>The Journey to a correct posture

>Well, while I was in my Anatomy class today, we were going through the vertebrae and looking at some pathological problems with the spine.  There is this photo in the book that shows a woman who’s belly looks very similar to mine and she has a problem with her spine.  So, not only do I have to lose weight, I need to correct my posture.  While I am TOTALLY enjoying learning about our anatomy and physiology, I am learning all about my own problems…all the more reason to lose all this extra weight…I need to start exercising differently!

>Journey to Memorial Day

>This weekend, my in-laws will be visiting us from Ohio and I’m really excited to see them.  We have a lot of stuff planned!  I hope that we can all go up to Denver and visit with my parents, at least for dinner or something while they’re here.  The problem is, I have a whole lot of stuff to do to get ready for NEXT week’s classes AND my dad just had heart surgery, so he’s probably not going to want to hang out for too long…  We’ll see…Then, I have another exam and a project due both on Tuesday.  As you can well imagine, I am not really looking forward to spending the time required to do these things, as I would MUCH rather hang out with my family.  I was hoping that I’d get a small breather, but it is not to be.  At least this is almost over.   I am so looking forward to going on vacation!  I start a new class on the 7th of June so things aren’t about to slow down any…

>Journey to deployment

>Well, the deployment dates have more or less been nailed down.  It’s right around the corner.  Finish up with the summer term at the very beginning of July and then we’re doing a 3 week venture into England, Scotland and Ireland.  I’m really looking forward to the trip, but I know right after that, I’m going to have to tell my husband goodbye, something I am not looking forward to and I’m not sure I really want to think about.  I will keep myself busy as my company’s FRG leader.  Good news, though.  I now have a co-leader and I am really relieved that I don’t have to do 250 soldiers and their families during deployment all by myself.

The more that I think about it, the sadder I become.  I have an exam tomorrow and all I can concentrate on right now is the fact that my husband’s going to Iraq.  I really, REALLY need to hit the books tonight.  I foresee this as a very long night and I haven’t done an all-night study session since…well, not since I’ve been going to school this time around…

The hubs has made steaks for dinner, so I guess I better get some dinner and then hit the books.

>The journey to fitness

>Since I am de-cluttering my life, it stands to reason that part of that de-cluttering is losing body weight…just the same as it is “losing weight” in my garage! I’m not terribly overweight, but I am overweight for my body frame, which happens to be small. I’m tall, though, so I can carry a tad bit more weight, but as it stands right now, I’m just on the cusp of normal and overweight, BMI-speaking. I don’t have to be itty-bitty anymore, afterall, I am trying to get pregnant, but I do actually need to slim down some.

Currently, I am weighing in at roughly 180 lbs. My “ideal weight” is 135, but I haven’t seen that since I came back from Iraq in 2003. It’s probably not very likely that I’ll see that weight again for a while. My “happy weight” is between 145-150. I’m not even all that uncomfortable at 155. So, my goal is to get in that range again. But my weight loss won’t even be noticeable until I’ve lost 15 lbs; that’s the problem with being an apple shape. I gain all my weight around my middle and a little in the hips, thighs and face. But after I start losing the weight around my middle, then I start to lose the excess fat around my boobs, legs and face.

I have started swimming again. This is how I’m going to get fit and lose weight. I went to the pool a few weeks ago before I had my surgery and haven’t been able to go again until today. It felt good to get back in the water. I’m going to have to get used to the smell of chlorine again. It’s an awful smell!

>The journey to de-cluttering

>Oh yes, just as painful as it sounds, I have been in the process of de-cluttering my life and my house. My friend K has been helping me do that by helping me go through boxes that haven’t seen the light of day in years. My husband has been getting me furniture to put things away and I have slowly, but surely de-junked my life. It’s not all done, far from it, for you see, I am a pack-rat. There are still stacks of junk and stuff I don’t really need or want, but I don’t have the heart to get rid of it. It’s been a really hard journey. As I look at things, I remember. I then take that stuff, remember one last time and ingrain it to memory and away it goes.

Books are harder for me to do that with, especially some really old encyclopedias that I got from my grandmother after she died and father before he sold his house to move in with my step-mother. I will never read them, I will never use them, but these books are seriously OLD. I probably *should* donate them to a library, but I will always wonder what happened to them. For now, they will remain in boxes stored away. As for my recent reads, most of them will be donated or sold to a used book dealer. Because my husband is in the military, we move a lot and books are heavy items to move and a pain because they collect dust and when they get moved, said dust that has settled comes back up again!

Since I decided that I wanted to simplify my life, I’ve noticed that it’s easier to keep things clean, but I’m still not to the point where I have no stacks. I’ll get there. Eventually…

>The journey to becoming a mommy

>I recently went through a laparoscopic and a hysteroscopic surgery and have been given the green light to start trying again. I can also get back in the pool and lose the extra pounds I’ve been carrying around!

I start clomid, estridol and hCG hormones in June followed by an ultrasound later in the month. If I am not pregnant by late summer, we are going to get my husband’s swimmers frozen for an IUI/IVF treatment.

I hope to have good news to share in a few months! 🙂

>The journey to becoming a nurse

>I started my nursing education in Jan of this year. It hasn’t been all that easy to come back to school after having been away for such a long while. I received a letter in the mail yesterday announcing the fact that I had made Dean’s List, a fact that I knew weeks ago, but merely legitimized it.

I started the summer semester just over 2 weeks ago and it’s been a grueling couple of weeks. 4 to go. I have a total of 11 exams plus 4 majors projects and 2 papers–that’s just in 4 credit hours, or two classes. I have another 4 credit hour class that begins in June. That class has nothing to do with becoming a nurse, but will help me to become better with my hobby, photography.

And as I write this, my mind is currently on all the homework and memorization that needs to get done, as there are 3 exams this week.