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Excited about life!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hey everyone! So here's what's been going on. If you've been wondering what I've been up to (besides working out! LOL!) I've about finished with helping my Mom clean out her house. While she was gone for months in Seattle with me, parts of her house became infested with mice! My Mom was a minor hoarder and food hoarder, so that made things 100x worse! It's taken weeks now, but the house is about done and looking normal. Actually looks good! The traps (and cats) haven't caught any mice in several days and I think I've done pretty well in blocking all the ways they were getting in. Best of all, I think she has learned how to better organize things, what to keep and give away. It's nice to go to the grocery store with her and see her buying 1 or 2 of something, rather than 10 or 15.

My workouts have been going great! I was trying to incorporate more cross-training in, but have reverted to running 5 days a week with a 6th day of doing the Nordic Track ski machine. Yeah, yeah the argument can be made that your body gets used to the same type of exercise and burns less calories and blah blah blah, but I found I was so bored doing the rowing machine or whatever, I was hardly burning any calories on it. And I don't see to many fat pro marathoners and they run all the time!! LOL!

Anyway, the way I am doing it is not the same each day, and it's been fantastic. My schedule looks like this: Monday: Cross train day: Nordic Track ski Machine, Yoga for athletes. Tuesday: Running Intervals AM, Kettlebells circuit class PM. Wednesday: Trail running, "You are your own gym" strength workout. Thursday: Fast paced short tempo run AM, Kettlebells circuit class PM. Friday: DAY OFF, Easy Hatha yoga class. Saturday: Long run at pace. Sunday: Hill Repeats, "You are your own gym" strength workout. Training is going FABULOUS and I love it.

I took two days WAY off my diet to reset my metabolism, and then went to a smaller deficit of 500 calories a day to see if I could break through the plateau I was on. Well, I'm back down to the plateau weight as of today... so we'll see if I can bust through it!! I was surprised I was losing weight on the smaller deficit, but it appears that I am! I am also watching sodium levels. WOW I get bloated out from Subway. LOL!

And finally, I've got sort of a 'life plan' for now (but what is the old saying? 'Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans.' LOL). I've narrowed places to live down to: Northern Indiana, where my family lives. Denver, or New Mexico - due to the days of SUN and decent cost of living. I would like to be closer to my family but, I'm scared I would get the SAD in the wintertime here. So, next week, my Mom and I are going to take a trip to the latter two places to see if it is someplace I'd consider (I've been to Denver before but it's right there by New Mexico so why not go there too LOL). If it is, I'm going to start looking for jobs in the areas I select from those. Whichever place I get the best job first, wins!!

I actually applied for a job tonight! It was as a web designer. My preference would be a job in which I could do photography, videography and web design, but I can try something new right? It's not like I am stuck doing it if it's not my complete cup of tea. I got a great job offer in Orlando, Florida last week, pay was GREAT but unfortunately it was an on-call position, and not full time. She said she has a full time position opening in Sept so if nothing else, I may go down there!

Life is nice now, with so much sunshine, and I love it. I determined I MUST have sunshine! It's like I have a solar cell! My Mom is amazed at the difference in me, but if you recall my blog posts from last year at this time, that's just how I am! The Energizer Bunny! I've also realized though that the sun, while it gives me energy, appears to also be a cause of the insomnia I've not been able to figure out a cause for years. I am only sleeping 4-5 1/2 hours a night lately. I'd rather have that than depression from lack of light, but still I am working on finding a fix for that, too. Sometimes, I feel tired from the lack of sleep, my body needs more recovery from workouts, and my sleep schedule is all messed up now too.

Hope all is well with you!! Let's keep on keeping on with this thing called LIFE :) :) :)
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  • SKATER787
    Can't agree with you more on Seattle. I lived there for years but the weather broke me and I wouldn't want to live there in the winter again. It's wonderful for about 2 months out of the year. Your vote for sunshine is #1 emoticon

    Glad you didn't take the FL job. Unless you live right on the beach I think FL sucks (apology to Floridians!) Yes, it got lots of sunshine, but it's flat, uninteresting and the food cost is high due to the tourists. I lived right on the beach for one year in Pompano and one year off the beaches so that's my opinion.

    I couldn't be more than happy when you mentioned Denver and NM which I assumed Albuquerque. These two cities are at more than 5000 ft elevation. For me, that would be a dream come true to train at elevation. Alas, it won't happen for me, but it sounds so real for you. So I'm rooting for your success. To be able to train at elevation.
    1822 days ago
    Sounds like you're well on your way! SO MANY CHANGES! Awesome! :)

    Good luck on the job search and the move search :) Hope you find somewhere fabulous! Drive safe!
    1822 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Your not the only one who wakes up with the sun! I've just decided I'm going to work with it over the summer and get my runs in then...
    1823 days ago
    Sounds like things are going SO GREAT! :D

    As a SAD sufferer, I can definitely relate.... good to hear you are taking the time to explore SUNNY locations - it does make all the difference in the world.

    Best of luck to you on your new adventure!
    1826 days ago
    I went to visit my elderly parents recently. Since Mom developed a condition that put her in a wheelchair, Dad has been the Housekeeper. OMG. The house was awful. I spent the whole time cleaning house for Mom. In Dad's defense, he's 74, going deaf and blind himself.
    1827 days ago
    Killer blog, great update. Keep up the great work.
    1827 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Too bad, wouldn't you know I'll be in Seattle briefly the week of the 4th?

    NM is really nice (even if I've only been there once). It's one of the places DH & I talk about retiring to. CO is another, altho after all their snow in may we may have to rethink that! Boulder really speaks to me, even tho I've never been there.
    1827 days ago
    Thanks for the great update
    1828 days ago
    YOu have enough variety in your activities to compensate---and so you are not just running. Glad to hear you sounding so upbeat---and good luck in the job search. Glad that you have made progress in your mom's house.
    1828 days ago
    emoticon I am so glad you are doing so well! I have never been to either Denver or New Mexico lol, but I have heard Denver is nice. Your workout schedule is fierce! Keep up the great work and that great attitude. emoticon
    1828 days ago
    I can not wait, I am going to Denver next Friday for a three day celebration of the 50th anniversary of mt Aunt and Uncle. My Uncle Ed said he will be looking for quality walking paths for me to explore during my visit. I am lucky I do not suffer from SAD, I live in Pittsburgh where 80% of the days we have lttle sun! I hope you find a way to deal with the insomnia, I usually go,go, go till one night I completelt crash for like 12 hours!

    1828 days ago
    Sounds like you are really pulling it all together. Way to go.
    1828 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    So very busy. You definitely do sound so much happier. I have always lived in a sunshine state so I don't know how I would be without it. It is interesting that you say the sunshine gives you insomnia, I wonder if that has always been my problem. I have just accepted that I don't need too much sleep. I will have to see how you do.
    Look forward to seeing where you will end up. emoticon
    1828 days ago
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    1828 days ago
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