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I am a morning person

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I always have been. I got the most amazing sleep last night... actually woke up before my 0545 alarm and checked the weather and my email before I got out of bed... and the day keeps getting better from there.

I decided to go to weight watchers tonight. I weighted myself this morning... 149.5! 4.5 pounds from MY goal and 5.5 pounds under my WW goal. YEY!

I checked the pressure on my heat this morning and it looks like shutting off the garage fixed the issue. I was happy for that. I'm not even going to worry about the garage until it warms up and we can work out there to correct it.

I got everything done early this morning, so I had time to stop at mom and dad's and chat with mom a bit. I was telling her about going to WW tonight, etc etc. To make a long story short, mom thought I weighed 130-something... not 150. Double woot!

I ran yesterday. I ran 4 miles plus. I felt really good. I ran right around 10 minute miles. I got done with the first three miles and thought, wow, that was no sweat. I never thought in my wildest dreams I would be able to "run 3 miles, no sweat". Well, there was sweat... in the litersal sense. :)

Only thing I forgot to do was bring my PB sandwich for breakfast. What was I thinking?? There are no stores near my office. I thought about driving to the grocery store and getting a box of granola bars... Or maybe I can scrounge one from the cabinets upstairs. Look out, hungry vulture on the loose!

Ok folks, have a great day. If you don't subscribe to the sparkpeople "healthy reflections" email, here's the quote for the day:

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. " -Mark Twain

Sailing away from the safe harbor... so many connotations in my life... particularly with fitness, especially, running. So, my parting thought is, try sailing away from the safe harbor today... even if it is something a small as trying a food you have never tried before... explore. dream. discover.


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REALLY_ROBIN 1/5/2011 11:56AM

  I love that Mark Twain quote, thanks for reposting it! That's super awesome about your being under your WW weight goal! Way to go girl! And I'm totally with you on the running thing...who would have guessed we could do so much!

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APPLEADAY2010 1/5/2011 7:37AM

    Morning, well done on your goals - you are doing great! You sound do positive and smiley :-) I bet weight watchers is fantastic. Also thanks for the healthy reflections comment - I am subscribed but I had so many emails today after being away for a while I had to bulk delete a lot of them but I think that one really makes sense. It was only today I was thinking of my counselling course again and if I should do it and your quote makes so much sense - I have always wanted to do it so I should stop fretting and do it. I hope you have had a great Christmas and New Year. Here's to a great 2011 xx emoticon emoticon

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MONICASMS3 1/4/2011 6:10PM

    Double WOOT WOOT is right....great news!!!!!!!

YeAH!! emoticon emoticon

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No Rest for the Weary...

Monday, January 03, 2011

Sunday wasn't any better... still no exercise and lots of patients.

As soon as I called in, I got a call from the crew that transported my drunk kid earlier that morning. I guess the hospital chewed the crew a new one for not doing this and that. I will tell you, the gray areas of my job really make me nervous. I asked the patient if I could perform said procedure on him and he said no so I didn't because if I had, in the eyes of the law, its battery. If I had said that I am going to make him have said procedure done, its assault. The hospital told my crew that he could not make those decisions for himself and that we should have performed it anyway. I rarely disagree with doctors, nurses, etc. because I truly respect their positions, but quite frankly, they weren't there, they did not see the situation we were seeing and I believe that attempting the procedure would have been detrimental to overall patient care and with the disposition of the patient, I was afraid that he would become combative and/or violent. Its moments like these after a long day and one ahead of me that I want to hang up my trauma shears and go back to enjoying my weekends off being lazy and seeing my family.

After all that went down, we checked the truck off and I think I laid my head down for about a half hour when my fire captain showed up needing computer help. I helped him right up to our first call... and it was just one after another. By the time I made it back to the station, I had 8 sets of paperwork to do. I was finishing my last narrative when we got another call. It was around 7. I took her to the hospital and by the time it was all said and done I was technically off duty. The other crew who didn't have a medic got paged for a chest pains call, which requires a medic. I called the operations manager and said, "I'm sorry, I can't do it." We went back to the station, cleaned everything up and went home. I didn't get to bed until after 11.

I said "I can't". It killed me to say those words, but I realized I was so tired and mentally sapped, that I was forgetting small things. Things that, in the overall picture, were superficial, but how long before I forget something major? I needed a timeout... I had to say "I can't".

