Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Yep that's right, it's another countdown, baby. Like we don't have enough of those on SP!
Yesterday, after posting my blog, I made the mistake of DRIVING MYSELF ABSOLUTELY INSANE trying to YET AGAIN find ANSWERS about our immigration case! LIke I HAVEN'T already done that a million times, like I HAVEN'T already wasted too much time trying to find out what they might say, and like it REALLY ever brought me anything!! NO, it only makes me crazy, because there is no solid info, except for the immigration attorney I asked on a free website, who told me that, because he was "ordered removed," he will be automatically inadmissible, regardless of circumstances.... Ugghh.
So, had to remind myself, it isn't going to do me ANY good. It is only FIVE DAYS AWAY, and then I will have ALL my questions answered.
5 DAYS, BABY!!!
I have been reading some other SP blogs, and got inspired to try a few new things with the diet.
I am TAKING THE PLUNGE! Here we go!!
For 2 weeks, I am going to commit to:
1. No sugar.
I only use the organic whole cane sugar, which I think is way better than the refined stuff (still contains the vitamins naturally in sugar cane), but it still can be addictive, and I still think it should be used in moderation.... PLUS, I have noticed I have been FAR TOO MUCH in my coffee lately, since I hadn't been tracking for a while. Boo. I will use a tad of organic raw honey and stevia here and there, but pretty much cut out all the sweet stuff.
2. NO baked goods.
This one may not be a one-size-fits-all thing, but for me, I think it is what I need. Saw someone else post this, and wanted to try it.
3. COUNT THOSE CALORIES!!
After getting off course with the tracking, it is H.A.R.D. to jump back on that boat!! I know 2 weeks of solid tracking will totally get me back into the groove!
So, those are my goals as far as eating goes.
I am so loving my new training plan!! I love having a specific run workout to do each day. It is from a Women's Running Mag issue and it's called "Run your fastest marathon" or something. My goal is to break 1:50 with my next HM in May. (Current PR is 1:53:55)
It basically consists of 2 ST workouts each week (which I already do), one long run (duh!), and other speed workouts or easy runs during the week, running 5 days a week usually, I think.
I haven't really figured out which week I am going to start with, because I already have my mileage base up, so I don't need to start from the beginning, really. But I am mixing and matching runs so far, and I LOVE it!!
Today was a tempo run - 1 mile warmup, 35 min @ 10k tempo, 1 mile cool down. I shot for 6 miles total, since I was running out and back. My 10K pace is around 5 min/ km (8 min per mile), but I didn't think I could manage that. I am fat (not really, but I DO feel those extra 10 lbs), and a little out of shape when it comes to speed, and it was early in the morning before a meal..... Excuses, excuses!! LOL
So, I started out, giving myself a goal of "anything around 5:15/km" for the tempo part. Did my EZ mile, and picked up my pace........
Looked down at the Garmin, and my pace was 5:05 or something!!! SWEET! I just kept going by how I felt, pushing but not too hard....
And my average pace was about 5:10/KM for the tempo part! (8:16 per mile or so?) I crossed the 5 mile point at 43:30, even WITH the slow warmup mile... AWESOME!
I did my cool down at the end, not quite a mile, since I was SMOKIN' ALONG in the tempo section, and finished the 6 miles in 52:49.
All I know is I LOOOOOOOVE speed work. I love challenging myself and seeing what I can do! Plus, I think there are significantly MORE endorphins afterwards from the workout, than if I just have a drab, easy-going run. =)
DEFINITELY getting my RUNNING Spark back - YEAH!!!!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Oh, my goodness, people, I am dying of anticipation. My husband's final interview for the Immigration process is on MONDAY, the 30th!! We will FINALLY have some answers.
I can't hardly wait. Everything is so up in the air. I know many of you have commented that you are sure he will "get in", but we are not sure it will be that easy.... here is why:
We did everything properly while in the States, and got him a Green Card issued in 2006, but it was a conditional Permanent Residency, based on us being married for 2 more years. At the end of 2 years, we were supposed to file a form saying we were still married... blah, blah, blah... and he would get an UNCONDITIONAL Permanent Residency....
Only, we decided to move here in Dec. 2006. We didn't notify US Immigration Services of our new place of residency, because we just got busy with life. And we did not file that form saying we were still married.
So, in 2009, they started "Removal Proceedings." We tried immediately to notify US Immigration to let them know, "Hey, we aren't even there anymore, people!!" But they said there was nothing we could do once it entered the court system. We either had to show up at the hearing, or just let it play out. In 2010, an immigration judge ordered him "Removed" in absentia, which basically means he was deported on paper.
EVERY source we have found has said that, under the conditions that he was ordered removed, JUST because of that, he is automatically banned from reentering the States for either 5 or 10 years (we have never gotten a clear answer.) Not even the USCIS (Immigration Services could or would answer ANY questions regarding our circumstances and case. We were instructed that we must simply reapply, and it would be determined at the interview whether he was "inadmissible" or not.
It's so silly to us!! We didn't do ANYTHING illegal!! We didn't intentionally commit fraud or lie to the government!! My husband is not a criminal, not a drug or human trafficker! And our marriage is REAL, not some fake marriage just used to get someone a visa. It seems so udderly RIDICULOUS that they would ban him just for not filing some paperwork properly, paperwork that we didn't think was important, because we were living here. We really just thought his Permanent Residency would expire, and that we would just have to reapply.
