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Mostly a good weekend...

Monday, August 10, 2009

Friday was Mr A's birthday... it was very nice. He wanted grilled salmon and steak, so we just bought some good stuff from the meat case and had a feast. He wanted software for his birthday, so he downloaded that and was happy.

Saturday, we had drama, too much drama. I will leave it at that.

Sunday was great. We went to Illinois and had lunch with some good friends. Then we had dinner with some other friends and my boyfriend from my senior year of high school who I'd not seen since he dumped me 25 years ago. But it was actually great to see him. Once we got talking, it was fine. Some jitters beforehand, but that quickly resolved. Luckily we had been chatting quite a bit online and got a lot of stuff out.

Today is aggregating my feces and banning drama llamas from my life.

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DADAGINNY 8/11/2009 9:09AM

    You should give me a call :)

Glad A had a good b-day ;)

Are you busy tonight?

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ANNIEONLI 8/10/2009 7:47PM

    Glad to hear the weekend was SOMEWHAT good. I can only imagine what happened Sat! It's nice to hear that the ex meeting went well! Bet you all had a great time!!!

(evil me is hoping that you knocked the ex's socks off and left him pining and regretting you forever!) emoticon But that's evil me...

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Today's e-mail quote...

Thursday, August 06, 2009

They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.

- Hindu Proverb

That one struck me this morning. I have a co-worker who just annoys the snot out of me. She is greedy and hypocritical and yet puts on a nicey-nice mask. She is a part-timer who seems to do a land grab for every Friday on the calendar every month, even though she is scheduled to work Fridays. This leaves the 2 of us full time people having a hard time finding time to use our comp time. Just makes me mad. This all came up because I just wanted to use a half day of comp time for my son's birthday on Friday and she took that day off and is on vacation all next week. This is the same person who took time off during flu shot season.

Otherwise life goes on. Had a great walk and talk with my friend Jasmine last night and pared my mile run down to 9:45. I can't believe I have knocked 1:15 off of it in just a couple of weeks. Still need to get on my 30 Day Shred routine that I want to do, but I have to start that all over again. Morning exercise is really the only answer. Of course I had stuff on my mind and couldn't sleep, so here I am up at 4-5 in the morning.

Friday we celebrate Mr A's 14th birthday. I love him, but still fear that he'll be living in the basement when he's 30.

Saturday night we go see my dad in St. Louis after a busy day. Then Sunday we have lunch with good friends in Illinois and then dinner with my old high school boyfriend who I haven't seen in 25 years. He carried guilt about dumping me for 25 years and we have recently reconnected. So it will be interesting to see how that will go... Mark will be there, as will some other friends. I am looking forward to it, but yet a bit apprehensive as well.

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COOP9002 8/10/2009 3:28PM

    Greed is a funny thing. It stems from our need for control, and then it controls us.

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ROSIE777 8/6/2009 9:03AM

    As for your Co-worker who is your thorn on your side as Paul would say I have one of my own. . . who I just kill with kindness & good intentions, so she just can't help it but be nice to me now. emoticon

My Son whom I wish will be with me till his 30 will probably leave after high school which is in two years emoticonbut I know he will be a great man one day so no worries.

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." --- Henry Ford

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ANNIEONLI 8/6/2009 6:51AM

    As for your co-worker, I have my own quote you can use any time:

Karma's a bitch. ~ Annie

Wow to meeting the ex after 25 years!! Whoa. I hear you on the apprehension, but it will all work out...closure is a good thing. Mark being there is a plus...expect it to be weird and then I'll bet money that it won't be after a few minutes. Mark is the man...not this dude. He's got you...not him. Mark should be the proudest person there!!

LOL!!! I do believe my middle guy will be living in my attic until he's 40....as long as he cuts the lawn, does his own laundry, buys food and takes out the trash and pays rent....... emoticon

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11 months + 2 days in MaintenanceVille.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I actually meant to blog the milestone on Sunday... but was busy getting lessons sent in ridiculous packaging... good ones, but my brain was kinda 'splodey.

I ran a 10 minute mile on Sunday, so that is going well. I also did 30 day shred level one... I want to do it 10 times straight, every other day then move up to level 2 and then level 3... to make it more of the 60 day shred. I also walked an additional 2 1/4 miles with hubby in the evening. My 10K steps was easy. I also have myself up to 14 full-out push ups and I did that twice on Sunday.

For the Army PFT (Physical Fitness Test) I have to be able to do a minimum of 12 push ups & 32 sit ups in 2 minutes and run 2 miles in under 24 minutes. I am getting to the minimums already, so I am very confident in my ability to achieve much higher.

So 11 months in maintenance has found my weight creeping up a little bit... but it's easy enough to fix... back to the program. I haven't gotten out of my range, but I'm getting near the top. So I've dropped my calories by several hundred and am upping my exercise. I'm also concentrating on the fruits and veggies more intensely than I was.

I mentioned lessons wrapped in ridiculous packaging. Well, I have been chatting with my high school boyfriend, the one I was going to marry, who abruptly dumped me about a month after graduation in 1984. I dealt with it back then by shoving all the emotions down and then living recklessly for most of the next year, never connecting my behavior in that time with the pain. I have gotten a lot of insight into things from these conversations and remembering. It's actually been quite cathartic and healthy.

Somehow I don't think I would have been able to do all the emotional work this year without the strength I have gained from losing the weight last year. It all goes hand in hand.

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ANNIEONLI 8/4/2009 12:57PM

    You are my workout idol! My inspiration!

I hear you about dealing with the pain differently - been there and dealing, even years later...eventually things heal...or we learn to deal with it differently. I like the packaging analogy!

HUGS & SMILES emoticon

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Getting back up on my really good horse... and awaiting orders.

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

yet content

much as I started one whole
now I am change

yet content.

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COOP9002 8/4/2009 11:55AM

    Nice blog. Great job on getting your running mile to 11 mins. Look's like you're making some great progress.

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ROSIE777 7/31/2009 3:27PM

    My running emoticon love your blog.

Keep emoticonrunning & walking to feel good.

New orders WoW San Antonio that is not too far from me in Dallas.

Good Luck


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I can't believe I didn't blog this...

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.


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IVORYGIRL1776 7/28/2009 3:26PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Congratulations on your dream come true!

The other soldiers will be blessed having such a wonderful person taking care of them.

The best always,


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MARYBETH_OHIO 7/28/2009 1:08PM

    Thank you so much for serving for our country it is an honor to know you..


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ANNIEONLI 7/21/2009 6:46PM

Wow! Yay to your new adventure!!

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CATHERINEKIRBY 7/20/2009 10:18PM

    I am in awe of you and I am also wanting you to be safe while you protect not only our country but those that protect....

God speed.


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