Something in me told me that this was The One. I had a feeling that my search was over, I immediately emailed the man and asked if he was available to show the car that same afternoon and he was. I ended up driving that baby home. And I love it. Wait, hold on, I don't love it. I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE it. I have since been driving my Civic since Monday and I love it more everyday. So there's one headache out of the way.
Something else that has been weighing on me is the state of my house. While the affect of a messy house on my mental health is not apparent, I feel so much lighter when my house is clean. So this weekend I did a ton of cleaning out and reorganizing. I even got the boys to help a bit! We bought some new curtains and hung them in the living room, some in our bedroom and the kiddo's, as well. It looks so much nicer now, the clutter is damn near eliminated. This coming weekend we're going to tackle the office and maybe do a bit of reorganizing in the shed.
This past weekend I ran 13.5 miles on my training plan; that combined with working 4.5 hours on Saturday, the cleaning, shopping, laundry, reorganizing and car shopping made for a full weekend. By Monday morning, I was beat! I think I even turned off the alarm clock in my sleep I was so tired! =/ I was terrified of getting Mark in trouble with his work, but luckily he was spared. :-P I have also started working Fridays at Mark's shop to help out with some work they are behind on. I really enjoy the work - the busyness of it and the number crunching, logic, and organization the job requires is right up my alley. I think if ever given the opportunity, I would make a killer businesswoman. I will be putting the extra money I make into savings towards my school/house fund. Even after such a hectic, tiresome weekend, I found myself in a much better mood come Monday morning. I found that I actually felt pleasant! Imagine that! The sourness I had been carrying around inside me suddenly dissipated and I felt semi-normal for the first time in weeks/months(?). It's amazing what a little stress relief will do for you!
The past couple of weeks have been nonstop. Between teaching Zumba, working 50+ hours a week, marathon training, car shopping and household keeping, I have been lucky to find time to breathe. I am up to 13.5 miles in marathon training, on week three. I am starting to get my runner's legs back, the short and mid-length runs are getting easier and easier and I am starting to remember why I love to run. My weight has been hovering around 130. It dips below here and there and then I screw up and it bounces back to 130. Meh. All my clothes fit and I only feel a bit "fluffy", not fat, so I will get through this. I know part of my problem is that I have not been keeping up with Body Pump. If something has to give it's my Wednesday night Zumba class and/or Body Pump and here lately I have been missing out! Last night, however, was a lovely workout night! I got in a good hard Body Pump class and then hit the treadmill for 6.25 miles. I felt glorious and well-used afterwards. I am definitely feeling the soreness today! My chest, shoulders, glutes and thighs (especially these!!!!!) have been an aching reminder of how thorough of a workout Body Pump is! I am so glad I went! Speaking of aching, my knees have been doing relatively well. I have tiny bit of pain here and there, but it seems that a little work on the foam roller smooths out all the kinks. Yes, I have finally started using a foam roller and it does miracles folks! I am a believer!
My evening Zumba class has been so great lately! My attendance has come close to thirty a few times here lately and after almost every class I get positive comments. I so enjoy my ladies, and just here recently one gentleman. After one class I had a woman come up to me and to thank me and tell me how much she enjoyed my class. We chatted for a couple minutes and I found out that she was also a Zumba instructor and subbed around the area. I take her comment as a massive compliment coming from another instructor! After my last class I had another woman come up to me after class to talk and she informed me that she had attended other instructors' classes around the area but they just weren't the same, that I was the best! Can you imagine? Me!?!?? When I first started Zumba I would never have foreseen where I am today. Hell, I never would have foreseen where I am today when I first started teaching Zumba just since February! I never in a million years would have thought that I would be someone's favorite instructor! I feel incredibly honored to be in such a position and I only hope that I am helping people find a way to enjoy exercise.
My eating has been so-so, I think I've probably been following the 80-20 rule (80% good, 20% splurge), hence my ability to maintain. But I want to lose just a bit more so I need to re-evaluate my dedication. I know it's impossible to exercise as much as I do, however, while greatly restricting my caloric intake without burning myself out (or seeing my performance suffer), so it's been tough trying to get my eating straight. I have been loving the hell out of my fruits, veggies and grilled meats:
|Favorite summer meal - grilled chicken and veggies.|
This is really about all I have to say right now. Besides getting the boy ready to get back in school there is not much new going on. Oh yes, have I mentioned that I have a super sexy beast of a car that I like to zip around in now? :-P