Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


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Randomly Me Monday: Volume Nine | 10 Day You Challenge

Heyo!

I’m back again with a Randomly Me post and the 10 Day You Challenge.

This one is going to be short and sweet {probably}.

Seven wants:

1) A baby— Yep. I am baby hungry and not ashamed to admit it! Soon… Soon…

2) A return trip to Scotland–I visited in 2004 when I was 18 years old and it has embedded itself deep into my heart. I look forward to visiting with my hubby and experiencing more of that famous Scottish charm (and sexy as hell accent!).

3) A successful career–Ideally, when I have kids I would love to stay home until they are older. But if that isn’t in the cards, I hope to have a fulfilling career in some sort of tourism, hospitality, or recreation capacity. I would love to stay with Princess in a year round position, whether it be in California, Seattle, or Alaska. I would also love to have my own business selling my handmade jewelry or something else I handcraft. I have also contemplated returning to school to get my Masters degree. Oh! And maybe work as a photographer. Clearly I have not narrowed down my plans!

4) Visit every continent–I once had this as a goal for before I got married, but obviously that didn’t work out!

5) Better my health–AKA lose weight and become more active! I want to be the best me possible.

6) Accomplish all my 30 Before 30 goals–I am slowing making progress and have about 3.5 years to go!

7) Stay passionate–I think having passions in life, whatever they may be, keeps us young, interesting, and happy. I have mine and I am sure I will develop more as I get older.

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Up next week: six places (SO hard to nail down for a travel bum like me!)

Check out previous weeks’ Randomly Me posts:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5,

10 Day You Challenge posts:

ten secrets, nine loves, eight fears

Loves!

W.


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Couch to 5k: Weeks 5 & 6

The past few weeks on C25K haven’t gone so well.

I sold my car (and thus, transportation to the gym) and the weather in Utah (you wouldn’t even know it was Spring here thanks the the inches of snow on the ground) prevents me from running outside. When things get hard or even a little bit of a inconvenience I tend to give up. Not good, I know.

I am definitely a creature of habit and once I stopped regularly running it has been near impossible to get started again.

BUT… I did run at A’s house this past weekend and was SO impressed with myself. After my 5 minute warm-up walk I started running. I hit 5 minutes and decided to go for 10. I hit 10 and decided to keep going until I had to stop. That came at 13 minutes. I finished my workout with another 1o minutes of walking. I couldn’t believe that after 2 weeks of ZERO running I was able to almost triple my previous running time. WOW. Just goes to show what I little energy and motivation can do for a person.

I guess I am not technically on the Couch to 5k program. I haven’t looked at the assigned program intervals since week two. Instead, I have been going at my own pace and pushing myself when I felt ready. I am still hoping to be able to complete a 5k by the end of the program (which is rapidly approached just a few weeks from now). But, if I am not able to do it I will still be happy with my progress so far. It may take me more than 9 weeks but I will be able to run a 5k sometime in the near future. You can count on it.

My goal for this week (week 7), is to run my normal 3 sessions and aim for at least 10 minute runs each time. I know now that I can do it and have no reason not to set the bar high.

W.


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Couch to 5K: Week 4

I am still doing C25K, but this week was a little hard for me.

Not because I can’t do the runs (he he he, I have the mind of a 5-year-old!), but because when I get even just a little too much on my plate I get majorly stressed and just want to curl up into a ball and go to sleep.

The biggest thing on my mind lately is my car. I have had it up for sale since Monday morning and have had quite a bit of interest (but no offers). I don’t really like answering my phone when it’s an unknown number, so that has taken some getting used to. I also do not like arranging a time to meet someone and having them flake. Maybe it’s just me, but I think that’s incredible rude!

I have also been cat sitting. Last week for some friends of the family and this week for my friend, A. (yes, for the cat that attacked me. We are cool now). In and of itself the cat sitting isn’t too hard. It’s the dragging my butt to and from their houses that’s the hard part.

Those two things have just seemed to consume all my free time this week and I was only able to complete one run.

On a high note, however, I ran for 5 minutes straight 3 times! Yay!

I have not really been following the exact C25K program. I am about a week ahead in running times. I just sort of push myself for as long as I can and this weeks that seems to be 5 minutes. I am sure that when it gets to the 15-20 minute runs I will have to scale down a little for the first few sessions. Many people tailor it to their needs and so am I!

I think the reason I decided to write this post today was because I am debating whether to go run now and at least get 2 sessions in this week, or to blow it off and clean my room (it’s a disaster zone).

Obviously, writing this post has made me decide to go run (that was my intention!). Although, cleaning my room is still on the agenda (at least if I want clean clothes to wear this week!).

Wish me luck!

W.


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Couch to 5K

I have jumped on the fat-kids trying to run bandwagon!

I started the Couch to 5k program last week and things are going really well (read: I hate my life while doing it, but after wards I am super proud of myself).

The 3 workouts per week consist of alternating running and walking. Each week the amount of running increases while the walking decreases. The goal of the 9-week plan is to enable the runner to build up enough endurance to complete a 5k (3.1 miles) without stopping. I think I might actually throw myself a party if in 9-weeks I can run over 3 miles without stopping to cough up an organ or massage a cramped leg muscle!

After only 4 “sessions” I am now able to run for about 3 minutes at a time before needing to walk. That may sound laughable, but for a girl who used to get winded walking up a flight of stairs, it’s great!

My good friend A. started the plan about a week before I did and she definitely motivated me to start. I think it is a huge help to have someone else doing it as well who you can talk (and sometimes commiserate) with. I usually go to the gym for my workouts (I LOVE Cardio Cinema!) but have also gone over to A’s house and used her treadmill. We like to watch random music videos and sing at the top of our lungs. We are just cool like that.

I started the program exactly 9 weeks before my scheduled arrival in Alaska. I am hoping that by the time I get there I am able to not only run 3 miles but hike my little heart out. It’s Alaska after all (Denali no less), so hiking more this time around is definitely on the agenda. My goal is to scale Mt. Healy (a post on that is sure to follow sometime this summer).

I’ll keep ya’ll posted on my progress!

W.


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Dropping Some Lb’s

Lately the issue of weight loss has weighed heavily on my mind. After watching hours of YouTube videos and reading dozens of blogs related to people’s weight loss stories, I sometimes want to start my own. It’s not something I am particularly keen on doing here on Girl Meets Bulgaria. However, the more I think about it, losing weight IS part of my journey to moving to Bulgaria, so why not talk about it on here?

I’ve only visited Bulgaria once, but it was long enough to see that I stuck out like a sore (red-headed, fair-skinned, freckly) thumb amongst a sea of gorgeous, jet-black haired, slim Bulgarian beauties. Luckily I had gotten used to being stared at during my travels in India. These stares, however, were for an entirely different reason (in India, EVERY tourist is stared at).

During my entire month-long visit to BG, I think I saw one other girl my age who was “overweight.” ONE! You can’t swing a dead cat in America and not hit 10 obese citizens. It’s a sad, but true, reality.

I’ve wanted to get my butt in gear for years and lose the extra weight, but now, with a move looming in the not so distant future to the land of skinny Europeans, I feel the time has come to buckle down and get healthy. I under no illusion that I will EVER look anything remotely like most Bulgarian girls, nor do I really want to. Quite frankly, I thought the army of clonelike girls were rather freaky.   I would like to be noticed, just in a good way. What girl doesn’t want that?

So… I may update my progress on here from time to time. You’ve been warned!

W.