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!

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)!

I’m not dead yet

Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday.  It was a full day, to say the least.  I’m back now so let’s get back to business.  First, two of the three definitions for geedunk were submitted, one by Glenn and one by lostartpublishing.  Each of you will receive 33 points for correctly guessing 1/3 of the answer.  The compete definition for geedunk is as follows: candy, gum, or cafeteria.  Second, Glenn was also the only person to identify the Monty Python reference from my last post and will be awarded 50 points for his efforts.  Are you ready for today’s question?

Navy trivia of the day

  • To what does the term liberty refer?

Third, it’s confession time, again.  As I mentioned earlier, yesterday was beyond busy and, as a result, I was unable to complete any part of my scheduled workout.  To make up for that mishap I clumped all the workouts from yesterday and today into a mega exercise party.  Unfortunately, today was also rather busy and I was only able to finish the Body Rock, sit up, and push up portions.  Sadly, the Cto5k run will have to be pushed to tomorrow’s schedule, but after that I’ll be caught up.

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)
  • Box jump & 1/2 burpee: 4.5, 3
  • Lunges: 25, 23
  • 3-Point jump & L/R knee to elbow touches: 5, 7
  • Side leaps: 35, 30
  • Tricep dip & knee tuck: 6.5, 6
  • Walking pike push ups: 4, 4.5

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

  • 27, 33, 24, 24, 33; performed with 60 second break between reps
  • 141 total

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

  • 12, 14, 11, 10, 16; performed with a 60 second rest between reps
  • 63 Total

Finally, tomorrow will be another megapost.  I hope all of you will check in then to see if I’ve made more progress toward fulfilling my fitness goals.  To make sure my scale is accurate I’ll do my best to remember to weigh myself while I’m at the DEP meeting.  In the meantime, don’t forget to send in you response to the trivia question.  Even if you aren’t sure that your answer is correct, send it in!  You won’t get penalized for a wrong answer, so you don’t have anything to lose.  See you tomorrow!

And then there were none

1, 2, 3, 4, you get the point, 13!  And Then There Were None (push ups, that is)!  That’s what was running across my mind as I finished up the push ups tonight.  You never know when that Agatha Christie mystery novel bug is going to bite you, right?  Ok, so everything I’ve written so far is not true…except for the part about me doing the push ups.  Even though that’s not really what I was thinking as I was trying not to collapse powering through my workout, I figured it would serve as a better segue than none.  I’ve been having trouble in the title development/interesting random information department lately; hopefully having a day off tomorrow will help get rid of this writer’s block.

Enough with the pity party.  This is supposed to be a happy occasion!  And so it is.  Not only did somebody respond with the correct answer to yesterday’s scullery question–place to wash dishes–, but it also happened to be a new commenter by the name of Bito.  Congratulations and welcome to the leader board with 100 points!  I hope that you’re prepared for the cut-throat atmosphere that surrounds this trivia competition because it’s too late to back out now :)

Navy trivia of the day

  • What does the term geedunk mean?
  • To get full credit you have to submit all 3 definitions.

I competed the Cto5k workout without too much hassle.  This was actually a bit of a surprise since I wasn’t able to do this workout on Thursday.  The push up workout was tough, but I’ve decided not to think of this as a negative.  It’s nice to have a challenge now and then because at the end I know that I’ve accomplished something.  Want to see what I accomplished?  Look no further.

Cto5k workout details (Week 2, Workout 3):

  • Brisk 5 min warm up walk
  • Alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes

Push up workout details (Week 3, Day 2, first column):

  • 11, 13, 9, 9, 13; performed with a 60 second rest between reps
  • 55 Total

Before I send you off to enjoy the rest of your weekend I thought I’d throw in a little curveball puzzle.  In addition to the 100 Navy trivia points available, I will award 50 points to the first person to point out the Monty Python reference in this post.  Ready, set, go!  See you on Monday!

There’s nothing like a bell pepper after a workout

If I wasn’t so afraid of getting a mouthful of seeds I would totally bite right into one just like Chairman Kaga on Iron ChefI’m referring to the original, obviously.  Iron Chef America is pretty great because it has Alton Brown and Iron Chef Morimoto, but it lacks a certain flare that only Chairman Kaga and an English dubbed Japanese show can bring.

Look at him! He's beyond great! FYI: Takeshi Kaga also starred in a Japanese production of Les Misérables as Jean Valjean. At the 10th anniversary concert in London, they bring out all of the Jean Valjeans from around the world during the encore and I could not have been more surprised to see Mr. Chairman walk on stage. He earned an infinite number of cool points at that moment.

