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And My Body Fat % is..... (Drum roll, please)

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I am one of those people that use a scale religiously. I have used the scale as my goal guide for a long time....

I know, I know, there are a LOT of scale haters out there. BUT I do realize that it is just a number, I don't base my life's happiness on it, I don't get bent out of shape when it fluctuates up a little (for the most part emoticon), and I TOTALLY realize that body composition - muscle mass vs. fat - is far more important than just weight....

Which is why I pump weights hard too. emoticon And have for quite some time.

With all this talk about body fat being more important than weight, I was totally curious to find out what mine really was. I just really didn't have a way to measure that to find out.

I found a few websites that said to measure this & that- like your waiste, hips, arms, in relation to your wrist- so I did that, but came up with what I thought was a pretty high number.... in the mid-20s. I thought that couldn't be right. So, I was left just wondering..... emoticon emoticon emoticon

Then, after much debate about where to join a gym, I joined the Y. I decided to go ahead & do the fitness assessment with their staff, & get a personalized workout assigned to me (as part of my membership). So, yesterday I went in for my fitness assessment - we went over medical history & issues (which I have virtually none), then she took my measurements, weight, & measured my "flab" by pinching & pulling it (OUCH!!) & using a little device to measure the skin/fat.

I was DYING to know what that number was!! So, she quickly put it in the computer & gave me a printout.

And the verdict is.......

16% body fat!

WOW! She said 12-16% is where athletes usually are, so she said that is super. (I think even she was impressed.... emoticon) I believe the term she used was "the ELITE athlete range!" She said anything UNDER 12% will cause serious health problems, so I am definitely not shooting to get under that.

Not bad for this little mommy of 4, who has only used a scale as a guide!!! Funny thing is, I have BARELY done ANY strength training for the past 6-7 weeks, since we moved out of our house in Germany. So, I really wonder where I was BEFORE I left Germany....... Hhhmmmmmmm...... emoticon

She will be formulating a workout for me, & going through it with me on Monday. After 8 weeks, she will do all my measurements again, & change up my workout.

So, for the next 8 weeks..... it is GAME ON!!!! I'm already shooting to lose those last few pounds that I didn't get off before leaving Germany, plus I want to focus on my ST & building some muscle mass. It will be so fun to see what my measurements say in 8 weeks!!

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    That is a fantastic number! I'd be curious, but no where to do it here. Tape measure it is. :D

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LAUROCHKA 7/8/2012 2:33PM

    Wow! You Elite athlete you! Great work. Lxx

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    Awesome....wish I was like you.

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SEEHOLZ 7/7/2012 4:38PM

    I always find it funny that you feel so surprised by how fit and strong you are!
Even without ever seeing you in person, I would have guessed like 18%... so 16% doesn't surprise me ( there can be plus or minus 1-2% errors on calipers- just so you know).

All that steamy running in the heat is going to pay off soon enough as well- just think how strong you'll feel once it actually does cool off? You guys in Florida are lucky that way :-)

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MADLYINLOVE 7/7/2012 1:31PM

    Way to go, WOW!


Tearin' it up!!

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IRP1114 7/7/2012 12:35PM

    That is awesome Darcy! Congrats on such a great number ;-)! Be proud girl. 16% is definitely good number. That is why you can see your abs! That is the number I have to aim for to see mine. Witch is why 18 is my goal so I can be close enough to the 16 I need to be at to see my abs.
You rock! So motivating!!!! I can't wait to get back on track with you on our challenge next week.

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PIXIEMOM13 7/7/2012 12:07PM

    Wow that's awesome! I'm betting mine is in the 40% range, personally (even after losing 50 some lbs)... I'd love to have it tested so I have a concrete number to measure progress (of which there will be!) against.

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MICHSTATE 7/7/2012 10:37AM

    Darcy- That is awesome!!!!! I am curious what mine is too, my scale has a body fat measurement (which I don't think is very accurate), and mine is in the upper 20's usually.... I would be thrilled with your #!!!!!

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AELARLEE1 7/7/2012 10:16AM

    Incredible, jus incredible!

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SUSIQZER 7/7/2012 9:15AM

    So awesome!! All of your hard work -- and hard lifting -- is definitely paying off!!!

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PSALM42 7/7/2012 8:21AM

    especially for a woman 16% is incredible! good luck with your gym!

