RUNDARCYRUN's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=RUNDARCYRUN RUNDARCYRUN's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ Reviving my Sparkpage.... 5 months of race reports. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5647318 Wow, this might be a long blog. Sit tight. <BR> <BR> I've dropped off the SparkPeople grid for months... just way, way, way too busy with life. But that's not to say I stopped trying to be healthy. Although I let a lot of good nutrition habits slide, I continued to run & work out. I even got a local moms running group going! <BR> <BR> Due to poor eating choices, I gained a few pounds. Reviving my Spark account is my way of getting back to tracking my nutrition & be more focused on weight c... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:34:49 EST My MINIMALIST MARATHON http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4974109 I already wrote a race report, but I forgot one VERY IMPORTANT detail: <BR> <BR> This was my first marathon in MINIMALIST SHOES!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/7/1/l712662965.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I ran this marathon in my Saucony Hattoris, true minimalist, 0-drop shoes. As of mid-February or so this year, I have ONLY been running in these or my VFF Bikilas. <BR> <BR> So, how do I feel post-marathon??? <BR> <BR> *** I have absolutey NO sore muscles whatsoever. None. Zip. ... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 08:32:02 EST Make It By Midnight Marathon - RACE REPORT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4973544 I FINISHED that marathon, made it by midnight, & earned my little tiara, YEEEEAAAAHH!!! I also had an AWESOME time meeting other Sparkers! WOOT WOOT!! I've waited a LOOOOOOOOOOOONG time to get this opportunity! <BR> <BR> We left on Saturday morning for Becki's house (Marathon_Mom). She had invited some of us runners over to her house for a pre-race get-together. We got there a bit later than anticipated, but I was able to meet Becki, Runtrilaugh (Wendy), IMARUNR, CCSDESTINY, & Suezette-414. ... Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:23:45 EST HELP!! Pre-Race Munchies Meltdown! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4969944 Moment of truth: <BR> <BR> My eating yesterday & today has been off the charts!! <BR> <BR> What is it about running a marathon that drives me to a Munchies binge?? LOL Of course, I'm sure my body can use the extra calories starting in about 8 hours. But all the nervous excitement is just too much for me!!!! <BR> <BR> SO EXCITED!!! <BR> <BR> Not just about running, but about meeting other Spark Friends who'll be there! I've ALWAYS wanted to connect with other runners, more than just thro... Sat, 14 Jul 2012 11:45:19 EST 3 days until Marathon #3!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4965600 Wow, it's coming up so fast! I will be running the Make It By Midnight Marathon in Macon Georgia with Marathon_mom (Becki) & Runtrilaugh (Wendy) & a couple of other Sparkers. This is my first marathon Stateside, my first race after being back to the US, & my first opportunity to meet some fellow SparkFriends! I am so excited!! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>345</em> <em>381</em> <em>236</em> <em>363</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Hubby, who is totally NOT a runner, is even excited about t... Wed, 11 Jul 2012 13:48:28 EST And My Body Fat % is..... (Drum roll, please) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4958882 I am one of those people that use a scale religiously. I have used the scale as my goal guide for a long time.... <BR> <BR> 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 <em>20</em> ), and I TOTALLY realize that body composition - muscle mass vs. fat - is far more important than just weight.... <BR> <BR> Which is wh... Sat, 7 Jul 2012 07:19:34 EST No time... Having too much fun!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4941489 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. <BR> <BR> I think we are over the worst, most stressful time of the move at this point - <BR> <BR> * We bought a car. <BR> <BR> * Hubby started his new/old job. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> * We rented a house & moved in. <BR> <BR> * We rec... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:18:55 EST My Insane Week. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4906596 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!! <BR> <BR> 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. ... Thu, 31 May 2012 22:33:03 EST WE'RE HERE!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4894181 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!! <BR> <BR> 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 w... Wed, 23 May 2012 08:24:03 EST T- 11 days - THIS IS IT!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4874926 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!! <BR> <BR> 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'... Thu, 10 May 2012 02:39:13 EST T-17 - MORE GREAT NEWS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866553 Well, we already sort of knew, and I already sort of blogged about it, but it's DEFINITE now!! <BR> <BR> 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.... <BR> <BR> So, for the past few weeks,... Fri, 4 May 2012 15:21:19 EST T-20 - HM in VFFs: I did WHAT?!?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4862221 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) <BR> <BR> 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... Tue, 1 May 2012 23:19:05 EST T-27 - 4 FRIGGIN' WEEKS, People!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4849669 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!!! <BR> <BR> 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... