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Update: Resolution Met

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. emoticon 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.

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MZSLEEPE1 6/5/2010 4:28PM

    emoticon Great job girlee! My nephew is going to do that too, while going to school to be an MRI tech. It's so awesome you can follow through on your dreams! Enjoy every moment!! Be good to yourself!

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CTENBRINK 6/1/2010 12:25PM

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BEYOURBEST1 5/29/2010 6:59AM

    Congratulations! Great job, continue following your dreams, you will get there.

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Know Your Anatomy

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! emoticon
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!
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HICKOK-HALEY 12/14/2009 1:32AM

    That is wonderful. I know you can do it!

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MZSLEEPE1 12/13/2009 9:48PM

    emoticon Hey girlee! You ROCK! I'm so proud of you! You keep being good to yourself and I'm sure you'll see less of your anatomy! Hitting the gym and eating clean is the best way for you to be strong and beautiful! Keep up the good work!! Talk to you soon! G

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_MAOMAO_ 12/12/2009 8:38PM

  I love it, you must feel so good. Completing things, succeeding in life rocks! Have fun exploring grad school programs.
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CHRISLEWIS 12/12/2009 5:39AM

    I'll bet it helps knowing what/where all your parts are, what they do, and how they work with everything else! It probably makes workouts a lot easier and enjoyable!

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Digging myself out...

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!

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CAROL_ 7/19/2009 3:38AM

    Class sounds heavy; marathon sounds great! I'm sure the dog would love to run with you. I'm intrigued by the health benefits of being a veggie but am struggling just with switching to normal peoples' healthy food, at the moment, ha ha! One lifestyle change at a time. For now I just listen and am open. I do use cruciferous instead of dairy, for the most part, tho I do make my own yogurt in the crockpot.

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Juggling schedules

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,

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MZSLEEPE1 7/12/2009 4:51PM

    Well said Don! Hey girlee! Put yourself on that list! Even if you get in a 30 minute walk in the am, better for your brain than no walking! I know you're a super mom but even super moms need rest! Try to get some sleep and eat for energy! Be good to yourself! See you soon! emoticon

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DDOORN 7/11/2009 7:55AM

    What a challenge you have on your hands!

Try as best you can, however, not to lose that priority we all need to take care of ourselves throughout our lives, no matter how difficult the struggle may be!

I think we always pull at least a *little* further ahead when we shoehorn some "me" time into our schedules... :-)


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First 5K-In the Eye of the Hurricane

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 (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! emoticon 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 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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JULESGL 4/22/2009 4:59PM

    I like that "exercise as my island of serenity" - I'm totally going to steal that phrase! Great job on the MS 5K!!!!

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KENSINGTONC 4/19/2009 2:51PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! I remember how great my first 5K was, felt so great! emoticon


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KAYAKID 4/19/2009 12:29PM

    Great job!!!!! I have been training for my first 5k, and it is going great. My 5k no walking is allowed. it is a parade route with 150,000 people waiting for the parade to start and they do the run to give something for the people to laugh and snicker about. Some people dress in outlandish costumes and run the entire way. after the run the parade starts. I am nervous so I am training hard. I ran 5 miles yesterday with a time of 50:00.

good luck to you and your goals


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DDOORN 4/19/2009 12:07PM

    WTG on your 5K! Woo hoo!

You must have been on cloud 9 afterwards! Keep up the super SPARKING! :-)


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