Growing up somebody once told me that “I’ll never make friends like the ones I make in High School.” Then a few years later I heard the same thing about the people I’d meet in College… They weren’t wrong when they gave me that advice. I have a handful of friends from High School that I still can call at any hour of the night and I know that they would be there for me.I have a couple of friends that I still keep in touch with from College that I have many great memories with…No one will ever be able to replace those people and what they mean to me.
But what nobody prepared me for was the friends that I would meet while being a Marine wife…
When I first noticed the bond between Brett and his friends that he has met while in the Marine Corps, it was like something I had never seen before. The bond between them is most certainly like that between two brothers. They become the “Uncles” of each other’s children, they take care of each other’s wives and their families when one is halfway across the world, or they take care of each other when they both have to be away from home.They tell each other they love one another and aren’t afraid who hears it, and the saying, “I’d take a bullet for him” becomes more literal in their friendship.
This too, is not very far from the friendships that I have made since I have became a Marine wife. These people have become my second family… I have become the Aunt to some of their children, we are there for one another for 7 months straight when we are left to spend every one of those nights alone.We see each other at some of our weakest moments and at our strongest.We are there for one another during some of the saddest times in our lives and we get to be there during some of the happiest.
Now, you don’t have to be apart of the Marine Corps to have a friendship with these qualities… it’s just the circumstances that we go through together, that makes things a little different.
While living across the Country from my family and my best of friends, knowing that I am surrounded by these people gives me such great comfort. I know that those people at home that care about me so much, also take comfort in knowing that I have such amazing people around me when they can’t be an arms reach away.
On holidays when we can’t make it home, our friends and their families take us in as part of their own, or we have a holiday dinner with all of our friends that weren’t able to make it home to their friends and families… we.become.family.
That is what makes these friendships different, we become the family that we are missing. These people don’t replace my friends and family back home (I really want to make that clear) they take over and they step up and they become my home away from home.
What’s even more special it that when we move away from each other and our lives take us to a different city or a different town… that bond stays with us. We’ve been through something together that we will never get the chance to experience with anyone else and that will stay with us, forever.
I have learned that there are many different types of friends…
High School friends, College friends, best friends, friends of friends, facebook friends, even not so good of friends… I just feel extremely lucky to still have some of those high school and college friends and to have had the opportunity to make these special, one of a kind friendships that come with being a part of the military.
It wasn't easy... But it was worth all of the sweat and frustration, that's for sure!
I have tried losing weight so many different times in the past 5 years and not once did I EVER stick with it.
I'm not sure what made this time different but whatever it was, worked. I had the dedication to work out AT LEAST 5 days a week and changed my eating habits pretty drastically. Both of these changes are things that I am going to have to stick with forever... if I want to stay fit and healthy and I'm okay with that :)
I feel more confident then ever, faster, healthier... I just feel GOOD.
I can honestly say that I haven't been at this weight since high school and even then, I don't remember seeing these numbers on the scale. I NEVER thought I would be here... again. So this accomplishment is a pretty big deal to me.
Food of the month:
Skinny Cow Ice Cream
If there is one thing I have learned over these last few months it's that you can't deprive yourself. The more I said, "No, I can't eat that" the more I wanted it. I truly do believe that everything is okay in moderation and these Skinny Cow Ice Cream treats were my guilt free pleasure. I don't know about you but I want something sweet every now and then and these did the trick :) without making me feel guilty afterwards.
It's okay to treat yourself now and then, after all you deserve it!
These last 2 months I have been doing "Insanity"
AND IT KICKED MY BUTT.
Going into this workout, I was scared before I even started. I truly believed that I was not going to be able to handle it. Having this mentality actually helped me, I think because I COULD do it and after the first workout was finished I felt SO PROUD. I did it and was still breathing, standing on my feet lol! I hadn't done a workout like this since High School basketball and I was reminded how GOOD it feels to work out THAT HARD. I only lost about 4 pounds while doing Insanity BUT I noticed the most change in my body. I have muscles... that's right, muscles! I can do push ups now (and not the kind on your knees!)! It wasn't easy to keep the motivation some days... an hour workout didn't sound so appetizing to me some mornings but I knew it would be worth it... and it was. I would recommend this to ANYBODY and EVERYBODY.
I still have two months left until Brett gets home and even though I already reached my goal, I'd like to see if I change anymore in these next couple months. I'm still going to push myself and come September I will post a final "Operation TONE up and LOSE weight" blog with the before and after picture and a final weight.
( :) the pictures are the scariest part about this whole journey lol!)
My good friend Vanessa came out in the end of June/beginning of July!
We used to live down the road from each other and spent a lot of time just hanging out, talking, and enjoying our favorite TV shows. So we were both looking forward to some of this during her visit! Nothing fancy... just some good, girl time!
We also spent a couple days at the beach and I introduced Vanessa to the Sunset Market (I'm telling you, it.is.great!)
One night we had a "girls night out" with my friends Christina and Kayla. We went to dinner at Riptide Sushi :) this just might be my favorite restaurant of all time and I hadn't been since before Brett left, so I was pretty pumped!! We ate the BEST SUSHI EVER and had a couple Sapporo's... doesn't get much better then that!
One day we went to the San Diego Fair... I had never been before, so I really wasn't sure what to expect. It was HUGE! The biggest fair I have ever been to. We went with Christina, her son Cooper, and her Mother and we each had a certain fair food in mind lol! We watched Cooper have a lot of fun on the rides, people watched, and enjoyed some good ol' corn dogs, and by the time we walked the whole fair... we had enough!!
(This food was NOT one that we indulged in... gross!)
Our last day together we went to Mission Bay and went out on Vanessa's cousins boat to celebrate the 4th of July. The water was a little chilly but the sun was out, not a cloud in the sky and with a drink in hand, we had no complaints. It was the perfect ending to the week!!
I almost left out a very important detail...
Vanessa had got wind about "In & Out" (a huge fast food chain here in Southern California) and I before she left, I needed to show her what it was all about!!
Animal Style, Please!
We had a great time catching up on each other's lives and spending some quality time together... just like the old days!! :)