform right now but will be heading out to buy new panty hose and get changed before my meeting. Hoping the meeting isnt stressful and is quick. It's my last official "meeting" in a work capacity. Tomorrow is trial prep in the morning and what I think will be my last therapy appointment in the afternoon (though I am considering getting a therapist when I move back to NJ in case I struggle with the transition). And next week is court.

Tonight I am going to stop by the dance studio I took classes at the past year so I can see all the girls one more time before I leave. *bittersweet* And my friend/coworker in California is flying in tonight for the trial next week also so I am looking forward to catching up with him.

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MBTEPP 9/19/2014 11:48AM

    Racing Machine is right!

Rock on!

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CARADAWN 9/18/2014 4:39PM

    You are going to be one busy girl in October and November! I hope you kick but at every race emoticon

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CHEMCHIC2006 9/18/2014 2:32PM

    That's a lot of races! Are you still planning on running Disney in January?

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EDENZMOM 9/18/2014 12:03PM

    that sounds like quite the next couple of months, and a ton of fun :) enjoy it

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Movers, Teaching, and Half vs. Full

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What a busy past few days!!! On Friday the movers came to my house and boxed up all of my stuff. They showed up just before 8am (their arrival window was between 8-10) and I really appreciated that they showed up on time! It was two women and they were SUPER efficient! They only took one break, and were finished around 2:30pm. But since they only boxed my stuff up, I had to keep it in the house all weekend. I tried to get rid of as much stuff as I could after they left - like stuff they couldnt take from the pantry. Even though I didnt do much all day, I was still pretty exhausted. I think my stress level was just very high. I checked into temporary on-base lodging around 4pm and got myself situated. I have to say, the AF is treating me well considering I'm leaving for good in 2 weeks! My temporary lodging is basically a 2 bedroom apartment. I have a nice sized master bedroom with a 3-door closet and flat screen tv. There is a second bedroom wiht two twin-size beds (I'm not sure I've even walked into that room at all!). A full size kitchen with a stove and oven, microwave, full-size fridge, and a dishwasher! It also has dishes, utensils and cooking stuff, too. I have an in-unit stackable washer and dryer. And a bathroom with a nice-sized bathtub! I really cannot complain at all. Its way more room than I was expecting, or that I needed. Truth be told, I've really only been spending time in the master bedroom!

I do have quite a lot of stuff so I am slowly repacking things and figuring out what I can continue to mail back to my parents.

I went to sleep relatively early on Friday night since I had to run 18 miles on Saturday. It was pretty chilly Saturday! I got out for my run around 9:30am and it was only 45 degrees out! I wore compression shorts, knee high socks, a tank top, and a sheer 3/4 length sleeve top over that. I felt good temperature-wise for the first 10 miles. It was boring, but I was keeping a good pace. I probably should have taken off my sheer top afte 10 miles because it quickly warmed up after that and by mile 15 I felt severely over-heated. I fueled really well, I thought, but at 16 miles I just gave up. I couldnt go one more step. I ran into the gym to buy a gatorade hoping that some electrolytes would help and figured I would do the last 2 miles on the treadmill, but I couldnt even walk at more than a 2.0 on the treadmill! I was done for :(

I also felt extremely sick the rest of the weekend - like my body just couldnt readjust. And after thinking about it all weekend, I decided this isnt fun for me. A full marathon is still on my bucket list...one day...but right now marathon training is not fun and I dont want to do things that arent fun. The whole point of making these huge changes in my life is to put myself in a place where I enjoy doing things. So if I'm not enjoying it, why should I continue? My training hasnt been stellar. I do my long runs but my mid-week runs are hit or miss. And I'm not really doing much else. Plus, I've been stress eating. So I made the decision to drop down to the half marathon next month in Atlantic City instead. Let me tell you, I feel much happier about this decision. And with the long runs I've done, I think there's a chance to finally set a new PR! My hotel is all booked, and I'll be staying at the Hotel Chelsea. So excited!

