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this is the one where i explain where i’ve been

Or so it’s supposed to be. As it usually does, life got in the way of blogging. Work/life balance and then a PCS? It happens. In lieu of an apology how about an update? 

Since March, we’ve been told we’re never leaving Fort Campbell, given three weeks to pack to leave Fort Campbell, PCSed to Florida and then my husband was put on hold for two months while the Army figures out where their paperwork went. Despite being back “home” in the Sunshine State, we’re still 10 hours away from South Florida so life is CrossFit, marathon training and make-at-home coffee (because budgeting for the future nursing home and no longer DINKs). 

It’s not a bad place to be but I’m bored. I keep telling myself it could be worse but I miss my friends, coworkers, running buddies and CrossFit Dunbar Cave Lab. No longer living on post makes it harder to meet people.

  I’ve found a new box, but it’s not the same. I’ve made a few acquaintances but it’s not the same. Now I’m crying in Starbucks (see: why I’ve been avoiding my blog).

Woosah.

On the horizon is the Army Ten Miler, NYC Marathon and a Fort Campbell family reunion (minus one important piece) at RNR Vegas so fall should be lots of fun. At least that’s what I keep telling myself after runs so humid I can wring the sweat out of my shirt and it looks like I went swimming.

What are you looking forward to this fall? Any tips for making friends when you don’t live on post?

ugly sweater run

Happy Hump Day!
I’m going on my third week of an actual monthly membership at a CrossFit box and it’s going great.
The last time I was doing anything but dropping in a few times a week was for about a month in the summer and before that it was for two months in Orlando. So does this mean I’ve been a Crossfitter for four months…or do I get to count the months I was a sometimes Crossfitter? Eh, I don’t know.
Either way, I’m having a great time at my newest box. My only wish is that it was closer/walkable/publictransportationable (I can make up words if I want to) but that’s not happening anytime soon. I’ll live.
I signed up for the 3x a month membership at $65/month. That’s crazy cheap compared to prices in Orlando so I willingly fork it over for the extra attention and camaraderie one gets at a box versus a traditional gym. Plus, I really want to tone up in 2014 so there’s that.
After coming off of my half marathon PR high and this new focus on CrossFit I haven’t been running as much lately. To make up for it I’m hoping to do The Ugly Sweater Run in St. Louis on Saturday with J.
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Beer. Christmas. Awesome. Yes, please. This is finally a race I can convince him to do with me. There are quite a few freebies included in the entry fee that make it a race that isn’t just about “paying for something you can do for free.” J’s words not mine. I love races obviously.
What I’m not looking forward to is this.
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Not OK. I don’t understand why everything around here floods with a few inches of rain. It’s not even a hurricane. Sheesh.

Have you done any fun themed races lately? What should we see while in St. Louis? Also, does anyone have any tricks for double unders because I fail at them. Seriously.

thoughts on the biggest loser

So Season 15 of The Biggest Loser aired last night with a focus on second chances this time. Sadly, I didn’t get to it until this morning because we don’t get anything on our TV.
I know, it’s awful it’s really not that bad, I promise.1385593_10151631967100981_1854063213_nAnyway, I know the show is controversial in many ways. I know there have been plenty of articles about excessive weight loss methods and the difficulties the contestants have in maintaining their weight loss after the show. The show’s reps do say the contestants are supervised closely by medical doctors and fed by nutritionists so I’m OK with all of that. What happens after the show? Not on them. This post isn’t about any of that anyway.
I also know that the number on the scale is not the ONLY measure of health we should rely on but it’s a pretty big one for me. Not watching the scale leads the pounds to creep up on me so I’m an avid fan. Avid, not obsessive.
So, with that out of the way what did you all think?!
I was pumped for the premiere and saw some promise in a few of the contestants. I didn’t jump on the BL train until Season 13 because I’m not really a fan of reality television (or most TV in general) but this is one of the few shows I love to turn on because it motivates me to do better. Try eating Oreos while watching the contestants work their asses off in the gym. Yeah, not gonna happen. The show will make you want to go out and run a marathon after one bite and that’s what I love about it.
I find the show inspirational. I love watching it at the gym when I can because it pushes me to work harder. And while I know that how quickly they reach their numbers is not realistic for the average working person (SPOILER ALERT: One of the new contestants, David, lost 38 pounds this episode! Unbefreakinglievable.) I still love watching their progress.
I love that all of the trainers (especially Bob Harper) are incorporating CrossFit moves into their workouts. I saw burpees, slam balls, squats, tire flips and KB swings in their first workout on the ranch.
Hands down though my favorite quote of the night came from my girl, JM, like usual.
“Are you puking? If the answer is no then get up and look at me.”
Awesome. I love that woman.
The wild card was the trainer save during the weigh-in. A bit of a shocker, no? Trainers this season get to use one “save” each to keep one of their contestants safe for another week. Craig lost 13 pounds and was going home until JM used it to keep him on the ranch another week. That was probably my favorite part. I hate seeing them go home the first week. It’s so sad.
I was a little bummed that this week’s episode was only an hour and hope that pattern doesn’t continue in the future but I did appreciate the shorter weigh-in. That drama llama always goes on way too long.
I can’t wait until next week!

Did you watch the premiere Tuesday night? What’d you think? What team would you be?And just to make your Thursday a little better/because I’m awesome like that here you go. You’re welcome. :) Team Dolvett all the way, baby!

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