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Thursday, January 28, 2010

19 years ago today, I reported for active duty in support of operation Desert Storm. I was a Major in the Air Force Reserve assigned to the Engineering and Services Center at Tyndall AFB, Fl and I was given orders to report for up to a year. I always knew there was a slim chance I could be called up but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would actually happen. I had a thriving interior design business and a husband and 2 teenage sons at home but thankfully, we only lived a little over a 2 hour drive from Tyndall so I would be able to see my family periodically. I had the month of January 1991 to put my business on hold and get my affairs in order.
I knew the other reserve officers assigned to my unit so it was almost a reunion to see everyone. There were ten officers assigned to Mortuary Affairs and I was one of them. Yes, I said Mortuary Affairs. This meant that any death of an airman overseas would be handled by that office.
Our first day was January 29, 1991, a Monday, when we reported and got to know everyone and found out what our duties would be. I was assigned as the administrative officer of the unit. A friend of mine who was a Captain had left a 2 month old baby at home and I could tell by the look on her face that she was not very comfortable with being a mortuary officer, having to deal with grieving families and whatever. I had been a personnel officer on active duty and had notified several families about deaths of their relatives. Imagine me, a brand new second lieutenant, 24 years old, standing in the manager's office of a K-Mart telling a woman that her husband was MIA in Vietnam and later found dead. NOt the best job in the world but it was my job. You've all seen the movies where the military car drives up to the house and a uniformed officer gets out to deliver the bad news. Yep, that was me.
Well, as we sat there that first day and I could see the trauma on Ann's face, I thought to myself that I could do the job of a mortuary officer as it was similar to what I had done before and I also had a master's degree in Counseling and Human Development. So I volunteered to trade with her and let her be the admin officer. That was done and we finished the day.
To be continued...

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GIVWIG 1/28/2010 11:58AM

    I'm a Military Personnel Officer (Warrant Officer) in the Army National Guard and I have been the Casuatly Assistance Officer (the Army's version of Mortuary Affairs) a few times. I'm very interested to see the continuation of your blog. I will try to be patient until the next entry!! emoticon

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Thursday, January 28, 2010


After my fall on Tuesday there was nothing for me to do but go for a massage. AHHH, what a relaxing way to end the day. Yesterday, after analyzing my nutrition at the end of the day, I saw that I only had 13 grams of fiber! Whoa, I need that fiber as I have digestive problems and so I have to make sure I get enough roughage in me. I didn't have the allotted 5 fruits and veg like I should have so that would have helped. Right now, I am hungry and thinking about doing some nibbling but I am fighting it. It would only be empty calories. Maybe I'll grab an apple and run some errands that would do it. And I need to run some errands.

Also, last night, one of our toilets suddenly stopped working and this morning the other one stopped as well. Would not fill up with water. So the plumber came and had to replace the insides of both tanks. Both at once? Saved us some money as it was only one trip.

Soon, I need to concentrate on writing my Desert Storm story. THe date is nearing. Until next time.

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4DOGNIGHT 1/28/2010 11:04AM

    Good idea about the carb and protein. We are out of bananas so I need to go to the store. I'm drinking water so it took away the hunger for now and I'll wait for lunch. Leftover tuna casserole with additional mushrooms.

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ERBEAR16 1/28/2010 11:00AM

    Wow - I haven't been looking at how much fiber I've been getting. Thanks for the tip!

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CRIS76 1/28/2010 10:58AM

    Hint: Don't let yourself get hungry! If you do, then when you do eat you are more likely to over-eat (that's what I do). Whene eating your snacks, make sure you get a carb and a protein - the calories will burn fast but the carb and protein will hold on and give you a little more time before wanting to eat again. Normally I eat a piece of fruit and a low/no fat string cheese.

In fact, it's banana time!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010


There is definitely something to be said about stress and eating. Stress can be good or bad, either way I eat. Yesterday I had a full day with appointments and clients and managed to fall down the steps and hit my head on the pavement at the last house. I'm okay this morning but a little sore and I opted out of an early meeting to stay home and catch up on my work and take it easy.

I knew I would be busy and not be able to get a lunch so I packed an apple, 2 cheese sticks and a fiber one bar. It held me over but after the day was done, I did not get my usual 5 servings of fruits and vegetables. AH HA! I didn't get enough of the proper nutrients that my body needed, thus, I resorted to eating icing out of the can while I played cards on the computer! My body kept crying for something and I answered it with canned icing that had been in the fridge since before Christmas. It is now in the trash, buried. I've never actually gone back to the trash and dug out food to eat. That would be so humiliating!

This is my 32nd day and I've done pretty well filling in my nutrition tracker and making healthy choices. But yesterday, I didn't have the time, or I didn't set aside the time to get a good lunch, take a break, relax. I just kept pressing on. And then I had leftovers for dinner while my husband went to the meeting we were both supposed to attend. I just wasn't satisfied and I had stress. Thus the icing.

