- Wednesday Apr 17, 2002
I am finally on a routine I can deal with and maybe get some exercise in. I had a long, hard weekend doing the drill thing. We went out east to Camp Gruber and played in the field. We had to put up lots and lots of tents and camouflage nets. If you don't bring "pogey bait" (snacks & stuff) of your own, you will be stuck eating the prepackaged MREs. Just one has over 2700 calories, that is quite a few when you want to lose some poundage.
Last night was the last night of this Humanities class. I had to turn in my research paper and my group had to put on our 30 minute presentation. It only lasted 20 minutes. If we were docked for time, the instructor didn't say, there were a few groups that took over 40 minutes, there presentation was boring to say the least, it was hard to keep from falling asleep.
I hope everyone has a great day, and if things continue like they are I will be able to post more often, instead of just read.
- Thursday Apr 04, 2002
Total pity party to follow. I am struggling with school, I never dreamed it would be this hard. I still haven't started on my paper and it is due April 16th. I have gained a few pounds, so I have been hard on myself.
My son has decided to go to El Paso, Texas (his dad is stationed at Fort Bliss) for the summer. He said he wanted to go and visit his dad before he left in June/July to go to Saudi Arabia. I asked if he was coming back, he said he wanted to check out the schools there. That is fine, however, I asked him why he would want to stay with the Stepmon instead of coming back to me. He had no answer. I know my ex told him he had a car for him there and I think that was a big part of luring him down there. I also didn't want my ex to tell him, "you're man of the house now, take care of things while I'm gone". I want my son to have fun with his life and not have to be concerned with worrying about his step-brother and half sister. My son will be 16 and the others are 9 & 3. I guess I'm just being selfish and my son is old enough to make up his own mind, but it's just hard knowing I probably won't get to see him for a long time.
I visited my sister who is skinny has a rail and does not work and has no care in the world about how the bills will be paid. I was actually envious and wish I could be like her, especially when she doesn't work. All she cares about his finding her next boyfriend, her next beer and cigarette. However, I don't want to worry about not have electricity for heat or water to bathe either, and those things aren't high on her priority list.
Well, I only have a little over two months to get my brain in serious mode to try to take some of this weight off, before annual training. It was awful trying to shave my legs last night in the tub, I found myself trying to be an amateur contortionist. It was so hard trying to maneuver my bulk around to make sure I had a complete shave.
I did go walk for 3 miles, however, my girlfried was with me and we didn't go that fast, because we were talking. I'll up the speed and maybe that will help. The weather is getting warmer so maybe I'll be able to get up in the mornings and go for a walk.
I hope everyone has a great day.
- Thursday Mar 14, 2002
I have started out pretty slow today. I had two slices of bacon and one piece of French toast for breakfast. I can't seem to get motivated. They ordered pizza for lunch, they are sitting in front of the TV waiting for the basketball tournaments to start. What a great party weekend, drinking and eating and eating and drinking. To bad I don't partake of drinking, but I can get my eat ON. That's what I could do, but I'll just do the usual. Clean house and do laundry, and watch the basketball.
Next week is spring break, I will take 2 1/2 days of vacation to get a good start on my ten page paper for school, who knows I may go ahead and check out my gym during the day, when not so many people are there. I will continue to walk.
Thanks Charlotte for your kind words, I was once a member of weight watchers. I have all the point books and little black purse thing, but I couldn't motivate myself enough to continue with the meetings. Maybe I'll look into starting back. They say it is open house month and I could attend for free, but I can't find a convenient time to attend. Our security is still high at the bank (Federal Reserve) and we can't organize a meeting here. I'm thinking, it all depends in how bad you want something.
- Wednesday Mar 13, 2002
I made it through the dreadful weekend. Actually it wasn't so bad, it never is, but it was cold. So very, very cold. And it always seems to fall on a weekend I want to do something. But now that is is over I can get on with other things.
Monday I didn't go to work, because I had to prepare for my oral presentation for class. Egads, what an ordeal. I will never be able to speak in public, I was so nervous and I could hear my voice shake all over the place. I even practiced in front of my son. He kept interupting me and asking questions, he got a big kick out of torturing me.
Last night we stopped at Mom's house and picked up the NCAA basketball tournament brackets to turn in before the games start. I think the grand prize is a t-shirt, nothing big, but it will still be a hoot to win. She asked me if I wanted a meatloaf sandwhich (I love me mom's meatloaf) but I turned her down, telling her I was starting to watch what I eat, to lose weight before summer camp. My son even said he would help me.
We stayed up until midnight last night trying to figure out his Algebra homework, we didn't do so well. After work, I am going to the park and do my 2 mile walk, it is great weather and it is never to early to get started and then I'm headed to the library to do some research for class and our group presentation.
