Sunday, May 06, 2012
Nearly 43% done with my mobilization to Texas...
... I can't believe that much time is done so far
... I can't believe that I haven't blogged since March
... I can't believe that my weight hasn't shot up here
... I can't believe I ran my 2 miles on the APFT in 17:44 with not a ton of training time
... I can't believe my grandbaby, Miss K, is 6 months old already
I could just go on. Having this time here is really a gift. I have had lots of time to think, to just be here and take things day by day without a lot of the extra worries that come with having family around all the time. I don't know if I have been particularly thoughtful or reflective... but I have felt like I can breathe here for a few months.
I am getting some of the freedom that most young people have in their 20s while establishing themselves. Don't get me wrong, I don't regret marrying my wonderful hubby of 25 years, but I quit college to do it and cut short some of that "finding myself" time. So I have to be honest and say that I am enjoying the time to get a taste ot that. It's kind of nice to come home to a clean, neat apartment that is all mine... and not have stuff moved, bothered, eaten by cats, etc. I also love the quiet and not having to answer to anyone (except the Army, of course)... it simples things up a great deal.
It has been a challenge working very long (usually 10-12 hour) days, 5 days per week and trying to keep up with my exercise and healthy eating. There have just been too many nights where I have just chosen to eat junk and not exercise. Luckily, my weight has stayed pretty much the same. I am trying to really get back on the horse **AGAIN** starting this week.
Since I have been here, I have become the stir fry queen... I do lots and lots of veggie/protein combos and my mood predicts the "flavor" it takes, be it Asian, Mexican, etc. I have found that miso paste is a great flavoring for a stir fry. I have also learned how to make a very quick and tasty chili using ro-tel and ground turkey and some other veggies. Eating healthy is so easy really... just keep plenty of veg and lean protein around...
I was excited when I ran my 2 miles on the APFT in 17:44... and that time included 2 minutes of walking. I prolly would have come in with a 17-17:15 time if I had run the entire thing. The minimums will drop for me in the fall (when I turn 47), so as long as I maintain my current fitness level, I will have a better score for the APFT then. That is kind of funny to me.
I am just kind of rambling tonight... letting my fingers type what they will.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I have recovered from my leg injury from a few weeks ago... indeed, amazingly so. I am still rebuilding, mind you, but my running intervals are starting to get longer and I am doing more of them without incident... But in tonight's run/walk with 0.15 mile run/1 minute walk intervals, my run intervals were averaging 8:05 min/mile overall. Before my injury I was doing 9-9:30 min/mile.
I have been pretty much exhausted for the last few weeks... working 10 hour days is draining, thank goodness I have some leave next week. I have been slowly working on getting my evening snack monster under control (he has been relentless) in order to get my total calories back to a reasonable level and to get my calorie burn up where I want it to be. I just want to drop maybe 5 lbs... even though I am in range, I just want a little more cushion from the top of that range. I really liked weighing in the lower half of the 140s.
And running tonight, I was really wishing I was home in Missouri.... and running downwind from the Sonic, I pictured myself running in my neighborhood. (There is a Sonic next to the park where I run here in TX and one in my neighborhood) I really was on St Charles Rd in Columbia, MO for a minute, not in Lions Club Park in Killeen TX.
Work is fine. I am proud of the work I am doing, helping soldiers get the care they need as they are demobilizing from active duty and other similar things. But the days are long... and sometimes frustrating since we have to wait until all soldiers have left the building, which can sometimes take an extra hour or so... but we have to be there in case they need us.
But my hubby and son will be down either Saturday or Sunday... it really depends on how fast they recover from the stomach bug that got them down today. sigh.
So the run tonight was therapeutic in dealing with the work frustration and disappointment of not having my guys here when I thought they would be here.
Something else cool is that I have my before and after picture in my cubicle and lots of people have noticed it and most of them have a hard time believing that both pictures are me. I get lots of "high 5's" and congratulations and good jobs and the like. And I have shared Spark with several people. I also try to carry the healthy message every day...
SP has given me so much, including friends and fulfillment of a dream of rejoining the military, I try to pay it forward everyday and hope maybe I have helped someone to find their way back to a solid foundation of health here.
Friday, March 09, 2012
I went to the doctor today and they did an ultrasound on my leg and found no blood clot! I just tore a muscle in my leg, so it was fluid and blood rising to the skin from the internal muscle wound.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
I have been having quite the battle with evening snacking for weeks. My weight hasn't gone up more than a couple of pounds... but the upward weight creep is there. So last week I really got myself off to a good start and I was battling the snack demons with some success and I was upping my calorie burn too. It was going well, until Thursday.
I was t the park running... like I do 2-3 times per week and then I got what felt like a bad cramp in my left calf. This was after I had a wardrobe malfunction that caused me to go home and change clothes... So the cramp hit and I limped back to the car, went home and put my feet up. I then took the next 2 days off from workouts to rest my leg, did some fairly gentle strength work on Sunday and noted a great deal of improvement in my leg.
So, Monday, I tried to start running again... not in as long of intervals as previous, but the leg cramped up or whatevered again... and in the subsequent days, I have taken it easy and massaged and stretched the muscle, which has alleviated the pain. I even talked to a doc I work with about the possibility of a blood clot... and he said it was unlikely. But tonight, I got home and took off my uniform and boots... and my leg was very swollen and slightly discolored above my boot on that side. So now I am terrified that I have a DVT in my leg and will have to go on blood thinning medications or something distasteful like that.
I am going to the doctor first thing in the morning.
I also talked to my sister in law this morning who told me that my two oldest brother have macular degeneration like my father... so it's genetic and I probably have a high chance of developing it too. Oh goodie, I can look forward to going blind in about 25 years....
Then this evening, my toilet decided to clog. So I was trying to plunge it and hold the floater ball up... the floater broke off in my hand and the water started running and running and running... the answering service lady reminded me about the shutoff after there was an inch of water on the floor. Maintenance is coming and I just want to cry.
I have been working hard to get myself back up to speed... and I just feel very defeated right now.
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