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Days 244-251…more random updates…

 

Can we tell it’s getting to be that time?  Even though it’s still far away in some regards, it’s also seeming more and more close….meaning it’s been harder and harder to concentrate and keep a train of thought.  My husband is coming home in roughly two months and I am too excited to sit still!  Maybe getting back into this blog, which helped keep me sane at the beginning of the deployment, will keep me sane for the end of it as well! 

Let’s start by introducing what I thought was a GREAT Yoga Journal article, by Coral Brown, a teacher right here in RI!  It is about strengthening your core, but she comes from the stance of your physical, emotional, and spiritual core…I really liked her paralels to strength and acceptance rather than the mainstream “Get a 6-pack now!” type articles in most fitness magazines.  Cool stuff, check it out!

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I taught a fair bit of yoga the last two weeks…always the anchor that keeps me grounded!

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I am super psyched to be feeling healthy and STRONG again, finally!  My muscles are back , I feel energized, able, and so happy and confident in my body again.  I credit so much of this with yoga.  Running has definitely been a huge factor, with getting my legs and energy levels and strength back, however yoga has been the biggest change in my life this year…teaching 4-5 times a week plus my own practice….my arms are stronger and more jacked than when I used to lift every other day.  I never realized the power of body weight exercises like chataranga and crow until now!  Love feeling strong and seeing new progress every week!

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Sunny weather means lots of hiking for the puppies this week! (Also it was school vacation so I didnt have internship for five whole days!!)

 

 

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I made them pose for a few pictures, they weren’t too amused haha.

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By the end of the week, Chlo-chlo was EXHAUSTED, so she took a nice nap in the sun… MOST EPIC PICTURE EVER…

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Every send some prayers out for our little foster pup who my mom adopted…he was attacked by a dog out on a walk and has a few puncture wounds:(  He is healing well, but it is such a shame that the other owner was so irresponsible…police are investigating and it looks like the owner may be charged with cruelty to the dog, which makes sense because dogs aren’t just vicious for no reason.  Sad situation, but I am glad he is feeling good…sending good vibes his way!

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We went for a wonderful hike this weekend…well actually two…one to tire the dogs out, then another one to find this awesome view and climb some fun cliffs!  Of course I had to do yoga on every boulder…

 

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And who can see a bridge without DOING a bridge on it?  Not this girl…

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I also used my mornings off to finish painting the living room!  Yay for happy bright colors every where!

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And…..surprise!  More hikes at my favorite place!!!  These sand dunes make me feel like I’m living the dream out West, so that’s what I pretend whenever I’m hiking there…

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Poor pups were tired after all of my hiking adventures this week…they say “Ok, you can go back to internship now!”

 

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I LOVE this mix on 8tracks…so perfect for this upbeat sunny weather we’ve been having!

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We finally have a working LIGHT in our bedroom!  Since we’ve moved in we’ve relied on awkwardly placed lamps that have resulted in lots of stubbed toes…now let there be light!!  Next project before hubby comes home is a nice dark wood floor install and then our new bed comforter set…I think the dark browns will make the lavendar walls look less tacky..it didn’t look as ‘purple’ in the sample…

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On a side note, this just about summed up my week….I made SO many cookies!

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Took the pups for another hike today…then we got kicked out because apparently the air force uses the area to practice air drops of supplies on random days…super safe!  Haha.  I decided to go for a 4 mile run, which for some reason was a struggle…need to take some time off so I am all rested up for the half marathon….which is in less than two weeks!!!!  It snuck up on me fast, and my longest run has been less than 6.5miles…it’s gonna be rough…

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On a side note, when I flipped to the back of YJ today, I saw this….how…is…this…even…possible….???? 

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Days 207-214…life is busy, life is good!

I’ve been away from the blog for one whole week!  Everything has been happening all at once and life has been crazy!  But no complaints here (mainly because I have been complaining too much the past week to everyone else and I’m tired of it!)…I am taking a look at the positive side of everything and enjoying my life one day at a time!  To start off with, all these crazy happenings have just made the last week fly by, and that means it is that much sooner until hubby comes home!  Another plus is that dealing with household emergencies and a crazy work and internship and school schedule just reassures me that I am totally competent and in charge of my life right now, and that feels great!

A nice surprise pick me up came in the mail last week….cute gifts from E!  I love the random teddy bear with greetings from Afghanistan…matched my Kuwaitit camel from last deployment!  Also, I am a huge sucker for precious stones…forget gold and diamonds and bling, give this hippie girl lapis and jade and turquoise and I’m good to go!  I really loved my gifts and it felt nice to be thought of.  Good job, husband!

