Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up 09.12 to 09.14

Friday morning while getting ready for work I received a phone call from hubby. He wouldn't be home that night as expected - he was being delayed one more day and wouldn't be home until Saturday night. I was disappointed but just glad that he was safe and would still be coming home for part of the weekend.

The only workout I did for Friday was suggested by my friend Analisa. I only lasted about 15 minutes through it though. I posted this picture on my Instagram:

Day 34 of my #workitout100

to which she commented that she had thrown up when she had done it! lol I think I would have thrown up too IF I would have been able to complete the whole thing.

Saturday morning I woke up and drove into DC for packet pick-up for the Navy 5 Miler race on Sunday. I was pretty sure I wasn't going to run it though since hubby would be coming in late Saturday evening but I still wanted my t-shirt since I had paid for it with my registration.

Packet pick-up was at Nationals Stadium. The line was so long and for part of the time we were stuck waiting in line outside in the rain! Pretty frustrating. 

I had bought an Amtrak ticket to Philly on Saturday morning so I could surprise hubby at the airport and drive him the 2 hours back home because I knew he would be exhausted from traveling 20 hours. (Hubby works in Delaware and they all had to fly out as a group - his flights had to go through Philly instead of our closest airport in Baltimore because Philly is the closest airport to his job.) 

Day 35 of my #workitout100 was the walking around the airport
I did waiting on hubby's flight to arrive

I felt like such a big girl - buying a one-way spur-of-the-moment train ticket to a city I had never been to, taking the train on my own and then cabbing it to the airport.

I arrived at the airport about an hour before his flight arrived. I had baggage claim all scoped out and the perfect hiding spot behind a pay phone. Unfortunately he came down a different escalator than I had expected and he got his luggage and was on his way to the car while I was still "hiding". Luckily I had texted him asking if he had his luggage yet and he replied that he did and was now searching for his car. I freaked out momentarily with thoughts of getting left in the Philly airport so I had to call him and let him know "I'm here! Surprise!" via the phone.

Even though my surprise didn't go as I had planned - he was still really surprised to see me and very grateful that he didn't have to drive himself the 2 hours home because he was exhausted.

Since we got back home so late and hubby's time clock was still on Germany time, I passed on getting up early and running the Navy 5 Miler. Instead I ran my own 5 miler at the base while hubby went to get his haircut and do the grocery shopping!      

#workitout100 Day 36

The weather was awesome for my run! It was still in the high 60s. I am definitely a colder weather runner. I HATE running in the heat. The cold - I don't mind so much.

After my run I met up with hubby at the commissary and from there we had to go to a real grocery store for produce. I've had too many bad experiences with produce being/going bad from the commissary. But everything else is a really great deal there. 

We got home in time to watch football. I can't believe my Redskins WON and my Seahawks LOST. I felt like I was in an alternate NFL universe. Hubby put some bacon cheddar filled burgers on the grill for us for lunch. The burgers were so big that we stayed too full to eat the meat loaf I had cooked for Sunday dinner since the teens would be back from their dad's house. They said it was good though. So at least tonight's dinner is already taken care of.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

One More Sleep

Tomorrow my hubby will be home from his 3 week work trip that was out of the country. I am so excited for him to be back on American soil again but I am even more excited to have him home with me again.

My husband is my best friend and I always miss him when we are apart but this trip has been the longest we've been apart since his last deployment over a year ago.

My kids kept me busy and entertained while they were with me but because I have joint custody with my ex-husband and the way the calendar fell - I ended up being home by myself quite a bit.

There are so many little and big things I've missed about my husband. The number one thing is that every night he makes me laugh before I fall asleep. I'm not fond of the dark so it's been hard for me to fall sleep each night because I'm always hearing some kind of noise.

Some of the other things I have missed about my husband (in no particular order)

  • Our evening conversations. Each night after work we usually sit down together and recap our work day to each other.
  • Cooking and eating dinner together.
  • Watching mindless TV together. We can sit and watch episode after episode of "Cops" together. I'm really glad he's back before our favorite show "Scandal" comes back on.
  • Watching football together. Even though he's a Ravens fan and I'm a Seahawks (and a Redskins fan) - we always watch Sunday football together. In the past we've even set 2 tvs side by side so that we could each watch our respective games but yet be in the same room as one another.
  • Grocery shopping together. Yes we're weird - we like to grocery shop together.
  • Training runs together. Although we don't run "together" side by side - we drive to the base and run our own separate routes - occasionally even passing each other before meeting back up at the car at a specified time.
  • He actually cleans. Yes, I got me a rare one! He does laundry, cleans bathrooms, vacuums, mops... he does it all. I on the other hand don't really care for those things but only do them when they HAVE to be done. So yes - keeping up with all the housework on my own has been quite challenging for me. 
  • My car hasn't been washed since he's been gone. My husband loves clean cars - his and mine. We have a monthly membership at a car wash for unlimited car washes. At least once a weekend hubby will take my car to be washed. He's going to cringe when he sees my car. 
  • "Date Nights". Once or twice a month hubby and I will plan a date night. It's been over 3 weeks since we've had one of those. 
  • Holding hands, hugs and kisses. Hubby and I are both affectionate people. We hold hands when we walk, we kiss each other hi and goodbye each day and he gives the best hugs when I really need one. I can't wait to do all 3 when I see him!
  • Hearing him tell me every day that he loves me. Over the past 3 weeks we've been able to Facetime 2 or 3 times but for the most part it has been emails and iMessages. I miss hearing his voice telling me that he loves me.
  • Looking into his blue eyes. Hubby has the most beautiful blue eyes and I love looking into them when we're talking. It's just not the same through FaceTime.
  • Just being silly together. Hubby and I have the best time together. We can joke and be silly with each other and I just plain ole' have missed that over these past 3 weeks.
There are so many other things I miss about my hubby but these are just some of the things off the top of my head.

