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T-17 - MORE GREAT NEWS!

Friday, May 04, 2012

Well, we already sort of knew, and I already sort of blogged about it, but it's DEFINITE now!!

DH has been in close contact with his former employer for months, and they told him they had an opening they thought would be perfect for him in Fort Walton Beach / Destin. But because it is a huge, nation-wide corporation, they had to go through the whole hiring process just like for anyone else - extensive background check, the whole nine yards....

So, for the past few weeks, we've been waiting to hear that everything was approved, and also to get the OFFICIAL job offer.

Not that we were terribly worried - we are MORE THAN SURE this is the right decision for us. Plus, my husband's old supervisor is now the manager of the entire Florida Panhandle area, who oversees all the hiring... emoticon And we knew he was working VERY hard to work it out for us.

Today, we got the confirmation - background check CLEARED, OFFICIAL job offer on the table, start date has been settled, and salary has been determined!! Salary is going to be quite a bit more than we anticipated, which is just PURE AWESOMENESS!!! What a huge, huge, huge blessing!! Especially since it will take us quite a while to recover from the financial struggles we've had here.

YIPPY!!! Hubby is flying high on Cloud 9!!! He's so incredibly stoked to be getting his old job back!!!

NEXT WEEKEND IS MOVE-OUT WEEKEND!!!! EEEEEEEKKKK!! I'm starting to feel a little panicky!! Are we getting it all done on schedule? Are we going to be ready when that container comes next Friday???

It's gonna be a CRAZY RIDE this next week!! But I'm gonna keep workin' on my fitness & health goals. We can do this!!!

  
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MARLIMOO 5/10/2012 10:31AM

    WOOOOOO!

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SUGIRL06 5/8/2012 11:59AM

    How exciting!!! Congrats to you and the hubs!
~Ang

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 5/7/2012 11:53AM

    How awesome!!!! Congrats!!

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STEFFIROCKSIT 5/7/2012 7:14AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!
This is awesome, I am so happy for you! Watching everything fall into place for you tells me that it is ALWAYS the right thing to keep your faith.
Things happen for a reason. Sometimes it's just difficult to see.

Good luck with all the packing.

Hugs,
StefanieR>

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WONDERWOMAN 5/6/2012 7:19PM

    WONDERFUL!!!!

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    Yay!!!
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SUSIQZER 5/6/2012 2:59PM

    YAAAAAAY!!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

I can't believe that you only have a couple of weeks before the move! This time has flown right by!



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HOPEFULSWEIGH 5/5/2012 6:43PM

    Congrats!!! So happy this is working out for you. My hubby and I sold our house last year...it was in the country and we had the house up 2 years in a row....I remember what a struggle it was to sell!!! The stress financially and emotionally was insane, now that I am on the other side, I don't know how we did it!!! I have been reading your journey for a atleast a year, if not longer and I am sooo excited for you and your family!!! emoticon

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AOGOAE 5/5/2012 1:22PM

    congratulations! My in-laws live in Niceville, and it's a beautiful, peaceful place to live. I hope you find your place there!

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/4/2012 7:49PM

    I am so excited to hear the great things that lie ahead for your family!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/4/2012 7:47PM

    WoHoo congrats.

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IMARUNR 5/4/2012 4:07PM

    It's been really wonderful to watch your plans (and your faith) unfold throughout this process. What a true blessing this move looks like it will be! So, happy for you and your family!! And congratulations to DH!!

Destin is an area we want to visit...can't wait to hear about your experience as you get settled in!

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SEEHOLZ 5/4/2012 3:33PM

    That is just AMAZING for you guys! What an awesome way to come home!!!

And I am sure you it feels great to know how the bills are going to get paid :-)

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2ABBYNORMAL 5/4/2012 3:32PM

    Congratulations on your great news. I'm so happy for you.