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LAURIE5658 7/7/2012 8:19AM

    Darcy, if you aren't giddy about that you should be!!! Have a Giddy day!!!!!!!

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WONDERWOMAN 7/7/2012 7:47AM

    Wow Darcy! That's like Super Duper Athlete range. But then again, look at what you do; you are a super duper athlete. Sounds like the Y may be a good fit for you. I'll be watching and cheering on your progress the next couple months. All I see in the future is an even more fit and streamlined you!
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No time... Having too much fun!!

Monday, June 25, 2012

So, Friday, June 22nd, marked ONE MONTH of us being back in the USA! Has it really been that long? It's almost been that long since I've blogged last too. But I have just been SOOOOOOOO busy having a great time being back, there just hasn't been time.

I think we are over the worst, most stressful time of the move at this point -

* We bought a car.

* Hubby started his new/old job. emoticon

* We rented a house & moved in.

* We received our container from Germany & got everything unloaded at our house.

* We even found a great church.

The kids adjusted like it was absolutely NOTHING. They never even acted like we crossed an ocean or 6 times zones. The adjusted to the time change immediately, & they have loved all the old friends & family we've gotten to catch up with, & all the new people we are meeting. From the moment we arrived, it was amazing how at home we all felt, German hubby included. It's been AWESOME!

I stopped tracking my food since about a week before we left. I just couldn't keep up with all the new meals (not being at home with me own cooking / familiar foods). So, I just gave up tracking, & tried to keep it as healthy as possible. Of course, on many days, it wasn't even that, because of lack of choices.... especially the day we flew. Airplane food.... BLECH!!!

But I weighed myself last week sometime, and it was 127.2 lbs. I think my lowest weight in the weeks before I left was 125.8, so I feel GREAT about the lack of degression through all of the stress & changes we have gone through.

I have kept up with my running. I have had to adjust my schedule here & there, & I certainly skipped a run or 2, but for the most part, I hung on the best I could! Last week was my best training week so far since my last HM on May 1st, with 46 miles on the books for the week. I did get one ST session in on Thursday, first checking out the Y & doing Zumba / Zumba Tone class & then following it up with my on ST session at home. FELT AWESOME!! This week I will be joining the Y, so I will be able to start getting some consistent ST in each week once again!!! YEAH!

Every day, my heart is filled with gratitude towards God that we have made it back to the States. We are all so very thrilled about where we have ended up. Thanks for all your encouragement along the way, Sparkers!!!

Spark on, my Friends!!

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MARLIMOO 7/3/2012 6:43AM

    USA USA - perfect time to be back. Fourth of July!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 6/29/2012 8:09AM

    Fabulous news!!! So happy everything is going so smoothly for you and your family!

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SUGIRL06 6/28/2012 7:28PM

    Glad your whole family is transitioning so well!!

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KJDOESLIFE 6/27/2012 11:03AM

    That's awesome! I'm so happy things are going well for you. :)

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SLEEPYDEAN 6/27/2012 10:44AM

    So glad to hear everything is going so well for you and your family!

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    Great Job - glad everything is going so well.

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SEEHOLZ 6/26/2012 11:47AM

    The Y is my 2nd home-lol! Glad you are having such a great time- Sparks is always here for you!!!

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MADLYINLOVE 6/25/2012 4:28PM

    Wow look at ALL that you've accomplished in ONE MONTH!!! (can't believe it has been one month already)

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You ROCK your days like you ROCK your runs!

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SUSIQZER 6/25/2012 3:42PM

    How has it been a month already? Wow!!

I'm so glad that you're so happy about your move, and that it's all gone so well. You've worked so hard for this, it's awesome that it's all coming together!!

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IRP1114 6/25/2012 2:31PM

    Way to go maintaining through all of this Darcy! You are awesome! emoticon

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WONDERWOMAN 6/25/2012 2:04PM

    So great to read of your amazing successes. You kept the faith when things were not looking so good, knowing God would care for you and your family. You are now reaping the rewards. I do hope we get to meet sometime when I am down south. We'll have to find a race to do together (well, the same race - you'll definitely be miles/minutes ahead of me).
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MBSHAZZER 6/25/2012 11:59AM

    Darcy, so glad to hear you are loving your "new" life!

