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How to survive in the Civilian World

Thursday, November 01, 2007


I got a kick out of this one, as did my soldier ;)

:Life After the Army:

1. Admit:

"I was in the Army; I have a problem." This is the first step to recovery...

2. Speech:

Time should never begin with a zero or end in a hundred, it is not 0430 or 1400; it is 4:30 in the morning (AKA God-awful early).

Words like latrine, overhead, fourth point of contact, bunk, and "PT" will get you weird looks; bathroom, ceiling, ass, bed, and workout... get used to it.

"F@*k" cannot be used to -replace whatever word you can't think of right now, try "um".

Grunting is not talking.

It's a phone, not a radio; do not use words like roger, say again, send it and conversations on a phone do not end in "out"

People will not know what you are talking about if you tell them you usually spend your Monday's doing a PMCS and that you need a 5988 before you can do a proper QA/QC or that you spent a deployment in USAREUR. It's all gibberish to them.

Likewise people will not understand you when you use expressions like "watch your six" or "pop smoke."

Also, the people you hang out with now are your friends and the people you work with are your co-workers. There is no such thing as a "battle buddy" anymore.

3. Style:

Do not put creases in your jeans.
Do not put creases on the front of your dress shirts.
A horseshoe cut looks dumb, not motivating.
A high and tight looks really dumb as well.
A hat indoors does not make you a bad person; it makes you like the rest of the world; what's more it's a hat and not a cover.
You do not have to wear a belt ALL the time.

4. Women:

Being divorced twice by the time you are 23 is not normal, neither are 6 month marriages, even if it is your first.

Marrying a girl so that you can move out of the barracks does not make "financial sense", it makes you a retard.

5. Personal accomplishments:

In the real world, being able to do push ups and run a 13 minute 2 mile will not make you good at your job.

Most people will be slightly disturbed by you if you tell them about people you have killed or seen die.

How much pain you can take is not a personal accomplishment.

The time you got really drunk and passed the sobriety test anyway is also not a personal accomplishment.

6. Drinking:

In the real world, being drunk before 5pm will get you an intervention, not a "good for you"

That time you drank a 5th of Jaeger and pissed in your closet is not a conversation starter.

That time you went to the combat life saver school and practiced giving vodka IV's will also not be a good conversation starter.

7. Bodily functions:

Farting on your co-workers and then giggling while you run away may be viewed as "unprofessional".

The size of the dump you took yesterday will not be funny no matter how big it was, how much it burned, or how much it smelled.

You can't make fun of someone for being sick, no matter how funny it is.
VD will also not be funny

8. The human body:

Most people will not want to hear about your balls. Odd as that may seem, it's true.

9. Spending habits:

One day, you will have to pay bills
Buying a $30,000 car on a $16,000 a year salary is a really bad idea.
Spending money on video games instead of on diapers makes you a fool.
One day you will need health insurance .

10. Interacting with civilians (AKA YOU):

Making fun of your neighbor to his face for being fat will not be normal. Calling him a "fat-body" is not polite.

11. Real jobs:

They really can fire you.

On the flip side you really can quit.

Screaming at the people that work for you will not be normal, remember they really can quit too.

Taking naps at work will not be acceptable.

Remember 9-5 not 0530 to 1700

12. The Law:

UCMJ does not exist and will not save you from prison.

Your workplace unlike your command can't save you and probably won't, in fact most likely you will fired about 5 minutes after they find out you've been arrested

Even McDonalds does background checks, and "conviction" isn't going to help you get the job

Fighting is not a normal thing and will really get you arrested, not yelled at Monday morning before they ask you if you won.

13. General knowledge:

You can in fact really say what you think about the President in public.

Pain is not weakness leaving the body, it's just pain.

They won't wear anything shiny that tells you they are more important than you are, be polite.

Read the contracts before you sign them; remember what happened last time.

  
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LADYDISCIPLINE 11/1/2007 10:10AM

    Yup I'm out in 47 days, can't wait to pick out my own clothes.

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LOBO1978_2000 11/1/2007 9:00AM

    Very insteresting posting. I brought a smile to my face reading it. I like the picture, it brings back memories of when I played Conker for the N64 played that parody of Saving Private Ryan by replacing the soliders with squirrels and the Nazi with dranged teddy bears. LOL.

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Week 3 - Loss again!