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:52:22 EST T- 34 - ONLY 5 MORE WEEKS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4839508 OH, yes, I have all kinds of crazy countdowns going on!!! In 5 weeks, I should already be in FLORIDA!! <BR> <BR> **My 10 in 10 Challenge** <BR> 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 reall... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:34:03 EST T-37 - Rockin' my Goals!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4834430 Here's a little running motivation for the day! LOVE THIS! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/5/l956327742.jpg"> <BR> <BR> My philosophy exactly. <BR> <BR> So, It's April 14th!!! I set my goals to reach by April 15th, but figured I'd go ahead and update today. <BR> <BR> Here were my goals: <BR> <BR> <em>312</em> Run 75 miles (shooting for 150 in April) <BR> <em>140</em> Keep filling up my plates with lots of veggies, and track that food. <BR> <em>192</em> Reach s... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:35:27 EST T-40 - House Hunting! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4828755 Only 40 more days here in Germany! Time to find a house!! (For rent, we are not looking to buy). <BR> <BR> At first I thought we might not really be able to secure housing before we arrive in the US, because places that are available to rent, they will not hold for more than a couple of weeks. But I think I found a GREAT house over the weekend!! It is a good size for us, reasonable rent, single-family home with a private back yard. It won't be available until a couple of weeks before we arr... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 13:12:54 EST T-45 - Progress Pics!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4823315 It's now 3 and a half weeks into my 10 in 10 Challenge!! I'm down more than 6 lbs, so I am way ahead of schedule, which is so encouraging! Thought I would upload some progress pics. <BR> <BR> Before (Taken in November, weighed about the same as I did when I started my challenge in March): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l924638280.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now (Sorry it's a little blurry, but SAME PANTS!): <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/0/l909157227.jpg... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 12:42:46 EST T-49 - APRIL IS HERE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4817077 So, our moving progress is coming along! We signed the papers of our house sale on Friday, so the house is SOLD! But we still officially own the house until May 15th, and will be moving out on May 14th. I had the feeling it was a huge step forward with our move, and was so excited and nervous on Friday! <BR> <BR> Now the packing is ON!! We almost have our attic completely packed and sorted. We still have a ways to go overall, but we are getting there. We only have 6 weeks left to get all th... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 15:31:42 EST T-53 - My 10 in 10 Challenge update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4810872 I'm KILLING it!!! So, a few weeks ago, I decided, with 10 weeks left before our scheduled arrival in the States (HOME FOR GOOD!!), I would get these last 10 lbs off FOR GOOD. 10 in 10 weeks. <BR> <BR> 3 weeks ago, I weighed in at 134 flat. Together with the help of a few accountability-SparkFriends, I have pulled off 3 weeks of the most CONSISTENT HEALTHY eating I have seen from myself in.... I can't even REMEMBER when!! I feel AWESOME, my running has improved, I am not craving sweets/sugar... Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:36:23 EST T-56 - My new 'Do! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4805437 Got my herr did today. Nothin' like a new, fresh haircut! <BR> <BR> Here's what my hair looked like a few days ago, as I was sittin' relaxin' in my backyard: <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/0/l407000482.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Way too long, overgrown and frumpy. <BR> <BR> And now?? <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/5/l453219350.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Fun, fresh, and feels sooooo much better!!! <BR> <BR> Happy Monday, Everyone! <BR> <BR> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 11:22:43 EST T-58, baby! Minimalist Shoe Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4802309 SOOOOOOOooooo, It's been a while since I have updated anyone on my minimalist running!!! <BR> <BR> A little snap shot from my beautiful 17-mile run in the early-morning sunshine today!! <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/6/l460136885.jpg"> <BR> <BR> A little background - I got my VFFs (Bikilas) in January 2011, and then bought Saucony Hattoris in July 2011. I have about 300 miles on both pairs of shoes at this point... give or take a few. <BR> <BR> In January of this y... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 08:15:25 EST T-62 - I am on FIRE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4796719 Eight weeks from today, we should be landing in Miami!!! Hubby and I are getting so excited! Now that the house is pretty much sold (still have to sign the papers, but everything looks like a "go"), we have started SERIOUSLY packing. Today, we knocked out a huge chunk of boxes out of our attic - sorting things, throwing things out, packing up boxes of stuff we wanna keep and labeling them. It feels awesome!! So cleansing! <BR> <BR> My 10 in 10 Challenge to myself - losing 10 lbs in the 10 we... Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:44:53 EST T-67 - Tearin' it UP!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4789145 Yep, that is right! I am off to a great start with my 10 in 10 Challenge!! 