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Challenge Day 4

Thursday, April 14, 2011

This challenge is a little hard to stick to! I only had chicken for lunch (the refrigerator ran a little low), so I got too hungry to wait for dinner. I had watch from 6-8pm, so I ended up going to Subway and getting a salad with double meat for dinner. It was so disappointing! The chicken is pretty flavorless, and the only dressing they had was free Italian. Not satisfying. I ended up munching on pumpkin seeds and salted herring when I got home. Calories aren't too high, though, and carbs are still low.

I didn't end up working out today due to time constraints, so I'll work out tomorrow. I'm looking forward to a good back workout. My frustration with PT came up again today because I might have goals and things and can't come up with a steady workout to get me there. Hubby sat down with me and came up with a solution, though, that gets me toward a more ideal strength and cardio plan, so starting next week, I'll implement that.

Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday! I'm looking forward to bison burgers and crab meat for lunch, since that was supposed to be today's dinner, and I'm looking forward to an evening out with my Navy peeps. This has been the longest week yet, but how can I really argue when there's still so much good stuff?

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WATERMELLEN 4/15/2011 6:58AM

    You're flexible enough to change course and make it work when you have to -- and have an optimistic "reframing" thing that is very effective!! I admire that!

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Challenge Day 3

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today was almost a bust. I had breakfast and was hungry by 9am. I made myself wait for lunch, ate at lunchtime, but was still hungry. Well, whatever, that was all the food I had, so I would have to wait until dinner. I didn't even do my workout after school like I normally would because we had an inspection on our dress white uniform and I was so hungry that I told hubby I was coming straight home and eating dinner. Well, the darling made dinner and had it sitting in the oven when I got home.

Cajun chicken wings. Yum yum. I'm not talking about little drumsticks and wings, either, I'm talking about the kinds of wings you actually find on real chickens. The cajun seasoning we got was delicious. I ended up eating five wings while hubby had three, and then I jumped on the pumpkin seeds.

I did go work out after I was done munching -- just abs and cardio today. The evening was clear and crisp, so I took my Vibrams out for a spin around the apartment complex and loved it. And it made my craving for peanut butter go away. So while I ate over 2,000 calories today, I won't call it a total bust.

Got a rumor through the grapevine. One of the sailors found out that he's going to be stationed in Japan. He was on the phone with the military detailer for the Navy Bands, and he was asked how he felt about living in Japan. He said it wasn't really on the top of his list, so the detailer asked if there was anyone else who was on an accelerated program who could fill the opening as soon as possible. The sailor mentioned that I was on the accelerated program, and the detailer said that yeah, he had already looked at my file but couldn't send me because I'm married. Wow... so it was supposed to be Japan? Cool.

So the word now is that the sailor was originally supposed to go to Newport, but since there was an imminent need in Japan, he's going to go there and I'm likely to fill the spot in Newport. That would be completely awesome, because Newport was on the top of my list. So... keep your fingers crossed! I should find out soon!

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AFALLON918 4/13/2011 11:15PM

    I know those days when you're constantly hungry! It's torture!! At least you avoided digging in to the tub of peanut butter. That's my weakness, I had to stop buying the stuff cause I love it so much I would just eat it with a spoon... (embarrassing...)

Newport, Rhode Island?? I love it there -- so gorgeous on the ocean and such a cute little town :) Good luck to you!

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Challenge Day 2

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

So far, so good. Drinking flavored water has helped a LOT when it comes to killing the munchies. Right now, I'm really loving this little bottle of MiO that I bought at the commissary. It squirts in easily, stores nicely in my backpack, and I can control how much I put in my bottle. Win, win, win.

Normal breakfast, normal lunch, and dinner was an ahi tuna steak. My husband cooked it perfectly rare, which meant he had to stick his in the microwave for a few seconds afterward! I do like my meats a little rawer than he does... I also made some bacon-wrapped chicken hearts, which my hubby has taken quite a liking to. It's the bacon.

My workout today was another butt-blaster from a different magazine. Now I have a collection of really good lower-body workouts and just need to get up the nerve to push bigger weights. The 25-lb. weights aren't enough anymore for my lower body, but at the same time, my hands and forearms do not want to hold weights any heavier than that. I might have to get creative with machines.

I topped off the weight workout with sprints on the treadmill. I did NOT want to run, but today I was wearing my Vibrams, and once I got on the treadmill realized how much lighter I felt in those than in my clunky sneakers. Oh, if only I could find a pair of those Minimus shoes in my size...

