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!
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!
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. 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!!
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!!
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're OUTTA HERE!!
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 , 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.
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! 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
MY SUGAR DETOX:
It's only been a DAY, I know, but it is going REALLY well. Yesterday, before I had my
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 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!
NO BAKED GOODS:
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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