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MADLYINLOVE 5/4/2012 3:28PM

    SO, I've never been to Destin (missed a friends' wedding there due to work schedule a couple of years ago), but is there a possibility of loop runs to the beach on long run days? ;)

Congratulations. This must give you some peace and closure. So happy it has all worked out like this for you and the fam. Look at where two months can take you! And on that note, I can't wait to see where 2.5 weeks takes us on this fun journey. Happy healthy eating and running and packing (workout #2 each day)!

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T-20 - HM in VFFs: I did WHAT?!?!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Wow, what an INSANELY crazy, yet insanely wonderful & amazing day!!! I'm still so excited that I totally can't sleep, so I gave up trying.... (Sitting here @ 3:45 am sipping some tea to help me relax... maybe I'll get another couple of hours of sleep after I write this blog.... LOL)

I ran my last race here in Germany - the Stadt- und Deichlauf Winsen (Luhe) Half Marathon. In case you are wondering, May 1st is "Tag der Arbeit", or Germany's Labor Day. My goal has been for months to break 1:50 (previous PR was 1:53:55), so I have been using a training plan from Women's Running Magazine appropriately called "Run Your Fastest Half Marathon." emoticon But I also improvised, and added some much heavier mileage, particularly within the past month. In fact, only 10 days ago, I ran 20+ miles, which really made me fear that I was "overtrained" & blew my chances to nab a sub-1:50 half marathon. Plus this was my first half marathon in Vibrams, and I didn't know if I was putting too much pressure on myself.

We got up in the morning at 6; race was to start at 9. It wasn't a big race - I am sort of a small-race junkie!! First off, because they are CHEAP - this one was only 5. And secondly, because all of the big ones seem to be on Sunday. I am really involved in my church, & I really don't like to schedule a race on Sunday morning because of that. Plus, I find the courses of the smaller races really fun & different. I ran this same half marathon in 2010, and LOVED the course. It starts at the town center of a not-so-large German town, and goes out along a levy, and then you run through some back roads & trails. The landscape is beautiful & natural, even taking me past a sheep pasture where the sheep were grazing peacefully. LOVE IT!! So, I was really glad to be able to fit this race in one more time before our big move back to the USA.

On the drive there, I kept thinking about the time goal that I had set for myself. I kept thinking, "Breaking my old PR by 4 minutes?? That is gonna be HARD!" I really didn't know if I could do it. DH & I were discussing it, in order to make sure he was there @ the finish line with the kids in time. I told him again, the goal was under 1:50, but he definitely needed to be there at about 1:45.

He told me, "Well, if you finish under 1:45, don't be upset with me if I'm not there at the finish line." (Entertaining 4 kids for an hour and 45 minutes out in the open, & then trying to round them up in time can be H.A.R.D!)

I laughed & said, "No, no, no, that would be impossible for me to make it under 1:45. I highly doubt I'm capable of that." (Remember these words, Spark People!!!)

Most of the time, I HATE putting a time goal on my races. I hate putting the pressure on myself, and I never, ever, ever want to run a race, & be really discouraged that I didn't reach some silly time. I've seen so many runners beat themselves up after races. I think that just totally takes away from the joy of the race & the joy of running. So, I was sort of kicking myself for having stuck a stupid time goal in my head!! I kept trying to reevaluate my thinking, & make sure I wouldn't be upset if I didn't make it under 1:50. I really wanted to enjoy the run either way!!

We got to the race an hour before "take-off," picked up my packet, and hung out. The weather forecast was for gorgeous, warm, sunshiny weather, even though it was still a bit chilly at first. We went to a little park area directly next to the race, and let the kids play.


There were ducks in the lake, which my little girls just found awesome! My oldest son & the twins had a great time running around & playing together. My special-needs middle son was more content just to stay in the twin stroller. He is so sweet - he gets very anxious in public places most of the time, and needs to sit in the stroller for his security. It made it quite easy on Daddy, for sure!!

Here's me posing for some pre-race photos.


One of my twins, trying REALLY hard to pose like Mommy, and being way too cool to smile & look at the camera.... Silly girl!