Aside from a pretty good workout, today was just one of those days. I had to wake up 15 minutes early because the guy who normally gives me a ride to school when my husband can't wasn't able to give me a ride. So I got dropped off at the school a half hour early. Let me tell you, those 15 minutes earlier were KILLER! I didn't realize what a habit I'm in -- waking up at 5:35 is hardly a task anymore.

With the Army in full force at the School of Music now, I also didn't get to practice first period -- there were no rooms. Third period, the teacher was not in the computer lab, so I couldn't take my theory final and ended up practicing instead, but I only got in an hour and a half. I did manage to take the final during seventh period, so I'm done with theory! Way early, too! I worked out after school, then I had field night at the School of Music. It took us about 45 minutes to clean the third floor, then I found out my husband had a flat tire and a flat spare tire! So we called a friend to help us out. He drove us and our nasty tire to the gas station on base to fill it with air enough for us to get the car to the auto repair shop on the base (have I ever said this base has everything?). By the time we got home, it was already 8pm. We cooked up the tuna steaks and chicken hearts, watched an episode of 30 Rock, and then I had to get my dress white uniform together for tomorrow's inspection, which included re-tying my scarf. Talk about isometric exercise -- pulling that thing tight is a workout, and we still didn't do a good job! I also had to make lunch for tomorrow, shine my boots from all the pollen, and get my bookbag in order. Just too much to do for as late as it was, which is why I'm going to bed so late.

I can't believe it's only Tuesday. It feels like it should be later. If only...

Oh, did I mention that it was 85 for the second day in a row, and the a/c still isn't on in the School of Music? They still have the heat on. Boo. I felt like I was swimming in my uniform.

Tomorrow is a new day. Complete with a cold front. Should be nice!

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REEKU731 4/13/2011 7:47AM

    First of all - anything covered in bacon instantly makes it better! haha!! Next - have you tried working out with barbells instead of the dumbbells?? With the weight resting on your shoulders, it puts a lot less strain on your wrists & forearms - when I upgraded from weights to barbells I found it made a HUGE difference in my workouts! Give it a shot if you can!

And your 535am wake ups are awesome!! I have to be at work at 5am, so my alarm goes off at 335am (eek!) - some days are definitely easier than others!

I hope they get the A/C on soon!! You'll drop a TON of water weight just sweating in your uniform!! EEK!

Keep up the good work girlie!!! And I agree - it feels later in the week than it is...UGH!


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Challenge Day 1

Monday, April 11, 2011

I figure if I post a little bit about my progress, I'll be more likely to stick with it. Accountability and such.

So far so good. I had my normal breakfast, lunch was leftovers from the Indian restaurant, and dinner was a bison steak and a side of crab claw meat. Yummy! After a lot of water, I was satiated, even though I really didn't eat very many calories today. I must be riding the aftermath of too much food. We'll see.

In other news, I had to go to medical to get my eyes examined today. The doctor told me that a lot of times, with MEPS and boot camp, they don't really care about your exact vision, they only care if you can survive boot camp without glasses, which I could. However, I ended up testing nearsighted in both my eyes, and since the Navy will give me a janky pair of glasses for free, I might as well. I'm not required to wear them when in uniform. The glasses aren't ugly, but they're definitely cheap. Ah well, if I want to wear them, I can.

For the first time, though, I had to get my pupils dilated. That wasn't so bad until the headache started creeping on. Now, even though my pupils are back to normal, I feel even worse because the headache won't go away. So on that note, I am going to hit the hay reeeeeeeeeeeally freaking early and sleep this nastiness off!

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REEKU731 4/12/2011 7:24AM

    YAY for accountability blogs!!! I still keep mine on blogspot almost every day after the Vegan Investigation (its pretty much habit now!)

I'm sorry about your headache. I've worn glasses since first grade, so I'm used to having them dilated a few times a year. If I'd have seen this earlier I'd have posted that Excedrin works wonders for nasty headaches like that (the extra caffiene in them opens your blood vessels more than normal pain killers).

I always feel like a vampire when my eyes are dilated - I just shack up in dark rooms all day and don't leave the house for fear I will combust


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Three-Week Challenge

Sunday, April 10, 2011

My parents visited this weekend, which was really awesome! We got breakfast at Denny's early on Saturday morning, then hubby took me to the base so I could practice a bit. While I was there, my parents brought over my car, a vacuum, and some other odds-and-ends that they brought from home. When I was done, hubby picked me up and we trucked out to Ghent, where my mom and I got pedicures. Now I have happy, hot pink toes, and instead of calluses on top of calluses, I have fairly soft feet. I think I'll need another pedicure before my feet have really recovered from boot camp nastiness, though... emoticon

We walked around the block slowly, kinda took the long way back to the car just to see what was around, and then we drove to Doumar's for lunch. We all had pulled pork -- hubby and my parents all ordered sandwiches, and I ordered a half pint of just the pork. It was really good! Then, hubby and I decided to split a banana split. It was classic and delicious.

