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Even though this isn’t our forever home, and we may only be here for a year, I’m having so much fun decorating this new place. It already feels 100 times more like home than our last place. While we still have boxes to unpack, pictures to hang, and potentially some additional furniture purchases, here’s a bit of progress…

Kitchen_1

Kitchen – day one

Kitchen - 2/3rds moved in

Kitchen – 2/3rds moved in

Guest room day one

Guest room – day one

Guest room post move in day

Guest room post move in day

Guest room - 2/3rds moved in!

Guest room – 2/3rds moved in!

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I’m more than ready for my beach vacation next week.

Moving went smoothly, well as smooth as it could have gone I guess. Since Thursday (first day in the new place) I have spent hours upon hours unpacking, cleaning, running errands, and building furniture on top of working ten hour days and sleeping.

At the end of last week, I was just a peach to the husband. I’m exhausted. Sore. Cranky. And best of all I got my period yesterday.

But I love, love, love the new place. In all of its quirks and outdatedness, I absolutely love it.

I love my new routine. I love my new commute. Short, quiet and easy. I love the super sunny kitchen and how refreshing it feels to sit down and have breakfast at the island. I love that the husband and I have eaten dinner at the kitchen table rather than on the couch in front of the TV. I love that our bedroom feels like this big open airy loft that is completely separate from the rest of the apartment. I love how safe I feel parking in the driveway at any time of night. I love how we’re so close to restaurants, grocery stores, and many other shops. Everything about this place just feels light and easy. I can’t wait to fully finish unpacking, have cable and internet installed, and finish decorating so we just feel fully at home there.

Unfortunately, on top of all the recent chaos… work has been tough. I felt like I failed for the first time in my new role at the end of last Friday. I am in the process of having risks turn into actual issues, I feel like I’m not on top of things completely, and truly, I just feel burnt out. I’m doing my best to think of this all as a learning experience, but man, I hate failure. I need to pull it together and focus this week and do the best I can so that I can just enjoy next week.

It probably doesn’t help that for the last 3 weeks during the moving and other chaos, I have been skipping the gym (going maybe 3-4 times total) and eating take-out galore. Mentally and physically at this point, I’m just so checked out.

I’m turning around my focus this week so that when it comes time to my relaxing beach week with a book in hand, I’m happy. Until then, morning workouts. Working efficiently. Get apartment shit done in the evenings. Eating healthy. At least 7 hours of sleep.

Is it Friday yet?

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Catch-up

I can’t even remember that last time I wrote. So much has happened.

Unfortunately, today I am feeling a bit moody.

I spent the last week at my Aunt and Uncles in Rhode Island. Aside from missing the Husband (even though I’m used to not always sleeping with him, I can’t believe how much I ended up missing just our daily quick kisses and hugs) it was so, so nice. Living in a big, clean house. Waking up, driving to my class – being engaged in class/group work for 8 hours. Driving out of class, and parking easily at places to do errands – the grocery store, target, outlets, whatever. Having delicious, home cooked, healthy dinners each night as a family. Being in bed, and asleep, before 11pm each night.

It felt like a vacation in a way. A wonderful routine, a lot of free time, the ease of driving and parking. Just by bringing my breakfast and lunch daily, and then eating a home-cooked dinner each night – I lost 2lbs. Woohoo!

I also missed a lot of horrific things that happened in my neighborhood.

While I was away, a girl was attacked around midnight, and stabbed, but she got away. The next morning a different girl was heading to (my) gym before work, kidnapped, forced to withdraw money from ATMs and murdered. There have been many rumors of additional attacks too. Oh and two dead bodies found in the water on the beach down the street from me.

I think I’m finally at my breaking point. I’m sick of the city. I’m sick of the violence – the weekly shootings – while about 1 mile from my apartment in a not-so-nice areas – things are slowly starting to come closer. Then on Friday on my way back to the city, I heard a girl was hit by a bus not far from me. It’s like one thing after another in that area.

We’ve pushed up our moving date. As of right now, we’re hoping to move on August 7th. I’ll be taking off the day prior to pack up, and I’ll head to work on the 7th, and head home to our new apartment that night. Until then, or at least until they find and confirm the attacker, I won’t be heading to the gym early morning. As much as I have felt safe this summer standing alone at the bus stop in the early morning because at least it’s light out, I just can’t stomach the idea of doing that until the guy is caught. One not so great thing about being married to a police officer – you do know the number and details of each violent offense – and how the “it would never happen to me” mentality, is thought far too often.

Anyway, I can’t friggan wait. I can’t wait to start fresh, reorganize, clean-up and throw old crap out. I can’t wait to be living in our new cozy place. I can’t wait to feel safe again. I can’t wait to walk around the corner to get coffee, run into CVS, or grab dinner or ice cream. I can’t wait to walk out my door, hop in my car in the driveway, and drive to the grocery store and get an entire week’s worth of groceries and then to unload them into the house without having to double park.

