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Orientation over!! Maybe I can be a pharmacist now!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Ugh!!! Two and a half days of orientation and computer based training have kind of drained my enthusiasm for my new job. I realize this is more the federal government's fault than anything else, but really, two and a half days!!! I learned and relearned about HIPAA, corporate compliance, incident command system, child/dependent adult abuse, diversity, organ donation, and everything specific to the company I work for such as benefits (which I don't have at this point, I'm "on-call"), dress-code, company history, history of the various campuses associated with the main company, etc... I'm overloaded with new information. The good news is I got paid for all this suffering, and really, the suffering wasn't that bad. Everyone involved with welcoming me has been very enthusiastic.

So that's done. I start on Wednesday in the pharmacy department, and I bet my boss there will have to go over some mandatory stuff too. At least I'll be in the pharmacy then and can start feeling like a pharmacist. I have to thank Spark People for encouraging us to set goals for ourselves. That got me to set the goal of transferring my license, keeping track of the steps to do that, and now getting a job close to my house.

Spark Goals:
1. Nutrition: I've been doing great on low carb with the exception of a couple days over the weekend. I am back on track, even through the orientation days at work.
2. Fitness: Last week I did five workouts (goal-5/week). This week I've gotten two in, and I'm counting yesterday walking to and from work as a small one since I have to work so much this week. I'll try to get two more smaller workouts (my full one takes 90 minutes cardio/weights/crunches/stretching) done tomorrow and Saturday morning.
3. Personal: I've been doing great at getting to bed earlier, even if my body doesn't cooperate and fall asleep right away. Good days with sleep and bad days.

So that's a quick update on my job. I really enjoy the people and the fact that I can walk to work. That was one of my selling points, I can be there in a blizzard.

Have a great week everyone!!

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MOMMY_MIMI 7/25/2011 7:52PM

    Love orientation (sarcasm!).....and are you using an EHR? Might be different for pharmacy, but oh joy....so many bugs! =) Congrats on your new job and keep up the good work!

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CAROLYN0107 7/24/2011 9:45AM

    emoticon on your accomplishment. I hope we can get together in August, even for a short time.

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ASMPP1 7/22/2011 12:57PM

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ALLISON145 7/21/2011 11:01PM

    You go, lady!!!

Where are you going to be working now?

Great job on your other goals as well!!

-Allison

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/21/2011 7:51PM

    I always hated the "training" days before school started. Sounds like you will enjoy this new job. Good luck with your goals!

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TYME2BME 7/21/2011 6:54PM

    Enjoy your new job. You have been doing emoticon

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Kids had ice cream, I had salad!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The last swim meet was last night. I wish I could tell you how it went. I volunteered to help line the kids up for their events. What chaos!! I don't even know all the kids names, and they all look the same in their team swimsuits and caps. I managed to make it through, and the weather cooperated. Hubby got to watch the kids swim. He really enjoyed that.

Afterward, we went to Subway for a treat. It turned out to be "Waffle Cone Wednesday." The kids all had ice cream, hubby had a personal pizza, and I had...

a salad!! You might say that I should have enjoyed the moment with everyone and had some ice cream. I have done that this summer, pretty much all through June. I don't feel deprived. I feel proud. The salad was yummy and satisfying. I stayed in carb range and didn't get a sugar induced headache. All is good. The kids and hubby even encouraged me. Hubby might have helped the kids finish some of their cones, but not much. They all chose sickeningly sweet flavors like bubble gum or cotton candy. The kids with yummy flavors ate their cones down quickly. They know dad is the "ice cream gobbler" so they don't mess around.

Just thought I'd share this little victory. Every little victory is bringing me closer to my goal.

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CAROLYN0107 7/15/2011 10:31PM

    emoticon You did well!!

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SHELLKAYE 7/15/2011 3:39AM

    Awesome choice and congrats on staying on track.

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/14/2011 9:59PM

    Way to go! Considering that I had some homemade onion rings at a restaurant tonight, you are the winner!

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GINNIE535 7/14/2011 6:59PM

    BIG victory here!! It is sooo tough when everyone around you has a treat. I actually did this two nights ago- the BF brought home a tub of ice cream and ate a bowl- I had NONE. And it is still sitting in the freezer- I haven't eaten any!!

Great job!!

