ACRAIG921's SparkPeople Blog ACRAIG921's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community My wake up call Hello all, <BR> <BR> I haven't been on the site as much lately, but I'm still around. I've been busy getting acclimated to my new job and shift. So far so good, I'm adjusting to midnights quite well. <BR> <BR> I had my physical and labs done for my physical and my labs were not fantastic. My cholesterol is ok, it's not high but the numbers definitely could change for the better. <BR> <BR> My fasting blood sugar was not good. I am heading towards being pre-diabetic. I know that I c... Sun, 8 Nov 2015 15:11:58 EST Being productive Hello all, I hope you are having a great day. This week has been a good week. I'm down 1.4 lbs and my son is down 3 lbs so far. I'm excited about that. <BR> <BR> I'm going to be starting my new job next week so this week I have been trying to tackle projects that have been left hanging before I start my job. I've tackled my son's closet, my daughter won't let me touch hers!! I think I'm going to take care of mine in a few minutes. Still debating on going through my husband's closet, al... Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:10:06 EST Lots of changes going on!! Hello everyone, I hope you all are doing well. It's been a really long time that I've been able to blog. <BR> <BR> A lot is changing around here. First of all, I've graduated, taken and passed my nursing boards and have accepted a full-time RN position which I will start in two weeks. I'm very excited to go back to work full-time. Although I have to say it's strange not getting ready to go back to school right now. I will start completing my BSN program in January. My husband will be l... Wed, 5 Aug 2015 13:02:41 EST Snow Day!! Ok so technically it's a wind chill day, but either way the kids are home from school today. I saw at noon the wind chill was still around -22. That's way too cold for me! I have been telling my husband forever that we need to move somewhere warm, but I can't convince him. <BR> <BR> I bought my hubby a Ninja blender for Christmas because he wanted to make smoothies. I think I've created a monster!! He's constantly checking out new recipes with different ingredients that he wouldn't even... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 13:51:24 EST Reflecting on the past year 2014 for me was filled with both ups and downs. The year started well with me in the middle of my first year of nursing school. We saw a lot of snow, 93 inches worth!! My husband was laid off for five weeks, that was a scary time and we learned to manage with what we had. I completed my first year of school in June. <BR> <BR> My son had foot surgery at the end of June, so I spent a lot of the summer taking care of him. It was during that time that I really recommitted myself to my healt... Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:57:48 EST Getting back into "normal" mode feels so good! I'm glad to be done with my final exams. The past two weeks have been super crazy with both highs and lows. <BR> <BR> I had my final exam yesterday and I rocked it. I now have two more classes to finish before I finish my RN degree in May. My son was at 5th grade camp this past week and he had a really great time. I'm glad the weather wasn't super cold. I missed him while he was gone, but I was able to get some studying done in peace and quiet. <BR> <BR> On a sad note, my husbands gr... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:05:52 EST Is it too early for Christmas music?? I was driving to school this morning and while flipping through the radio stations I found that one of our local radio stations had already changed over to playing Christmas music 24/7. This is a few days later than what they have done in years past. They used to start on Nov. 1. Now don't get me wrong, I love hearing the music, just not at the beginning of November. It just reminds me that the holidays are creeping up on us!! Although on my way home as I was flipping through the station... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 23:23:45 EST Getting a little frustrated I've been dedicated on this journey since July and I've only lost 6 lbs, so I'm frustrated. I know that when I'm in school I might not have as much time as I had in the summer to dedicate to working out, but I'm really trying and am not seeing the results that I would like. <BR> <BR> My goal is to lose 35 lbs total by March and right now that puts me at losing around 5.5 -6 lbs per month. I don't see that happening when I'm only losing maybe 2 per month. I need some help. Any suggestio... Sun, 2 Nov 2014 15:06:32 EST It's a new week Last week I went back to class and I had a great week. I'm in my peds/OB rotation and I just love it. I normally don't like working peds because I hate to see sick children, but I was assigned to an adorable two month old and I was over the moon. Even better, the baby was discharged later that day!! In my OB rotation we were on the postpartum unit so we got to be with all the babies, that is always fun!! Next week we are on labor and delivery. <BR> <BR> Of course being in another rotati... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:05:56 EST I forgot to do this yesterday!! I was busy yesterday, then I went to work, I forgot to log in yesterday, oops!! <BR> <BR> I've been enjoying the last few days of my break. Today I went to lunch with a group of girlfriends. We went to Mongolian BBQ, love that place. I was very good about my food choices, I still had steak and shrimp, but I piled on the veggies. It was great to catch up with my friends that I haven't seen in a while. I made turkey chili for dinner, but I wasn't super hungry because of lunch so I only at... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:25:30 EST Happy Friday!! Today's been another productive day. I dropped the dog off to get groomed (she was looking really bad!!), made it to the grocery store, I've done some laundry, made lunch and made some phone calls that I've been meaning to do. <BR> <BR> I'm excited because I'm down another pound this week. I've had some great workout sessions this week and I'll work out later today. <BR> <BR> I've been craving asparagus this week so I'm making chicken and asparagus for dinner, yummy!! Even better, it wa... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:41:47 EST It's gonna be a great week! I still have the next week and a half off from school so I'm going to have a chance to actually get some stuff done around here. <BR> <BR> First and foremost, I have plenty of time to work out. This is one thing that I miss when I'm hitting the books because although I make the time to work out, it's never as much as I wanted to do. As I've said in a previous blog, I recently purchased kettle bells and I'm absolutely loving them. I'm still trying to figure them out, but I know I'm getti... Sun, 12 Oct 2014 12:34:51 EST Back from hiatus So I'm back after a few weeks of to focus on my studying. I'm so glad to be done with this rotation. It was hard, mostly because my instructor didn't do a good job teaching us. I was hovering on the very low end of passing and I'm not that type of student. We all felt we had to learn the material all by ourselves. I have a great group of friends and we rallied together to learn the material and we did awesome on the final. Now it's over for two weeks and then I get to move on to OB and ... Thu, 9 Oct 2014 20:23:32 EST Another year older, it's been a great year! Today is my birthday. <em>383</em> I'm having a good day. We went to breakfast with my parents and we will go out to dinner later. We are going for Mexican and I'm looking forward to it. The kids baked me a cake and decorated it. They did a great job decorating it, we'll have that after dinner. The kids got me scented candles, gift cards and chocolate (my weakness!!). My hubby was really sweet, cuz he went to a few stores looking for a kettle bell for me. He couldn't find a 20 lb ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 16:05:13 EST A pleasant surprise to start the day! I had another week of not wanting to throw the scale out the window!! I lost 0.7 lbs. I view every loss, even if it's small, as a victory. Even better, I'm down 2 inches also. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> My hip has been giving me problems this week. Especially on Monday when I was barely able to walk and had to have everyone get things for me. It was not fun. I ran on Sunday and it probably aggravated it. I took it easy on it today and walked instead of ran. It still feels pretty goo... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:37:29 EST Taking it one day at a time It's been quite a week. As you may know, my grandma passed away last week. It's been hard, but she is no longer suffering and that makes me feel better. Although I'm still sad, each day that passes, seems a little better. I have enough going on to keep me busy to help keep my mind off of things. <BR> <BR> I can't say I've had a good week when it comes to eating. I think I ate pasta four days in a row! Don't get me wrong, I love being Italian!! Although I wasn't able to get a really go... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:36:46 EST Yesterday was a very hard day :( I am very sad today. This week has been really hard on me. As I have mentioned in my blog a few weeks ago, my 92 year-old grandma has been sick and was recently in the hospital. On Thursday when the doctor came to see her at the nursing home, he found that she had fluid on her lungs again. She begged and pleaded with him not to send her back to the hospital. At this point she was still in her right mind so he obliged her wishes. For most of that day she was still verbal and coherent. B... Sun, 7 Sep 2014 14:18:09 EST Glad to start a new week! I'm feeling much better today, thank goodness. I guess my allergies really weren't after all. By Friday, I was done for. After a restful day and some decent sleep (finally!!), I was feeling better. I'm just glad that being sick didn't affect either my class or clinical. <BR> <BR> It sucks that I wasn't able to work out last week, but I was still tracking my steps so that helped keep me in a good frame of mind since I was missing working out. Although Friday I barely walked, I made up fo... Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:03:16 EST Today started off pretty good!! Yay, the scale is still moving in the right direction!! I lost 2 lbs this week!! I'm so happy about this. Definitely a good start to the day. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> This week is still busy with me going back to school and clinical. The kids don't go back til next week and I've been busy running them around to different appointments and practice. Today is the first day that I'm at home for more than an hour at a time. I've even managed to throw some pepper steak in the crock pot, d... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:38:19 EST Sunday August 24 It's been a busy week and I'm facing another busy one this week as I go back to school. <BR> <BR> I'm excited, nervous and a little sad to be going back to school. But I remind myself that this is my last year and I only have four more classes to go! I'll be starting the year with my psych rotation, which I guarantee will be interesting. I've had some psych patients at work so I know a little bit of what to expect. <BR> <BR> My grandma is back in the hospital today. This is the second ... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:37:01 EST My shopping experience! I had to do some clothes shopping tonight because I needed clothes for my clinical rotation for school. I'm doing my psych rotation first and we are not allowed to wear our scrubs, we have to wear "business casual" clothes. First of all I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, and don't bother me with dress shoes. I don't get dressed up all that often. I was fortunate enough to find two pair of dress pants in my closet that fit me, yay! I also tried on a pair of 9/10 pants from my closet, t... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 21:48:59 EST OMG!! My teenager let me in her room!! Something strange happened in my house last night, my daughter actually let me in her room, and for more than 5 minutes. Those of you who have teens understand what I'm talking about, cuz I swear when she's home she's in her room with the door closed. She usually doesn't even want the dog in there! She's not doing anything that she shouldn't be when she's in there, she just wants to be alone. <BR> <BR> I'm sure she only let me in because she was changing sheets and wanted help!! I'll tak... Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:06:44 EST Another busy week and some goals for the week This week is my last full week off before I go back to school. I'm kinda sad because it's my last week, but I'm also excited because it's my last year of school before I graduate. <BR> <BR> It's going to be another busy week between appointments and my daughters band practice and work. My calendar is booked pretty solid this week. Today I'm trying to get stuff done around here so it won't be as bad during the week. On a good note, we found a new mattress for my daughter and it will be de... Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:13:21 EST Lost a little weight and some non scale victories So I'm only down 0.2 lbs this week. Definitely not as much as I wanted. I will try harder this week. Even better, I've lost 1.5 inches so far. I've also gained 1/4 inch in my thighs. I'm pretty sure that's muscle from running!! <BR> <BR> I find that I'm struggling with the eating. I know that when I work out, it puts my calorie range around the high mark of about 1900 calories, I can't eat all that. Then after I log my food in for the day on days that I work out, I sometimes still hav... Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:55:44 EST Day after the great flood of 2014 Wow what a storm we had yesterday. In six hours we got 4.5 inches of rain. Some areas got over five inches. To add insult to injury, we are expecting more rain today. <BR> <BR> The storm itself wasn't bad as far as lightning or threats of tornados, it was just the torrential downpours. I was driving home from the doctors office in it. It was scary driving in it and what would've taken 45 minutes, took almost 1.5 hours. Although I guess it's not as bad since I heard on the 11 o'clock ne... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:02:41 EST Big day and my goals for the week Today is the big day!! <em>244</em> My son is getting his cast off today. It's been a long six weeks. He's so excited and so are we. He's excited to be able to ride his bike again. He's really missed that. Although he's kinda too big for the bike he has now, but we couldn't get him a new one for his birthday since he couldn't even try them out. So we'll probably end up getting him a new one for Christmas. It's waaayy to early to think about that, ugh!! <BR> <BR> I figured I w... Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:53:14 EST I'm surprised my hip doesn't hurt from running! I did my run for the day. Today I went my farthest so far, 2.16 miles. I'm pretty excited about that. I don't understand when I do the mileage tracker, it says walking. When you input it says walk/run, but shows up on my tracker as walking. <BR> <BR> I'm surprised that my hip didn't affect my run. I was the patient sitter at work last night (I could do a whole blog about that, but I won't!), so I was sitting a lot at work last night. When I sit for too long, I either feel it in my ba... Sun, 10 Aug 2014 13:03:18 EST There really are some great people out there!! My daughter is at her marching band practice today for color guard, as she has been all week. It's at the high school and they are there all day with a break for lunch. The school serves free lunch for any child up to age 18. So I guess a lot of the students do that instead of bring their lunch, my daughter prefers to bring hers since she is a picky eater. The only problem is that they do not serve lunch on Friday. So there were about 10 students who didn't have lunch with them today. O... Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:59:24 EST Taking advantage of the day I started today out with plans to take my son to his physical therapy. Therapy got cancelled so it worked out to my advantage. <BR> <BR> I dropped my daughter off at band camp, I don't have to pick her up til 4 pm. I was able to come home, eat, get my workout in early, two loads of laundry (so far!) and was able to make some phone calls too. All this before noon! On a "normal" day, this wouldn't have happened. For those of you who don't know, I'm so not a morning person. I love my slee... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 12:27:22 EST Looking ahead to August Since tomorrow is August 1 (also my son's birthday!), I am putting my August goals out there so I can be accountable and hopefully the scale will move down even more than what it has been. <BR> <BR> 1. I want to lose at least 4 lbs by August 30. <BR> <BR> 2. I will work out for at least 30 min. 3-4x/week. <BR> <BR> 3. I still hope to inspire my hubby to work out on a more regular basis. <BR> <BR> 4. I will log all food eaten, even the not so good stuff. <BR> <BR> 5. I will find heal... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:20:25 EST Time to make a change Last night I was reviewing all of my info here on SP including previous weights, measurements, etc all the way back to 2012 when I started. I was surprised at some of the stuff I saw. My lowest weight in about 11 years happened in 2012 when I hit 149 lbs. I was also surprised that I gained about 13 lbs since I started the nursing program last fall. <BR> <BR> I started looking at this stuff because I was a little down on myself about not losing as much weight as I'd like, and I really wa... Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:34:59 EST Low key Saturday After having a really rough night at work last night, including crazy patients, being understaffed and too much other crazy stuff happen that I can't even mention, I'm happy to be able to relax today. I don't have to go back to work until next Sunday. I really like making my own schedule!! <BR> <BR> My hubby had to work at 3 am today. I felt bad for him so I thought I would help him out by cutting the grass. He was gonna do it last night, but I didn't want him to be too tired to get up fo... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:54:05 EST Low key Saturday After having a really rough night at work last night, including crazy patients, being understaffed and too much other crazy stuff happen that I can't even mention, I'm happy to be able to relax today. I don't have to go back to work until next Sunday. I really like making my own schedule!! <BR> <BR> My hubby had to work at 3 am today. I felt bad for him so I thought I would help him out by cutting the grass. He was gonna do it last night, but I didn't want him to be too tired to get up fo... Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:54:05 EST Good news!! I took my son to the doctor yesterday for his follow up visit after his surgery. The doctor took the cast off of his right foot!! He didn't have as extensive work done on the right one, so that's why he was able to take it off. He is now a little more mobile. He will get crutches to get around too once he starts physical therapy. He's so excited that he is able to move around a little better. The other cast comes off in a few more weeks. We cannot wait for that. <BR> <BR> Today has be... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:52:22 EST What a difference a good workout makes! I was woken up at 4:45 am today by the sound of my husbands alarm blaring. It was so loud that it scared me awake! Needless to say I didn't fall back asleep. When I don't sleep I tend to get headaches. I had one most of the day. I took some Motrin then later I took some Excederin migraine. Neither seemed to work, I was able to fall asleep on the couch for about 20 min until the phone rang, nobody important of course, so I wasn't able to fall back asleep after that. At this point it's t... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:21:59 EST Little by little I'm really excited that the scale has finally started to move the right way!! That totally made my day. It might not have been as much as I would've liked, but losing is losing, so I'll take it any way I can get it! It might have been a little more but it probably didn't help that my son wanted DQ last night, I'm so weak for ice cream!! <BR> <BR> I've been doing run/walk intervals for my cardio hoping to do more running than walking. I have never been a runner, but I would eventually lik... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:13:05 EST Wishing I could go outside It is a beautiful day here today! Sunny and about 75 degrees. Unfortunately I'm not able to be outside to enjoy it. I'm still taking care of my son who is recovering from foot surgery. My daughter and I cannot safely get his wheelchair out the door so we can enjoy being outside. We will have to wait for my hubby to get home and then we'll be out of the house. I can't wait until these casts come off my son's feet! He's getting cabin fever too. Trying to come up with different things to... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:08:41 EST My sons recovery, day 5 My son's recovery seems to be going well. He is able to move around a little more today and the swelling in his left foot seems to be going down some more as he is able to wiggle more toes. He still has a ways to go, but it's all about the baby steps. <BR> <BR> I'm with him pretty much 24/7 taking care of him including sleeping on the main floor in case he needs help in the middle of the night. When my hubby gets home from work, he helps with anything my son might need, but he's not a gre... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 13:37:00 EST Catching up I hope you are all having a good Monday. It's been awhile that I've had a chance to blog. I've been wrapped up in my first year of nursing school. I can proudly say that I have successfully completed the first year and I am on summer vacation!! It always feels strange when I don't have studying to do! <BR> <BR> Today I am taking care of my son who is recovering from foot surgery on Friday. Yesterday was our first day home from the hospital and after a good nights sleep, finally, he is d... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:54:03 EST I'm back in the game!! After many months of not bothering to try to get healthy and fit, today is the day I make that change. I have been so wrapped up with nursing school (I still am), that I have pushed off exercise and made excuses why I can't do it. Well, I know I can do it. I know I may not have all the time in the world, but I have no reason that I can't carve out some time to work out. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to lose around 35 lbs. I know it's not going to happen overnight or in a matter of a few months. ... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:15:43 EST I survived my first semester of nursing school!! I had my final exam yesterday and with the exception of one more class session, I am done for the semester!! I ended up with a 3.8 overall. I'm so excited about it. Now I'm trying to get back to reality for a minute and catch up on things while I have the time. <BR> <BR> It's hard to believe Christmas is less than two weeks away. I feel so unprepared. I am going to do a little shopping tomorrow. I won't be surprised if I am still shopping on Christmas eve and up all night wrapping!! ... Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:48:05 EST Trying to find some balance So now that I've been back in school for a few weeks, I'm trying to find some balance. All is going well so far. I've had my first test and I got an A after plenty of studying!! <BR> <BR> Now I'm still trying to figure out more balance and get some workout time in too. I figure I can get some in during the days I'm not in school. I'm in school 17 hours per week, and I'm also taking an online class, and school days are super busy and I'm wiped out when I get home, not to mention I want ... Thu, 12 Sep 2013 19:56:21 EST Starting a new chapter in my life Tomorrow I will officially start the nursing program. I have worked long and hard to get here and now here it is. I am excited, scared, nervous all at the same time. When I first decided to go back to school (after 12 years) back in '08 it seemed like the program was so far away. I had totally changed majors so I almost was starting from the beginning. I think I had three classes that actually transferred. Fast forward to today and I've completed the pre-req's and it's truly here. My w... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:36:53 EST Why have I stopped tracking?? I started tracking my stuff again and I'm finding that it keeps me more aware of how much I am putting into my body. When I am tracking, it guilts me (in a good way) to not reach for something that I shouldn't have and it motivates me to get up and move. I've really been bad at tracking and it is showing. So I plan to make sure, no matter what, that I am at least tracking my food on a daily basis and this will help me stay active. <BR> <BR> Thanks for reading. Have a great day!! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:28:48 EST Getting my daughter ready for camp So tomorrow is the day that my daughter leaves for camp for 12 days. I'm excited for her, but I'm kinda sad that she is leaving for that long. This is her first time going to summer camp and I know she will have a great time and make new friends, but I will miss her terribly. The longest she's been gone from home is like 4-5 days and we were able to talk with her. She is not allowed to take her phone or ipod or anything like that, so there will be no commincation except snail mail. <BR> ... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:26:58 EST Girls night out tonight w/Bon Jovi!! I'm so excited to be going out with my girls tonight. We are going to the Bon Jovi concert. I have loved them since I was in junior high!! <BR> <BR> Having a good week. It's been in the 90's here this week, so I've been indoors except to go swimming and work, of course. I'm just glad that the concert is not outdoors. My son has his baseball game tonight. I'm sending lots of water for him. <BR> <BR> I haven't gotten a lot of exercise in this week due to many appointments and crazy erran... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 13:34:44 EST Got the day off again!! Going to my son's game tonight!! So I got called off work again today. The weather is beautiful today. I actually got to turn off the air!! So I will be able to make it to my son's game tonight and there is no chance of rain. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> I've done really well with my working out this week. I have still been struggling with the eating, but I'm hoping for a loss this week. <BR> <BR> Since it's now my day off, I can get tons of stuff done before I go to the game including paying bills, laundry and cooking ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:04:32 EST Was hoping to go to my son's game, but it got rained out :( I got sent home from work today because there weren't many patients. I was so excited because this meant that I would be able to go to my son's baseball game. It was sunny at 5 pm when I left, but by 5:45, it was monsooning and the game was cancelled. This did allow me to get a workout in after all because I had been gone all day and wasn't able to get one in. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling much better today than I was yesterday. I did manage to motivate myself to workout last night too. <BR> <B... Tue, 9 Jul 2013 20:09:41 EST It's Monday, not feeling it I am not motivated today. It's my day off and it's going to rain soon. I've been up since 6:45 am because my son had an 8 am doctor appointment and I worked last night, so I'm tired to start. I've been curled up on the couch with cramps and a headache and I currently have no motivation to work out. I can work through the cramps, but not the headache. I'm going to try to nap for a bit and I will hopefully feel good enough to work out after dinner. <BR> <BR> Thanks for listening to my ra... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:02:29 EST No loss this week, but no gain either I jumped on the scale this morning and I'm a little bummed that the scale didn't move. I'm still happy that it didn't go up, but I would've preferred for it to move down. I guess I'll have to wait til next week for the numbers to move down. <BR> <BR> I went swimming yesterday and I forgot how being in the pool can wear you out. The whole family was practically falling asleep by 10 pm!! <BR> <BR> This week I plan to continue my workouts and eating better. This past week was harder becaus... Sat, 6 Jul 2013 11:57:15 EST