"Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish." - John Jakes

Friday, September 28, 2012

Some Random Randomness

Not much to say today, no fancy title or pre thought-out blog, just some random babbling because I can.

Days like this make me hate being a women. Whoever came up with the idea that women should bleed once a month and have it include painful cramps and all around crabbiness just suck, end of story.

But I got our new zombie bedset in the mail today so that was exciting. The place we rent now only has one bedroom, but whenever we move to a bigger place next year this will be the sheets on the guestbed, I don't think many people will want to stay over lol




I think they are the best! All we need is for the creator to decide to make a matching body pillowcase and we'd be set (and yes I suggested it to her lmao, hey it can't hurt). If you're interested in them her facebook page is here and her store link is here. They're handmade so there are long periods of time between when her store is open so you may have to wait awhile for them (I missed out on her last opening in the spring but lucked out and got in when she opened back up a few weeks ago), but if you're a zombie nut like me then it's well worth the wait.

Charlie's been working the late shift the past two days cause the guy who normally does it isn't there. It's been nice having him be home in the morning, though the animals are confused why he has to go to work later lol. Heck they're still upset he's back at work, they really enjoyed him being home for 30 days after his surgery and now get all mopey when he leaves. But they'll get used to it again soon enough.

Next week the M-I-L and her boyfriend are coming up for the long weekend. The first night they plan on staying on the futon in the living room, but no idea if they'll want to sleep there the whole time they're here or if they'll get a hotel (one is right down the street from where we live, the convenience of living near the base lol). That's one of the downsides of having a one bedroom place, no where for guests to stay. I mean they can stay in the attic if they want but we don't have an air mattress so it won't be very comfortable unless they want to bring one with them (which they already said they don't want to do). That's where my parents stayed when they visited (they brought an air mattress with them) and they thought it was fine. So next weekend should be lots of trips into DC or whatever it is they want to do while they're up here. They get here Friday and leave Monday so unfortunately they don't have as much time as we'd like but even small visits are nice.

A lot of people have been asking when we'll visit Florida again and the honest answer is we just don't know. Because of his hip & back Charlie is on limited duty which means he can't leave the state without good reason; and I can't go without him cause he's not allowed to drive so I have to be here to take him to/from work & his doctor appointments. We're talking about putting in a leave request for later this year or maybe early next spring but we'll just have to wait and see how that all works out. As soon as we know any dates for our next visit home I promise to let you know.

Anything else I want to babble about....... oh the last post I said we're going to try to walk Lucy 5 times a week, well we pushed it to 3 times this week cause Charlie is still recovering from surgery and Lucy was exhausted so we don't want any injuries. So we'll slowly increase the walking days and distance to make sure everyone adjusts at a good safe pace.

Anything else.... Anything else....  Nope I think that's about all I have new to say right now. As you see I'm doing better on writing more so +1 for me :) Hope everyone has a great weekend and enjoys the last few days of September!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

One

One

One pebble

One stone

One shiny piece of glass


That's what signifies my new beginning

My starting over

My fresh chapter


One simple thing that will change my life

Today Charlie and I started our new goal of walking Lucy in the morning at least 5 times a week. So we got up at 5:45 and took the first steps for all of us. Charlie's first step is slowly getting him back into exercising since his surgery, Lucy's first step is getting her the exercise she deserves, and my first step is getting over this rut I've been in and starting fresh.

51 degrees outside and we walked 2 laps around our street circle (took us 16:49 to cover .85 mile, not bad with these big damn hills). We're planning on doing this even as the temperature drops into fall and winter, pushing each other to get out and just do it.

The stones are my new way to track my workouts, each workout gets a stone and when I fill the jar past the curve then I get to reward myself. Then I'll empty the jar and start over, working toward my next reward.


In the words of Three Dog Night, one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do.

But it won't be one for long

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Dear Dress

Dear dress,

God you were beautiful, you took my breath away. Right cut, right color, everything about you was perfect. Except the size of course, at this weight you would have never looked good on me. But oh did I dream of being skinny and wearing you around. You became my fantasy, my light at the end of the tunnel. But I walked away, I listened to the voices around me telling me you wouldn't fit and I walked away.

