Half Marathon Training: Starting Again

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So things have changed and it’s always a fun time when that happens. With a new job comes new hours and responsibilities, and with that comes a new plan. And with a new plan comes changes in the personal life with timing. Then throw in the social life around races I want to do, and the issues that comes with that.

I’m about to go into psycho planning mode, I swear.

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Starting Over (again, and again, and again…)

Hello, June

This past weekend I had to go clothes shopping. Which I absolutely despise right now. My weight is back up to 194, my clothing size is not what I want to think about right now, and given the year or so I’ve had, I just wanted to go ahead and make it through the rest of the year without purchasing any more pieces of clothing that would make me feel miserable about how much weight I’ve put on.

But with a new job comes a new uniform and new responsibilities, and if I’m going to be heading out to crime scenes like I did on Thursday…it can’t be in skirts and heels. So off I went for khaki’s and black sneakers on Saturday, while Dreamboat held the fort down at home. After 5 stores and an emotional outburst, I was able to find some at JC Penny’s. Sure, they are juniors in order to fit my short stature, and a size way higher than I want to admit to wearing, but they fit and they are comfy and the truth is they will work when I’m out at a scene for 8 hours running around like my hair is on fire.

I still felt like an epic failure on all counts.

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I got the job!

After applying and going through all of the steps which took two months to do, I have finally been hired for the social media tech position at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office! And I am so excited!

This job will have lots of challenges and I can’t wait to get started. It’s still social media, but it’s for a whole new client and working for the government has given me some really amazing chances to further my career. The benefits are amazing, the perks are pretty fantastic, and guess what? The campus I will be working at has a gym on site! They have a weight room and a cardio room, and the ladies locker room has showers in it.

I’m also excited to participate in the wellness programs they have available for employees. Things like Weight Watchers at Work options, cooking demonstrations, and more. They are going out of their way to make sure that their employees are working on making sure each person is the best version of themselves. Which is a huge difference than any other job I have ever had.

Another plus for this new gig is the lack of quick grab and eats nearby. That means I have to bring food with me for lunch and snacks, and that means healthy eating since we quit bringing junk food into the house. Raw almonds, fresh fruit, and some gluten free cracker snacks are perfect for snacking and some can be kept at my desk. They have water filter machines in all of the break rooms too.

Oh! And I get a lunch break! I have no idea what that is, but I’m excited to find out! :)

I’m already planning a new fitness regime and a new plan to fit into my new job.  I plan on running after work if I can’t run during my lunch break, because my new hours are 8am – 5pm and I live a good 30-45 minutes away from work. Which would need me to get up at 4am to make sure I had time to get dressed, go run, come home, get cleaned up, make breakfast, and then get on the road all before 7am. Not. Gonna. Happen. Especially since I hate getting up early. With the gym at my disposal, I can run up to 4 miles on my lunch break, take a quick shower and braid my hair back so that I still look semi decent for the rest of the day.

This year has been a roller coaster of craziness: I lost my Sante Fe, but got a brand new Fit. I lost my cell phone, but got the new iPhone 6. I lost my job, but scored this new one. I suffered bad depression all year, but I feel like I’m finally coming out of it and finding something to smile about.

Right now, I’m feeling pretty optimistic. And I can’t wait to get my running legs under me so I can really get back to “normal Jamie.”

It’s A Food Thing: Cleaning Out the Kitchen

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It only happens once in a while: I get that twitch every time I walk into my kitchen. Things are cluttered in the cabinets, unorganized in the pantry and God only knows what is in the back of the fridge making that awful smell. (we later determined it was Dreamboat’s salmon) And since I’m not working right now, I knew today was going to be the day…

It was time to deep clean the kitchen.

Deep cleaning the kitchen, in my eyes, means going through everything that is in the pantry and purging the things that are out of date and making a pile of stuff we know we aren’t going to eat to donate to a soup kitchen. Then I go through the cabinets and purge excess stuff there: in today’s case, we are getting rid of a A LOT of glasses and stemware that we just don’t even use anymore. Then, it’s time to take everything off of the counters and scrub them down, then vacuum the floor and swiffer wet jet that mother. I even scrub down the fridge, the oven, even the dishwasher (we have stainless steel appliances, thank you move in bonus from 7 years ago)

Usually it takes me a day or two to get it all done the way I like it. This time, however, I was struck at how much food we were throwing out “from our unhealthy days” as Brian put it, and how little we had for a donation.

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Just a quick update!

Something needs to be said for waking up and being able to breath through both nostrils. Especially after not being able to do it for a week and a half, and having it develop into an Ick that took forever to go away. Right now, as I sit here, I’m still slightly congested even after my nasal spray and my ears still feel full but I can breathe  and that’s just such an amazing feeling that I am completely okay with it.

I woke up this morning with Dreamboat’s alarm and despite feeling a little tired, I felt good. I finally slept through the night without any issues, and feel pretty positive too. It’s amazing how genuinely thankful for the little things you become after you’ve been sick.

Later today I have a polygraph test I need to take for a job that I have applied for, and then it’s grocery shopping in order to pick up food for the week as well as food prep for the mornings. I also plan on mapping out my new fitness training so I can make sure that I am reaching my now modified goals. Which I would have done yesterday but I can’t find my planner, which means there is a good chance I threw it away when I was cleaning. Lame.

I’ll grab a new one while I’m out and about.

An update to come later today! :) Make it a great Monday!

Fighting the Ick & A Change in Plans

It started on Friday morning, at 3am. I woke up to a sharp pain in my ear and absolutely no ability to breath through my nose. I know this feeling. I hate this feeling. I haven’t felt it in almost two years, which made me think I was finally over whatever was causing me to get sinus infections at the drop of a hat.

With a deep sigh, I got out of bed and grabbed some sudafed that I still had in the medicine cabinet and convinced myself to go back to sleep. When I woke up again, it was worse. All of our weekend plans got scrapped because I continuously got worse as time went on.  Then, on Monday afternoon, I bit the bullet and went to the nearby Minute Clinic to get the evaluation and grab some antibiotics.

For the record: I’m a horrible sick girl. I’m whiny and needy and just a nightmare. I try to not vocalize it much but I also know that I do it unconsciously so poor Dreamboat has had a crappy 5 days with his darling wife, withering away in a puddle of snot filled tissues (4 boxes to date) and CVS brand menthol cough drops (feels so good on my throat) while huddled under a quilt trying to get better in the beat up old recliner.  Continue reading

Half Marathon Training: Week 4 (kinda)

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So I suck at being late with this, but I was on a ton of job interview stuff on Monday, and then on Tuesday I had lunch with a friend and then had to talk to my parents about helping me out financially because I screwed up my unemployment (like a boss *eye roll*) so I’ve been distracted. And then today I cleaned my kitchen. And yes that took almost all day, minus the hour or so I took for a break.

My goal is to start posting my training plans on Sundays and I know that will be easy, because I can do it while we are being lazy and doing laundry. Like a boss.

Anyway – here’s a recap and this week’s plan:

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