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Veteran's Day and overcoming inertia

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Since the memorial service was so close to Veteran's Day I got my "solemn" side yesterday. Today I'll have a lighter side of treat: I'll be visiting a group of grade schoolers who are doing "show and tell" of veterans in their family.

My ex's sister's grand-daughter is featuring photos of my son and his father to honor the veterans in her family. She wanted my son to go to her thing, but since he's off doing his bit for the nation, his mom will go instead.

Meantime, in the world of fitness, I got a coupon for a free two-week trial membership at a local gym from a work mate. I got it last week, but it wasn't until today that I overcame the inertia of being home to go show up and cash it in. So between now and the 23rd of November, I have a new playground. And the chance to decide whether buying a membership is worth it for me.

If all I end up craving to use is the pool, a college pool membership might be a better option for me.

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MSLZZY 11/11/2009 10:22PM

    A free membership is just the thing to see if the gym fits your needs. God for it!

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NELLIEC 11/11/2009 7:04PM

    Enjoy your "playground."

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Memorial and exercise

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I spent most of the memorial service on the treadmill. I did stand down to put my hand over my heart for the National Anthem. I took a half day of vacation from work so I'd be watching the same time as my son was attending. Kind of like a psychic timing or something... like that one scene in Apollo 13 where they show the wife's face gazing out the window at the sky, then cut to the astronaut's face gazing out the window of the capsule at the earth.

I didn't spot my son during the service, but I might have found a snap of him that was posted in the Yahoo! Slide show by Reuters. He has a scowl on his face and he looks tired and sad. That could well be his headache look, too. I don't know whether the photo makes me more worried or less.

After I'd done my bit with the treadmill, I did an upper body workout to boot. Exercise helps me stay strong. It was an emotional day.

I got a phone call back from a staffer who works for my district's congressman. He says he is preparing legislation to propose to the congressman to get the same benefits for the wounded and fallen of Ft. Hood as would come with a purple heart. I am grateful, and I hope every member of congress supports this.

Tomorrow is Veterans day. Thank someone in uniform, will you? And take care of yourselves, because it is for you that they serve.

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SUNNY332 11/11/2009 9:00AM

    That would be great if they can pass that legislation. It was a sad day yesterday. I was gone so did not see the Memorial live but watched some it off and on though out the evening on the new reports.

Tell you Son thanks for his service. God Bless all of us Military Mama's and Papa's.

Have a GREAT day.


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WILDHORSEANNIE 11/11/2009 12:39AM

    and thank you for your son and his service as well. your blog brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat. I wonder what good could come from this horrible act at his post.....thank you for putting your emotions to words for us. We are here for you. emoticon

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DHENDLER 11/10/2009 10:45PM

    Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up like eagles on wings of great length, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint, he give strength the weary and power to the faint. ~ Isaiah 40:31

I don't know why ... but this is a song I learned in my youth ... that comes to mind.

Take comfort, have faith, everythings going to be ok.

Love and prayer surround you, your son, and Fort Hood.

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A self-nurturing Sunday

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Those who've followed the goings on over the past half-week know I have some extra motivation to take good care of me so I can be strong for others in my life. In this I'm no different from most folks who might trip over this post.

I streamlined things that needed doing this weekend, and I did them. They are mundane things, you might consider them "going through the motions", but just checking them off the list lends an air of "normal" which is so needed in life.

Change the furnace filter. Take the recycles in. Do the laundry, the grocery shopping, sweep the floor, clear space in the garage. Some yesterday, some today. Last night I heard my son's voice on the phone, and he sounds as though he is keeping busy and getting through these difficult days, one at a time.

I saved my treadmill session for after supper. I just finished it and am enjoying the final snack of my day.

Tonight, early bedtime! emoticon And I have now made it through the fifth day of "no more than one" diet soda, the last two of them without any. Although I have to say it was hard saying "no" to the impulse today. emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/9/2009 7:18PM

    You are doing great! Believe!
Continued support for your son. I know this must be hard for you and the family. Take care always! emoticon

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SUNNY332 11/9/2009 6:56PM

    Good for you - keep up the good work.

