Thursday, April 07, 2011
As some of you know, it took me a LONG time to sell my condo out in the 'burbs...over 17 months. When I was being honest with myself I really didn't mind that much that it wasn't selling though, because I liked living there. I've always been a suburban girl, even though I love the city. My husband's condo, which is where I live now, is in Dorchester and there were lots of reasons I didn't think I'd like living here:
1. The neighborhood isn't safe
2. It's small
3. No washer/dryer in unit
4. Longer commute
Well, I'm happy to say I was wrong - I love living here, for lots of reasons:
1. I finally have the same address as my husband = lots of quality time together
2. We can save $1,500-$2,000 per month now!!
3. So close to some of the BEST EVER PLACES TO RUN!!
The past two days I've run a route similar to this: www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3121118
If you ever have a chance to run in Boston, I highly recommend running in this area. This specific map is of today's run, which started and ended at the Arnold Arboretum. From there I went to Jamaica Pond, then down paths all the way to Huntington Ave, then back up the other side of the little river that runs there, across the other side of the pond, and back to the Arboretum. The route is filled with trees, well-maintained paths along waterways and parks, and tons of people out jogging, biking, or walking with their dogs or babies. I love it!! No wonder Boston is known for having a relatively fit population - it's so fun to run here!
As for the downsides to living here:
1. It's not safe BUT it's getting better. Two homes on my street that used to house shady characters are now vacant, and being remodeled. A neighbor contacted us about a neighborhood initiative to improve the neighborhood. And despite everything on the news about Dorchester, my husband and I personally have never encountered anything unsafe ourselves. Everyone has either been friendly or just neutral. And I'm incredibly close to some really nice areas that almost cancel out how bad the immediate neighborhood is.
2. It's small BUT we have enough room. We sold/donated a lot of my furniture so we wouldn't have to squeeze it all in here, and I'm surprised at how uncramped it ended up feeling once we were all settled.
3. There's no washer/dryer in unit BUT we've been using a laundry service - drop off dirty laundry, pick it up the next morning all clean and neatly folded ;) Luxury!
4. Longer commute BUT it's not bad...the morning drive gives me some "me time" to drink my coffee and listen to the radio, and as I've mentioned in other blogs my drive to the gym is much quicker than I'd thought - just a little over 20 minutes from work to the gym, and then another 20ish from the gym to home. Plus with places around here that are so great to run, I actually avoid going to the gym when I can! (I go when the weather is bad or when I need to do my strength training)
So....we're having trouble getting preapproved for a mortgage to buy a house. But I don't mind, because I actually love being a Bostonian and living right here, in Dorchester. I never thought I'd say that, but I am!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
It's become a cliche: "Diets don't work. I'm not on a diet - I'm living a healthy lifestyle."
My (overly literal) reaction has always been, "But everyone has a diet - a diet is what you eat. Of course you can lose weight and get healthier by changing your diet."
And yet I feel myself coming to the same conclusions as the people who like to talk about how "diets don't work." I believe that PRESCRIBED diets might not work, because there needs to be room for adjustment. Whether or not an individual needs a prescribed diet as a jumping off point, eventually the plan needs to be individualizedfor, and by, that individual. And the fine-tuning is an on-going process. When something doesn't seem to be working, figure something else out.
Several months ago I complained in a blog post that I was hungry, but I'd planned out my menu in advance and I'd already eaten what I'd planned to eat. One of the comments on that blog was, "If you're hungry, eat something!" At the time I thought yeah yeah, eating without a plan is what got me overweight in the first place. But eventually I changed my plan. Now the plan is that when I'm hungry, I eat something. When I'm not hungry, I don't. I listen to my body and I don't sacrifice my own comfort for weight loss, because a plan that causes me to be uncomfortable can never be sustained long-term. Plus it's not necessary to be uncomfortable, at least not much (there are occasions where I deliberately put off eating, like if I'm hungry but about to go out to a restaurant, but then the discomfort is only temporary). However, as I've been mentioning a lot lately, when I'm hungry and eat something, it's not a free-for-all pig-out. Other than my three meals and one mini bag of almonds per day, when I'm hungry I mostly eat fruits and vegetables. By doing that, I can eat when I'm hungry, get full, but still not overload on calories. And so far this is working for me. I've lost 14 pounds in 10 weeks! :) And people are starting to comment - my husband says I'm looking thin again, a coworker asked what I'm doing that's working so well (of course I said SparkPeople!!!), and my principal said I've been looking younger these days. I am so excited for spring and summer now that I'm happy with my weight. And yes, I really am happy with my weight. I weighed 153.8 this morning. This probably wouldn't be most people's ideal weight for a 5'6" woman, but I like how it looks on me and I like how I feel at this weight. My BMI just squeaks into the healthy range and I'd honestly be happy if I maintained this weight long-term.
In other news, I've had this awful cold/cough for the past week or so that I'm really looking forward to getting rid of so that I can feel 100% again. And even though I just moved into my hub's condo, we've already started looking at houses. We did a mortgage pre-preapproval last night, and I'll let you guys know if we start making offers!!
Thursday, March 24, 2011
154.0lbs, 24.9 BMI :)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Wow, what a busy few days it's been. We spent the entire weekend packing and moving, and then the closing on my condo happened on Monday. FINALLY! I'd been trying to sell since October 2009. I now live at the condo my husband has owned since 2007. We already had been staying here about half of the time, but having all our stuff here now is both more comforting but also really crowded. We're still unpacking and getting organized, and it's only going to get better from here.
I joined Work Out World and was pleasantly surprised to find out that a) the membership includes unlimited access to any other Work Out World, and b) the amount of time it takes to drive from work to the one I picked, and then from the gym to my new home, is only five minutes longer than just driving straight home would be. In other words, it's way more convenient than I'd thought!
I was UNPLEASANTLY surprised to see how run down the gym was, and also the policy about signing up for classes 30 or less minutes before a class and getting a ticket also seems like a big hassle (people were asking what to do if they wanted to go to two classes in a row, and the guy at the front desk admitted that is a flaw in the system), but this gym is super cheap and they have the classes and machines that I like best, so I'm happy. Even with the move I haven't missed a single workout, yay!
As if moving weren't hectic enough, work is very busy right now too. This week we've started our No Child Left Behind testing, which is called MCAS in Massachusetts. I am one of the MCAS coordinators at my school, so things have been CRAZY! I'm in charge of fifth grade, which started today, and yesterday I THOUGHT I was all prepared at 3 P.M. so I could leave work assured that all was ready to go. But when I checked my email one last time, I had THREE big last-minute changes to deal with! Why do people wait until the very last minute?? I couldn't sleep last night, and I think my mind was still racing from the MCAS prep. Then there were two MORE last minute changes this morning. But we made it through.
EDIT - BREAKING NEWS - I just read an email from my mother-in-law. Her brother had a meeting with his oncologist today about the results of his last-ditch-effort round of chemo. He had been expecting to discuss hospice care but instead the doctor was stunned to report that the cancer is currently completely GONE! What amazing beautiful news.
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