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T-112 Days: GOODBYE, Deutschland!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

We're still on cloud 9 from the decision made on our case!! It still shocks me, and seems unreal! But it's real, Baby!

We purchased one-way flights for May 22nd, flying into Miami. That gives us a whopping 112 days to pack up our junk, tie up loose ends, and get OUTTA HERE!!! We really couldn't be more thrilled. We don't know how everything will pan out, but we're coming home regardless!!

I even signed up for the Make It By Midnight Marathon in July!! Missing it last year was a total bummer! So in addition to training for my HM in May, I'll need to throw in some longer runs for marathon training, YEAH!! It's gonna be an MIBM PAR-TAY!!!!!

My weekend with my cousin was beyond awesome. She is the only thing about Germany right now that I feel sad to leave. We have had so much fun reconnecting, catching up with our lives, getting to know each other's kids, and just, CHATTING! We have so much in common, which is just great. She was really happy to be a part of our very happy news too! I'll miss them when we leave.

But I ALSO stayed TOTALLY on track with my challenges!!! Apart from tracking, which I couldn't do because of all the new foods & such, I had no sugar whatsoever, and no baked goods. Instead it was lots of protein and veggies and healthy, home-cooked/prepared food, just like I do at home. :) So, I totally didn't stress about calories there.

I got 2 very hilly 4.5-mile runs in too! Even my cousin said she was impressed with my determination to go running while on vacation. :)

So who knows, maybe that next weigh-in will carry a nice surprise for me! Stay tuned!!

Spark on, Sparkers!

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MARATHON_MOM 2/1/2012 2:54PM

    Woooo Hoooo! So excited for you, and that you are going to be at MIBM!!!

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CDK210 1/31/2012 3:17PM

    awesome!!! congrats on the great news, and so glad to hear you had a wonderful vaca!

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AMOHAME2 1/31/2012 1:15PM

    That is so awesome!!! The countdown begins! And it's so fantastic that you get to run that marathon this year, I remember how bummed you were about missing it last year!
My next marathon will be at the end of May in Ottawa. The same one I ran last year as my first, and this time I'm hoping to completely kill my previous time!

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IMARUNR 1/31/2012 12:53PM

    So awesome! Didn't realize you were coming in to Miami. Is that where you plan to put down roots? We're about 3 hours North! :)

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SMILESRME 1/31/2012 12:24PM

    So glad to hear your good news that you were waiting for!! You did great on your holiday by running and watching the food intake too. Praying that the next 112 days go as smoothly as possible for you too!

Julia : )

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ERIC_ANDREW 1/31/2012 11:36AM

    Please tell the German authorities when you leave to let us stay there long-term to take your place :-P

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 1/31/2012 10:42AM

    How awesome!!!! SO happy for you!!

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    So excited for you. Hopefully we will meet up sooner rather than later at a race.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/31/2012 8:31AM

    I am super excited for you. Now comes the hard part with the move and house sale. I pray that all goes smoothly for you.

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LAURIE5658 1/31/2012 8:29AM

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!


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ELRIDDICK 1/31/2012 8:22AM

  Thanks for sharing

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TOBEOR82B 1/31/2012 8:17AM

  Way to go

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WE ARE IN!!!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

I am still in shock! That was too easy!!

After more than a year of thinking we would NOT be approved, even after asking an attorney website about our situation, and EVERY attorney telling us he would be banned for either 5 or 10 years.... All that fretting, all of those questions, all of the uncertainty...

And you know what that immigration officer said about his deportation????

"Oh that doesn't effect your process; we just have to know what happened."

So, yes, Sparkies, that means my husband will be a legal US permanent resident once again very soon!!!!!!!

And that means, WE ARE COMING HOME!!!!!!! We have 6 months to come over there for it to be valid, and we are tentatively planning for May.

Wooooooohooooooooo!!!!!!! I still can't believe it. This is just wonderful!

Have a great day, Sparkers!

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PALOMARES05 2/1/2012 3:38PM

    Good things come to those who wait. So happy for you and your hubby!!!

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SLEEPYDEAN 2/1/2012 2:30PM

    Yay! So glad to read the good news.

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SEEHOLZ 1/31/2012 1:30PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! What a weight off your shoulders!!!

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IMARUNR 1/31/2012 12:50PM

    Wonderful news!! I'm glad everything worked out the way it should! :) Looking forward to meeting you in July!

