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Glad to start a new week!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

I'm feeling much better today, thank goodness. I guess my allergies really weren't after all. By Friday, I was done for. After a restful day and some decent sleep (finally!!), I was feeling better. I'm just glad that being sick didn't affect either my class or clinical.

It sucks that I wasn't able to work out last week, but I was still tracking my steps so that helped keep me in a good frame of mind since I was missing working out. Although Friday I barely walked, I made up for it yesterday by finally tracking 10,000 steps. This was a great accomplishment for me. emoticon

I took my daughter school shopping today. We had a great time and she got some great stuff too. At one of the stores we went to, if you tried on jeans you got a $10 off $25 coupon. So I tried on jeans too. I had them bring me a size 14 and they were TOO BIG!!! I was so excited!! I didn't buy any because I don't need any new pants right now, I just really wanted the coupon!! But it was a great feeling. While I was waiting for her to try on clothes, I caught a glimpse of my legs and saw that I have some nice hamstring muscles forming. I was shocked. I guess the running is doing good things for me.

Now that the kids are going back to school, I'm hoping to figure out my working out schedule to coincide with my school/study schedule. I will still be very busy, but I know I can squeeze in the time to do it.

Here are my goals for the week:

1. Exercise at least 90 min. (I know the total is down, but I'm still a little congested)

2. Eat within my normal calorie range

3. Figure out my weekly workout schedule

4. Study for my first test, Ugh!!

Do any of you have goals that you would like to share?

Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a great holiday and a great week!! emoticon

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SARA-SMILE 9/2/2014 7:45AM

    Good luck with the test! emoticon Congratulations on your jeans-victory! emoticon And your walking steps milestone! emoticon Have a wonderful, and healthy, September! emoticon emoticon

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EDLEAR 9/1/2014 2:34AM

    I'm glad that you're feeling better. Sometimes with me anticipation-stress can mimic cold/allergy symptoms. But that's me, my mind is getting good at giving me "gifts".
Yah for the loose jeans! You have been working so hard at this, it's great to see results for you!
I think that your goals are totally doable for you. Go for it! emoticon

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BMCC488 8/31/2014 10:51PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better and congrats on the 14's being too big! I love when I notice more muscle definition, like I've noticed recently in my calf muscles this past week. It's a wonderful feeling knowing you're building muscles and getting stronger!

One thing I need to work on this week, that isn't necessarily a goal, is to relax a bit more. This past week was stressful and I need to focus on relaxing so I don't get too stressed. Thankfully homework this week is a little more structured and normal routine so it should be better than all over the place chaos.

Good luck to you for your goals this week! They sound like good ones. Sometimes figuring out how to fit things in is half the battle.

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Today started off pretty good!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Yay, the scale is still moving in the right direction!! I lost 2 lbs this week!! I'm so happy about this. Definitely a good start to the day. emoticon

This week is still busy with me going back to school and clinical. The kids don't go back til next week and I've been busy running them around to different appointments and practice. Today is the first day that I'm at home for more than an hour at a time. I've even managed to throw some pepper steak in the crock pot, dinner done!!

My allergies have been kicking my butt this week too. I'm miserable mostly because of the headache that I have. I haven't been able to work out because I can't breathe!! I'm focusing on my nutrition to help out. I'm hoping to work out by the weekend.

I am noticing that I have really gotten a lot better about my portion sizes, which seems to be helping. Except for the fresh tomatoes that my neighbor brought over, I'm eating the grape tomatoes like candy!! I know that's not a bad thing, I love them!!

I'm taking my son school shopping later. I've been so busy, and he still isn't able to walk for a really long time, but each day he's getting better. I will take my daughter shopping over the weekend, she finally has some time off from practice!! I refuse to take both of them together, it gets really bad. Besides it give me a chance to spend time with each of them separately.

I hope you are all having a great day and are looking forward to the holiday weekend.

Thanks for reading emoticon

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EDLEAR 8/31/2014 4:16AM

    I'm glad that you are able to take each child separately. At that age alone time with mom is terribly important, even though they won't always let on. Glad that your son is progressing, That's been a long hard recovery for a teenage boy to endure.
Take care of yourself, cut you some slack! emoticon

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SARA-SMILE 8/29/2014 7:13AM

    Congrats on your pounds loss! emoticon
I'm sorry though that you're not feeling well. I also suffer from allergies. I hope you get some relieve soon. emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 8/28/2014 5:09PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your loss. I don't blame you for taking some time off of working out, no one has a good workout when they are sick and can't breathe. I don't know if you've been tracking all your steps but you might find that you're getting a workout just with all the running around that you've been doing. I don't blame you at all for wanting to separate the kids school shopping. I did that with my oldest children ( boy & girl) It gives each of them your undivided attention and saves you from an unwanted migraine.

