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Friday and TMI (kind of long)

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's Friday...finally. Does anyone else feel like the week has just been dragging??? I sure do. And yet I got in over 200 fitness minutes this week! Thats gotta be the strongest week, fitness-wise, I've had in quite a while!! Instead of office PT, we had a base-wide "fun run" but since our usual running path is snow-covered still, we had to run out in the streets, which is fine by me. We did about 2 miles (2 loops around my office building / parking lot) and though I forgot my garmin, I estimated my time to be about 20 minutes. The wind was really bad so I am good with how I felt during my run. I ran at a steady pace the entire time, my breathing felt even, and I did not feel tired or like I needed to stop. So, all in all, I thought it was a pretty fantastic run. After work, I headed to Michaels to pick up some things to make a homemade Valentine's Day card, and then I stopped at Subway for dinner...I was not in the mood to cook (but I did clean my kitchen). Funnily, as I was laying on my couch waiting for the boyfriend to come over, I started feeling guilty - because in my mind, for whatever reason, I thought I skipped a workout yesterday! That doesnt even make sense because I ran 2 miles!! But I guess because my other workouts were more intense this week, I felt I had cheated myself! But again, I got over 200 fitness minutes this week! Not planning a workout tonight, but I am ging to try to get in a swim and bike on Saturday sometime, and a 6 mile run on Sunday! 6 miles - yikes!! I hope it is not too cold to run outside - 6 miles on a treadmill sounds agonizing!!

I called the clinic at my base on Wednesday to try to get an appointment to discuss some of my stomach problems lately. :Warning: this may be a bit TMI so dont read if you are eating right now. For the past month or so, my stomach has been giving me quite a bit of trouble. For a LONG time now, I have been noticing that when I eat, I become very bloated afterwards - this of course depends on how much I eat, but even after normal meals, I feel more bloated than I should be. After larger meals, I feel bloated to the point where I must look like I am pregnant. I just dont think it's normal. So on top of the bloating problem which I have been having for a while now (like years), I am now having stomach pains. Not sharp pains, more just like general stomach pains, which wouldnt worry me so much except now I am having A LOT of gas. I can feel the gas moving through my stomach, which is uncomfortable, and if it was just occassional, again I wouldnt worry, but its happening more often than I think is normal. And on top of that I am finding myself having to use the bathroom more frequently, and a lot coming out - the point where you would think there was a blockage, if not for the fact that I am going so often. And I am not constipated. My "normal" is only one time per day, in the morning. Now I am going 3-4 times/day, and I cant understand why there is so much!! And my stomach troubles generally start after lunch. I dont know if maybe I have some sort of bacterial infection, a food intolerance, an actual digestive problem, but I dont want it to get any worse! It's starting to affect my ability to run, because I feel like I wont make it through my runs, and with my mileage increasing, it could become a problem running outside! Last month I wasnt eating very fantastically, so I kind of just chalked it up to that, but I am making a much more concerted effort to eat better. Also I am certain I am not pregnant.

Well, anyway, the point is that when I called the clinic on Wednesday there were no appointments available, EVER. Thats what they told me! Really?? So they put me in for a telephonic consult with a nurse, who was supposed to call me within 72 hours. By the end of the work day yesterday, I still had not gotten a call, which was annoying me. Wouldnt you know, the nurse calls me while I'm at Michaels craft store. Not the most appropriate place to be discussing poop while on the phone! But, I guess it worked out because I was able to get an appointment for Monday afternoon. Honestly, I hope there is nothing really wrong with me, but when it comes to stomach problems, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

In other news, tonight J and I are going to a wine-tasting on base at the community center. It is for people who live in base housing, and since J lives on base, we decided to go. I am excited- I've only been to a wine-tasting once so I am looking forward to this! Down side is that we probably shouldnt drive anywhere afterwards because we do not need to get a DUI or anything. However, he really is opposed to me bringing Buffy to his house since she is not house broken (again, she knows to go outside, just prefers not to). But I convinced him (actually it didnt take really any convincing at all) to let me bring her to his house so we can just stay there tonight. I think she is growing on him, after all! ;) So I suppose the night will work out after all. It just means a lot of rushing around at the end of the work day - I need to rush home, change, pack up her stuff (playpen, blankets, a few toys, and food, and the gate for the staircase), pack the rest of my overnight bag (makeup, shower stuff), then rush back to base (its a 20 minute drive each way) so we can get to the wine tasting by 6 (I leave work at 4:30). Gonna be tight, but definitely worth it! I'm going to try to sneak out maybe 15 minutes early...

