Monday, July 28, 2014

MOVED to Florida!!

Sorry to be completely absent for the past few months, but once stuff started happening, it happened FAST!!

I'll recap events from the last few months as best as I can:

Mid March - rented my house with a June 1st move-in date for my new tenant

Late March (Spring Break) - got away from it all and took a vacation in Florida.  Checked out SeaWorld and then hit the beaches.  While in Florida, I also visited with some folks I spoke with daily on the phone at work, but had never met in person.  That's how I found out about the possibility of getting a new job!  

April - Applied for the job position in Florida and anxiously waited for news.  Like really anxious, like the phone didn't leave my side sort of anxious (read LOTS of overeating!).  Finally, near the end of April, I received and accepted the offer.  Gave my 2-weeks notice at work. 

May - I started packing like a crazy woman!  I bought/was given lots of boxes.  Rented a 25-ft truck from a "U-Pack We Drive" type company.  (There was no way I was driving 2000+ miles with my daughter and our 2 dogs in the cab of a moving truck!)  The trailer was dropped off on a Monday evening and picked up on a Friday morning.  There was a SNAFU on Wednesday afternoon when, during a torrential downpour, we discovered the ceiling of the truck was leaking water.  Best to find these things out early on, with the truck half-packed, instead of unpacking soggy televisions and mattresses later, right?  Anyway the company sent a guy out the next day to patch the hole and they gave me an extra day to finish packing.  That was the same day (Thursday) of my daughter's high school graduation.  Whew!  There was a lot going on!!  We packed that truck into the wee hours of the morning.  We got up early Friday morning, showered, packed a few last-minute pieces, and were finally ready to go!  Hit the road around 2pm for the 3-day, 30-hour drive to Florida.  

Long story longer, we're pretty much settled in now and are just getting into a routine.  I think I've gained every pound back in this whole 3-4 month experience unfortunately.  I'm working 12-hour shifts, so there hasn't been I haven't made a lot of time for exercise.  Basically, I come home and start getting stuff ready for the next day and then fall into bed.  I'm trying to work out some workout time while I'm at work.  But when you're a new employee, it's awkward to ask for time away if you aren't 100% trained.  So, last week, I finished all my training!!  This week… I ask about gym-during-lunch time.  Wish me luck!!

Other challenges to living here - beer and wine.  When it's sooooo hot outside, I love to enjoy an ice-cold beverage.  Not a lot, just one here and there.  But that's a lot more "here and theres" than I was doing before!!  

Nutrition of late has been quite poor.  The 12-hour shifts mean little time to cook.  So we either eat out (which basically means we "over eat"), or we do something quick at home.  My daughter has been pitching in a lot, bless her heart, but her culinary skills are limited.  I'm thinking I'll go back to the "cook for a day, eat for a month" type of menu planning.  

Lastly, I have to share the best part about living here… walking on the beach.  We've made it a tradition now to go every Saturday.  Six-weeks in a row and I absolutely love it!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

I might be getting a new job...

In FLORIDA!!!!  I've been trying to get there my entire career and now there's a chance.  But I just wanted to put up a quick post to let you all know I haven't dropped off the planet completely.

I've rented out my house and now I just gotta get that job so I can move.  Oh yeah and my daughter is graduating HS this year, so now all that stuff is coming into play.

So, what have I been up to?  Packing and painting!

What keeps me motivated, oddly enough, is how long triathlon season is in Florida.  That means if I have to miss the June Tri, I can certainly find another.  Worse case is it move to next year.  I don't want that to happen, but one way or another a triathlon I will complete!  (I say in my Yoda voice).

Monday, March 10, 2014

Life is Crazy! And Itchy too!!

Yes I am still alive for those who are starting to wonder.  I just got crazy busy and had to adjust my priorities a bit, but I'm good now.  I've probably gained about 5 pounds, but I am still working out though only like twice a week at this point.  Not very good in the triathlon training department, is it?  I also haven't been doing any strength training at all and I can really feel it.  I'm looking forward to getting back into a rhythm.

In other tri-training areas, I haven't been able to go back to the pool lately because my skin is so irritated by the chlorine that it burns now for several days after I swim.  It doesn't seem to matter what I do.  So, my goal in that area is to hydrate like crazy and try to moisturize my skin as often as possible.  I'd love to know if anyone else has ever had this problem.  I swear if feels like I rolled around in fiberglass for days after a swim.  I'm at the point now of my skin feeling itchy all day long and it's been 2 weeks since I last swam.  I went to the doc and next Monday I go back for results of my blood work to see if there's anything in that department.

Well anyway, I hope you have a great week!  Happy Monday everyone!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Planning ahead - Meals and Workouts

Lately I've been in this "get organized" mode and it's not a bad thing.  My house has stayed clean for over TWO weeks now.  It's truly wonderful to walk into my house and know that I don't have anything to pick up because everything is already picked up.  The kitchen is clean with no dishes left in the sink overnight.  My sink is even shiny!  That's right, I'm FLYing.

If you aren't familiar with the FLYLady, check out her website - especially if you long for home organization - at  The beginner steps are awesome and totally get you ready to do some serious de-cluttering.

