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I forgot to do this yesterday!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I was busy yesterday, then I went to work, I forgot to log in yesterday, oops!!

I've been enjoying the last few days of my break. Today I went to lunch with a group of girlfriends. We went to Mongolian BBQ, love that place. I was very good about my food choices, I still had steak and shrimp, but I piled on the veggies. It was great to catch up with my friends that I haven't seen in a while. I made turkey chili for dinner, but I wasn't super hungry because of lunch so I only ate a little. It turned out pretty good.

Tomorrow I'm going to the movies with my mom to see The Best of Me. I'm a sucker for Nicolas Sparks movies. I love romance movies.

I got a pretty good workout in tonight. I just always worry that it won't be enough to make the scale move in the right direction.

I have my first clinical day on Wednesday. OB/peds is my favorite rotation so I'm looking forward to starting back up. Besides, I only have 21 more weeks of school total!

Here are my goals for the week:

1. Work out at least 90 min.

2. Eat within my calorie range daily.

3. Incorporate a new exercise into my workout.

4. Work on my math packet (I have a calculation test on Thursday!)

5. Drink enough water (I still struggle with this)

I hope that you all are reaching your goals. Have a great week. Thanks for reading. emoticon

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 10/20/2014 9:57PM

    Good goals! The movie sounds nice! Maybe because I have 6 kids, but I always thought the OB/peds rotation would be the nicest.

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BMCC488 10/20/2014 9:31PM

    Great goals and sounds like a great fun day with friends. That's always good for the soul.

I want to see the Best of Me too, but will probably wait until it's out on DVD for a while so that it's available at the library because I can't afford to see it in theaters lol.

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LINDA! 10/20/2014 9:16PM

    emoticon Glad that you enjoyed your break from school.

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DALID414 10/20/2014 9:15PM

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GEORGE815 10/20/2014 8:55PM

    Thanks. Good luck with your goals for the week!

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Happy Friday!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today's been another productive day. I dropped the dog off to get groomed (she was looking really bad!!), made it to the grocery store, I've done some laundry, made lunch and made some phone calls that I've been meaning to do.

I'm excited because I'm down another pound this week. I've had some great workout sessions this week and I'll work out later today.

I've been craving asparagus this week so I'm making chicken and asparagus for dinner, yummy!! Even better, it was on sale this week!! I'm a huge bargain shopper.

Tomorrow is my daughter's last competition of the year for marching band. She is playing at the Big House Invitational and will play the halftime show with a total of around 2000 students from other area high schools. The actual competition is after the game. Of course the weather will be cool and rainy. I can handle the cool weather, but I hope it stays dry.

I hope you are all having a great day! Thanks for reading. emoticon

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BIGSISTRUCK 10/20/2014 4:08PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! I sure wish I craved asparagus! Lol.

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EDLEAR 10/18/2014 7:09AM

    Congrats on the lost pound, slow and steady is the way to go!
I hope that you all enjoy the competition today, cool is good. I can see where wet might not be good for marching bands though. Hopefully it'll be dry.
I wish asparagus was on sale here too, but no such luck.

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NEWBIRTH2014 10/17/2014 9:32PM

    Dinner sounds pretty darn good! Hope your daughter team wins battle of the Marching bands!

Congratulations on weight loss emoticon

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DALID414 10/17/2014 9:14PM

    I was craving asparagus the other day, still haven't had any.

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BMCC488 10/17/2014 8:03PM

    Sounds like an awesome day and emoticon on the pound! emoticon

My parents' dog really needs to get trimmed, including her nails! What a relief it is when she gets her "hair" cut and nails trimmed.

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 10/17/2014 3:42PM

    Yummy dinner! Sounds good. . .wish you could e-mail me some emoticon

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GEORGE815 10/17/2014 2:45PM

    Hope things go well this weekend.

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It's gonna be a great week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I still have the next week and a half off from school so I'm going to have a chance to actually get some stuff done around here.

First and foremost, I have plenty of time to work out. This is one thing that I miss when I'm hitting the books because although I make the time to work out, it's never as much as I wanted to do. As I've said in a previous blog, I recently purchased kettle bells and I'm absolutely loving them. I'm still trying to figure them out, but I know I'm getting a great workout!

Tomorrow my mom, my sister in-law and I are going to start going through stuff in my grandmas house. I think we will only focus on the kitchen and see if there is anything that we want and start the donation/trash piles. We probably won't put the house up for sale until the spring since home sales aren't as big in the winter and we still have a bunch of stuff to go through.