Once we were done with lunch, we headed to the base to tour around. Hubby and I hadn't seen all of the base yet ourselves, so we just drove around and looked at everything. For what it's worth, it was barely 60 degrees out, overcast, and VERY windy, so walking was not really comfortable, and the base is big enough. But we drove down to the beach on the base and checked out the coastline, kinda walked around there for a few seconds, and continued on. We drove past the barracks and the chow hall, the school of music, the bowling alley, the movie theater, the dock with all the amphibious ships (my dad thought that was particularly cool and liked pointing out the weapons and radar stuff) and finished at the NEX and Commissary. My parents were already thoroughly impressed with how the base really is like a community, and then I told them they had to see what a REAL Navy Exchange was like. We walked in, and they were astounded -- it really is just like a big department store. We bummed around a bit there. My parents checked out the Navy apparel, but didn't end up buying anything. I might have to get my mom something Navy for her birthday, though. She bought a Navy Mom sweatshirt when I graduated from boot camp, and it's her favorite go-to item when she's chilly.

I had these plans for us to go up to the Norfolk base and see the Navy museum or actually tour the ships, but my parents decided they would much rather grab a cup of coffee, sit down, and just chat with us about life. So we did for several hours, then we went to our new favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner. I thought we had a good experience last week, but this week was extra special. The owner came by with a guacamole cart and offered us a deal. He'd make us something, a surprise, right there in front of us, and if we like it, we pay for it, and if not, we don't. He made us a guacamole with fresh avocado, all kinds of peppers, fresh-squeeze lime (as in, he squeezed it in front of us), and some other stuff. One comment I remember was that he said you never throw away the pickling juice from jalapenos -- that stuff can be used in so many ways. Hmmmmm... So the guacamole was delicious. I also had enchiladas del mar, which was one shrimp, one fish, and one scallop enchilada, and I appreciated that all I got were the enchiladas. No rice, no beans, nothing to make me feel sick at the end of the meal. In fact, I felt like dessert, and sure enough, the owner asked if we wanted dessert. He was going to get us menus, then decided no, he knew what we wanted and was going to surprise us. We ended up with five little pieces of banana wrapped in a fried pastry and topped with whipped cream and some sauces. Basically, they were five little bite-sized chunks. Everyone had one, and then since I was the one who wanted dessert, I had the fifth. Honestly, it was the perfect size. We were all pretty thrilled with the experience!

On Sunday, hubby and I met my parents down in the main tourist area of Virginia Beach to try a pancake house that I'd heard rave reviews about. Turned out to be pretty good, too! I had a blue crab omelet with Hollandaise sauce. Awesome! Well, then I finished my mom's pancakes... I dunno, I had an appetite that turned Sunday into a complete eating disaster. Let's leave it at that.

So seeing my parents was really a treat. I hope they come down again for longer than a day -- maybe we can go to the boardwalk again and actually look around. I know my dad doesn't like Virginia Beach because it's so cheesy-touristy, but my mom has never seen it, so hopefully there would be time for that. And I still want to check out the Navy museum and maybe the maritime museum in Newport News. Plenty of time for that, though.

Tomorrow begins my three-week challenge. I am going to stick with clean eating for three full weeks and keep the snacking to a minimum. I allowed myself to snack freely last week, and I definitely overdid it. So now, just for three weeks, I'm going to eat clean and avoid unnecessary snacking. When in doubt, drink more water.

Shoot, if I don't get to bed soon, keeping any willpower will be impossible.

On a final note, this will be my fourth week in classes. Where has the time gone?

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REEKU731 4/11/2011 11:39AM

    OMG all that food sounds AMAZING!!! I definitely have food envy! haha!! I'm glad you had a blast with your parents!!!

I think your 3 week challenge sounds awesome - I overhauled my nurition today too and will be sticking with it in hopes of turning things around myself!! I can't wait to see your progress! Keep it up!!!


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WATERMELLEN 4/11/2011 8:17AM

    It's lovely that you and your parents enjoy each other's company so much! Your navy base sounds awesome -- and your "clean living" challenge pretty challenging!! But no doubt you're up for it, after all you've already accomplished in the last little while!!

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MONA_MONA 4/10/2011 11:30PM

    emoticon on a clean eating challenge. I'm doing the same thing and am actually enjoying it. I find so long as I focus on protein and fiber that I'm not hungry and don't have a ton of cravings. And as you mentioned, water is key!

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