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.
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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