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And the first place award for trees killed is: The Army!

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Saturday morning. Man it feels good to do nothing. Last weekend was my first really free weekend in well, months. And aside from going to the gym and shamming my way through a WOD I talked about, I pretty much sat on the couch, did homework, and watched TV. I didn’t even get dressed on Sunday until like 4. This weekend I don’t really have much going on either- last night the boyfriend and I met up with the Charlie Btry Drill Sergeants for drinks (although we didn’t stay very long, since he has CQ tonight- BUT that means he’s off Sunday!!), and then tonight a friend and I are headed out for a Girls Night: Dinner and Drinks or something. And then more sitting around and relaxing, since I have about three very unpleasant weeks coming up.
In the normal Army world, once you get to be an NCO, you will have an additional duty: UPL (pee collector for drug tests), armorer (responsible for the Arms room and all of the weapons), SHARP/EO (in charge of preventing and handling any sexual harassment/assault cases or any Equal Opportunity cases), or something else. In the Drill Sergeant world, there’s only about 13-16 Drill Sergeants per Btry… which means that all those additional duties still have to be done, but there’s less people to do them. So everyone gets assigned a few. I’m unit pee collector, master driver, (which means I track everyone’s military driver’s licenses), and soon to be Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear NCO.. in charge of the CBRN room and gas masks. yay…. As you may have guessed, people generally don’t volunteer to have these additional duties. And the schools are ridiculously boring. (There’s not a whole lot of ways to make learning about regulation and drivers’ training and licensing fun). So I get to spend the next three weeks listening to some retired First Sergeant teach me about CBRN (pronounced Seeburn). Still, it’s better than being the Btry armorer and Battalion (Bn) SHARP.. which are my boyfriend’s additional duties. In the basic training world, armorer is doubly hard since the privates are in and out of quarters, sick call, other appointments, and he has to keep track of their weapons and be in and out of the Arms room all the time. (This brings me to another point about “When I was in basic training” and why do these privates get to deal with their personal lives in basic training, but that’s for another post). These additional duties wouldn’t be so bad, except that like EVERYTHING else in the Army, they require you to maintain a book. Seriously- if they could track which organizations killed the most trees, I bet the Army would be competing for first place. Really they wouldn’t even have to compete. See what happens is that every time there’s some kind of new incident, no one knows who to blame. So to prevent that from ever happening again (not the incident, just the knowing who to blame part), the Army invents more paperwork. Let me give you an example. We’ll take something as simple as going on leave. So you want to drive from Ft Sill, OK, to New Orleans, and spend five days there. Simple, right? You submit your DA-31 (leave request form) and off you go. NO. Wrong answer NCO/Soldier/officer. Someone somewhere along the way submitted a leave request form and took leave that he didn’t have. Now you have to submit your LES (leave and earnings statement), along with your DA-31. So you do that. Still not done. See someone ELSE got into a car accident and died. The Army didn’t know who to blame for that mishap, because it couldn’t have just been a random occurrence, SOMEONE had to be at fault, so now you have to fill out an online survey promising that you won’t drink and drive, you won’t drive during inclement weather, you won’t speed, you won’t drive while tired. And it has to be approved by your supervisor. So now the Army can say that you were properly briefed before you left. You’re STILL not done. Obviously Soldiers are too stupid to know if their car works or not before they drive somewhere, so your supervisor has to fill out a POV (personally owned vehicle) inspection form that checks everything important that makes a car run, like your horn and high beams. And then you fill out a cover sheet that states all of the aforementioned information on another tree that you’ve killed, for those to stupid to actually read the forms. NOW you can go. At this point you’re probably like, “Screw it, I’ll just take leave and stay at home.” Haha- you still have to do all that paperwork. Even though you’re not actually going anywhere. By the way- this whole thing is a complete paradox, because according to the Army it’s perfectly safe for you to drive home from CQ or Staff Duty after being up for 24+ hours. And EVERYTHING in the Army is like this. Is your brain hurting yet? Mine is. So let’s move onto my week recap.
I did pretty good with eating well and going to crossfit this week. While all of my meals weren’t 100 percent paleo, they were pretty close, and really healthy. I made Curried Chicken Kebobs with Couscous on Wednesday (Omg seriously- you MUST try this. My boyfriend told me it’s the best food I’ve ever made for him, and he tells me what an awesome cook I am all the time.. you know, not to toot my own horn or anything). I had staff duty Thursday and ate like crap, but then yesterday I made Paleo Pulled pork and mashed sweet potatoes, which was a recipe from civilized caveman cooking. So good. Don’t really remember what I made the other nights, I don’t think it was anything special. (Quick note in regards to the blog: If you’re looking for awesome paleo recipes by this blogger.. don’t look here. While I’ll always share the source of the recipes I make, I haven’t quite made it to the point where I can invent my own insanely good recipes.. I just steal everyone else’s.) This is week in crossfit: I made it Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, skipped Thursday, and made it yesterday, by some miracle. I only got a couple of hours of sleep after staff duty yesterday morning due to taking care of some personal issues and getting a massage, so I was dead-tired yesterday afternoon and almost talked myself out of going. Here’s how that went down:
Bad me: “Wow you’re really tired. Why don’t you just nap until Robie gets home?”
Good me: “Weeelll.. That does sound really good.. but what about working out?”
Bad me: “It’s open gym on Saturdays. Just do today’s WOD tomorrow.”
Good me: “Yah I tried that last week.. I’ll probably just sham again.”
Bad me: “So just skip it. You’re really tired, you just got a wonderful massage and rest is important. Also the WOD today is like every exercise you hate rolled into one god awful chipper”
Good me: “…But I paid good money to be able to go to Crossfit Havoc everyday.. No sense wasting it. Plus I promised myself I’d go every day. AND I only have a month and a half left to get myself in crazy awesome shape before I pick up another cycle and lose it all again”

