The long and winding road to fitness, day 47


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Ah, sheesh…I really didn’t want to have to post this…I ate a cherry pie from the vending machine at work today.  I was hungry (no food left in my lunch bag), tired and stressed…not a good combination for me, and I caved…and that’s not even the worst of it.  I was going to get a bottle of water from the Coke machine (I know that’s not the green way, but I really wanted it), put my money in only to find out that the water was empty.  Unfortunately, this machine won’t return your money…stupid machine.  I guess I could have walked away and just considered the dollar to be a  random act of kindness, but I didn’t (wasn’t feeling all that kind by that time), so I pushed the button for the diet Coke.  I don’t even really care for diet Coke that much.  I drank about a third of the bottle, so at least that’s something.  I’m trying to put a positive spin on this so that I don’t get too angry with myself, but it’s hard.  I’ve been doing so well and didn’t continue that streak today.  So, it’s time to start a new streak…I’m going to do it.

I didn’t get anywhere near enough sleep last night.  I simply stayed up too late writing.  Better than staying up too late eating, right?  Then I went in to work an hour and a half earlier than normal, so didn’t work out before work, which I knew I wasn’t going to do.  Worked like a maniac on the truck though…that’s a pretty good, day long workout.

So, my goals for tomorrow…eat only what I bring to work (and make sure I actually bring enough to eat), get at least a short workout in, and get at least 7 hours of sleep.  Nothing too  difficult, I should be able to do it all. 

What about you?  Do you have a difficult time forgiving yourself for your slip-ups?  Do you allow those slip-ups to completely derail you or are you able to just shrug them off and continue moving forward?

Terror in Bloomington

The Kennedy Space Center SWAT team

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I was checking Facebook on my lunch period Monday when I came across a post from one of my local buddies.  We actually live fairly close together on the same side of town.  She posted that a gunman had a hostage at Rockport and Rogers, an intersection I go through almost every day.  A little later she posted that a sniper from the swat team had killed the gunman.  When I got home and checked my messages, I had a message from the police department warning all local residents to remain inside with the doors and windows locked.  The next message was from the office of the complex where I live, advising all residents to do the same thing.  Of course, I got home long after the incident had been resolved, but it made me feel a little better to realize that, had I been home without the tv or internet on, I still would have gotten the message.

There was an article in today’s newspaper concerning the incident.  Apparently this was a married couple who had been in an argument.  He pulled a gun on her, wrapped one arm around her neck, and held the gun to her head with his other hand.  Then he began walking her down the busy street.  Someone called 911.   When the first officers arrived at the scene, the gunman aimed the gun at his wife, then toward the police officers, then toward himself.  According to the newspaper report, the altercation lasted about an hour, with a sniper ending it with that fatal shot to the gunman.  Fortunately, the hostage wasn’t hurt.  I also think the actions by the police department, warning local residents of the danger, blocking the road to traffic at two major intersections, and calling ahead to the neighborhood convenience store advising them to lock their doors (the gunman tried to drag the woman into this store, that could have been a prolonged standoff had he managed to get inside a building) kept the other members of the community safe.  You usually only hear about the negative things that police officers do.  In this case, I think they should be commended for their  quick response.

I always wonder what leads someone to do something like this.  Were drugs or alcohol involved?  I don’t know.  That information hasn’t been released yet.  Whatever the reason, it doesn’t excuse threatening the lives of innocent people.  I hate that a man lost his life, but it could have been many more people being injured or killed.  Thankfully that didn’t happen.