I’ve always been a big fan of eating vegetables raw, but bell peppers (the green ones in particular) have become one of my new favorites; though no vegetable will ever compare to radishes.  I even buy two or three each time I go grocery shopping and eat one as a snack during the day.

Now that we’ve had our international media commercial break, it’s back to fitness business!  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to fully complete my workout since it was raining and I couldn’t get out for a run, but I did my penance and the push up workout like I promised.

Body Rock workout details (complete each rep 4 times, finish as quickly as possible):

  • 75 high knees
  • 25 reverse abdominals
  • Total time: 7 minutes, 20 seconds

Push up workout details (Week 3, Day 2, first column):

  • 10, 12, 8, 8, 13; performed with a 60 second rest between reps
  • 51 Total

I’m doing things out-of-order today, so I hope that putting the trivia question at the end of the post won’t throw you off too much.  Make sure to send in your answers/favorite Iron Chef (original or American)!

Navy trivia of the day

  • To what does the term brightwork refer?

Mr. President,we cannot allow a blog post gap!

Sorry for the delay folks.  Last night I was busy celebrating my grandfather’s birthday and didn’t have a chance to write a post  for Tuesday.  Once again, I have stumped my readers with the trivia question.  The correct definition of the term tattoo is this: five minutes before taps.  Don’t be discouraged, readers, I’m sure you will do better next time.  In fact, here’s your chance to bounce back now!

Navy trivia of the day

  • What is the meaning of the phrase “deep six”?

Yesterday was rather uneventful, as far as workouts go.  I did the first workout of Week 2 on the Cto5k plan and the first workout of Week 3 on the push ups plan.

Push up workout details (Week 3, Day 1, first column):

  • 10, 12, 7, 7, 9; performed with a 60 second rest between reps
  • 45 Total

Cto5k workout details (Week 2, Workout 1):

  • Brisk 5 min warm up walk
  • Alternate 90 seconds of jogging and two minutes of walking for a total of 20 minutes

Well then, I guess I’ll see you again in about 12 hours with today’s post.  In the meantime, good luck with the trivia question and I hope everybody has a great Wednesday!

P.S. You can make today even greater by guessing what movie I’m referencing in the title; if you get it right, I’ll give you 50 points!

Quick’s the word, sharp’s the action

It seems that I’ve stumped my readers again.  Nobody submitted the correct answer to the quarters trivia question: assembling of all hands for muster, instruction, and inspection.  Glenn did come close with his response, so I’ll give him 50 points.  He also made a reference to an awesome naval movie, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.  Not only does it have great acting all around, especially by one of my favorites, Paul Bettany, but it also boasts an amazing soundtrack, stunning cinematography, and 138 minutes of British Navy storyline!  If you haven’t seen it, you definitely should.

He's so adorable and he learned to play the cello a little for his music scenes with Russell Crowe (who obviously didn't), which makes this cellist very happy!

Getting back to the US Navy, here’s today’s question:

Navy trivia of the day

  • What is a lifeline?

It was raining all of last night and up until early afternoon today so I was scared I wouldn’t be able to get my run in for today’s Cto5k workout.  Luckily, the weather cleared up and I helped myself to a lovely run around 4:30 PM.  I also completed the last push up workout for Week 2.

Push up workout details (Week 2, Day 3, first column):

  • 5, 7, 5, 5, 8; performed with a 60 second rest between reps
  • 30 Total

Cto5k workout details (Week 1, Workout 3):

  • Brisk 5 min warm up walk
  • Alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for a total of 20 minutes

Side musical note: Are there any instrumental, blue grass, Appalachian, American, cross-genre music fans out there?  If so, you should definitely check out The Goat Rodeo Sessions, a new project by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan.

I first heard of it on The Colbert Report when Colbert interviewed all four artists before they performed “Attaboy” (my favorite piece) from the album.  It was on the top of my list of songs to buy when I got an iTunes card for Christmas and I’ve been listening to it a lot lately.  Since I mentioned that Paul Bettany learned to play the cello for his role in the movie I thought I’d share something else cello related.  Gotta keep it classy, right?  The correct answer is: Yes, anything with Yo-Yo Ma or a cello automatically is classy!  Well, I hope that I’ve given you enough stuff to keep you occupied until I post again on Monday.  In the meantime, send in your answer to the trivia question and any other amazing cello/navy/movie related randomness!