The Haps Over at Casa Unfluff

As you all know, my crazy family of 4 up and relocated from Chicago to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in December of 2014. Since then, we have been living a crazy and unpredictable life. First I came to MKE with just my kids and a few suitcases of clothes and the three of shared a bed at my mother in law’s house so I could start my new job while mancakes stayed in our apartment in Chicago. We’d go to Chicago on the weekends, be a family and then the kids and I would return Sunday night and start all over again. Then, we got our own apartment in December and our big move happened just one week before Christmas. After the holidays mancakes started commuting to Chicago via Amtrak 4 days a week. That meant 4:45 am wake ups so we he could catch the 6 am train and return at almost 7 pm each night. That went on until early July! We finally reached a point as a family where we could not continue this crazy schedule emotionally, physically and financially, so my brave husband resigned from his position and has been driving Uber and making tamales and keeping the kids home to make it work!

Well the craziness ends today, mancakes starts a new, Milwaukee-based job in the morning and we are giddy with excitement! I joked to him that it feels like he’s going into his first day of school tomorrow and I’m so thrilled that not only will he be working we live but he’s also making a career change from higher ed to talent acquisition and a great firm. We have been holding on for so long as a family and holding our breaths that these huge leaps of faith we were making would finally work out and it has and I’m not only relieved, I’m ready to get back to our new normal.

It hasn’t been easy function like we have been and I haven’t felt like I could really start a new fitness routine in my new city. Between the expensive multi-city commute, the crazy early mornings and just the stress of the unknown, fitness has been very far from my mind. Last week, having come back from vacation with the news that my husband had a job, I managed to get 2 lunch hour work outs in, joined a new blog as a contributor and finally cleaned the house like I haven’t cleaned it in so long! It was like the weight of worry was lifted from my shoulders and I felt like I could really “get shit done” again!

And thank goodness because this meme pretty sums up where I’m at these days:

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Lord have I been eating my feelings since December! You know how you never really notice how bad things are until they get better again and you come to and you’re double-fisting tacos and coffee cake? That’s me right now. In the last few weeks, I thought I was just “bloated” lately when my pants were in reality just getting tight again. I’ve been living outside of myself during this transition, looking down at a tired and stressed woman just trying to cope with lots of coffee, pastries and meals she would only touch once in a while when she was in Unfluff mode. I haven’t been able to really care like I did before because I was just trying to survive this whole arrangement.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t change a thing! I’m so happy we chose to move to Milwaukee. I really love this city. I’m slowly but surely making new friends and finding ways to connect with other moms and Latina women in the city. That is why I jumped at the chance to become a contributor for Milwaukee Moms Blog! We launch the site on September 21st and I will be contributing 2 posts a month for the next 6 months. So I will have to start getting out there more and with us finally getting back on track as 2 full-time parents and professionals, I feel like I’m the eager kid on the sidelines ready to get back in the game. PUT ME IN COACH!

So here’s what I’m shooting for this week:

  1. A minimum of 3 servings of vegetables and 3 servings of fruit a day.
  2. Refuse one “extra” a day. As in if someone rolls in with donuts tomorrow at work, I won’t be having one of those AND chocolate/latte/candy later in the day. Or perhaps I don’t have chips with my sandwich just because I’m having a sandwich.
  3. Try one new workout routine this week (I’m thinking HIIT)

Considering I did this stuff in my sleep not too long ago, I think I can handle it! Who wants to get in on this with me? Happy week!

❤ M.