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And today we stomped about in the woods with compasses and maps...

Sunday, May 04, 2014

It was a fun day, but very tiring. We logged nearly 5 miles in the woods trying to find compass points. It was basically Army orienteering. But my knee kinda started saying "No" after that, so I didn't participate in the afternoon course... which was supposed to be "short" but was longer according to MAJ Miller.

My eating needs to get tightened back up after this weekend, but it's okay. I also managed to lose a solid three pounds in the last month.

5 more days until I have a day off, then 4 days of work and then we fly off to Missouri for a week.


APFT done!

Saturday, May 03, 2014

I am excited that I got through my APFT with ease. My score was a little better than last month's diagnostic, on which I did have passing scores. I got out 14 push ups, which is almost the highest number I've ever had... and 37 sit ups... and my 2 mile time was 20:12, which would have been better if my R calf muscle hadn't decided to cramp up right before the finish... but considering the injuries I've been battling it's okay.

I'm now 3 weeks out from my 5K in Missouri... the Go Girl Run! I can't wait.

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Feeling jazzed!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I went home last night from work feeling wiped out. So I took a nap and had a super healthy dinner and then went for a 5.5 mile run walk.

Instead of listening to my stiff calves, I listened to my gut that wanted to get out and get some miles... it was great. It really showed me again what I know at gut level.... if I *DON'T* MOVE, I will rust into place. I was a little stiff after the run, but I took some naproxen and went to bed... slept great and woke up not stiff at all.

I am still feeling some cramping in my R calf where I had the muscle pull, but it's taking ever longer distances before it rears its ugly head... and it is getting milder. My L knee (where this all started) is improving too. I just needed a spark to get back on the road. I am just so glad that I'm back out there... I missed running in so many ways that I can't even begin to express. I am adopting a new mantra... "Run Rain or Shine". It's the only way to do this without a treadmill... and that is what hats and rain jackets are for.

Rain... BAH!!

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USMAWIFE 4/29/2014 3:31PM

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    That's excellent! Great job on talking yourself INTO it. I will follow your example today. emoticon

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NEWLITTLE1 4/29/2014 1:24PM

    emoticon here's an umbrella to help you out :) If Im scheduled for a walk and wether looks cruddy, I wear one around my shoulder just in case :) Now that the weather's heating up, sometimes a little rain is a blessing

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It's funny, but ...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Getting back to sparking and blogging is really helping my outlook on everything. I also have my other half, whose name is ARAVINE here on SP, with me... and we are getting the time that we have so dreadfully lacked to rebuild our relationship without the kids in the middle of it all.

I love our kids, but sometimes you need a space in which you (the parents) and they (the kids) can grow independently of one another. So we left the house in Missouri in the care of the kids. Our daughter and her husband really cannot afford a place on their own. If certain things changed, maybe, but I will leave the rest of that unsaid. Our son will be off on his own in the Air Force in July (unless they change his ship date again).

Mark and I have gotten back to the habits of finishing each other's sentences and voicing what the other is thinking. We are also making efforts to eat better, together, and support each other in good exercise habits as well. We have the space and the time to do this together and it is a blessing.

My weekly weigh in day is Monday now. I am working on the 10% at a time goals as SP suggests. Even though I have less than 15# to lose, it is still easier for me to think in terms of small bites, rather than huge mouthfuls. So this morning, I weighed in at 156.4, down 0.4# from last week. It's not a huge loss, but it is still steady downward progress and I'm happy with that. Especially considering we had a science fiction convention in there and several days of not eating or exercising.

So my next goal is 1.44 lbs for next week. I have a focus and goal again. That really helps drive me.

I am super excited about running the Go Girl 5K on 24 May in Columbia MO. We are going back home for the week of our son's graduation, it was also originally supposed to be his ship date for the Air Force. I just don't know how we are going to cram everything into that short week. It will be nice to be back, though.

I have bumped my half marathon goal to May of 2015. It will either be the Hippie Girl half in Hillsboro, OR or the Go Girl Run Half in Columbia, MO. Most likely it will be the former since it's closer to where I am now... but the Go Girl is the Go Girl and therefore a favorite.

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SUNSET09 5/16/2014 11:01PM

  emoticon You're doing a great job and keep up the good work! emoticon Any pounds in the right direction beats pounds going the other way! emoticon One step at a tiime so you're doing something right! Good going on the emoticon emoticon

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USMAWIFE 4/29/2014 1:19PM

    good luck to both of you achieving your goals.. my son has just moved back in with the fiance and the girls after he was laid off from a job he only had for 3 months..

really looking forward to them getting back on thier own, especially since our house is on the market and we need to move.

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DLDMIL 4/28/2014 5:37PM

    Sometimes, you just have to cut the apron string and go. thank your son and you for coming into the Military family.

You should look to see if there is a Blue Star Mother's group in your area. They are a great support system. I would not have made it through the 11 month deployment to Afghanistan without them.

Again, Thank you and your son.

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Moving it along!

Monday, April 28, 2014

I have now lost 3.4# of the original 18.2 that I want to lose total. I'm counting from the 160.2 that I restarted at. That is 18.7% of the total.... I like breaking it down like that. It shows me that I am making some progress. I got out an did 5 miles yesterday, but today my legs are stiff and telling me about it... ALOT. Tomorrow, maybe I'll scale back to 3.1.

I'm scheduled for a 5K in 4 weeks and I have to run my 2 miles for the Army APFT at the end of this week.

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KOFFEENUT 4/28/2014 11:56AM

    Sounds like you're doing AWESOME on your healthy lifestyle journey! You'll be READY for your upcoming APFT and 5K!

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