Take some Allegra or your anti-allergen of choice, read a book, get some rest, and enjoy your long weekend.

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    Sorry your allergies are acting up so much!

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BMCC488 8/28/2014 3:34PM

    emoticon on the weight lost!

Allergies are awful! I hope you find some relief soon. Taking your kids separately can be a good thing all around then. All kids need one-on-one time with their parents no matter how old they are, it lets them be the center of attention for a short burst and really realize how loved they are (even though you show them all the time).

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LINDA! 8/28/2014 2:27PM

    I often have allergy outbreaks also. I am sending you a lot of hope for better health. Congrats on the 2 pound weight loss. emoticon

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ROBBIEY 8/28/2014 2:26PM

  emoticon I feel you pain with the allergies. I hope it clears up soon. Good Luck with the school shopping. Just keep moving forward.

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JAROL7 8/28/2014 1:55PM

    Starts are good. Now settle in for the long haul without deviating from your plan.

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Sunday August 24

Sunday, August 24, 2014

It's been a busy week and I'm facing another busy one this week as I go back to school.

I'm excited, nervous and a little sad to be going back to school. But I remind myself that this is my last year and I only have four more classes to go! I'll be starting the year with my psych rotation, which I guarantee will be interesting. I've had some psych patients at work so I know a little bit of what to expect.

My grandma is back in the hospital today. This is the second time in three months that she's been in there. She was there at the end of June for pneumonia and now the doctor just felt she looked "off." I saw her the other day and she was saying how tired she felt so I'm glad they sent her to the hospital. Her labs have come back good, but they are pumping her full of fluids. The good thing is that she is at the hospital where I work, so I will see her today when I go to work.

Here are some goals for the week:

1. Run at least 6 miles (I already know I don't have time for 8 this week!)

2. Eat within my calorie range each day

3. Do my math packet before Wednesday (I have a test on the first day)

It's a short list this week because I know how much stuff I actually have to do.

What are some of your goals for the week? Do you find that creating lists help you?

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day! emoticon

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EDLEAR 8/25/2014 12:41PM

    We have our first day of classes up on campus this week, too. It's a sad and exciting and scary time.
How fortunate for your grandma that she will be in the hospital where you are. I'm glad that her doctor is being cautious with her. Things can go down hill quickly with older people if you're not careful.
I don't usually have weekly goals, but maybe I should. I live and work in a college town and many of my regular customers are professors/staff/students. Most every day someone talks to me using my given name, and I don't know theirs. Sometimes I catch it right away and ask who they are, sometimes I don't. Sometimes I ask and they tell me and by the next day I've forgotten. One of my goals this week will be to ask at least one person who they are. I'm going to try to ask one of my old time regular customers their name. It gets to the point when people have been coming and interacting with me for months (or years even) that it just feels too late now to ask. I'll just going to smile and confess.

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KRYSSCOTT 8/24/2014 10:51PM

    Well its never good to have a family member in the hospital but the doctor is being cautious, thats good news and the fact that you get to visit her while your at work is a bonus.

As a criminal psych major who already has done an internship, I can tell you that your going to walk away from this rotation with at least 1-2 really good unforgetable stories.

Goals this week: yea, creating a list helps.

1. Do my hour of treadmill exercise at 2.2 mph with an arm pump (no hanging on)
2. Push the fluids. I just ca't get 8 glasses in.
3. Take my calcium pill and go outside for vitaminD everyday.

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BMCC488 8/24/2014 10:12PM

    Sorry about your grandma, but good that the doctor was paying attention and they're trying to do something about it. So many times this isn't the case. Hopefully they will find out what's causing her to be so tired soon.

Wow a test on the first day, that's crazy! Good luck!

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My shopping experience!

Friday, August 22, 2014

I had to do some clothes shopping tonight because I needed clothes for my clinical rotation for school. I'm doing my psych rotation first and we are not allowed to wear our scrubs, we have to wear "business casual" clothes. First of all I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, and don't bother me with dress shoes. I don't get dressed up all that often. I was fortunate enough to find two pair of dress pants in my closet that fit me, yay! I also tried on a pair of 9/10 pants from my closet, they buttoned, but weren't comfortable, but at least they buttoned!

When I went shopping, I found myself not even attempting to reach for a size XL. I'm glad I didn't because the size L shirts fit me. I found two shirts and a pair of shoes. I'll go back in a few weeks when it starts to get cooler and hopefully find some long sleeve stuff too, I'm always cold.

I'm excited about this little victory. It made me feel good to be able to fit into a smaller size.