10 lbs in 10 weeks, leading up to my ARRIVAL in Miami on May 22nd!!!! <BR> <BR> Last week on either Thursday or Friday, I weighed myself, after a few weeks of avoiding the scale. Gotta FACE THE MUSIC sometime!! Can't make any progress if I am not willing to see where I am at! <BR> <BR> I keep playing tag with the same couple o' pounds, and was back up to 134. But instead of letting it get me down in the dumps, I sta... Thu, 15 Mar 2012 13:57:57 EST T-69 - My 10 in 10 Challenge! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4785799 10 weeks from today we will have already landed in MIAMI!!!!! Everything is going so well - the house selling, the immigrant visa situation, everything. We are getting so excited, and have been working on packing and sorting a LOT of stuff! With my hubby being out of work, it has been such a huge help. <BR> <BR> Well, I have played around long enough with these not-so-pretty 10 pounds that came to stay last year, and it is TIME, People!! I have decided, with 10 weeks left, I am going to buc... Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:15:26 EST MORE WONDERFUL NEWS!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4779242 WE GOT OUR ANSWER!!!! <BR> <BR> We just got contacted from US Immigration regarding my husband's additional form he had to file. The email requested that he confirm he is the one who filed the form, and that they have permission to send him their decision via email. <BR> <BR> He responded immediately. And he started getting excited. <BR> <BR> But I was reluctant to get excited just yet, because maybe they just wanted to confirm his info, but there was no way after only 2 WEEKS of them ha... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 13:24:38 EST T-73 - Packing, packing, packing!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4778931 ..... And LOVING every minute of it!!! I am a total "woman-on-a-mission" when it comes to stuff like this. You just point me in the right direction, and I will slave away until the job is D.O.N.E! That's probably why I make a good long-distance runner! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We are REALLY getting on the move with our packing. Up until now, I have just been playing around, organizing stuff here and there, packing a few boxes, but more to reduce clutter than to really PACK pack. <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 10:23:12 EST T-77 - SOLD! (I think...) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4772205 Wow, things are really moving along! Let's get this international move on a ROLL!! <BR> <BR> I think we got our buyers! We had a meeting with some potential buyers today, but I wasn't very optimistic that they'd offer us something reasonable. I was so up tight about it, going over and over everything in my head, preparing for a whole discussion in defense of our asking price... <BR> <BR> But suddenly, on Friday, we got another call on the house, they came Saturday, and REALLY liked the hous... Mon, 5 Mar 2012 16:06:20 EST T-82 Days: Recovery from INSANITY!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4763682 WOW!!! Last week was a KILLER week!!! So much is happening.... <BR> <BR> We had our church banquet on Friday night. I am the church event organizer, and have done the banquet for the past 3 years, cooking and/or planning. I knew it was coming, but it somewhat snuck up on me, because my mind is not on anything else, except for, what???? Yes, you guessed it - MOVING!! So, I was super distracted with all of the things we've got going on. Good thing I called in help early on, and was only on for... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:30:38 EST T-93 - 16 miles with minimalist shoes!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4744481 So, I have been totally taking off with my minimalist shoe running!! After more than a year of playing around with my Vibrams (running most of my shorter runs with them), I decided to step it up a notch or 2, and shoot to run my HM in May with them. I also bought the Saucony Hattoris last summer, so I have those as well to compare. <BR> <BR> I have to say, I like the Vibrams better - they just have a much more natural feel to them, and I love that my toes are FREEEEEEEEE!! LOL <BR> <BR> B... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 08:52:37 EST T-95 - Inspiration for the day. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4741621 Have to share this one.... <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l122881858.jpg"> <BR> <BR> This is seriously the motto I live by. <BR> <BR> Power to the She. LOVE IT!! <BR> <BR> Only 95 more days!!! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 10:46:13 EST T-96 - So Thankful!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4739543 On Monday, we got our paperwork in the mail, our application for "Permission to Reapply" as it's called, off to North Carolina. Feels good to have that out the door! <BR> <BR> I also called and talked to our immigration officer, the one who actually interviewed us on January 30th. I wanted to see if she could put in her word into the offices in North Carolina, to help speed up the processing..... Well, she can't really help us in that area. <BR> <BR> BUT, she was so nice, and she told me ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 05:54:24 EST T-99 - DOUBLE DIGITS!! WOOOHOOO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4734683 YEAH, we are under 100 days! WOOOOOHOOOOO!! Getting closer and closer! <BR> <BR> We got everything together for our waiver with Immigration, and will be mailing that off tomorrow. If nothing else, it was something to keep us busy for the past week. <em>20</em> I told my husband, God must have just not wanted us to be bored for the next 100+ days, He wanted to give us something to do to keep us busy and on our toes. LOL Keepin' it positive, people!! <BR> <BR> Thanks for everyone's support... