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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
    2133 days ago
    Nice that you have the time to reflect, especially being so busy! Great job on the running time!
    2133 days ago
  • COOP9002
    Sounds like you're moving right along to where you want to be. Nice time on your two mile run.
    2141 days ago
    Excellent blog! Have a great day!!!
    2141 days ago
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