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That was the weekend that was.

Monday, April 26, 2010

I didn't eat too badly on Saturday, I just ate a lot and was afraid to tally the calories. I did eat salad twice, so it's prolly so so bad as I thought. Didn't get any exercise in to speak of either, apart from a few sit ups and push ups... oh well. Started new again yesterday. It also doesn't help that it's been raining for days here... like 5 straight.

We did get a money infusion which has allowed us to pay down some outstanding bills and buy a few things we've been wanting and needing. I got a netbook computer which is somewhere 'tween want and need. It is smaller and lighter than my laptop and pretty danged functional for as little as it is. It will be nice to have for the travel and Army trainings I will inevitably going on this year.... it's truly portable and not transluggable.

We also got a Wii game system, which is something we have been wanting for two years. We also got the Wii Fit Plus with balance board to go with it. It's fun. And while it doesn't work me out like a good run or JM DVD, it's better than just sitting on the couch. (I'm going to have to try the skiing game which Mark and Alan keep bombing out on!)

Life is good.

My vampire character had to chop off her left arm due to getting a disease that causes madness that is going around. Good news is that vampires can grow them back. Kind of fun to have a fantasy life...

Meanwhile. Eh. I'm cheerful and it is what it is.

  
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UUCEEJAY 4/27/2010 8:23AM

    I have a netbook and love it. It is so easy to take anywhere! Have a good week! emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 4/26/2010 3:32PM

    Dang, I'm glad those arms grow back !!

New goodies sound like fun! I'm on again & off again with our Wii. Hmmm...much like everything else, it seems.

All is well.

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BETTER!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Well, I'm not quite down to the 23:42 for the 2 miles yet, but I did do it in 24:05 and that includes 2 running stretches of 6 & 3:45 minutes each and only one minute walking.

My sit ups are up to 38 and my push ups are well over 20!!

I have 3 1/2 weeks until the PT test. It's great! I am very confident in my ability to pass the test. Just keep close shaving those seconds off my time and I'll be there in no time.

My eating yesterday was great until dinner.... I went out with my best friend and had a chicken sandwich on croissant with bacon and cheddar cheese with lettuce and tomato... oh well.

Today was much better I still have a few calories... Mark made a wonderful dinner that was worthy of a cooking show!! He had brown rice that had cooked with ground chilis and canned mild green chilis. He put that in a muffin ring to make it pretty, then put homemade salsa over that and then a piece of grilled salmon with homemade guacamole on top with a drizzle of pureed raspberries all around it on the plate. (SO GOOD!)

Spring is beautiful here in mid-Missouri. It's warming up nicely and it's been great to get out in the evenings. I have found that I like running and stuff in the evenings. It seems to be a great way to finish out my days. I have mapped out my routes and know my 1-2-3 mile points in my neighborhood.

I also did Jillian's 30 Day Shred for the first time in freaking ever at lunch. It was tough, but I am finding that my endurance has gone on vacation... so I am working to build it up. That has been the problem with my trying to rebuild my running... no stamina, no endurance.... just pooping out despite knowing that I am in decent shape. I made it through 30 DS and it will be a valuable tool in the rebuild of stamina and endurance. Also had a kick *$$ calorie burn today! 570 according to the tracker. I want to get more consistent with the burn and reach my goal every week.

Anyway, off to be social with my bud who stopped by!

  
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SUCHAHOOT 4/26/2010 3:36PM

    Wow! You are doing great on your fitness golas! I seem to peter out at 12 push-ups...I can't do even that right now.

My husband is at Truman Lake right now. Don't know exactly where that is, but your mid-MO made me think of it. Hope the weather holds for them!

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drill weekend...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

It was another long weekend, but it was actually great. Drill weekends kind of give me time away to be removed from the day to day grind. I like my unit a lot and and have a great time with the people there.

I feel strong and energized. I didn't qualify on the M-16 (semi auto rifle) but officers don't have to... but I WANT to and plan to purchase one for practice ASAP (big $$). Actually I'll be getting an AR-15, the civvie equivalent. I like shooting. But the good news is that I got well acquainted with the weapon and can break it down and clean it too.

