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After four hours of sweating, my legs and back are so sore.  I could hardly get out of bed this morning.  And I feel like eating my entire fridge.  Hmmm.  Sounds like I ran a marathon.


Naw – I just unloaded a 4-bedroom moving van last night. 


Marathon, moving van, whatever.  Don’t worry – the Husband and father-in-law helped.


YES!  My in-laws have finally moved up to North Carolina permanently (well, in two weeks – they are moving in stages). 


Their house in Florida has been on the market for 1.5 years.  They’ve survived a fraudulent buyer that didn’t get discovered until the 11th hour (worst…thing…ever); other than that, they’ve had zero offers.  My father-in-law has been driving up twice a month (staying with us 10 days/month) to see patients at the clinic, and they finally decided enough was enough – they rented out their home and rented a new place here in Charlotte!  Not ideal, but definitely the best solution. 


Their new place is actually about 45 minutes outside of the city. It’s very rural!  They are literally sounded by cornfields.


And guess what’s in their new backyard?


A PRIVATE LAKE.  YES!!! I can do lake swims now!  The owner of the house even left behind two kayaks, so the Husband can kayak next to me while I swim (just to be safe).  I plan to hit up the lake this weekend. 


Anyway – back to the nightmare of the moving van.  Unloading was seriously hard work.  My in-laws have a ton of stuff.  We unloaded until 11:00 PM!  Better to do it in the dark than in the hot sun.


Every good mover needs PIZZA!


Three slices later, I had the energy to haul out the last of the heavy boxes.


We got home well after midnight, showered, and crashed.  We both woke up moaning about our backs and arms – so sore!  But I do have to say that I was pleased at how much work I could do and how quickly I could help unload the van.  It’s nice to see fitness translate over to your ‘real life!’


A late breakfast:


Eggs with tomato basil hummus on toast:


And lots of steamed kale.  Mmmm!


Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need a long, hot shower.


PS – I am SO happy to note that The Great Fundraising Act for Balance Susan raised over $26,000 to help with her lymphoma treatment.  This community of bloggers + readers is absolutely incredible. 



  • allpointswhole July 26, 2011, 10:44 am

    Thats so awesome about the money that has been raised! What a huge blessing for them!! And way to go on moving. I also love when being in shape transfers over to your real life. Unfortunately, right now I feel like I am 80 years old with tight joints and a crazy mind.

  • Dori July 26, 2011, 10:46 am

    Great job on the moving stuff. It is great when something you have to do anyway ends up also being a really good workout. The pizza looks delicious.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) July 26, 2011, 10:54 am

    How lucky are your in-laws to have a lake that is in their backyard? That’s unreal 🙂

    Moving is SUCH a workout… We moved my sister in to her house about a month ago and I was sore for at least 24 hours!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) July 26, 2011, 10:55 am

    Moving is definitely considered a workout! It’s exhausting, but so satisfying 🙂 How great that your in-laws are close now. I wish we had family only 45 minutes away… especially with Baby D on the way!

  • Lindsay July 26, 2011, 10:55 am

    A LAKE?! That is so cool!! SO good for your open water swim training 🙂

  • lisa @ early morning run July 26, 2011, 10:58 am

    Sounds like a rough day, but successful! Hope all goes well with the rest of the move and you have a great swim this weekend!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 26, 2011, 11:04 am

    Wow, that IS a workout! My mum is moving in September and I’m going to be helping her move into her new place. She’s only one person, but she does have a LOT of stuff so I feel like I’ll be able to identify with how you feel very soon!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 26, 2011, 11:07 am

    Moving is definite a workout! It’s crazy how much of a workout it really is! My husband and I are in the middle of trying to rent out our home too. It seems like that is the way to go right now. I’m glad they got their place rented and that they are now there!

  • Jill July 26, 2011, 11:07 am

    Ugh, moving is a workout and a half!! They’re probably so thankful for your help though 🙂
    That lake looks amazing! How perfect for you. Enjoy!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 26, 2011, 11:08 am

    Having moved about a million times I totally agree that it counts as a workout!