I used this flower garden area to run around & warm up a little pre-race, while my kids were also running around like little nuts! emoticon


This was the town center where the start & finish lines were.

And at 9 am sharp, we were off!!

I'm the one next to the guy in red on the left. The other girl in the background with the pink shirt was the first prize winner from all the women.

After we started out, I looked at my watch & thought, "Man, I'm going too fast. This is way ahead of my goal pace..... Oh well, I keep this up as long as it feels comfortable, and see what happens." I usually run by feel anyway, & the pace didn't feel too hard.... yet. So, I kept going... 1.... 2..... 3..... 4 kilometers passed, and I was still cooking along @ the same pace! I even had a guy behind me breathing down my neck... emoticon & I think he was using ME as his pacer! He stuck to me until around 12 km (more than half the race), when I don't know if he fell behind or actually passed me.

I hit a couple of hills & some strong winds here & there which slowed me down just a tad, but still stayed relatively in the same pace I started out at. As each kilometer passed, especially after the first half of the race, I kept trying to calculate when I'd be coming in to the finish line... The numbers I was coming up with were WAAAAY faster than I had planned. In fact, the numbers I was coming up with were UNDER 1:45.... I was afraid my hubby was NOT going to be there!!

Here's me floating along about 2/3 of the way through the race. Still smilin', havin' fun, and goin' strong!!


The pace I had been keeping started feeling a bit more difficult after 10 miles (16 km). I did start really feeling that I had to push a bit harder, but I certainly didn't fizzle out. As I came back into the town, and neared the town center, I sped up just a tad in my excitement, passing a guy who'd been passing me & falling behind for the past 5 km.... LOL

Just as I was about to round the last corner, I heard a little voice say, "Mommy, get ready to have your picture taken!!" A very familiar voice AND in English, so I knew it was from one of mine... emoticon So, I waved to my oldest son who'd said that, then I saw DH standing there with the camera.... It was a bit earlier than planned, but he MADE IT!!

Here I COOOOOOOOOOMMME!!!!


Waving @ hubby & smiling from ear to ear!!!


This was my beaming "Omgosh-I-can't-believe-I-just-did-that" face!!

"Did what?" you might ask.... Some runners right @ the finish line asked me about my Vibrams, and I sat down to catch my breath & answer them. Then realized I hadn't stopped my watch (and didn't know yet how I did). My watch said 1:43 and change.... WHHHAAAATTTT?!?!?! I also was told I was the second woman to cross the finish line! For the awards, the first 3 women who placed (no age-group awards here) got honored on the stage!!!

The announcers started to call out the winners of the half marathon, and I was called up! Official time - 1:43:12. Pure CRAZINESS!! I blew my old PR out of the WATER by more than 10 MINUTES!! Not to mention that I overshot my goal, BIG TIME! The 1st place winner congratulated me, and if you see in this picture, both announcers are SOOOOOOO fascinated with my Vibrams!! emoticon



For me to stand up there on stage was just such an honor. Little Ol' Me. I am just a hobby runner, and a mommy of 4 kids. I hated running in high school... with a PASSION! I don't have a personal running coach or running trainer, nor do I even have a running group here. I barely have any running friends here in Germany either. I train alone, I run my races alone. Plus, this was my last race here in Germany, and I wanted it to be really special. I am totally SHOCKED at what I achieved. Such a special day.

And of course, Hubby had to go get some of his beloved bratwurst at the race. He's gotta get as much in as possible, because the bratwurst in the States "just isn't the same," he says. emoticon

And Mikah, my oldest, got some fries.... Yes, there are times I do allow my kids to have not-so-healthy food.


BUT THAT WASN'T THE END OF MY DAY!!!!