Hugs, Sunny

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NELLIEC 11/8/2009 9:32PM

    Hooray for the early bedtime -- and water!

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CONCHA77 11/8/2009 8:27PM

    Won't be too long and you won't even be thinking of WANTING your soda... Don't forget adding your water daily. emoticon
You are really doing great emoticon

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Consultation Day

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I had my Jenny consultation today, down another pound and a half (1.6). Which is decent, but wasn't really the focus of my week.

Since I go to Jenny with my daughter in law, we played catch up. Information about what all came down from my son's viewpoint at Ft. Hood, as told to his wife.

The list of the 13 killed has been released. I looked at the pictures and names, of course. Two of them were attached to my son's unit. One I distinctly remember meeting at the Yellow Ribbon event two months ago. He was a family man; I also met his wife and three children. This is so tragic.

Prayers continue for all involved, including those who like my son, had to be restrained from entering the building while the shots were being fired. I am proud that his first thoughts were to help his comrades, regardless of danger to himself. They didn't let him or the others in until the suspect was subdued. He assisted with the removal of the victims. I know that whether he comes home tomorrow or in a year and a half, he is already a changed man.

My goal for the next week is to remain strong, so that I can handle the news as it trickles in. And I made it through today with NO bubbles, folks. I'm proud of me for that piece. emoticon

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SMARTIEBEE 11/8/2009 10:48AM

    The whole thing was such a senseless tragedy and I am so sorry it had to touch your son! He sounds like a remarkable young man and you must be so very proud of him! But then he has a remarkable MOM so he came by it fairly!

Way to go with the bubbles! Good for you!


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DHENDLER 11/8/2009 9:22AM

    I'm sorry for you and your boy Barb that you've been touched by this violence. I know that my heart would be pained to realize that my son would be forever altered by an event such as this - as you suggest. You've put a face on this loss. That you met this family reminds us of the sacrifice made for us.

My heart and prayers are with you, your family and others touched by this craziness.

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MSLZZY 11/8/2009 7:33AM

    I am so sorry for the soldiers who had to see and deal with the tragedy. So much sorrow and senselessness.
Keep up the good work and soon, you won't miss the bubbles at all. emoticon

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NELLIEC 11/7/2009 8:40PM

    I am praying for those involved -- including the extended families!

Yay for no bubbles!

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Good night's sleep

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I've written before that there isn't much that a good night's sleep won't help. Yesterday I took frequent walking breaks at work, and at noon I phoned my daughter in law to make sure she was holding up OK. She apparently had talked with our fella and asked him directly if he was wounded and he said "No". I had already concluded that, because I can't believe he would withhold something of that magnitude.

Anyway, having that reassurance, and doing some good self-talking, I slept well last night. I made it through three days with only one diet soda a day. Today I'm going for the full monty... no diet sodas today... if I can pull it off, and I hope I can.

My consultation at Jenny Craig is today. This bigger thing in my life is so far overshadowing thoughts of nutrition and fitness... but, nutrition and fitness are a safety net, a talisman, a way of dealing. Along with prayer and trust in a power greater than myself.


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NELLIEC 11/7/2009 2:23PM

    Hooray that he is OK. And great that you plan to have no soda!!!

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SMARTIEBEE 11/7/2009 10:28AM

    Barb, I am so glad your son is unharmed! You must have had some bad moments there! I am proud of you for not giving in to the soda! I seldom drink even diet soda so that isn't an issue for me. but sweet things -- another issue altogether!

Glad you got some good rest too - It can sure make things easier!

Keep the Spark!


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CONCHA77 11/7/2009 9:19AM

    Good for you on not "caving in" for a soda. I use to be a slave to diet coke and NEVER drank water, Now I have no cravings for sodas and cannot live without my water -next to me always. Let us know how you like the Jenny Craig plan.
So happy that you son is ok, Bless his heart.


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MSLZZY 11/7/2009 8:51AM

    I hope your consultation goes well. Glad you got some quality sleep. It always feels so good to be rested! emoticon

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