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Thursday, April 28, 2011

A True Nightmare

I can't believe that this is all happening and so close to home. They have not struck where I am from but it is very possible. I am so far away from home where my parents are and it worries me every day that a natural disaster will happen and I will not get there in time. I call my parents every Sunday and I have made it a point to do so because you just never know. I have been living away from my family since I was 22 years old and never moved back. I think about all the times where we thought a tornado would touch down and it had always been on the outskirts of our small little farm town. The first time I ever saw a tornado touch down was in Colorado! Twice! I used to have dreams when I was young that I would be stuck in a thunderstorm with tornados all around me and I was always scared that would happen in real life. I CAN'T imagine what all the families of the victims are going through right now. There are tornadoes and floods happening right now as we speak. The footage they keep showing on the t.v. is just like my nightmares only worse because it is REAL. I just hate the fact that the focus of all the tragedy right now is the Royal Wedding. So many people interested in what hair the bride is going to wear, what her makeup is going to look like and what her dress will be like. THEN we have families who right now are suffering...their thoughts involve finding a new place to live, evacuating their homes, and worrying about more rain and tornadoes, and mourning their loved ones. I feel so helpless right now. My prayers and thoughts go out to all the families affected by tornadoes and floods. A NIGHTMARE that has been turned into a REALITY.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

P90X DAY2: Plyometrics

DAY 2 of P90X
HOLY MUSCLES! Yeah my body is hurting. I figured what better way to show my results than to update frequently on here!! So I made it a point to take a pic after all my workouts so I can show accountability! I finished Day 2 and I am feeling it!! Wow, I don't think I will be able to move after I sleep. I am doing this because I want my BC body back (Before Children). I hope that I can accomplish my goals in the next 90 days! Hopefully sooner. I have been eating right and trying to sleep at least 7-9hours a night. Now I feel like I have more energy and I find myself staying up late especially on nights my hubby is working. So back to the subject at hand. P90X is great so far. I feel on top of the world right now. If you have any questions about the program please, just ask away. I will be brutally honest and tell you that it is HARD but I am sure it will all be worth it!!! Well off to shower and go to bed, tomorrow will be another challenging day as I have zumba class and P90X again!! Hope to have a coffee/group date in the morning with some more military wives!! Until tomorrow!!

Belgian Waffles!!

A typical Waffle Stand in Belgium
Brussels, Belgium Square
My youngest son Andreas enjoying his piece of waffle!!
Yes it is true, the BELGIAN WAFFLE exists and here it is a waffle mostly covered in Nutella! We mostly snack on these delicious treats as we shop in the Belgian Town Squares!! My husband and I are limited to the amount of waffles we consume but my boys are in love with them!! We cannot pass a stand without having to stop. They are not expensive at all, for the most part, they range from 1.50 Euro to 2.50 Euro. Not too bad and my kids have (chocolatie) smiles afterwards! Well worth it to me. Some waffles are deep fried and then are covered is sugar...or at least that is what it seems. Most of them are covered in toppings such as strawberries, whip cream and chocolate. Whatever flavor you like I am sure you will find.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

P90X: Back on the Wagon

So I gave up P90X 4 weeks ago when I was doing ZUMBA in the gym 3-4 times a week. For those of you who have never heard of P90X..please go ahead and Google it.......I'll wait....ok it is INSANE! I restarted the program tonight with my husband and it BURNS! We did the Chest and Back Workout and it was really hard for me but I did my best, this was after 1 hour of Zumba at the Gym mind you! I skipped out on the AB Ripper tonight. I know I have to be patient to see results. My goals with this program is to look toned by Summer time, I am not wanting to look like Popeye the Sailor Man at all, in my opinion if I am more ripped than my husband, I think I had gone too far. I want him to look like the MAN! lol. I am so excited to continue this program and then incorporate INSANITY as well. I think they call it the "Hybrid." Anyway there is so much hype about this program and now I know why. It is very intense and it gets you sweating within the first 15min or less! I suggest, get your deordorant, sweat towel and a huge bottle of water! The only thing I know for sure is you need to invest in some weights, something you are comfortable lifting and a pull up bar, may I suggest you look for one on Amazon.com. They seem to have the best deals.
Remember, you don't have to do all the workouts on the screen, go at your own pace. My muscles are hurting and are sore but it is a good sore if you know what I mean? I didn't consult with a dr either but I have been working out consistently since last Fall....I hope to show some results soon, hope by week ONE. I am not sure if I will be skipping days since I still do Zumba but I will let you know along the way. I want to dedicate this blog to a MILITARY WIFE out there who is having a rough time right now but is still working her butt off with this program. I can link her YT channel below if you would love to watch her transformation! Also, I would love to dedicate this blog to my husband, who pushes me to be better and stronger. I love you Christopher and thank you for making me keep my chin up, literally, THAT PULL UP BAR is tough!! If you would love to watch any of my OPERATION BODY MAKEOVER videos, just visit my channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/SofiaAlejandra9
My husband is also documenting his weightloss:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Thrillbeatz21
 
and watch another Military Wife Kailin get her P90X on:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheTurnersJourney

For My READERS!!

