Saturday, June 30, 2012
I am kind of mystified by the behavior of some people I see at the gym... I applaud them wholeheartedly for being there... but the way they act sometimes confuses me and makes me wonder what the story is behind it.
First are they guys who have to grunt mightily when lifting weights. This one is less mysterious to me since I know that vocalization, such as in martial arts, can actually help you to focus and put more force in a blow, etc. (Sheepishly checking this one off the list...)
The next one also deals with weights, why do they have to make so much noise when changing out weights, putting them away, etc? I know some noise will occur, the weights are metal, tend to be heavy and at some point we all lose our grips on whatever we are holding. But does it have to be an ongoing clanking noisefest? Really? I am rather judgmental about this... I will freely admit.
Last night, though, I saw the weirdest behavior I have ever seen to date and it was on the treadmills. I was happily ensconced, doing my running/walking intervals and this guy on another treadmill was going full tilt (Go dude!!) for a long time, but it was the way he was ON the treadmill. It was like he was clinging to the console and handles for dear life... he also had the tail of his t-shirt in his mouth most of the time he was on the equipment. Not being judgmental, just curious as all get out... Does he feel the need to exercise but has a preternatural fear of treadmills? Still scratching my head.
Otherwise I am getting along okay... my eating is mostly under better control and my exercise is way up. It's taken some doing, but I'm down a pound or two and back into range.
I have passed the 55% done point for being in Texas now and that makes me quite happy. I am so wanting to just get home. My hubby and son are due down for another visit in about 3 weeks and one of my best friends is coming for a visit in just under 6 weeks. By the time I am done with this round of visitage, I will be down to about 3.5 months left. Then I plan to go home for a week in October for my birthday and a science fiction convention... and I'll only have about 6 weeks left. So my remaining 43ish% should be nicely punctuated with visits to keep it from getting monotonous or too lonely.
Physical fitness and watching my eating have helped me cope with the homesickness that has gotten worse in the last few weeks. Also the pain that I have been experiencing in my R hip and shoulder have given me something to pay attention to apart from being homesick. I had a massage on Monday evening and am going back today. I am tired of taking ibuprofen and naproxen and just not feeling quite right. The massage has been the most lasting relief I have had.
Just relaxing this weekend (which will include working out)...
Oh and an update on t-shirt chomping guy at the gym... he has been there the last two times I was there... one day right next to me... doing the same weird thing and it's disconcerting to be on the treadmill nextdoor, let me tell you!
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.
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