Thanks for reading and I hope you are having a great day!! Happy Friday emoticon

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SARA-SMILE 8/24/2014 7:55AM

    emoticon victory! emoticon

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EDLEAR 8/24/2014 2:55AM

    Oh great news! Going down a size category is exciting. This is it for you, right? Going back this week? Enjoy the last of the weekend! emoticon

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AMYG5025 8/23/2014 1:22PM

    Way to go! That is a fabulous non scale victory! Keep up the good work!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/23/2014 6:36AM

    Congratulation! That's a wonderful victory!

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    emoticon on the smaller sizes! It's great to read about these victories - makes me more determined to reach one myself! Good luck on your psych rotation! Alison x

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KRYSSCOTT 8/22/2014 10:51PM

    WOO HOO, smaller sizes.... And there are so many cute outfits for size 9/10 & 12. Gone are your days shopping in the sea of flowered, sequin riddled, tent like, clothing I find myself drowning in. Nothing is cute in my department! Curious as to why your doing a Psych rotation, I wasn't aware nurses did that, strange they won't let you wear scrubs but then again counselors don't wear "doctor /nurse" attire because of the stigma attached to them. Patients seem to feel better about coming to counseling if they don't see themselves as "mentally sick."

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LINDA! 8/22/2014 10:33PM

    emoticon Fitting in smaller clothes is the best!

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BMCC488 8/22/2014 10:19PM

    emoticon emoticon on the smaller sizes! It's a great feeling!

Also want to say, I'm a tee shirt and jeans girl too. Although dressing up very occasionally can be fun as long as I feel comfortable too.

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PARISHUGHES 8/22/2014 9:54PM

  Congratulations! What a great feeling.

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OMG!! My teenager let me in her room!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Something strange happened in my house last night, my daughter actually let me in her room, and for more than 5 minutes. Those of you who have teens understand what I'm talking about, cuz I swear when she's home she's in her room with the door closed. She usually doesn't even want the dog in there! She's not doing anything that she shouldn't be when she's in there, she just wants to be alone.

I'm sure she only let me in because she was changing sheets and wanted help!! I'll take what I can get. We had a very nice conversation and I think I was in there for about 30 minutes. Even my son was knocking on the door checking to see that we were ok! I've got to enjoy these moments as she go off to college in four short years.

I did get on the scale today, no weight loss, but no gain either, so I'll take that as a win.

I did get my run in this morning. This was the first day this week that I've been able to work out in the morning. I feel so much better about my running time today.

Tonight we have my daughter's high school orientation so she can tour the school and all that fun stuff!!

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!!

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KRYSSCOTT 8/21/2014 11:30AM

    Wow, you went in her room! That is a miracle in itself when dealing with some teenagers. When my daughter (23) was a young teen we used to live in an old mobile home, air circulation was a real problem in the back bedrooms. She'd be in there with all her little electronic gadgets turned on and it would get so hot and stuffy in there. My husband became so worried about her locking herself up in her room all the time that we removed her door and gave her a shower curtain instead. Might sound weird but it worked for us. Enjoy your pre college time. High School can be the most enjoyable time in a kids life if they experience those years with supportive and involved parents.

Keep Running! Maybe next week your H.H Ugh will be nicer, if not pick him up and throw him out the window!

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SARA-SMILE 8/21/2014 7:12AM

    emoticon I understand! I have a teenager! I cherish my real conversations with him, otherwise he gives me what I call, iPod answers, he is always on it, messaging friends and when I talk to him he nods his head and gives me, "uh-huh...yeah...ok...but hasn't heard a word I said. I'm so glad you had a special moment with your dd. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDLEAR 8/21/2014 6:41AM

    That is a great accomplishment! Teenagers are fun, aren't they?
We ended up putting a portable doorbell at the beginning of the hallway to daughter#3's room. If it was rung, she had a few minutes to respond (more like a few minutes to come back to earth) before anyone got to her door. Not that that meant anyone went into the room. It was more so that when we knocked, she wasn't startled.
I hope that you all had a great time at the orientation. This is a wild/scary/thrilling time for all of you. Enjoy the ride, it'll be quick. emoticon

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BMCC488 8/20/2014 9:39PM

    I have to chuckle a little while reading your blog. While I didn't not let anyone in my room when I was a teenager, I definitely preferred people leave me alone. Glad your daughter let you in and you had a good conversation!

Also about the run in the morning. That must have felt amazing!

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GRACED777 8/20/2014 1:55PM

    What an honor, seriously! I never had that happen, but one of my sons has never been ashamed to be with me in public--even at my highest weight. He's in his 30s and we still "hang out" together at times.

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    Love this

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