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The News Update!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Hey everyone!

I am SO sorry about the status post yesterday and lack of follow up blog that I promised. I got ridiculously busy at work rather unexpectedly.

And now I’m going to make you wait for it just a little bit longer, after I talk about actual spark related stuff!

I went to the doctor yesterday for my heart. The doctor ordered me to go for an Echo & to pick up a Holter monitor to wear for the weekend. As she said – it is better to know than not know if something is wrong and she is glad that I came in. The type of flutter I described and what brought it on (the run!) could be indicative of a problem, but it could also be nothing. She knows the anxiety of not knowing is worse for me, so we’re taking a few steps to make sure that I’m okay. That being said, that anxiety has kept me from doing too much exercise and she recommended keeping it light until we’re sure. I am walking, slowly, and I have met my “spark recommended steps” each day. I usually aim to double that but I haven’t been. I was also in training three days this week which threw off my usual lunch walks. I am going to hold off on weighing myself for two weeks. I found that I was getting too emotional about it all and that is the LAST thing I need right now. All of that being said, after I do the tests today and wear the monitor all weekend – we will know for sure that hopefully I am just crazy and one of those weird people who just have a heart that likes to have extra beats.

Eating wise I’ve had sushi twice this week, by accident. The other night my bf and I made giant taco salads. I cut up fresh romaine hearts, we had ground turkey on top with trader joe’s taco seasoning (I feel like it is better for you than others? Maybe?) and salsa. I crumbled three lime Tostitos on top. I ate the whole darn thing and it was overflowing from my plate. Why did I feel so guilty about it?! I think it was the volume! We had hummus grilled chicken wraps Monday night, which always end up looking really gigantic (I put tons of veggies on mine) and I always feel guilty after finishing those too – like – why do I put so much volume into my stomach?! And then I had one “bad night” where BF and I split a small crab pretzel and wings, and I had one beer and a shot of tequila… because…

Thanks in part, I’m sure, to all of the positive vibes from you guys – my BF got a new job! I know I mentioned on here how down he has been at his current job and how I’ve been struggling to keep up a positive attitude seeing him so sad. He found a GREAT opportunity and he starts next month! He is giving his notice to his current job today and last night I saw him smile more than he has in a longggggggg time. It felt SO good! His boss was extra stupid towards him yesterday and he just sat there taking it because he knew he was moving on. This job isn’t just getting him out of a bad situation, it also sounds like an EXCELLENT next step to advance his career, so he is very excited to be learning and growing again. Both of us get really agitated by stagnation and it is awesome to see the fires lit in him again!

This also means… dun dun dun… we’re going to have to move. It is a bit complicated. My job is very north, his new one will be very south. We’re trying to find a good middle ground. We’re both going to end up having to commute longer. I’m not very worried about it because my newish job has a gym and all, so I know my exercise will be covered either way. He has never commuted more than five minutes in his life, so it will be a big change for him. I think we’re both tired of our current neighborhood. Now begins the search for finding a new place! Eek! We’re going to get to explore some new neighborhoods and get a fresh start. I know it may be stressful at times but we are on this journey together and that feels good too!

SO that’s my news. I may or may not have a heart problem and my BF has a new job which will bring us some exciting change!

Today is our company picnic. I am going to check it out before I leave for the doctor stuff. They are serving veggie burgers, which I am going to lettuce wrap. Woo hoo healthy options! The Oriole bird and Poe the Raven are coming. I know they are just random people in giant furry suits but I love them and never miss an opportunity to get a picture with them! Maybe I will even post one on here if it works out – say what?!

I’m probably going to lay low this weekend. This monitor kind of has cables everywhere and hangs around my neck, so I might go see my parents and do some living situation hunting from home. There are a few redbox movies I have been meaning to watch. It will be sad not to get to the pool or anything, but such is life. Now I just have to make sure I don’t sit at home and EAT all weekend. Pfffft! Anyways, I hope that you all have had a great week and enjoy the weekend!
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  • BRADMILL2922
    Hope all your health things go ok! But congrats on the job for the BF and for getting a new place! New beginnings are fun!
    1696 days ago
    ooh! congrats to your bf! moving is exciting, not the actual process of it but I love looking at houses. Sometimes i get on craigslist and look at houses even though we have no intention of moving any time soon.