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 05:10:27 EST T-100 - House Update! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4733869 What an emotional roller coaster!!!! But only 100 days until we leave! Trying to stay focused on the light at the end of the tunnel......... <BR> <BR> So, we had 3 appts booked today for potential buyers. The first showing was for the people from our village here. The guy and girl ended up bringing both their parents with. And let's just say, they tried the old let's-point-out-all-the-negative negotiating technique. So, although they admitted that the house was in great overall condition, th... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 14:13:49 EST T-101 - MORE Surprises! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4731787 More interested people in our house, I mean!!! We just got another call this morning, asking us if our wonderful house was still available! So, we booked them for a showing tomorrow. That makes 3 different showings tomorrow. <BR> <BR> These people are also from the area, which is a really good thing. See, we live WAAAAAAAAAYYYY out in the German countryside, just in a tiny village. If people do not know the area, or are not from here, they shy away from it because it is so "far." Germans do... Fri, 10 Feb 2012 05:37:59 EST T-102 - Surprises, Surprises! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4730045 After weeks of silence, and no serious inquiries about our house.... WE GOT 2 CALLS yesterday!! They both want to come see the house Saturday. This is just GREAT! <BR> <BR> On top of it just being great to have someone interested again, one of the couples is a boyfriend/girlfriend pair, the boyfriend living right here in our little village! They are looking for a place of their own, but would like to stay in this little village. And.... get this.... his mom is one of the ladies I work with ... Thu, 9 Feb 2012 06:07:56 EST T-103 days - PUSHING FORWARD!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4728526 We are staying positive, DH and I!! No one said this move was going to be easy. If it were easy, maybe we wouldn't appreciate it as much once we got back over to the US of A!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> We are preparing our Waiver application with USCIS (Immigration) in NC. We have a few things to get together, some of which need to be translated, so it will take a couple of days. However, we are very optimistic that we need to continue our plans as they are, leaving on May 22nd!! <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 09:07:58 EST NOT. GOOD. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4726972 I hesitate to write this..... I hate bringing more "bad news." Everything was looking so GREAT for us.... And now this. <BR> <BR> Yesterday, we got an email from the Immigration offices (USCIS) in Frankfurt, saying the could in fact NOT PROCESS his visa, and that we MUST apply for the waiver that we thought we might need after all. They said after the interview some additional information came up, which led to them not being able to process. <BR> <BR> This is really BULL CRAP, because I wa... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 11:36:00 EST T-109 days! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4720651 The job prospects for my DH just keep looking better and better!! He received an email yesterday from the manager of the area he used to work, who told him, if the positions that are opened now are filled, they will REQUEST a position to be opened for him. Then today, he talked to the actual HR guy that will be working on placing him. He asked him how likely it was that this is going to work, and was told, unless there was some big turn of events, he WILL have a job!!!! We won't find out unti... Fri, 3 Feb 2012 15:19:03 EST T-110 Days: MORE GOOD NEWS!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4718219 It's funny - I think our moving plans to most people sound backwards. I have told so many people we are moving back... definitely. And they are always like, "Did he get a job over there?"..... "Um, No. Not Yet." It's like people expect you to have the job and the secure things all lined up, otherwise moving is just... crazy! <BR> <BR> No, we had to wait for applying for jobs. Why? Because we had some HUGE concerns (as stated in my other blogs) that he would NOT be granted a Visa right away. ... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 09:53:36 EST T-111 - This ball is ROLLIN'! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4716020 111 days until we set off for the big US of A!!! Can't wait.... <BR> <BR> I know I have got the HUGE task of getting things organized, sorted, thrown out (if need be), and boxed up, ready to go, for this HUGE move. Today was more of a relaxing rest day, though, because our trip wore me out.... wore me out with all its AWESOMENESS!! <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> But this morning, I had the wonderful experience of stepping on the scale and having LOST 3 POUNDS!! And NO, I did NOT starve myself ove... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:20:34 EST T-112 Days: GOODBYE, Deutschland!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4713819 We're still on cloud 9 from the decision made on our case!! It still shocks me, and seems unreal! But it's real, Baby! <BR> <BR> We purchased one-way flights for May 22nd, flying into Miami. That gives us a whopping 112 days to pack up our junk, tie up loose ends, and get OUTTA HERE!!! We really couldn't be more thrilled. We don't know how everything will pan out, but we're coming home regardless!! <BR> <BR> I even signed up for the Make It By Midnight Marathon in July!! Missing it last ye... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 08:17:16 EST WE ARE IN!