Today the cafe that I work at celebrated their 10-year anniversary. Pretty great for 2 little farmer's wives, if you ask me!! It was a HUGE deal! I planned to work, & with the weather being so gorgeous, plus them advertising their 10 year anniversary, it was sure to be BUSY!! And it was! It was insane. So, on top of me running a killer half marathon, I went & ran around serving people coffee & cake for 4 hours straight without sitting. We were so swamped, the owner had to have her whole family come help!! Her husband & 2 sons were in the kitchen taking care of dishes, while her daughter helped us serve. Plus we had 6 adult ladies serving & taking orders. It was so much fun, though, & I was still on Cloud 9 from my race, still going strong.

To top it off even further, there was a huge celebration that evening for the cafe as well, which we were invited to. I came home just after 6, fed my family, got ready quickly, and went back to the cafe for the celebration. It was a wonderful time with our local folks that we have come to know. We sat with a few of our neighbors, & they were all so proud of me & my race. (Yes, I even got attention from THEM! Things travel fast in tiny little German villages!) This was really nice for our last mingle with the locals in Ippensen!

What an amazing day. Plus, it marks a transition for me, that our move is about to get REALLY SERIOUS! We have just a week and a half to pack the rest of our things and prepare for the container which arrives a week from Friday. It's so close now, People! In 3 weeks, we will ALREADY be in the US.

Thanks for reading all about my special day. Keep Sparking, everyone!!

  
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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 5/8/2012 9:57PM

    AWESOME!!! Your pics are great! Love the smile! Such a great day for you - and all the training paid off! This is certainly a race you will remember for a long time.
You are a fantastic role model for your kids and you should be a very proud running mamma!
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SUGIRL06 5/8/2012 12:54PM

    Wow!!! CONGRATS!!!! You really must have been on Cloud 9 that day! (and I still would be!) So happy for you!
~Ang

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SMILESRME 5/6/2012 9:11PM

    Darcy! Fabulous blog about your race, your PR, your job celebration! Such an amazing day for you; I love how God blessed you from start to finish in all things. Praying that your last week is going well as you move across the pond back to the States. You are an amazing woman and a great mom to your four lovely kids. You have such a supportive husband too!
Joy!
Julia : )

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/4/2012 8:11PM

    Wow your excitement shows right through in this blog and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see the result.

So awesome! That time is amazing.

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MARLIMOO 5/4/2012 10:23AM

    You must be PUMPED. Great time.I wish I could break 1:45!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 5/4/2012 6:09AM

    I saw a comment you'd made on MICHSTATE's page that made me want to visit your page and then I saw this... WOW! What an exciting day! emoticon on an incredible race! I hope that all goes well with your move back to the States.

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/3/2012 9:41AM

    Congrats!! Boy did you completely nail it!

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MICHSTATE 5/2/2012 1:32PM

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! You look great after the race too, not even like you just got done running at all!!!!!! 2nd place!!!!!! WooHoo!!!!

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REDRUNNER82 5/2/2012 12:06PM

    Congratulations!!! What an amazing race! I actually teared up a little reading your story :)

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TWINSMOMMY607 5/2/2012 11:24AM

    What an amazing story!!

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SEEHOLZ 5/2/2012 11:04AM

    Honestly, I'm so not surprised- you sell yourself way too short. I am jealous though-LOL - not of the time, but of the FUN- Winsen looks sooo cute and I so agree about the Bratwurst-lol.

Herzlichen Glueckwunsch Darcy!


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KJDOESLIFE 5/2/2012 9:59AM

    That is SO GREAT! Your HM time was fantastic!! I'm so jealous and hope to catch up to you one day. (But probably not in Vibrams :))

Have fun packing and I hope the move is an easy one!

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IRP1114 5/2/2012 9:49AM

    Congrats Darcy! I knw you had it in you to surprise yourself ;-)! You are amazing!!!

So nice to see pictures of your family too!!! Sounds like you all had an awesome day. Your kids are adorable. So cute when your daughter was posing with you.

Can't believe how soon you will get to finally move back to the states! You all must be so exited.

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LAURIE5658 5/2/2012 9:45AM

    Congratulations, my friend! Savor this awesome moment!!!

