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Day 3/55 for blogging, 5/57 for exercise and 3/56 for staying in calories.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Today I did 30 DS (Jillian Michaels) for the 3rd day... though mind you I am doing it over 60 days. This is because she does a lot of shoulder work and I really need to let my shoulders rest on the days in between. I also need to build up my running on the opposite days, too.

My calories went over last night because I got legitimately HUNGRY last night, but I still had only ONE thing to snack on, not a pile. So my extra food was controlled, and I still have a calorie deficit at the end of the day. My calorie deficit since Monday is -1461, about 6.5 oz. Just as these few pounds have crept on, they will creep on.

I am also excited today... my new Vibrams Fivefingers arrived. I can't wait to get on the treadmill in them. The bottoms don't feel quite thick enough that I would want to wear them for road running, but I think they will be just fine for walking about and running TM. I still have my lovely FILA Skeletoes for outdoor running. It's funny, but for the most part, I have NEVER been a shoe junkie, but ever since I have been into fitness, I have been wanting to buy tennis and exercise shoes... lots and lots. I am also hooked on the toe shoes, but sadly I can't run my APFT in those, I have to use conventional tennies.

So, tomorrow, I will be back on TM to repeat yesterday's 45 minute routine. I will be upping my running time next week by adding an extra minute at 6.5 mph in the middle of the 5 minute running segment.

It's kind of fun to have goals again... and while I am concentrating on all of this, I have 8 weeks to finish a Nurse Case Management online course that usually takes 20. Woo Hoo! It's a great opportunity, though, since this case is hard to get on the civilian side. It will also allow me to sit for an accreditation exam on the civilian side and add an extra skill ID on the military side that might get me some good assignments.

This will all help my last 3.5 months fly by here. By the time I get back from my leave in October, I will only have a month or so left.

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KAYOTIC 8/17/2012 10:51PM

    So many goals! You are so motivated, keep on going!

I know what you mean about the 30DS, I've thought the same thing, I don't think I could do that daily. But I guess because it's low weight/high rep it's not breaking down the muscles as much to need the day off? Still, I like a day of rest between working muscle groups.

I have some Vibram 5 fingers, only wear them at the gym, I don't think I'd like them outside, but I have seen runners wearing them on the trails. They do make me run faster, since I'm striking mid foot rather than heel strike.

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Day 4 /57 of working out... 3/57 staying in calorie range.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

One of the cardinal rules here on Spark People is putting your goals out there, in writing, so you can be accountable. So here they are:

1. 57 days straight of some level of exercise
2. 56 days staying in calorie range
3. 55 days of blog entries.
4. Complete the 60 Day Shred (30 day shred every other day)
5. Be able to run a 5K straight either outdoors or on treadmill by the end of this 57 days.

I have kind of picked up new goals each day.

Today I went to the gym on base and ran 3.67 miles on treadmill:
W: 4 mph for 5", (W: 4 mph @ 5% for 2.5"; R: 6 mph for 5")x4, W: 4 mph @ 5% for 5", W: 4 mph for 5"=3.67 miles in 45"

The Shirt Chomper wasn't there, or maybe I was just absorbed into my own thing.

I plan to repeat today's routine on Saturday. 30 DS day 3 is tomorrow.

It was nice to get off work a bit early so I could hit the gym. Work was less stressful and I got several Soldiers sent on their way and had a soldier return to tell me that her life is getting better since she saw us a few months ago. Just goes to show that you rarely know how the little things you do will affect others, and it just makes me more committed to be the best person that I can be and try to be kind at all times.

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SUEO451 8/17/2012 6:10PM

    Great goals!!

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OAKSHAVEN 8/17/2012 10:06AM

    One of the things I have always liked about being a nurse is the feeling of accomplishment when I see someone get better because of what we have done. Glad your day went better yesterday, and glad you got some positive feedback from your patient.

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MELISSAD71 8/16/2012 9:55PM

    Keep up all the hard work! It will all pay off!

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JAMBABY0 8/16/2012 7:26PM

    Good job

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57 days... new goals... personal challenges...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Today is Day #3 of 57 days. I have pledged that after 3 weeks of almost no working out and barely tracking my food intake.

My challenge to myself is to work out or move my body at least some every day until I go home again on leave in October. I actually started this on Monday, so I have been successful for 3 days. I also will keep my calories in range... but I didn't make that on Monday, so I am on streak day two for that.

Work has been stressful, with long days and other stuff. I had my husband and son visiting for 10 days at the end of July and that was great. But I wanted to hang out with them and didn't work out, not wanting to waste what little precious time we had together in the gym.

At the end of their visit, I got word from my brother that my father was dying. While this was not unexpected, it was a blow and I rushed home for a week of emergency leave to spend time with family and see my dad one last time. He did pass on 2 Aug, peacefully and on his own terms. We held his memorial a few days later and celebrated his life with family and friends. While I will miss him, I am mostly at peace with his passing, especially since he has been slipping away incrementally since my mom died a few years ago. But during that week, I never worked out, just kind of being in a daze.

Then I came back to Texas and was thrown into a hellish week of 10-11 hour work days that just whipped my butt. I worked out a little on 2 days and just gave up on the rest of them. Then my good friend M. came to visit and I didn't do anything for that either.

So I restarted this week. My other goals are to complete Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred in 60 days... I prefer to do it every other day with running in between. So we will see.

Only 107 days left here and then I will be home again.