Now a month later I run back to see if you're still there; screw the voices this is my light, my hope, my dream, my everything. I always dream about you in my sleep and I wish you were on my wall giving me the inspiration physically as well as mentally. But alas you are gone, and I am heartbroken. I hope you are happy in your new home and that your owner appreciates your power & your beauty.

So I will continue on with my journey my dearest dress, and I will work on being able to fit into other very nice dresses, but they will never hold a candle to you. The day may come where another dress may take my breath away, but I won't let it down like I did you. And I promise you that if one day fate takes another chance and we find each other again I will wrap you in my arms & call you mine. Together we will finish this journey and we will stand in the light.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

30 Days of....

I'm sure most people who have ever tried to get in shape like me own a crap ton of exercise DVDs like I do.
Some I've bought, some my husband got from people, one I even won from Sparkpeople.com. Some I've done, some I've tried parts of, and some I've never even put in the DVD player.
So I decided that I was going to challenge myself once and for all to try them out. I'll pick one DVD and stick with it for 30 days. So I numbered each DVD, entered them into a random generator, and let the fates decide which I will try first.
My first DVD 30 days challenge is..... Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred
I keep saying 30 days challenge instead of 30 day challenge for a very specific reason. A 30 day challenge to me is 30 straight days of doing something, but 30 days means I'll do the exercise for 30 days, but it may be over a longer period of time. For example, say I decide to use the DVDs every other day, that means I'll do my 30 days over a 60 day period. Get it? It's probably not proper grammar but it works for me LOL.

Once my 30 Days of Shred is over I'll get back to the number generator and pick the new DVD for the next 30 days.

BTW we have at least three more DVDs not pictured. Two because we're renting this house and I can't use the proper equipment here, and one is for our TRX but I have no idea where that may be, probably still lost in the stuff from Charlie's last deployment LOL (but hey at least we know where the TRX is). Oh crap I also forgot all our Wii exercise games...... well I'll stick with this and just add more numbers next time.

Besides the above new stuff there's not much been going on with me. Putting in job applications, looking at college programs, and still trying to figure out this whole future stuff. Gotta say being a grownup sucks sometimes, but it beats being a teenager any day LOL. I go back to the doctor's in two weeks and while I haven't been hitting the high fiber goal she set for me it's much higher than what I was eating so I still think she'll be happy with the progress.

Now to hit the shed and try to find my exercise mat and dumbbells. I know right where the weights are but the mat..... I think I may have to look through some boxes =P

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

No Surgery!! (Lots of TMI)

Warning this post will contain TMI so if you don't want to become so "up close & personal" with me then skip this blog.

Yesterday I just found out some great news, I don't have to have surgery!! Since few people outside of family even know what I'm talking about you may be like 'wait what, you needed surgery? When? Why? etc etc'. Well it wasn't something I wanted to talk about till I knew more so I've been keeping it to myself.

You see I have bad hemorrhoids, have for a few years now. But for the most part they would go away after awhile and all was good. But the past few months has been really bad, horribly painful bowel movements with so much blood that it looked like I was on my period, I'm serious I would have to put pads on afterwards so I wouldn't stain my underwear. So finally a few weeks ago I got over my 'I hate doctors' attitude and went and had them checked out.

My PCM wasn't in that day so I went to someone else and they basically looked at them and then gave me a number to call to set up an appointment for a consultation to have surgery to get them removed, that's it. So I've been in dread for a few weeks about the surgery and what could happen. No I'm not a overly paranoid person, just have had bad experience before with common routine procedures. When I was younger I had my tonsils removed and to make a long story short the night after the operation I coughed too hard or something, ripping my stitches out and almost bled to death. I had to have two blood transfusions and it was during this event that I developed my fear of needles. So for the past few weeks I've been replaying the few scenes I still have memory of in my mind, growing more and more terrified at what could go wrong.