Tossa De Mar, Spain
"The Whole World in Front of Me"
Hi everyone! I just wanted to come on here and ask you...WHO ARE ALL OF YOU?? DO you all have blogs as well and if you do, please let me know!!! I have been writing for only about two months and have really enjoyed it, and as long as you keep reading, I will sure be updating more frequently. I want to start taking you with on all my adventures, most of them which involve traveling Europe, so if you are interested I will start posting more pictures of where I have been so far. This Summer my husband has planned a trip to Rome, Italy! My dream come true! I have always wanted to go to Italy, something about that country just intrigues me, ever since I was a child. I am not sure why but something tells me I was from there once in my past life! HA HA!
I have started to reshape my Youtube Channel as well. I want to show more, be more for all of you. I don't like to be strictly one subject. I love being all things. That has become a challenge now though because I have felt my channel has become unorganized. You all know how that feels when you have an unorganized area of your life and it seems like everything just gets lost in all the turmoil. So this past week I have thought of ideas to organize this BLOG and my CHANNEL. Well, my life too. My life has not changed too much but I will say that I have met some really cool people since I have started blogging and filming Youtube videos. There is a WHOLE world out there.
Sorry for all the rambling. I just want to say THANK YOU so much for following my blog and if I can inspire one person by writing my thoughts down, then I truly have succeeded. You know, blogs are a good way to vent sometimes, even if you're not writing the bad, negative thoughts down, this is really a relaxing and stress free way to get things out.
Again, please let me know if you have a BLOG of your own or YOUTUBE channel, I would love to get to know all of you!! Also, if there are any military wives or any women out there interested in what military wives are up to, please visit: http://www.realmilitarywives.tv/   You will not be disappointed!!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Living One Day at a Time

So my husband and I were discussing our feelings and thoughts of deployment the other night. I have many hidden emotions about my husband deploying. Most of which is FEAR. I can't even mention the word DEPLOYMENT without getting a tear in my eye. I have found myself cramming so many things into my day because I feel like there isn't enough time left to enjoy with my husband. The other day my husband was planning some trips for this Summer and I accused him of cramming things in as if he didn't have enough time to spend with me. He was so calm and said "Sofia, don't live each day like it is our last, because it is not, enjoy your days with me and stop worrying so much about the future." But, I do live our days like it is our last, the only problem this time is that I think it is our last. I have already started thinking about deployment and my husband leaving and it could be a whole year from now or two or three. We have not even received orders to our new unit. I don't know what is wrong with my whole thought process these days, but thinking about deployment has really been smothering my brain lately. I am going by living one day at a time, only this time not trying to cram everything in at once. It helps so much to talk with other wives about DEPLOYMENT survival. I think about what I will be doing while he is gone and ways to keep busy. One thing for sure is that I am going back to school, it doesn't matter where we end up, I am going to start my Master's Degree. I have goals and dreams and staying at home with my kids for almost 3 years has given me the time to think about what I want to do when we return back to the states...one question I do have is, WHERE DO YOU RECOMMEND us going after this tour?? We are thinking FT Bliss TX, or FT Lewis WA. Any ideas on what to expect at these posts? Let me know!!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Change of Scenery

Brussels Belgium Square
"Outside Looking In"
Some days I wonder what it is going to be like when my husband receives orders to a new duty station. I wonder if I am going to be able to find a job where we are going or if I am going to like it as much as my last duty station.There are so many things that can be overwhelming when thinking about moving. Moving overseas alone was a huge change. Now we are headed out of here in less than a year and I am already stressing about it. My husband and I are already researching new duty stations, the schools, houses and crime rates. There are so many things to think about. I would love to be in an area where I am free to walk around without the fears of being abducted by a stranger...sounds weird huh? I think about these things. I would love to be somewhere where I can finally start my career, somewhere where I can go have picnics in the park or take really neat pictures... I want to be somewhere where I will feel right at home. One of my fears of PCS-ing to a new duty station is whether or not I will fit in. Will there be a place for me when I get there? I would love to have a change of scenery, but here in Belgium, I can drive 2 hours in any direction and have a change of scenery whenever I want. I am going to miss this place as much as I fought the experience at the beginning. I think I am ready to go though....ready to pack up....ready to see what the future brings. I need a change of scenery...a change in my days, new adventures. I can't wait really!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Utility Mom