Friday, October 26, 2007

It's Friday!
Almost the weekend *does the happy dance*
My weight went down again! My numbers

SW (05.10.07) 91.6 kg / 201.9
CW (26.10.07) 89.0 kg / 196.2
GW for October 87.04kg / 191.9
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Lost so far 2.6 kg / 5.7

Last week I was at 89.6/197.5 so that makes a 0.6/1.3 loss this week! Yay!

I just planned out dinner for the next 7 days by adding recipes from sparkrecipes to my mealplanner... it's so easy! just click "choose other day" and you can plan ahead just fine.
I printed out all the recipes too, should start keeping them in a folder, and now I will spend the rest of my working afternoon creating a groceries list for tomorrow :)

little steps, I never did this before!
I am not really organized, more spontanous when it comes to food, so this is a step towards a more structured me :)
Yay for following the action steps!

  
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CHICKWITHAGOAL 10/29/2007 9:57AM

    hey, good on you! I found your blog really motivating, I've just done my first weigh-in and made (I was quite surprised) some progress! So It was cool to read what you were writing being that couple of weeks ahead of me :) exciting.



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FROLIC838 10/26/2007 10:39AM

    Congrats on losing again this week. That is so exciting. I never could get the planning ahead under my belt. I always blamed life for throwing me curveballs, but perhaps that's just an excuse. You have inspired me to action! Thanks so much.

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LOBO1978_2000 10/26/2007 9:05AM

    That is so awesome. We are happy that you lost weight again on your 3rd week. Keep it up and you will see the pounds fly off.

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Week 2 is over - Loss!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

The second week is over now.
I ams till on track, even though some financial issues reared their ugly heads all at once and I was so stressed out this week that I could barely sleep.
But it made me proud that even though I did break and consumed "comfort food", I did so with thought. I had some Dove Dark Chocolate Hearts instead of heading straight for the big bag of chips the boyfriend bought.

So here are my numbers

SW 202 / 91.6
GW 150 / 68.0

CW 197.5 / 89.6

My goal weigth is 74.26% of my starting weight, so my goal stages will be:

5% 191.9 / 87.0
10% 181.8 / 82.5
15% 171.7 / 77.9
20% 161.6 / 73.3
25% 151.5 / 68.7

I lost 4.4 / 2kg so far, wich makes it 2.18% of the 25.74% that I am trying to lose.

Now I will have to think up rewards for myself...
And I am having a tough time to think of something that I really want, that I can afford and that would motivate me...
Advice? Thoughts?

  
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BINEMELLES 10/22/2007 12:07PM

    hi, nachtstern, you are doing great so far! amazing weight loss for only two weeks!
on the rewards ... it all depends on what you love and could imagine treating yourself to (all except food, of course!).
my first rewards were tiny - a pair of ear studs for the first month and a new book for the second, for the third month i choose a slightly bigger one: new clothes, since all my stuff was getting too big! the next reward will be a weekend on the dutch coast, which i love!

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LOBO1978_2000 10/18/2007 9:57AM

    I really do not have advice to give you on rewards. I tend to just give myself extra video game time to play. LOL. Good job so far. Keep up the great work.

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Week 1 is over

Friday, October 12, 2007


One week of better eating, cooking a whole lot and trying out new and yummy recipes.... One week of tracking my food, reminding myself again how bad some food is for me and cutting out most of them. ... One week of cooking for the boyfriend, making cookies and muffins for his night shift, without giving into temptation and eating more than the tracker tells me to.
Even the Hail and Farewell lunch yesterday did not throw me off track, because I entered everything right after and knew I was done eating for the day... plus, I wasn't really hungry until now anyways ;)

So far I lost 1.5kg/3.3 pounds!

What a great first week concerning weight loss!

I also got to meet a lot of nice people and teams, and I hope to have enough time to find more friends and to participate and give back...

  
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LADYDISCIPLINE 10/12/2007 7:48PM

    Good for you. That's a great start.

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LOBO1978_2000 10/12/2007 10:26AM

    Great job and effort on you very first week. Proud of all the changes that you have made to be healthier. Glad to have you aboard our team and have you as an active member. Keep up the good work and you will see the pounds fly off real quick.

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MSKILLING 10/12/2007 2:49AM

    My first week is over too gonna weigh my self after work to see how i have done. Keep up your hard work.

Remember always
'we first make our habits, and then our habits make us.'

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