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CASILAYNE 1/31/2012 11:44AM

    Incredible!!! Congratulations!! :) :)

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STEFFIROCKSIT 1/31/2012 2:19AM

    Congratulations! Maybe this IS the miracle you've waited for. Anyway, it's a sign. So start packin'!

Love and Lunges,

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ELYMWX 1/30/2012 11:35PM

    Great news!

As for why you couldn't find anyone who could tell you what the officer told you before today, the world will never know...

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RUN2BEFREE 1/30/2012 7:39PM

    So excited for you all!

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ROOT4HOME 1/30/2012 6:40PM

    So SUPER excited for you all!!!!! emoticon

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JENN26POINT2 1/30/2012 5:51PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Why was your husband deported??

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 1/30/2012 10:11AM

    I am so HAPPY for you! That is fantastic news...
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Sometimes we worry too much and we prepare for the worst (and you had valid reasons to think that way!); I guess it feels even better when we have GREAT news! Have a wonderful Spark Week!

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KJDOESLIFE 1/30/2012 9:53AM

    That's AWESOME news!! So exciting!!

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ROCKINMOM77 1/30/2012 9:11AM

    Awesome News!! Congrats!!! emoticon

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CAROLCRC 1/30/2012 8:32AM

    Whoot! Whoot! Bravo!

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MICHSTATE 1/30/2012 8:11AM

    Awesome news!!!!!:-)

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AMOHAME2 1/30/2012 7:55AM

    That's such great news, I'm so happy for you!!!

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JOPAPGH 1/30/2012 7:28AM

    What great news! emoticon

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NAMMYOFTHREE 1/30/2012 7:28AM

  That's fantastic! Wonderful, happy news!

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TWINSMOMMY607 1/30/2012 7:26AM

    WOOHOO!! That is soooo exciting!! Good things comes to good people!!

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LAURIE5658 1/30/2012 7:01AM

    Oh Darcy, God is so GREAT!!! See you in the homeland SOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!


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MARATHON_MOM 1/30/2012 6:56AM

    I am soooooo excited for you guys!!! Unbelievably excited! I know you must be on cloud 9 right now!

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MAGGIE101857 1/30/2012 6:13AM


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Where are you going to return to????? emoticon

emoticon to both you and your husband!!!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/30/2012 5:35AM

    GREAT NEWS!!!! Congrats!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/30/2012 5:33AM

    It just goes to show how much worry does for you in the long run. Glad it is over, can't wait to meet you though I would not have minded coming back to Germany.

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NYC_NATIVE 1/30/2012 4:29AM

    WOOOHOOO!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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ONE.... MORE.... DAY!!! Vacay & Rockin' My Challenges!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

So, TOMORROW is our appointment with US Immigration!!!

We are all enjoying the visit with my cousin and her family. It's been keeping my mind off all the anticipation of the up-coming interview. emoticon My cousin & I relate to each other so well, it's so amazingly refreshing to spend time with her. Our kids all play really well with each other, and it's..... well..... just wonderful to be with family!!

In spite of being on "vacation", I am ROCKING my challenges to myself!!

NO SUGAR AT ALL!! I made sure I told her what I was doing before I came, to sort of prep her, and also to keep me accountable. She is sort of a health nut too, so she has been really supportive. She has also made lots of healthy stuff to eat, which of course, helps greatly! I also haven't eaten ANY baked goods!! I am already *feeling* slimmer.

I also didn't want to be totally lazy over this weekend. I did my *long run* of a 10K Friday before we left, so I wouldn't have to worry about doing a long run in unfamiliar territory. Yesterday, I headed out to explore around the little town of Jettenbach, near Kaiserslautern. My cousin's husband directed me toward a nature trail just outside the town, so I headed for that. Shall we say..... "HILLS???" Seriously, the terrain here is MUCH different than where I live! It was fun and challenging! I didn't push hard, because it was supposed to be an easy run, but it was still challenging because of the hills. It was great!!

It feels SOOOO great to be successful so far this weekend!! Doing well gives me even MORE motivation to stay on track!!

So, Are you sticking to your goals? Are you challenging yourself to take steps to get to the next level of your fitness??

Spark on, Sparkers!!

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ROCKINMOM77 1/29/2012 10:17PM

    emoticon It is so nice to hear happiness in your, ummm voice!! Glad you are having a great time with your cousin and her family!! emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 1/29/2012 11:46AM

    So great to hear you're doing AMAZING while on vacation and all the best on the interview!!!