.. So I went, bad me kicking and screaming. Here’s yesterday’s WOD:
Warm up:
2 rounds of 12 jumping lunges and 12 ab roll outs (It was a warm up that was VERY unkind to my knees)

For Time:

10 Rope Climbs (scaled to 20 rope pull ups- start laying on the floor and pull yourself to standing using only your arms)

20 Overhead Squats @ 95 lbs / 63 lbs (scaled to 53#)

30 Air Squat to Box Jump @ 24″ / 20″

40 Sumo-Deadlift High-Pulls @ 95 lbs / 63 lbs (scaled to 53#)

50 Burpee Long Jumps @ 6′ / 4′

I finished in 26:40. The burpees took BY FAR the longest. I could only do them in sets of 10, and usually by the last couple of reps of every set I was jumping like 2 feet instead of 4. Also my back, which was feeling wonderful from my massage, was spasming by the end of the workout- from I assume the ab roll outs, the SDHPs, and the burpee long jumps. My poor, abused body. Still, I was proud of myself for sucking it up and going- because God knows I would have shammed today without classmates to keep me accountable for a)finishing in a decent time, and b)finishing all the burpees. Anyways, I should probably stop talking now. I’m sure you’re all bored to tears. Note to self: Find (or stop being lazy and take) pictures to go along with my novels. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
What kind of workouts did you all do this week?
Any delicious paleo recipes you tried that you want to share?


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June 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm


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So here I am, already getting behind on my posts. In my defense, the last couple of weeks of basic training are almost as bad as the first, hours-wise. Week 8 is FTX (field training exercise) all week long, so you’re either out in the field with the privates overnight, or you’re getting home really late. Week 9 is Period 4 and graduation. Let me tell you about a few days of absolute awesomeness that is Period 4. The privates arrive from their FTX and 16k ruckmarch sweaty, dirty, and disgusting. Their gear is dirty, their weapons are dirty, their wall lockers are a mess.. And so the fun begins. They (and by extension, you) have 3 days (sometimes less, if someone important has some meeting that cannot be moved) to get EVERYTHING cleaned, dress uniform put together, wall lockers and bunks laid out perfectly.. It’s rough. And they don’t really care. You do, because if their uniforms, weapons, and gear look like shit, it’s not really on them, it’s on you. Just like everything else in the Army, when a subordinate messes up, it’s because the leader messed up somewhere as well. So if they look bad, you look REALLY bad. So you have all these privates, that don’t really grasp the importance of Period 4 inspections (I feel like I neglected to mention that these activities culminate in an inspection by your Battalion Sergeant Major, your Battalion Commander, and various First Sergeants. I did? Well, they’re inspections. By important people.), and you’re running your ass off trying to make sure all the bunks look the same, all the weapons are clean, and all of their shirts and shorts are rolled tightly to the length of a dollar bill. If if by chance the bays look different? What if the half the wash clothes are folded so the crease faces to the left and half are folded so the crease faces to the right? Well- you best believe that you’re going to get reinspected. Yes, you. Not the privates, although that’s what you tell them. YOU. Trust me. It happened to me the cycle before last. All the privates went to a whining session with the Sergeant Major (CSM), and all the Drill Sergeants stood by their bunks and got reinspected. So. To recap: I’ve been busy, Period 4 inspections suck, and now I’m free. Oh yea, I forgot about that last part. The only good thing about Period 4 inspections is that you know it’s the last weekend before all the privates graduate.. so it’s the last weekend before freedom.

And speaking of freedom: ROCKLAHOMA BABY!! Immediately following graduation on Friday the boyfriend and I drove up to Pryor, OK to go to this huge rockfest.. and I mean huge. Thousands of people were there, along with some amazing bands: Bush, Alice in Chains, Halestorm, Korn, Skillet, and Guns n Roses to name a few. It was a great time- we drank, we ate a bunch of deliciously bad (and totally non paleo) food,we partied hard. Well- they partied hard. I just partied. I like to drink, but I’m not much of a drink-til-you-puke-then-rally-er. I drink until I hit my limit, then I stop. I know, I’m lame. But I’ve also never puked or passed out from drinking, so I still feel like a winner.

Image A random picture of our campsite for you. Yes, that IS a Vietnam-era Army tent.

But all that partying this weekend did not translate to doing any form of exercise (unless you count walking from our camp site to the main stage and some fist pumping), or eating anything even kind of paleo. (Case in point: I ate pizza 2 days in a row, and nachos, and ice cream, and.. well, you get the picture. I was bad). And to top it off, because as I pointed out before, weeks 8 and 9 are crazy busy, the only working out I did over about 2 weeks was “running” with the privates. But when you mess up, all you can do is climb back on the wagon and try to clean up.

I actually did pretty good once I got back this week. I cooked paleo every night (except Friday, since the whole battery went to Meers-home of amazing, and huge, longhorn beef burgers), I went running twice and did crossfit twice. I did crossfit today as well, but since it was an open gym, I just picked a workout that I missed last week and did it.. but clearly I cannot be trusted to push myself to my limits on my own, since it was two 10 minute AMRAPS.. and I cut the second one to five minutes. (In my defense, it was pistols.. after the first 10 minutes of hang squat cleans and jerks.. and it hurt my poor, unexercised quads). Anyways, the boyfriend, who picked up a new cycle of privates and is back to working insane hours, is home, so I’m off to enjoy the little time we have together. Have a good weekend!!

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June 1, 2013 at 10:22 pm

One million years later..

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So I suddenly remembered I started this blog about a million years ago. I thought it was a good way to blog about running and eating healthy, and about my life living in the DC metropolitan area. Fast forward almost two years, two relationships, and a move to Oklahoma later, my life is insanely different than it was when I last posted. My last two years in 150 words or less: Discovered Crossfit, fell out of love with running, fell in love with boyfriend, came down on Drill Sergeant orders, went to school, moved to Oklahoma, broke up with boyfriend, fell in love with new boyfriend, started working about 100 hours a week.

So that’s my story. I’d like to start this blog back up again, maybe to share my life, maybe to try to keep myself motivated to work out while I’m in cycle (Drill Sergeant speak for the 9 week cycles when we train privates). I’m currently in week 7 of a cycle, so the privates will graduate in another 2 weeks, and then time for a 7 week cycle break, during which I hope to do an obscene amount of crossfit and some running, and make LOTS of paleo meals. That’s all for now. We’ll find out if I actually come back and write again.

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May 10, 2013 at 6:16 pm

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