Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Thats what the past few days have been like - headaches and stress. I thought I had done a good job of relaxing Friday night. Saturday I felt good, went rollerblading at one of the parks for 1/2 hour, then went swimming for 1/2 hour. Had a great swim - felt comfortable, good pacing. Got out of the pool, and BAM worst headache ever! It was blinding, over my left eye - the whole left side of my head throbbing. I felt dizzy and nauseaus. I don't even know how I drove myself home from the gym, but I guess I'll be glad I live less than 5 minutes away so it was a quick drive. I thought maybe it was a sinus headache because my nose was kinda runny, so I took some severe sinus medicine, and laid in the dark for over an hour before the headache subsided enough for me to be able to get up and shower. Still had a headache though. I ended up meeting a friend / co-worker for lunch and then came to the office to get some work done. But I only lasted a little over an hour before having to throw in the towel and go home. I made spaghetti for dinner, and laid on my couch / then the bed, the rest of the night. It was awful.
And then I woke up on Sunday still with a headache. Still the left side of my head throbbing. I decided to use Sunday as a "me" day. I went up to the outlets, but didn't really see anything I liked. I bought two bras, two shirts, and had lunch. Very exciting. I was done in an hour. Then I hit up Best Buy for photo paper. Again, exciting. And then I hit up Borders for 3 books. So that was productive at least - I need to read more books!!! Then I hit up Walmart and bought a George Foreman grill, finally! I had one when I lived in NYC, but when I moved out of my apartment I let my roommates keep it since I was moving back in with my parents. And when I moved out here to AZ, I never got around to buying a new one. But NOW I can kick the fat out of my food! lol
When I got home Sunday night I decided to go on Amazon.com, and I purchased the Jillian Michael's The Biggest Winner 5 DVD Set. And I bought a step (ya know, like in step aerobics), because apparently you need one for these dvds. And my plan is to use the dvds, along with my current cardio of running, biking, and swimming. I need to do something different, and after watching the youtube clips, these look fun and at about my level. I need to get some lighter handweights though because I only have 8lbs and 10lbs, and from the reviews, it seems like much lighter handweights are necessary for these. We shall see how it goes.
I am preparing for an arbitration tomorrow, though I feel somewhat unmotivated. I spent all day yesterday in meetings, witness interviews, stressing, etc. Today I feel drained. My head is still slightly hurting. I am drinking a ton of water and feel dehydrated. Im so tired. After tomorrow I wont have another arbitration until October, so that will be a NICE break, but I do have other stuff that is being thrown in my direction. I need a BREAK.
Friday, August 13, 2010
That's right. I did both this morning! What were we thinking??? Probably that its sad they fell on the same day but this is Allison's last crossfit challenge before she moves to her new assignment in NY. So our office headed out to the base 5k this morning, which started at 6:30am. Once again I DID NOT get a tshirt, but hey, it's the first 5k I've run in over a month and my knee did not hurt, which is always a plus! I started off towards the middle of the pack and kept a solid pace the entire time. I did not feel out of breath, but I did feel incredibly thirsty when I hit the half way point, so I did take a brief stop at the turnaround for a short water break. Then I continued on back. At times I felt like I should stop just because I was feeling really hot but I just slowed down a bit and that helped. I felt like I was making good time, and then revelry went off about 200 meters before I hit the finish line! So that killed about a minute of my time, just standing at attention. But then I sprinted to the end and finished in 32:25. Not my best time - not my worst time. I'm pleased with it, considering recent knee issues and the heat.
And then, Allison, Joe and I headed over to the combat fitness center to meet with our friend Brock and participate in the August Crossfit Challenge. It was more intense than the previous ones. They just get rougher and rougher! We had to wait about an hour before we could start because there were teams ahead of us (we were the only team that did the 5k beforehand). This month's crossfit challenge was :
100 pull-ups as a team (women could do jumping pull-ups)
50 deadlifts as a team (men did 185lbs, women did 95lbs)
farmer's carry with kettlebell in each arm across the gym and back (dont remember the weight)
40 pushups each
30 ground to overhead with bar each (women did 45lbs, dont know what men did)
farmer's carry with kettlebell in each arm across the gym and back (dont remember the weight)
20 box jumps each
10 squat cleans each (women did 45lbs)
run to the pool (about .25 miles)
one person at a time: 10 burpees in the baby pool, 20 squat jumps in the shallow end of the pool, then 50 meter swim
We came in 2nd place by 30 seconds! So close to first! But Joe had a little struggle during the weightt lifting portion and almost threw up/passed out. But still, we did fantastic! And it was a great workout. I really need to start doing crossfit more often because I do enjoy it. I just hate waking up early.