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SHELLYED 7/14/2011 6:52PM

    What a victory! I know sweets can be my weakness, but it feels so good to defeat the monster!

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Great First Week Back!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Goals:
1. Nutrition: Low-Carb- I did great last week at low carb eating. Now that I'm through the first week, I don't crave the sweets anymore.
2. Fitness: 5 workouts/week- I got four actual workouts in of varying lengths. I'm going to say I got five in because my work weekend was awful, yet I did manage a five minute walk on Saturday at work. I just had to escape the pharmacy for five minutes. So we will count that as a very short workout and I met my goal. I started again on Tuesday, so I'm going easy on myself.
3. Personal: Get to bed earlier- On my work nights, I got to bed as early as feasible. With the commute and winding down time, it still was quite late. My drive at night is 65 minutes due to flooded out roads. On other nights, some nights I did well, others I stayed up too late. Still room for improvement there.

The kids have been doing great in swim team this year. The season is almost done. All three boys have gotten the flip turn down. Mary(11) has adapted to swimming the longer distance of an older age group. Stevie (9) swam IM in the conference meet. This was only his second IM in competition. He took third!!! He also got fifth in backstroke. All four kids got to compete in conference. This is the first year they all made it! The twins are still learning how to swim. Bridget can do a freestyle with her face out of the water, and both are starting to blow bubbles in the water. We should have them ready by next May to join the team. Teaching them has gotten Hubby out in the pool more, so he is even starting to get more active.

Thanks everyone for all your encouragement! It's really helping me to get back at this again!

  
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ASMPP1 7/13/2011 11:06PM

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ALLISON145 7/13/2011 12:15AM

    Great job lady!! Hey when you get a chance drop me a note with some details on your plan... There are so many low carb options these days. I'm debating playing with my plan.. Oh and my plumber yesterday was from mo valley! Mike from Burton.

Allison

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CAROLYN0107 7/12/2011 5:54PM

    WTG with keeping to your program. You'll be sure ot have success.

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/12/2011 3:29PM

    Sounds like you have found your "Spark" again. So glad that you are back!!

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July 7th

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Well, I can tell I've lost a little endurance. I used to be able to do the elliptical for 50 minutes at 70 RPMs most of the time. Now I can manage 32 minutes, between 64-68 RPMs.

That's ok, I'll get it back.

I've also lost some strength. I'm playing it safe and lowered most of the weights I do.

That's ok, I'll get it back.

I'm determined to stay at this again! I will get in shape!!!

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AHEALTHIERME44 7/8/2011 1:02PM

    Soon you will be blogging all about how you did it...because you will get there!! In the meantime good for you for getting back at it :)

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CAROLYN0107 7/7/2011 9:54PM

    emoticon You'll get it back!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 7/7/2011 4:15PM

    But you didn't give up!!!!!! You'll get it back!!! emoticon

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ALLISON145 7/7/2011 3:36PM

    Rock on, lady! Get back on the horse!

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/7/2011 3:28PM

    You can and you will do it!

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Up a little, but back on track

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

I had my pre-employment physical today, and my weight is up, but I expected that. I'm at 171.4 now, up five pounds from my lowest point of 166. May was very busy with the kids. June got crazy with studying for my exam and interviewing for the new job. We also fit in a vacation there too. Swim team is still going on. Four of my kids are in that. Add the floods and the crazy commutes now and I think I've got my explanation for the gain.

Good news: 1. I'm still below 175. I thought I might have gone up that much.
2. I feel motivated again. I tracked everything yesterday and am about to
work out today.
3. I feel like I can get back into some kind of routine again.

July goals:
1. Nutrition: Get back to the low carb eating. My body can't handle the carbs, they give me migraines.
2. Fitness: Workout five days a week. I'm not going to put any qualifiers on that. I need to get it in my head that a short workout is better than no workout. Do something, anything, five days a week.
3. Personal: Get to bed earlier. On work nights, that may still be 1 am due to the commute, but get in bed as soon as I can on those nights. I have to stop wasting time and try to improve my sleep.

Glad to be back here again and I look forward to hearing from everyone.

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 7/6/2011 10:02PM

    I'm so glad that you're back! Hopefully things will start to settle down for you this month. Good luck with your goals! You can do it!

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ALLISON145 7/6/2011 3:48PM

    Great goals - you can do this!!!

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-Allison

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