    I always have pizza after too. Have to reload those carbs! 🙂

    • Baking N Books July 26, 2011, 2:17 pm

      Ditto. Moving and pizza go hand in hand. It just is.

      That’s awesome about the lake! Wow…I don’t know though – I wouldn’t be able to have so much family near me…hyperventilating at the thought!! Eek.

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) July 26, 2011, 11:09 am

    Of course it’s a workout. That lake is AWESOME, perfect to enjoy your favorite sport 🙂

  • chloe @ 321delish July 26, 2011, 11:09 am

    do the insides of your elbows hurt?!?! I feel that is a spot that REALLY gets worked when lifting boxes!

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life July 26, 2011, 11:09 am

    I know what you mean about fitness translating over to real life–isn’t that the best feeling?

  • Jen July 26, 2011, 11:13 am

    That totally counts as a workout! Sometimes tasks like those are actually the toughest workouts. By the way, I wish I craved steamed kale in the morning! I love steamed kale, but not that early in the day. Kudos to you, girl!

  • Claire @ ThinkingClairely July 26, 2011, 11:18 am

    My dad used to call that “productive fitness”! You totally underestimate how hard you’re working when you’re doing a domestic activity (moving, raking leaves, cleaning), until you feel the effects!

  • Cindy Robinson July 26, 2011, 11:21 am

    That lake looks so peaceful and clean! You’ll have a nice time swimming in that one.

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg July 26, 2011, 11:23 am

    Moving is totally a total body workout — all of that lifting and bending. And pizza is a MUST when unloading a moving truck.

  • Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 26, 2011, 11:27 am

    A private lake, wow! What a great place to rent 🙂

  • Sarah for Real July 26, 2011, 11:30 am

    That’s good news about your in-laws! My parents are in a similar situation and it’s so stressful to be in a constant state of are-we-moving-or-are-we-not-moving. Glad to hear your in-laws can finally settle in somewhere!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed July 26, 2011, 11:30 am

    Did you want to take a bath in ice water after you did that? I would have.

  • Heather July 26, 2011, 11:32 am

    That is fabulous you have access to a lake. My sister bought a cottage in September so I have been getting a ton of lake swims in. Just need to over come being freaked out by seeing a snapping turtle where I swim…although I am assured they are harmless. I have transitioned from strictly running to tris this summer and am loving it.

  • Erika @ The Teenage Taste July 26, 2011, 11:36 am

    Yes, unloading the moving truck is definitely a workout! And by the looks of those huge boxes it looks like a pretty hardcore one, too! 😛

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic July 26, 2011, 11:36 am

    Wow, what a beautiful back yard view! So jealous! Glad you guys are okay! When you missed your normal evening post last night I was hoping nothing was wrong! Looks like you got a great workout!!!

  • meg July 26, 2011, 11:38 am

    Stupid question, but there aren’t any alligators in that lake, right?!

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged July 26, 2011, 11:40 am

    Haha, I’m helping one of my friends move this evening, and I’m totally expecting to be sore tomorrow! No need to work out when you’re scuttling around hauling boxes and whatnot!

  • Shannon @ Mon Amour July 26, 2011, 11:40 am

    That lake looks perfect for triathlon training!

  • Bee Goes Bananas July 26, 2011, 11:46 am

    Wow, looks like you had quite the workout moving those boxes!

  • Mel July 26, 2011, 11:46 am

    Incredibly jealous of your lake access! I drive 30 minutes to get to a reservoir and have to pay $10 per session. If I go once per weekend it’s more than I pay for my gym membership.

  • Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life July 26, 2011, 11:50 am

    Geesh that is definetly a work out! Moving is the worst but it always makes me sweat which is a perk!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 26, 2011, 11:53 am

    Holy arm and leg work out!! I’m always surprised how I think I’m really in shape but then when I do normal every day strenuous activity, I get really sore!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 26, 2011, 11:59 am

    I helped a friend move once and it was a huge workout! She was moving apartments, so we dragged everything about half a mile to the other sde of the complex and then upstairs… ugh!

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 26, 2011, 12:05 pm

    haha wow that is a workout! 4 hours! Phew!

