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My new Spark...

Sunday, March 07, 2010

I really have gotten a new Spark now that life is moving forward again. I am also reflecting on 2009, a task which is bound to happen over time.

I went to St. Louis with my recruiter on Wednesday to get my ID card and a set of uniforms. It was an enjoyable day... since SFC Al-Hameed is a great guy... he has worked so hard for me. I choked him up by giving him an 1896 Silver Liberty Dollar.

I ended up with 3 intermittent days off with this stupid cold that I am now over with.

I had a great weekend, got to do some Live Action Role Playing on Saturday, unplanned but fun.

But now that life is moving forward, I am Sparked back to action in my calorie counting and exercising. I have goals again and a purpose. I have to be in shape for both myself and the Army. I have to be Army Strong... I really love that phrase and I am so proud to be a part of something so much bigger than myself.

I am capable in a way that I never was before. I am finally back in uniform and able to serve my country again. I am also able to do this to help my family financially.

I report to my Reserve Unit here in town on the 19th for the first time. I am nervous but excited all at the same time.

I got a little sad this morning when I realized how much I miss and love my daughter... but I rode it out and got through it. It is what it is. 2009 was horrible, but I learned a lot about patience, self-control, choices, etc. So I am sorting out things bit by bit and putting them where they belong in my life.

I feel hopeful for the first time in a long time. There is a bright new future ahead.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ANNIEONLI 3/10/2010 7:14PM

    Army Strong baby!!!! WOOOOHOOO!!!!

It was a tough year...but your still standing!!

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KAYOTIC 3/8/2010 9:42AM

    Sounds like things are moving in the right direction for you! Thank you for your service, and good work!

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UUCEEJAY 3/8/2010 7:03AM

    Thank you for your service to our country and our men and women in uniform! Glad to hear your Spark is back! Your story is certainly an inspiration. emoticon Army Strong!

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Yep, things are moving right along...

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Including the cold... this has been a weird cold... last Friday my head was spinning and pounding, so I stayed home. Felt fine Sat, Sun & Monday. Had nasty sore throat Tuesday and was fine yesterday for the trip to St. Louis. Today my nose is stopped up and dripping (not sure how that works).

I didn't exercise last night since I was exhausted from the big day. But I will at very least do a very slow walk tonight on the TM. I am looking forward to the weekend when it's supposed to be 50+ degrees and I can get OUTSIDE to run.

The trip to St. Louis was a nice day out. Got my ID card squared away and one set of ACUs (the camo) and one set of PT uniforms (workout)... I am wearing my new combat boots today and they are so much HEAVIER than the shoes I am used to I feel like I'm walking with a weird swagger. I am sure I'm getting some sort of extra calorie burn because of it. The next challenge is to shave & shape my beret...

In the meantime, to win my head back from the clutches of the snot monster...

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COOP9002 3/4/2010 10:53PM

    Hope you shake this cold soon.

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ANNIEONLI 3/4/2010 7:47PM

    Snot Monster!!! ROFL!!! You are too much!

Yay on the military news! FINALLY!!! And cool outfit, altho I did see what you meant about the beret..poofy a bit right? Anyway, you look good!
Feel better!!!

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ZATANNA 3/4/2010 12:00PM

    Sorry your sick, hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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Despite having a cold...

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I have had a great start to this week, exercise and eating-wise. I'm really jazzed!

I have been pushing it on the treadmill bit by bit now that my ankle is better... doing incline work & gentle slower jogging.

Tonight I ran a minute @ 5 mph each 5th minute for a full hour. It felt great and I knew I could do it!

Tomorrow is going to St. Louis to get my ID card and uniforms. EEEEEEEEPPPPP!

Life is good!

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LEYETTE 3/3/2010 3:37PM

    Colds tend to slow me down so you're are doing a great job despite having a cold.


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ANNIEONLI 3/3/2010 6:50AM

    that is SO awesome on ALL accounts!! So exciting that the glacier has FINALLY moved!! Have fun in St. Louis!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROSIE777 3/2/2010 11:40PM

    What a great workout you had. . . I am so excited for you. Getting your uniforms & ID Card. WoW. emoticon

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I'm baaaaccckk....

Sunday, February 28, 2010

It's been quite a week. A week ago Friday my ankle decided it was going to go out... I sprained it very badly in 2001 and it sometimes just says, "I don't think so." Apparently it's better now. But I took it easy with the exercise, mostly doing strength stuff that didn't involve my ankle much. I stayed off the treadmill since even walking was painful.

So I really got myself back on track with a good start today. I didn't count my calories, but I burned over 300 with exercise.

I really have to get myself back on track since my first Army drill weekend will be in just a few weeks.

I was just so glad that I was able to get myself back up on it... and it will be wonderful to have my legs not twitching from not exercising...

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COOP9002 3/1/2010 11:34AM

    Welcome back! Hope that ankle keeps improving.

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UUCEEJAY 2/28/2010 11:13PM

    Hope your ankle continues to get better. Good for finding a way to exercise with a hurting ankle emoticon

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Entirely too long...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

... since I blogged here. I'm kind of ashamed of myself... not eating right, trying to exercise... a lot of try and not so big on the do.

So I'm back at it again and it's REALLY important now! I finally got my orders from the Army! This is just to report to my reserve unit, but hey, it's movement after 7 months of waiting. I should be going to school in the fall or winter now.... pushed back a year.

So, actually, I was starting to get a good build back in stamina and endurance last week, but then Friday, my ankle (which I sprained badly in 2001) decided to start twinge-ing painfully.... which, of course has slowed me down a great deal. It seems like every time I have started to rebuild to my peak fitness, I have had an injury that slows me down... the shoulder, the ankle, etc. So I will try to get my 10K steps today, I've slacked off because I haven't wanted to make the ankle worse.

And this torques me off big time!

And I'm back to eating better... mostly I've just been over my recommended calories for weight loss and prolly fine for maintenance.

But as I have posted on my computer here @ work... Stop Stewing & Start Doing!

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ROSIE777 2/23/2010 1:14PM

    You can do this dear friend I know you can. . .you have done it before. Glad your back. emoticon

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COOP9002 2/23/2010 11:32AM

    Glad to have you back. Best of luck to you in your renewed focus.

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