I'm thinking I'm going to go through the closets here. I know there are clothes in both mine and my hubby's closet that can go to the donation pile. My son is growing like a weed, so I need to go through his stuff. I leave my daughter's closet alone because with my luck I would get rid of her favorite thing!

Here are some of my goals for the week:

1. Work out at least 90 minutes this week (I'm hoping to be above that!)

2. Eat within my normal calorie range/make healthy meals

3. Tackle the closets

4. Lunch with friends

5. Major house cleaning (not always fun, but needed!)

6. Relax!

What are some of your goals for the week?

Thanks for reading. I hope you have a great week. emoticon

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EDLEAR 10/15/2014 5:55PM

    The week is half over now, and I hope that it's turning out as great as you could wish.
I hope that you got to make lunch dates with your friends. This is one of the most important things that I feel you can do for your self, and for your children. It's so important for them to see that their mom takes care of herself this way. The house work can wait a bit longer. I feel that children need to see that it's just as valuable to take care of yourself as it is to take care of your home.
I'm so glad to see that you're enjoying your kettle bells! I like to use them also.
Have a great rest of the week!

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KELLEYAIMSHIGH 10/15/2014 7:07AM

  Goals? - 1: Walk or bike 5 days out of 7, 2: Eat breakfast - I've been falling down on this one, 3: Drink water, 4: Eat at least 1 fruit or veggie with each meal and choose them for snacks at least a third of the time 5: Get rid of at least 1 pile and finish at least 1 project this week (I'm off for Jewish holidays, but don't observe them myself).

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BIGSISTRUCK 10/14/2014 10:43AM

    Great goals, once I set my mind to cleaning it's a great appetite killer! I'd say with all of that 90 minutes of other exercise is plenty! =)

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KALEWINE 10/13/2014 10:52PM

    Awesome goals! I need to put relax on my to-do list.

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LINDA! 10/13/2014 9:46PM

    Great goals!

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DALID414 10/12/2014 2:15PM

    Thanks for reminding me to post my weekly goals blog

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Back from hiatus

Thursday, October 09, 2014

So I'm back after a few weeks of to focus on my studying. I'm so glad to be done with this rotation. It was hard, mostly because my instructor didn't do a good job teaching us. I was hovering on the very low end of passing and I'm not that type of student. We all felt we had to learn the material all by ourselves. I have a great group of friends and we rallied together to learn the material and we did awesome on the final. Now it's over for two weeks and then I get to move on to OB and peds, which I'm super excited about. I want to become a labor and delivery nurse so this is totally my rotation. I love kids, but it's really hard to work with them in the hospital because I hate to see that they are so sick :(

Today I got back into the real world and actually did stuff that didn't relate to school. I love that! I cleaned a little, got some laundry done, did the grocery shopping and had time to get a good workout in. This semester I was able to work out, but not as much as I'd wanted to. So I'm really excited to be able to actually make the time for it. I had a headache when I started, but that went away. I just started using kettle bells and I absolutely love them!

My hubby and I are even going on a date tomorrow! We are going to see Gone Girl, then we have to go to Costco! Nothing says romance like Costco emoticon
It is nice to spend time together when we can because our lives are so crazy busy.

We've got two more weeks of marching band season, I think, including a competition next weekend at the Big House in Ann Arbor, MI. We are so excited that the kids get to play there. My hubby is a big U of M fan so he is super stoked to be there, even if the football team won't be there.

I hope everyone is doing well. I've missed being on the site and talking with all of you. I hope you have a great night :)

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EDLEAR 10/11/2014 2:44AM

    How proud you should be for banding together with your friends and pushing through with your rotation learning! Sounds like a fun and interesting time is coming up.
I love working with the kettlebells. They're easy to hold on to. I use them occasionally in place of dumb bells for a lot of my basic moves. Front squats, goblet squats, dead lifts, seem to work slightly different with kb instead of db.
Good to see you again! Enjoy the remaining marching band sessions. emoticon

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LINDA! 10/10/2014 11:19PM

    I went to see Gone Girl. I liked the movie. Enjoy your date night.

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ZAKNEE 10/10/2014 12:01PM

    It is hard to learn when your teachers don't teach. I applaud your ambition and wish you the best of luck. I think it's great that you're able to have a date night with your husband. I am glad you are taking the time to get your exercise in...kettlebells seem like a great workout, I have thought of trying them.

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BMCC488 10/9/2014 10:24PM

    A mom I used to babysit for and am still friends with was a labor and delivery nurse for years and then worked with children who were dealing with cancer and terminal illnesses. She loved it but it was hard. Both options sound like rewarding careers and she certainly enjoyed it. She's now moved onto another medical related job, I think therapeutic massage or something to that effect.