On Monday, the movers came again. This time it was a large truck with three guys to load it. It did not go as well as Monday. Their arrival window was between 8 and 10am, but they didnt show up until 11am. They did call at 10am to say they were late, but um....yeah like I didnt notice that already. So already it was starting out bad. Then it took them 4 hours to load everything onto the track. It should have only taken about 2 hours. It's not like they were boxing it up, too! And I am really worried that my ikea furniture will be broken when I get it back. I mean, I know ikea furniture isnt that expensive, and the reason I have it is because of moving while in the AF and not wanting to damage expensive furniture. But I really like my ikea furniture. *sigh* Guess we'll see when I get a new place of my own and get my furniture back. By the time they left, I was starving because I hadnt eaten anything all day except my shakeology for breakfast. I needed to spackle the holes in the walls from where the nails were for my picture frames, and also touch up the paint. But I couldnt get either the spackle container or the touch up paint container open. :( I gave up. Threw out the rest of the trash, and went back to base. I felt so sick all night.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to teach two classes at the Air Force Academy. It was a pretty great experience so I am glad I got to do that before moving! I taught the same class twice - it was about commander involvement in sexual assault cases. The first class was really talkative, but the second class not so much. Overall, I really enjoyed it. Then I came back to my office and spend the rest of the day hanging out, since I dont really have any work to do these days.

This afternoon is my going away lunch! Even though I dont leave fo 13 days, I will be in court all of next week so it was easier just to do it today. I am excited! It's at HuHot Mongolian Grill, which is one of my favorite restaurants out here - they dont have on in NJ! Yummy :)

This morning I weighed myself for the first time in 2ish weeks and I was done 3lbs. Perhaps I am getting my stress under control? I joined a Biggest Loser challenge here on Spark that starts today and I am hopeful this will help me get into a good routine and keep me accountable to finally rededicate myself to spark and to myself!

13 DAYS!!

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WORTHEYMOM 9/18/2014 10:51AM

    how exciting! i think going to the half will be better for you - lots going on right now and if you are not enjoying it and having a hard time getting those mid week runs, i think it's for the best too! So glad to everything is going good on the move - such exciting things coming your way! =)

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PMRUNNER 9/17/2014 2:16PM

    Good luck on your transition from the AF and your move! I still have a few more years and at least one move before I can get out of the army. Take care!

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CARADAWN 9/17/2014 1:39PM

    Wohoo only 13 days! I am glad you have comfortable accomodations while you spend your final days with the Army, leaving on a good note.

I think you made a great decision to move from the full to half marathon. I have run one full marathon and many halfs and I have to say that I enjoy the halfs soooo much more. The training isn't as intense and can fit into an already busy schedule and you can finish the race and still be productive that day. Full marathons take some much time /effort that I don't have or care to put into a race. Enjoy your half in a month!!

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NATPLUMMER 9/17/2014 1:05PM

    I think you are wise to drop down to the HM if you aren't having fun training for the full. Glad the movers have finished. Fingers crossed your Ikea furniture shows up intact. I like my Ikea furniture, too. That is a great apartment they have you in...sweet! Enjoy your going away lunch.

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EDENZMOM 9/17/2014 11:58AM

    it's interesting how mindful you are, and how in tune to what your body needs and what makes you happy and what doesn't. It's really commendable!

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IHEIDIBEFITT 9/17/2014 11:56AM

    Hate to hear your marathon won't be happening but that's great you're backing off so you'll enjoy running.

I hope your stuff gets to you in one piece, that would be awful.

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Moving continues to be stressful

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

But it's almost over. The movers are coming on Friday and I am pretty much all ready for them! I packed up all of my clothes on Sunday and quickly realized that there was no way it would all fit in my car nicely. So on Monday after work I repacked some of my bags - was able to actually condense two bags, and now it should all fit! Hooray. Thursday night after work I will load up the car to make sure it all fits and to keep it away from the movers who will likely to try to pack it up for their truck. I'm almost completely done shredding all of my mail - I should finish that tonight hopefully. My refrigerator and freezer still need to be cleaned out, as well as my pantry. Other than that... My coworker has to help me get my large flat screen tv off the wall tomorrow - it is too heavy for me to do on my own and the movers wont do it. I also have to unplug all electronics before they come. I got my return boxes for my directv receivers in the mail yesterday so this weekend I will also mail those back. Friday night I will move in to temporary lodging on base and hopefully my stress level will drop back down to a normal level again. I still have some other miscellaneous things to do around the house like change the water filter in the fridge, touch up paint, spackle the holes in the walls and retouch that paint also, and replace the batteries in the smoke detectors. None of that should really take too long.

I'm failing on the exercise front these days. I havent ran since Saturday. I was going to yesterday after work but I ended up working late and I wanted to take care of more stuff at home instead of run. I am determined to go today. I have to run 18 miles this weekend, and the mid-week runs are really important. My eating hasnt been great and I have basically given myself permission to just get through the next few weeks without any major gains and focus on leaving once I move and get settled. I dont want to gain anymore. I'm hovering around the same 2 pounds lately and although I hate seeing the number on the scale, I am ok as long as I dont gain anymore.

