Everyday Better: Fitness

Other posts on this matter: Everyday Better and Everyday Better: Blogging

I would like to say I’m pretty in shape. When it comes to the Army, that’s part of my job. We get evaluated on our fitness through a simple test of push-ups in two minutes, sit-ups in two minutes, and then a two mile run. The amount of push-ups and sit-ups and the time you have to run your two mile in is based on your age and gender.

You can see what you would score here.

On the female scale for my age, I often ‘max it’ meaning I get the most points possible in each category giving me a 300. But, with changes in the Army with more opportunities for females and my job being combat arms, I expect this ‘female scale’ to go away. I have to score around a 340 on the female scale to come close to a 270 on the male scale. Whether that’s fair or not is a different debate, but it does show a different level of ‘combat readiness’.

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My soldiers holding up a tire for a timed competition.

For example, in artillery we have different types of ammo based on what effect you want. If you want a big bang, there’s a type for that, if you want light in the night, we also have one for that. These different rounds have different weights and some weigh more than 110 pounds.

My body weighs 120.

Needless to say, I need someone to help me lift those rounds. There are a lot of people, male or female, that can lift those rounds alone yet have a lower fitness score than me.

I’m not saying that the only reason to get in shape is for my job but I’m also not saying I’m a slacker. I recognize where I want to be fitness wise while acknowledging that I do have a decent amount of accomplishments too.

So, by the end of February I do want to start lifting weights because right now all I do it push-ups or variations of them. I also want to look in the mirror and see muscles on my back and arms and even my abs.

Summer is soon!

Again, with my schedule it is hard to figure out how to do this but I think if I do my mandatory physical fitness Monday – Friday with the Army, which is mostly just running, but also dedicate Monday morning to an hour run then Saturday and Sunday I can do weight training.

I’ve also always wondered about getting a personnel trainer so I might save and do that just because I don’t know how to do free weights while feeling safe at the same time. Plus, it’ll give me motivation to show up because I paid for the service!

Also, no more fast food! Okay, that’s not fair to me I can’t go cold turkey…. only once a week in February and none by March. This means I need to figure out meal prep a lot better. I did it recently for a week and by Wednesday I thought the food was bland and it was unappealing to me. I cooked chicken and pasta dishes and gave myself a salad to go with it.

Ugh.

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Anne is Back

Why the hiatus?

Life got hard. Or at least, I think it did. It’s difficult claiming that when sometimes I feel like I just really need a swift kick to the butt.

It’s still January and I couldn’t hold this down. But, while I was in band with Liz I did learn that repetition makes practice and practice makes perfect. My handy theology major taught me that 40 days of consistently doing something makes something a habit and once something is a habit, it’s a lot easier to do. This is the idea behind things like Lent anyway.

So, I think I will write everyday even if that just means scheduling posts so I don’t interfere with Liz’s day.

Do you see what I just did? I told you the problem and came up with the solution.

Life did get hard though. I’m sure if my boss was reading this he would laugh out loud though and call me a baby…

I guess I’m really not used to working so much. In college I probably worked as many hours if not more, but I got to spread it out. I purposefully would schedule myself a two hour lunch to hang out with friends and nap. Some days I would even just schedule night classes so when my friends were studying I could knock out a 3 hour class and in the day time just go to the gym.

Now, that flexibility isn’t as true. The Army is interesting in the fact that I don’t get paid hourly. I get paid monthly so it doesn’t matter how many hours I work, I just need to get my taskings done. Sometimes, I could honestly get done by noon and other times I need to work ’til 10 at night. Because I’m still new and figuring out this Army thing, oftentimes these last few months, I found myself in the office until 9 at night… not horrible but way past the time my favorite burrito shop closed.

It’s also hard because being in the Army is about people and honestly, most of my soldiers don’t have to be with me that late to complete stuff. My stuff a lot of the times is admin paperwork so I need to utilize my daylight hours with them in the field and then once they go home I can type up the 30 memos I need.