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And now, a picture that totally sums up our two pups…Jack running for his life and Chloe with a crazy open mouth “im coming for you!” grin!

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The past two weeks have been a total running party…speed workouts and all types of fun stuff (until my old injuries started acting up which I’ll talk about later…)

This was my first sub 30 5k in I don’t know how long!

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Rocking my new necklace and loving my hippie hair getting longer and longer!

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We got a surprise random blizzard on Friday…the dogs were NOT impressed.  “Mom…wtf???  Why is that white stuff back?!?!”

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…guess we’ll just have to hide under the blankets all day!

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Ok…everyone in the world is going to either judge me or secretly are also hiding their bad habit, but….

After giving it up almost all winter, minus going once or twice , I caved and went tanning again… the blizzard totally threw me and my SAD was like “oh HELL no, winter is supposed to be gone, this is horrible and the world is ending!” …so I jumped in the fake bake bed for 10 minutes…let the judging begin.  I wanted to share only because I know there are still closet tanners out there and I am doing so good at beating my tanning addiction, but as long as I live in New England there are going to be those winter days here and there that I just can’t get away from it!

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I saw this on pinterest and about died laughing…this is SO me every deployment…but hey, let’s be honest, I’m not exactly in the smooth legs club all the time when hubby is home either.

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Another sub 30 5k!!!!!!!  Yay!!!!!!!  And a blurry picture because I was still running haha….mad skills at life.

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Vicious pit bulls that have to sleep with their head directly on your chest so they can feel your heart beat….preciousness overload!

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My friend sent me this and it is SO true.  I am totally that girl and proud of it….as evidenced by today’s completely random and in no way sporadic post haha!  Common themes that run through a post?  Who DOES that?

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AAAaaaaannnndddddd…..SPRING IS BACK!  Let’s celebrate by laying in the grass happily!

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I think I see a discrepancy in toy size to dog size ratio…

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Somewhere in between all of these things was spring break…which wasn’t really a break for me, but I did have no class and there were no students on campus which made work a lot easier haha!

Then came the weekend…

I SOOOOO wish Eric was home to see the gem I discovered on SyFy network this weekend….a movie about military engineered camel spiders?!?!  Oh hell yes.

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Sunday morning yoga was fun, and one of my friends came so it was great to have her come to her first Theresa-led yoga class.  Afterwards, her husband and our other friend helped me with some things around the house that I couldn’t figure out on my own.  Did I tell you in addition to all the structural problems we had last week, that our septic almost overflowed?  Yay…crazy murphy’s law of deployments…  So we drained the washer out to the garden and now there will be that many less gallons of water to cause sewage chaos in our back yard…aren’t you excited to read about sewage?  I know I sure am…lies…all lies…

Sunday afternoon it was time for a nice relaxing hike!

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We found a random teepee in the woods so I of COURSE had to go inside!  Who wouldn’t?

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And when you find a rusty old tire swing in the middle of no where who DOESNT swing on it?

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…same with rusty old gates…

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I was SO happy that the surprise baby shower I threw my boss on Monday went well!  It is SO hard to surprise her and we NAILED it.  She was almost mad that we got one over on her haha!  Everyone had a blast and she was so happy.  I made her two paintings…one for the baby’s room with inspirational quotes and one for her other daughter’s room with a cute quote about sisters on it since she will be a first time sister soon!

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With Monday came structural repair week!

So….turns out I wasn’t paranoid and that big center beam that was sagging so bad?? …Yep…..it’s resting on  a TWO BY FOUR….someone TOOK OUT A WALL and rested the CENTER BEAM on a TWO BY FOUR…are you kidding?????

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Totally safe….not.

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To escape from the $7000 disaster that is my house, I took the pups for a nice hike…so much fun.

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And at night I went for a lovely run!

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I had to share my conversation with my best friend from home as she was trying to motivate me to go out for my run…I love that even 1000 miles apart we are still best friends.  By the way go check out her blog…. Eat well, Run hard, Love yourself…

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Sadly, after my run, the old injuries I’ve been ignoring all started to rear their ugly heads again…old fractures, old achilles, old knees, and old ankles… all at once!  Not sure if it was the hills, the speedwork, the distance…or maybe everything combined, but crap…not good!  I am taking a few days off and I got a referral today to go see an orthopedist.  I have a sneaking suspicion that my horrible running form and really weird gate are the root cause of my injuries.  Running is the only thing that causes my injuries to flare up, which sucks because running is my favorite thing….but I’ve had a few people tell me, in the nicest way they could, that I run like a total weirdo.  This is the same reason I teach dance instead of perform…I have tibial torsion so my feet point outwards, which means to run normally, my feet either have to go out like I’m in first position in dance to keep my knees facing forward, which then torques my ankles and hips, OR my knees have to bow inward to keep my feet straight.  Yes, I’m aware I am a giant trainwreck…I’m just hoping that the doctors can figure it out…I don’t care if I have to wear Forrest Gump leg braces, I just want to be able to run again!!!!

