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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Getting up at 5:30am to work out is hard, but it is the only way I'm successful. I never go to the gym if I leave it for the evening. I am finding that I'm much happier in the morning when I workout. My two-year-old probably appreciates a non-sleepy/non-grumpy mom when she wakes up at 7:00am.

I had a NSV today! I had the intense urge for something sweet this afternoon. This seems to happened to me everyday at around 4pm. I grabbed an almond joy of my daughters trick-or-treat bag and instead of mindlessly shoving it into my mouth I held it inmy hand and thought about it. I realized that I was hungry and that the candy wouldn't keep my hunger at bay until dinner. I decided to have an ounce of almonds and a bottle of water instead. Small, I know, but this is major progress for me. I gained this weight because I checked out mentally when it came to food. Being mindful of how, what and when I eat is a great step!

On another note, I am trying to gather all my immunization records to turn into my nursing school before classes star in Jan. my childhood Dr is no longer in practiceso I struck out getting my records from him and my high school doesn't have an immunization record for me. Great, huh? So I went in yesterday and got 5 vaccines (hep B, DTap, MMR, Polio and influenza). It made me really appreciate how not fun this probably is for babies. My arm is sore and I'm another step closer to staring school. :)

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J0ETTE 11/2/2011 9:08PM

    Yeah! The almonds were probably much more satisfying. Almond joy's are one of my favorites. I don't know if I could have resisted. Lol

Way to go thinking about your food choices. :)

Immunizations are no fun. :(

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73 days

Saturday, October 29, 2011

73 days to go until I start classes in Jan.

Why are Saturdays harder? It's hard to be motivated to workout and stick to my calorie range. I would say its because I'm home after a long week, but I'm home with my girls everyday. Maybe I just need to not treat it different than any other day. How do you get through the weekend?

I'm going to stay in my calories, but just barely.

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BETTA13 10/30/2011 12:04AM

    I can't say weekends are a challenge for me more than any other day of the week....but I know it is for some people. I suppose you need to find what works for you and your lifestyle. Try to Pre-plan it, food and all. Take in account sleeping in if that's your thing....if you eat out, cut everything in half and take half home. Having a plan will help.
YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon

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J0ETTE 10/29/2011 6:54PM

    I know a lot of people have a hard time with weekends. I think for a lot of people it's because the rest of the family is home which disrupts your day.

Fortunately for me, weekends are not a challenge for me. I think it is because of my husband being a firefighter, our "weekend" is always changing.

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I'm going to be a Nurse...and a skinny one at that!

Friday, October 28, 2011

I found out yesterday that I got into the Nursing school at my university!!!!! I am one of 30 people accepted for the winter semester starting in Jan. Around 500 people apply each semester and the average GPA for those that get in is 3.93.

This is a big deal for me. I've been working toward this for the last two years. I was even thrown a bit of a hurdle when I got pregnant and had my second daughter half way through completing my prerequisites. I had my daughter 10 days before the winter 2011 semester began. So many people told me I couldn't do it and that I should withdraw from my classes. My sister-in-law (gotta love her) even told me that having a baby meant I shouldn't and wouldn't be able to get into the nursing program.

So mostly I'm here today to say "IN YOUR FACE!" to everyone who doubted me and to say "thank you for believing in me" to the few people who did.

Now it is down to business! I have 75 days until I start classes and I would like to buy my coveted university nursing scrubs in a smaller size.

My motto while I was working toward getting into the Nursing program was:

Keeping that in mind got me through a lot of all night anatomy study sessions. This is also my motto with my diet and fitness goals. Some days I won't want to work out, but it is what I need to I will do it!!

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OUTDOORGIRL70 10/28/2011 9:03PM

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 10/28/2011 1:05PM

    I'm very very proud of you! I work in our campus health center at University of Hawaii and we work with the nursing students all the time. Very dedicated bunch! Hard program to get into so you should be very proud of yourself. I'm working on my pre requesites myself for our program and should be admitted for the next Fall session. You'll be a semester ahead of me. Congratulations to you!

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COUNTRYSTRONG21 10/28/2011 12:23PM

    Congratulations on getting accepted into your nursing program!

Love your motto - I'm a procrastinator so I'm definitely going to put that into practice starting today!

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J0ETTE 10/28/2011 10:50AM



This is amazing news!

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MATTERJT 10/28/2011 10:45AM

    Nice blog! And congrats on getting into Nursing School. I love being able to say "IN YOUR FACE" to those who are so negative. I had my first daughter after my freshman year in college and my family didn't think I was going to graduate. To their surprise, it only took me 5 years to graduate instead of the normal 4 years. I sure showed them! Negative comments like that just make us want things THAT much more.