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/25/2012 11:51AM

    I can't believe it's been a month either!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 6/25/2012 11:49AM

    I am SO happy for you and your family!!!!

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LAURIE5658 6/25/2012 11:35AM

    The thing I think is cool for me is I was in that Y when I ran the 5k while we were visiting Pensacola. I received my first bling there!!!!! Enjoy!!

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AELARLEE1 6/25/2012 11:32AM

    Darcy, this is a wonderful post! A great read for Monday morning blahs. So glad you are getting settled and it feels good, that is so important! Transitions like this are so very hard, but sounds like you focused on the right things.

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My Insane Week.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wow. The mayhem of our international move has really come to a peak this week!!! From trying to buy a car, to having to get a new driver's license, to trying to find a house, & trying to deal with borrowing other people's cars until we get ours..... I have been running around & around like CRAZY!!

Adjusting to a new running routine & new trails, on top of all this moving madness, has really killed my running this week. I haven't gotten a run in since Saturday, until this evening. Tonight, I finally had a chance to venture out & discover the running trails here. There isn't much to choose from, but I managed to get in a 10 K run tonight, which felt AWESOME!! I wanted to go further, but it was already quite dark & getting late.

As far as our move goes, we bought a car!! Hubby is thrilled, because we found one that was exactly what he wanted, with SA-WEET options on it. So now we have transportation (and really NICE transportation at that!).

DH also started his job this week. He's having a BLAST seeing all his old work buddies. They are so glad to have him back too.

As we got into Pensacola, & I started SERIOUS house-hunting, I was finding everything was being rented out FAST. But I FINALLY found a house that looked great, even though it was on the small side, size-wise. (But I am flexible!! LOL) The location & everything seems great, so we are going for it! We've already been approved & will be signing the lease tomorrow. We will be able to move in on June 8th!!! YEAH! We will soon have a home!!

So, there is my update. Man, I feel like such a lazy bum in the running & ST dept. Can't wait to get settled!!!!!

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MAGGIE101857 6/8/2012 6:43AM

    I'm always amazed at your coping skills - you get so much accomplished; never a day wasted!!! Welcome back!! Hoping to meet you one of these fine days!!! emoticon

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so glad you are settling in - the house sounds great. Dang, I envy you since I would really love to live in the USA.

It's been raining for a week non-stop now here in Germany (well, YOU know what THIS feels like!) and it's getting really annoying; I would fancy some sun and warmth for a change.

You know what they are saying about how to find out that summer has arrived in Northern Germany? ....The rain gets warmer HAHA!

Happy to hear that Jan has a blast at his new/old job and that they gave him a warm welcome. So you all will be feeing at home very soon, I guess.


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IMARUNR 6/1/2012 2:41PM

    Way to go getting everything done! You've got amazing strength and patience! :) Super excited you found a place to live and everything has gone least from the outside looking in!! So happy for you and your family!
You're doing simply AMAZING!

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/1/2012 11:14AM

    You have a lot on your plate for sure!

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    Running will happen when life settles...just be patient.

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LAURIE5658 6/1/2012 10:25AM

    I just can't believe how everything is falling into place. It's an amazing journey thus far!

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TWINSMOMMY607 6/1/2012 9:10AM

    You would think that since your life is calm at the moment that you would not have any issues finding time to run. I mean come on moving internationally is not that big of an idea ;p

Seriously, don't be too hard on yourself. You and your family just had a major life change and things are bound to be crazy for a little while. I admire the fact that despite the craziness you still want to run, believe me that would be the farthest thing from my mind.

I'm glad to hear that you guys got a SA-WEET ride and the housing situation is turning around!!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 6/1/2012 8:49AM

    Sounds like craziness for sure!
I used to be stationed in Pensacola...beautiful area!
Enjoy the excitement of some place new!

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NYC_NATIVE 6/1/2012 8:06AM

    You'll be back and attacking those runs in no time again. You've had so much on your plate recently! Congrats on having everything come together. :D

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MARATHON_MOM 6/1/2012 7:05AM

    I am so thrilled for you! You are home... and everything is looking up!
A home, a car, new job for DH, and you're getting back to a running routine! I know it must have been crazy the last couple of weeks, but I am super impressed with how well you have handled everything!

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ESCHMIEDT 5/31/2012 11:49PM

    I don't think anyone is holding you accountable to a fairly time consuming running schedule after you've made a huge international transition. Get yourself situated and settled first. Congrats on the new car!

