Friday, May 28, 2010
I have finished one of my 2010 resolutions. I am an EMT!!! I finished EMT academy and have just completed all the testing and certifications. I graduated the top of my class and I am ready to apply for employment. I am soooo excited to open this next chapter of my life. One more step towards my goal of working as a PA/DO. Now onto studying for GRE/MCAT.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Finally it has come to an end! My Anatomy course is complete... A brutal week with our 6th Unit Exam AND the Final Exam only 2 Days apart. ARRGH! I loved the course, though, and having already taken Physiology really helped. I was more than a little stressed over this last semester and spread myself too thin at times, but it was worth it!
I can now move on with my plans to go to graduate school. My instructor was so approachable and her husband is a neurologist, her son is in med school at UCSD and her daughter is a PA, so talk about having a well-connected source for my burning questions about the medical field! Needless to say I spoke with her at length throughout the semester. She encouraged me to look at PA programs, and promised me "A GREAT letter of recommendation." I am sooo psyched right now, and I really, REALLY needed it after all of the stuff 2009 has done to our family.
I have promised family out in Nevada that we would come and visit for a couple of days, so I have been hitting the gym extra hard for the last couple of weeks, trying to get some more definition on all the work I have been doing on my personal Anatomy this past year.
I have decided that 2009 will go down as the the year of "Know Your Anatomy" Because, after the hundreds of miles I have logged trimming the fat off of my muscles, I actually know all their anatomical names now!
So here is to 2010 and all of us Sparkers, may the new year bring us completion of our goals and, for me, let 2010 be the year to Know LESS of my Anatomy!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Well, I still haven't gone to the gym, but I did go on a 1 mile walk last night around 8PM. It has been so hot around here, I wait until dusk to venture out. I pulled the two little kids in the wagon and DH walked the dog. It was nice to go out again, but it made me want to run. I was not exerting myself enough and my body knew it. I guess I should try to do it again tonight, eh? This time I will take the dog with me and leave the little ones with DH. Sounds like a plan. My class is heading into "finals" next week, so I have two papers and one exam tomorrow and another TWO next week. Yikes! Thats the bad thing about trying to cram an entire semester into 5 weeks.
I hope to get back on the training schedule soon, I still want to finish the marathon in October Without paramedic assistance! HA! I have modified my eating since I started school. I have been eating vegetarian for b-fast and lunch every weekday and limiting myself to tiny amounts of fish with my dinner. I have never eaten so much food, really it is hard to get all the nutrients I need from veggies. I am still learning and am trying to expand my repitoire of vegetarian cooking skills.
Just FYI, I am not having the kids go vegetarian, I seriously think they would starve if I tried. LOL! DH is also continuing his P90X workouts, so he is always hungry as a horse, and likes his chicken/pork. He does like Tempeh and Tofu though, so there is hope...
Take care everyone, and enjoy some "me time" today!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Well. it has been three weeks since I even had time to get onto SP. I started a summer course on June 22nd. I am really sleep deprived and I have not been able to find the energy to get up and get to the gym by 530AM, (which is the time I would have to go to get done with everything and get to class on time.) The professor is very approachable and I am enjoying the material. I hope to be able to get some sleep tonight and drag my butt to the gym tomorrow. I need to finish a couple of courses still for the direct-entry MSN program, so I am juggling being a mom, a wife and a student right now. I am hoping that getting back to the gym will help my energy levels and I know it helps clear my mind before exams. So I hope to back in the game soon and continue with my training for the Long Beach Marathon this October. Live, Laugh, Love,
until next time,
Sunday, April 19, 2009
I am so lucky to have the support of my family as a begin to push myself towards greater levels of fitness. Yesterday was my first 5K, an MS walk. My walking buddy Gina was there as well as two other sparkpeople, Jeanne and Jim. My whole family came along too. My husband pushed one stroller and my twelve-year-old pushed the other one, they did this for me so I could focus on my performance. I started out with brisk walking to warm up for a few minutes and then I did jogging intervals, roughly 60 seconds each. I was modeling it after the first week of the C25K program on coolrunning.com. (Which is 60 seconds running with 90 seconds walking time for recovery, cycled for 20 minutes. ) I did this for the entire distance, I was honestly surprised that I could keep it up that long!
So my sojourn continues now at a (somewhat) faster pace. I came in somewhere between 43 and 45 minutes for the 5K. I found out that they don't bother to time you for the MS society event. I had to search for someone who was wearing a watch to ask them what time it was after I finished! It was a learning experience, I think I will wear a stopwatch of my own from now on... just in case!
I waited for my husband and kids to get in and then we went to see "Hotel For Dogs" at the local dollar theatre that was across the street from the event's staging area. (That was their special treat for the weekend.)
I was so happy the whole day, knowing how supportive everyone has been for me. I felt outstanding, no soreness, no tiredness either. I have so much energy now. I still feel great this morning, no 'day after' surprise stiffness or anything. I feel like I could do another 5K tomorrow!
I really needed this, with all the job search stress and uncertainty, my exercise regimen has become my island of serenity in a stormy sea...as I reach each milestone I am granted a reprieve of sorts. Even though I am simply standing in the eye of a hurricane, I welcome it and know that eventually the storm shall pass...
Thank You for all your support everyone! I wish you every success and happiness in your own life's sojourn...
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