Update on the T-Shirt Chomping Guy at the gym... he was there the last two times I have been at the gym, exercising in the same bizarre way... and one time he got on the treadmill right next to me... an let me just say, that was distracting at the very least.

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OAKSHAVEN 8/16/2012 3:44PM

    I'm so sorry about your Dad. I'm going to light a candle for him, and for you.

With all that going on, no wonder you have gotten off track with exercise and nutrition. That's OK, you are already getting back.

The guy at the gym--that is weird. The worst I've had was someone next to me on a treadmill who really had bad BO. Not the "I'm working out and getting sweaty" type, but the "I haven't showered in the last month" type. I actually stopped early because I couldn't stand it any longer.

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People at gyms... and other fancy stuff...

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!

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ANNIEONLI 8/6/2012 8:31PM

    Just popping in to say hey on here...catch up on your bloggage...did I just make up a word??? ANYwhoooo...

I LoLd about the guy with the shirt in his mouth on the treadmill...but then again, if I were in a gym, you'd see me with my iPod shoved into my left sportsbra strap and the wires tucked into the straps to keep from hitting me in the face!

Hope you get back to the "abby-normal" routine soo enough!

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/2/2012 9:50AM

    The grunting doesn't phase me any more. I'll admit that a couple of times I lifted a really heavy weight, I felt a slight "grunt" or maybe it was just a loud exhale coming on. eh-hem.

What bothers me ? The guys (and I'm sorry it is mostly the guys), who use the weights and then don't put them back where they belong !!!!! some leave them next to the bench. Some put them back on the rack in the wrong place. They seem to think it's someone else's job to put away the weights. I consider that plain old rude behavior. It makes me wonder what their homes look like if they don't pick up after themselves at the gym.

And the women's locker room ! Jeepers, ladies. You can be just as bad sometimes leaves bits of paper or what not on the bathroom floors. if I drop something, I pick it up and throw it away. that doesn't seem too hard to me, but seems to be for others !

And I've seen the people who hold on for dear life on the treadmills. I try to mind my own business when I see people doing that. It's their workout, not mine.

Do you folks use SKYPE ? That's one way to keep in touch with your hubby and son while you're on duty.

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KAYOTIC 7/2/2012 9:30AM

    Yeah, the clanging weights is annoying, and mostly unnecessary, maybe they need it to wake up? Or they just want some attention? Treadmill guy just sounds like an accident waiting to happen, and it does no good to go that fast if your hanging on to the machine anyway....

Enjoy your visits, and hope the remaining time flies quickly! Home must sound really nice right now...

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SUNSET09 7/1/2012 3:43PM

  The comic relief at the gym sometimes keep your mind off of your workout, making the time go by pretty quick. I've had my concerns on why and what people do while others are watching. As you stated, some say it helps, hmmmmmmm, I wonder. Hang in there as it'll be over before you know it. Thank God for family, friends and visits. Get back on track with your eating and exercising. Just think how good you're going to look when you arrive home again! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMA_STATUS 6/30/2012 1:47PM

    HAHAHAH Wow that is totally weird.
From a chick who never goes to the gym (I'm a workout video kind of girl) this post was fascinating.
I'm glad that healthful living is keeping your mind off of homesickness- I know I would miss my son like mad even if I was away for just a few days!

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BLACKROSE_222 6/30/2012 1:40PM

    Glad that your life changes are helping! Yeah, I think we have all seen some WEIRD stuff at the gym! LOL - I still think my weirdest was the guy who walked in in his full Wet Suit and jumped on the treadmill. I HAD to ask him what was up - and just as I suspected, he was training for a Triatholon.

But then I asked him why he was RUNNING the Tri in his Wet Suit (most people change after the swim, and start biking, and THEN change to start running...) and he said he was preparing for all scenarios - he had had a nightmare that he had forgotten both of his sets of clothes and had to run it in the Wet Suit. Then decided it was better to be prepared.

People are weird...

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Challenges, challenges, challenges

Friday, June 15, 2012

Two weeks ago yesterday I was told that I was going to act as AOIC (Assistant Officer in Charge) of my section and got a couple of hours of training the next day... only to find myself on Monday actually as the OIC (Officer in Charge) for the full 2 weeks while my OIC was gone.

It was a huge challenge to step up so suddenly to actually run Nurse Case Management. But for a few small glitches, I think I did pretty well. It was certainly a challenging couple of weeks. I was very nervous. But I also welcomed the challenges at one level. I think I did pretty good, and I learned some things too, both about what it is to be in charge and that I have a capacity to be quite flexible and work under considerable pressure.

This week I have also made great strides in getting back on track with my exercise and eating. I am really happy about that, because once I have success, it is easier to keep that momentum going.

So far this week I am 5 for 6 in both eating and exercise. I plan to make that 6 for 7 tomorrow!!

And it was kind of cool to watch Nick Wallenda walk the tightrope across Niagra Falls.

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KAYOTIC 6/25/2012 9:50AM

    Great that you were able to step up to that challenge, and succeed! Leadership is a challenge, and I think a good leader makes it look easy, but actually being in that position is so stressful! Good for you for taking it on and rising to the occasion!

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STLMARY 6/17/2012 9:42PM

    I have no doubt that you did great as OIC Jen - you're a natural leader. And great job on the eating/exercise!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 6/15/2012 10:55PM

    Good for you for meeting your challenges face on!!! Have a great week!

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02SERENE 6/15/2012 10:48PM

    What a positive blog! Good for you. emoticon emoticon

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