Monthly Archives: February 2013

Days 198-202…despite the fact that our house is falling down, I’m feeling good!:)

As always, lets start out with a nice big hello from the kiddos…

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“Hi! …can we have our treat now?”

So let’s start out with the bad news….our house is basically falling down.  Yes, along with the theme of “f— it all february”, it turns out we missed something pretty big when we bought the house…

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Yeah…that’s a good three foot section of the main support beam MISSING…vanished…cut out…gone…out of the picture…

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Never a good thing…

But I’m handling it surprisingly well!

Case in point:

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Excuse my french….was just SO happy and SO positive I had to enhance it with colorful adjectives… ughhhh!

I was really upset and overwhelmed with all the house stuff, and trying to figure out taxes, along with the 50 other house projects I’ve been working on….oh and work and school and interning AND being sick….. you get the picture.

But then I took a step back, took a deep breath, and reminded myself that I am so lucky and grateful for the life that I  have.  I am surrounded by loving friends and family, the two cuddliest puppies every, I have great jobs and internships, I’m in school, and our deployment countdown is slowly getting smaller and smaller.  AND the weather has magically gotten brighter…instant spring!  No matter what happens with the house, we have been super responsible and saved up enough to cover anything that needs done.  No matter how much I may want to complain, I dont deserve to, because I am in such a good position in my life and this is nothing I can’t handle.

Time for an inspirational Thich Naht Han quote, since he sums things up better than I ever could…

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As SOON as the snow melted, we needed a hike!  So this week, with the cold and mud and damp, I laced up my boots and out we went!

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It was so nice to be out in the fresh air again!  We have been cooped up far too long this winter!

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And there is nothing like the peaceful puppy sleep you get after a hike!

Wednesday was great…I taught two wonderful yoga classes and it felt so good to be healthy enough to really teach all out.  Yoga is so therapeutic!  I woke up to a message from the studio owner asking me to add another of my yogalates classes to the schedule!  Last night was PACKED and she wants to put another one on the schedule!  Everyone loves it!  I was SO happy:)  I made a new playlist of my favorite songs of the month, so here it is!

Spring Yoga Mix from theresa913 on 8tracks Radio.

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Today has been wonderful…I was supposed to give a big presentation but class got cancelled!  So I packed up the pups and drove an hour to our FAVORITE secluded beach!  3 miles of shoreline…and it was the perfect day!  No one else around…just the sand and the waves and the wind and the sun….oh my goodness, spring is really coming!!!!

I wanted to get a cute picture…but when I asked the puppies to sit it went a little like this….

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Sit? WHY?!? Are you tricking us? Is there another dog you are distracting us from?!?!

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Stay? Nooooooo….you must mean come and give me kisses if you are sitting in the sand!!!

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Oh…picture time?  Why didn’t you just say so…let’s look regal and adorable…ready go!

Tonight should be fun…off to the gym to train a client at 7, then working (aka working out) til close at midnight.  Not the biggest fan of late shifts, but it’s a good excuse to get a long run in on the treadmill or track since I’m stuck there for a few hours.  I NEED to get my mileage up.  Last week’s illness put me off track and I want to be ready for the race in April….5 miles is my long run now…gotta get comfortable with 13 again and I have two months…time to work!

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Days 195-197…sick:(

I felt a cold coming on Wednesday so in between my two yoga classes I stopped at Whole Foods for some nutritious food…

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Even though we are no longer able to get our kitchen redone, I think just removing the island has really opened it up and I actually kind of like it now.  I will keep doing work on it on my own as I feel better, but for now I am going to just enjoy the process…slowly but surely we will have an updated kitchen!

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The reason we can’t update our kitchen….notice the beam that is blatantly sagging?  Fun times.  Need to get that fixed ASAP before my bed literally falls through our living room ceiling.  Grrrr….old house problems.

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The huge highlight of my week was realizing that we are in double digit-ville until Eric comes home, or at least until June which is homecoming month!!!!!!!  SO great to see that ticker go down from the hundreds to the 90s!!!:)

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As usual, I did some new art this week.  My boss requested something relaxing and peaceful for her friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer.  I love this Kundalini blessing and decided to try turning it into a painting.  I hope it brings her some comfort.

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The doggies have been so bratty and mad at me for being sick this week.  They hate just laying on the couch all day…and our car rides were only to the vet and grocery store.  When I drove by our usually hiking spots they cried and barked…I felt guilty.  But with this horrible plague I have I was in no condition to hike.  Sinus infection, cough, headache, dizziness, faintness, shortness of breath all weekend…I called off work on Thursday and Friday and cancelled weekend yoga classes…I NEVER do that.  I really hope this is the last sickness I get this year…I just need spring and the warm weather to come make me feel better!