I met with the proctologist yesterday and she asked me all kinds of questions like how long has it been going on for, what has been done in the past to try and treat it, etc. Finally she said that she needs to have a talk with the PCMs because there are many steps we can take first to treat this without surgery, that I shouldn't even be in her office yet that my doctor should have taken these other steps first. So she wants me to go on a high fiber diet for 12 weeks, to start taking Benefiber every day to see if that helps with my bowel movements. She did one rubber banding treatment (where they put a band around the hemorrhoids to cut off the blood flow to them) and I go back in 4 weeks to see how that did and do more banding if needed. She said that surgery isn't off the table but it is an absolute last resort and we will take all the steps to treat it first before we even consider that. She was a really great doctor, answering all my questions and putting my fears to ease. I know that if surgery becomes necessary down the road I'll be in good hands.

The banding is uncomfortable but not painful, just weird feeling. Last night I had my first bowel movement since the procedure and I was nervous as to how it would go. I felt one twinge which made my heart stop, but that was it and I was fine. So I gotta go to the store today to pick up some stuff I need and I have to start keeping a fiber diary to record what amounts I'm eating in a day.

Exercise hasn't really happened for a few weeks now because the hemorrhoids have been so painful I haven't wanted to move, but they are feeling better so I think I should be able to start back up tomorrow with no problem. The doctor said I shouldn't have any issues exercising with the banding so I'm grateful for that. I've missed exercising and have felt really lazy and lethargic these past few weeks.

I think one thing I'm most excited about is starting the job hunt back up cause I've put it on hold thinking I would be having surgery and then being laid up for 4-6 weeks(or so I read/heard), not the best time to get hired. I've also requested information on some school programs I've been looking at and can't wait to get them in the mail to learn more.

So that's what has been going on with me, haven't wanted to blog until I knew more and that turned out was a good idea cause I would have had people worrying about surgery for nothing. Hopefully the banding/high fiber diet works and I won't ever have to have surgery

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Best Birthday In Years

Saturday was my 25th birthday. I don't really celebrate birthdays, they're just another day to me. However this year was a busy day, and turned out to be one of my best birthdays in years.

It started out with a morning 5K race in Arlington. Halfway through the race it started to snow so I was not happy about that, but thankfully it only lasted maybe 5 minutes. Our goal for the race was to keep a 18 min/mile pace and we beat that so I was very very happy. Plus everyone loved my Yoda backpack, he was the hit of the race.

Afterwards we came home for a quick nap and then headed out. First we stopped by the MCX food court and grabbed some pizza cause we were starved, and then we went bowling. Charlie had his new ball drilled and we did a few rounds till my legs started to get sore from the race and we called it quits. Charlie bought me flowers and they look like spring so it was so nice in this cold.

Then we came home and Charlie made reservations at The Melting Pot for dinner. He asked if I wanted us to dress up nice or anything and I said no I was fine with jeans & a tshirt. But then after his shower he dressed up real nice and I was annoyed. You see since I got bigger I haven't really bought any new clothes, especially nice clothes/winter nice clothes, so I don't have a lot to wear. But by him dressing up I would have to dress up in size too small clothes and I was not happy. Then while I was showering he said he had picked an outfit out for me that he knew would fit, a skirt and a nice tanktop. Now I was really annoyed cause ya they fit but it was freaking windy/snowy outside and he wanted me to wear a skirt.

As I got out of the shower to dry off he grabbed my brush and turned on the hair dryer and started to dry my hair. It was then my mind flipped the switch and I realized that I was being a jerk to be upset with him, here he was trying to do something nice for me for my birthday and his intentions were pure sweet. So the change of thinking changed my mood completely and it was one of the sweetest gestures. Then I wanted to look nice for him, doing my makeup and putting on some nice jewelry.

We had a great time at dinner, they had a Valentine's Day theme dinner complete with a rose so it was pretty cool. The running between buildings and the car made us freeze but we laughed and laughed and laughed. Overall I had a wonderfully amazing birthday and I really do have the best husband in the world.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Lost In My Own Little World

It's been almost 2 weeks since my last blog and I've got no real excuse. I've been in a rut, lost a lot of my motivation, and had to throw myself a pity party. But now the party is over and my mind is focused and back in the game.

