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Another 450 burned today!

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!

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KAYOTIC 3/17/2010 9:49AM

    Woo Hoo! great work!

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EACHDAYAGIFT 3/17/2010 8:20AM

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STLMARY 3/16/2010 11:06PM

    great job Jen!

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LAURAALISON 3/16/2010 10:40PM

    Congrats on the calorie burn!

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Dateline: Central Missouri, Tuesday, just post daylight savings switch

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Have I mentioned that I really don't like daylight savings time, but for the greater amount of daylight I have in the evenings...?

Every spring and fall we go through this silly ritual of setting clocks back and forth, to and fro, up and down, etc. I do fine in the fall... but the spring leap drags me kicking & screaming forward every year. I do admit that it was worse when I was working nights at the hospital... it seemed I would finally get myself adjusted to sleeping during the day and then DST would hit and I'd have to reset myself, which often took months. So overall I don't like it.
Had a great exercise day yesterday (despite DST). Did the Army Physical Fitness routine (minus the military movement drills) plus a short SP video (bootcamp day 1) and a walk. Burned well over 400 calories for all my effort. I am just getting stronger. I am also working on a new exercise streak... a "day off" for me is now going to be a day when I just get my 10K+ steps.

My shoulder is threatening to start hating me again. But I am determined to work through it and get it strengthened up, constant but not overdone use and NSAIDs seem to be working.

So I'm currently at 10 or 11 days of straight exercise, and the same for 10K plus steps. Yay!!

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STLMARY 3/16/2010 1:00PM

    Way to go Jen!

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Nice anniversary day... nice Pi Day...

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.

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ANNIEONLI 3/18/2010 9:24PM

    Aww (as you can see, I'm catching up on your blogs...but it's not like I don't know what's going on b/c of FB - hahaha) but Awwww!!!! So glad you had an awesome time on your anniversary! And gee, with all those cals you've been burning and the muscle you've been building, those 2 days were a drop in the ocean! Happy Anniversary again!!! emoticon

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    Rome is very tasty, I went there a while back and am such a huge Italian food fanatic.

I love the PT uniform, too. I am just more of a fan of pants when it comes to working out at the gym though. I am so pale!

Have a great week and keep up the hard work.

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I think I'm gonna manage over 8 straight days of exercise...

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.

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KAYOTIC 3/13/2010 12:49PM

    emoticon for getting in the workouts, and feeling reinvigorated!
emoticon for dealing w/ the teenage drama, it is a rude awakening to figure out how the real world works, and that everyone else is looking out for themselves and not "you", but I'm sure your daughter will figure this out...
and emoticon Happy anniversary to you and your DH! Have fun!

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COOP9002 3/13/2010 8:08AM

    Way to go! It looks like you've figured out how to deal with the challenges that life presents. Hope you have a great Saturday!

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STLMARY 3/12/2010 3:36PM

    One of these days you and I are going to have to sit down and you can tell me all about the drama Madie's been putting you guys through, sounds like a doozie!

Oh! I'm going to be in Columbia tomorrow - I'm bringing the twins up on the train to Jeff City and my sister is coming to pick us up, we're letting the boys play for the afternoon then heading home by car (Jon's going to drive up with Joey). If you have some time free would you like to come over and see the boys and visit for awhile?

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Getting Army Strong!

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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ANNIEONLI 3/10/2010 7:12PM

    Holy crud!!! Once they finally get you all organized, they don't waste any time!! I'm glad to hear that Jen...all happy & excited for you too!!!

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STLMARY 3/10/2010 8:25AM

    So Jen, where can I find the Army Conditioning Drills? I think that would be great to work on after we finish up these 6 week programs we're doing. Jon and I are always looking for the next challenge. :)

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