We are grateful for the time we have been given

You probably think I’m about to make a sad announcement based on the title, but I’m not.  For some reason that quote from The Village has always resonated with me.  Almost every time I look at a lot of random quotes online or in a book (which is not often) I tend to like/relate to the ones about time more–probably because I’m a procrastinator.  Interestingly, I also am really uptight about being early for appointments and starting meetings on time.  This inner struggle between laziness and an almost fanatical devotion to preestablished start times really explains a lot about why I am the way I am.  But enough about me..for now ;)

The trivia question has almost prevailed once again.  Glenn provided a quasi correct answer, so I’ll give him 25 points.  Lostartpublishing was the closest, without providing the details necessary for the full 100 points, so I’ll give him 75 points.  For all of you who are wondering, here is the answer.  A flag officer is any commissioned officer in pay grade O-7 (Rear Admiral) or above.  Today’s question is going to be deceptively easy, so make sure that you provide a detailed answer.

Navy trivia of the day

  • What is a buoy?

Today’s workout schedule was changed around a bit.  I completed the push up workout as planned, but instead of doing my Cto5k run I did tomorrow’s sit up workout.  There wasn’t enough time for me to run and take care of errands before going to work so I decided to push it to tomorrow (when I’m off).

Push up workout details (Day 1, first column):

  • 17, 19, 15, 15, 20; performed with a 60 second rest between reps
  • 86 Total

Sit up workout details (Day 2, first column):

  • 15, 15, 20, 20, 15, 15, 15, 41; performed with 60 second break between reps
  • 156 total

Thanks to everybody who continues to check in and comment!  You’re making my journey that much better!

P.S.  There’s another Monty Python reference in this post (you really can’t blame me when the opportunity was right there).  Like last time, there’s 50 points available to the first person to correctly identify it.  Good luck!

I’m back!!!

Did you miss me?  Don’t answer that :)  I’ve certainly missed the daily Navy trivia and, believe it or not, doing the Body Rock and Cto5k workouts.  I’m sure my body will hate me for the first few days getting back into the regular schedule, but I can honestly say that I’d rather be sore than sitting around doing nothing all day.  Before I give you the details of today’s workout I guess I should talk about the ensign trivia question.  Lostartpublishing provided half of the answer and will receive 50 points as partial credit, but the correct answers are as follows: an ensign is a commissioned officer between the rank of Chief Warrant Officer and Lieutenant Junior Grade; the ensign is the national flag.  There aren’t that many vocabulary words left to cover, which means you have about a week before I’ll be moving on to even tougher subject matter for the trivia questions.  Get ready, but NO CHEATING!

Navy trivia of the day

  • What is a flag officer?

Today’s workout was a killer, especially the Body Rock workout with its focus on the legs.  The sit up workout wasn’t too bad, but that’s probably because I switched to the first column from the second.  I forgot to complete the exhaustion test at the end of last week and I figured 41-50 push ups was about as much as I could probably do without stopping, so I decided to change it up accordingly.

Body Rock workout details (complete as many reps of each combination in 50 sec, 10 sec break between combinations):

  • Since there are 6 combinations, each was repeated 2 times (hence the two numbers)
  • Squat jumps: 22, 20
  • Squat leaps: 14, 14
  • 3-tier push ups (modified box): 9, 15
  • Close push ups (modified box): 15, 16
  • Squat and press: 28, 24
  • Switch lunges: 25, 23
  • My legs are seriously dead after this one

Sit up workout details (Day 1, first column):

  • 26, 30, 23, 23, 41; performed with 60 second break between reps
  • 143 total

Don’t forget to send in your trivia answer!  See you tomorrow!

Megapost 3 and other things

My sincerest apologies for not keeping up with my blog posts.  This week is beyond any attempt at workout redemption so I’m going to stop stressing about trying to catch up.  Instead, I’ll focus on doing the regular schedule for the push ups and sit ups and start fresh next week for the other exercise programs.  Since I’ve been away several things have occurred.  First, Glenn was the first to correctly answer the liberty trivia question.  The full definition is “permission to leave the base (usually not for more than 48 hours).”  Liberty is not the same as leave, which is usually for a longer period of time and is earned based on the amount of days you’ve worked.  A good way to think about it is to equate liberty to the time after you get off work or the weekend and compare leave to vacation time.  Hope that helps to clear things up before I drop another confusing question on you :)

Navy trivia of the day

  • What is an ensign?  What is the ensign?
  • There’s a difference and you’ll need to provide both definitions to get the full 100 points.

The second thing that happened since I posted on Tuesday was I updated my measurements/weight.  The latest numbers are below and the changes are based on the measurements from Megapost 2.

Current measurements

  • Bust: 36.5 in (-.5 in)
  • Chest: 33.75 in (-.25 in)
  • Waist: 30 in (-1 in)
  • Hips: 39.25 in (-.25 in)
  • Thighs: 22.5 in (+.5 in)
  • Calves: 13.5 in (no change)
  • Upper arm: 11.5 in (no change)
  • Forearm: 9 in (no change)
  • Total change: -1.5 in

Current weight: 143.5 or 147 lb (-.5 lb or +3 lb)

You are seeing correctly, folks.  There are two possible weights.  The first reading is from my scale at home around noon on Wednesday and the second is from the scale at the DEP station around 4 PM on the same day.  Either way, I know that going forward I need to start updating my food diary daily and making healthier choices generally.

Thirdly, at my DEP meeting I received some surprisingly good news.  I have been promoted to XO (Executive Officer)!  This title means that I’m second in command, beneath the CO (Commanding Officer), and now all the other people in DEP have to salute me and then ask permission to come aboard/go ashore when entering/exiting the station (only if the CO isn’t there to fulfill the duty).  My recruiter really caught me off guard when he told me that I was the new XO (10 minutes before the meeting started and everybody showed up), but I’m really happy to have the extra responsibility and power, hehe.  He said I was chosen because I’ll be in DEP until August and I was already very knowledgeable about procedure and other necessary information.  Well, I guess that’s enough tooting my own horn…moving on.

Finally, I have done these exercises since Wednesday: sit ups and push ups.

Sit up workout details (Day 2, second column):

  • 30, 38, 30, 30, 42; performed with 60 second break between reps
  • 170 total

Sit up workout details (Day 3, second column):

  • 35, 42, 35, 35, 50; performed with 60 second break between reps
  • 197 total

Push up workout details (Day 2, first column):

  • 14, 16, 12, 12, 18; performed with a 60 second rest between reps
  • 72 Total

That was a lot of information.  I’ll stop providing you with more (for tonight) and let it all sink in until tomorrow’s post.  In the meantime, send in your answers to the trivia question.  Have a great night (or at least the 15 minutes that are left)!