Friday, March 15, 2013
I'm going to try to post some comments and replies tonight to the folks who've commented on my recent blogs - especially the old buddies - but this is going to be a quick blog before I head out to the gym. I'm working the night shift, so I got off work at 0430 and didn't get to sleep until 0530. I slept until about 1130 and then called home to talk to my sister and the kids. I've eaten a little to stave off hunger (a couple mini-tangerines, some of my mixed fresh veggies, and a slice of cheese) until after my workout and then I'll make myself a sandwich and have some yogurt. After I shower at that point it'll be time to go back up to work. That's the problem with 12 hour shifts and trying to get enough sleep... it doesn't leave you with much play time.
This exercise is dragging by during our shift. Usually in my area we are slammed with information we have to sort through, analyze, and report. And the tempo is fast and furious. NOTHING is happening on our shifts. And it's 12 hours of nothing, so it's dragging. At 8pm last night (four hours into our shift) we couldn't believe it was moving so slowly, so the Lt suggested we do pushups at the top of the hour. I liked the idea, backed him up, and a few other folks decided to do it. So every hour between 8am and 4am (with the exception of one hour when I was stuck in an hour and a half video telecon) I did pushups. I mostly did 20 each time. Once I did 25 and twice I did 15. I was definitely feeling fatigued by the end. It goes to show that I need to get back into my Hundred Pushups workouts again. But it was cool to see so many people drop and do pushups in our workspace. And people had to get creative to find space to do it. Hopefully we'll continue this througout the exercise.
I was able to stick to my food last night. I gave other folks the food from my military-provided lunch. To address one comment that a few people made about the food they give us, yes, it's pretty sad that the food they give us in the military is still not that healthy. In the chow hall it's different. They provide healthy alternatives. One night I got the jerk chicken which was baked and low fat. But the rest of the hot meal entrees were pretty bad. They do also post the calories and fat right there on the glass. But the second night there was nothing from the entire hot entree section I could eat. Luckily they've got a decent salad bar. But there's no balsamic, just some form of white vinegar. Bummer. As for the boxed lunches, they're just terrible - both taste and nutrition. And as sad as that is, I guess I'm glad they don't taste good because there's no temptation to eat one. I'd rather eat my own dinner.
The other night a bunch of our folks went to a Brazilian Steakhouse. I love those places, but no way was I going. I don't need 5+ lbs of meat hanging out in my stomach. And those places are designed to have you eat as much meat as possible. I need to lose an inch off my waist by April 6th, so Brazilian Steakhouses don't fit that requirement.
I'm back from the gym. It was a good workout. I took care to gently stretch my achilles and calves for over a minute each rep before the run (did my left calf twice since it's the most problematic). I ran to the gym (about 5-6 mins one way), weighed myself (I seem to be down 1-1.5 lbs), then hopped on the stationary bike for 25 mins. I checked out the magazine selection and chose Fitness. I discovered that Coach Nicole had an article in there in the Jan/Feb 2013 edition. Very cool. I know how much she does, but it really condenses everything into a list that makes you wonder how she has time for herself and her husband. But I'm sure she balances well. They probably do a fair amount of fitness together since I know he's a fitness guru too.
After the bike I stretched the calves again and then ran back. I found out that I can have my headphones on while running on the specially designated rubber sidewalk they have installed. This is a big deal since in general Air Force bases have banned running outside with headphones on. So I was able to rock it out on the way back. I finished up with another long stretch session bouncing along to Drive By by Train. Fun song. And I'm glad no one came up the stairwell to see me stationary dancing.
I've delayed eating the rest of my lunch until now because yesterday I ate on a "normal" schedule and found myself really hungry by about 1am. So I'm trying to delay my meals to prevent that from happening again. I think I like my solution... eat a smallish breakfast when I get back to the room around 0500, go to sleep, wake up around noonish and eat some fruits and veggies, workout, then eat my sandwich around 2-3pm (nope, not gonna' hit you with military time for the pm times I promise), and then maybe eat dinner around 8 or something with my snack around maybe midnight. We'll see.