I had to be up early for this job today. 0545 came a lot earlier than it normally feels, but at least I'm not getting kicked, punched, cussed at, bled on, puked on, etc on/at/toward.

I am bound and determined to get a run in today. I'm hoping the cemetary is melted off, but if not, my Mom gave me her yak tracks to run with. I downloaded the week 4 of gateway to 8k and put it on my iPod.

I have to go by our main station tonight which is a fair ways out of the way to replenish the medications I used yesterday on my patient. I have a fire meeting tonight. I need to go to the grocery store tonight. My house is a wreck. That overwhelmed feeling is creeping up on me again.

Trying for positives:
-I made it to work early
-The roads were clear this morning
-My Mom is making dinner
-I should have a hefty paycheck from EMS this go around
-I lost 3 pounds over the weekend (probably fluid retention, but, hey, I'll take it)
-I'm looking forward to our trip to Columbus, OH this weekend

Be safe, my friends.

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REALLY_ROBIN 1/4/2011 12:45AM

  Wow, girl you had a day, I hope you are able to get some real rest in as well as the run. I have your answer on my latest blog, although you might want to further research it. Take care of yourself, and I'm proud of you for telling them you couldn't take the call...that's awesome, you taking care of you!

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Wow.... what a day

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Yesterday, I did not get any cardio or strength training in, unless you count my work day as exercise.

First thing yesterday, my partner and I checked off the truck. No problem. My partner decided he was going to check our backup unit and accidentally locked the keys in it with in running in the bay... and then we got a call. It was just one of those days. The call was on the other end of the county.

We got back for about 20 minutes and were called out for an unresponsive patient. Patient was first time seizure patient, was extremely combative when I got to the house, kicking at me, punching at my dad (my dad is a medic too). Fortunately, he became more complacent as time went on and was able to get him to the hospital without incident. While we were at the hospital, my other partner forgot to shut the main power off to the unit and drained the battery. We had to get our ambulance jumped.

On our way back from the hospital we were called for an allergic reaction. We were probably 40 minutes away. Fortunately, the night crew came in early and took the call.

We got back to the station and forgot to call ourselves off duty. About 10 minutes after our shift was over, we got a call that there was a patient at the sheriff's office. I decided to take it even though we technically were off shift. It was a psych patient and the police didn't want to deal with him. Needless to say, he did NOT like me, screamed at me for a while, etc. Fortunately, he liked my partner and so he dealt with him.

So, my 8-8 shift was over at 11PM last night. I got to bed a little after midnight.

I was woken by one of my friends coming in around 0230 from the bar. I'm not sure what the deal was, but he went up and down the stairs several times. I was getting slightly irritated.

Finally got back to sleep and was woken again by my fire pager. Car wreck with injuries just a few miles from my house. I knew the ambulance crew was at least a half hour away, so I went and assessed and treated the patients. Wow, all I can say is don't drive drunk or ride with a drunk driver. The passenger's face was laid open, maybe a broken arm and broken knuckles... The driver was not injured, but he went to jail. There was a lot of lying going on which was aggrevating some of the other firefighters, but I had to concentrate on patient care. I made it home around 0630.

So, needless to say, I didn't get any exercise (structured) yesterday and I didn't get any sleep last night.

I have to be back at the station at 0900. I was going to try to get some more sleep, but I don't think its going to happen. Then I thought I would get a quick 10 minute workout this morning, but I'm afraid with as tired as I am that I would injure myself.

I am taking my resistance bands to the station again. There isn't a nice place to walk at this station like at the other one, but I can still make it work if I have time.

I have paperwork to do still from yesterday. My trainee is coming up to the station at some point so he can do his paperwork from yesterday. My captain from the fire dept is coming to do some computer work with me. It doesn't really sound like I'm going to get much rest or exercise, especially if you throw any patients into the mix today. :)

Still, I am staying positive:
-I get to go in later today, 9AM instead of 8AM
-I got holiday pay yesterday and had 3 hours of work over
-I am working at the station closest to my house (about 5 miles away)
-I got to see all of my brothers at the fire dept that I haven't seen in a long while
-I was able to help someone that needed my help

Have a wonderful and safe Sunday!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/3/2011 8:02AM

    Yeah, you seriously deserve some rest. Crisis management is its own form of exercise!
I promise those people you helped yesterday will wish they could thank you as they recover.
Take care!