Good for you for sticking to what you want to do. I know you are going to reach your goal in the next 75 days!



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"just keep swimming, just keep swimming"

Monday, October 24, 2011

Well I've learned a lot the last few weeks, but two things stand out from the rest.
I've learned:

1. That small things make a big difference.
I read "The Spark" last week and have committed myself to 10 minutes of exercise daily. I am blown away at the difference 10 minutes can make in my day. It's a really short amount of time, but I feel like I have accomplished something great when I'm done. I was amazed to see myself go from zero minutes of exercise in a week to almost 90 minutes. I also set a goal to eat a healthy breakfast everyday, knowing that it was something I can do. I've had oatmeal with Splenda, cinnamon, chopped apple and raisins every morning the last week. It tastes good and I find myself filled up and not hungry again for a long time. Making sure to have a healthy breakfast has made me more aware of the things I eat the rest of the day. My healthy breakfast sets me up for success the rest of the day. They say that the small movement at the hinge are what result in the wide swing of a barn door. I'm learning that these small habits are going to be what causes the "swing" of my 70 lbs I need to lose.

2. To " just keep swimming"
Dory from "Finding Nemo" is my hero and new role model. I have managed to put in motion this "just keep swimming" mentality. Instead of finding myself over my calories for the day and throwing in the towel, I have found that I am happier when I pick myself up right away, maybe laugh a little, and keep moving in the direction of my goals. Without Dory's attitude and help Marlin would have slumped into a pathetic pile of self pity. I have a 2-year-old, and I watch "Finding Nemo" far too often, huh?! I have been a pathetic pile of self pity before. Usually I was thrown into this state by a diet or poor food choice. I have learned that I absolutely have a choice in how I react to my mistakes. Chooses to react positively takes a change in thinking, but once I flipped that switch I've found that I am much happier. I find myself feeling capable instead of incapable and encouraged instead of depressed.

I hope this journey to -70 lbs teaches me many more lessons like these.

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BETTA13 10/24/2011 9:45PM

    Love it! And making goals that are do-able is very important for not burning out.

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J0ETTE 10/24/2011 8:21PM

    These are two very important and wonderful thing to remember. You have shared them fantastically.

Makes me want to watch "Finding Nemo"! :)

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LADYBUGFAERIE 10/24/2011 5:24PM

    emoticon I don't have a kid and I still love "Finding Nemo" so don't worry too much! And I ADORE Dory!!!! "I suffer from short-term memory loss. It runs in my family... At least I think it does... hm. Where *are* they?" Hehehehehehehe

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Three slices of cake, two handful of gummie bears, three granola bars, and string cheese

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My blog entry today may look like a page right out of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar," but it isn't. It's actually straight from my tracker. Hp emoticon

I've had two days of eating well and tracking, but today wasn't so good. For some Reason I think that if I dont track my poor food choices they dont count. I choose not to track the three slices of bundt cake I devoured because it made me feel better about it. Once in bed I decided that lying to myself was only hurting me. I got my tracker out and typed in all the things I didn't track, like the two handful of gummie bears I ate and the three granola bars. It totaled to a lot of calories! Who needs three granola bars in a row?!?! Or three pieces of lemon cake?

After thinking about it i've decided that i'm not eating enough during the day and by afternoon I'm ravenous. I need to eat more and maybe more often to overcome this. Has anyone else struggled with this? How do you keep from getting so hungry you eat everything in sight, or in my case, three slices if cake?

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LUV2RUN72 9/16/2011 9:59AM

    Hang in there!! I have had days like that too. Sometimes I get so hungry I think I could eat my own arm LOL. Just like you too, I hate to enter it in my tracker, but I do. I have even written it all down then waited until the next day to enter all that food into the tracker because I couldn't face what the calorie count would be.....sigh. emoticon

The things that have helped me are control my hunger are a hearty breakfast, 3 snacks a day, lots of water, raw fruits and veggies throughout the day, and avoiding simple sugars.

Good luck to you!! I know you will figure it out. emoticon

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NYTEFALLE 9/16/2011 12:36AM

    Snack during the day, but keep a supply of healthy snacks on hand. My personal favorites include cocoa roasted almonds and string cheese. If self-control is an issue, don't keep sugary snacks around you so that you won't be tempted to over-indulge.

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DJHS121655 9/15/2011 11:21PM

  i too struggle with this but i have been helped by eating something small every 2 to 3 hours maybe this would help u too

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