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LAURIE5658 1/29/2012 8:23AM

    Thinking of you, Darcy! Have fun with your family and best wishes tomorrow!!


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MAGGIE101857 1/29/2012 7:45AM

    Love how focused you are with everything that is going on in your lives!!! Hoping and praying for emoticonnews tomorrow!!!!

What wonderfully, supportive family you have! You are truly blessed!!!
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NAMMYOFTHREE 1/29/2012 7:19AM

  You are doing so well! Sugar free = healthy in my book too!
Enjoy those hills!


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THREE MORE DAYS!!! Plus my sugar-free update...

Friday, January 27, 2012

Well, really like 2 and a half days! We're driving now to Kaiserslautern to hang out with my cuz, her hubs, & their amazingly fun 4 kids (who love my 4 kids)! :)

Time will pass quickly until our appointment, for sure!!

My sugar detox has been awesome! Day 3 done, and ZERO sugar! Except for fruit, but my detox is just sugar-sugar. I'm allowing myself a small amount (about 1 tbsp) of raw honey per day, but I didn't even have that today!

I'm also avoiding baked goods, which went great today as well. I even baked homemade whole-grain spelt rolls for the road for my family, and I did nibble a taste-test on one, but stopped there. Yay! I'll take that as a win!

Tracking is going great too. Been super good about weighing, accurately tracking, & NOT snacking! Today, my calories were a bit low, due to me being a busy bee getting ready to leave, but I won't worry about that. That's usually NOT my problem. It's amazing how many calories I'm slashing cutting out the sugar! It's great!

For my long run this week, I was supposed to run a 10k. Because I'm so broke & can't afford a bunch of races, so I signed up for a SP Virtual Race & ran it myself. There was about 3 inches of fresh snow on the ground - BEAUTIFUL! I ran it in my Vibrams too. When I was nearing my turn-around point, I started getting tired of running into the wind, so I slowed down just a little. But turning around???? Tail wind! Wooohooo! LOL. But toward the end, I started feeling it. Fizzled out just a little the last 2 km, but finished in 52:51! Nice!

Gonna try to get a couple of runs in this weekend too. Packed all my gear, and have a tentative plan! Shooting for a healthy weekend, in spite of travel.

Have a great weekend, Sparkies!!

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MUMMAMICHELLE 1/27/2012 8:17PM

    Nice job and thanks for a bit of motivation hearing how well you are doing :)

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MAGGIE101857 1/27/2012 6:16PM

    Thinking of you! It's all going to go great!!! Have fun this weekend!!!

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ROCKINMOM77 1/27/2012 5:06PM

    emoticon emoticon Way to avoid the sugar!! Great job on the snowy run!! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 1/27/2012 4:24PM

    Keep it going, girl, you are on fire!


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FOUR..... MORE.... DAYS!!!! -N- other things....

Thursday, January 26, 2012

WE'RE LEAVING TOMORROW!!!! We'll be packing up tonight, getting almost everything together, & then tomorrow, when hubby comes home from work in the evening....


We driving to go stay with my cousin and her family - SUPER FUN!!! - near Kaiserslautern, and from there, we will go to our US Immigration appointment EARLY Monday morning.

As much as I have been driving myself crazy about this appointment emoticon, I am making myself calm down. I know Who holds all of this in His hands. I know so many people are praying, not only my wonderful Sparkfriends, but also my family and close friends. emoticon

And I KNOW, once we are at my cousin's house, we are gonna have a BLAST, and time is going to FLY!

I'm also hoping to find some good running trails over there when I go. Definitely do NOT want to slack off during our little mini-vacay! emoticon PLUS, it's supposed to be hilly there, so maybe I'll actually get to get a REAL hill workout in! Something I have NEVER done before! LOL

It's only been a DAY, I know, but it is going REALLY well. Yesterday, before I had my
emoticon moment, I loaded my coffee up with about 5 tsp of my Organic Whole Cane Sugar.... I used to limit myself to about 3. Five is just RIDICULOUS!! That is when I realized, this MUST STOP!

And I am not even *THAT BAD*. I do NOT keep candy or sweets around for the kids. I don't even let THEM have that stuff usually. I do NOT eat a lot of sugary things like cereals and such. I do not drink/buy soda AT ALL, or any other drinks with sugar, like teas and such. I don't use sugary condiments. But I have noticed I have been more and more lenient on the sugar thing, and feel that the detox will do me a LOT of good, and help get the scale moving in the right direction.