For breakfast I had a banana and a diet coke. Lunch was a small bowl of chicken tortilla soup and a small chicken breast and a glass of ice cold water. I'm slowly trying to get away from drinking caffeine, since that does figure into dehydration and I don't need that getting ready for summer camp, so I'll just drink water.
hope you all have a great day. Jo Ann
- Thursday Mar 07, 2002
Finally I make my way back to the diaries. I have been recovering from two fractured ribs. Very painful, it hurt to sit, lie, stand, you name it, I was in constant pain and I didn't want to move. I went to the doctor three times and he never bothered to take a chest x-ray. Quack. I finally went for a second opinion and demanded an x-ray and sure enough I had to fractured ribs. Not that they could do anything but prescribe pain medication, but at least I knew why I couldn't get around.
I have been very busy with school and have a hard time managing work, school and eating. I have been skipping meals and eating on the go, which I know is a bad no, no. I haven't gained any, but I haven't really done anything to lose either. This weekend I have a three day training with the National Guard, so when I return on Monday, I will get started again. I can't tell you how many times I said that, but hopefully I won't be slowed down by injuries received from just coughing.
I'm glad Rader finally checked back in and Charlotte is staying strong. I admire her so. Take care and I'll be back soon. Jo Ann
- Thursday Feb 14, 2002
- Wednesday Feb 13, 2002
My how time does fly. I can't believe it is the middle of February all ready and I have done nothing to show for it. Just think if I would have started my diet and stuck to it I would be down at least 20 pounds by now. I must tell you last night I went through a full circle of emotions.
I cried watching the olympics when a piece was shown on Picabo Street about all the obstacles that she over came and how she has this big huge scar on her leg and she went through all this therapy just so she could ski again. I'm thinking to myself I wish I cared that much about losing weight and then I wouldn't have any trouble at all. In the end she didn't win what she wanted, but she did compete.
I laughed when I was surfing the internet to find out ways to learn how to start a running program. One thing I found said just this:
1. bend down and tie your shoes 2. get off the couch 3. open the door 4. walk down the sidewalk 5. decide which direction to go 6. start running
Yeah, I wish it was that easy. I had one physical fitness trainer tell me that muscles have memory, well mine must have amnesia because they sure have no recollection of when I ran 7.3 miles a day.
So to go along with the Olympics motto - Light the fire inside. That is what I'm going to do. I'm still recovering over my last sick episode, still have a nagging cough and I just know that will impede my breathing, but it's now or never and I don't want to be fat on my 35th birthday, coming in July.
I hope you have a great day and remember--light that fire inside!!
- Wednesday Feb 06, 2002
Went to the doctor again, I'm convinced he's a quack. He gave me a breathing treatment and some narcotic cough syrup. I took some last night and I did get a good night's sleep, but my body didn't understand it was only for night, because I nodded off the entire day at work. I would be reading the monitor or something on it and I would just wake up about 3-5 minutes later. Could become an embarrassing situation, if someone happened upon me. Thank Goodness it didn't.
I am loosing weight though, the nurse weighs me each time I go in, let me tell you not the best weigh (a little pun) to do it. I know now why drugs never appealed to me. I would rather be sick than feel the way I felt today. My cough was better today, so maybe it is helping.
I didn't want breakfast this morning. I ate a half of club sandwhich for lunch and some water. I can't even think about dinner. Things can only get better.
Hope every one is having a great week.
- Monday Feb 04, 2002
I am still sick. I have been to the doctor twice and he has given me a ton of meds, but nothing has seemed to help. I have a cough I just cannot get rid of. I cough so much my entire body hurts and I swear there is something lodged in my throat. This has taken a toll on my eating, which would be good at any other time, but I'm lucky if I eat anything at all. Saturday my son had company over and I did not feel like cooking, so I go them McDonalds take out. I had a sausage biscuit, or I should say half, because I didn't eat it all. For dinner I had a few Pepperidge farm goldfish. Sunday, I tried to eat a bowl of maple and brown sugar oatmeal, and for dinner I had a half turkey and swiss sandwich. I haven't been drinking my water which I'm trying to do today.
I have drill this weekend, which will not help matters any, especially if I have to spend it all outside again.
I hope you all had a great weekend.
- Monday Jan 28, 2002
I was away for awhile due to an illness I have yet to figure ot what it is. I just know that the first two days, my bones were so sore I couldn't sleep, because my hips would just ache and ache, I couldn't sit because then my neck, back and shoulders would ache so I moped around the first two days. The third day I would alternated between sweating and freezing and had to survive through the first day of class. The fourth day was pretty much the same as the first, but I did have to go to work and that made it intolerable. Wednesday the fifth day I picked up an awful cough that still is with me. The doctor said it was brochitis, which I thought was reserved for smokers. Now over a week later I still have the awful cough that keeps me up at night, and my hips are still hurting.
Needless to say, I was naught for exercise, but I didn't manage to eat anything outragious either. I hope all are doing well, keep up the great work.