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 1/2/2011 11:48PM

  I wanted to try this team because my sister lives in Clarksburg and I thought one or more of you might be from there.

I have been with SparkPeople about 6 years and I got a new computer for Christmas, so I want to start getting more involved again.

Hope you all had a Happy New Year.

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BEACHGIRL76 1/2/2011 3:21PM

    Sounds like an exhausting but cool job. I think I need to do something exciting like your job. I'm so over desk jobs...! I think you can give yourself a break after the long day you had. Get some sleep and do what you can exercise wise and start fresh tomorrow. Way to stay positive!

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    First of all - I call all of that exercise. I bet you burned some major calories dealing with everything. Being fought by patients must count as kickboxing or something. Hauling patients to and from the ambulance must count as aerobics at least.

Second of all - thank you. Thanks for putting your life on the line to save others. I wish you lived in my county.

Try to get some rest today. I will pray it is uneventful.

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JOHNTJ1 1/2/2011 9:06AM

    I am one of those "crazy" people who will approach an EMT, a police officer, a fire fighter, or a person in uniform and thank them for what they do. We rarely notice any of you until we need you and then you better be there fast and work miracles. Most of the time you do.

You do what you do, providing us with safety, security and protection with little or no recognition. I know that's not the reason you do what you do but every now and then I think we or at least me, owes you a very sincere thank you for doing all you do.

Thank You Janette

Much Love


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REALLY_ROBIN 1/2/2011 8:48AM

  Wow, girl you are awesome! I like that you were able to focus on the positive even when things did not go the way you wanted or expected yesterday. Hopefully you can get some time for yourself after work?

Be safe today, even though you are tired!

(One good thing about having strep on New Year's Eve is I didn't have to deal with the idiots on the road)

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GARDENCHRIS 1/2/2011 8:26AM

    Wow, what a full day.... how that is not exercise?? I'm tired just reading it! LOL

Seriously, thank you for all the things you do to help people in need!


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Saturday, January 01, 2011

I am trying to follow the tips from the goals article this morning and trying to use positive words instead of negative ones. Here they are, in no particular order (but categorized):

-natural sweeteners
-more plant proteins
-vary protein sources
-vary fruit and vegetable choices
-try more vegetables raw

-5000 fitness minutes this year!
-27 minute (or less) 5k!
-at least 1 triathlon
-finish gateway to 8k and start freeway to 10k
-a little exercise everyday (even 10 minutes and I will be happy)

General Wellbeing:
-I have a "swear jar" at home and in the car now. I need to put a quarter in the one at home tonight. Words that apply to the swear jar begin with F and S and have 4 letters and are not acceptable in everyday conversation.
-Alcohol will be consumed at home or if I have a designated driver... even for "just one"
-Weigh myself once to three times a week (breaking the obsession!)
-Remember to take multi, fish oil and GERD meds daily
-Be Happier and Healthier all around! :)

Happy New Year Sparkpeople! I brought my resistance bands with me to the station today. I hope to use them in conjunction with the January 28 day bootcamp challenge I joined. The cemetary behind the station is a .66 mile loop. I figure 5 laps of walking and I will have my cardio in and then resistance bands for my upper body, back and core. All is patient-dependent though.

I guess I should stop typing and start doing!!

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APPLEADAY2010 1/5/2011 7:39AM

    Great Goals! Well done! Love the swear jar idea :-)

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BURGHGIRL 1/1/2011 11:42AM

    Love it!!!

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JOHNTJ1 1/1/2011 11:04AM


You forgot one........... To realize that you are loved whether you reach your goals or not and that your worth and value to this world and those you love cannot be calculated in human terms.

Much Love


PS: I have problems with those two words also emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 1/1/2011 11:01AM

    It sounds like you are well on your way to a fabulous New Year! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Happy New Year!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Be safe tonight. I will be back tomorrow. I am enjoying the evening with my mom and grandma.


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BURGHGIRL 1/1/2011 10:25AM

    Happy New Years to you too!!!! Hope you enjoyed your night!

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JOHNTJ1 12/31/2010 10:39PM

    Have a good New Years

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MOMMA_NANY 12/31/2010 9:57PM

    You too and have a good time with moms and Happy New Year to you both.

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