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ELYMWX 5/31/2012 11:36PM

    So glad to hear that things are working out for you!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Yep, that's right, folks!! After 25 hours of travel time, we made it safely to my sister's house in Port St Lucie last night at 10 pm EST. I can't believe I'm here!!! I can't believe it's been 5 YEARS since I have even been in my home country!!

Our travels were rough. We have all been sick, and on Monday afternoon / evening, I came down with something really bad - very sore throat, fever, the whole works. I was taking every natural remedy to boost my immune system, and hoping it would get better before we had to leave at 3 am on Tuesday morning.

Fortunately, the fever left before we got up @ 3! My throat was still sore a little, but not too bad, and I wasn't achy & feverish. PHEW!!

Our flight did get delayed from Berlin to Miami, & there was a point where they were "expecting technical difficulties" & we weren't even sure how they were going to proceed. Not fun, with 4 very tired kids.... But they worked it out fairly quickly, & we were soon on the plane & on our way!!!

The kids did pretty good on the plane. There were a few pretty bratty spells, when I'm sure we were that really annoying family with the fussy kids that no one wants to sit next to. But we managed. Fortunately they slept ALOT!

Upon arrival in Miami, hubby & I split up, because he had to go through immigration, and I knew the kids couldn't handle another 3 hours of sitting. We hadn't realized beforehand that it would take that long. So, I headed to pick up the luggage & meet up with my sister, & he went to his immigration screening alone. It took nearly 4 hours before he was out! But we found each other ok, & then headed home to my sister's house in Port St. Lucie.

We all slept SUPER GOOD last night, & got up at 7 am this morning.... So, I am READY to beat whatever jetlag that may try to hit!!

Time to go see about getting my first Stateside RUN in!!!!

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BARBARASCH 6/2/2012 11:39AM

    glad you have finally arrived safely!

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LAUROCHKA 5/30/2012 6:49AM

    Wow! Quite a journey! Wishing you all the best back in your homeland. Sounds like you've been geting loads of runs in already.
Take care

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RUN2BEFREE 5/27/2012 7:07PM

    Looking forward to meeting you in FWB!

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    Welcome Back!!

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SEEHOLZ 5/25/2012 10:05AM

    Welcome back to the US! I didn't realize you have not been home in 5 yrs- that's a long time. I used to visit Germany every year and then didn't go back from 2001 to 2005- it felt so THERAPEUTIC to get off that plane. It was like I knew who I was, because I knew where I grew up. I miss it, but I have lived her for 16 yrs, so I know it would be a huge adjustment to move back and I just couldn't do that to my son. Plus, even though I would be fine moving back- I can't imagine living that far away from him. That said, Dan and I are planning on buying an apartment over there- for the future :-) If I ever do retire, I wouldn't mind splitting my time between here and Neuss- that's my ultimate goal- to live both places :-) Btw, we are flying out June 2 for 2 weeks and I cannot wait!
Anyways, I'm glad you are FINALLY home!!!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 5/25/2012 6:07AM

    Glad everything worked out! Hope you are feeling even better today and are ready for that run!

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MAJTMS 5/24/2012 10:47AM

    Yay! Glad you survived the cross-Atlantic move! I don't think I could have done what you did and stay on track with my eating and exercise. Congratulations on a job well done.

When does the container arrive with all the stuff?


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MICHSTATE 5/23/2012 3:19PM

    Yay!!!! Welcome back!!!!!!:-)

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KJDOESLIFE 5/23/2012 2:03PM

    YAY! This is GREAT!! Welcome back!

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TWINSMOMMY607 5/23/2012 1:25PM

    Welcome back to the U.S.!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 5/23/2012 11:57AM

    Welcome home!

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SUSIQZER 5/23/2012 11:05AM

    emoticon Welcome home!!!!

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1EMMA2011 5/23/2012 10:57AM

    How awesome it must feel to be reunited with your Sister!! I imagine that run will feel so incredible and you will have a lovely vacation. Thank you for your inspiring story! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURIE5658 5/23/2012 10:23AM

    Finally! WELCOME HOME!!!!!


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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 5/23/2012 9:59AM

    WOO HOO!!! Congrats!!!! I am so excited for you and your family!!