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PSALM42 5/2/2012 9:23AM

    woohoo! that is SO inpirational! can't wait to get back into running!

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MBSHAZZER 5/2/2012 9:19AM

    FANTASTIC!!! I do find that running LONG helps with running FAST. I managed to break 1:40 twice and both times were in the middle of marathon training. I am definitely on the longer is better bandwagon!

Glad to hear you like your VFFs, too!

Also, I know you don't like living in Germany, but it is SO beautiful!!! Hope you are moving to someplace in the states where you get such gorgeous running!

And PS - 5 euros!!! That's insane! I ran a small local half over the weekend and it cost me $75 for EARLY sign up and it was $90 for regular sign up. And NO food afterwards excpet for some donuts, gross!!

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SUSIQZER 5/2/2012 7:41AM

    That is FANTASTIC!!!!!! Congratulations on an incredible PR!!!

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NYC_NATIVE 5/2/2012 7:40AM

    Wow, wow, wow!!! Congrats on such a smokin' HM time!!! I am impressed, but you've been working on this goal, so *of course* it was going to happen. ;-)

Have a smooth move, too!

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HEAT7918 5/2/2012 6:30AM

    Amazing!! I can barely run 5k at this point - but it's much better than where I used to be... thanks for the inspiration!

Good luck moving back to the U.S.!

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MESEATURTLE 5/2/2012 3:23AM

    This is simply simply awesome!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! It has indeed been an awesome day for u!!!! Truly inspirational!!!!!

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TYKXBOY 5/2/2012 12:23AM

    Holy cow! That is an AWESOME race report! What an amazing race and a magical experience! I'm so excited for you! Woo!!! Congrats!!
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WONDERWOMAN 5/1/2012 11:59PM

    Wow, that's an amazing story. What a great day. You deserve it.

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ELYMWX 5/1/2012 11:38PM

    Well done on so many levels!

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MADLYINLOVE 5/1/2012 11:32PM

    Are you for real!? That is incredible!

Ok, that gets a best blog ever vote from me!

What a magical day to start your final month in Germany! I just knew you had this one! You aligned yourself perfectly with your training and all of your hard work PAID off! Congratulations! I'm so proud of you!!


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T-27 - 4 FRIGGIN' WEEKS, People!!!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Better BELIEVE IT!!! We are flying into Miami 4 weeks from today. Today, it REALLY hit me, when I realized our moving container arrives THE WEEK AFTER NEXT WEEK!!! I have to admit, that did make me feel a little panicky for a second. We have only 2.5 weeks to be totally prepared to load all our junk up!! BRING. IT. ON!!!

My next half marathon (#6 for me) and my very last race here in Germany is next Tuesday! I was hoping to train hard for speed, and pull off a sub-1:50 HM, but then I got scared about training for a marathon DURING all of our moving travels, and decided to put in some heavy mileage before things get crazy. Last week, I put in 54 miles, finishing the week off with a 20.5-mile run. So, even with a 10-day taper, I may be a little over-trained. Really, to me it doesn't matter - I am not all about time. While I like to hit new PRs & such, I don't like to put too much pressure on me, and I don't take tapering all that seriously.... LOL So, if I "over-trained" myself & can't break 1:50, whoop-ty-freakin'-do. I'm sure I still have fun!! And FUN is what it's all about.

I have not been seeing much progress this last week with my weight, unfortunately. But that may be due to PMS & TOM. My weight went UP, and didn't improve at all. Stupid bloating & water retention!! At least, I HOPE that is what it is!!

Today was a total bomb-out with the eating, which I am not real happy about either, especially following the progress-less week. My eating was just ALL OVER THE PLACE, and then I gave into my biggest weakness - organic peanut butter mixed with raw honey.... Match made in HEAVEN!! Only very high in calories. So, I'll just stop tracking about right now...... Tomorrow is always a new day.

Anyway, I will be very glad when TOM has passed, and I can see where I really stand.

