When you are married to a military man, there are two things that are an absolute certainty. The first is Temporary DutY (or TDYs) and the second is deployments. Military families deal with constant family separation, whether it’s geo-baching (when the service member is stationed in one location and the spouse stays in another), constant deployments, and TDYs. My husband in particular has not been deployed as much as many of his contemporaries, but when he doesn’t deploy, he makes up for it with constant TDYs. When I first left the military in 2004, he was rarely gone, but as soon as he pinned on Major, it became apparent that my home was wherever the base was, and his home was the Holiday Inn Express at any number of other bases.
I have been struggling the last few weeks with my weight. I gained weight the beginning of June after my dad passed away suddenly from a heart attack. In the weeks following his death, I forgot my main summer goal. I wanted to lose weight in preparation for what may be my last marathon (unless I get a coveted Boston Qualifying time). Needless to say, I didn’t lose weight - I gained weight. This was no surprise to me. I went back to my old fitness books and back to the basics. Two weeks ago, I cracked the code, and I am now losing weight again. Here are five things I did that are extremely low cost, or even free:
Jodi Vetter is a 38-year old aspiring author. She has been published in "Chicken Soup For Soul: Raising a Child on The Autism Spectrum,” has her own blog, and has poetry published in the College of St. Scholastica writer's publication. Jodi also has had several freelance articles published throughout the military spouse community, and is currently working on a science fiction novel called, "Invasion.” She has two children (Ryan and Sophie), is a military spouse and proud Air Force Veteran. She has tried many modes of employment from selling Mary Kay to writing to being in the military, and has even dabbled in Wine Tasting. Keep up to date with all of Jodi's adventures on Facebook.