Catching Up and Settling In To Life Out West
And just like that, it's already October!
I've heard it's still hotter than heck on the East Coast, so I'm actually counting my blessings right now, that I get to enjoy Fall a little early this year. I LOVE Fall. Pumpkin everything, changing leaves, Fall scented candles, soups and slow cooker recipes, Halloween movies, gearing up for holiday season, this time of the year is the absolute best. Yea, yea, I know I'm in for it this Winter. Pumpkin flavored things taste so much better when it's chilly outside though!
There's so much to talk about! It's been an absolutely insane couple of weeks and I haven't stopped moving since my last post. We traveled back to Atlanta 2 weekends ago to attend the wedding of two of my long-time clients and wonderful friends- Holly and Sara.
They both made the most beautiful brides, and I was so happy to be a part of their special day. They even allowed me to come up with a wedding workout for them and some of our 5:30am class family from CrossFit Bound that morning. It was so fun, and a great way to kick off the day! I am so happy for these two #lovebyrds (Byrd is their last name) and the future ahead of them.
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Holly and Sara's Wedding Day Workout:
18 jump lunges
18 walking lunges
21 jumping squats
That Sunday we spent the day getting packed up in our Uhaul, and then hanging out with my family one last time before the move. We left Monday morning for our long trip out West. We took 3 days crossing the country, and it was not easy. The first day we put in 13 hours of driving in the Uhaul before finally stopping at a hotel for the night. I've never slept so hard in my life. I was definitely motivated to keep going, though, because I get so stir crazy in the car. Someone should invent a Uhaul that includes an onboard gym. I would rent that. All-in-all, we just wanted the trip to be over as soon as possible.
My biggest piece of advice to anyone embarking on a cross-country road trip? Snacks. Pack ALL the snacks. There were certain legs of our trip where we would drive hours with absolutely no where to stop. Forget about healthy options. You were lucky to find a run down gas station in parts of the midwest.
I packed a cooler full of pre-cooked proteins, fresh veggies and fruit, and drinks. I also had sweet potato chips, Boom Chicka Pop popcorn, homemade pumpkin muffins, jerky, and some dark chocolate. This made it much easier for me to stay away from the junk food along the way. We also planned out our stops as we went to try to hit the big cities. On the first night, we made it to St. Louis area and stopped at a steak house where I knew I could make healthy meal choices. Planning ahead is key on trips like this, because you never know when you're going to end up with hundreds of miles of nothingness ahead of you. Road trip smart, friends!
Last Tuesday, we made it to Denver after about 9 more hours in the Uhaul. Can you believe Shawn and I made it all that way without trying to kill each other?
I guess we're in it for the long haul...literally. We stopped in Denver near where we lived for the past couple of months so we could pick up this guy:
And to spend one more night relaxing before finishing our move to Wyoming. I passed OUT around 8pm. Guys, if you want to get some incredible sleep, go on an 8+ hour drive. I hit the pillow and was instantly gone. Shawn said I even started snoring immediately after closing my eyes. I'm usually a silent sleeper.
The final leg of the drive was only about 6 hours, but it felt like an eternity. It was that whole, you're so close, yet so far mindset. We finally made it to Rock Springs, Wyoming around 2:30pm on Wednesday afternoon. We were beat. Even as exhausted as we both were, we summoned up our last bit of strength, and unloaded all our stuff into the apartment. Then, after ALL of that, come to find out, even when you feel totally prepared when you leave, you figure out that you need about 1000 more things as you unpack.
Off to Walmart we go. Two shopping carts and 10 new orders on Amazon later, we finally got (mostly) everything in order. After I spent the full day organizing and getting unpacked the following day, we were beginning to feel somewhat settled. Needless to say, we needed to chill for a weekend. Saturday and Sunday were true recovery days to prepare to hit the ground running on Monday.
So far this week, I have found a CrossFit gym, started applying to jobs, started cooking again, and bought a new vehicle that can get me through the snow this winter! We've been busy. The good news is, I think we are starting to settle into small-town life! Once I start working again, life will be pretty set. More good news...I've been cooking! That means, I have lots of recipes coming your way soon. Stay tuned for all the delicious upcoming Fall recipes, and workouts in the new fancy gym!