Wednesday, January 12, 2011
FROM MY MOM!!
So my mom called me a couple of hours ago, and we are chatting, filling each other in on all that is going on, good and bad.
When she went to say good-bye, she told me she "just wanted to call and see how things were going." And that she needed encouragement. She said that she gets down a lot (she deals a lot with depression and anxiety) and she said:
"I always feel uplifted when I call you. So that's why I called, because I needed encouragement...." and she chuckled.
That was sooooo sweet and totally made my day!! My mom called me because she finds talking to me uplifting and encouraging!
So, if any of you need a pep-talk, just give me a call! HAHA!
I guess I should add, there have been many times, when I have gone through extremely difficult, heart-breaking times, and have leaned so much on my mom. Calling her at crazy hours, bawling my eyes out on the phone, and she was ALWAYS there for me, listening patiently, loving me, giving me a "hug" through the phone, praying with me over the phone.... It feels good to give back and be there for her.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Several weeks ago, I posted a blog about my struggle with being a SAHM. I have a hard time with the lack of social contact with adults. Plus, we are so broke financially right now, and I WANT to help, but me working a "real" 5-day-a-week job is just not worth it with the cost of childcare. So, it seems like an endless cycle....
BUT, I am taking classes from a German trade-school, preparing myself to possibly have my own cafe or party service/catering business??? Not sure which. I just know I LOVE this sort of stuff, and especially cooking!! But I also lack a great deal of experience in the professional kitchen.
There is a cafe in my little tiny village that I live in here in Germany, and they are only open on the weekends. I wanted to possible get a job, just work a few hours a week, gain experience in the field, since that is what I am interested in, and have fun. Plus, it will give me an opportunity to get to know some other adults, especially people from my immediate area, which I think is GREAT!! My neighbors know the 2 owners (2 ladies from our village) personally, and spoke to the owners about me, putting in a good word for me! Of course, everyone in this village knows EVERYONE!! And my neighbors also gave me the names and phone numbers of the owners, so I could contact them.
So, this morning, I am out running. I had done my 4-mile tempo run, came back, changed into my Vibrams, and went out for another quick run. I am running along, when I noticed someone coming up behind me on a bike in the dark (very common occurance, really.) So, I moved to the side of the trail, and kept running, when I heard the lady say, "Excuse me, do you have a minute?" in German. I turned to see a lady who, oddly enough, I had seen quite often over the last 2 years while out on my morning runs. She was always riding a bike, and would always greet me with a friendly smile, like we knew each other, even though we didn't!!
As it turns out, SHE was one of the owners of the cafe!! She asked me if I was the one asking about the job (my neighbors told her I was the one who is always running!), and told me to definitely come by on Sunday evening! She said, I could work for a few weeks and try it out, see if it is a good fit. They don't pay big $$ or anything, but the cafe is a WALKING distance from my house, less than half a mile, and my husband would be home with the kids, so no child-care costs!!
This is going to be a great opportunity for me!! I am going to go in on Sunday, and see how it goes. This is also going to be such a HUGE help as far as my schooling program goes!! One of the owners (not sure which) is a "master" (as Germans call it) in the field I am studying, so she will have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.
On a different subject, though job-related, my husband might have some MAJOR, MAJOR changes coming up in his job. MAJOR. DRASTIC. He works for his aunt and uncle (horrible people to work for, though we stick it out and make it work), who own a BMW dealership here in Germany. My husband is the "heir", so to speak, of the family business, though he has not always been sure if that is what he wants. Anyway, the BMW corporation has made some stipulations on their dealership that his aunt and uncle do not want to do, that is basically forcing them to either hand the business over to the younger generation (a.k.a. MY HUSBAND) or lose their BMW contract......
Not sure what is going to happen with this... We are supposed to get an answer on Friday about what my husband and his aunt and uncle will have to do to keep the BMW contract. As of now, it looks like my husband will have to start an entirely NEW dealership in a different city in our area, so he wouldn't even answer to his aunt and uncle anymore... This could be the break we have been waiting for... It's all very uncertain at this point, though...
Ugghhh. I hate the anticipation and uncertainty.
Anyway, Off to the gym this morning, my SparkPeeps!! Gonna go get my some ST in!
Monday, January 10, 2011
I ran just that one mile on Saturday with my new Vibram FiveFinger Bikilas, immediately following my normal run. The shoes felt great! Yesterday, I definitely had some tenderness in my calves!! But the soreness wasn't overwhelming, just a bit tender. It was about 42° out, and although I stepped in a bunch of ice-cold puddles, my feet didn't feel cold at all, even without socks. I did the same thing this morning, running my normal planned 7 miles, then a mile with my VFFs. This morning was colder - 34° or so - and frosty, but my feet were not cold. I think the fact that my feet are already warmed up from running helps greatly. I also like doing it right after my normal run, because my muscles are already warmed up, and I am already dressed for running. So, so far, I am very pleased!! Of course, it has only been 2 miles.... But I am optimistic.
