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Day Classes for Night People

Friday, September 11, 2009

I just finished 2 days of classes. My brain is fried, but I'm done for another 2 years.


It's odd being on days - in the morning, everyone asks how my night was, thinking I had worked nights. I had trouble sleeping and was just discombobulated. Have to work tomorrow night, so I'm trying to stay up instead of sleeping.

Walked the pups this evening when I got home. I thought about going to the gym and doing the treadmill and circuit training, but ... nah. My heels need the break to heal the blisters.

  
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AVALONAPPLE 9/11/2009 5:51PM

    I love cpr cat!! Hope your work nights are good and you get enough rest.

Jennifer

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TOMWDCSKC 9/11/2009 6:41AM

    Yup that learning stuff can really fry your brain. emoticon

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2ABETRLIFE 9/11/2009 12:41AM

    Love the pictures and the captions. CPR Cat!

Hope getting back to your old schedule and routine goes smoothly.

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Busy Day Without Exercise

Thursday, September 10, 2009


I had a class today, and tomorrow is test day - Advanced Cardiac Life Support, or ACLS. Lots of information, and tomorrow we get to panic at the mega code, written tests, and EKG interpretations.Yikes! So, our brains were strained, and I did isometric exercises (the Quickfire Challenge) and seated leg lifts, but didn't get much cardio during the day.

Got home, and walked the pups 45 minutes this evening to get my 10K steps, as well as to bond with the critters. They're not used to me being away all day. All night, yes; all day, no.

  
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TOMWDCSKC 9/11/2009 12:41AM

    Congratulations on passing ALCS. Way to go. emoticon

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AVALONAPPLE 9/10/2009 5:25PM

    I absolutely love your background...it is so stark and serene...makes me want to be there:D

My cousin had to do fetal monitoring classes a couple of weeks ago...she also works nights and found it very strange to be at her hospital during the day!

Jennifer

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FLAMENM 9/10/2009 2:37AM

    Good for you for getting in that walk!

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CACTUSFLOWER* 9/10/2009 1:36AM

    BY THE WAY, I LOVE YOUR BACKGROUND! I LOVE THE MOUNTAINS AND THE DESERT!

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CACTUSFLOWER* 9/10/2009 1:35AM

    Cute pics on your blog! Well, you did better then I did today!
I was so busy all day that I didn't take time to get any cardio in. But like someone said on a Blog today, tomorrow is a new beginning and i am going to make the most of it and take time for myself!
I know when we are gone, that our babys miss us. i didn't even take time for mine today, but tomorrow I will make it up to them!

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New Shoes Seem to Help

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

The Ryka shoes seem to not aggravate my blister so much. I put some "blister" bandages on my heels last night.The one on my right foot had rubbed off in my sleep by morning. Sheesh. Put 2 on there, and bigger bandages over both heels before adding my usual thick socks and the new shoes. Did the treadmill at Cardio 2 to start for 15 minutes, then level 3 for 45. Worked the circuit training. Feet didn't feel too bad.

Showered, and when I took off the wet outer bandage, the inner "water resistant" blister bandage pulled off my left foot. Double sheesh. I had new outer bandages to put on both feet. Walked the pups when I got home - as we were making the turn about halfway out, I remembered I was supposed to have returned a movie to the Redbox at Walmart. Had to finish the walk, put the pups in the house, and drive back over. If I'd remembered, I could have just done it as part of the walk.

Now, I'm putting off studying. Class at 08 tomorrow morning. I am NOT a day person.

  
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IOWAGAL1957 9/9/2009 10:27AM

    i wish my redbox was in walking distance!

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GOODGETNBETR 9/9/2009 12:44AM

    Sorry your feet hurt but having the right shoes can definitely help. Thanks for the "Drink Coffee" laugh! Love it. Keep up the great work.

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MAYLINGSNW 9/9/2009 12:43AM

    it's okay,,,day person,night person well all get in our walks..only some walks are real peaceful...hope the blisters heal soon so the walks won't be too painful.. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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New Shoe Blues

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I got some new Nike shoes last month after I joined the gym and started hitting the treadmill. They really felt good for a while, but I started getting blisters - some on my toes but most on my heels, at the bottom edges. Being stubborn, I've been putting big bandages on my heels, thick socks, "instant bandage" spray, antibiotic ointment ... you name it, I tried it (except NOT doing the treadmill). On the days I couldn't go to the gym, the blisters would heal a bit, but they'd flair up again after hitting the treadmill. As long as I kept the bandages on, I could walk the pups and walk at work OK.