My new favorite cold drink…honestly it is AMAZING go try it!  And no, they aren’t paying me to say this…although I wish they were…with a lifetime supply of these drinks haha!

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I love taking the dogs with my to run errands…can you spot the pit bulls?

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Since we cant go in our living room, I drug a recliner to our dining room to relax and watch tv.  The doggies of course KNEW it was for them too and decided we should all pile on there together…this was such a comfortable set up for all involved.  Just look at how snuggly we all look?  Five minutes later the recliner collapsed and scared us all half to death…fun night.

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Days 203-206…running and other spring adventures!

 

Ahhhh it’s spring!  Everyone roll around happily in the grass!

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The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and I’m once again happily sitting in the sun with my pups by my side, drinking tea…perfect morning!

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Springtime means wrestling matches are again a common occurence!

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I was feeling inspired to get back into music this week, so I busted out the keyboard.  I really want to get good at piano and flute and guitar and singing again. I’d love to find a local choir or orchestra next year.  I used to be SO musical…it was my whole life in high school and I really miss it!

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So the big crazy story this weekend was on Saturday…my routine oil change turned into a $600 repair with some issues they found…so I caught a cab home…and then realized I had left my house key on my keychain at the car repair place…wonderful.

Luckily our house is super hard to break into….but I remembered that the third floor windows don’t have locks on them…because honestly, who would climb three stories to break into the house?

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…..oh that’s right…this girl would.

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I somehow managed to climb the completely vertical ladder and get inside in one piece.  I was a little stressed after this whole occurrence and I felt bad for venting about it to my husband on our weekly phone call.  Looking back it’s actually kind of funny….but when you spend your entire paycheck in two days and go through this fiasco on top of all the other things going on around here I guess it can get a little overwhelming.  Oops.  I really need to get back on that ‘no complaining’ kick I had started a few weeks ago…

I’ll take a hint from the pups…just bask in the sunshine and relax!  No worries here!

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Sunday was a great day for yoga and for the first long run outside of the spring…I looped a local park and then ran a new long road down to a beach I hadn’t been to before…really fun!

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Me showing off my frizzy running hair and fancy running jacket I forgot I had stashed in my closet!  Also note that I finally replaced the armband monster dog destroyed months ago…it was nice to not be clutching my iphone for dear life the entire run…

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5.64 miles in an hour…definitely need to work on getting my speed back, but it was a solid run and no pain in my hip, so I didn’t mind the slower pace!

After my run, I was exhausted!  I did some yoga around 6 and was ready for bed by 730!  12 hours later and I finally felt my energy come back…but it was nice to have a real genuine exhausted type of sleep….oh how I’ve missed long runs outside!

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Gotta love when cute puppies fall asleep in the middle of chewing on their toys…

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Even with my long run, I was proud of staying under my calorie budget for the day…I’m sticking to 1400 or less on days I work out, and other days I am aiming for 1200.  Today I was almost at 1400 again, but I know that my muscles need to repair after the long run yesterday…

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This morning I stared in an episode of Hoarders!!!

….just kidding…but I did clean out the basement and garage.

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SO much crap still down there from the previous owners.  I hate to be wasteful but the basement is moldy and I have decided to just trash everything down there….power tools and such can stay, but old furtniture, mattresses, lamps, etc are going to the dump…

Speaking of the dump, let’s check out my white trash outfit I wore for my junk-hauling trip…ratty old sweatpants and an oversized Budweiser tshirt…perrfecccttt….no one will bother me looking like this…

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This afternoon brought indecisiveness in the little monster…which stick do I want?  CANT DECIDE, MUST HAVE BOTH.

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After a long day, it was nice to come home to my lovely cabinet of TEA…yeah with my husband gone, I have taken over an entire cabinet for my tea…so what?  It’s GOOD FOR YOU….don’t judge.

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Random job search update…I have applied to at least 50 jobs in the last few months…it seems all the good counseling jobs require experience…which you need to get hired to get, but can’t get hired without…kind of a catch-22, no?  So I decided to start searching in the fitness sector.  In all honesty, fitness is my real passion, and I only want to work in counseling if it allows me to bring fitness and wellness into the job anyway.  So tonight I applied for a health and wellness coordinator job…parttime to start in the summer…I think it could work really well with what I want to do and I could possibly work some counseling hours as well.  We will see what happens!