Let's see, I am just starting Week 12 out of 18!!! Really, I only have 4 more weeks of real training before my TAPER! I am really feeling like I can do this. The training has not taken nearly as much out of me as I thought it might. And with only 4 major training weeks left, I am feeling very optimistic that I can do this.
This past week, I did a taper week - I kept my mileage lower, and just enjoyed the week.
Here's what I had planned, and my actual, for Week 11:
Sunday: Rest (Yep!)
Monday: 6-8 miles running, BodyPump
** Actual: Ran 5 mi, then did BP
Tuesday: Rest (Yep!)
Wednesday: run 4 miles
** Actual: Ran 5 miles, and did BP
Thursday: Run 5 miles
** Actual: Ran 6 miles
Friday: Rest (Yep!)
Saturday: Run 10 miles
** Actual: Ran 10.6 miles in normal shoes, then 1 mile in VFFs, so 11.6 miles together.
Plan for Week 12:
Sunday: rest (Yep!)
Monday: Run 7 miles, Pilates
Wednesday: Run 6 miles with Strides, BodyPump
Thursday: Run 6.75 miles with intervals
Saturday: Run 23 (?) miles
I am planning my LONGEST training run this Saturday. I put a question mark by the distance, because I am not sure exactly how far it is. I have picked a loop, and measured it with my car, but it is just an estimate. I strategically planned this run following my taper week, and also far enough before my race that I (hopefully) have a little time to recover and it not hinder me. I will take it VERY SLOWLY, and do the first half or more in strict Galloway 4/1 intervals, and then see what I feel like from there. So, that is my plan!!
Wishing everyone a wonderful week!! Happy Running!!
Sunday, January 09, 2011
I know, I know, I already blogged today, but THIS IS SOOOOOO IMPORTANT!!!
I have been missing my wedding ring since a couple/few weeks before Christmas. I normally wear it RELIGIOUSLY: to bed, to work out, in the shower... ALWAYS. But I am taking a schooling course here in Germany where we are learning cooking, and proper food prep.
Well, the last time I distinctly remembered having it was my last cooking class, on Dec. 7th, when I took it off, and put it in my pocket at school. I thought I vaguely remembered having it in my pocket the next day, but could NOT FOR THE LIFE OF ME remember putting it back on after that, or anything...
It made me extremely sad. I looked everywhere, stip searched my bedroom, the bathroom, the kids rooms, the livingroom, everywhere I could think of. I was beginning to think that it was gone forever. I have woken up several different nights thinking about it, and wondering where it was. I even dreamed about it on several occasions.
I kept thinking, "ok, right, it is just a possession, just a piece of jewelry. The ring is of less importance than my love and commitment to my husband. Besides, we can always get another one... well, someday when we have some extra money."
But I knew it would not have the same value that my original ring has. I prayed that God would help me find it several times. I mean, we are not talking just a few days here. It has been almost a MONTH!! I knew that God knew where it was, even if I didn't. That helped calm my spirits soooooo much. But I was still sad.
Last night, I had another dream about my ring: I dreamed I found it. I even SAT IN CHURCH THIS MORNING and TOLD my husband about my dream. I told him I was really worried that I wouldn't find it....
Then this afternoon, we were working on putting away all of our Christmas decorations. My hubby brought the boxes for the Christmas stuff out of the attic. I opened a box that had packaging paper in it, and some Christmas plates that I had not used... And THERE WAS MY RING!!
I have no idea HOW it got there. I would have NEVER thought to look there. I just started screaming... "Jan, guess what I just found!!" Almost hysterically. And I started crying. I can't believe I just found my ring. I really thought it was gone.... Forever.
Just thought I would share that special moment with you all today. "Thank you, Lord, for helping me find my ring...."
Sunday, January 09, 2011
Little late getting mine out this week. But I actually got a bathing suit!!! Since I live in Germany and don't need one that often (sadly), I only had a couple from 5-6 years ago that were too big and had saggy butt. So, here are my pictures:
Photos taken Dec. 4th:
Weight: 121 lbs
Photos taken today, Dec. 31st:
Weight: 125 lbs
Photos taken Jan 8th:
Yes, that is right - there was a 3-4 lbs GAIN from the first pictures to the second, so I have no idea why the second look so much better. Just goes to show you, you can't always trust the scale!!!
My whole goal with this challenge is to tone up my tush and abs more. My rear is quite flat, and has plenty of "cushion", shall we say? I would really like to shape and define much more, and lose some of the fat, BUT I am NOT looking to lose weight. However, I still have not changed my exercise program at this time, since the package I am waiting on has not arrived. Right now, I am doing 2 full body ST sessions a week, and would like to be doing 3, and I also want to add more ab workouts in....
So, those are my goals and my pics!! Happy Sparking, everyone!
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