Friday, July 31, 2009
Well, I am working my way back to the vigorous exercise routine I had a few months ago, I slacked off for a few months, and while it's easier to restart from where I am now, it's still hard to reestablish those good habits. However I have no choice!
I've been a 1st Lt in the Army Reserve for 2 weeks now, but nothing has really changed since I haven't gotten orders yet. It won't start sinking in until my first drill weekend and won't totally hit me until I'm in school in January in San Antonio. It's all good, the benefits of this career move are numerous... I'm not sure I could list them all.
Today's lunch was tasty salad: tuna, mandarin oranges, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, arugula, tiny bit of ranch dressing... only 372 calories! I am STUFFED.
We are going out to eat tonight, so I'm trying to save some space for that. My afternoon snack will be cottage cheese with tomato... which was always my mom's favorite.
I have my mile run back to 11 mins. I need to bring that down some more, but considering my lethargy of the past few weeks, it's not that bad. I'll just keep working it. I have Army fitness standards to maintain now in addition to my 60+ lb weight loss.
The way I walk run/with hubby has had several animals run over on the route in the past few months. Though kind of gruesome, it was interesting watching the natural decay process of a dead raccoon. First it bloated up and then sort of deflated until now... where it's just a few bones scattered at the roadside with Taco Bell sauce packets. Yes, I pay attention to stuff like that. I consider myself to be an observer of the small and obscure.
Today after I ate, I managed to get in almost 1.5 miles in 22 minutes. Felt good, it's a beautiful day out there and I hate to waste these nice days we have had here in Missouri, which is way unusual for this part of the country this time of year. Usually we are pretty much swapped with what the Pacific NW has been having the last week. So I won't complain too loudly.
Mark and I now regularly take evening walks about 3x per week. I'm faster on my own, but it is such a great time to get out together, be active and just talk. It has been very good for our marriage too... not that there was much wrong in the first place, but communication is always a good thing.
This is the strange poem I wrote yesterday:
strange sense of scattered today
strange sense of calm center today
the animal bones lay in the gutter
with the fast food condiment packs
scattered from their source
laying content where they have landed
my feet dash by at 6 mph
observing their slow migration over time
part of one whole they started
now debris they have become
much as I started one whole
now I am change
Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday was the big day. I was sworn into the US Army as a 1st Lieutenant & nurse.
I have a 3 year commitment. I will get orders in 4-6 weeks to report to my Reserve unit and then I will drill locally until I go to officer basic in late January.
It's scary and exciting... all at the same time.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
...this has been a year of "ups" for me, as in life hanging not lefts or rights, but ups... things that take you by surprise and make you reevaluate your life...
Some of my "ups" have been very personal and intense, some have been with my kids, but most have been good. Now another one has hit...
I have been selected by the Army Nurse Board to be commissioned as a nurse in the Army Reserve. I will go to school in San Antonio in January, and I will start drill weekends once I have been commissioned.
It's all exciting and very scary.
I just hope my drill weekends AREN'T the 4th weekend of the month since that is when I do my Camarilla LARPing... which is very much fun.
So, that's the news from Maintenanceville for today.
Thursday, July 02, 2009
Well, I luckily haven't gained any weight beyond a typical 1-2 lb fluctuation in the last month... especially since I have been routinely wandering off the reservation regarding my eating (which I'm now trying to reign in) and falling off the wagon when it comes to exercise.
I just feel so lazy... full of the "idonwannas" for the last month. I am picking it back up this week, kind of slowly. My brain has been just about everywhere else since April... not wanting to work at anything but what I want to.
So, I'm bringing myself back around to eating better (it never was patently BAD) and daily exercise... last night I did exercise, but I also ate 4 brownies... they were made with banana, applesauce and yogurt... gooey chocolately irresistable goodness... mmmmm.
Life has generally been good, but crazy as usual. Hubby has been gone for most of the last 2 weeks, he was working Origins, a huge game convention in Columbus Ohio. He is now in Kansas visiting his mom and retrieving our son. Our daughter, her friend and I have been mostly bach-ing it. I had my good friend Jess to hang out with several days, which was most appreciated.
I have also found a new hobby (like I need another one), Live Action Role Playing aka LARPing... in the World of Darkness setting. I have created a vampire named Georgia Ann Lee... the first session was fun and I hope to have many adventures with her in the future. I will also be creating a changeling (hard to describe), Amelia Louise Varens...
So balancing the stuff I've learned over the last 18 months & a new hobby... sigh... and everything else in my life. I guess I won't be bored.
I also have to get the house clean tomorrow for our big Independence Day blowout, we are expecting nearly 40 people.
Have a great 4th!
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