Here it is day 32 and I've lost 3 lbs. Not much for 32 days and in the past I would have given up before now. Mostly because I had no clue what I was eating. The Nutrition Tracker has made such a difference in the way I eat. It requires planning and making sure you have the right foods in the house to cook with and prepare meals. We are out of bananas and I miss them. Breakfast is not right without a banana. This morning I cooked oatmeal and added 1/4 cup of raisins and milk to it. I wanted a good breakfast to get me going. For lunch I'm planning to make a corn chowder. There is a good looking recipe in the Better Homes Mag I just got last night. I don't know about dinner yet. Might be corn chowder again.
But I do know this for sure, I MUST plan my meals and have the right foods in the house or else I will scrounge whatever is available.

Thank you Spark for without your nutrition tracker, I never would have gotten this. I find that most days I am eating around 1500 calories. My allottment is 1200 to 1535 so I am at the top of the range. I always thought that to lose weight you had to limit yourself to 1200 calories. No wonder I could never stick to it. When you don't eat enough of the right foods, you get hungry. DUH! I acknowledge that I will lose slowly but if this is what I have to do to lose, then I accept that. Our culture wants us to lose fast so we can get back to our usual way of eating. YOU CAN'T LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOUR LIFE! AH HA again. In order to lose the weight I want to lose, I have to make changes to my eating habits and take responsiblity for what goes in my mouth and for how far I walk or how much I exercise. IF IT'S TO BE IT IS UP TO ME! I am overweight because I ate more food than I should have over the years. I can attribute a lot of it to stress. Now most of that stress is gone and with the help of all of my spark buddies, I'm going to win this race. Until tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 1/27/2010 10:22AM

    Hey-ho, that's scary about falling down and hitting your head - but sounds like you're okay, and that's the important thing, ain't! 1) I could make a Homer Simpson noise for 'icing in the can, mmmmmm' - good for you? no! tasty? oh my word! lol... 2) I think you're right about feeding our bodies the 'right' nutrients. Lack of them leaves us hungry, and it's not a question of volume: I can eat a bunch of sweet rolls (a weakness) but I will still be craving SOMEthing even when I no longer feel hungry. I also noticed that when I'm tired, I eat - my body must be crying out for fuel, and what it needs is rest / sleep, but if I need to keep going, I tend to throw any old thing (especially sweet stuff!) into the furnace to fuel the fire.

p.s. Us SP buds are backing you 1000%, Carol! :-)

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 31

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Busy day today. I had 4 appmts with clients and was on the go. Only 1 appmt was of any length, the other three were deliveries, and a go by. I ate my cereal for breakfast and packed a lunch of an apple, 2 cheese sticks and a fiber-one energy bar. And water. I really needed it after I left the first appmt and then went on to the other three. At the end, I managed to fall down the client's front steps and hit my head on the pavement after bruising myself. I was glad to get home. I didn't do too badly eating wise. Not much else to say except I'm taking it easy tonight. Until tomorrow.

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    Oh my goodness, Carol!!! I hope you are okay. That fall sounds frightening! emoticon

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SGKAYLOR 1/26/2010 11:11PM

    Ouch, feel better!!

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IMALSR4GOOD 1/26/2010 8:43PM

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. I hope your head feels ok. What a success on such a busy day to eat so good. Way to go! Good Luck on your journey!

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/26/2010 7:13PM

    Wow! That was quite the day! I hope you do take it easy this evening. I fall a lot and have fears of doing serious damage some day! You had a good day with your eating - I'll bet your calories are low today.

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 30

Monday, January 25, 2010


One month today being on Spark and blogging. I lost a pound this morning I think which is a total of 3 lbs and maybe more because I probably didn't have an accurate read to start with. And my scale is so iffy.

I would say the thing that helped me the most has been the nutrition tracker. Knowing and recording what you eat is so important. What is amazing, is that when you think you have blown it and had a bad day, if you record your food, you might find out it was only a bump in the road. I like the graphs and I want to see straighter lines, no up and down drastically.

Last night I even did a 10 min exercise while watching TV and this morning I had a meeting and motivational talk and I am inspired to work my business. Yea. I needed that. So I am not staying long as time is awasting but I'll be back.

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    Yay, Carol!!! This is so encouraging to hear. We're having our first sunny day in a while and my chest cold is gone! I'm bouncing back (knitting up a storm) and ready for my ooomph for leaf-raking and bread-making to return. Will give the yard one day to drain a little so it won't be muddy.

Decorate beautifully! I know you do! Sure wish I had $$$ to hire you to do my home. Who knows, maybe in a few years when my two sons have moved out, I will! Then you would need to make a trek to Historic Fredericksburg, VA. (In the meantime, my favorite grease-monkey (22-year-old son) can't quite help himself when it comes to spreading dirt, and I love him just the way he is!) emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 1/25/2010 2:57PM

    You're Sparking Now!

Congrats on the loss - and it was fun along the way, I hope!

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AFIFE0878 1/25/2010 2:15PM

    Congrats to you. Keep it up.

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ALEXIAAG 1/25/2010 1:06PM

    You are doing great! Fitting in exercise is the key!

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MNNURSEKATIE 1/25/2010 1:00PM

    That's great. Doesn't it feel awesome to be so motivated? It is amazing how easy it is to fit in 10 minutes of exercise here & there. I too LOVE the nutrition trackers. SP trackers are one of the best I have found. Plus I can use it on my mobile to track what I eat at work. emoticon

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