That sugar I had in my coffee was the only sugar I had the entire day..... A BIG emoticon to me!!!! I had a dab of honey in my coffee later (yes, I do love coffee), but other than just a little bit of tea - NO SUGAR!! And today has been even MORE successful!! It is AMAZING how many CALORIES I am slashing just by doing this!!

I also pinpointed some weak points and pit falls for me:
** Nibbling on my kids' waffles (which are whole grain but have a little OWC sugar in the batter... plus, it counts as a "baked good" which I am abstaining from as well)
** Nibbling on my kids' waffles with organic strawberry jam (SUGAR!)
** Again the waffles with Nutella.... SUGAR again!!

Can you see I have a hard time staying away from the waffles?? LOL They are OH. SO. GOOD!! (My own recipe, whole grain spelt waffles) But my weight loss & baked goods do NOT go together, I have learned.

** My coffee!! Which I have already pinpointed as my BIGGEST weakness when it comes to sugar.
** Yogurt... even if I do buy the organic stuff, it isn't as sweet as the other stuff, and certainly not loaded with junk... BUT it STILL has SUGAR! (Trying to stick to Greek Yogurt with fruit, and a tiny drop of Stevia... that is really yummy too!!)
** Sweets and chocolate - I am usually *pretty* good about not keeping those things around, and just having it occasionally, but over the holidays, I ate a lot more of it. It needs to END NOW.

I have been ROCKING this, staying away from the waffles, not using sugar, not eating the sweets!! By the end of these 2 weeks, I know I am going to feel much more on track.

It's going GREAT! I started at the beginning of this week. First couple of days were NOT accurate tracking... I was doing a lot of snacking and guesstimating.... That DOESN'T WORK, Darcy, you know this!!! If I'm gonna track, it needs to be ACCURATE! So, I am really working of refraining from the snacking, and weighing out ALL the stuff accurately. It's coming along, and getting better EVERY day!

Perfect. Haven't had any. Stayed away from the waffles and bread the past 2 days. Doing great on that one as well.

The HARD part will be this weekend!!! But I am going to prepare my cousin & let her know, and I am trying to "think positively" and visualize myself being SUCCESSFUL sticking to my commitments!!!

FOUR MORE DAYS, PEOPLE!!! FOUR MORE DAYS!!! FOUR..... MORE..... DAYS!!! (I'm not excited at all.)

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 1/26/2012 4:35PM

    Best of luck with immigration!

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JENN26POINT2 1/26/2012 3:53PM

    Great job! My day 1 (today) has gone well too. The only sugar I have consumed has come in the form of fruit. YAY ME! and YAY YOU!! we've GOT this!

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MBSHAZZER 1/26/2012 3:47PM

    Hey Darcy, I've been catching up on your blogs.... GOOD LUCK with immigration! I know you must feel so frustrated and powerless, but hang in there! This will pass and you'll get on with your life.

I have a few INS related stories to share with you, so you don't feel so all alone. My friend is married to a Chilean man. They have a daughter with another one on the way. Anyway, while she was pregnant with #1, INS scheduled his interview. As luck would have it, the baby decided to be born the day before the interview. She was a little early, so luckily, they got to leave her at the hospital, and mere hours after delivery, my friend and her hubby were in the car, driving 4+ hours to their INS interview. Good think it wasn't a C-section.

I have another friend who is a Turkish citizen, married to an American. She has a green card but is not a US citizen. Anyway, they were in Turkey last year and on the way back, they had a 23 hour layover in Paris. Great, they figured. They would get to spend the day in Paris with my friend's brother who lives there. They checked with United, who assured them that my friend would not need a visa for a stay of less than 24 hours in Paris. WRONG! Not only that, they ended up on the wrong line and my friend was nearly arrested. The French INS were extremely rude to her (apparently, there is a huge issue with Turkish immigration in France) and long story short, they spent their 23 hour layover on a dirty floor in an International to International "lounge" (more like a prison cell, according to my friend).

So, hang in there! It could be worse (it could always be worse!)

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    have a safe trip

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SEEHOLZ 1/26/2012 1:20PM

    You've been so upbeat and positive, despite all the stressors! I LOVE your attitude! HAVE A BLAST!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 1/26/2012 12:48PM

    I am so excited for you!!! Sending prayers and positive vibes :o)

Coffee is my weakness too. Its just so yummy!!

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LAURIE5658 1/26/2012 10:33AM

    Great work, Darcy!


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