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I'm back in the game!!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

After many months of not bothering to try to get healthy and fit, today is the day I make that change. I have been so wrapped up with nursing school (I still am), that I have pushed off exercise and made excuses why I can't do it. Well, I know I can do it. I know I may not have all the time in the world, but I have no reason that I can't carve out some time to work out.

I'm hoping to lose around 35 lbs. I know it's not going to happen overnight or in a matter of a few months. But what I do know is that I am able to do it. I know there will be both ups and downs and I am prepared to accept that and work through it.

I'm excited to start my new challenge. I'm also hoping that my husband will join me on my new journey.

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CHICA_BORICUA 3/21/2014 8:32AM


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EDLEAR 3/19/2014 5:44AM

    This is a good start! emoticon

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CANDACEMM 3/18/2014 1:28PM

    Welcome back. I logged into today for the first time (again) in months. :)

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I survived my first semester of nursing school!!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

I had my final exam yesterday and with the exception of one more class session, I am done for the semester!! I ended up with a 3.8 overall. I'm so excited about it. Now I'm trying to get back to reality for a minute and catch up on things while I have the time.

It's hard to believe Christmas is less than two weeks away. I feel so unprepared. I am going to do a little shopping tomorrow. I won't be surprised if I am still shopping on Christmas eve and up all night wrapping!!

I am hoping to finally squeeze in a good workout. I miss not working out, it seems that most of my days are spent studying and when I'm not doing that, I'm on the run with the kids. I am going to work out tomorrow for the first time in forever. I can't wait!! It will be awesome.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you have a great night!!

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MLDRLD 12/28/2013 9:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon on finishing your first semester of nursing school with a GREAT GPA.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and can enjoy some "you" time before the rush of the next semester begins.

I admire you for going to school while having a family and working in SparkPeople, too!

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RUNKIMRUN 12/19/2013 9:11AM

    Congrats!!! Enjoy your Christmas break and your time off of school!

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19TCHS72 12/12/2013 11:22PM

  Congrats on your 3.8! I think that's great! Nursing school is very hard. Semester is over, DO something for YOU! You deserve it! Best of luck and Merry Christmas!

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Trying to find some balance

Thursday, September 12, 2013

So now that I've been back in school for a few weeks, I'm trying to find some balance. All is going well so far. I've had my first test and I got an A after plenty of studying!!

Now I'm still trying to figure out more balance and get some workout time in too. I figure I can get some in during the days I'm not in school. I'm in school 17 hours per week, and I'm also taking an online class, and school days are super busy and I'm wiped out when I get home, not to mention I want to spend some time with the family before they go to bed. I'm even managing to fall asleep earlier than my normlal 1 am when I was working full time.

I was able to work out today and it felt good. It's a great stress reliever after being so focused on schoolwork the past few weeks.

Thanks for reading, off to do more studying!!

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EDLEAR 9/16/2013 2:56AM

    For me, being busy really helps. The more I do the more I can do, but there comes a time when it's a matter of not enough hours in the day! Good luck in finding that balance. emoticon

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WRITINGRUNNER 9/13/2013 3:49AM

    emoticon I wish I could find some balance!

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MLDRLD 9/12/2013 8:19PM


Going to school, family, and maintaining balance is hard to do. Keep working at it!

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Starting a new chapter in my life

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tomorrow I will officially start the nursing program. I have worked long and hard to get here and now here it is. I am excited, scared, nervous all at the same time. When I first decided to go back to school (after 12 years) back in '08 it seemed like the program was so far away. I had totally changed majors so I almost was starting from the beginning. I think I had three classes that actually transferred. Fast forward to today and I've completed the pre-req's and it's truly here. My work experience may help me through some of my classes as I won't be seeing lots of stuff (including the gross stuff) for the first time. I have a good friend in my class with me, so we will go through this together. I will officially become an RN in May 2015, so I'm so close to the light at the end of the tunnel!!

I'm so fortunate that my husband and children have been so supportive of me during all of my school craziness, especially during finals. Giving me the space (and sometimes being quiet) so I could study. Early on, my parents were so helpful with watching my kids so I could go to class. Now, my kids are old enough that they can stay home (I'm kinda sad about that).

Today I am getting all my stuff together for the first day, you know, putting my backpack together (with all of my big heavy books!!), pencils, pens, notebooks and I still have a few more pages to read before tomorrow. We had to have five chapters read before class. I kinda feel like I'm still in high school!!

I am so excited to have a career that I can be proud of and that I worked hard for. I only wish that I would've done this sooner. I'm a huge advocate for going to school and it is never too late to go back and get your degree.

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BIGSISTRUCK 8/30/2013 1:36PM

    Great job and congrats!

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MLDRLD 8/29/2013 8:50PM

    Congratulations on reaching this point! Wishing you all the best with our studies.

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HEIDE69 8/29/2013 7:52AM

    emoticon Keep up all your hard work but have some fun doing it!!!! emoticon

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EDLEAR 8/28/2013 2:11AM

    Congratulations! This is great news, enjoy such an exciting time in your life!
You should be so proud for pushing yourself to this point. emoticon
I'm so proud, and I barely know you. emoticon

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BLUEROSE73 8/27/2013 3:08PM

    Congratulations. I'm applying to go back to school myself in October. I am going to be working towards my Masters degree. I'm excited and scared at the same time, so I understand the nerves about it all, and the excitement.

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MICHIGANLORI 8/27/2013 3:00PM

    Nursing programs are really competitive and hard to get into in Michigan. My daughter starts college next week and hopes to make it into the nursing program next year.

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KITTYCAT64 8/27/2013 2:52PM

    Congratulations on your endeavor. My d as fighter did the same thing. She was accepted into the nursing program at University of Miami, then Mon.bed to Georgi a and married. She finally went back, and and she is so glad. Good luck.

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Why have I stopped tracking??

Monday, August 19, 2013

I started tracking my stuff again and I'm finding that it keeps me more aware of how much I am putting into my body. When I am tracking, it guilts me (in a good way) to not reach for something that I shouldn't have and it motivates me to get up and move. I've really been bad at tracking and it is showing. So I plan to make sure, no matter what, that I am at least tracking my food on a daily basis and this will help me stay active.

Thanks for reading. Have a great day!!

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MLDRLD 8/25/2013 11:22AM

    I'm with you; tracking keeps me more mindful of what I'm eating and calorie count.

You can do this!

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CANDACEMM 8/20/2013 8:22AM

    Tracking is a necessary evil. We have to hold ourselves accountable - and that is what tracking does for me. Sometimes I have the urge to not track, but I realize that tracking is what is best for me.

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SBANSCH 8/19/2013 11:34PM

    I hear ya! I have been slacking off quite a bit this summer also. No more excuses for me either. emoticon

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EDLEAR 8/19/2013 5:02PM

    Good for you, recognizing what works for you and committing to doing it. emoticon

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AMBERT27 8/19/2013 4:15PM

    My mind set when I'm tracking and I want to eat something bad is "I don't want to have to figure out HOW to track that because it would be a pain!" and a lot of times that alone is reason for me not to eat it.

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LISA_SUMNER08 8/19/2013 4:09PM

    I haven't been doing the greatest on tracking either.

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    I'm right there with you. The summer wasn't great for tracking, but I'm back on it today.

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