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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!!

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KAYOTIC 12/18/2011 10:48AM

    Starting is always so stressful, seems like in your situation, you can multiply that by 100! Hope your schedule settles down soon, and you can find a routine that works!

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First shot at VBlogging...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Really trying to embarass myself online...

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ANNIEONLI 11/29/2011 7:40PM

    HIIIIIIIIIIIII Jenni!!!!!!!!!!!
LoL! I got a little misty right in the middle of watching when your voice changed a little...you are going to be AOK...I hope you know that...and the weight will stay off because you know better on how to deal with all of the emotions going on. Keep your range in check as usual...that, and the fatigues will let you know if you are going above or below too!

The internet is a blessing to long distance ventures...so use it! And use Spark as much as you can when things feel tough or overwhelming. I saw Mark's exciting walking venture too...so sweet!!

I'll still be right here rooting you on and listening, and being absolutely goofy when need be...your change of scenery won't change that, now will it? Aha!! Another constant rather than a variable! Sweet!

Hugs from Long Island!!!!!!!!!
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Getting better everyday...

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.

Funny that.

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MARYBETH_OHIO 11/16/2011 1:51PM

    I am so proud of you run like the wind and you will get their faster make sense? I loved to run when I was a kid I miss those days, with my bad knees it will probably never happen again but glad to hear you are doing it and doing it well..

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KAYOTIC 11/14/2011 9:37AM

    Good for you! That's a great average, you must be a runner!

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COOP9002 11/13/2011 11:00AM

    Sounds like you're getting back into the swing of things.

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ANNIEONLI 11/12/2011 7:05PM

Slow & steady wins the race....or rather smart & wise heals just fine & increases speed despite the break!

Inspiring to others to show that all is not lost if you have to stop & heal up in order to move forward in a healthy manner, rather than push it and hurt yourself more. emoticon

Not surprised by the speed either...because you are emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 11/12/2011 6:15PM

    If practice doesn't make perfect, it at least makes for improvement I guess. Glad you are feeling better.

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AWONDERS59 11/12/2011 2:46PM

    Good for you! Slow and steady recovery always better!

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LAINYC 11/12/2011 2:46PM

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BAISHOFSPADES 11/12/2011 2:46PM

    awesome, great job!

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Rebuilding after the back said, "OUCH!"

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I had such a great triumph with my great 2 mile run a couple of weeks ago, it was a blow to my ego and my exercise mojo to have my shoulders hurting and then to have my back seize up and nearly go out. It was the usual place, the right hip... most likely the piriformis muscle.... got pulled/irritated by something, this time I don't have a clue. Luckily I caught it in the early stages and was able to take measures to keep it from getting worse.

So this week, I have been working hard to just keep moving as I have felt able and it is getting better, but I so so hate this. Then combine it with the time change, which leaves me with about 5 minutes after work before sunset... so that puts me indoors doing vids or on the treadmill. Meh. I feel pretty challenged right now with trying to stay on track, but I will persevere.

What has been working to heal my back is a combo of walking, yoga and sleeping with a pillow between my knees... and some naproxen to keep the pain and attendant swelling down. The usual for me.

I bought myself a swift little tablet computer and I am finding all kinds of interesting ways to work it into my life. It has already been a blessing in terms of the treadmill, I can take it with me and watch streaming videos while on the treadmill, which is so much better than staring at brown panelling.

I leave for Texas in 3 weeks, I am still a mixed bag of emotions, though mostly positive. I am excited from the adventure aspect, but I don't want to have to leave my family. I am kind of looking forward to having my own space that isn't constantly filled with other people, but I will miss my husband's coffee... etc.

So life keeps moving on, and so do I. This body will move better everyday...

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COOP9002 11/12/2011 11:53AM

    Hope your back is feeling good before you know it.

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OAKSHAVEN 11/10/2011 11:40PM

    Take it easy on yourself. I suspect the army won't be as considerate of you. ;P Those little tablets do look fun, but I haven't had a chance to play with one yet.

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ANNIEONLI 11/10/2011 5:23PM

    my hubs has a tablet too...he loves it - esp on the "dreadmill"

I'm so excited for your new adventure...somewhat envious too! Make sure you blog away when you have the chance!

Hope the back is right as rain even before you leave! It has to be ARMY STRONG!!! emoticon

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Well that wasn't the best week...

Friday, November 04, 2011

I think I was borderline sick most of the week. I had no motivation to work out at all and I just wasn't thinking about my eating that much... not the Idonwannas or the terheckwiddits, just not mentally together enough for my brain, body & spirit to work in good concert. I even called in sick one day since I figured I could either be miserable & useless at home or at work. I have also been seemingly extra tired all week and having annoying chest wall pain and some sinus stuff.

So... annoying annoying annoying... and refrains of "where has all my motivation gone" wafting through the back of my life. In pain & not feeling too well most of the week led me to only have worked out twice this week. MEH!

Tonight the mojo started to stir... got out and did a run/walk as much as I could tolerate with the chest wall pain and felt pretty good about it.

In the meantime, I am biding my time and trying to finish out my time in my civilian job. It's kind of weird to know that I only have 12 more days in the office... and stressful to know how much more I have to get done.

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KAYOTIC 11/7/2011 9:57AM

    hope you got some rest over the weekend....sounds like you are turning the corner, and getting some motivation back, maybe the change you have coming up is creating some stress that is sapping your energy?

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NMMAMA2011 11/5/2011 9:30PM

    I think it is pretty amazing that you got out there walking with chest wall pain, so give yourself a pat on the back!!! I had a hard time with eating when I wasn't feeling well too. I hope you are feeling better. Big hugs. Remember, Scarlett, tomorrow is another day. emoticon

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ANNIEONLI 11/5/2011 1:14PM

    hang in there J!!! I was in the same boat a week ago - might I recommend a hot toddy?!? emoticon They worked great!

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OAKSHAVEN 11/5/2011 10:33AM

    I'm glad. I think most of the time we take better care of our patients than we do of ourselves.

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OAKBORN 11/5/2011 10:14AM

    Trust me! I was down most of the week. I even called in sick one day just to rest. I just started feeling truly better yesterday afternoon.

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OAKSHAVEN 11/5/2011 9:40AM

    I think, if you are sick,lie down and let your body heal. Nothing wrong with taking a week off when you are under the weather.

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