    I think it's a good idea to put the scale away for a little bit. Now that I'm done with the whole30, I'm still trying to figure out what place the scale has in my life.

    Also, something i think about with salads is, think about how much that stuff cooks down when you saute it. It really doesnt amount to all that much volume, if you're putting lots of actual veg in it. And taco seasoning isn't hard to make yourself at all and lots better.

    Did I tell you about the plantain tostadas I made. Its super easy if you have a food processor and a really good gluten free option for fajitas and stuff. Not as crispy as corn tostadas but a good nutritional option.

    praying your test results are good!
    1696 days ago
    I'm sure there is not gonna be a problem, I guess it's just stress... But it's a good thing that you are checking it!
    Congratz to your BF about the new job! So glad to read that he's smiling again!

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    1696 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/28/2013 5:22:20 PM
    Oh my gosh! I am so happy for you and so very happy for him! I know how that can wear on you (being in the wrong job for you). I love moves, you can get rid of half your stuff and go nuts building a new home for the two of you! So big congrats - boo to long commutes!
    Dont' worry about your weight at all right now! I hope your heart is healthy and strong and I hope you get to relax this weekend and celebrate!

    1696 days ago
  • SLEE103
    my heart "flutters" too, when I went to my doc, she seemed incredulous that I hadn't mentioned it sooner, but I've had it very occasionally for as long as I can remember so....yeah. But she gave me an EKG and it came up fine. But, I know how you feel! a heart is nothing to take lightly, I'm glad you're not.

    BIG congrats to your bf!!! that is so amazing. I am so happy for both of you, it sounds like you guys are on such a good track, yay!! so how far south are moving, huh huh huh? I know your feelings on DC BUT it would still be cool if you were closer ;)

    Happy weekend!
    1696 days ago
  • SUMMER2203
    ok first of all -- i am totally with you on the feeling guilty about a huge salad thing haha. i always make ENORMOUS salads, and even if they are under 400 calories, i always feel SO FULL and guilty afterwards. but theyre good for us! so no more feeling guilty :)

    also yyayyyyyy for your bf!!!!!! i am so happy for both of you. there is nothing better than seeing the person you love feeling good about him/herself :)

    and a move is so exciting!!!! my boyfriend and i started an apt search yesterday so we can be on the hunt together :) :)
    1696 days ago
  • KELLY19770
    Congrats to the BF on the new job!! Very exciting!
    Keep us updated on how the heart situation is! We want you to continue to be healthy and happy!!!
    1696 days ago
    Congratulations to the BF!!!! Exciting! Good luck with the holter monitor, hopefully it's nothing serious.

    I love that there is a Poe the Raven mascot! I want to see pictures!!!

    Have a great weekend!
    1696 days ago
    He got the job!!! That is so great. I was keeping him in prayer. Yay for you guys! I hope y'all are able to find a place to live that will be a good compromise for the both of you to travel to work. I'll continue to keep your health in prayer. :)
    1696 days ago
    Excellent! Glad you have your doc moving on the heart situation. It will be good to get some insight on that!

    I hear you on the eating too much guilt. Your salad sounds like it was healthy enough. It couldn't have possibly been too many calories. For me, I think maybe just the full/stuffed feeling in the stomach triggers the guilt and worry because it's kind of an automatic response. When I would eat unhealthily on a regular basis, I'd also usually eat until I felt full. When I feel full, it makes me think I've been unhealthy, when actually I might not have been...or at least the bulk hasnt been high calorie. It's a behavioral response for sure.

    Also, so happy to hear about your BF's news. Sounds like you guys are gearing up for an totally fresh start with the job and new place. That's exciting!

    Yes! Post a pic with you and the mascots!!!! LOL.

    Have a great weekend watching movies and taking it easy. This is one of those excellent situations where you *have* to because the doc said!
    1696 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/28/2013 10:35:58 AM
    A new job, and a new place, that's really exciting! I really hope there's nothing wrong with you health wise, that's scary. I'm glad your doc is getting to the bottom of things for you!
    1696 days ago
    Oof! Good luck on the home-hunt! Assuming all goes according to plan, I'll be getting that spot where I can toboggan to work. :)

    Hope your commute doesn't get TOO much longer!
    1696 days ago
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