In the process of getting organized, I also found another "oldie but goodie." The idea of cook for a day and eat for a month.  Ever heard of it?  It's self-explanatory really, but there are SO many websites out there that offer free recipes and menu-planning.  Since it's just 2 of us, I usually cook enough for four or five, so why not freeze the leftovers?  This week, my grocery bill was less than $20 because of planning ahead and using my "frozen assets".  I've got a few books on hold at the library with even more awesome cook ahead/freeze recipes.  I'm really looking forward to those.

Another by-product of getting organized is the schedule planning.  I sit down once a week now and attempt to plan my week.  There are all kinds of websites out there offering free planner templates with everything from tasks and menus to Bible study and exercise.  I'm loving this.  I'm a huge list maker and it always gives me such a sense of accomplishment when I've completed my list.

Planning workouts as if they are an appointment instead of something I just get around to is HUGE!  For example, on Tuesday, I had to go to court (speeding ticket and I wanted it reduced) so I ended up going in to work much later.  This meant I wouldn't get home until after dinner time.  So, instead of sleeping in like I REALLY wanted to, I set the alarm and got up and worked out.  Amazing - I have rarely done that.  But there's something about writing down a plan that helps it stick.

It was a quick workout, but I did around 25 minutes of bike plus treadmill.  Even kicked it up a few times and ran - crazy, I know, but eventually I will run the whole stinkin' time.  Until then, every little bit helps I hope.

So... have you tried freezing meals in advance?  What worked best for you?  Better yet, what was the worst meal (taste or texture) that didn't work out the way it was planned?  

Monday, February 10, 2014

New Bike Trainer

After reading tons on triathlon training and all the coaching, I realized I needed to make a change from the recumbent bike to an upright for working out at home.  Given that the gym-type stationary bikes are so expensive, I decided to buy a bike trainer.  I didn't want to spend a lot and I didn't find anything on Craigslist or in thrift stores.  After quite a bit of research, I found one on Amazon that didn't break the bank - just over $70.

There were a lot of complaints in the reviews about noise with all the trainers, but several folks mentioned changing the tire worked well.  I found a nice and fairly smooth tire for around $15 at Dick's Sporting Goods.  It made a HUGE difference compared to the knobby trail tire I had before.  Plus I got some more experience in changing bike tires (more on that in a future post).    

Riding a bike on the trainer is a lot different than riding outdoors.  For one, the seat is far more uncomfortable, that's for sure.  I'm going to easy myself into it a little at a time.  Today I managed around 5 minutes.  I don't know the distance or RPMs though - no bike computer.  That'll be the next purchase and fortunately not extremely expensive, probably no more than $15.  So the total expense for converting my mountain bike to a stationary bike will be right at $100.

Anyway, after the 5 minutes on the bike, I jumped on the treadmill and did a mile.  My speed was mostly 3 mph, but then a couple times I thought I'd run.  Once at 5.0 mph and once at 6.0 mph.  That only lasted around a minute each, but now I know I can do it!  Not bad for being sick, huh?  I'll start working at extending the times each week.  I can't wait 'til I can actually run a mile (and eventually more) without stopping!

Happy Monday everyone!  Hang in there and keep to your goals.  We can do this healthy thing, we just can!  My new motto is "Be like Nike and Just Do It."

Sunday, February 9, 2014

One is better than none

I worked out one day this past week - one.  I think my sinus/cold thing has moved into bronchitis territory now.  Oh how we take for granted being healthy and able to breathe clearly.

Unfortunately, when I'm sick I love comfort food.  I need a few recipes for some healthy comfort food, not the greasy crap I ate most of the week.  Any ideas?

Given my lack of exercise and lack on control in the food department (oh and did I mention TOM's visit?), I know I'm going to have to work hard to lose a few extra pounds.  I haven't weighed myself yet, just guessing.

I'm not going to beat myself up too much.  This is the first time in a long time that I've been hit with a cold.  In fact, I think the last one was when I was still smoking (I quit that stuff in Oct 2011).  Anyway, I did get one workout in and I will do more this week - even if it's only strength training and some walking or easy peddling.

Hope you have a fantastic week!!  Stay healthy! ;p

Friday, February 7, 2014

Snack Attack - NEW RECIPE

Ok, I found the most amazing snack.  I even have this for dessert occasionally.

Here is the link to the original recipe from

GreenLiteBites' Roni calls it "Quick Apple-Walnut-Cheese Salad."  I just call it the AMAZING Apple snack.  It tastes exquisite, but don't take my word for it...  If you try this recipe, please let me know if you like it.  Even my picky-eater daughter enjoys it (minus the nuts).

Ingredients I use:
1 medium Fuji apple
1 Mini Babybel Light cut into lots of bite size pieces
1 small handful of walnut pieces (about 1/8 cup)
1/2 TBS honey
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg

In other news, I have been sick all this week - I don't know if it's a sinus thing or a cold thing, but it basically sucks.  I haven't been exercising given that I can't really breathe very well.  There have been days where I barely get 4000 steps but also days when I top 10,000.  I haven't gotten to the pool (still wary in that department) or done any purposeful aerobic activity though.  I just hope to kick this thing soon!
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