Archive | May 2015

Springing Into Action


This week has been just splendid so far!  Once I got beyond an odd, fleeting illness on Fri/Sat, Sunday started off on the right foot with a kayaking trip.  We were out for over 5 hours and paddled over 10 miles!  I had no idea the journey would be that lengthy, but despite the fact that I wasn’t quite back to 100%, I handled it pretty well and had a great time. James only had to rescue me a few times, haha.

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We even met some neighbors who live down on the water who told us about a show, The Blacklist, that we’ve started watching together.

Monday was another day off for me, and I used it quite productively. Got outdoors with a couple of nice walks, cleaned up around the house, did laundry and food prep for the week. And when James got home, we ate dinner outside and played with the puppies. Spring is such a glorious time of year because it’s both “not too hot” and also light out until after 8pm.  Just like I seem to forget how quickly it gets dark in the fall every year, I seem to have forgotten how much daylight we have during spring, but this time of year it’s a happy surprise!

The other happy surprise Monday was the early arrival of my new ChargeHR fitbit!!!!!!  I got it all set up and ready to monitor my every heartbeat.  My “track everything” mania may have just switched into overdrive!

IMG_7048 (Results from my AM run + 12 hour shift Tuesday.)

Tuesday started out on the right foot with a 2-mile run before work. I survived my first shift with 5 patients.  I’m officially in the final stage of orientation with about 4 weeks remaining.  Now I’ll really be pushing myself in terms of time management and critical thinking, but I’m confident I’ll get it down before I’m on my own! And I’ll never be totally on my own because I have a great team of coworkers, especially my charge nurses who are always there to lend a hand.

This has really been a weird week, because I had Wednesday off as well.  Started my day off with a DELIGHTFUL 6-mile run.  First run of this duration with my HR monitor, and I’m so intrigued by my data.  Later in the morning, I had an appointment with my new PCP for a health screening.  He gave me a clean bill of health, my vitals were solid (BP 103/58, HR 60), and he said my weight was within a healthy range. He also gave my new sugar-less eating plan a stamp of approval, because he’s EXTREMELY against processed foods/added sugars/HFCS/low fat/etc.  Then I ran a few other errands including joining the gym (I get a major discount as a hospital employee) and enjoyed the outdoors. In the afternoon I took care of some tasks for work, and got everything ready for the arrival of the James from his day.

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We ate dinner outside again because it was too beautiful not to! And this evening we have been just hanging out. I felt inspire to blog, so I did.  James felt inspired to play Destiny, as per usual. Tomorrow and Friday are both day shifts at work.  Saturday and Sunday I have fun events planned.  And after that…I’ll be taking it one day at a time.

I’m just feeling very upbeat, calm, and collected. Happy with how this new eating plan is making me feel, overall.  My strategy is to limit my food types to meat, veggies, eggs, nuts, cheese, plus my favorite sugarless gum and Mio Energy.  It’s a bit quirky, but my clothes are fitting better and I’m adjusting my lifestyle accordingly.  It was time for a change!