Now it’s just a matter of getting to that point. After being out of the office for a week, I feel just a bit overwhelmed and I’m having a hard time getting my focus back. And this weekend I’m heading to a bachelorette from Friday after work through Sunday night. I’m not excited about it either – it’s absurdly overpriced – it’ll be about $1k for the weekend including my flights –and aside from two of the girls whom I love (one the bride, one the maid of honor), I hardly know the others and from what I have experienced – they have far too much drama and are looking at this weekend as a weekend of getting as messed up as possible with little care of how much money is spent. It makes me sick to think about spending that much on a weekend that I’m not excited about, but unfortunately, I just need to go. And then come home, exhausted (5 girls to each room – means probably not enough sleep) and pack up to move!

While I’m super overwhelmed and have a long list of things that need to get done in the next few weeks I’m trying to focus on the positive and knock the semi-stressed/post-vacation blues away.

First is the best news, one of my college friends had her baby boy, and he is the cutest little guy ever. It’s making my baby fever almost unmanageable, and I’m currently looking at flights with friends to get out to visit the new little family this October. Until then, I just keeping looking at pictures and imaging what it’ll be like one day. Ahh!

Second, post move will be exciting and awesome. I just keep picturing being all settled in, getting groceries, cooking dinner, eating in our new kitchen, and being “suburb people”. I swear I can just imagine being there this Fall, on sunny and crisp days, cooking and baking. I don’t care how cheesy it sounds, I’m so happy.

Third, my week long vacation with my in-laws is coming up in late August. One full week of laying on the beach, reading, playing board games and cards at night, eating ice cream and seafood, spending full days with the husband. I’m so excited I could dance around my office.

Now it’s just getting to the good stuff. Focus on the positive. Push through the negative. I’ll get there.

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This past Sunday the Husband and I went out to see my Grandfather and family for brunch. He’s doing better than expected, and it just meant so much to spend the morning with him. After we met up with his family for dinner. Then we had a few hours just the two of us at home before he went to work. It was one of the nicest days we have had in weeks. It was so good to finally have some time to really talk to each other, connect, and have some much-needed alone time.

We signed our new lease on Wednesday night. I’m so excited for this fresh start I could scream. Right around the corner from us is the cutest coffee shop and one delicious greek restaurant that we immediately hit up. Husband has already proposed Wednesday date night walks to greek dinner followed by homemade ice cream at the place next door. Yum.

I have another eye ulcer thing. I seriously need to talk to my doctor about laser or lasik (not really sure the difference). Every day I have some sort of contact issue – and it’s making me insane. The amount I spend on copays for eye drops, eye solution, contacts, etc. is probably far more than I’d spend on getting laser. It hurts right now just to blink. At least my eye doctor is in my work building so I’m seeing her today.

For about 14 weeks I have been tracking my workouts and about 11 of them I have had a consistent 4-5 days of working out. For weeks I didn’t see any difference in pounds (although, I did track a decrease in inches and 1.5% body fat drop). The past two weeks I have tried to be more conscious of my diet to see if that would make a difference. I started out the month by eating clean and the past two weeks I have tried to carb cycle (Chris Powell’s plan) while still eating as clean as possible most days. My Husband carb backloads and has long been a proponent of trying to play around with my carb intake to see if it would spike my metabolism. In essence it’s:

  • Eat 5 meals a day, 3 hours apart
  • Eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking
  • On carb days, eat complex carbs as much as possible (i.e. whole grains, quinoa, brown rice, vs. white rice, white pasta, etc.)
  • Classic cycle (what I’m doing – I think there are other cycle options): Monday – low carb, Tuesday – high carb, Wednesday – low carb, Thursday – high carb, Friday – low carb, Saturday – high carb and Sunday – reward day.

It’s really early to say too much but I can say this so far: I finally pushed past my plateau losing another 3lbs, my food cravings have changed, and my energy has rocketed! I have been working out usually 4, sometimes 5 days a week while doing it.

A day of eats looks like this:

Low carb day example:
6am – egg whites, bell peppers, salsa on 1 piece of Ezekiel bread (only carbs at breakfast)
7am – workout
9am – Greek yogurt with blueberries and cinnamon or a shake with chocolate whey protein, peanut butter and water
12pm – turkey meatloaf with feta, peppers, onions and baby carrots on the side
3pm – celery with peanut butter or a handful of nuts and string cheese
6pm – grilled chicken over arugula, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and a little honey mustard yogurt dressing

High carb day example:
6am – 1 egg, bell peppers, salsa on Ezekiel bread or English muffin
7am – workout
9am – oatmeal with peanut butter and strawberries
12pm – chicken salad (left-over grilled chicken with yogurt honey mustard) on an Ezekiel English muffin, baby carrots
3pm – larabar or banana and peanut butter
6pm – turkey meatloaf, salad and 3 small Yukon potatoes

Sunday – Reward day:
I have an additional 1,000 calories on top of my normal calorie intake to eat whatever I want. This past Sunday it was pizza and cupcakes. Probably not all that clean, but delicious!