So here we are, paying for all the forms again, which AIN'T CHEAP, and working to get everything together.... And we have NO IDEA what they are really going to tell us on Monday. We have no money, absolutely no money, for an attorney. That's completely out of the question...
That is why EVERYTHING is so up in the air as far as move is concerned! That is why this appointment on Monday is SO EXTREMELY important. This is why I cannot say for certain WHEN we will be coming home. EVERYTHING hangs on his Immigrant Visa process, obviously.
If that immigration officer denies our application, I think I am just going to have an emotional meltdown... seriously.
I mean, there is a waiver that we can file for if he is "inadmissible" which will most likely be approved, but it costs even more $$$$$, and will add an extra 6 months of processing time.
So, please, please, PLEASE, my dear Sparkfriends, PRAY for us!!! Or send happy thoughts, encouraging thoughts, ANYTHING..... And I will DEFINITELY be updating you all on the outcome of that appointment.....
ONLY SIX MORE DAYS!!!! SIX..... MORE..... DAYS!!!!!!!!
Oh, and if it is approved, we will by definitely coming in May, just in case anyone is wondering....
Friday, January 20, 2012
In spite of facing some extreme troubles lately, I am trying to keep my head up!! And no, it's not really looking good for us... But more about that later.
I braved the scale this morning for the first time this year!!! 134.4 pounds. Ugghh. NOT good. Where did these 10 lbs come from, and why can't I get them off????? I know it is my eating. And it is not just from blowing it over a weekend here or there, no, no. I know how to fix it, but given the stress we have been under, I just have just not been focusing on it. I know I need to.
Wanna see results, Darcy? Get that EATING under control, girl!!
Well, I am working on it. It's like for me, I have to set my mind toward it. I have to focus. I have to conjure up a plan. I have to prepare myself. I have to psych myself up. And I am ready to do that.
As far as running goes, apart from being sick the first week of January, I have consistently been running pretty much 4 days a week, each week. I think that is pretty good. But many times, I felt like I was barely holding on, barely getting my exercise in at the end of the day, and often shifting my run to this time or that time, always changing things up. I thrive MUCH better on a solid, consistent routine!! I have been getting up earlier, and really making a point to do it first thing in the morning. That helps IMMENSELY!! I had tried other things, I have played around with my routine and schedule, but I ALWAYS come back to the same conclusion - getting my run out of the way first thing in the morning just FEELS SO GOOD!!!!
I have also determined that not only am I going to run, but I am going to follow an actual BONA FIDE training plan!! I signed up for a half marathon in May, for only €5, by the way. How awesome is that?!?! €5!! Well, I am gonna shoot for a PR!! BRING IT ON!! I picked out a training plan out of Women's Running Mag, called "Run Your Fastest Half Marathon" or something to that effect. It helps to have a training plan staring me in the face, telling me what to run each day. I was never MORE consistent and dedicated than when I trained with a training plan for my first marathon in Feb. 2011. I am excited about my training plan!! And I am looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish!!
But part of my training plan IS to get back on track with my eating. If I lose these 10 lbs and get back to where I was when I was maintaining, how much faster can I go?? I know it will help! So, my goal is to not only run my fastest half marathon in May, but to lose the weight too.
This will also keep my mind on something positive. A goal to work toward. =) Keepin' it positive, People!! In spite of very difficult circumstances in my life right now!!! Keepin' my Spark, that is what it is all about!!!
Monday, January 16, 2012
With a heavy heart, I am selling mine.
I know I have mentioned in past blogs that we are going through some difficulty right now. Well, in the area of finances, EXTREME difficulty. We were already having some problems before hubby took the new job in Sept, but after that, things have only gotten worse.... WAY worse. We looked at the budget numbers over and over, and knew the change would be tight. But we are just not making it. No matter how I cut back, no matter how I scrimp and save, each month our debt is climbing, and we are having to sell off anything of value that we really don't need, just to buy GROCERIES.
So, please, if you are interested in a Garmin Forerunner 610, please check out my auction on the German eBay site. Even if you are in the States, you shouldn't have a problem bidding, and we will deal with the exchange rate at the end of the auction. I accept Paypal, and can ship from an APO on Jan 30th at normal US shipping costs.
I've had the watch since July 2011. It is a killer piece of a running gadget!! LOVE IT! It comes with the HRM, and 3 different power supply options - one for the UK, one for the US, and one for Germany. It will also come in the original package, with the Ant Agent and installation CD.
You will not only be getting an awesome watch, but you will also be helping a family out in a great time of need. Thank you!!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
DH went for his medical examination for US immigration on Monday. One step closer to getting this long, drawn-out process OVER with!!!
Although everything was in order - no communicable diseases that would scare off the immigration officer - but the doctor grew VERY CONCERNED when she took his blood pressure. It was 160 over 120.... That's like off the charts!!! She told him under normal circumstances, she would be putting him on meds.
Well, this was just ANOTHER bit of negativity adding to our stress lately. No, I don't think US immigration is worried about someone's high BP, but I certainly don't want my barely-turned-31-yr-old hubby dying of a stroke!
She told him to go to his family doctor to get it rechecked, then to fax it to her. Well, Jesus that today....
And Praise God!! It was 140 over 80, which is perfectly normal, our family doctor said! Phew!! I know he had a very stressful day on Monday, & I think the doctor made him really nervous, so I hope it was just a fluke. I'm so glad today was a normal reading....
Next stop in our immigration process..... FRANKFURT!! Interview with immigration officer on January 30th!!!!
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