Since this is my blog where I can express my thoughts and can talk about whatever the hell I want I feel I should talk about why I got in that rut, maybe it will help me prevent it from happening again. Recently a good friend of mine started graduated school and I'm so proud of her. But the fact is I'm also so jealous of her. You see she's a few years younger than me and it kind of hit me that here she is working on her Masters when I only have a lowly Associate. Now don't get me wrong, I know an A.A. is nothing to scoff at and I worked my butt off to get it and am very proud of myself for it, but I know my potential and I feel like I've failed to achieve what I know I can do. That I've disappointed others but more importantly I've disappointed myself. But you wanna know the real crazy thing here: I don't want a Bachelors, Masters etc anymore, haven't for a long time now. I guess that's why I've had such a hard time coming up with a program for my Bachelors cause I'm fine with what I have. With an A.A. I can do what I want to do, and that's be an assistant teacher. I've never wanted to be a "head" teacher in charge of the class, I've always wanted to be the one who's on the side helping. I don't even care about making less money, I wanna do something I love not something that I don't want to do but will make me more money. I mean sure it'd still be fun to be a librarian and that requires a Masters, but I really am perfectly happy with where I'm at.

So why the rut you ask, because again I feel like by stopping here I've let everyone down. And I feel like by going for the job that makes less money I'm letting my husband down (even though he's told me time and time again to do whatever I want to do, not to care about the money). But the real fact is that in a few years here he may not have a job anymore with the way the military is making cuts on reenlistments, and while yes he is close to finishing his degree I feel like he's supported me during these years that the least I can do is turn around and support him when he gets out. He's told me not to worry about it, that I'm just being silly, but I can't help but worry. I feel like by stopping my degree path I've put us at a disadvantage and in for hardships that really aren't necessary if I were to keep going to school..... IDK, just a lot of stuff going through my mind recently about the future.

Anyway, I had my pity party and I'm over it so let's get back to some exciting things: races!! Charlie and I have decided to try to do some kind of race every month this year, and so far we're doing pretty good. We did one in January, signed up for ones in March, May, August, and October, and we have a 5K tomorrow! I'm most excited about May & October because in May Charlie and I are going to do the Warrior Dash obstacle race where we get to jump over fire and get a fuzzy viking helmet, and in October we're not only going to be running from zombies in the Run For Your Lives obstacle but we are also going to BE zombies working in the race in the morning before our wave, how freaking cool is that!! I've also signed up for a 30 day challenge at Curves to help me stay motivated, and of course Charlie is wonderful about keeping me going so I'm really pumped about all of this. I've also been working on cooking dinner more, actually using the cookbooks we have lol. Still have to use my measuring cups/spoons but I can't help it, that habit won't break overnight lol

So all in all things are actually going really good for me right now, I've got a few more things I need to take care of that will make things even better but one step at a time. Tomorrow is supposed to be cold and wet so this is going to be an interesting race, just hopefully no snow =)

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Strike! Isn't that what it's called when you miss all the pins?

Friday Charlie and I did our hill sprints, he was very proud of how I did which is good cause I was dead lmao. Worst part is it was so windy and cold so when we'd take a quick rest between runs my sweat soaked shirt would freeze lol. No karaoke last night so we just hung out at home and watched some episodes of Bones on Netflix.

Today or I should say tonight Charlie and I went bowling on base. We had a blast, did it for just over an hour. Probably could have played longer but Charlie's fingers were starting to kill him (he bowls left handed and they only had right handed balls so after 5 rounds he was beginning to hurt, would soak his hand on his drink between rounds poor guy). I'm not a very good bowler, one of my "pride" moments was bowling at a friend's birthday party years ago, with bumpers I scored an 11, and yes I was trying lol. But hey her family loves me and now it's a great story to bring up. But I've started to improve some, my average score now is about a 60-65. Today I was super excited cause for the first time ever I beat Charlie!! It was the last game and he was dying but a win is a win!! I jumped around yelling, it was great!

