Tomorrow is Monday! This means a few things for me:
My soldier leaves for school.
Dear husbands reports to Fort Jackson in South Carolina for Recruiting School. He was DA Selected, meaning the Army
Because of the fact that he can go anywhere and no longer has to be assigned to an Army base - and that this could be as long as a 3-year tour - we decided that my joining the Army right now might be bad timing. The job that I'd chosen in the Army would have me serving overseas, in Korea, Japan or Germany. As a recruiter, he would not be able to follow me. This means we would be spending a year+ separated before the Army Married Couples Program could kick in. This was just not something we wanted to risk. Yes, they do have a program for dual-military couples, and the Army does try to keep couples together. But, it's situations like ours would be, where things become challenging.
|Jolie Gentry, Crossfit Games 2008, 285# deadlifts|
Then, I hurt my back. Rather than kick and scream, I chose to see it as a blessing in disguise. It has slowed me down and helped me realize that being with my husband and not off chasing my own Army career is what's really important. Just because I have chosen not go to Active Duty now, does not mean we are not considering the Reserves or the National Guard once we get settled into our new assignment later this year. Lord knows James will be incredibly busy with Recruiting, and I hope that I will be able to busy myself with school and training.
Instead of sitting around and moping because James is gone, I chose instead to make the most of our time apart by challenging myself in a few ways. I signed up to run a few races, I made some plans with some girlfriends, I signed up for a few classes, and I decided to give the Paleo diet a whirl one more time.
The first time I tried it, I was doing it on my own, while my husband was dousing his blueberry pancakes in syrup, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and eating Ben & Jerry's like it was going out of style. Eating a bag of spinach with an egg for breakfast became, well, challenging next to what seemed like his daily Thanksgiving feast.
The premise of Paleo is pretty simple.
Living Paleo is not so easy.