Friday, 24 April 2015

keeping TABs

I'm so in love with my life!
and my most ardent heartfelt dream came true and I'm a soldier now? a soldier again! and if you stop by my posts on here you also know that I so love my training!
I train free weights and run most days

and was real happy as the other day I did shrugs on 180kg! yup, I sure did! 
I did 2 sets of 4 decent reps, then back to sets and reps of 8, on 160kg. Not too bad eh? I've only ever done sets and reps on 170kg before, and that was a while ago so that was nice. 
And I did 97 push ups in 2 minutes at the gym the other week! Will be 100 soon! 
Not that I've been keeping tabs though ; )
(*wee update, June - got 105 rather decent ones last week)

I've been noticing that the harder I train the stronger I become. 
and now that I've got my kit I've been getting into my tabbing too

TABbing is British Army speak for Tactical Advance to Battle and is what the Aussie soldiers call forced marching - which is marching over rough ground with minimum kit on + rifle
that's a minimum weight of approximately 15kg+
so I have started my tabbing with a minimum of 12kg but since I don't have any scales and I add extra stuff in my pack like my weights belt and training gear and gym toons (Metallica etc - all that extra heavy metal!) I reckon it must add to another few kilos at least?

Here are the boys from 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers doing their tabbing

they are pretty fast eh! 
and they make it look rather effortless!
I've got some way still to go in mine! 

the other morning I got my pack and met my papa and his bestie (is that what you call your good best friends now-a-days?) or is it BFF?
and I tabbed 2miles to meet up with them

They both declined the offer of a speedy walk with me and caught the bus to our RV point instead

I made it in a decent time (under 30minutes), not too bad considering - I still have a way to go though!
and then we all went for a nice relaxed 3miler along the coast

Here I am with my papa's bestie Bill.
Yeah I'm giving him a kiss - he said he would treat me to an ice-cream but refused to carry my bag. Manners eh?

I'm so very very happy!
I am following my heart and doing what I love!

and here's one thing I'd love to be doing - (yeah, those 131 boys again)

how exciting! an assault course!
omg! things like that make my heart beat faster : )

the 131 Independent Commando Squadron Royal Engineers are Army soldiers who have earned their green berets. 
The green beret is given to all those who complete the arduous Royal Marine Commando training.
~they are always looking for new eager recruits, stop by their fb page if that clip made your heart beat faster~

and ofcourse the Royal Marines sell my Drive Safe with Baby Hare Rear View Mirror Charms in their shop, and the ones sold in my etsy shop contributes to them as well

it's nice to give
it's what I do best : )

and aren't they just the most adorable tiny backseat drivers ever?

I've just sent a litter of babies down to them

really chuffed that these wee hares are so adored, I so love making them! totally love them all!

and they are all made from old service cams
I like to reuse and recylce

are you a serving soldier, or marine, and got an old set of current issue cams? all tears and holes welcome
just drop me a line and we can do a deal - Free cute hare for you - Free cams for me
(check out the etsy listing for best ways to get in touch with me)

which one will you choose?
I so love making these wee hares!
I so love writing my stories for my hares!
I so love making cute things!
I so love what I do!

so like I was sayin'
I am totally in love with my life!!

and I'm so excited to think that I will be taking up boxing too! Boxing is big in the Army.
before I joined the Australian Army I used to box. I loved it! And now I have the opportunity to box again

here's one of my fav boys - 50, doing his boxing thing
so love this song!

I have decided that I am happiest with my head in the clouds

but there you go, that's what comes from living on cloud 9!
I have set up residence there and I ain't coming back

gonna get some postcards or prints with this watercolour/sketch I did ages ago
really love the shape of this hare
really love the subdued colours and texture and simplicity of the sketch

was filling my car up the other week at my favourite petrol station (Sainsburys ofcourse!) and I was delighted to see my favourite thing on the pumps - the Army!!
- adverts for the Army!

it's so cool how proactive the British Army are in their recruiting campaigns
I really love that they are so approachable and friendly
my recruitment was as smooth as a dream 
why ofcourse it was!
and as my Corporal said to me the other day - I recruited myself
um true story like!

and being the creative spark that I am, I had to make myself a name tag for my locker 
neat eh?
I put my name underneath it surrounded by little hearts cause I always follow my heart and do what I love

I'm not the only one with my head in the clouds though
that horse behind me and my darling papa is the the biggest horse sculpture in the world

my papa and I went to see the Kelpies a couple weeks ago

we had been up the road at the Falkirk wheel 
it was a really nice day out and we spent some time laughing our heads off at the kiddies who were paying money to get trapped inside a big huge plastic air bubble and be set free on a tiny lochan by the wheel
omg! I have never laughed so much. It was a really fun fun time!

these horses are beautiful and majestic!
this is my favourite one
- with his head in the clouds ofcourse

it's good to be happy
and good to do things that make you happy
and good to dream!
dreaming about all the things you love and want

when I first moved to Australia I stopped taking maths at school as I used to be in tears every night doing my homework
I just could not grasp the contexts at all
it was like language from the planet Zyborg
seriously, looking at all the number stuffs my brain would go into instant shutdown!
all my high school maths schooling came thru my Physics classes as I loved Physics! I could see the practical application of numbers that way, and that made sense to me

but now, I am pleased to say that I am learning maths! yup! I am taking lessons in all that stuff that used to flummox me
so I am taking it slowly, ofcourse
and feeling my way, as I go step by step

this stuff scribbled all over the place is factorisation
oh wow!  

and that working out below was my mis-reading of the equation given
because I thought it had said 
x.sq + 2x + 7 
but it was really an 8 instead of a 2 
x.sq + 8x + 7

oh well, there you go!

...I think I may have gotten it right? maybe not! hmmm?

alrighty, enuff maths for now!

remember, I follow my heart 
and I've got miles to cover and blood, sweat and tears to spill.....


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