Today is my favorite day - Friday the 13th! Hooray!!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
So, Tuesday and Wednesday I spent ALL DAY in a mediation-arbitration hearing. Basically, you start out in mediation, and ultimately, if you can't come to an agreement, you move on to arbitration, and the arbitrator will make the final decision after hearing the evidence. The first issue we spent a good 5 hours arguing about in mediation, and ultimately went to arbitration because there was no way we were conceding to anything the union wanted - it just wasn't financially feasible with budgetary constraints because of the war. The second issue we ultimately decided on through mediation, and the language we were all able to agree with was drafted by none other than me. And the best thing about is, is that the wording is different though says almost the same thing as the original language, so the union basically agreed to what was already in place! I'm so smart. :) We are now currently arguing about the third issue, and both sides have made some major concessions, but the union president basically went home and redrafted all of the language previously agreed to, changing its entire meaning. Completely frustrating! But I am excused from the rest of days ongoing issues becuase I have a hearing next week I need to start prepping for, and I need to catch up on all the work I haven't been getting done this week. The attorney that came down from DC to work on this hearing (I have only been assisting) said that I am a natural arguer and did a great job! Also the top paralegal in our office who works directly under the boss told me today that the new boss is really really really impressed with me. I asked her why, because all I do is my job... and she said no I do way more than just my job. I didn't really think that way. It's just my job - you should always strive to do your best. But it feels great to be recognized!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Yes, it's true. Yesterday morning my boss sent me an email asking me to come to his office as soon as I was available. So vague, and I am thinking I am getting in trouble for not reviewing contracts fast enough. So I go down to his office, he tells me to take a seat, everything is all very serious, and then he says "so, did you hear the good news?" with a big smile on his face. And I'm like no.... and he tells me I'm going to GTMO! My deployment is back on! He doesn't know why they decided to bring it back to our base, but they got a call that morning asking if I was still up for deployment because they would like to send me GTMO - same time frame and everything. So I'll leave in March for 6 months! So excited! I am of course not trying to get super excited in case they pull it again. But they said the paper work is down with the depoyment people on base and I will start going through my checklists and getting everything ready in advance. My boss is also going to try to find out what I will be doing down there so they can get me in contact with someone who does what I will be doing so that I can get prepared here, work-wise. Yay!
In other news, work is still stressful. I've been feeling so down lately - mostly because I've been going on dates and all, but its the same thing - no one wants to get involved with someone who is going to move in a few years becuase apparently everyone I go on dates with is not even willing to date someone they know will move in the future. So I feel like my dating life is just going to suck for the next few years. And my closest friend out here just started seriously dating this guy who lives 2 hours away so she is gone every weekend now, which means I really don't have anything to do on the weekends anymore. I spent all weekend re-watching (for the 4th time) Season 1 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (my fave tv show) and doing cross-stitching. Wow. I did get my bicycle fixed finally, and the bike shop guy put my bike rack on my car for me. That was essentially the highlight of my weekend.
Also I feel like I look like a blimp. Blech.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
So I weighed in this morning after not weighing in for a few weeks. Sadly I am up .5 lbs. I suppose it COULD be worse, but now I am almost back at my starting weight when I joined SP in October 08! Sadness!!!
I went to the gym yesterday and got my ST in. I have to say, despite how sore my muscles still were, the ST was GREAT. And my knee has not clicked in a few days! That makes me happy. I need to stay consistent with this. I figured out that Microsoft Works has templates in their spreadsheet format and one is a strength training log! So I am using that and I like it becuase I can keep track of the weight and the reps. I also biked on the stationery for about 20 minutes (since my working out slacked with the knee problems, I am feeling like I need to start small again). Then this morning a friend and I went swimming before work. Oye. Not swimming for 2 weeks made me feel like I was flailing around again. We swam for 40 minutes but I had to take several breaks and my breathing was not smooth at all. But at least I got back in the water. And no knee pain while using the kickboard either! Though my legs were exhausted, and my arms exhausted too - probably from the ST last night!
While I was gone for 2 weeks the office PT policy changed. And since our office is extremely fit (almost everyone gets excellents on their PT test), we only have unit PT on Fridays, and on Mondays and Wednesdays we can PT on our own (if we don't PT we have to come in at 7:30 instead of 8:30). I like this new PT program better because now I feel like I can concentrate on what I WANT to do, as opposed to running constantly. Don't get me wrong, I like running. But now I can do it on my own, except on Fridays, when we will always run. I will see how my knee holds up for Friday's run.
I had a meeting with civilian personnel yesterday and I am even more stressed than I was yesterday when I blogged! I have a meeting with my boss this afternoon so I need to prepare for that, and make a few phone calls, etc. Yay Wednesday?
Oh and apparantly my office is so bad now, this morning people moved all of my stuff hanging on the walls into the office I have been hanging out in lately, and my boss wants me to permanently move into that office. So this weekend I'll be rearranging this office because I hate the way it is set up, and re-establishing my home base, if you will.
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