Staying Healthy & Sane While Moving

Hi everyone!! I hope you are all doing well. I have some very exciting news! My honey and I moved into our new home over the weekend!  Good-bye city living and hello home repairs and honey do lists!! Yayyy!!!

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Moving into a new home is exciting but it can also be very stressful. Oscar and I have been going non-stop these past few weeks.  Everyday after work, our evenings were spent packing, loading up our cars, and moving our stuff into the new place.  On the weekends we would make trips to Home Depot, Costco and do the yard work.  We didn’t mind though. We love our new place and we’re so happy to be moved in. And we actually enjoy doing  yard work (at least for now anyways) 🙂

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Since we usually didn’t finish up until late, Oscar set up a fold-up table and some chairs so we could have a place to eat our meals.  We had our first dinner in our new home on August 5th which was also our 4th year dating Anniversary 🙂
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Like I said, we didn’t mind the work too much but there were some days where I felt myself getting very stressed out trying to juggle a full day of working, then packing and moving, and eating late and going to bed late and then doing it all over again the next day. We both woke up every morning feeling exhausted and sore.

However, despite all of the busy-ness, stress and temporary chaos that comes along with moving, I decided that there is no reason why I can’t eat a healthy diet and take care of myself while we move into our first home. This is such a happy time and I wanted to enjoy this experience as much as possible.

Below is my list of  the things I did in order to stay healthy and sane while moving:

1)  Request time-off of work.

2) Work out!! This was challenging since I was tired and didn’t have a lot of energy but a good, quick 20 minute workout in the gym early in the morning was very helpful and actually gave me more energy throughout the day.

3)   Pick up pre-packaged healthy meals from your grocery store and plan your meals.  I bought some rotisserie lemon pepper chicken from Publix, veggie burgers and a frozen bag of steam fresh veggies with pasta for some quick and healthy meals on the go.  I realize that it’s packaged but it’s the best I could do while our kitchen was packed up.

3)   Clean out fridge!! Use any leftover veggies and make a salad for the week. For breakfast, I would eat oatmeal or the eggs since we needed to use them up anyways.  

5)  Share your take-out meals.  Oscar loves to eat take-out – especially Chinese!! So when we did get take-out, we shared our meals since the portions were so large. Saves you $$$ and calories 🙂

6)   Yoga – I went to early morning hot power yoga classes and it was soooo worth it. It helped stretch out my sore muscles and relieved some stress. I’ve also been sleeping a lot better too.

7)   Don’t beat yourself up if you don’t do any of the above.  Moving into a new home is a big life changing event so just accomplish what you can and be happy with that. Know that this will all be over soon and you can get back to your normal work-out schedule once you get settled into your home 🙂

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Loggerhead Triathlon

Good Morning friends!!!

How was your weekend? Mine was pretty great but also very tiring. My whole body is exhausted from packing and moving and also from competing in the Loggerhead Tri!!

The Loggerhead Triathlon, which takes place at Carlin Park in Jupiter, is a sprint triathlon that includes a 3/8 mile ocean swim, 13 mile bike ride and a 5K (3.1 mile) run. Thankfully the weather conditions held up for us with calm seas and lots of cloud coverage.

The Tri began at 7am with the 3/8 mile ocean swim. Luckily, they had us swim south to north with the current, however, my stomach was full of butterflies when I saw how far apart those buoys were set-up from each other in the water (very scary!!!). But those nerves went away after a quick warm-up swim near the shoreline right before the start. As soon as the horn blew, our wave was off! I did not know this at the time but we swam a distance of 660 yards!! That’s 6.5 football fields! I still can’t get over that.

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I got through it in 20 minutes then had to run up a sand hill and then run down some stairs to get to the transition area (as if the swim wasn’t hard enough!!) I was very winded afterwards but kept moving right along and prepared myself for the 13 mile bike loop up and down  A1A.

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The bike ride was a lot of fun and probably my favorite part of the Tri. I rented a Jamis road bike which allowed me to go really fast, however the wind had picked up whenever we were headed South which had me huffing and puffing and the turns were very sharp so it wasn’t easy but I still enjoyed it.

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After I completed the 13 mile loop, I dismounted, dropped off my bike and then started the 5K run which took me 33 minutes to complete.  My legs were a little tired but I still had enough energy in me to do the run and wanted to finish strong!

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The run portion took us out of Carlin Park, up A1A to the Jupiter Inlet and back. There were some small hills and lots of greenery and mangroves which I enjoyed seeing. There were also lots of volunteers with signs and water who cheered for us which helped me stay motivated during the last leg of the Tri. I also got a boost anytime I heard a fellow Tri participant shout out encouraging words to me or to other participants as we passed each other by 🙂

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And here I am crossing the finish line!! WOOO!!

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Boy was I whooped but so happy to have accomplished such a difficult and challenging feat. A couple of my friends arrived before me and we all hugged and congratulated each other afterwards then we waited for our other friends to cross so we could congratulate them and cheer them on as well.  It felt amazing!!!  I just don’t have the words to describe the pride and joy I feel when I look at my friends and know that we all achieved this goal together. We worked hard to prepare for this day and I am happy to say that the Loggerhead Tri was a success for all of us!! 🙂 Go Flygirls and Johnnie!!!

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(For more action shots of me and my friends…see below) Special thanks to Omar Becarra and the lovely Christina Ortiz for all of the action shots…..:)

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Brianne and I all set-up and ready to go 🙂

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Heather and I are all smiles before the monster swim!!

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Transition area – photo taken by Grace

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We made it!!!!!

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Grace, Heather, Johnnie and Me

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