  • Melissa July 26, 2011, 12:05 pm

    moving is SUCH a workout!!! Yay for having a lake in the backyard!!! Enjoy it 🙂

  • Teacherwoman July 26, 2011, 12:13 pm

    That is definitely a workout! My fiance and I helped a couple friends move into their home last night… we hope to help my parents move their appliances back into their home sometime this week, and then we plan to move into our house Saturday. Should be a busy week of moving boxes and furniture… might need to cut back on the workouts!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness July 26, 2011, 12:15 pm

    That lake looks breathtakingly beautiful…so exciting that the previous owners left behind kayaks, too 🙂 how cool! look forward to hearing about your lake swim this weekend…perfect practice! so nice of you two to help your family move, I’m sure it meant the absolute world to them! xyx

  • Amber K July 26, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Definitely a work out! WOW, so glad so much money was raised.

  • Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 26, 2011, 12:17 pm

    Moving is a *great* workout! I’m surprised someone hasn’t made a moving-themed workout video yet…haha. 😉

  • Angie July 26, 2011, 12:19 pm

    Definitely a workout 🙂
    That breakfast sounds good. I might have to try that one 🙂

  • Maren July 26, 2011, 12:31 pm

    I’m a big fan of eggs on toast but I’ve never tried hummus.

  • Jen July 26, 2011, 12:40 pm

    WOW! $26,000 for Susan?! That is just AMAZING!!! Great work, blog world!

  • Khushboo July 26, 2011, 12:43 pm

    $26,000 raised in one day, that is mindblowing! And moving defo sounds like a workout, an exhausting one at that!

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 26, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Totally a workout – and the best hummus in the world!

  • Jennie @ Designed to be Fit July 26, 2011, 1:09 pm

    I think I felt more sore after moving than my last half marathon!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 26, 2011, 1:26 pm

    Glad the in-laws will be a bit closer! Sooo happy to hear SO much was raised for Susan. And moving is SUCH a workout!

  • Joyce @ Jranola Joyce July 26, 2011, 2:22 pm

    Totally vacuumed this morning and got my arm workout in…
    CHAMP 🙂

  • Corrie Anne July 26, 2011, 2:26 pm

    That lake is so gorgeous! Lucky you!!! And moving is a TOUGH workout. I’m not looking forward to it… lol

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa July 26, 2011, 2:39 pm

    A private lake?! That is freaking awesome!

  • Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 26, 2011, 2:50 pm

    Wow, how amazing would that be to have a private lake?? Lucky them!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales July 26, 2011, 2:53 pm

    Oh Caitlin, your in-laws new place sounds like a DREAM!!!! Seriously wish i lived in the country sometimes… you’re lucky you have a place to escape to now!

  • Stephanie July 26, 2011, 3:27 pm

    We’re moving over the weekend and tonight will be last run because I know that moving will provide enough exercise!

  • Christina July 26, 2011, 5:15 pm

    I’m sure the whole living situation with your in-laws isn’t ideal but renting it out and having extra income to pay towards the mortgage is much better than waiting for someone to buy. I’m sure you’ll be having a blast with them so near also! Get those lake swims in chica 🙂

    And Janetha is utterly amazing for what she did! TGFA really warmed my heart.

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal July 26, 2011, 5:26 pm

    wow, that will be fun with a private lake to swim in! how exciting! and the kayaking will be great too…but we’ll see how it compares to kayaking off the coast of fl!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 26, 2011, 5:53 pm

    $26,000?! That’s incredible! Go bloggers! 😀

  • Caroline @ The G-Spot July 26, 2011, 8:15 pm

    That’s not gluten-free pizza is it? If so, it looks amazing! 🙂

  • Jessi @ Quirky Cookery July 26, 2011, 10:38 pm

    Moving is always a workout! Who needs marathons and scheduled workouts when you can just move everything in and out of trucks.

  • Sam July 28, 2011, 8:40 am

    Mmmm pizza. That one looks deee-licious! So jealous of the lake and I agree with you. Seeing your strength and endurance transfer over into other aspects of your life is an amazing feeling!

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