No plans for tomorrow, laundry and relaxing

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sore muscles = one step closer

Yesterday Charlie and I went running in a new direction and met this damn hill, which wiped me out. Then today we went to the gym and cycled for 3o mins. Tomorrow he wants to do hill sprints cause the hill killed me but the way my legs feel he's going to have to do some good pushing to get me out there lol, I hurt. Wish I was in Florida so I could soak in my parent's hot tub. Maybe I'll go run a hot bath, next best thing to a hot tub.

Short blog tonight but nothing really new to say. I may have sore muscles but it gives me the satisfaction knowing I'm doing something and am one step closer to my goals =)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ready, Set, Go!!

Nothing gets you more pumped to prepare for a race than actually registering. It's that point that makes you go "Woohoo let's get started" followed by "OMG I can't believe I really signed up, I think I'm going to be sick" and finally back to "alright don't let the butterflies get you, you can do this. Woohoo let's get started" At least that's how I react after every race I've ever signed up for.

Well the cycle has started again cause I'm officially signed up for the Irish Sprint 10K in March and the Gender Defender 5K in August. I think what really gave me butterflies was 1) I've never ran more than a 5K in my entire life so stepping up to the next level makes me nervous even though I know I can do it. And 2) by finishing the Irish Sprint you get a "golden ticket" that guarantees you a spot in the Marine Corps Marathon in October. As I said before at this point 3.1 miles is the most I've ever ran and here I am seriously considering signing up for a full blown 26.2 mile marathon, makes me excited and sick to my stomach all at the same time. Once I get the "golden ticket" I have until March 31st to actually register for the marathon and you can bet there will be a post here when/if I do. I know most of my anxiety about it is just in my head and I can overcome it, so we'll see what happens when that point comes.

But enough of that later, I have a 10K to train for!! Woohoo!!! I'm very lucky in the fact that I have a husband who loves to run and will help me train for any and all goals I ever want to take on. With him alone I know I can succeed in anything I put my mind toward. However, I also have a secret weapon in my training arsenal: Jedi Master Yoda!
(his feet clip to the front but I let them dangle for the picture)
I saw this backpack online last year and saved up the money so I could buy him when we went to Disney a few weeks ago. I love him cause it makes me feel like Luke Skywalker in The Empire Strikes Back, but without all those backflips lmao. So he's going to be my training buddy as I run and I'm sure I'll get many looks/stares but when have I ever been one to care about stares lol. Heck more than likely it'll just end up like when I wore him around Disney and everyone wanted to know where they could get one lol.

So there we have it, I'm super excited for this year, I told you 2012 was going to kick ass! BTW I have a few more race ideas already in mind for this year but I'll talk more about them later

Ready, Set, Go!!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Oh My Snow!

Friday Charlie and I went to the gym and ran on the treadmill. We couldn't get ones next to each other for him to train us so he just told me to do 20 mins of whatever. So I did a 5 min warmup followed by 20 mins of 2 min running - 1 min walking, it was good.

Then we went to the VFW to hang out with friends. We go almost every Friday and we always have a blast. I don't normally sing but Kat asked me to so I sang one song, but otherwise I enjoy watching everyone else get up there. Here's a picture taken from our table of Charlie singing
Kat dancing crazy lol
Here's Kacey singing her heart out

While we were there it started to snow!! I was not happy cause that meant I had to drive home in it, first time for me. I did fine, went about 8-10 under the speed limit but I didn't care I was going to be safe on those icy roads. Besides if anyone was upset all they needed to do was see the license plate: FLORIDA! lol Here's some snow pics
Leaving the VFW
Our other car when we got home
The yard
And Lucy having to go in it to go potty, she was not very happy about it, my poor Hawaii puppy

Today the snow/sleet had stopped but it was so cold the ice never melted from the night so the ground/car is still covered. Didn't do much today but hang out and relax. No plans for tomorrow either, guess we'll see if we do anything or not. Hopefully the sun warms up and this damn ice starts melting.