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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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Days 173-175…wonderful weekend…puppies, yoga, art, running, and food!

 

It’s finally FEBRUARY!  And my homecoming calendar says it’s about 4 1/2 months til hubby comes home!:)  E’s birthday is this week and I feel so bad I don’t get to spend it with him…his last deployment he had leave for his birthday week.  Although, I would much rather have this shorter deployment and no leave time…9 months is a lot better than 11-12!

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We had a HUGE windstorm this week that knocked down a lot of branches.  The doggies thought that toys had miraculously fallen from the heavens and had a super fun weekend with all the debris.

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Since it was a heck of a lot colder this weekend than it had been all week, and since I was exhausted from getting back into the swing of teaching yoga/dance almost every day, we had a LOT of snuggle time this weekend…

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Can you find me in the last picture?  I’m hidden under two big pit bulls…snuggle monsters attack!

Saturday was another fun filled class at the studio and a fun picture afterwards since I wanted to show E I wear the bracelet he got me when I teach…lapis is such a calming stone, it is a great way to have a relaxing class. I have also become obsessed with tiger’s eye this week…I’ve been wearing my old bracelet made with tigers eye and it really does seem to bring a sense of clarity and peace. I can’t explain it, but I’m totally becoming obsessed with precious stones!

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We also installed a new door lock since our old one was literally getting blown open by the WIND…not super safe.  I told hubby now he can tell everyone that he left for a deployment and his wife changed the locks on him…

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Chloe dragging an entire tree branch across the yard…she must be able to pull 3 times her own weight…

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I had the genius idea this weekend to rip up the ugly linoleum in our bedroom…but underneath the tile and on top of the wood is a gross felt-like layer that is NOT coming off.  So sad…whoever did the flooring in this house was an ass.  They covered up all the hardwood with horrible adhesive and linoleum…no sheet in between to save the wood floors.  So frustrating.

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Yesterday I went to teach my normal Sunday class…and I waited and waited….taking random pictures of the studio…

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And random pictures of my mat…and my feet…

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But no one came!  Then I remembered a) it was about 20 degrees and most of my clients walk to class, and b) it was apparently Superbowl sunday…..

So I drove over to the gym and jumped on the treadmill for an easy 4 miles!

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It was a great run!  I averaged a 10min/mile pace, but I did intervals.  Started out at about 10:50, then 10:30, then 9:40, then 9, and for the last half mile 8:30!  I am new to the whole speed work thing, but progressively going faster as I go longer seems to work for me…not sure if there is a real name for it (thought I should since I’m a personal trainer and have now been running for 7 years…oooops).  I felt amazing afterwards though!

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More cute puppy time after the gym…I couldn’t help it, I was a crazy obsessive doggy mom this weekend!:)

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I also got a chance to do some fun yoga art….I love doing pieces of art around favorite quotes.

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I added it to my fireplace collection…although I dont know how happy E will be to come home and find his sports memorabilia moved and my paintings in their place!

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For a small extra bday gift for E, I saw this quote on pinterest and thought it would make a cute painting…I’m going to attach ribbon to it and hang it up in our room!

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Last night’s dinner was one of my easy favorites…wild brown rice with broccoli and carrots, mixed with Trader Joe’s refried beans, and salsa.  Quick, easy, and perfect winter comfort food!

I have been eating more and more calories lately….in an attempt to be healthier and get my metabolism back to wear it needs to be after years of restricting and dieting.  It’s a hard process, but I’ve found, as I have at other times in my life, that running is the best thing to do when you want to regulate your diet.  For me, running helps put me in touch with my hunger…I know after I run that I need to fuel my body and that my cravings are because I actually worked hard and need the food.  Getting back into heavy weight training and running have made me look and feel so much better…and overcoming the vitamin deficiencies I had been struggling with has been amazing.  However, it never gets easy seeing the numbers on the scale go up….which is why I’ve been making an effort to only check my weight once every week or so.  Today I realized I have officially gained 15 lbs since last summer…but I know that I look so much better than I did then.  I’m not saying I don’t have room for improvement (2 desserts some day isn’t the healthiest option!)…but I am a strong believer that you can be healthier and happier at a heavier weight.  I just need to keep reminding myself that having energy, running distance, lifting heavy, and looking and feeling great have nothing to do with numbers on a scale and everything to do with being a balanced, healthy, strong person.  I may still struggle sometimes, but I’m getting there!

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And as the perfect ending to this post…remember, sometimes you just need to hide your face, bury yourself in the corner of the couch, and hide away from the world for a day…oh, little brown dog, you are ridiculous…

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