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4711484 I am still in shock! That was too easy!! <BR> <BR> After more than a year of thinking we would NOT be approved, even after asking an attorney website about our situation, and EVERY attorney telling us he would be banned for either 5 or 10 years.... All that fretting, all of those questions, all of the uncertainty... <BR> <BR> And you know what that immigration officer said about his deportation???? <BR> <BR> "Oh that doesn't effect your process; we just have to know what happened." <BR> <... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:59:59 EST ONE.... MORE.... DAY!!! Vacay & Rockin' My Challenges!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4709685 So, TOMORROW is our appointment with US Immigration!!! <BR> <BR> We are all enjoying the visit with my cousin and her family. It's been keeping my mind off all the anticipation of the up-coming interview. <em>334</em> My cousin & I relate to each other so well, it's so amazingly refreshing to spend time with her. Our kids all play really well with each other, and it's..... well..... just wonderful to be with family!! <BR> <BR> In spite of being on "vacation", I am ROCKING my challenges ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 03:09:26 EST THREE MORE DAYS!!! Plus my sugar-free update... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4707459 Well, really like 2 and a half days! We're driving now to Kaiserslautern to hang out with my cuz, her hubs, & their amazingly fun 4 kids (who love my 4 kids)! :) <BR> <BR> Time will pass quickly until our appointment, for sure!! <BR> <BR> My sugar detox has been awesome! Day 3 done, and ZERO sugar! Except for fruit, but my detox is just sugar-sugar. I'm allowing myself a small amount (about 1 tbsp) of raw honey per day, but I didn't even have that today! <BR> <BR> I'm also avoiding bake... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:19:31 EST FOUR..... MORE.... DAYS!!!! -N- other things.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4704919 WE'RE LEAVING TOMORROW!!!! We'll be packing up tonight, getting almost everything together, & then tomorrow, when hubby comes home from work in the evening.... <BR> <BR> We're OUTTA HERE!! <BR> <BR> We driving to go stay with my cousin and her family - SUPER FUN!!! - near Kaiserslautern, and from there, we will go to our US Immigration appointment EARLY Monday morning. <BR> <BR> As much as I have been driving myself crazy about this appointment <em>24</em> , I am making myself calm down... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 10:04:05 EST FIVE... MORE... DAYS! Plus some fitness stuff.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4702863 Yep that's right, it's another countdown, baby. Like we don't have enough of those on SP! <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> Yesterday, after posting my blog, I made the mistake of DRIVING MYSELF ABSOLUTELY INSANE trying to YET AGAIN find ANSWERS about our immigration case! LIke I HAVEN'T already done that a million times, like I HAVEN'T already wasted too much time trying to find out what they might say, and like it REALLY ever brought me anything!! NO, it only makes me crazy, because there is no sol... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 09:33:17 EST SIX.... MORE.... DAYS. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4700354 Oh, my goodness, people, I am dying of anticipation. My husband's final interview for the Immigration process is on MONDAY, the 30th!! We will FINALLY have some answers. <BR> <BR> I can't hardly wait. Everything is so up in the air. I know many of you have commented that you are sure he will "get in", but we are not sure it will be that easy.... here is why: <BR> <BR> We did everything properly while in the States, and got him a Green Card issued in 2006, but it was a conditional Permanent... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 03:47:00 EST Braving the Scale 2012 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4693856 In spite of facing some extreme troubles lately, I am trying to keep my head up!! And no, it's not really looking good for us... But more about that later. <BR> <BR> I braved the scale this morning for the first time this year!!! 134.4 pounds. Ugghh. NOT good. Where did these 10 lbs come from, and why can't I get them off????? I know it is my eating. And it is not just from blowing it over a weekend here or there, no, no. I know how to fix it, but given the stress we have been under, I just... Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:12:48 EST Want a Garmin Forerunner 610??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4683509 With a heavy heart, I am selling mine. <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/9/2/l927903422.jpg"> <BR> <link>http://www.ebay.com/itm/130631388217<BR>?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p39<BR>84.m1555.l2649#ht_630wt_1094 </link> <BR> <BR> I know I have mentioned in past blogs that we are going through some difficulty right now. Well, in the area of finances, EXTREME difficulty. We were already having some problems before hubby took the new job in Sept, but after that, things... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 05:30:22 EST PHEW!! Some good news! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=4676338 DH went for his medical examination for US immigration on Monday. One step closer to getting this long, drawn-out process OVER with!!! <BR> <BR> Although everything was in order - no communicable diseases that would scare off the immigration officer - but the doctor grew VERY CONCERNED when she took his blood pressure. It was 160 over 120.... That's like off the charts!!! She told him under normal circumstances, she would be putting him on meds. <BR> <BR> Well, this was just ANOTHER bit of... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:19:55 EST