Hoping the weekend will be a fun and exciting one :)

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REDRUNNER82 2/10/2012 12:41PM

    Weird, I have the same bloating/gas issues (but not the going-too-often issue, I'm like clockwork at 8am everyday!) so let me know how things go at the doctor's office! I chalk it up to the fact that I generally eat too quickly and I drink water pretty much constantly so there's always something in my stomach, but occasionally I'll get REALLY bad cramps after I eat something that isn't super fatty/sugary/otherwise "bad". Super frustrating - I hope you get the answers you need!

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JENN26POINT2 2/10/2012 12:21PM

    It could be Chrone's disease. I have a friend who has it and has to be VERY diligent about his diet - no gluten, no dairy, etc. He also has to take injections in his stomach every day - which is a new treatment they're trying with him b/c recently his Chrone's has gotten more intense - he used to just take a pill each day and was fine, but things have changed. I hope it's nothing like that, but your symptoms sounded similar to his.

Hopefully it's just a food intolerance and you can just avoid said food! Good luck and keep us posted!

PS Packing Buffy up is a lot like packing a kid... never knew you needed a play pen for a dog!! Have fun tonight!

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FUNFROG79 2/10/2012 12:11PM

    Sorry to her about your GI issues, we have people here (I work in a GI office) for all those symtoms all the time, you aren't alone, that's for sure. I would probably have to get an ultrasound and watching your diet carefully.

Hope you have fun weekend, sounds like a blast!

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RUNTRILAUGH 2/10/2012 11:52AM

    those stomach issues don't sound like fun! hope they can diagnose it quickly and get you treated! glad they were able to work you in!

have a great weekend with the bf and enjoy your wine tasting!

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KASEY1021 2/10/2012 11:48AM

    Air Force Veteran here :) ...I remember those 'fun runs' all to well. Ours were 6 miles {uuuuugggghhh}.

Good luck with your stomach issues. It sounds like you might have an intolerance to a type of food maybe, or an ingredient in some of the foods you eat? Im only guessing, my husband has had problems with his stomach in the past. He was also Air Force as well and the clinic was always telling him it was just gas. He finally got a referral off base and turned out it was a mix of dairy and anxiety :-/

Have a great weekend!

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NATPLUMMER 2/10/2012 11:45AM

    Yay for FRIDAY!!!
200 fitness minutes is great!!! Sound like a nice fitness weekend plan :-)
Yes, you should get your stomach issues checked out. Definitely better to be safe than sorry. I hope they can figure out what it is.
Sounds like a fun night. Enjoy!

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Much Needed Rest

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I had planned to swim and bike yesterday, but my legs were feeling so sore. So I decided it was in my best interest to take a rest day and go home instead of the gym. I think that was a smart move. I was able to chat with my parents on the phone, play with my dog, eat my leftovers, and get in a bit of studying. I definitely lacked focus last night so the studying wasnt exactly productive, but my body was glad I rested. This morning I woke up with no soreness and I am ready to tackle the day.

I have a meeting in about 45 minutes with one of the group commanders so that should be interesting. Luckily my boss is coming with me and will probably do all of the talking. But that is really the only thing on my calendar. Depending on how that meeting goes, I may or may not have something to do afterwards. Otherwise, I am seriously struggling to find work to do lately. It makes for a very unmotivated Raine.

Yesterday I had lunch with the boyfriend and I asked him what we were doing for my birthday since we hadnt really discussed birthday plans. He asked if I wanted to celebrate on my actual birthday, over the weekend, or both. Well, clearly if given the option, I would choose both! Which he figured. But still didnt tell me what the plans were, so I guess it will be a surprise. :) I just want to have a nice birthday and a nice Valentines Day. I am going to stop at Michaels after work today to pick up things for making a homemade card and get to work on that sometime soon.

Other than that, nothing really to update. Been doing well with eating. Still going over on calories, but staying under 2000 which makes me happy. Been doing well with all of my tracked nutrients, minus sodium. I always seem to be at the high end of my sodium. Even when I cook homecooked meals so I guess I need to work on that. Planning to cook another homecooked meal tonight.