My days where I get to be with my soldiers are my favorite. It does get hard to remember that though when I’m reading something called a ‘technical manual’ trying to figure out how to write a memo and what exactly I should be doing.

I learned that the hard way. Part of my job is being the arm’s room officer. NCOs and officers get additional duties on top of their normal duties to make the unit effective. Arm’s Room Officer means I have to keep the room where we store weapons secure and in compliance with state and federal law. That means any vents leading into that room needs to have security bars over it and the keys need to be inventoried and secure and the people that have access to the key to the key box don’t also have access to the arms room.

Crazy stuff that makes sense but you didn’t realize had to be in effect, or at least I didn’t.

So here we are, an Anne that wants to figure out life but an Anne that needs to manage her time better.

You know you love me,

xoxo Gossip GI Girl

Anita, darling

Oops I almost forgot to write. I still have two hours in Lousiana.

imageI don’t have much to say tonight. Yesterday I slept for 20 hours because I am convinced I’m sick. Today, there is still a little dab of pain in the back of my throat but maybe that’s what anxiety feels like.

I really like 101 Dalmatians because of the dogs and stuff but also because of Anita and Roger. Roger is pursuing his dreams no matter what and Anita works hard to help support that dream even if it means dealing with a dreadful boss.

They are underrated. Most of the Disney human characters tend to come from wealthy background. Even Cinderella ends up living in a castle at the end. Anita and Roger don’t get that. Instead, they have more puppy mouths to feed and simply look at that as a blessing.

I think that’s the real Disney love story. Fall in love awkwardly, because no love story is ever perfect, then work hard for that love.

When I was a freshman, some of my older friends expressed their desires to not do the Army forever or to do something less time consuming within it. I didn’t understand that. But, I think I am starting to.

it’s kind of scary to redefine what happiness if for yourself but if you don’t, you’ll never be able to redirect yourself from driving off the cliff.

I’m redirecting and I’m scared but I’m glad that life lets you try out different things.

I want to be Anita not Cinderella and it is okay to be Cinderella! Heck, if I won the lottery I would readjust my happiness path again.

Level 23 Human Type

imageOne thing I like doing is pretending life is a video game and my character gets experience points in different talents like Final Fantasy. Even the Sims works off this concept. +3 for friendship!

It is cool because today I learned a lot because of conflict and in a video game I would celebrate because of all the work I did to get me to the next level. In life it is harder because conflict here doesn’t come with a meter gauge to tell me I’m growing.

That’s okay.

Adulting

Today was such an adult day.

When I arrived back to the airport after my winter break, I found my car’s battery was dead.

Okay, that’s fine, I thought. I called up some people and I got it jump started. Cool! I made my hour trek back home and along the way my radio kept turning on and off… That’s really weird.

I stop at my mailbox and see that my boyfriend had given me some meme shirts (so maybe it wasn’t that much of an adult day?).

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Once I got back in the car though it wouldn’t start and kept wining at me. That’s when I knew that those radio breaks where actually my car not being able to jive with the battery.

Also, I called my mom and she told me so.

By then, all the businesses where closed so I had to wait until today to actually do anything about it which was stressful in itself. For some reason, I’ve noticed that I tend to want to fix emergencies right away just to relieve the pressure. Oftentimes, it’s impossible though.

Once the tow truck service arrived the next day and I saw I didn’t get a ticket for where I parked, I was able to take a step back and I grabbed my Amy Poehler book and just accepted that the day was going to go one way and I had little control over it.

Luckily, it was the battery like expected so they were able to fix it the same day. I ended up paying a little over 300, which was not ideal but as far as car problems go it was okay…

The pain was lessened as a few of my new friends from work picked me up for lunch and we had cheap burgers and Cajun fries at Fat Boy & Skinny’s. While Cajun fries aren’t comparable to my favorite food, cheese fries, they were good albeit saltier than your normal French fries.

Moral of the story, the day wasn’t ruined and my car is okay and I’m not stressed.