I truly respect the work my husband does on a daily basis. I love that about him - his commitment to this country - but I am ready for him to be home with me for a little while now. I'll still share him with my country - but can we do it within the United States for the next little while? Please and thank you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Some New to Me Eats

Funny how I just posted yesterday that I wasn't going to only post about health and fitness and that's exactly what today's post is going to be about.

I tried this new-to-me Chobani Oats yogurt. I wasn't sure what to expect since I've never even tried overnight oats but this was really good. It was definitely more yogurt-y than oat-y. If you have food texture issues this may not be for you. I would definitely buy it again and now I'm actually inspired to try making my own at home. 

When I got home from work I changed out of my work clothes right away and put on my workout clothes. I'm going really strong this time around with my #workitout100 Challenge. I am on Day 31 in a row of working out. This is my 3rd attempt - and the furthest I've gotten with this challenge and I am determined to complete all 100 days. Who knows - maybe after 100 days I'll try for their 365 day challenge! 

Last night's workout was from my favorite fitness duo over at FitnessBlender. They have put together a 5 Day Challenge and last night I was on Day 3 which was HIIT (or you could choose the modified cardio version) and Abs. The entire workout was 52 minutes. I wanted to quit at about 20 minutes but I pushed through and was very proud of myself for doing so. I really felt like I had an awesome workout when I was finished. 

After my workout I needed to figure out my dinner situation. I was flying solo with hubby still out of the country and the teens at their dad's so I knew I could experiment a little more than usual. I had been staring at this big of farro in my pantry for weeks and figured this would be as good of time as any to cook it. There was a recipe on the side of the bag that I pretty much followed except I substituted a sweet potato for the apple that the recipe called for. I don't know - there was just something about an apple in a recipe with onion and sausage that didn't appeal to me. The entire cooking time was a little longer than I expected but it was worth it. I suspect my substitution of the sweet potato for the apple is what took a little longer for everything to cook. I did really like the taste of the farro - so much so that I would find myself eating little spoonfuls straight out of the pot while I waited for the onion and sweet potato mixture to finish cooking.    

Ooops - onion not pictured

I should have measured out my serving - but I didn't. I had a bowlful and then that was so good I helped myself to a second bowl. That's my problem with not tracking my food. When I track my food I do a better job of controlling myself and my portions. When I don't track my food - well... overeating occurs.

Back to MyFitness Pal I go.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Reflections During My Time Alone

Hubby has been out of the country for work for almost three weeks. I had big ideas for all the projects and things to do around the house that I was going to accomplish while he was away. None of that happened.

Instead I found myself wasting a lot of time on my social media accounts when I was by myself. When the teens were with me at home I stayed busy with the normal stuff of keeping up the house, running them around, helping them with their homework and also just hanging out with them. But when the teens were at their father's house I found myself frequently checking in on all my social media accounts instead of tackling the projects I thought I would get accomplished. Looking back I believe that in order for me to deal with the loneliness of being in the house by myself I would "interact" with my real life and internet friends each evening through social media. This morning as I looked back at my to-do list and realized how much time I had wasted over the past few weeks - I decided I wanted to make some changes. 

  1. I'm going to cut back on my social media time. I could have been so much more productive over the past couple of weeks. I don't have a set time limit yet but I do know I want to reprioritize my social media time vs the other projects I want to accomplish.
  2. I am going to focus more on updating my own blog before I get caught up on everyone else's blog through my bloglovin feed.
  3. I'm going to change the focus of my blog. Initially this blog was going to be my journal for getting and staying fit as a 40-something year old mom. I have the exercise part of my journey down for now - but there is so much more to me than just working out every day. My drafts folder is full of unfinished posts that I started and never completed because they weren't fitness related. Well now I am going to go back to finishing up some of those posts and hitting publish on them. The direction of this blog is going to focus on my journey, my thoughts, my feelings. I'm not a fitness expert, I'm not a fashionista, I'm not crafty - but I am a married 40-something year old working mom who has some things to share.