Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I was looking around on my Sparkpage and realized something.
In June, I will have been on Sparkpeople for 6 years........and I weigh more now than when I started. I at one point was below my goal weight, but stopped doing everything I knew and gained it all back and more.
Life happens, and sometimes it stinks. I can start new, I've started before, but can't find the same momentum that I had before.
Here is my plan.
1) Go through fridge, stock with healthy food - DONE - mainly fresh fruits and veggies
2) Look over old nutrition trackers to see what other healthy foods I used to eat - maybe I'll find something exciting.
3) Take only healthy food to work. Find things that are quick, most of the time I get 20 minutes to eat - in a 12 hour day. When I need a break from the ICU environment, run to the break room and drink 8 ounces of water.
4) Try to get in at least 30 minutes of cardio on my days off and 15 min. of strength training on my work days.
5) Start tracking measurements again, not just weight.
6) Spend some time reading through old blog posts - look for motivators and patterns for when things were going well in my healthy journey.
7) Don't be too hard on myself, but don't make excuses either.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
I just joined Sparkpeople's official Stress Busting Challenge.
One of the things they suggest is to blog about what stresses you. I could go on and on.
1) Work - First let me say that I won't be blogging here about work. I am a nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With the internet available, it would be my luck to blog about something going on and someone, somewhere would read, recognize and report it. Therefore, I'd lose my job ( or at least get a written warning). Don't laugh, I've seen it happen. I will say that I worked NICU 20 years ago and just started back in that specialty 3 months ago. I'd forgotten how stressful it is to care for sick infants. Couple that with working in an all female environment and ....well, let's just say that it's hard to get a group of women to work together without drama. SO..... I'll be keeping a private written journal of stressful work situations and how I can address them.
2) Moving - I don't relocate as much as some people, but move more than I'd like. Our family has moved out of state 4 times in 10 years (we discovered this at the 10 year anniversary of Sept. 11th. ) All moves have been necessary to keep my husband employed, but are hard none the less. During these moves, DH and I have been separated by distance for 3-12 months. During the last 10 years, we've spent almost 2 years living apart from each other.
3) Loneliness - It was a question in the "How stressed are you" quiz. I know we all need someone, a "best friend" to confide in. It's hard to make friends when you move. But I also have one good friend on sparkpeople (Hi BKWERM, cause I know you're reading this ) I need to rely on her more and search out other people that can share in my journey.
4) House upkeep - Oh please! Who doesn't struggle with this????? I need to stop being a martyr and make my kids step up to the plate and help. They've done it before, but during and after the move (when I wasn't working) I allowed them to slack off. Got to put a stop to that.
5) Fitness journey - Let's face it. Being healthy is a life long decision. Approx 4 years ago, I weighed 116 pounds, ate healthy and swam 5 days a week. Throw in a spouse that loses a job and a move , and I dropped everything that made me healthy. It's taken a long time to decide I needed to try that lifestyle again.
So, let's see if I can de-stress my life and hopefully, that will allow other things to fall into place.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Well, my orientation period at my new job is officially over. Today, I am scheduled to work but due to low census was placed "on call". That means at any given time between the hours of 7am and 7pm, work can call me and I'm required to be there in 45 minutes. It's a 30 minute drive, so that leaves 15 minutes to take care of necessities before leaving. I decided that I must work out, and could do that. If work called, I'd stop what I was doing, take a quick shower and be on the road in 15 minutes. I made it through my "walk away the pounds" DVD ( 3 miles, thank you very much) and took my shower without a call from my work. Now, I must brainstorm things that need to be done this week and schedule them on my calendar.
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