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So.......the update

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Crazy crazy since my last blog back in June.

Basically, neither my husband nor I have been happy the past year in Virginia. The short story is that his job was not working out as promised/hoped for, which was EXTREMELY stressful for him and in turn, extremely stressful for me and our family as a whole. We had just made the decision to stick it out one more year when he got a call from a fire department back in Michigan offering him a job and we took it as a sign that Michigan is where we really are meant to be. So, that meant he had to leave in about a week and a half after accepting, while I stayed in Virginia with the kids to pack up the house in just a few weeks. Lots of stress, no exercise and poor eating later, I am 10 lbs. heavier but less stressed out and back in Michigan. YEA!!!!!!!!

It is awesome to be back. Brian's job is SO SO SO much better now. He is much happier. I am much happier. I am getting back on track with eating. Difficult, but starting to get there. Baby steps.

We are living with my parents for a few months to get back on our feet again (holy cow moving and the cost of living and me not working did a DOOZY on our finances). While that might be challenging, it is nice to have the extra help with the kids and to just be back with family and familiar surroundings again and we will make it work. Controlling the amount of unhealthy snacks will be VERY challenging (or rather keeping my eating in control around unhealthy snacks) but that is something I would be facing one way or another and I just need to get myself under control, making healthy choices for ME, knowing that is what will make me feel good.

I will be starting a full time job in September, Jax will be starting day care, and Brett will be starting first grade (back at my OWN elementary school...LOLOL - talk about feeling like I've regressed 25 years is an understatement).

So, that is it in a nutshell. The kids are doing great. We are still tying up moving the rest of our belongings and the end of our lease in Virginia, so that is stressful, but will all get sorted out soon.

I have healthy food for our family in the house and I'm getting back to making healthy food choices, trying to control my portions and TRYING my best to not snack on all the carb-y high-calorie snacks that are around. Let's just say that my parents don't have the same eating plan in place that Brian and I do, which is fine, but I need to get myself under control.

I made some fun healthy decisions. I asked my husband for new running shoes for my birthday coming up in September. As things kind of calm down, I will DEFINITELY be incorporating exercise back into my routine, of which C25K will play a prominent part. ALSO, Brian and I will be running/wogging the Detroit Turkey Trot again this year. WOOHOO!!!!! To clarify, Brian will be RUNNING the 10K Turkey Trot and I will be wogging the 5K Stuffing Strut in about the same time it takes him to run 2x the distance. LOL My primary goal is to wog it in less time than I did in 2010 (my first and only 5K to date). I think I was around 42 or 43 minutes (yup, never said I wog fast). I know I was under 45...I'll have to check my blog from back then when I recorded my official time. Anyway, I was about 6 weeks pregnant and 15 lbs. lighter then, but I have 3 months to get ready so I SHOULD be able to lose weight, train, and accomplish this goal. A secondary goal of mine will be to WOG the whole thing without taking breaks to walk. That would be awesome. Dare I say under 40 minutes? That would be completely awesome.

So, I'm back. I updated my Spark page. I'll be checking in regularly again and keeping up with my Spark friends. I faced the scale this week for the first time in 2 months and while it was not a great number, I actually thought it would have been worse and I'm looking forward to going DOWN from here. So, yeah, that's about it!

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  • v COWCUTTER05
    Glad to hear your back in familiar surroundings! Welcome back to SP!!
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    1400 days ago
  • v FEARLESSNOW
    Welcome back!
    1437 days ago
  • v SPARKNMOM
    What a lot you've had going on!! Glad that everything has worked out to get your family back into a less stressful situation. I have no doubt you'll get back to healthy eating and exercise. Yay on the turkey trot...I need to seek one out to do as well!!
    1439 days ago
  • v COOKWITHME65
    You sure have been busy but you do sound happy and focussed on the future. Those 10lbs will drop off in no time and then some. :)
    1441 days ago
  • v STACEY3940
    Wow you certainly have had a stressful summer but at least you are back "home" again and life can get back to normal for you and your family. Good luck girl!
    1441 days ago
  • v SKFEREBEE
    Wow! You've had a doozie of a summer, haven't you? Only gaining 10 lbs. I would consider a victory considering all the stress you've been under with 2 young children. At least you have the family support you need. It makes all the difference. Yeah, northern VA wouldn't be my choice of establishing residence, either. I'm a NC girl and I miss it sometimes, but living in central VA in the boonies is a decent compromise for me and my hubby. I would love to get new running shoes for a gift. Way to go! You can do this! Rooting for you :o)
    1442 days ago
  • v CINDYDAVIS04
    Yay, hooray and WooHOO! To all of that! I know you can do it, BG. You are where you need to be geographically, and I know you can get to where you want to be physically. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other and just go!!!
    1442 days ago
  • v LITTLEFARMMOMMA
    I am so happy for you! Michigan is my state of choice, but alas! You just can't make a Yankee out of a Texan, so we stay here in West Texas where my husband is most comfortable. I've made it my home, too, but I long for our trips back home to the beautiful trees, rivers, and most of all, Lake Michigan! When you went home, weren't you SHOCKED by how dry and brown much of the grass is?! My dad is 89 years old, and he told me he has never, ever seen the grass like that in the summer there like it is this year! Sheesh! We ALL need moisture!

    I am also getting back on track, although it is surely a struggle to get things back to a routine again!

    Have a wonderful school year, my friend! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1442 days ago
  • v HLTHYRNRMOM
    Glad you all are happy back home & happy to see you back.
    Happy Wogging!!
    1442 days ago
  • v DSORGNZEDCHAOS
    Sounds like a lot of changes have been made. Baby steps are better than no steps - which is what I'm taking right now. emoticon Best of luck to you as you get yourself back on track!
    1442 days ago
  • v CHANGINGMORGAN
    Glad to hear you're happier! Although I would have loved to see you one more time! But, still, yay! Can't wait to hear how things roll.
    1442 days ago
  • v BJPENNY70
    Glad you and your family are where you will be happier. Things will fall in place in a fast fashion. Getting back on track will make you feel so much better. Congratulations on getting back into familiar ground.
    1442 days ago
  • v JO88BAKO
    Welcome back to the midwest. I live in Iowa. It's a good place to be. Hope all goes well for you!!
    1442 days ago
  • v LITERATURE_NERD
    I'm so glad you and your husband were able to move back to Michigan! My husband and I just moved from Virginia to Illinois (my home), and we are also staying with my parents for a little while. I completely understand how stressful it can be, and especially how hard it is to eat with the family. Unfortunately, my husband has been here 6 weeks and we still haven't figured it out. Please post any tips and tricks you figure out! Good luck to you, and welcome back to the Midwest!
    1442 days ago
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