In baseball, you call a utility player someone who can play all the positions on the field. As a military wife/SAHM (stay at home mom) you have to also play all positions at times when your significant other is not around. On the other hand, your significant other does not have to be on a deployment or away on TDY for you to contribute to mowing the lawn, changing the oil or taking out the trash. Now "killing spiders" is another story because I will not do that unless my husband is home so he can protect me against the spider that is going to eat me alive!! So back to the story, you should politely ask your husband/wife if he/she would be willing to teach you some things around the house. I mowed the lawn today and it was so great, it actually started a chain reaction around the neighborhood, as I started mowing the lawn I saw several of the men around the neighborhood take their lawn mowers out...as the women watched of course. I feel great to be able to help my husband out, I am not afraid to get a little dirty as well as GRASSY. I am glad I know how to fix a mower too in case it so happens to die on me. Men should ask their wives to learn a few tricks as well!! Like cooking, sewing or doing laundry. I am lucky to say my husband was fully trained when I met him!! Ha ha!!

Deployments can be really hard because it makes you become a single parent. I have two boys and so I feel like soon I will need to know how to teach them how to play baseball, charge their batteries in their powerwheels, and learn to dig up worms and other interesting bugs out there (just the thought makes me squirm)...but anyhow, I want to be prepared. We as spouses don't think about these things while our spouses are home, I try and learn several things here and there in order to not only contribute, but to become that UTILITY player of this family team.

Don't be afraid to use your husband's tools, learn the names, learn what they do. Trust me, it won't make you any less of a woman to learn what makes up an engine in your car or to learn how to change a tire. It will make you an even SMARTER and INDEPENDENT woman at that! So in closing, go learn something you thought you would never do!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

All Dressed Up!



This year my husband decided to take me to the International Regimental Dinner where we would be honoring a Colonel at SHAPE NATO. The first thing on my mind the day he said we were going was, "what am I going to wear" and "how formal is it?"  I was nervous and I didn't think I would know anyone attending. I took the positive approach...and took this as an opportunity to step outside the box and get to know others. I sure did meet some awesome and diverse people. Let's get back to before the dinner though! I chose to wear a velvet dress I had in my closet for about 2-3 years.It still had the tag on it and I was praying it was going to fit me! Well as I tried it on I thought for a moment...is this dress going to be formal enough? I was so worried until my husband walked in the room and his jaw dropped, I suppose because he liked what he was seeing! LOL!! I went with the dress and decided not to change my mind. I thought about wearing a gown but was too afraid it was going to be TOO formal. I was right, no one had gowns on! Everyone wore a shorter but dressy ensemble. Some women even wore pants to the dinner. So I felt I had made a great choice that night.
So the dinner went really well, it started at 1830 and we were almost late!! I was worried the entire time because my husband happened to be the lowest ranking military member there and if he was late, he was going to be in a lot of trouble!! But one confession of the night, we snuck out not only once but twice which is a huge NO NO!!! We were sneaky enough not to get caught! It was so much fun!
The attendees were wonderful, I was able to meet one of my husband's bosses and he was very entertaining. I sat across from another wife who happened to be married to an Italian soldier. She was from Italy but had traveled to Canada, Bosnia and other interesting places. I enjoyed the conversation and the food was great. I really would love to encourage you to go and experience a Regimental Dinner because you will learn a lot about camaraderie, etiquette, and military knowledge!
Don't be afraid of meeting new people from other parts of the world, you will be amazed at all the stories you hear! I just want to thank my husband for a great night. It was truly amazing! I will be adding some more about Regimental Dinners in another post, stay tuned to that one!!

If you have been to a Regimental Dinner or a Dinner Mess, please leave your story down below in the comment box!!





For the complete outfit of the NIGHT!! Watch below!!!






Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Operation Body Makeover:UPDATE

So I have been on a long journey to lose weight and the best part about it is that my best friend (my husband)  is right along side of me, cheering me on and also losing weight with me!! It is great to have a partner because I feel it is easier this way because you motivate eachother. Not to mention, eating is the best part because cooking healthy meals together without a fight, is wonderful!! I have been doing a lot of Zumba, and just started P90X with my hubby. We both have reasons why we want to lose weight, but we support eachother on it no matter what! If you are having trouble finding ways to motivate yourself, find someone you know who will cheer you on or support your goals. I try to motivate others to join an exercise program because really you have nothing to lose (besides inches and calories)! It won't hurt, in fact it stimulates your body and in the end you have more energy. Getting passed the sore muscles is the best part, it will hurt at first, but it will get better over time!!! So come join me on my journey to lose those last few pounds and inches, I know you can do it too!!! So in the words of Justin Timberlake, I will be getting my SEXY BACK!!! Hoooah!

For more on this topic, watch below!!! If you would love to follow my husband's journey, he will be right here: http://www.thrillbeatz.blogspot.com/ !!

Have a wonderful and healthy day!