Monday, May 26, 2014

Fit Fierce and Fabulous Part 2

My last post explained a little about the program I joined called Fit Fierce and Fabulous. Its been 4 weeks since the start of the program so I thought now would be a good time to do an update.

My achievements these past 4 weeks include:

  • Improving my baseline mile time by 3 minutes and 2 seconds
  • Improving my baseline plank time from 46 seconds to 1 minute
  • Improving my baseline push-ups in 2 minutes from 18 to 26
  • Lost 2.75 inches off my waist
  • Lost 1 inch off my biceps
I'm a little bummed because I haven't really lost any weight (0.6 lbs).  I had lost 2 lbs, but in week 3 I dropped the ball and gained it back.  Thankfully I didn't gain any extra back.  This last week I got my butt back into gear and really pushed myself to meet all the goals set out in weekly challenge.

Last week I:
  • walked/jogged over 10 miles
  • I completed 80 minutes of strength training
  • Exercised for 280 minutes (including mowing the lawn and the strength training.)
  • Ate an average of 1660 calories/ day which is 70 calories below my daily goal.
I am really happy with all of my progress  accept the lack of weight loss.  The change in measurements and in my abilities shows me I am getting somewhere.  4 more weeks to go.  Lets see if I can pull off some weight loss now.  

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Fit Fierce and Fabulous

I joined a weight loss group.  It's actually an ecourse where myself and others have joined up to get daily challenges and encouragement to meet our health related goals. I'm 1 week in, and really appreciating the help I am getting from it.

Every morning there is an email.  It has links to the days challenges or advice.  The goal is to follow the advice and post your progress each day with the group.  In this challenge you are required to exercise every day and post what you did.  You are also asked to track your eating daily with an app to help you become more mindful of what you are eating.

So far there hasn't been too much "I never thought of that" moments, most of the info are things you already knew would be good for you.  The value in the course is the daily encouragement, the daily accountability, and the continued support.  Whether you completely gave up the day before, or where 400 calories under you maximum the daily email of challenges arrives.  Every morning is a new morning, with new ideas, new suggestions, and new encouragement.

I have to say that it has been a while since I followed any weight loss plan, or group for an entire week.  I also have never tried to exercise 7 days a week.  I never really realized the true value until this week.  If you make it a daily habit, you can't say "today will b my day off" at the last minute cause your not motivated.  Everyday is exercise day and having to tell the group what you did for your 30 minutes is an extra motivator.  In all honesty I only worked out 6/7 days.  I had a day I threw the towel in and didn't exercise and overate like there was no tomorrow. On the plus side, there was a tomorrow, and there was an email with the new days tasks.

My goal for this week is 7 days of exercise, and an average calorie intake under my max goal.  After this last week, I know this is doable!

If you want to check out this ecourse you can fin info here.  Its lead by one of my favorite bloggers "Not Your Average Mom"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Good Things in Life

I'm sure I have been coming across a but depressed lately.
Yes I have down days,
More so when Asher is gone.
In truth I am really not depressed.

For a while I was just coasting.
I had reached my dream of becoming and LPN
I got a good job that pays the bills.
I've got Ash settled into a school and a community.

All my previous goals met.
I have spent the last few months trying to figure out what my next move was.
Everyone said you need goals to look foreward to
And truthfully with no goals,
All I was doing was treading water.

I have always wanted to buy a house,
but the idea of saving up money for a deposit on my own
has always seemed unreachable.
Until last week that is.

I realised how much money I have been wasting.
I realised how much money I could be saving.
Then I learned about Tax Free Savings Accounts
And I worked out a plan.

I have goals again.
First I am going to pay off my credit card.
Next Ash and I are going on a holiday.
Then I start saving for my future house!

There are always good things in Life

Monday, April 21, 2014

Nursing: Survival of the Fittest - If you're O.C.D. and you know it, wash your hands!

