Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Rather than a resolution, I have a goal for the year... establish that pesky morning exercise habit! Since I was off on 1 & 2 January, I didn't start on those days, but I did start this morning with a 15 minute yoga session with My Fitness Coach on Wii. I plan to get myself up earlier and do 15 of yoga and 15 of aerobics... I like the flexibility of My Fitness Coach for that.
I also invested the $25 deposit in a 24 hour swipe card to the apartment complex workout room and I have already used it. I had kind of a stressy day, as most of them are turning out to be, and getting on the Treadmill to run was fantastic, just what I needed.
The environment in which I am working is very loud and busy with bad lighting, so I feel very tired by mid day... so today I did some close arm wall push ups and jogged in place... and tried to not over snack. I am trying to control my food, but simply making the healthiest choices and keeping healthier stuff around.
For the next 11 months, I have to concentrate on my Army mission and keeping myself healthy. I had a nice visit from my guys, but I have to keep myself focused on what I need to do and not dwell on missing home. There is a lot great about having this time kind of by myself to relearn who I am and have my own space for awhile. It's still a great, though not perfect adventure... and if the first month here is any indication, I will have some weak times when that can of pringles mysteriously disappears, etc, but I will keep that to a minimum.
Luckily my weight gain over the holidays was like only 2 or 3 lbs and I'm still in my range. So I have a nice park not too far away, an exercise room with treadmill and weights, my videos here in my apartment and my wii fitness games. I can also go to the gyms on base... I will be just fine!
One thing that is fantastic about the Army is the culture of expected fitness. I like that a lot. It just takes the stigma away from exercise that you sometimes find out there...
So we continue... onward and upward.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Well, I have almost finished the first 2 weeks of my deployment. It's been a very busy and tiring 2 weeks, to say the least. Everyday seems to be a challenge in some way or another. Last week was inprocessing the base... basically getting checked in here and there and everywhere and making sure all your paperwork is in order, etc. It's a military thing, it takes time, it's annoying and you get through it. Then we started really digging in and began started doing our jobs with supervision. We have slowly been taking over from the unit we are relieving and I honestly think I will be rather glad when they are gone... not because they are bad people, but more because there just isn't enough room or computers for all of us.
My eating has mostly been very on track, I just don't have alot of time to eat. I have been working hard on staying in line. Exercise has been the harder part since this week I have been working 10-12 hours days, getting up EARLY and getting home LATE and exhausted. So I am doing what I can... at least taking a good walk at lunchtime. I have a 1.33 mile loop that is better than nothing, but I can't run it since I'm in uniform & combat boots. The walk does help keep me fresher for the 2nd half of the day.
I handled 8 clients today, which is picking up the pace, of course a couple of them were new items for me to handle and rather complex. But I'm getting it done and learning how to do it. It's not as difficult or scary as I thought, just new. I just want to be here to help the soldiers returning... so in that vein, I am very glad and proud to be here.
The problem is that I'm turning into a spastic stressball without adequate workouts... and it is truly on of my best coping mechanisms. So I am doing what I can. I think it will get better as I get settled in more. At least tonight, for example, I got home about 6:15 instead of 8 like last night. It was so late last night since I was in charge of setting up the reception for the Change of Command ceremony, so I had to be at the rehearsal and then go shopping for it. But it was a success and it's over now... thank goodness. And tonight, I actually got all my clients out by 5:45.
I found a nice running path around a park near my apartment, the problem is that I can't get to it during daylight hours during the week since I have to go in so early and get home after dark. So I will definitely be out there this weekend as long as we are off... and I've not heard any rumblings about working on the weekend, but that is entirely possible and is sure to happen from time to time while we are here, as well as working holidays and the like. I just have to keep my eye on the goal of getting our soldiers taken care of.
I am looking forward to working out this evening and falling into bed. But it's also nice to have some downtime just to blog and stuff too. TGIF!!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Last night I went out for the first run I have had since my back said Ouch... and it went fine. I only ran intervals since I figured a full out run of 2 miles wasn't the best idea. I managed to do 7 of my planned 10 3/10 mile intervals and I'm happy with that. And despite the fact I've been down in the back the last week, i still managed to average an 8.5 minute mile on average. I'm not sure how I keep getting faster since I just go out and run.. I am not trying to get any faster, it's just coming on its own.
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