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My healthy ‘get better’ meals this week were…roasted cauliflower with roasted garlic…

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and a breakfast beans and rice gluten free Amy’s burrito with roasted garlic… The salsa was the only thing that helped me breathe the first two days.

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The dogs passed the time by making out on the couch…

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Saturday I attempted to do some yoga just because I NEVER sit still for any length of time, let alone three days.  I made it about 20 minutes, then settled on some meditation since the room was all spinny….  The slow flow practice did help me stay relaxed and got the blood pumping though, so it was definitely a good idea to at least try it out, but if I thought I could make it the whole hour I was kidding myself.  Really glad I didn’t try to teach this weekend, I would have passed out…not very professional.

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Yoga quickly turned into…sit on yoga mat, watch the snow fall, read YJ, and drink tea…it was still enjoyable.

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Days 189-194…the new diet and a roomie reunion:)

This week was the start of my new/old diet.  Basically I am going back to the diet that always worked best for me in the past.  Everyone always yelled at me for not eating enough, and even as a personal trainer, I know that for my height and weight I technically should be able to eat closer to 1600-1700 calories and still lose weight based on my activity level.  However, for whatever reason, my metabolism was not agreeing with eating more and I gained 15lbs since last summer, despite increasing the intensity and length of my workouts.  So, I’ve gone back to aiming for 1200 calories a day (1400 on longer run days or lifting days), at least for the next two months…I am hoping to be back to my happy racing weight…about 10-13lbs less than now…by the time the Rye 1/2 Marathon comes around at the end of April. I’ve been doing good so far and I actually feel great!  It’s awesome to not have the uncomfortable full feeling I was getting at 1500 and 1600 calorie days…and it’s also a good reminder to only eat when I’m hungry and not eat off of emotions.

 

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Another fun part of last week was a new painting…I love winter sunsets and I found this amazing quote about letting go of the past and had to combine them…I wish the trees would have come out a little better, but I’m happy with it overall…

“There is something incredibly honest about trees in winter…how they are experts at letting things go…”

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One of my go-to meals this week has been Hillary’s Eat Well Adzuki Bean Burgers from Whole foods…on a bed of spinach with guacamole or hummus….SO good! 20130220-072646.jpg20130220-072652.jpg

Of course another highlight of my week were these two sweet faces…Mr Jack is showing off his cute bandana from the groomers…Chloe is jealous and wants one too…

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Destroying a new toy…

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My two old roomies visited this weekend, which was so fun!  One of them found this old gem on her phone….me and hubby in some kind of life or death battle over who knows what…

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Having a cooking party in the kitchen!  Oh how I’ve missed these two gals!

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With yet another snow storm, we spent a lot of time cuddled on the couch…

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Surprisingly, the diet went well all week…spacing my meals out and adding in some variety is making me feel so great!

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I attempted to redo our bedroom floor…after about 2 hours of removing staples and cleaning and moving furniture, I laid out the underlayment, only to find that whatever structural issues are causing problems in our living room are also causing our floor to sag in the middle…and you can’t lay an uneven floor…

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…so I gave up and cried on the floor with Jack, who didn’t seem phased.

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Such a delicious breakfast yesterday…berries, applesauce, almond butter, and flaxseed with some nice rooibos tea!  I definitely could not have filled up the bowl any more!

Gave me enough fuel for another 4 mile indoor track run!  Cannot wait for nice weather and melted snow to get back into running outside!  Someday I NEED to live somewhere where running outside ALL year is completely doable!

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We are officially under the 4 month countdown until hubby gets home.  Every day I look at the pictures from our last homecoming and our wedding on my desk at work and it all seems so surreal.  I just can’t wait to run up to him and give him the biggest hug and kiss, knowing that if everything goes right, he won’t ever have to leave again.  We’re almost in double digits for the countdown…so close yet so far!

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Day 188… Happy Valentine’s day!

Valentine’s morning started of with an epic dog makeout session on the couch.  Jack decided to pin Chloe by her neck and obsessively lick her face for about 10 minutes..I’d say love is in the air…20130214-191319.jpg20130214-191324.jpg

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Because I have no romantic life, I just sat there and laughed at how cute they were and took pictures. 

Before I left for work, my grand Valentine’s Day gesture was cooking up a plate of fresh swordfish for the doggies for lunch.  Yes, that is where my life is right now…I cooked up a fancy gourmet feast for the dogs for this holiday…

Despite the snow, the sun really warmed things up today…45 degrees!  I needed some vitamin d, so I deemed it tropical PJ shorts weather and sat outside while the dogs played with snowballs.  Utter class with my pjs and hiking boots…my poor neighbors have probably stopped looking out their back windows at this point…

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Partly because I’m feeling nostalgic and partly because after the contractor came to do our kitchen estimate, he realized that we may have structural issues that need addressed in the living room instead…I’ve been pondering keeping the current layout of our dining room/kitchen…

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We were going ot take out the archway and the china cabinet and just open up that whole corner of the house so the kitchen and dining room were one big area.  

