Sorry it has been ridiculously long since my last post…life got so busy and hectic between my new job and my husband finally coming home that I barely have had time to think!
The biggest update of course is…
Sorry it has been ridiculously long since my last post…life got so busy and hectic between my new job and my husband finally coming home that I barely have had time to think!
The biggest update of course is…
So much has been going on! Some HUGE milestones that I have been waiting for, as they are huge indicators that June is on it’s way and my hubby will soon be home where he belongs! End of internship, finals for grad school, my half marathon, among other things…so busy yet a really happy kind of busy!
First I need to share this awesome mini path we found to a local beach. My friend Tim came to visit and we decided to go to a seafood place a town over that my husband loves. Now when hubby is home, he is way too excited for food to bother going for a walk around the town, so we have never found this awesome path before! Excited to show him when he gets back!
My internship has drawn to a close! 300 hours in one year DONE! I know 300 doesn’t sound like a lot, but when they are 300 unpaid hours that you are fitting in along with 2 parttime jobs and a fulltime grad class schedule, plus a deployed husband, it’s definitely a big chunk of time!
My last day outfit…
The gifts I made for my supervisors…
The nice flowers my supervisor gave me:)
The weather has been fabulous and the puppies have enjoyed MANY hikes lately…gotta love the springtime!
In honor of earth day, I busted out one of my favorite qyotes from one of my favorite books…I would love to get this as a tattoo someday…
Or this…. can’t decide…maybe I’ll get both…
Been keeping up with eating healthy, mainly because I eat the same thing every single day…an example of my tuna burger and broccoli lunches…
I’ve started adding dinner into my routine…trying to get an extra serving of protein and veggies into my diet, especially on days I work out extra hard…
I saw this shirt on tumblr and I WANT IT!
Another hiking picture…just because it’s been a huge part of my week…
I think this is one of the greatest pictures ever….as soon as a lay out my blanket to tan, the little monster wants to join me…just as I went to take a picture of her she yawned and she looks like a total monster with her mouth open haha!
Little boy enjoyed the sun as well!
Really ramped up my training for my race…and I’m getting my awesome running legs back!! Love feeling strong and fit!
I’ve been trying to master fallen angel pose in yoga…it’s not perfect but I’m getting there:)
THE COUNTDOWN IS GETTING SHORTER!!!!!! (this countdown is in no way accurate for actual homecoming dates….we only know he is coming home in June, so I have the countdown for June 1st…no security violations here!)
Another hike…this time to the giant field of sand dunes!
MY idea of a perfect day…puppies, sun, and a giant mug of tea!
Yesterday was my long awaited half marathon!!! A beautiful early start at the beach!
Luckily my sister is law is smart and brought an extra long sleeve shirt…I wouldve been FREEZING waiting around in my tank top!
My old roommate came to run with us! Note her post-race carbo fest…muffin and pizza haha!
I ran with my Pro Compression socks and OH MY GOD…not a single blister!!!!!!!!!!!! Also my feet didn’t go numb…and my legs are SOOO not sore! I am in LOVE with these things!!!!!!!
It’s SPRING! THERE ARE TULIPS IN MY YARD!!!! I love spring, if you couldn’t tell:)
Look how short that paper chain is getting! Remember when it went to both sides of the mirror and then over to the lamp!?! So close!!!!!
And like a true nerd…had to wear my race tshirt to work today:)
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!
I taught a fair bit of yoga the last two weeks…always the anchor that keeps me grounded!
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!
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!!)
I made them pose for a few pictures, they weren’t too amused haha.
By the end of the week, Chlo-chlo was EXHAUSTED, so she took a nice nap in the sun… MOST EPIC PICTURE EVER…
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!
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…
And who can see a bridge without DOING a bridge on it? Not this girl…
I also used my mornings off to finish painting the living room! Yay for happy bright colors every where!
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…
Poor pups were tired after all of my hiking adventures this week…they say “Ok, you can go back to internship now!”
I LOVE this mix on 8tracks…so perfect for this upbeat sunny weather we’ve been having!
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…
On a side note, this just about summed up my week….I made SO many cookies!
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…
On a side note, when I flipped to the back of YJ today, I saw this….how…is…this…even…possible….????
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!
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!
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!
Rocking my new necklace and loving my hippie hair getting longer and longer!
We got a surprise random blizzard on Friday…the dogs were NOT impressed. “Mom…wtf??? Why is that white stuff back?!?!”
…guess we’ll just have to hide under the blankets all day!
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!
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.
Another sub 30 5k!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!! And a blurry picture because I was still running haha….mad skills at life.
Vicious pit bulls that have to sleep with their head directly on your chest so they can feel your heart beat….preciousness overload!
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?
AAAaaaaannnndddddd…..SPRING IS BACK! Let’s celebrate by laying in the grass happily!
I think I see a discrepancy in toy size to dog size ratio…
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.
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!
We found a random teepee in the woods so I of COURSE had to go inside! Who wouldn’t?
And when you find a rusty old tire swing in the middle of no where who DOESNT swing on it?
…same with rusty old gates…
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!
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?????
To escape from the $7000 disaster that is my house, I took the pups for a nice hike…so much fun.
And at night I went for a lovely run!
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…
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!
I love taking the dogs with my to run errands…can you spot the pit bulls?
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.
As always, lets start out with a nice big hello from the kiddos…
“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…
Yeah…that’s a good three foot section of the main support beam MISSING…vanished…cut out…gone…out of the picture…
Never a good thing…
But I’m handling it surprisingly well!
Case in point:
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…
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!
It was so nice to be out in the fresh air again! We have been cooped up far too long this winter!
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!
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….
Sit? WHY?!? Are you tricking us? Is there another dog you are distracting us from?!?!
Stay? Nooooooo….you must mean come and give me kisses if you are sitting in the sand!!!
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!
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.
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…”
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!
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…
Destroying a new toy…
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…
Having a cooking party in the kitchen! Oh how I’ve missed these two gals!
With yet another snow storm, we spent a lot of time cuddled on the couch…
Surprisingly, the diet went well all week…spacing my meals out and adding in some variety is making me feel so great!
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…
…so I gave up and cried on the floor with Jack, who didn’t seem phased.
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!
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!
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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?!?!”
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!
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!