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walkin', walkin', walkin'

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

For the most part I have been not taking rides while I have been here... and it's okay. The gym and the PX are both a mile away, a mere 15-20 minute walk. It gets me how many people think I'm nuts and consider them to be a long way away. Tonight I walked to the gym and ran the indoor track for about 3 miles and then walked the mile back. I burned over 600 calories and over 800 on Sunday.

My physical is definitely being fit...

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COOP9002 6/23/2011 3:37PM

    Way to go!!

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ANNIEONLI 6/22/2011 6:39AM

    Good for you is right!!!!! And I bet it makes you sleep like a baby!

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NMMAMA2011 6/21/2011 10:17PM

    Good for you! It is pretty funny how many people would never consider walking 15-20 minutes to the gym or the grocery store, then wonder why they have to workout so hard! I wish I could incorporate more exercise in daily activity. It is great that you are able to do that where you are!

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Livin' la vida Army...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The first week at "summer camp" went fine. The female barracks are quiet... only 12 of us in a space meant for prolly 4x that number... and the A/C works... so it's all good.

I haven't been particularly faithful with the calorie counting... partly due to working out every day and walking 5 miles each day as well. Today I have logged nearly 23K steps, and that includes running and a Jillian Michaels DVD...over 800 calories burned!

It's been a pain in the feet and hip here, literally. I think I have a thing called metatarsalgia. It's basically pain and swelling in the toes and is common in runners. So, I have rested my feet a bit and gotten new shoes & socks, both cushy. All of which seems to be helping. My stoopid right hip has been trying to act up as well... so I just keep it moving, naproxened and icy-hotted to good effect.

Life is okay. Got to see my hubby and son yesterday. We went to Maramec Springs... possibly the most beautiful place in the whole state of Missouri. Just gorgeous.

Only 6 days until I am home... but this break has been what I needed in the worst way.

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ANNIEONLI 6/22/2011 6:43AM

    I find it very amusing that you are calling this 2 weeks a "break"! LOL But it really is all in one's perspective! You love what you do and that is an awesome and admirable thing! Enjoy the rest of the week! ARMY STRONG!

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GONE2014 6/21/2011 11:41PM

    Thank you for serving our country!

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NMMAMA2011 6/21/2011 10:19PM

    Yes, emoticon for your service! And if this is a 'break' I would hate to see what work looks like! emoticon

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COOP9002 6/20/2011 6:55PM

    Glad you were able to have a break. Thanks so much for serving our country.

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Music Challenge Day 12/30...

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Name a song from a band you hate... this one makes me smile simply because it doesn't specify whether you have to like the song or not...

How about this... I am not sure if I like the band Placebo or not... but I do know that I hate (with the white hot passion of a thousand suns) their treatment of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill".

The turn a song that is a desperate plea for understanding into an emo mess...

Not much else to say today. It's Thursday.

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OAKBORN 6/19/2011 10:44PM

    @TASOGAREBAN: look back on my blobs to day one of the music challenge.

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TASOGAREBAN 6/13/2011 3:03PM

    OMG! Noooooooooo I LOVE that song! LOL!

What music quiz is this..? My interest is piqued! emoticon

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COOP9002 6/9/2011 6:19PM

    Hungry like the wolf from Duran Duran

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Day 11/30 of the music challenge... and today's thoughts...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Name a song from your favorite band... wow, this one is tough. I have several bands that could be considered faves... I think ABBA has to be my all-time #1 group. Now, which song to pick... that is hardly fair... and no, my favorite song from ABBA is NOT "Dancing Queen"... as a matter of fact, it is perhaps my least favorite.

Sadly, too many people in the US don't have a clue about ABBA's musical catalog beyond "Dancing Queen"... they started out as light frothy pop, but if you take the musical journey through their time as a group, you will experience an evolution in their sound, polish, subject matter, depth and musical growth in every way. The brilliance of their music only grew as their time together lengthened. If you compare "Ring Ring" to "The Visitors"... it's an impressive progression from almost bubblegum pop to thoughtful darker rock.

I have a hard time choosing a favorite song because I love their entire catalog with the exception of the aforementioned songs. So when trying to choose a favorite, it boils down to two songs, "Cassandra" and "The Visitors".