Hoping the day will go by quickly. I brought some study materials in to study on my lunch break since, again, there is nothing going on here. And there is also no one really in the office today either. We do have a base-wide run this afternoon. The normal path we take is snow-covered so we are running a different path which looks shorter. I left my garmin at home so I guess I'll just have to gauge how I feel. But I'm getting in a run, so that works. It's rather cold again, so depending on how I feel after the run, I MAY try to get in some biking. Or I might just go run my errands instead. Guess we shall see...

I woke up this morning and couldnt believe it was only Thursday.... This week is dragging!

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FUNFROG79 2/10/2012 11:30AM

    Love your background! I can't wait to hear all about your birthday and Valentine's Day!

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JENN26POINT2 2/10/2012 9:42AM

    I agree that this week has just been going on and on and on and on! It won't ever end! I am sooo tired and just want to sleep.

I guess I'm not entirely sure when your birthday is (will have to check out Facebook, I guess), but I hope you have a good time with the new squeeze!! *heart*

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BUFFYSMOM2 2/9/2012 2:14PM

    You're doin' it. You just need a little rest stop now and again.
Happy, happy birthday, Sparkgirl! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/9/2012 1:40PM

    Sounds like rest day was just what you needed :-)
I'm sure you'll have a nice birthday and Valentine's Day.
Have a great run!!

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/9/2012 12:34PM

    Good for you for listening to your body!! Stay warm today!!

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    Somedays, ya just gotta rest! Happy Birthday coming up. emoticon emoticon

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 2/9/2012 11:40AM

    Hang in there and take care of yourself.


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LAURIE5658 2/9/2012 11:36AM

    I LOVE LOVE your SPage!!!


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DEEDAYE 2/9/2012 11:27AM

    I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day & Birthday!

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Lots of Ramblings

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Got in another fantastic workout yesterday at PT. I cycled 5 miles in 20 minutes, and then ran 3 miles in 33 minutes. I did a shorter cycling session since I had cycled 12 the day before. Plus I knew I was scheduled to run per my half marathon training plan. Cycling first definitely helped loosen up my legs a bit. My shins are sore today though. Really only on my left leg so I biofreezed this morning and that seems to help a bit. Dont need any real shin splints or anything - I honestly think its just my muscules being sore from increased intensity workouts. I am definitely feeling good though. I havent taken measurements in a while so perhaps this weekend I will do that. I have a quarter of the way through the biking and running portion of the lazyman triathlon, but still straggling with swimming. Plannin to get in some more biking miles tonight and a swim.

When I joined my gym last month, they gave me $200 to spend on services in the gym during my first month - its like a promotion they do basically. Anyway, my money expires on Saturday so I need to do SOMETHING with it. I dont want personal training services because I just dont think its really worth the time. I've had personal trainers before, I know how to use the equipment, and anyway it would only give me like 4 sessions anyway. If I am going to have a trainer, I want more sessions than that. So I am thinking about using some of the money on private swim lessons. I mean, I wouldnt pay for that normally so that might be a nice change, and I could definitely use some swimming tips! But that wont cover all of the money I have to spend. So I am considering signing up for the 12 week bootcamp class if they let me wait to start until March (with the bar exam studying still happening, I cant really commit to anything until after that is over, especially with the lazyman triathlon this month too). I have never done a bootcamp class - I think it is 3x a week. I guess I can always just call today and get some more information. I dont want to lose the $200 they gave me, so I better make a decision in the next few days!

I called a dog training service - Sit Means Sit - and we have a free demonstration and consultation next Wednesday. I know if we decide to go with them it will be expensive, but I need something to get my dog under control. She isnt TERRIBLE by any means - she just craves attention (she is a puppy!) and is extremely stubborn. I just want her to listen to me, and stop pottying in the house, when she KNOWS to go outside! Nothing I have tried as worked thus far. And let's face it, by high pitched feminine voice isnt exactly helping out when it comes to trying to discipline her. I am sure when I am mad it still sounds like I am playing!

My mother is starting to drive me crazy again. She had a job interview last week and she said it went really well, but she hasnt heard anything back and its been over a week. She finally called yesterday to inquire whether the position was still available and to say that she is still interested in the job, but she got a voice mail and didnt receive a call back. So shes being super depressed again. I understand it is really hard for her and she is bored and they are having financial problems with her not working. But I really cant stand when she just dumps it all on me. I am a good listener, but I can only listen to the same thing everyday for so long. After a while, it is just annoying, and honestly it brings me down too. I am pretty stressed out about the bar exam at the end of the month, and my own financial struggles because of having to pay for a hotel and round trip airfare, but I am trying to stay positive. My birthday is next week and she is acting like its the end of the world. I didnt even ask her for anything!!!