However:

A)The old fashioned craftsmanship of the built in cabinetry is growing on me, and

B) It is going to be super expensive to take out walls and move vents and things like that….at first we were fine with it, but if we are going to be paying for a new beam in the living room, I’m thinking no…

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So my new plan is to leave the layout as it is, but update everything.  I already removed the island (it was orange and gaudy and 50s…it used to be where the fridge is now…the fridge was in the far back corner that nees new electical work but will go back there after its done).

I think with updated cabinets and appliances, and ripping out all the upper walls (like I did on the right side of the photo below), the kitchen will feel more open and new even if it is still back in the corner of the house.  I’ll have to wait on that estimate before I make my decisions..I am also strongly considering paying someone to do the electrical and plumbing, but doing the cabinets and floors and tiles myself.  We will see…

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I’m stuck at work til midnight…not like it matters that it’s Valentine’s Day because my Valentine is halfway around the planet and probably has totally forgotten what day it is anyway.  I am waiting for a call so we can discuss the home repairs and some money issues, so maybe I’ll at least get to talk to him, but who knows.  I’m SO over this deployment.  It’s just to that point where it’s like okay, whatever, this just needs to end and in the meantime, I’m going to be a bitter old lady about it.  I have stopped returning the FRG phone calls because I feel like I might slip up when they ask how I am or if I need anything…something like “Well actually, between my two jobs, interning, and classes, I haven’t really gotten around to normal things like dishes and laundry, not to mention that my house is falling apart and my husband keeps pestering me to do the maintenance on his car that is under 2 feet of snow….wanna get started on all that? Should I make a check list for you?!?!” 

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I am committed to working out all night to stay awake and to get some of those feel good endorphins going.  My friend and I attemped to lift for about 20 minutes but I am so not in the lifting mood tonight…although I do LOVE my new lifting gloves! 

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We ran two miles on the track, but I think I’m going to head out to the arc trainer for round two of cardio in a bit.  Shoes are all laced up, I’m just looking for the motivation to get my butt out there!

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Days 183-187…distance running and a new diet for spring!

As always, let’s start out the day with cute puppy snuggles.  What would I do without these two?

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I was happy with my simple yet classy outfit on Monday…I needed something that could get me from work to class to workout with minimal changes…I also was a big fan of how my lazy curly hair was looking, so I snapped a pic!

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School definitely should have been cancelled Monday…the roads in the city were NOT safe at all, but I made it in on time!

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After being cooped up all week, I needed a run…but the treadmills were full, and also I’m sick of treadmills this winter, so I hit the indoor track!

Typically I get through about a mile down there and give up…it can be monotonous and the surface isn’t too forgiving on your shins….but I was desparate for a long run!

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So instead of counting laps, I just started running at 4:40 and told myself I would stop at 5:20 or 5:30…whichever felt better.  I know I usually average out to 10min/miles on a long run so I didn’t count laps, just time, and man did that help make track running less horrible!

I ended up going the full 50 minutes…5 whole miles on a 1/8 mile track…that’s 45 laps!  With the right music and a good attitude though, it really wasn’t bad!  And afterwards I was feeling great!

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So, let’s move on to diet…I’ve struggled for years with finding the right balance between working out and healthy eating.  I struggle to eat the right balance of proteins and carbs and fats because of all of my allergies, I have a wicked sweet tooth, and body image issues only compound everything else.  I don’t know why, but no matter how much I work out, no matter how many calories I burn, if I eat over 1400 a day I gain weight.  It doesn’t make sense, and I know this from my personal training background, but for some reason the simple mathematics of calories in versus calories out doesn’t equate with my body.  I tried to do things the mathematical way…I tried to escape the cycle of dieting obsessively and weighing myself everyday…I relied on the fact that as long as my net calories for the day were under 1000 after exercise, I’d be fine.  I’m not.  Somehow I gained 15 pounds since last June.  This is so not cool.  I know some of it is muscle because I finally have my vitamin deficiencies under control and have been able to hit the gym hard and lift heavier…but I also did a new body fat test and it is not all muscle gain, as much as I’d like it to be.  My body fat % went up almost 5%.

So, with perfect timing…I’m a lapsed Catholic and Lent seems as good a time as any to start a new diet…I am starting fresh.  I am going back to my old diet…more vegan focused choices like fruits and veggies for more meals…big breakfast and lunch, just snacks for dinner…and under 1200 calories most days ( I will go up on days I run long or lift heavy).

