Monday, June 30, 2014
I can't believe it has been MARCH since I last made an entry. 12 hour shifts at night will do that to you.
My manager has said I can move to day shift in August. So that is one thing to look forward to. Day shift at my job is roughly twice the workload...but you can sleep at night and be up in daylight so you feel better. Tradeoff. Hope I can keep up with it.
Husband is finally starting to sleep at night, even when I'm not home. He has also started walking with our dogs on the Creeper Trail, which is a beautiful walking trail nearby. So today I'm going to track what I eat and walk with him.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
that's my message to myself today.
Life is like the Great Balancing Act of 2014. My husband is retired and likes us to do stuff together. I have a job that requires a lot. I work at night so my sleep cycle gets regularly scrambled. I like to eat healthy food with fish and veggies; my darling beloved loves to eat what I refer to as "the food of death", the stuff high in white flour, sugar and salt.
right now we are both sleep-deprived and grumpy. He has been having insomnia pretty badly for the last three nights and if he can't sleep, I can't sleep. this came on very suddenly. We have tried Benadryl, melatonin, and a sleep aide called doxylamine. Our bathtub has plumbing issues so he can't take a nice hot bath. I called his doctor today and am waiting to hear if he wants to see him or will just call in a prescription. I use herbs like chamomile and valerian when I can't sleep but he doesn't want to try them. *sigh*.
Hope we can get this solved.
Saturday, February 08, 2014
I had a day off yesterday and it was good. I did a medicine ball workout, only 1 set because I'm not in shape, but still it was 20 minutes of maneuvers with a medicine ball. Good core exercise. I'm a little sore today but not too sore to enjoy life or go to work tonight. I guess that was my goal. Workout enough to start burning off some calories but not be miserable the next day.
When I was younger I would have made fun of such small efforts but when I was younger I didn't think I was really working out unless I was exhausted and dripping. I remember the knee and back pain too! I'm over 50 now and I'm a breadwinner, I'm going to start back to fitness very slowly and keep going. I would like to run in another 5K someday.
Today I drank my water and I've journaled and I will squeeze in at least 10 minutes of exercise before I go to work this evening.
Spark On, y'all!
Friday, February 07, 2014
I set my first weeks goals really, really low. Drink 6 cups of water a day and journal on SparkPeople every day. Well, I missed a day yesterday. In the past I would have been really mad at myself and down on myself, but I'm going to focus on what happened, recalibrate my plan and move on.
It was a busy day yesterday. That's just a fact of life right now. I worked till 7 am, had to sleep till 2pm, got up, took care of animals, made a smoothie and took my husband to his PT appointment. Studied while he was working with PT. It was 5 pm when he was finished so we got some Subway, came home and ate and at 5:45 I took a shower and got ready for work-left at 6:15 and worked last night.
I THINK I drank at least 4 cups of water-does coffee count? Night shift workers drink a lot of coffee-I've been counting plain water. I don't like to drink too much at work because you have to keep going to the restroom.
I think if I had pushed I could have journaled at least a few minutes on Spark. I have to make that more of a priority. It just seems to set me on the right track, knowing that there are other people out there who are also struggling to build a better life.
*Sigh* I will also confess that I came home after working all night and ate cookies for breakfast.
I made myself look them up on the nutrition tracker-wow. 560 calories in cookies.
Ok, not going to beat myself up for that-I tracked it to remind me not to do it again, and I'm going to watch for triggers-something seems to trip in my brain sometimes and I lose my mind and eat a lot of junk in the morning after work.
Today I've been drinking water, I'm journaling, and I'm going to go walk the dogs and get some exercise.
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
ON2VICTORY-a really inspiring Spark blogger-posted some good thoughts about finding your passion, what will keep you going. Anyone can "start a diet" or "start working out". The trick is finding out what will keep you going.
So today I'm pondering what makes me want to do this. Some of the reasons:
-I'm a nurse. Every day I see people, ordinary good people, who are in the hospital with conditions that probably could have been avoided if they had eaten a healthier diet and kept active. Being in the hospital is making a major dent in their life and as we all know, it is insanely expensive. I don't want to go there.
-My mother. She was a good person who was terrible to herself. She smoked until she had to quit after a cancer operation, she drank until she had pancreatitis, she ate candy every day and once her arthritis got to a certain point she stopped getting around much. She lived with my older brother and let him verbally abuse her every day and never spoke up for herself. (She is shining in heaven now, praise the Lord) Her senior years were frankly miserable looking and if I live to be a senior I don't want it to be like that.
-This sounds corny but-I want to like myself. I'm tired of being down on myself for eating too much, for not organizing my time, for letting life run over me and not doing anything but feel depressed and stuff my face. I don't care about looking good in a bikini. I dream of being a person who works out every day and has an upbeat, positive attitude because they like what they're doing and are taking care of themself, no matter how crazy their life is.
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