I've been recording my milage here and at beewellmiles.com. Got a 25% discount coupon for Lady Foot Locker on line for doing a lot of miles. So, I went to the gym today (yep, did the treadmill an hour at cardio level 3). Made my blisters worse. Went to the mall and Lady Foot Locker and asked what shoes might not hurt my heels. Turns out I need a wide toe box and a narrow heel. One brand, Ryka, was like that. They felt so good, I wore them out of the store. Walked the pups in them tonight. I could feel the blisters, but they weren't anywhere near as bad.

Did a lot better today with my nutrition. No cupcakes today! I'm taking advice from my friend Vicious421 (Kim) about picturing the desired goodies as nasty.

  
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TOMWDCSKC 7/18/2010 2:17AM

    These is cute. emoticon emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 9/8/2009 11:36AM

    I've always had trouble getting shoes to really fit well - my left foot measured out yesterday as a 10 medium, my right as a 9.5 wide. I've always compromised as a 10 medium (or less, yes, my feet have grown longer over the years, but the proportions stayed the same). I'm paying for that now with a beginning bunion on my right foot - and I now wear wide shoes to improve that. I guess I've been lucky in the past with the heels being relatively narrow - or, I just never tried to go so far at a time. Never have had good luck with the heel pads to keep them from slipping - it seems I can get one to stick, but the other rubs loose. Never have been good in heels - avoid them whenever I can, and as a result, I am clumsy when ever I have to wear them. I was sneakers when sneakers weren't cool (apologies to the singer that was country when country wasn't cool!). emoticon

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LAURANAV1 9/8/2009 9:56AM

    Congrats on getting new shoes - sounds like a definite need.
The pictures are great - good advice for handling the treats you crave.

Laura

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NYAYNE 9/8/2009 8:43AM

    You can also buy rubbery, non-slip, adhesive heel pads for the back of your shoes. They keep your heel from moving up and down the back of the shoe. I use them in dress shoes all the time to tighten the hell and prevent slipping.

Ryka was the only sporting shoe company just for women. A few years back it was purchased by American Sporting Goods Corp. producers of the LA Gear line of fashion shoes that look athletic. I was a bit bummed to say the least. Glad to hear that they are still making a nice shoe for women.

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UMUCGRAD 9/8/2009 8:19AM

    Maybe the problem is the shoes? Perhaps there not the right fit? Right type? I'm no expert but I bought a new pairs of shoes last month and I've had no problems at all. Maybe your shoe size has changed. That happens with weight fluctuations and, of course, age (don't know if that one applies to you). Hope you heal soon and have happy feet on the treadmill.

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Sunday Musings & Confession

Monday, September 07, 2009

Got off this morning after a very nice night at work. The weekends tend to be slower in our ER. Rainy grey morning, so I didn't walk the pups then. Played a little on line, then slept a few hours.

Got to the gym about 1700 (5P) and did the treadmill 60 minutes at cardio level 3. I could tell it was faster and steeper. (It varies the speed and incline as you go.) Just had time to do the circuit training after that, as the gym closes at 1900 (7P) on Sunday. No time for a shower! Walked the pups 1.25 miles tonight. Yesterday was the full moon, but tonight is still pretty full. Very cloudy, tho, so hard to see.

My neighbor gave me some cupcakes tonight. Foolishly, I accepted them - ate 4, FOUR!!! Like I was having an out-of-body experience. They were good, but not that good. Ah, well, Ms. Scarlett, once again, tomorrow is another day.

  
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TOMWDCSKC 9/11/2009 12:38AM

    They say that they don't taste any different after the first 2. Oh well, sabotage the cupcakes huh, what a meanie. Poor cupcakes. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 9/7/2009 1:20PM

    I actually had to take the rest of them and run them under water, poking them so they got soggy NOW and I couldn't rescue them. Sigh ...

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MONGO2TEN 9/7/2009 3:26AM

    I did the same thing on Saturday with Chocolate Zucchini Cake. You'd think I'd know better by now!

~Nancy

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SACTOKAREN 9/7/2009 12:51AM

    I make the mistake of baking and then I have to taste my wares. I've got to make low calorie treat!

Tomorrow is a do-over! Hang in there.

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CMELCHER 9/7/2009 12:10AM

    Willpower is a hard thing to learn. Don't beat yourself up, you did awesome on your workouts.

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