But I will keep on keepin' on!!! I still have 4 weeks to lose less than 5 lbs!!

Happy Sparking, All!!!

  
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MADLYINLOVE 4/25/2012 11:13AM

    Four weeks to go, 400-yd dash at the finish line, let's make every second count! In this ten week race, let's make a strong finish! Make me eat your dust, woman! You're ON FIRE, keep it up!

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SUSIQZER 4/25/2012 8:02AM

    WOW, time is flying!! I can't believe that you'll be in Miami in just 4 weeks!!

I can't wait for the race report on your next half marathon. I'm sure you'll do well, and have fun!!

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NETTYBREAD 4/25/2012 6:39AM

    Yay! For Miami!!! Good luck with the half marathon. I think you'll do GREAT and really would say don't worry about being over trained. Let that be confidence that it will be an easy 13 miler and therefore... Go for it!!! emoticon

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IRP1114 4/24/2012 1:12PM

    It is getting really close now! Wow time flies.

So glad you are not beating yourself up over treating yourself! You have been working supper hard. You deserve a healthy treat. Call it a treat not a cheat ;-)

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 4/24/2012 11:46AM

    I am so excited for you!!!! Good luck on your race. I am sure you will rock it!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/24/2012 11:42AM

    Good Luck on your race. Hope your moving is flawless.

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T- 34 - ONLY 5 MORE WEEKS!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

OH, yes, I have all kinds of crazy countdowns going on!!! In 5 weeks, I should already be in FLORIDA!!

**My 10 in 10 Challenge**
That means, I have a little less than 5 weeks to lose another 2-3 pounds, since I have been doing FAR better than I thought I would! In just a little more than 5 weeks, I have lost almost 8 lbs. I didn't want to put too much pressure on myself starting out, and I had even thought, "10 pounds in 10 weeks is gonna be HARD!" But It is AMAZING how really eating healthy makes it so easy.

My secret???
** Tons of veggies (low-cal, high-volume, high-NUTRIENT! i.e. healthy!)
** No sugar nor alcohol
** Tracking the calories, and staying within range (for the most part. I've had a few slip-ups, but it's amazing how "healthy" slip-ups do not have the negative effect that junk and sweets do!)

So, 2-3 pounds, baby, and I am THERE!!

My running is also feeling GREAT! I think it largely has to do with my diet too, not just my training. My next half marathon, and LAST RACE here in Germany, is only 2 weeks away!! But I'm also training for a marathon in July (the Make It By Midnight Marathon), so I've been packing in some extra mileage for that. So far in April, I have put in 100 miles!! WOOT WOOT! And ALL in minimalist shoes.... Not too shabby, I'm thinking.

As far as the move goes, we've ordered our moving container. It'll be parked at our house on May 11th, in just 3 and half WEEKS!! We'll pack it over the weekend, and then head to my cousin's for a week before we leave. Being with family is gonna be an AWESOME way to spend our last week!

Everything's moving right along!!

  
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STANBUSH 5/10/2012 6:46AM

    hey.. make it by midnight in Macon? I'll be there.. but only having HALF as much fun as you!

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STEFFIROCKSIT 4/24/2012 2:47AM

    Darcy,
I am so happy for you! Looks like you are really rocking your life right now!

I'm neither losing nor gaining weight at the moment. Everything is in "hold" modus since I have stressed my right Achilles tendon and have to rest 2 weeks at least. Oh well, I guess I wanted too much running too soon. I will do the C25K again as soon as the pain is gone. I can run 60 minutes non-stop without being winded, but it seems my tendons need to catch up again after that long pause. I WILL DO THIS!

Good luck for your last race here in Germany!

Love and Lunges,
Stefanie

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MADLYINLOVE 4/17/2012 11:17PM

    hallelujah!!!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/17/2012 4:14PM

    I can't believe you will be here in Florida soon.