I mentioned last week my facility is on Outbreak.
Its been a long 10 days.
I worked really hard to make sure my staff had what they needed to stop the spread of infection.
I reminded clients every time I spoke to them "Wash your hands"

It wasn't enough.
As much of a control freak as I am,
I can't control others.
I also have no say in what other shifts do.
The Outbreak spread.

Between the two main units
we have had so many cases.
It is so frustrating.
This shouldn't happen.

I get the first few cases are hard to prevent,
With the first group spreading it before we know they have it.
That I get.
Once we are on Outbreak, and people are on isolation
It should stop spreading.

What frustrates me even more is when staff catch it.
We had at least 7 staff members call in sick today alone.
I believe that likely not all of those people are actually sick,
But I don't get why you would call in sick if you aren't
because you are basically telling everyone you are poor at hand hygiene.

Even worse, if you actually are sick, 
You really do have a hand hygiene issue.
Which means, You are not doing your job!
Which also means you are a BIG part of this problem.

It is our Job to take care of our patients.
It is our Job to wash our hands and not past illnesses o our clients.
DO your Job people!

Wash your hands
Protect your clients and yourself.
Its survival of the Fittest!
Don't let a virus get you down! - Go back and wash your hands!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Worst Part of Single Parenthood

My last post was probably a bit depressing.
Truth be told I always go a little crazy when Asher goes way.
I've been told your life shouldn't revolve around your child,
and although I don't feel like mine does,
When he is gone, I feel completely lost and empty.

I was on the phone with a friend yesterday,
Also a single mother,
Also alone yesterday.
It was sad because without either of our children,
We were unable to think if any plans worth doing.

We get so used to planning our lives to work with our kids,
that the idea of finding something kid free to do,
without just going out and getting smashed,
was so foreign, neither of us left our houses.

At least it helped me feel less alone.
Every time that Asher is gone for an extended period of time
I realize how lonely life is.
Before becoming a mother I don't remember feeling this lonely.

There were always friends to go visit,
Or places to go.
Now it feels like everyone is having family time,
and I am alone.
Without Asher I have no one.

 I find this kind of funny because on a regular day
A day with Asher around,
Or even a day with him gone that is not a holiday,
I am content with being single.
I don't long for a husband or a boyfriend.
I am content with it just being Asher and I.

I guess the fact that it is so rare that he is gone away
especially for more than a night or two
doesn't help me learn to deal.
Though I am very thankful for that.

Every time he is gone I realize
the only part about being a single parent that I don't like
Is missing out on holidays or special times with my child.
Married couples never have to worry about that.
When I was married I never had to worry about that.

I miss my son like crazy
and I have already talked to him on the phone twice today.
The rest of the week won't be so bad because I will be busy with work.
I booked a shift every day for the next seven days
and when its over
Asher will be back in my arms.

7 days and counting.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Surviving a Childless Easter

I am struggling this weekend.
I always struggle when Asher's gone.
This weekend is worse than normal because its Easter.

Its my first Easter without Asher.
I haven't had an Easter alone in over 8 years.
Its really weird.
I've tried to just pretend Easter isn't happening.
It's not working.

With all the Easter commercials
All the facebook posts
All the flayer's
Seriously that damn bunny and chocolate eggs are EVERYWHERE.

I think it wouldn't be so bad if Ash was coming home right after Easter
Then we could have our own little celebration.
Unfortunately he isn't coming back for a week.
This is going to be the longest week ever.

To cope I booked extra shifts on my days off.
I'll be working 7 days straight.
Keeping busy is the only way to get by.
The problem is that I have today and tomorrow off.

How do you keep busy when everyone else is celebrating with family?

Happy Easter. or not.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

20 Commandments for MentalHealth workers

I was searching for nursing blogs to find, and came across this blog.  There aren't a lot of post, but what this lady has posted has great meaning.  I thought I would share this with you.  I think all that work in mental health should follow these commandments.

20 Commandments for MentalHealth workers: 20 Commandments for Mental Health workers: Thou shalt respect your patient and not judge Thou shalt increase the well-being, opportunities and happiness of your  patient Thou sh...
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