Tuesday, March 16, 2010
My exercise for today was:
20 minutes of calisthenics were from the Army Physical Fitness Manual... and I did 43 minutes on the treadmill... and at lunch I did a 10 minute Spark People Workout. My total calorie burn was about 450 for the day. I also managed to get nearly 11K steps today!!
I love my exercise routine ramping up, I am feeling so much better and getting stronger! It is EXCITING!
If you are interested, you can access the Army Pocket Physical Fitness Manual here: troy.troy.edu/armyrotc/RPI_237_Pocke
I also managed to get in a total of 40 push ups over the course of my exercise today and I think my shoulder is actually getting stronger.
Army Strong! Hoo-Ah!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Did manage to get my 10K steps in today. Did a lot of strength work and jogging in front of the TV tonight. Just didn't feel like hitting the treadmill.
I didn't count calories yesterday or today... too much eating out. But we did use the fitness room at the hotel last night and I did a free workout video on the TV before bed.
I did 35 sit ups and 18 push ups today too! This is really good since they are both above my minimums, and the push ups are almost up to where they were before my shoulder decided it hated me back in before Thanksgiving. I have found that if my shoulder starts to feel sore, I need to take ibuprofen or something like it immediately and it gets better within a few hours, but if I let the inflammation set in, I am doomed!
I got my beret shaped and shaved today and yesterday. It's looking pretty good, except for some weird creases that I can't figure the origin of. The only problem now is finding something to put behind my rank insignia so it doesn't poke me in the head. There is this cardboard stiffener that is quite thick, so there isn't enough pin to attach the clutch type pin backs too. Next is waterproofing of the boots, which I prefer to do out on the deck since the spray stinks so bad... but it's been drizzly rainy for DAYS. I hope we get some sunshine in the next few days so I can get that done by Friday. I also need to get loose threads clipped off my ACUs (Army Combat Uniforms).
I also have found the Physical Fitness Uniform to be the most comfortable thing EVAH! The shorts are wonderful, the t-shirt is soft, the jacket and wind pants are very very nicely made and comfy too! FTW!!
Last night we ate at a great (fairly new) Italian restaurant in town here called The Rome ( www.dinerome.com ). The make all their sauces from scratch and are just a huge step up in quality from a lot of the chain places. I had Fra Diavolo with grilled chicken breast and it was amazing. Mark had the best alfredo I have EVER had, it was a smooth creamy sauce with just a hint of parmesan flavor.
And today was Pi day, so we had quiche for dinner and I made an apple pie with crumb topping. It came out sooo good. I have promised my friend Jess a piece since she will be over on Tuesday and she loves apple pie so much and doesn't get it very often.
Life is good, even with all the big changes. I'm ready to continue the challenges. I have hope again and that feels good. I really had lost it in 2009.
Friday, March 12, 2010
... and you know, it feels good. Had 3 high cal days, so I'm working hard to keep that down today and tomorrow. It's also looking like I'll make my calorie burn goal for the first time in forever. I am a little over 400 calories away from it and I still have this evening and tomorrow to exercise, so that ain't nothin'!!
I am feeling reinvigorated about life right now. The sense of being on hold for most of 2009 was a lesson in patience and fortitude. Bit and pieces come up and ask for attention from time to time, but they are doable... so they get looked at and then filed away (sometimes in File 13)...
I am working hard on the physical fitness aspect right now since my first drill is on the 19-21st and I have no clue what to expect. I know that I will be in-processing, which for those of you non-military types, means getting all the paperwork squared away... sort of like starting a new job and filling out the W-2s, just put the process on steroids!
My daughter tried to bring the drama llama in to chew on the furniture this week again. She managed to get herself suspended from her job after she slept through a shift and called in for numerous others... so the first scheduled shift she has, she calls in. We tried to explain to how real life works, but she is 18 and still thinks that the world is all hugs and puppies... or whatever. So she has no money and then has the gall to ask for gas money. We said no. Her godmother, who she's been living with, is now tapped out. So soon enough Madie will probably be living in another city with her "fiancee's" family. I just fear that he's trying to isolate her. Unfortunately I can't do anything. I have just had to step back and let it be. I have to compartmentalize it and not let it affect my daily life.
In the meantime, Mark and I are getting ready to celebrate our 23rd anniversary on Sunday!! We actually have a night in a hotel and a nice dinner planned! I can't wait!
My darling son is just a wonderful guy. He's kinda getting through his own issues... but they are more typical.
So that's life right now.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
We should have exercised today, but it was a hectic evening with our son having a concert and then we didn't get home until after 8. I know my legs are sore from the reinvigorated workout... so I just hit the TM for an easy walk this evening.
Mark and I did the Army Conditioning Drill #1 last night and it went great. I felt so strong being able to get through it! We were going to do day 2 of it tonight, but busy-ness took over. We'll get back with it shortly... no worries there.
My first drill is 19th March... I'm scared and excited at the same time... and you can bet I will blog it!
Hope everyone is having a great week!
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