October 23, 2009

Friday Randomness

Tuesday was the annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.

High school and college students across the US, Canada and New Zealand took a vow of silence for the day to remember the over 50,000,000 babies aborted since 1973. They wore red armbands and red duct tape and passed out flyers explaining their cause. They are not supposed to confront anyone with debate or argument - this is a peaceful event, not a confrontational one. However, if asked, they share their conviction that all life is precious, whether pre-born or post-born. Because of their dedication and prayer, reports are in (so far) of 35 women who have changed their mind about aborting their children - including the story of how one teacher changed her mind because of a conversation with one of her students. That may not sound huge for three countries, but that's 35 people who will get a chance at life they didn't have the day before. That's pretty awesome, I think.
That day, SoldierMan came home while I was burning my $3 Walmart pumpkin candle. He said he liked it when I had candles burning, because it made the house smell clean. I chose to interpret that in a positive way, that he was encouraging me to buy and use more candles.
Speaking of candles, my birthday is exactly one week from today. I will officially be a quarter century. When I was a kid, 25 sounded so old. Like SO OLD. I always told myself I wanted to be married with a couple of kids by the time I was 25, so I wouldn't be an "old" parent. My dad was 40 when my brother was born; that means he'll be almost 60 when my brother goes to college. But I guess it's the new norm. Most people I know start having families closer to 30 than 20 nowadays. But since your fertility decreases by something like 30% between the ages of 20 and 30, I always thought it made more sense to start early, particularly since we really don't know how my heart condition will figure into pregnancy and labor and all that. (There's not a whole lot of medical information on congenital heart defects in expectant mothers.)

I have to say, life at 25 is nothing like I thought it would be. I mean, I'm married, which is great, but we're in the Army (didn't see that coming), about to not own a house and - yep - no kids. I'm supposed to be packing up the house, but it's more of an emotional challenge that I thought it would be. I keep going into the back room (called the "brown room" because I painted the walls in a khaki/mocha color and it's gorgeous) and I always had this vision of eventually turning it into a nursery with a western cowboy theme and wild west murals and stuffed ponies and cowboy hats....and now I don't even want to walk in there at all. I know, I'm being a wuss. You don't have to tell me. I guess it boils down to - I'm learning things about myself I didn't know before. But now I'm ready to learn some good things.
P90X. Oh P90X. This marks the official end of the 3 week trial period I said I would give myself. I can tell a measurable improvement in my upper-body strength. When we started, I couldn't do a pushup. At all. Now, I can do 5 standard knee pushups, which is monster for me. I can do 1 or 2 of some of the the P90X modified styles of pushups, some I still can't do any, but that's a major improvement over where I was. My stamina and endurance is markedly better. And my overall coordination has improved.

As far as appearance goes, that's not really fair to judge. "Why," you ask? Well, of course the first week you can't expect dramatic differences. By the end of the second week and the beginning of this one, I felt like I had grown an inch or two - because I had become more streamlined. Even SoldierMan noticed I had slimmed up - unsolicited - so it must be true. However, most of this week has been taken up by emotional eating, so I'm all bloaty. So even though I'm P90X-ing it to the max, I'm not really burning any stored calories that I can tell.
Which brings us to the subject of diet. I'm thinking about how/what I'm going to eat while Soldierman is gone. I am horrible at self-accountability when it comes to working out, and I know that. So in order to try and help police myself, I am strongly considering doing a kitchen cleanse. We don't have any junk food in the house, but I am thinking about going straight to Lean Cuisine and rice cakes while he's gone, to help combat the almost guaranteed decrease in physical activity as well as the anticipated heavy meals at my moms which will surely be plentiful. We'll see how that goes.
Lastly, I have become addicted to scheduling posts. All my posts for the remainder of the month are scheduled, including this one. That's because I get ideas for postings at random times and don't like to do multiple posts during the day. So I'll draft new blogs with notes in them for various days and edit them accordingly. Like this one. Random.
See you on the other side!


  1. Scheduled for the rest of the month?! Wow girl. Wow.

    Congrats on being able to do pushups now - You are going to be in fab shape for your 25th birthday next week! WOO HOO!!

    I am bad about holding myself accountable too with my diet hence why I count calories. If I can see it is writing then I am MUCH better!

  2. scheduling is so much easier!!

    You have 5 months on me I don't turn 25 until March. Kiale keeps calling me an old lady since I was 15 when we got together. I am never going to hear the end of it when my birthday rolls around.

  3. that is awesome about 35 new lives getting a chance!


  4. 35 lives huh? That's definitely something to be grateful for. I like how they did that too... all too many times it becomes violent which give pro-lifers a bad rep.

    Happy almost birthday!!! turning 25 was big for me. I remember having those same thoughts. I'll be 27 in March. I thought I'd have a whole liter of kids by now!

    Good luck with packing up the house. I remember all too well feeling just like that. It'll turn the corner into excitement soon.. promise! And you might surprise yourself with the whole exerisize thing while he's gone. It's a great way to burn off some anxiety and to pass time!

  5. with you on the scheduling... and the push ups! Jillian Michaels got me to 8 knee push ups

    And, yes, we painted at night and took down light fixtures! It took me FOREVER I had no idea what I was doing

  6. Have you also heard of the 40 days for Life campaign going on right now? They have had some very positive results too :)

    My b-day is next week, as well...but I'll be the big 3-0! yikes :)


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