Doing something away from school related tasks makes you feel so free. I love that feeling. emoticon at your Costco date with your husband. The movie looks good, I hope you enjoy seeing it!

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Another year older, it's been a great year!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Today is my birthday. emoticon I'm having a good day. We went to breakfast with my parents and we will go out to dinner later. We are going for Mexican and I'm looking forward to it. The kids baked me a cake and decorated it. They did a great job decorating it, we'll have that after dinner. The kids got me scented candles, gift cards and chocolate (my weakness!!). My hubby was really sweet, cuz he went to a few stores looking for a kettle bell for me. He couldn't find a 20 lb one that wasn't $40, I will get one later on. Other than that, it's a pretty normal day. I'm still studying for my test this week.

This past year has been very exciting and challenging at times too. I've been able to experience lots of different things. Being in school really has helped me grow and find myself. I'm so fortunate to have so much support from my family and friends that is allowing me to finish my degree. I'm so grateful for that.

I had originally had the goal to lose weight before my birthday last year. I didn't quite keep up my end of the deal. This year I am older and wiser (maybe!!) and I am taking my weight loss day by day. I was looking at my yearly goal of 3000 fitness minutes (I know it's not a lot) and I saw that I am at around 2800 minutes so far, not bad considering I really didn't get serious until July! Even six months ago, I would've never imagined doing 300 minutes, let alone close to 3000. I feel great, I'm glad I'm eating better (not perfect), I have more energy and more drive to do it. I've got many great Spark friends here supporting me and pushing me to reach my goals. I so appreciate that, you have no idea. emoticon

This next year I plan to increase my exercise minutes goal. I know I can do way more than 3000 minutes per year. I'm still hoping my hubby will jump on the bandwagon with me. I will finish my degree in May and then I will take my Nclex exam over the summer. By this time next year I plan to be working full-time as a nurse. I can't wait!

Here are some of my goals for the week:

1. Work out at least 90 min.

2. Eat healthy and track all food

3. Increase my water intake (I still struggle with this)

4. Study for my test

5. Work on my presentation/paper

I hope you are enjoying your day. Thanks so much for reading!!

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SARA-SMILE 9/27/2014 6:56PM

    Awww...sorry I missed your birthday! I hope it was great! emoticon

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KRYSSCOTT 9/22/2014 1:47PM

    Hey pal, Happy Belated Birthday! I read about all your birthday plans and it sounds like you had a full day. Mexican food .. Yummy! When is that test? Be sure to let us know how you do. I'm sure you will do well as your making the time to study your butt off.

I hadn't realized that somewhere we had a spark fitness goal of 3000 fitness minutes.
Interesting. There is so much about this place I still have not discovered. Your almost to your goal 2,800 down and you've only been working three months.. By the middle of next month you'll have beaten that 3,000 goal and you know what they say about goals.. You have to keep striving for bigger and better things.. So just start thinking about how your going to challenge yourself in the months ahead.

Lovin' your goals for the week and Your plans for the future! Even if your hubby decides to let the wagon pass him by ( like my husband did) remember you still have us.

For me, this weeks push is Strength Training. I've almost met my 80 mile challenge for the month and I don't want to burn off all my muscle.

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TRYHARDER2014 9/22/2014 7:53AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 9/22/2014 7:52AM

    Great goals! And fantastic work on the degree!

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RASPBERRY56 9/22/2014 3:37AM

    I'm glad you had a emoticon - here's to many, many more!

I like those goals you set for the week - emoticon

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EDLEAR 9/22/2014 2:59AM

    I hope that you had a Happy Birthday!
I love it when kids make h.b. cakes for their parents, you must be so proud of them. Year anniversaries are good times for introspection and goal setting, as you have done. Good luck with them all in the coming year. emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/21/2014 11:16PM

    Happy Birthday

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BMCC488 9/21/2014 9:33PM

    emoticon Sounds like your family is pampering you :) How exciting about your nursing goals becoming a dream by next year! You're doing great with all your goals.

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DALID414 9/21/2014 8:34PM

    emoticon We are 2 days apart!

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AUDISP 9/21/2014 7:25PM

    Happy birthday, glad you are having a grand day.

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RICKHANN 9/21/2014 5:58PM

    Happy birthday.

Sounds like it was a great year for you with the better eating, fitness and school.

Keep it up. Looking forward to hearing about your goals and your job as a full-time nurse.

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KRISTA987 9/21/2014 5:38PM

    Happy birthday!

Great goals! You can do it!

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CRACKERS4554 9/21/2014 4:43PM

    Happy Birthday!

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