Speaking of my birthday, I am kind of looking forward to it. I've never been a big fan of my birthday because it falls on Valentine's Day and every other female in the world, it seems like, is also getting presents on my birthday, but I think this year could be good. It has been a long time since I've had a boyfriend on my birthday, and when I did those were terrible days (he was a pretty awful guy - one year he told me he wouldnt even get me a present until I got him a valentine's day present!). I dont know what we are doing next week, but I am looking forward to it. I am going to get him a V-day gift. Well, I am going to make J a card and put together a scrapbook page with a picture of us from the AF Ball, and then frame it. Simple but cute. We are going to a wine tasting this Friday so that should be interesting by itself.

My friend Dakota confirmed that both her and Julie are in for a girls weekend on Cinco de Mayo in Prescott AZ for the Prescott Half Marathon. I am so looking forward to a girls weekend with them! We were close when I was stationed in AZ so I miss them a lot! I am just waiting on my boss to approve my informal leave request so that I can register for the race!

My knee felt a bit of a twinge last night while running, but it was only for a second and then nothing, I made sure to get in a good stretch afterwards. This morning it is feeling a bit sore - not painful by any means. Just trying to be careful with it. I have been meaning to get in some yoga but havent done so yet so I need to make that a priority as well.

I am still debating what to do about my car. My parents are urging me to get rid of my challenger and get something mor practical for snowy weather, since it snows SO MUCH in Colorado. I love my car - you all know I was so excited when I bought it. And lets be real, it was an impulse buy. There really was no practical thinking involved in that purchase whatsoever. And really, I am terrified when it snows to drive my car. Like to the point where I sometimes cry. A real wheel drive vehicle is not good in snow and ice. I dont care if you put chains on the tires or even put snow tires on - you cant fix rear wheel drive problems. THe problem is that I have already gotten into one accident that required replacing the front bumper and other parts behind the bumper. I have since cracked the bumper twice so there is a tiny hole in it that I have not bothered to have replaced because I dont particularly care about it and it doesnt affect the driving of the vehicle. Plus my car is so dark you cant even notice it unless you go looking for it. BUT because of these issues, and because the challenger really does not hold its value (I hear this is a problem for dodge vehicles in general) I am certain I will not get a very good trade-in offer. Kelley Blue Book wont even price 2011 challengers (I cant figure this out) but I dont expect to get a reasonable amount to put towards a down payment. I paid about $29,000 with tax on my car, and financed about $18,000. I still owe $16,000 (I havent even had the car a year yet) and I might get lucky if I break even. But I still dont have enough for a good down payment on a more snow appropriate vehicle. I have only been looking at new, so I suppose I could look at certified pre-owned too and pay for an extra warranty. Ugh decisions, decisions. I dont want my car payments to be any more than what I am already paying. I am just trying to decide whether taking the hit on my current car to get a more appropriate snow driving vehicle that I am not terrified to drive is worth it. Plus, dont forget, I do LOVE my challenger, but mostly only when there is not snowy / icy weather.

Ok that was long. I should get back to work. Having lunch with the boyfriend so that should be a nice break for the day.

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JENN26POINT2 2/8/2012 4:07PM

    I left a message on your feed about the car advice you asked for. Good luck with the puppy!

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SUNSET09 2/8/2012 3:09PM

  Birthday on Valentines' Day means you're a valentine yourself as that was my Dad's day as well. Everyone celebrates your birthday and it makes you easier to buy for. Enjoy a few moments in the sauna as that's what I do for pains strains and just take time to relax and reflect. Enjouy your girls time together and don't fret so much about your Mom. Be glad she's in your life! Take care emoticon emoticon

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/8/2012 1:24PM

    For puppy training try PetSmart if there is one by you. We had great success with it when we got our puppy.

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NATPLUMMER 2/8/2012 11:17AM

    It's probably all the cycling that is doing a number on your shins. Yes, I think it's just muscles. Don't worry.
Birthday on Valentine's Day could be fun. Mine is the 19th so the only conflict I have is President's Day. I'm sure you'll have a great one this year :-)

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FUNFROG79 2/8/2012 11:08AM

    Thanks for the update. I went wine tasting with my friends and I bought 15 bottles of wine, and I don't like wine!!! Ha! I was feeling a bit tipsy-haha! How fun, a Valentine's birthday!