I figured I’d post the quintessential ‘before’ picture…the start of my latest fitness journey.  What do I want to change?  I want my abs back and to get rid of the layer of fat on my stomach and hips.  I want the definition back in my thighs.  I want the lean toned look in my arms and back again.  And I want to lose about 10 pounds.

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Wednesday was day 1 and I was feeling great!  I forgot how good it felt to only eat when you are REALLY hungry.  I definitely fall into emotional eating more than I like to admit.  It is good for me to focus on eating clean and only eating when I’m craving something healthy.  Yesterday was mixed berries and almond butter for breakfast, broccoli and beans for lunch, chocolate chip cookie for a snack, and figs, pumpkin, applesauce, almond butter, and chocolate chips for dinner.

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Continuing the healthy theme, I went to Whole Foods last night and  bought a giant salad for today…I couldn’t help myself, I started off the day eating half of it for breakfast!  Spinach, green leaf, carrots, roasted potatoes and yams, quinoa, cranberries, and hummus!  Delicious!

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Also, I splurged and bought my FAVORITE…rooibos tea…obsessed!

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The puppies are being cute as always…couldn’t resist a fun photoshoot yesterday…

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And a nice update on the former foster pup…my mom sent me a pic of him with his favorite soccer ball…he looks so happy:)

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I cannot wait for spring…it is getting hard to drag myself out of bed on these chilly days…so of course I just snap pictures from my cozy, colorful retreat instead…

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I’m not the only one who hates the cold!  Can you spot the pit bull in this photo?

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On a side note, we are starting to get the estimate for redoing our kitchen and it SUCKS.  Everything is so expensive, I don’t know where to start.  Initially we wanted to take a wall and an archway down to open the room up into the dining room, but now looking at the budget I’m starting to think, hmmm…maybe we can live with the outdated layout and just buy new cabinets and such…. I hate spending money so it’s hard to make big decisions like this!  Has anyone else redone a kitchen on a budget?

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Magnetic North – Inlet Sound

To go along with my previous post…I’ve been playing a very travel-inspired soundtrack the last few days…combating cabin fever, but also making me crave the open road a little too much haha…

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February 11, 2013 · 5:50 pm

Adventures for 2013…and beyond…

So watching 180 Degrees South and The Way this weekend really got me craving some adventures.  I used to be an adventure junkie.  I total restless spirit, constantly seeking out the next big trip or crazy thing to do.  In a way, it’s good I’ve calmed down a bit.  It means I’m content with where I am and what I’m doing.  But, now that I have my strength and energy and health back, I am really excited to be able to plan some big adventures this year, especially with my husband coming back and us planning some roadtrips this summer.

Adventures I would like to do this year:

*Finishing grad school and finding a new job/possibly starting my CAGS program

*Volunteering at an equine therapy farm

*More hikes with the dogs

*Hiking Mount Washington and other NH peaks with Eric…including at least one overnight tent camp out…always wanted to do this!

*Roadtrips down south with Eric…his beloved Bourbon Trail, and my Nasheville trip…possibly also the Smokey Mountains!

*Fun adventures in my hometown in PA when we go there for two weddings this summer…taking Eric to all my teenage hangouts…the country roads, swimming holes, and hiking trails!

*Possibly flying out to Cali to visit Eric’s sister at a training she will be at…beach, mountains, sunshine…sounds good to me!

*Completing two half marathons this year and getting back into prime running shape.

 

 

Adventures for the future:

*Traveling to South America and Southeast Asia…I’ve always wanted to explore the cultures of these two areas.  The tropical cultures of Brazil and the coast of South America, the mountains of Chile and the ancient ruins of Macchu Picchu in Peru…and the age old wisdom and culture of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Taoism in Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, and India…the birthplace of yoga and Eastern religions…I would be so excited to just explore all of it!

*Hiking at least parts of the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide trails

*Exploring the wilds of Wyoming, Colorado, Montana…

*Hiking in Yosemite and climbing the cables at Half Dome

*Hiking more in Arizona and Utah…Arches National Park, Grand Canyon, etc.

*Someday starting my own therapeutic ranch and animal rescue center…after I get my counseling license.

*Someday adopting children…ok, this one is probably wayyyy far off, but it’s still an adventure goal!

 

I think it’s good to check in every once in a while with our goals for life.  Our plans for accomplishing our goals may change with our circumstances, but we shouldn’t ever let go of our dreams.  I know that someday and somehow I will accomplish these things, be it through working, volunteering, winning the lottery, or whatever it takes.  Some of them will be with my husband, and some will be by myself.  We both have our own goals and we need to stay true to what we each hold important…that doesn’t take away from any of our goals, but just reinforces the need to keep your own identity in a relationship.  I am so inspired to continue working towards these goals and can’t wait for all our adventures this year and on…

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