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Walking across the country
Friday, March 29, 2013      4 comments

Last weekend I joined Spark's Virtual Walk/Run/Cycle thru US @ If you visit the team page and click on the map of the US you will be redirected to the abysmally slow (at least on my computer) government website where you... Read more
Just to show hubby I wasn't giving up...
Thursday, March 21, 2013      5 comments

I came home with a dramatic hair cut, just like I would if I had been accepted into my first choice for nursing school after all. The whole reason I joined Spark was because I was going to be doing a group interview alongside people a lot young... Read more
Got a kick in the gut!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013      4 comments

I'm sure I aced my exam tonight. But I ALSO got word tonight I was NOT accepted into the nursing program in the college I most wanted to attend. They changed the criteria this year. Last year I would have been accepted, because grades w... Read more
Playing Hooky
Tuesday, March 19, 2013      2 comments

Playing hooky from studying for ten minutes My last exam for the term. A big, scary one and I SHOULD NOT be playing hooky! I have to go to work today and the exam is ten minutes after work (just down the hall) and I've barely studied all ... Read more
Diet avatars
Monday, March 18, 2013      6 comments

For some reason I am fascinated with diet avatars. I've been messing around online trying to get one to look like my body for over an hour. Mind you, I have a final exam to study for and it is ALSO almost midnight and I DO have to work at two ... Read more
Plan for emotional health when you age
Sunday, March 17, 2013      5 comments

My work brings me into very intimate contact with people who are in the last few years or even the last moments of their lives. I am almost always in their homes rather than in a facility. Sometimes I get to know their families well, also. I ... Read more
Interview where I must wear Spanx vs. essay where I can let it hang out?
Friday, March 15, 2013      5 comments

I applied to two nursing schools, one that has a group interview, which the advisor described as a Miss America pageant ("Dress well, but don't be nervous," she said!) The other has a proctored essay. I've known for 6 weeks the interview would... Read more
If I want to cheat, I can weigh myself upstairs...
Tuesday, March 12, 2013      4 comments

Because upstairs, the floor is not level. If I point the scale facing north, I lose 3 pounds. I thought about it because I spent too much time studying this weekend between work shifts to exercise much. But then I'd have to keep weighing ... Read more
A muscle bound 82-year old commented on my weight loss plan today
Saturday, March 09, 2013      5 comments

He (a former black belt) said he was impressed that I am sticking with it. He said he would like to design a plan for me (which I am sure would be very painful for me to follow) because it would be more efficient. But he's been watching me and... Read more
Sneaking in the exercise, I have lost 5 pounds
Friday, March 08, 2013      4 comments

I wish I had lost 8 by now, because I am behind my goal, but it's a start. I actually gained two pounds last week (anniversary week plus two exams I wasn't ready for without really hitting the books meant I spent a lot of time on my rear) so th... Read more
I haven't weighed myself yet this week, but...
Saturday, March 02, 2013      2 comments

Something has happened, because I am wearing some pants I couldn't have worn a couple weeks ago. I told my husband that anniversary or not, I don't want to gain the four pounds back that I know I lost. (I didn't tell him that I secretly hope I... Read more
Stomach stretch
Wednesday, February 27, 2013      1 comments

Indy girl posted an enormously popular blog about stomach shrinking a couple days ago. She said that she felt fuller on reasonable portions when she gave up meats from animals that had been fed hormones (which of course fatten the animals up, a... Read more
More things I've learned
Monday, February 25, 2013      2 comments

Since my schedule is totally whacked, I no longer eat traditional breakfasts, lunches and dinners unless I am actually home for them. If I got home from a night shift and and ate a hearty breakfast late in the morning the next day, even if it ... Read more
If I like my pedometer, am I a pedophile?
Thursday, February 21, 2013      2 comments

Without my new pedometer, I would probably have been deterred from walking at all after I hurt my ankle at work last weekend. But the pedometer makes sneaking in exercise a bit of a game, so I occasionally say “to heck with the ankle!” Since... Read more
If you want to lose weight, take a Microbiology class
Wednesday, February 20, 2013      3 comments

Fellow classmates say they do not want to eat ever again. Our professor (who is thin and regularly stops to entone, "We are all going to die!") fills our evenings with statistics of fecal-contaminated self-serve soda fountains, food servi... Read more

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