On the work front, next week is going to be really busy! So glad the movers are coming this Friday and next Monday so that I can get it out of the way before I get busy again. I was asked yesterday to teach two classes at the Air Force Academy in the law department. How could I turn that down? So I am doing that on Tuesday, which means I am prepping for that - fortunately, its on things I see everyday in my job, so it wont take too much prepping. Wednesday will be my going away lunch. Thursday a client and I are meeting with a General. And on Friday I have trial prep with another client all day. And the following week I have trial. Of course my last 2 weeks in the Air Force would be busy!

I'm officially at 20 days now. Can I just tell you that as boring as it sounds, I am really looking forward to my drive across the country. It will be a nice break from work before I jump right in to my new job. Speaking of the new job, the county board of freeholders meets next Monday so hopefully my employment will be approved. It's still not official, but I think my background investigation is complete and I dont anticipate any problems. But we can add that to the worry list for now.

I am so looking forward to being back in NJ for the fall weather! I love fall on the east coast in NY/NJ/PA. The crisp air, the leaves changing colors, the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon. I feel like we get gipped out of fall in Colorado. It goes from summer to like 2 weeks of fall, into winter. No lie, they said on the radio this morning that we might get a snow storm tomorrow night! Where is the fall weather?! So I am really looking forward to fall in NJ. Boots. Scarves. Jackets. YES! And being with my family :)

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CARADAWN 9/10/2014 3:01PM

    Fall sounds so nice - I am jealous! Good luck with the movers this week and I hope your last 20 days go smoothly emoticon

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EDENZMOM 9/10/2014 2:12PM

    So glad you're taking time for yourself this weekend and running! i cant seem to find the time this week either.
I'm also looking forward to the winter. I love snowshoeing and somehow snowman and fort building is also a big thing around my front/back yards :)
and long night-time walks where fresh snow sparkles and the air is so thin and crisp ...

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3 more weeks

Monday, September 08, 2014

And so much to do.

My weekend was somewhat productive, and somewhat of a bust. On Friday, we had wingman day, so we had an office luncheon to a local thai place. It was super shady and the service was awful, but the food was surprisingly delicious! And then we all went home early. My allergies / sinuses were killing me and when I got home I ended up taking a 2 hour nap! When I woke up I felt super yucky, so I just stayed in the rest of the night watching netflix.

Saturday I still wasnt feeling great so I skipped my run and tried to take care of stuff around the house. My property manager was doing a showing at 12pm so I wanted to make sure I was out of the house when they came by. I went and mailed 5 boxes to my parents' house, bought some new shoes, picked up more cliff shot blocks, and then went to the grocery store. I spent the rest of the day doing all of my laundry so I could then start packing my clothes up!

On Sunday I went for a run on base, but only 5 miles. My training plan said to run 8 but I hadnt ran all week and my allergies were still really bad. But I had a good 5 miles so thats fine. Then I decided to drive up to the outlets to buy 2 more vera bradley duffel bags. It was totally worth the drive because I got 2 for the price of 1. That wasnt the sale they had going on, but with the sales and discounts, thats what it came out to. Score! Then I went home and spent a good 4 hours packing my clothes. Ugh I have so much clothes! I've now thrown out 4 large trash bags of clothes and I still have too much! I packed everything and now I need to go home tonight, unpack and repack to try and condense and probably mail some more boxes to my parents. Somehow, I need to get all of this to fit in my car!! *sigh*

Needless to say, I barely slept last night. My whole body was hurting from standing for so long folding and packing clothes. My mind was racing. I felt like I was in a constant state of anxiety all night. I might have slept 3 hours. *sigh* Movers come on Friday and then my anxiety should lessen for a while.

I withdrew my application to the national guard today. I want to say "surprise" but its probably not that much of a surprise. I had been procrastinating so much on getting the rest of my paperwork in and I was really having serious second thoughts. I called my dad this morning and he said he would support whatever decision I make, and I decided this was the right decision for me. Leaving the Air Force is a way for me to deal with my personal stress and start a new chapter in my life. As much as I wanted to continue serving in a part-time capacity, I think I dont need the added stress and I really want my freedom. Since I already had a position lined up, I sent an email to the person in charge of that office letting them know. I probably should have called but I felt really uncomfortable, and I didnt want to have to discuss the personal stress in my life. I hope that he will understand and that I havent caused too much trouble for him. *sigh*

The painters are supposed to be at my house today power washing my pergola. It's also been raining today. Figures. I hope they will be able to get the painting of it done tomorrow. So far my house is not rented out yet. I am hopeful, but starting to think it might not get rented before the end of the month, which definitely worries me a bit. Just gotta take everything as it comes. Eventually the stress will level out.