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IRP1114 5/23/2012 9:52AM

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So glad to hear you are feeling better too! That is great news. You will need the energy from a good run to deal with everything to come!

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IMARUNR 5/23/2012 9:38AM

    YAH!!! emoticon
Welcome home!! You're not very far from me!! I'm sure you're enjoying the time with your sister and the kids are enjoying this experience!!
When do you head to your new home?

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WONDERWOMAN 5/23/2012 8:38AM

    I can't even imagine what that run will feel like...both physically and emotionally. Enjoy!!

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PSALM42 5/23/2012 8:34AM

    emoticon welcome back!
4 hours for immigration? wow!

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T- 11 days - THIS IS IT!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Things are 'bout to get CrAzY up in HERE!!! Today is the LAST DAY before our container comes! One moment, I feel like we are pretty much ready.... the next, I look around & see all the crap that's still sitting around, & I start to panic!!

I really wish someone with more moving experience could come over & just tell us if we are on good track or not. Our container should arrive first thing in the morning tomorrow, but we also have a TON of running around to do, things that couldn't be taken care of on any other day. So, tomorrow is going to be INSANE!!

That other panic-inducing issue is the fear that all of our stuff WON'T fit in our 20' container. We are not taking all of our furniture - in fact, we threw a LOT out. But what we do have, along with our 70 boxes or so.... There is just no way to tell until we actually pack that junk up. So, I guess we will have to see.

At least we have some friends coming to help on Saturday, to help pack & clean up for the new owners. I'm sure we can get it done, but it is all so nerve-wracking!!

On a better note, I was battling cold symptoms earlier this week, and am feeling much better - YEAH!! And today, I weighed in at 125.8.... DOUBLE YEAH!! emoticon emoticon I'm sticking to healthy eating choices, with the exception that yesterday I baked my "famous" chocolate chip cookies for my BodyPump class as a "goodbye" thing, and ate a little bit of it.... NOT MUCH, though, so I was not totally derailed! In spite of not feeling well, I kept up with my exercise 100% according to plan. This Saturday, I will do my very last "goodbye" run on my home turf, a planned 20-miler. It will be nice to see my long route one last time.

I'm very very pleased with the fact I have been able to keep up with my health & fitness goals in spite of all the craziness. It was good that I wrapped my head around this many weeks ago, & made goals for myself. That has really been what has kept me on track!!!

I can't believe this is happening, Spark Peeps!!! After all the times I've blogged about this, and daydreamed about all of this, the big move is actually taking place. I'll be so glad on Sunday after EVERYTHING is packed in that container, & we are on our way to my cousin's house near Kaiserslautern!!!!

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KIMPOSSIBLE82 5/10/2012 1:55PM

    Good luck with the move! You'll make it fit :)

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TWINSMOMMY607 5/10/2012 12:30PM

    Woohoo! You are on the right track! Good luck with the move and everything!

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AELARLEE1 5/10/2012 12:14PM

    Oh my, yes, moving and maintaining your life and health are a real challenge! I have moved 26 times in 36 years of marriage, all of them in the first 27 years, so I know how you feel. Space--the final frontier in moving! Use any available small space to fill with unbreakable stuff. I used sheets, towels, even clothes to wrap breakable items in, and purged galore before and after a move. --In fact, I miss the purging part and can see the lack of doing it filling our house with stuff to maintain but is not being used, so decluttering in a major way is almost here.

I am hoping that once you are at your Cousin's house you have the MOST relaxing wonderful time and the transition back to the states turns out wonderful for you!!

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MADLYINLOVE 5/10/2012 9:14AM

    You said it best - BELIEF + HARD WORK = SUCCESS! Keep it up!


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LAURIE5658 5/10/2012 8:55AM

    I remember the bad old days when everything looked so bleak for you and now look! God is glorious!!!!


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    Make sure you aren't taking stuff you don't love or need.

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MARATHON_MOM 5/10/2012 6:29AM

    Hang in there, girl... it's almost here! You're doing great handling everything, and I know it must feel insane, but it'll be over soon and you'll be in the STATES!
I can't even imagine how stressful a international move must be! I've moved a million times, so it's nothing new to me... but it must really be stressful moving so FAR!

Congrats on staying on track with your goals, even through the craziness!

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 5/10/2012 6:02AM

Everything will work out fine:)

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