The first song is a musical retelling of the Greek myth from the point of view of perhaps a close friend of Cassandra's... "Sorry Cassandra I misunderstood
Now the last day is dawning
Some of us wanted but none of us would
Listen to words of warning
But on the darkest of nights
Nobody knew how to fight
And we were caught in our sleep
Sorry Cassandra I didn't believe
You really had the power
I only saw it as dreams you would weave
Until the final hour"

And "The Visitors" is about dissidents in the former Soviet Union...
"I hear the doorbell ring and suddenly the panic takes me
The sound so ominously tearing through the silence
I cannot move, I'm standing
Numb and frozen
Among the things I love so dearly
The books, the paintings and the furniture
Help me

The signal's sounding once again and someone tries the door-knob
None of my friends would be so stupidly impatient
And they don't dare to come here
Anymore now
But how I loved our secret meetings
We talked and talked in quiet voices

Now I hear them moving
Muffled noises coming through the door
I feel I'm
Crackin' up"

If you want some new music... check out ABBA... beyond Dancing Queen!
As for exercise and eating right... well it's been brutally hot here and looks to continue into the forseeable future. ICK. I can just generally deal with cold better than heat, at least you can bundle up. Though really, I generally don't like temp extremes.

However, I am making do with Jillian Michaels and other videos... I will probably brave Galloping Gertie (our aging treadmill)... also, my pedometer needs a new battery, so it is currently dead until I can afford said battery.

I have my eating back under control after my wild weekend of eating in Chicago... oh my that Rustic Chicken & Shrimp at Maggiano's Little Italy was so amazing. I savored it as a rare treat and ate it nice and slow. Definitely a no-count day!

I like being able to not worry about my eating on an occasional day, it lowers the urgency and worry that I used to suffer from, as long as no-count days don't become a habit! And as long as my exercise doesn't drop off too much.

I am happy because most weeks I am not having trouble hitting my 1800 calorie burn. Last week was an exception and not the rule.

Living in Maintenanceville is a journey unto itself. I know I've said it before, but reaching goal is a milestone, not an end to the journey. There is always more to learn, always challenges to face, always days when you aren't perfect, etc. Many of the same lessons you learn will always apply no matter what point you are at in your journey.

In 1988, I lost 30+ pounds so I could go into the Air Force, but I didn't "get" that the journey doesn't end with reaching goal and returned to my bad eating habits and non-exercise. Within a few years, the weight returned and brought friends along, especially after 2 pregnancies.

My weight eventually reached 215 in 1999, after going back on thyroid meds, I dropped about 15 lbs without any real effort. In 2001, I had a rare heart condition (Sinus of Valsalva aneurysm) develop, though not weight-related, it led to my having a cardiologist. And he wanted me to lose weight... so I did something (can't remember what) and did drop to 190. However, my weight went back up to 205 in the intervening years up to 2007.

December 30th, 2007 was the morning I woke up and decided that I was going to lose the weight in 2008... it was the FIRST New Year's resolution I'd ever made. What was great was that I woke up with a plan.... controlling calories (I knew how to count calories), and starting to build my exercise (which I planned to do, adding a few minutes and days each week), and ensure increasing my fruit and veggie intake. Waking up with both the resolve and a plan is handy...

So I started January 1st... and just kept plugging away at it until I reached goal on September 2nd, 2008. So I have been in maintenance for nearly 3 years... and everyday is a new chapter in the journey... and a new challenge.

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NMMAMA2011 6/9/2011 9:35PM

    Wow, maintenance for three years is IMPRESSIVE! You are doing an amazing job sticking with it. Thanks for being a good role model!

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Continuing the music challenge day 10/30... and an update.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Name a song that makes you fall asleep... I will have to go with almost anything Enya on that one...
It's take me a bit to get back on here. Last week was just kind of a mess with Bert passing and then the pregnant daughter got hormonal and blew up the next day. So the rest of the week was pretty much getting my footing back... and then it was time for a long-planned roadtrip to IKEA in Chicago with some friends from work AND seeing an old friend. That was truly what I needed. Just some time to NOT be here and it worked very well. Retail therapy does work for me.

This week is preparing for ECT (extended combat training) with the Army, which means 2 weeks at Ft. LostInTheWoods... prolly staying in common barracks... but it's all good. It will be fun, I am sure.

Everything until I leave in December is so busy, I feel I hardly have any room to breathe and will be taking as much downtime as I possibly can... consisting mostly of weekends and evenings. I just hope the weather cools down somewhat so I can resume running... it is brutally hot this week here, in the 90s plus humidity. I really cannot run in that, it just shuts me down physically. At least when it's cold out, you can bundle up.

So trying to find ways to stay fit while stuck inside due to the heat. Meh. Can I move to Seattle now?

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ANNIEONLI 6/7/2011 1:05PM

    Hey Chick!!! Ft. Lostinthewoods? My ex-army FIL knows that place!! LoL I hear you about getting back on here...I have been a bit MIA as well.

Glad to hear the little mini-break was a good one! Take everything else in stride...as Dory from "Finding Nemo" says, "just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!"

and NO COMPLAINING ABOUT THE HEAT ALLOWED!!!!! emoticon Do I have to remind you about the tundra conditions from this past winter???? emoticon Enjoy the change of temperature, excess body heat and constant bloat that comes along with it...just think how skinny we will all be and feel when things cool down! emoticon
emoticon Yeah...I'm a stinker emoticon

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