Hey blog world. :) Sorry for my very long absence from the Blogosphere. I’m back and here to stay…and back on track with healthy eating and lots of heart-pumping, sweaty workouts. :)
If you’ve been following my blog, you know that we have had a topsy-turvy spring/summer. You also know that we left Florida in April due to a lovely military move and were on our way up to Maryland to begin our new lives there. Well, that plan got sidetracked. Because we decided to wait on military housing, we had to wait until a house became available, and just our luck, one wasn’t available until August. Yes, that meant we had to find other living accomodations until our house was available to us…in AUGUST. Thankfully, our families live only 3.5 hours south of where we were to be stationed, and thankfully our wonderful families were willing to take me and our 2 boys in for the time being. We split up the time between our parents: 2 months and my parents’ house, and 2 months at my in-laws’ house. It was nice having the extra help; I went out on a lot of solo Target excursions, as well as several overnight and week long trips without the kidlets, but it was still VERY nice when we finally moved into our house last week.
Although we would NOT wait that long on housing again, I can say that it was well worth the wait…
We love our new house and our new neighborhood!!
Suburbia at its finest. :) Because we’re living in a military community, its been easy talking to people and making friends. Everyone just asks the question, “So, where are you all coming from?” And there are TONS of little boys Noah’s age, so he’s loving it. He’s also loving the fact that this is just over our front sidewalk:
I love the sense of community we have here…neighbors talk to one another, kids play together, etc. I didn’t have this in FL, or even VB, and I grew up there!
Anyway, now that we’re pretty much all settled in (I just need to work on the guest room and organize my closet), I’ve started to un-do 4-5 months of gluttony by going back to calorie counting. Although I remained consistent with my workouts, my diet has been awful. So awful that I gained a lovely 7 lbs while on “hiatus.” :P But thanks to calorie counting (I feel so much more comfortable counting calories…I’m a numbers girl), I’ve managed to narrow that number down to 4 lbs gained.
In January, when I first started my weightloss journey, I used the Livestrong My Plate website. I loved it and it worked for me. This time around, I’m tracking all my food and exercise using the Lose It app on my iPhone. Love, love, love it!! Its extremely user friendly, automatically adjusts my calorie intake according to my weightloss, and is just absolutely fantastic. I used to have to lug around a notebook with me to jot down what I ate if I ate out when I was using Livestrong, but now that my tracker is right on my phone, its as easy as 1-2-3. :) Best of all, its free. :)
Prior to moving in, Hubs & I joined a gym. :) Because this area is so great, they gave us a military discount (when we asked Onelife in VB for a military discount, the rep said, “Um no. Everyone here is military, so everyone would get a discount.” Hmph.), Hubs & I are spending less for the 2 of us, plus 2 kids than I was paying for just me and the kids in VB. Yay for savings! :) Don’t get me wrong, its not as grandiose as Onelife, but it gets the job done and the people make up for it. :) My Bodypump instructor yesterday, for example, was such a great motivator! Loved him! :)
So now that we’re FINALLY in our home, I am hoping to post daily on the blog. Be on the lookout. ;)