Wednesday, April 07, 2010
That is a picture of Neville, who was very loud, obnoxious, always wanting "meowt", loving, sweet, playful and huge. He had ears and feet that were huge as a kitten and despite his 15 lbs of lankiness, he never quite grew into.
This morning as I was backing out of the driveway, I looked up the street and saw a black and white cat laying there, obviously dead. I knew immediately it was him. So I pulled the car up to where was laying and got out to check. I just shut off the car and locked the door and ran the few doors back home and got Mark... it was our Neville no doubt... down to the off center spot on the back of his neck. He was prolly hit by a car in the night.
Honestly, he was dumber than a box of rocks, but he was our box of rocks. He was sweet and playful and had spirit that made him stand out from the kittens at the Human Society that April day in 2003. I chose him, he became Mark's cat. We went to get him after they had "fixed" him and before they even brought him out, we could hear him meowing very loudly & insistently.
We got him home and he was tearing around the house like a whirling dervish and he ran straight for the stairs (obviously never having encountered them before) and missed about half of them and then bounced around the corner and out of sight... We about freaked because we thought we were going to have to take his poor little broken body back to the Humane Society apologizing for "breaking the kitten"... but at that moment, the little black & white head peeked from around the corner and he was on his way back up the stairs at great speed, apparently unharmed.
He trained us to get him off the roof, let him in/out/through, feed him, water him... and pretty much do for him everything he wanted us to do. He would occasionally bring us the random snake or mole or mouse in repayment for our services. He was always loving and playful and loved to have his neck scratched. He would occasionally throw a temper tantrum if daddy wasn't sitting in his easy chair or cuddling with him. That was when Neville would give "reports" by kneading Mark's belly with his paws and drooling like a mad thing.
Despite his being a pain in the rear a lot of the time, we are going to miss him greatly.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I was on about 18 straight days of exercise, but I'm still generally pooped out... and last night it really hit. So I just took the night off... honestly I'm glad I did.
As it turns out, I am above maintenance minimums for the Army on push-ups and sit-ups... I just need to run 2 miles in 23:42 or less. That's not bad. This week the training program has us up to walking 3 minutes and running 3 minutes, which I actually accomplished on Monday and will repeat again tonight. Next week it goes to walk 2/run 4, then run 10 straight minutes the week after that. I like the program a lot actually since it apparently has a solid basis.
I got my booster Tetanus shot the other day (I was due) and you know, my arm is still sore. I'm actually doing the push-ups to work the muscle. I am also finding that I LOVE push-ups... they make my whole body feel awake and alive. This is coming from someone who couldn't do push-up one just a year ago! So if you have the desire to do them, I know you can... if I did!
Tomorrow I have to run my Changeling game www.white-wolf.com/changeling/index.
php , which I am NOT ready for... it's just been such a busy month with the Army stuff ramping up... and then tomorrow night I have to play my vampire character www.white-wolf.com/vampire/index.php . It will be fun, but it does make for a very long day. At least I finally get to sleep in tomorrow...
Sunday is totally a day off for me. We are having some friends over, but that is about it. Monday we are going to Scott AFB in St. Louis to get Mark and Alan on the military's health insurance. The Reserves are a part time job with insurance!!
Today is a good day... I made myself a nice salad for lunch and used the George here @ work to grill some chicken, mushrooms and grapes as my hot side... and then I did Coach Nicole's short kickbox video twice in my office. I also have done 2 sets of 10 push-ups with my feet up in a chair... they are challenging but I am up to 10 this week when I could only do 7 a couple of weeks ago.
Life is hectic, but it's a good hectic... I just wish I could slow it down just a bit to savor and not have it rush by me so fast... which is unlike last year when it seemed like it would never end while rushing by...
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I've upped my exercise greatly in the last couple of weeks... I'm on day 13 straight!! By combining the Army Training with ensuring my 10K steps per day, I am very very busy (as evidenced by my killer calorie burn over the last couple of days).
So I upped my weekly planned calorie burn to 1800 and voila! My food tracker changed to about where I have been eating... I have been honestly HUNGRY in the evenings since the exercise has been ramping up.
I also feel like I'm in a competition with myself to post big numbers... it's kind of fun actually.
I've also re-realized my old "energy begets energy" meme. The more active you are, the more energy you have... with the obverse being true as well.
I see my boss (who weighs in excess of 350 lbs at best guess) and how much trouble she has getting around, and how hard the weight is on her body and I just feel rather sad. I know that I can't make the choices for her, she has to get there herself, but I just hope she gets her "A-Ha!" moment and can start making better and real choices for her health. I see how she eats and the latest gimmick she is trying for this few days or that few days... I just keep my mouth shut and walk away.
I am so grateful for SparkPeople and all my friends here who are sharing the journey with me. It's funny but I'd long puzzled over the name of the site... SparkPeople... and then yesterday it really hit... when I understood on a gut level about having the Spark (since mine really has come roaring back) and sharing that with other people. I GET it, but it's hard to put words to it. I try to spread the Spark wherever I go by sharing my weight loss and maintenance story... and even by running in my neighborhood...
As of March 2nd, I have been in maintenance for 18 months. I can hardly believe that it has been that long... it's been over 2 years since I started the whole weight loss journey. I made it through 2009, which was the hardest year of my life ever, but I didn't regain the weight... a little but not 60 lbs. Without SparkPeople as a constant in my life... even if I didn't use it all the time or track as closely as I had in 2008, it still kept me attached to the principles that always work for me. It was sort of the sane center in my crazed life.
In 2010, I started the year determined to get my sense of hope and spark for life back. I decided that life was going to better because I was going to get my head on straight after the constant body blows that 2009 dealt to me & my family. I learned patience and restraint and where to best put my energies, etc. I feel like 2009 was a necessary lesson and will be well worth the journey. It was an end to an era of some kind, just not sure which.
2010 is much better already. I sighed with relief when the calendar flipped to the new arbitrary measurement... because even though our measurements of time are purely manmade constructions, they are important because they give us a way to make sense of our insane world. I accept that for what it is and try to use it to best advantage.
So I am 44 and re-entering military service, this time the Army. A new adventure begins.
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