Posts Tagged ‘Health’

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The One About Losing Time

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Time is the only thief we can’t get justice against.
~Astrid Alauda

Things are crazy around here. I’m busy getting my Navy Reserve Officer package together. I can’t believe the board meets in only two months. I have been working out but the last two weeks I haven’t… working late, dogs been sick and now I have a nasty sinus infection.

We have decided that Skah, our now 10-month-old Great Pyrenees puppy, might be deaf. B has mentioned it to me before but I just chalked it up to him being not only a typical puppy (puppies don’t listen to you), but also a typical Pyr… Pyrs are insanely smart but also incredibly independent.  They tend to hear you, but decide whether it’s worth it to them to listen to you.

So we will be taking him to a canine hearing specialist soon to do some hearing tests. I hope the tests come back that he’s just being a typical boy, typical puppy and typical Pyr all in one… just not listening. B wanted to get him because he wanted a guard dog. He doesn’t think that a deaf Pyr can guard (I know he can, but it’s convincing B since Skah will sleep though people coming into the house at the moment… but that can be just sacked out puppy, too).

We went to the Navy Recruiting District Michigan’s awards dinner/training this past weekend. I enjoyed the down time (no dogs, could take naps, etc). The dinner/awards was a total disaster. It took several hours just to get seated because they didn’t have a good plan in place.  Not everyone got the dinner they had requested (ran out of steak) and the cake slices that were on the table the whole time had a thin, hard layer on top from being exposed to the air for too long.

I didn’t go to the Spouses’ Meeting because A. I’m not a spouse or even engaged and B. All I’ve been told about it is that the wives rant and b*tch about how many hours their husbands work (yes, I know some recruiters are female and therefore there are male spouses, but I’ve only heard that the wives are the ranters and ravers).

You know what? I do hate how many hours they work and how crazy it is.  But at the end of the day, your boyfriend/husband/spouse is still there with you in bed at night. It might not be until 10 p.m. or even midnight some nights, but he’s still there at night.  So really, what is there to complain about?  These recruiters aren’t being deployed for months at a time… we get cuddle with them in bed every night.  Yeah, I didn’t go because I wouldn’t have been able to listen to all the witching.

Unfortunately, with all that downtime last weekend, I think my immune system took a rest too and let a sinus infection in. I woke up Saturday morning with a slightly sore throat and by the time I sat down at the awards dinner that night, I felt that ominous pressure creeping up my face toward my forehead and back down the other side.

It didn’t help that up-and-coming rap star Big Sean had a music video being shot at my place of work yesterday and I ended up being outside in the sleet/snow/cold for three hours before the shoot moved inside. That and working 14 hours with only a 30 minute break to let the dogs out to potty at night (nope, didn’t get a lunch break… ate while I worked) didn’t help matters any, either.

So now I’m home from work today and am not going to make it in at all. I feel like I could take a drill to my face and drain the sinus crap myself.  Kill. Me. Now.

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The One About the Baseline Start

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Runners just do it–they run for the finish line even if someone else has reached it first.
~Author Unknown

Well, I just did a baseline test for my sit-ups, push-ups and 1 mile run.  I’m soo out of shape.  The Navy standards go from probationary to satisfactory to good to excellent to outstanding with low, medium and high within each category (ie good low, good medium, good high).  You HAVE to have satisfactory low to even pass, but I’m shooting for good low to good high for each of mine.

I can’t do a proper push-up.  Not at all.  I need to do 19-30 sit-ups to be in the good range for a female my age.

I didn’t get a good baseline for my sit-ups because B pissed me off by making comments about my red face so that I stopped and didn’t feel like doing them in front of him anymore.  I need 54-75 sit-ups for the good range.

I did a one mile in 13 minutes, 45 seconds (I haven’t done a mile run for 12 years).  On that pace, I’m set to do a 17 minute, 15 second 1.5 mile run.  I need a 14 minute, 53 second to a 14 minute flat 1.5 mile run to be in the good range.

I have a loooooooooooot of work to do.

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The One About Getting Ready to Start

Friday, September 26, 2008

If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.
~Joey Adams

Well,  B and I are getting ready to start our exercising. I just might start on Sunday because I’m that eager.

Last night, I went to Target and bought a cardio watch that will allow me to count down the times that I need for the exercise program and will also tell me what my heart rate is.  This will help me keep it within the target zones.

I’m really excited to start!

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The One About Being Fit in 14 Weeks

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
~Edward Stanley

I admit it… I’m not the best at exercising.  Mostly because until I was 22 or so, I didn’t need to.  I was one of those girls in high school who could eat anything she wanted and still barely fill out a size 2.

At the end of college, I was a size 10.  I lost weight a few years ago and returned to a healthy 4/6.  Then last year, I fell ill and had to take steroids and other nasty stuff and now I’m back up to a 10.  I want to get back down to a healthier weight for me.

But now I’m finding that it is necessary and I can always find ways to avoid it: gym memberships are too expensive, working out for an hour plus the commute to the gym takes too much time, I feel like I have no one to push me on, etc.

This time, though, I think I have devised a way to fix that.  But I want to create an online group of people who are struggling to do the same thing.  I think it would help everyone out and we could all do our healthy thing together.

The exercise plan is just that… a plan. I have to admit that I didn’t make it up–it’s a 14-week plan put together by the military for people who are getting themselves ready to go to boot camp.  But don’t worry, it’s all self-discipline, just like any other exercise program.  And I took a look at it and thought… hey, I can do that.  It’s a great gradual increase and I think that we could all do it if we wanted to.  I hate running.  I can’t run 1/4 mile without getting winded… but I think I can do this.

Now, there is nothing saying that you can’t repeat a week if you aren’t ready for the next week.  And of course you can add in exercises if you want to.

Here’s the plan (each one completed in one session 3-5 times a week): Read the rest of this entry ?

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The One About the First of April

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Even the gods love jokes.
~Plato
Wedding Rings

So B and I went to the courthouse and got married by a justice of the peace yesterday. I haven’t told my family yet (and none of them read this blog, so that’s fine). Though we love each other, it was kind of a shotgun wedding because I’m pregnant and B thought it was a good idea (it was going to happen anyway, just not so soon!). I have to figure out how to tell them, but it’ll be nice to hear the pitter-patter of little feet 🙂

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Happy April Fool’s Day!

No, I’m not married. No, I’m not pregnant. But I do hear the pitter-patter of little feet. Well, it’s more like “ka-humph, ka-humph” as Skah goes running down the hallway with his huge paws to play with the cat or to try to elude us so he can get in the garbage.

This pup seriously has huge paws. I took him to the park on Saturday to meet one of my friends who brought her 68-pound beagle/shar-pei/something mix. Both he and Cody walked through a puddle and we couldn’t see the difference in paw prints. It was amazing.

Skah probably weighs around 18 or 19 pounds now. Maybe even 20… which would be a 4 pound gain in a week and a half. Sounds about right to me.

B was sick all weekend and is still hacking and sniffling. I think he had a touch of the flu but only had the fever for one day. His symptoms started out just like mine did three or four weeks ago when I got sick. So I’ve been sleeping in the guest bedroom so he doesn’t keep me up all night and so I don’t get it from him.

It was a lovely 60 degrees yesterday… first of the season. Too bad it was raining. Woke up today to about 55 degrees. Now, less than four hours later, it’s 37. We are supposed to get some snow tonight. Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. This time last year, we were in the 80s and we had to mow lawn the first week of April. Of course, we had to mow it quickly because the first weekend in April brought us a snow storm. But still, we were mowing the lawns around here. The grass isn’t even green this year yet.

Ugh!