The carb cycle process has changed my eating habits in a lot of ways. For one, I’m eating my first meal within 30 minutes of waking – which is tough, but apparently gets my metabolism and energy going. I used to get up by 6, head to the gym, take my classes from 7-8am, shower, and then at work eat breakfast around 9:30. Way too much time without food. Then I eat every 3 hours (or as close as possible to). It’s forcing me to eat more often, which has stopped my bingeing since I have a bad tendency to eat lunch at noon and then by the time I eat dinner at 7pm or later I’m so hungry I eat a day’s worth of calories just while making dinner.

However, it’s a ton of prep work on the weekend. This past weekend I made mini turkey meatloaf to get me through 2 lunches and 1 dinner. I packed up yogurt, berries, and all my snacks so I wouldn’t have excuses – all in all it was at least 2-3 hours of prep and cooking for the entire week. I think this weekend I’ll prep even more and grill chicken and other meats ahead of time to last for every lunch and dinner next week.

I’m also starting to crave strange things, like I used to hate tomatoes. Now I can’t stop eating the cherry cherub tomatoes and I actually wish I had a handful of them now.

I actually feel my best on low carb days. My stomach doesn’t feel bloated, I’m energized, I’m not lethargic at all and I just feel light and good. I also enjoy low carb days because my meals fill me up in a way I didn’t expect without carbs. I’m eating a ton of protein but I’m sure to mix in a little fat too (cheese, avocado, nuts, etc.). High carb days I still feel good, but I can definitely notice feeling a bit heavier and more tired in a sense. I’m trying to stick with Ezekiel products for now since they seem to sit well in my stomach.

I used to hate the idea of having to be restricted in any way shape or form of a diet. This feels different though. It’s sort of like the 80/20 rule (Sunday being a reward day which keeps me happy the whole week) and it’s really not that hard to have fewer carbs a few days a week. I was worried it would affect my running – but in the past two weeks – I’ve been running faster and stronger. I was also worried it would limit my going out to eat – but so far I have saved over $100 in buying breakfast and lunches at work and the two times I went out to eat that happened to fall on low-carb days – I chose big mixed green salads with grilled chicken, steak tips or the most delicious lamb from the Greek restaurant.

I’m beyond excited for this weekend. I actually have very little planned which makes me so happy. Tonight I’m heading home to see the Husband for a few hours before he heads to a law enforcement fitness fundraiser for the One Fund tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m getting my car inspected, then outlet shopping with a friend. Tomorrow night I plan on doing absolutely nothing but cozying up on the couch and watching a movie by myself. Sunday I plan on grocery shopping, prepping all my meals, and really starting to purge crap – clothing and extras. I do not want to move with so much crap.

I keep forgetting, but was reminded by a few recent blog posts that Google Reader is going away soon. I LOVE Google Reader and it’s how I read my blogs every day on the way to work. I need to find a good alternative but I keep pretending it’s not going away…

My eye hurts too much to even try to organize or cut down the boring brain dump I just wrote. Talk about one scattered post. TGIF.

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We’re moving!

Last weekend the Husband and I officially decided, we needed a fresh start. It was just time to get out of our current apartment. We let our landlords know we wouldn’t be renewing our lease and started searching online for apartments.

And we found one. We’re amidst the lease process now and we would make our actual move mid-summer. Is the new apartment perfect? Not at all. It’s not as updated as our current place or as big (bye-bye second bathroom) but here’s what we love:

  • It’s still a 2 bedroom, with the master up a little level which is a nice separation from the living room, kitchen, office, etc. The second bedroom is huge and leaves enough room for it to still be our guest bedroom and office.
  • There’s ample storage space.
  • Our lease would start a bit before our current one ends. Meaning we could move in slowly, set up everything exactly how we want it and even get some new furniture to make it really feel like home.
  • There’s a small area before coming up the stairs to the apartment that currently has an elliptical in it. The current owners set up cable and a small area for a TV so if you want to put a treadmill or other machine and watch TV you can.
  • It’s so sunny. We could see that in the pictures and then as soon as we went inside every room felt open and filled with light. It just felt like a happy place.
  • It has a big eat-in kitchen with a small deck connected. I think this might be a great way to get the Husband and I out of the habit of eating in front of the TV.
  • It has a driveway for both our cars and street parking. Unless you have lived in our part of the city, you can’t imagine the cluster f*ck that parking is – I couldn’t even have my car which has constantly left me feeling stranded.
  • It is in a cute little neighborhood with many young families, trees and parks.
  • It’s about a mile from the one free commuter train station outside of Boston. I can drive and park (if I get there early, which I would with my gym schedule) or I can walk on nice days.
  • While miles outside of the city, my train ride will be a good amount shorter than my current bus commute – bye bye traffic!
  • It’s pet friendly… we are talking about getting a chocolate lab! (Much research and planning to come before fully deciding on that kind of commitment though.)

And last but certainly not least, we’ll be saving $1,000 a month in rent. That’s an additional $12,000 that we’ll have at the end of the lease to put towards a down payment on a house.

Change

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