Iimage1(1)n other news I decided to do Stitch Fix. It’s good for me because I live in the middle of nowhere. The closest mall is an hour away with nothing in-between. Having gone to college in New York, this was hard to adjust to so I compromised with myself and signed up for a stylist. Plus, how cool is it to say I have a stylist?

The way it works is you pay 20 dollars for someone to look at your Pinterest board of clothes and then take a quick survey that essentially asks you to explain your look. They send you a box of five things. I opt for all clothes, one being something quirky or surprising but you can also request jewelry or bags.

If you buy something, the 20 dollars goes towards that. For example, if a shirt is 40 dollars and you buy that from the box, it is now 20 dollars but if you buy nothing, it does cost 20 to have had them send you a box.

image6They provide a prepaid bag for you to send back the items you don’t want.

 

The reason why I’m mentioning this is because not only does it give me a chance to show off my purchases but also I think it’s a good way to make a ‘bad’ situation better. I get to participate in a fun stylish service even though I don’t live in a stylish area. Where I’m stationed is said to be the worst post in the Army. I feel like I can overcome that though with these small rebellions.

Perhaps the common theme is to just be flexible and to make do with each situation you’re in which is very hard for me to do sometimes and I’m not sure if I can sum that up in one word. Perhaps it’s a type of humility or just being positive?

I like that my blood type is B+ because they sew it on to your Kevlar and spell out the positive so I’d like to think when people look at me I’m like a happy bumper sticker telling them to keep smiling.

Maybe ‘blood type’ will be my word for 2016.

Anne is a Slytherin

There is a list of songs I need to buy that I keep in my iPhone notes. I haven’t bought them left because I have a MacBook Air because I used to have a 10 lb computer from Dell and it would hurt my back walking to my classes on campus so I overcompensated. Now, I have to store my iTunes on an external drive.

Also, I’m lazy and for some reason iTunes seems harder to access than YouTube.

I wasn’t too lazy for Taylor Swift though. She was born on my birthdate and also just really gets me.

If you really want to know me, just listen to the Red album. If you want to know who I want to be, listen to the 1989 album.

I listened to Out of the Woods on repeat non-stop for a week when 1989 came out and was disappointed it wasn’t the jukebox favorite like Shake It Off Was. It’s funny I relate to OOTW so much though because I have never had to have twenty stitches in a hospital room.

Besides Taylor Swift, I also enjoy coffee in my milk but get a kick out of all the fancy drinks you can get at local coffee shops. The more complicated, the better. I’m in the Army though so sometimes I pop caffeine pills. I sadly didn’t discover them until my senior year of college. They are truly game changers. A lot of people say it’s not healthy though? Yet, they tell me this as they sip on Monsters and Diet Coke.

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I’m in the Field Artillery, which is a combat arms branch. I think I talk about that a lot but it consumes about 90 percent of my day-to-day activities.

In college, I did ROTC and I think the most important thing was that I did have a lot of civilian friends. A lot came up to me through my four years and were able to say how they were once afraid the idea of the army but now that they know me, their thoughts have changed. People in the military are just like any other person in a job. That was very important to me. The Army is a subculture but we shouldn’t be a mystery.

What I want the most out of life is to travel with friends.

I met Liz in high school. She was the older cool girl in marching band. I actually can’t remember everything? I do remember her attempts to do NaNoWriMo and that she liked John Green and Harry Potter and that is really my only criteria for initial friendship. Back then; if the sorting hat had been placed on my head, I would’ve been up there for a while deciding if I’m a Ravenclaw or a Slytherin. Since I’m a Muggle, I was able to really test out both houses. Liz is a true Ravenclaw so she let me taste what that is like. I later learned I am truly a Slytherin though but after the war, house ties didn’t have such the stigma they once did so my Slytherin self could still hang out with her.

What I want out of this blog is to become a better and more consistent writer and to push myself more creatively now that I’m out of college. Attending Fordham in New York City was awesome, but now that I’m out of those woods I’m ready for a new start where my brain isn’t doing homework every night.