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PSALM42 4/17/2012 3:31PM

    woohoo! i agree with the veggies. I've been having a huge salad with some chicken every day for lunch. unfortunately, my 7 week old does not do well with most veggies... so i'm limited. :(

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T-37 - Rockin' my Goals!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Here's a little running motivation for the day! LOVE THIS!


My philosophy exactly.

So, It's April 14th!!! I set my goals to reach by April 15th, but figured I'd go ahead and update today.

Here were my goals:

emoticon Run 75 miles (shooting for 150 in April)
emoticon Keep filling up my plates with lots of veggies, and track that food.
emoticon Reach sub-127 lbs. (current weight 128.8 lbs)
emoticon Drink more water.
emoticon Stay away from the sugar and alcohol.

Where am I now?????

emoticon Miles run MTD: 83.1 since April 1st!!!! emoticon
emoticon Lots of veggies & food tracking: GREAT!! There were 2 free days in there, whcre I didn't really track, but I've kept up eating lots of veggies & wonderful foods! emoticon
emoticon Current weight: 126.8!! A couple of days ago, but STILL! emoticon
emoticon Drink more water - YES! But I haven't been tracking... maybe I should. emoticon
emoticon Stay away from sugar & alcohol: NO alcohol at all, and only a few tsps of sugar on a couple of different days. So, I'd say emoticon!!

Goals for April 16th-30th:
emoticon Run another 75 miles.
emoticon Keep tracking food, eating veggies - even updated my goals this past week to make sure I was in the right range.
emoticon Reach sub-125 weight! (Last weigh in 126.8) This is ultimately what I wanted to reach by May 22nd when I'm leaving Germany, so I am WAAAAAY ahead of my goal here!!
emoticon Drink 2.5 liters of water per day.... Really track it this time.
emoticon Of course, stay away from sugar & alcohol!

Most of my goals are pretty much repeats, but it is important for me to stay VERY focused on these healthy habits during such a CRAZY time as this for us. Preparing for an international move can totally derail a person, if they are not careful. So far, through REALLY giving dedicated effort to stay on top of it, I have been doing AWESOME!! I'm so thankful for the support I've gotten lately for my SparkFriends, which has helped me to find the strength & motivation to stay on track.... emoticon

Only 4 more weeks until our container will be parked in front of our house for loading!!!!! WE ARE SO EXCITED!! The house thing fell through this week, because the owner didn't want to hold it even for 2 weeks for us. That's just fine, I am sure we will find something. All the other details are coming together nicely!! CANNOT WAIT until we are there!! There will be tears, I tell ya, lots and lots of tears..... Tears of FREAKIN' JOY!!!

Keep Sparkin', friends!!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WONDERWOMAN 4/16/2012 10:17AM

    You are doing soooooo good! Great motivation for yourself and others. Thanks.

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JOPAPGH 4/16/2012 10:16AM

    Great job on your goals. Life changing events are so exciting! Good luck on the move planning.

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CAROLCRC 4/16/2012 8:04AM

    Woo Hoo! You are doing great!

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JULIA_RUN2SMILE 4/14/2012 9:32PM

    I LOVE the running mantra!!! emoticon on sticking to your plans and making your goals come true!!!

You are doing FANTASTIC - and your progress are truly a source of inspiration and motivation to me!!!

emoticon !!! I start my cuntdown soon...

Your emoticon Julia emoticon

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LAURIE5658 4/14/2012 3:36PM

    This kid is on F I R E !!!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 4/14/2012 3:19PM

    WOHOO!! Way to go!! Your dedication is amazing!

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MADLYINLOVE 4/14/2012 3:11PM

    emoticon Looks good! I need to figure out my next goals already too!

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SWEETNSKINNY 4/14/2012 1:19PM

    I'm SO EXCITED for you and your move!!! Love your goals, you are doing fantastic. Definitely a motivator!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 4/14/2012 8:50AM

    You are an inspiration. Hope you find a new house

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SUSIQZER 4/14/2012 8:49AM

    YAY to reaching your goals! Awesome work!!!

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