Well, we are officially residents of Palm Desert. As I write this I am listening to a sand storm take place right outside. Winds blowing like crazy. Welcome to the desert, Heather!
Everything ended up falling into place and the move went smoothly. I will admit I worry way too much. I stress myself out and then God throws something at me to remind me that He has everything under control. I was worried about my job transfer, finding a new apartment and most of all, finding someone to sublet our apartment so we wouldn’t have to pay a $2,000 fee. We found the perfect apartment on Sunday, the 16th. I was offered a new position in Palm Springs on the 18th. Someone was approved to take over our lease on the 19th. And we moved on the 21st. Like I said, everything came together in the best timing. I am so grateful to everyone who helped us along the way. I feel like I can finally relax.
I honestly feel like I am on vacation. My boyfriend says I’m in the honeymoon stage of our new life. The views around here are breath taking. On my way to work I pass tons of palm trees, nice homes and a golf course. I have been able to get to the gym every day. I even went twice this past Sunday. My boyfriend and I actually had a day off together! We went exploring and we saw a sign that said ‘Whole Foods Coming Soon’. I started screaming in the car! (Side note- I have always said wherever I end up there needs to be a Whole Foods nearby.) After exploring, we went swimming and we had the pool all to ourselves. It was also the first time we had ever been in a pool together. Crazy to think we live in SoCal, we’ve been dating over a year and we had never gone swimming together. Anyways, back to the main point. I feel incredibly lucky to be living where I live with the man that I adore. My boyfriend bought me this wall art while we were out on the town and it definitely suits me well. Lock and key and all. Can't wait to hang it up.
The only down side to my move has been the number on the scale. I finally weighed myself yesterday and I knew it was going to be bad. I gained five pounds! (So I found the three pounds I had lost in the previous week!) All last week I ate out so I was completely expecting a gain. I didn’t want to grocery shop and my kitchen was packed up. I’ll admit, I made some bad choices. Potato taquitos with guacamole are my new favorite! They are not good for my waist line though. I also enjoyed a few glasses of wine and maybe some Malibu Rum over the last couple of days.
My boyfriend and I gave up meat for lent (I also gave up Starbucks) so I may not be consuming enough lean protein. This has been extremely difficult for me. The second I can't have something I want it even more so I find myself craving steak ALL the time. Sorry for those of you who don't eat meat full time. I feel like all I've been eating are carbs so I decided to add back in yogurt, some cheese (like feta) and whey protein. This will give me more options.
I have been tracking my calories on myfitnesspal to keep me in line. And like I said previously, I have definitely been getting my workouts in. Earlier today I jogged/walked to my boyfriend's work to say hi... and then he drove me home and ate lunch at the apartment. I had the hardest time running out there. The winds were pretty strong so I had to work extra hard to even move forward and I haven't ran in quite a while. After my half marathon in October I wanted to take a break from running. I think a six month break is long enough. I was also expecting to see a snake or a scorpion along the way. Thank God I didn't! But it's always good to be prepared.
Even though the number on the scale is not what I’d like it to be, I know I have come so far and I have to be proud of that. Photo (below) on the left is from January 2010 and photo on the right is from March 2014. I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and about I am and who I want to be in those four years.