The barracks we stayed in were pretty, um, looking for a polite term... let's say cruddy. But we survived and that is perfectly fine. My eating and exercise were off Friday and Saturday... that was due to all the errands that I had to run on Friday to make sure I had gear for drill... and Saturday we were out on the firing range most of the day (7-4:30 with no real break) and all of us were exhausted. I have bruises on my knees and elbows from the prone firing position... the elbows from prone unsupported since every time I took a shot my elbows got rammed into the pebbles in the sand when the rifle recoiled. My knees are a mess because I had to kneel on rocks over and over and over.

It was a fun weekend though too... I was breakfast impaired... I had a piece of french toast that was so tough the knife wouldn't cut through it... so I tried to jab it with my fork and bent it... then I tried to bend back the peel of an orange quarter and it broke in two sending each piece into the diners on either side of me... one half disappeared completely, my son surmises they will find it in China.

My eating wasn't great, but I tried to stay on the healthier side of things. I won't sweat it. Most of the time we won't be in barracks, we'll just be at our little unit in town and we can eat out where we want, which allows me better choices.

We had these kinda scary things called Heatermeals... www.heatermeals.com . The eggs were powdered and you added water, shook them up and then put them in a pouch to cook them (chemical reaction for the cooking)... mine came out rather like funky egg-flavored tofu that was just WRONG. There was so much food in one of the things that I ate off of one plus a few things I'd brought from home for most of Saturday. I ate the side items (raisins & stuff) for the bus ride home today... and was frightened of the entree after the egg incident.

I came home and settled in and soon was ready to boogie out for a run. I managed to shave a few seconds off my run/walk from Thursday's times. It will just take a bit more time to get within standards for the Army, but that is okay, I have a month left until the PT test. Just keep working it, just keep doing the best in whatever situation I face, and look forward with every step.

I feel so strong and healthy. I didn't qualify this year on the M-16, there is next year... I am happy to be getting Army Strong for country, myself and my family.

HOOAH!

  
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OAKBORN 4/20/2010 5:01PM

    Honestly I think I'd rather have the MREs.

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DADAGINNY 4/20/2010 4:56PM

    Heatermeals instead of the old MREs now? No tabasco??? Tabasco could mask anything!!!

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ANNIEONLI 4/19/2010 7:18AM

    Sounds like a productive/scary(ie,the food) weekend! And then you can home & ran! Woohoo!! You'll get to those Army run times soon...maybe even beat them!

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bouncing back again and again and again...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

That's life in maintenanceville... I'm not down or anything, but resilience and the ability to bounce back from a not so good day/week/month has to be a characteristic of many MaintenanceVille residents from what I have seen.

It just goes to prove that reaching goal isn't the end of your journey. This change you are making isn't for the short term fix, it's for the long haul.

I have reached a point of greater stability in my own life, but the struggle to stay in maintenance is part of my daily life. I don't want to be 205 lbs again and I fear that if I let myself too far out of hand I will revert to my former couch potato self.

But I **DO** allow myself treats, no food is out off limits but mostly limited.

I have found this journey to be educational in so many ways. It has also paralleled the rest of my life. Sometimes the tracking of exercise and food has been a lifeline to keep me anchored to the rest of my life when things have been rough.

Just feeling kind of thoughtful today... looking back and being grateful for so many things.

  
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DADAGINNY 4/14/2010 3:30PM

    It happens round and round -- we just have to keep a watchful eye out. Let me know if you want to go out and enjoy the gorgeous weather!

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EACHDAYAGIFT 4/13/2010 1:12PM

    I have visited "Goal Land" numerous times, but never put down roots in Maintenanceville. Hoping that eventually we will be neighbors there, because that's where I plan to live out my golden years!!!!

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OAKBORN 4/13/2010 12:48PM

    Annie, you are one of the people I am grateful for!!

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ANNIEONLI 4/13/2010 12:30PM

    AMEN!!! You know i hear ya on every point made!!
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Neville... eulogy for a beloved furball...

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.

  
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EACHDAYAGIFT 4/7/2010 4:15PM

    So sad about Neville. I hope he was having a grand adventure on his last outing. emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 4/7/2010 3:08PM

    emoticon So sorry to hear about Neville emoticon

You have some great memories of him, that is for sure. Cyberhugs from me!! emoticon emoticon

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 4/7/2010 1:23PM

    I am sorry for your loss. I love my cat (Aurora), even though she has the attitude of a teenager, and I would hate to lose her. :(

I hope the rest of your week goes better.

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