Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Accountability Tuesday: Birthday Edition!

Good morning and happy Tuesday, friends!

Today is my birthday!!!

Celebrating 31 with Matthew's family this weekend.

Ok, now that that's out of the way, hello! I feel like it's been forever since I've checked in and posted here. In reality, it's only been a week but it feels so much longer than that. 

The past few weeks have brought some MAJOR developments into my life. This blog is dedicated to one part of my world- running, training, and racing. And I promise to always keep it that way. But I'd be fooling myself if I didn't think that life events had a huge impact on my training. 

In the last 15 days, Matthew and I got engaged on the Disney Magic (yay!), Matthew's Nana passed away, and I found out- rather unexpectedly- that my position within my current employer will end in five weeks. To say it's been an emotional couple of weeks is an understatement. 

We've been celebrating and mourning and laughing and crying- sometimes all in the same day. Honestly, it feels a bit like we've been walking around in a fog for the last few weeks. But, some clarity has emerged- Life is precious. Life is short. A job is just a job. Hold on to those who love you and love them back with all you've got. 

The next few weeks will bring another flurry of activity as we will start wedding planning and I will continue job searching. I may not be able to post here as often as I usually do but I will make every effort to get an "Accountability Monday" posted every week. 

So let's quickly recap the last few weeks. I promise, I'll post tons more pictures from our vacation in the coming weeks!

Training:
On the cruise and in WDW-
Monday- 60 minute spin class and bike tour of Key West
Tuesday- 3 mile run on the Magic, yoga class in the spa
Wednesday- 30 minutes on the elliptical
Thursday- Castaway Cay 5k
Friday- Rest day
Saturday- Park open to park close: lots of walking!
Sunday- 3 mile run around Coronado Springs
Monday- Rest day

Tuesday- Rest and travel day
Wednesday- Rest day
Thursday- 15 minute walk around the neighborhood
Friday- Rest day
Saturday- Color Run with my family
Sunday- Rest day
Monday- 30 minute run with Matthew


Nutrition:
11 days of vacation + constant traveling + family gatherings/holidays = lots and lots of out-of-the-ordinary eating. It's been a bit of a struggle to stay within my daily points plus target but I am just trying to make the best decision possible at each meal. I've been really trying to keep my emotions in check and not feeding my feelings with food- which is tough considering the circumstances. But I'm doing better today than I would have done a few years ago. Progress!

Disney food is superb. Especially on the cruise line!

Weight-loss:
143.6 as of 5/21/15
+2.8 since last weigh-in
-46.8 since January 2013

I'm totally ok with a less than three pound gain after an amazing, food-filled 11 day vacation. I'm glad to be home and back in my routine- hopefully the scale will go back in the right direction soon. 


So that's it- the last few crazy weeks in my life. I promise I'll check in here as often as I can.

Have a great week, friends!


I still can't believe we're engaged! :-)




18 comments:

  1. Yay congrats on the engagement! Ever since I saw you at Shamrock I've been secretly hoping, and waiting, for this announcement! Sorry to hear about the job and Nana's passing, but just remember that everything happens for a reason. :)

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    1. Thank you, Kathryn! Life is full of ups and downs- sometimes in the same week! :-)

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  2. Congratulations - I am so excited for you!! I am sorry that this happiness has been shadowed by the loss of Matthew's Nana and being laid off :( So much stress and sorrow and excitement, but you are so good at not allowing that to interfere with how far you've come. Trying on wedding dresses will be so much fun! Someday when I get to my goal weight I am going to try on dresses again :) Congrats again!

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    1. Thank you for your continued support and friendship! I can't wait to shop for wedding dresses!

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  3. Congratulations! Actually, I didn't realize you weren't married already! So sorry for your loss and for the job thing. I went through something similar several years ago that prompted me to completely change fields. I know it's sad and a bit unnerving when you lose that kind of stability. Good luck in finding something even better soon!

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    1. Most people think we're already married :-) And thank you for your support. I know something good will come from this :-)

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  4. Happy Birthday! Congratulations on the engagement!! I am very sorry for the loss of Matthew's nana and for the ending of your current job. That is alot of life events going on at one time and I'm so impressed with how you are handling it all. At least with the bad came so much good. Good luck on the job search!

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    1. Life is just funny that way! Thank you for your support! :-)

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  5. First off, I am so sorry to hear about Nana passing. It is never easy to matter what the circumstances are. And about the job situation. But just from reading your blog I am sure you have what it takes to find another position easily!

    Second off, Happy Birthday!!! And congratulations on your engagement!!! I have never met you in person, though I am secretly hoping for a run in at the Charles Street 12 or the Philly Rock and Roll Half, but I couldn't be happier for you!!!

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    1. YES! We are making it happen at Charles Street 12 or Philly RnR this year!!!!!

      And thank you for your kind words. I am so blessed with so many wonderful, supportive people in my life- including you! :-)

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  6. You certainly have a lot going on, Sarah! I'm sorry to hear about Matthew's Nana. I am thrilled to hear about your engagement, though. What an exciting time! How did he propose? As far as your job goes, I'm sure that something better is just around the corner. Don't think that being busy will get you off the hook for a detailed trip report with lots of pictures, though! ;)

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    1. Hi, Lisa! He very simply and sweetly asked me to marry him in our stateroom on the first night of the cruise. The ring is made from my Mom-mom's engagement ring and it's absolutely beautiful! I promise to post more pictures! :-)

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  7. Knowing what you do, I'm more than a little disgusted that your position is being cut. With the higher education world what it is right now, they should be giving you a raise and hiring you more staff members, not the other way around. I'm so sorry about this - let me know how I can help with your search!

    I am so sorry to hear about Nana's passing, but I am glad she is not suffering. I know her memories and abilities and youthfulness have been restored now and she is living it up!

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ENGAGEMENT! I've been waiting for this news for a while, and it sounds like the timing and style of Matthew proposal was perfect - of course! <3<3<3<3<3<3

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    1. Thank you for all your support, love!

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  8. Congrats on your engagement! Sorry to hear about Nana and your job.

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    1. Thank you, Jen! I know better things are coming for me!

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  9. Congrats on your engagement!! Life is a crazy roller coaster of emotions some times, and I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Matthew's Nana and your job. I also work in Higher Ed, and we just had a round of layoffs here - it's a shame these things happen, especially to awesome people!
    I'm sure you'll find something even better moving forward and you get to plan your wedding - sending good thoughts your way!

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    1. HI Amanda! Thank you! I've already got some good news updates that will be up on Monday- so stay tuned :-)

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