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Sore and Frozen!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Yesterday after work I stuck to my plan and went to the gym. It was freezing, and I really just wanted to go home and be warm, but I knew that once I got to the gym I'd be good to workout. Of course, the parking situation was horrendous. Going there right after work is just bad, but for now that is what I'll have to do. After bar exam studying is over, I can go later at night. But anyway, I cycled 12 miles on the stationary bike, in 48 minutes. I was proud of myself for that. I knew I would feel sore this morning though. I also swam 10 laps in the pool for a whole 500 meters. Man, when you havent swam in FOREVER, it is hard!! I used to be so good, now my breathing is all wonky again - that means I need to do it more often! I also forgot that swimming really is a fully body workout! But I felt very relaxed afterwards, got chipotle burrito bowl for dinner (figured it was healthier than an actual burrito, high in protein, and it was like 7:30pm so I was definitely not cooking!). And I went to sleep before 9pm because I had to be up early today.

This morning, my alarm went off at 4:30am :( and my whole body was sore!!! A good sore, but WOW. It actually felt pretty amazing! Had to go to fake deployment exercise training this morning, and it was in the teens maybe (possibly colder?) We were out there for 5 hours, and though we had tents with heat, they ran out of gas so all of the heat went out! I had on two pairs of socks and my toes are still cold!!! I am so glad I went to military clothing over the weekend and bought the heavy outdoor jacket, gloves, and hat because I definitely needed it! Have a few hours in the office to get through, well, 2.5, and then off to PT where I intend to run 3 miles and get in some ST. Then home to wash the dishes, cook dinner, and study. And hopefully at some point I will warm up again!

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FUNFROG79 2/8/2012 10:21AM

    Cold is the worse! Quick get a hot shower and warm comfy clothes! emoticon

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TWINSMOMMY607 2/8/2012 10:04AM

    I hate being cold! I hope you warm up soon!

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NATPLUMMER 2/7/2012 2:27PM

    Yay for getting to the gym and doing a great workout!!
Yikes...that does sound cold. Hope you warm up soon, too!!

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Monday always comes to soon

Monday, February 06, 2012

I really had a great, relaxing weekend. So Monday was a rough one this morning, especially considering I forgot that I had set my alarm to an hour and a half later than my normal wake up time, and definitely overslept (not by an hour and a half, but by about a half hour - luckily I woke up on my own).

I am determined to make this a good week. Despite the cold weather, I got out there and did my 5 mile run outside yesterday! Felt awesome after I did it. Laurie is right - the hardest part is just getting all geared up. Once I got outside, I was ready to go! And despite how hard the hills were, I didnt want to give up. And I was so proud of myself afterwards! My calves / shins / ankles were a bit sore this morning, probably from running on the grass with snow - uneven surface - not used to that. J made boneless chicken wings and homemade sweet potato fries to eat during the super bowl last night and gave me a container to bring for lunch today. So I am starting out the week with home-cooked lunch! I have my gym bag packed and I am ready to go get in a cycle and swim after work. I need to force myself to get in the pool already! And I am planning to make a homecooked meal tonight! I will eat better this week. I will get my workouts in! I will get my studying in too!

I am feeling really positive right now. Hopefully work doesnt bring me down today!

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JENN26POINT2 2/6/2012 4:45PM

    Mondays suck - they make the weekend feel short!

Kudos to you on the run! My calves are achey today too from moving my sister into her apartment this weekend. I don't have any idea what part of the move wore them out so much, but they're sore.

Your lunch sounds yummy! And I too am aiming to make this a good week - especially in regard to food.

have a good one!

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LAURIE5658 2/6/2012 1:56PM

    Stay positive, Raine, and it WILL be a great week! Come on girl, you can do it!


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FUNFROG79 2/6/2012 1:03PM

    Keep that positively! It makes all the difference! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/6/2012 12:32PM

    Yes, Monday always does come too soon.
Glad you got your 5 mile run in. YAY!!!!! I'm sure the uneven surfaces are what is making you a little sore today. Hope it passes soon.
Yay for home cooked lunch :-)
Sounds like you've got the right attitude for the week!!

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