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It's been such a long week...

Friday, May 18, 2012

A really really long week. Just trying to keep my head above water. I haven't worked out much but I have gotten my eating overall under better control, partly because I have been so busy at work that I just didn't have time to eat.

Wednesday was the no-good-very-bad-day. I felt like I was running in place at about 60 mph and getting nowhere. Every task I would start would get interrupted by another one and it just happened over and over and over... I do so hate days like that. Usually busy-ness makes the day go by faster, but this wasn't the case on Wednesday... I looked up and couldn't believe it was only lunchtime for all the crazy busy. Then a snippy comment from a co-worker just topped the day off like a rotten cherry on melted dried ice cream.

I haven't exercised as much as usual... but those times were both really good runs on the treadmill in my new skeletoes shoes, which I am really coming to love... My toes really like them, keeps them from being stiff and uncomfortable. They really stretch out nicely in them.
I liked them so much that I got a more bottom-padded pair for outdoor running.

Tomorrow I am running a 5K. My ambition is to run the whole thing. I know I can run 2 miles without stopping. So let's go for 3.1!! I hope I can beat my time from last year, which was 30:41, iirc. If you are in Central Texas, it's a first time 5K for the Third Cav (www.braverifles.org)... I hope they had t-shirts left since I registered late.

Here's to the weekend and a better next week!

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KAYOTIC 5/21/2012 9:53AM

    I've been having crazy weeks like that too....let's hope the world settles down soon!

Good luck with your 5K, I'm sure you'll be able to run it! emoticon

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COOP9002 5/19/2012 11:54AM

    Hope your 5K goes well. Somedays it does feel like we're running in mud. I am sure that you'll do fine.

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OAKSHAVEN 5/19/2012 11:03AM

    I had a really crappy week, too, feeling really depressed for most of it. What is that about? I haven't gotten any exercise in to speak of at all this week--mowed one night, and went for a short hike in Gans Creek yesterday, but that is about it. I admire you being able to stick to the running. I have dropped off of that again, and I'm not sure my knees and hips are ever going to cooperate to the point where I can run for more than a hundred yards or so--but hey, it's further than I was able to run a year ago, right? Maybe the stars were misaligned this week or something, and things will pick up next week. We can only hope.

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Keeping it together here in Texas...

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.

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    Really good to read your blog! Keep going and yes, its OK to enjoy some time to yourself in your spare time once in a while! Keep going, sounds like resettling is coming along.
I was mostly a single parent when I was in navy aviation but it was also peacetime back then. My son is now a marine veteran but his wife is still serving, she finally got hometown recruiting for college level recruiting as well as local in Ft Worth. Texas is her homestate and they are settling in a new to them home nearby with my son cramming at the moment to do his finals for his master's in teaching. He likes teaching history to 8th graders at student teaching this semester.
You know, it's ok to finish college. They were both enlisted first and became officers , he went to the USNA and she did her BA at Texas A &M. Contact me if you want to contact her, ok?
Best wishes and I am proud to have found you via the blog post! emoticon

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KAYOTIC 5/15/2012 9:49AM

    Nice that you have the time to reflect, especially being so busy! Great job on the running time!

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COOP9002 5/7/2012 11:48AM

    Sounds like you're moving right along to where you want to be. Nice time on your two mile run.

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/7/2012 6:45AM

    Excellent blog! Have a great day!!!

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How strange indeed...

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.

Fracking amazing...

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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OAKSHAVEN 3/24/2012 5:01PM

    You continue to inspire me. I have a lot of admiration for your persistance.

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KAYOTIC 3/24/2012 11:43AM

    emoticonnice improvement in your interval times....maybe the rest helped?
and good for you for spreading the Spark at work like that! What a great role model you are!

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Follow up...

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.

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KAYOTIC 3/10/2012 10:41AM

    good news!

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VIXSTERLU 3/10/2012 2:28AM

    Great news, no blood clot. Hope your muscle heals quickly.

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And then the toilet overflowed...

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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BLESSEDGMP 3/8/2012 9:12PM

    I hsve had several DTV's and my leg got hot and swollen and red. Sounds like you have the swollen part but is it hot to the touch? I am on blood thinners for life and it is a pain you have to watch what you eat and get tested all the time. I will pray it is just a pulled muscle or something else mild.

pat AKA blessedgmp

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