Friday, January 20, 2012

You Got Mail

Yesterday I went to the gym with Charlie when he got off work. We did intervals on the bikes, peddling fast for 2 mins then taking a min break, did this for around 30 mins. My legs were jello afterwards, haven't ridden a bike since probably last June so different muscles were being used again.

Got our mail started back up again, when I put in the hold notice at the post office I couldn't remember which day we'd be back from vacation, so I just put the 20th cause I knew for certain we'd be here then. Normally we get very little mail so this is a lot for us lol, course most of it was junk or magazines lol.
Not sure if we're going to try to hit the gym when he gets off tonight or not, will depend on what time that ends up being since we'll be meeting friends at the VFW tonight. Under a winter weather advisory tonight so we could possible see some snow/ice when we head home. I hope not lol

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I'm Ready!

I've been meaning to write a blog since the new year started but with being on vacation I just never got around to it. But the vacation is now over and it's time to get back into the real world. Charlie's at work and I've been working on unpacking, laundry, cleaning house, etc and figured it was a good time to stop and write.

I had a wonderful time in Florida. First off it was warm and I was in heaven, even the cold days were nothing compared to Virginia. I told Charlie I wasn't going back with him that I'd see him in the spring lol, I hate the cold. Heck it even snowed where we lived while we were gone, which was fine by me, get it all out of the way so I don't have to endure it lol. Spring is still a long way off but I'm keeping my fingers crossed winter sticks with this mild pattern we've been having for the most part (till I just checked the weather and we could have flurries tonight, ugh!!).

The main reason we went home was for the races in Disney (a 5K on Friday, a half on Saturday, and a Marathon on Sunday).
I only did the 5K but Charlie did all three. We had a wonderful time and yes he survived them all lol. The 5K race ran through Epcot, it was really fun.
Along the route they had Disney characters you could stop and take pictures with but the lines were long so I just took pictures of other people's families as we ran by; like a photobomb but in reverse lol.
We did get to talk to Santa for a bit as he passed us, now we know what he does during the offseason lol.

Unfortunately because most of our time was spent in Orlando we didn't have much time for seeing family & friends. But they understood (or at least acted like they did) and we did the best we could to see everyone. That's just one of the problems with having only a small amount of time and lots of people to see who all work. Still it was wonderful seeing those we did and maybe next time we'll get to see those we missed (and no we have no idea when the next trip home will be besides January 2013).

2012 is starting out to be a great year: I got to see my family, my sister, friends from home, friend from Hawaii, run a race and go to Disney World; not bad for only being a few weeks into the year. I think this year is going to be a kick ass one, and I have every intention of making sure that becomes true. As with the start of every new year it's time to list my resolutions!
My goals include:
*~* Going back to school so I can finish my degree
*~* Learn to cook better
*~* Work on my self esteem/loving me
*~* Run more races!!
*~* Be inspiring
*~* Take up some kind of karate/martial arts class
*~* Blog more!
That's about it, I'm sure I can come up with a few more goals as the year progresses but it's a good starting place. This year I decided to not make a weight loss goal, instead I'm going to focus more on running. Weight loss is a side effect of getting in shape, and even if it doesn't happen as long as I'm in shape to run more than I'll be extremely happy. I saw this t-shirt in Disney and thought it was perfect for me (I didn't buy it cause I couldn't bring myself to spend that much on a shirt, so I took a picture instead lol)

I have a few races in mind that I'm going to sign up for this year, from a few 5Ks to a huge challenge: the Marine Corps Marathon in October. So I have 10 months to work on being able to run 26.2 miles in at least a 14 min/mile pace, looks like I have my work cut out for me. Also I want to sign up for the Goofy race & a half challenge at Disney in 2013 like Charlie did this year. Should keep me motivated =) I'll be happier when the weather warms up so I can run outside instead of on a treadmill (I mean yes I can do it outside now too but I'd rather be inside where it's warmer lol).

That's about everything that's been going on with me. I'm going to try to blog more cause it holds me more accountable, plus I really do enjoy writing and haven't done much of it recently.

January 2012 5K, can't wait to see 2013's 5K picture, I'm ready!