I'm not as happy or excited today, but mostly because I feel overly stressed and I barely slept last night. 22 more days.

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WORTHEYMOM 9/9/2014 1:17PM

    Hope today/tonight is better for you! Hugs!

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EDENZMOM 9/8/2014 3:31PM

    I hope you get a better night sleep tonight!
I've been trying to do a mindful toe to head scan of my body... and never get further than my knees before falling asleep. That's my new trick :)

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Almost the Weekend!

Friday, September 05, 2014

It was a short work week, but I am still looking forward to the weekend anyway. I have a lot to get done before the movers come next Friday, so I want to be as productive as possible, packing up all the stuff I dont want them to take, checking to see if it will fit in my car, etc. I've pretty much gotten rid of everything I dont want, so it will mostly just be my own packing. Since I am planning to take all of my clothes with me - dont want my clothes in storage - I bought some space saver bags! I am going to figure out what clothes I will need or the next 2-3 weeks and then everything else is going in space saver bags - that should help with space :) Fortunately, I dont do much during the weeks, so I really only need my uniforms, a few pairs of pajamas, a few pairs of workout clothes, and a few outfits for wearing around town. It's kind of like packing to go on vacation, I guess... Anyway, that is my big plan for this weekend! Everything else is kind of out of my hands at this point!

I finally hired a painter for my pergola and they are coming on Monday and Tuesday. I've scheduled my satellite tv and my internet to be turned off next Friday. I still need to schedule my vonage and my alarm system to be turnd off. I think I have to hold on to the rest of my utilities until a tenant moves on. So far, my house is still listed for rent. There has been some interest in the house, but no one has rented it yet. I am hopeful it wont be on the rental market for a long time. I would like a tenant sooner rather than later!

The movers are coming next Friday to box all of my stuff up. And then on Monday they will load it all onto the truck and take it away. I just made my lodging reservations to stay in on base lodging until the 30th, so that is all taken care of, too. I still have a few more boxes that I need to mail my parents and I will pack those up this weekend also. Everything is coming along. It's stressful, but for the most part everything is taking care of itself.

The only thing I still havent done is send in the rest of my national guard paperwork. I know, procrastination much? I finally got my medical records earlier this week so this weekend I will search through those and find the medical documents needed and I'll probably come in this weekend to scan everything in and email to the recruiter. I started having second thoughts about the national guard, although I think I am beyond the possibility of changing my mind now anyway because most of my paperwork has been sent it (though still not approved). Mostly because a part of me doesnt want to give up one weekend each month, but I know plenty of people who work full time and then have part time jobs, and its not a huge deal. Plus extra money is good. And its only a few years. Not going to lie - if for some random reason my application was denied, I wouldnt be upset about it.

As far as my clients go, I am down to 4. Soon to be three. These last three I just cant get rid of because something always seems to come up. Well, one is going to trial at the end of the month so thats not a big deal. But the other two... we shall see. But still. That's a drop of 21 clients in 6 weeks. Which means not much is happening at work these days and that is nice. More time to get things done. Like yesterday morning when I took my car for an oil change and multi-point inspection to make sure its ready to drive across the country! Today is wing man day, so my office (all three of us) is having an office lunch outing and then going home. So half day for us! More time to get things done at home!

After my 16 mile run last weekend, I have been eating all of the foods every day. I have been constantly hungry and as a result eating way more food than necessary. I know this is probably normal, but its still not good. I need to get it under control. I need to stop eating everything in sight. For now, I am just trying to make better choices. Once I move back to NJ, I'll concentrate more on figuring the rest out. I've been in contact with my older personal trainer in NJ from before I joined the military and he is going to set up training for me again once I move back. Hopefully that wont cost me an arm and a leg, but it will definitely help me get back into the habit of doing some ST each week.

That's about here for now. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

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SHERYLDS 9/5/2014 6:18PM

    moving traumatizes me.....you are a strong woman emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 9/5/2014 3:05PM

    yay! progress is awesome - hoping you get a renter really soon =) Have a great weekend!

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NATPLUMMER 9/5/2014 1:02PM

    It sounds like you are on top of everything for the move.

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EDENZMOM 9/5/2014 12:26PM

    incredible! Big changes happening in your life, and so nice to see that you're keeping balanced with your time management and the running. what are you going to listen to on your long drive across country? I drive Montreal-Boston pretty often, or to Toronto, and I always have a good audio-book. Something funny and light for the drive :)

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