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  1. I am strong & happy in the body I have....I work out to take care of it so its strong & happy in the years to come!

  2. Okay - so I had a good first day! Yesterday was a day off from running, but I got in a fabulous lifting workout before I went to clinicals. Food was 100% on point so overall - it was a great day! Today is a rest day from workouts, I already finished up a 5 page paper, need to update my clinical journals from last night, and I've got class this evening - so definitely a busy day Here's yesterday's workout information and final score: Workout One: Deadlifts: 5 reps at 95lbs, 2 sets of 5 reps at 100lbs, 2 sets of 5 reps at 110lbs Bent Over Rows: 8 reps at 55lbs, 2 sets of 8 reps at 60lbs Bench Press: 5 reps at 60lbs, 2 sets of 5 reps at 65lbs, 2 sets of 5 reps at 67lbs Incline DB Press: 3 sets of 8 reps at 15lbs each Calf Raises: 3 sets of 20 reps at 35lbs Weighted Abs: 3 sets of 12 reps at 35lbs Final Grade for 09/15/2014: 100% Cardio = Rest Day = 33%, Strength Training = Done = 33%, Food = good all day = 34%
  3. Found you! Can't wait to see all the awesome things you do in the next few weeks!
  4. I found you!!! I think your challenge sounds fabulous! I can't wait to see all your progress in the next few weeks!
  5. Thanks so much Twilight! I'm excited to be able to get some balance in my life again! I made a new challenge thread for the next 6 weeks and you can find it here Can't wait to get caught up with all of you!!
  6. Hey everyone! I am back to Nerd Fitness after taking a break for a few months - so this is my first challenge since I've been BACK! I'm super excited & happy to be back with all my wonderful NF friends! So - here's a little background on me before I post my challenge plan. I am a full-time nursing student. School currently takes up at least 5 days a week and at least 40 hours of study, homework time every week - so...its a full-time job where the hours can change on a monthly basis. That being said, I'm loving every minute of it! Since I'm at home & the Hubbs is working full-time, I also have given myself the job of full-time homemaker too. Its important to me to keep the house looking fabulous since my Hubbs works so hard all day. So that being said - here's my challenge plan: Nutrition: around 1500 calories a day of mainly lean protein and veggies. Since fruits are going out of season, its much easier for me to find fresh veggies these days. Also - since I'm a full-time student in clinicals & labs, sometimes its easy for me to forget to eat - so this is important for me too. I'll be tracking my food intake on MyFitnessPal each day. Please Note: I'm hypothyroid and my metabolism is not as great as a normal person. I know that for "normal" people my activity levels are too high for only 1500 calories, but I need to eat a little lower because of my thyroid issues in order to see any kind of progress. Fitness: Hubbs and I have created a workout plan that we are going to keep up through this challenge. I will be lifting 3 days a week and running 5 days a week. Hubbs has to get used to running 5 consecutive days a week, so I'm doing that with him Wednesday through Sunday. We're running around 2 miles a day and shooting for a longer run on Sundays of around 3-4 miles (usually a 5K) I blew out my knee last year, so my runs are all done in intervals. My current interval rate is a 5 min run with a 2.5 min recovery walk. It seems to be working out well and I'm averaging between 12 & 13 minutes/mile, so I'm happy with that pace. As far as lifting goes - I couldn't find a program that I really liked, so I bastardized a bunch of plans and created my own. I have 2 different workouts that I'll alternate through. Its going to work out really well I think. It focuses on 6 major compound lifts (three per day) and then additional strength training for other smaller muscle groups each day. Lifting days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday - so there's days where I'll run in the morning and lift in the afternoon. How I'm going to track my progress: Just like last challenge: I'll give myself 33% a day for each of my workouts (2 miles/Cardio and strength training) and 34% for my food. I'll add them all together and get a percentage out of 100% - at the end of the Challenge, I'll have a solid average for how I'm doing. And on days that are Rest Days from Strength training or Cardio - I shall default to the 33% as long as I hit my other goals. As far as food goes, I'll consider that a "34%" if I stay on point and eat healthy within my calorie range. I took beginning measurements on September 5th that I will use as a baseline for documenting changes in the next few weeks. If I have time, I'll take progress pics next weekend that I can use to track visual progress over time as well Well - I think that's about it! I hope you all have a fabulous day and I can't wait to catch up with everyone after being gone for so long!
  7. Hello my fabulous friend!!! Life got super crazy & I had to drop off the internets for a few weeks to get my head back on straight! I SO apologize for just dropping out of everything! I've missed you & all your fabulous posts! But life has calmed down and I'm able to get back to the Nerd Fitness world! I'm so excited to catch up with you and hear about all the amazing things you've accomplished! I hope you have an amazing day! Much Love *hugs*
  8. Hello my friend!!! I'm SO sorry I had to drop out of the Nerd Fitness world for a few months....life just got to be too crazy and I had to take a step back from everything to get my head back on straight. But now things have been calming down and I've got more time for all my fabulous NF friends!! You did a great job with this current challenge and I can't wait to see what you do with the next one! Once again, I'm sorry to have dropped off the face of the planet for a few weeks - but I'm back now and can't wait to catch up with everyone! Keep up the fabulous work my friend! *hugs*
  9. Hello my dear friend!!! I'm so sorry that I've dropped off the planet for a few weeks...okay months....EEP! I'm sorry! I've missed you! Life was just getting too crazy between work, school & everything else & I just needed to take a step back to regain my sanity. But now things have calmed down a lot and I can devote some time to my fabulous Nerd Fitness friends! Anyways, I really hope that you're doing well and I hope you're planning a fabulous challenge for the next one that's coming up! I'll be right there with you every day! I hope you are having an amazing day! *hugs*
  10. Oh my goodness! I feel like a slacker - at least when it comes to my NF friends! I'm sorry everyone! Life just got really crazy for a few weeks. Here's everything that has happened in a nutshell: - I am now a full time student & a full-time housewife. My amazing hubbs & I have financially worked out a budget where I don't have to work for the rest of nursing school. Its a HUGE load off me to not be working full time - I used this first month of not working to overhaul our house. I tackled multiple house projects and now am to the point where I can easily maintain our house with just a few chores a day. I also found lots of DIY stuff on Pinterest and have used those around the house too - I've totally found more cost-effective ways to make my own cleaning products, which is awesome!! I love Pinterest - Throughout this time, I've kept up with my school work and continue my trend of straight "A's" in Nursing School. Clinicals have started and I am loving every minute of it. At this point in time, I am in class, labs or clinicals 4 days a week with about 40 hours a week of homework, research and studying - I've kept my nutrition in line and I'm feeling really good. I've pretty much adapted to being 100% gluten-free and now if I accidentally slip up, I notice I feel like garbage for a few days. Now that it's transitioning to fall, I'm shifting my diet to more lean meats & veggies since the price of fruit is going up. - I'm down a few pounds since the last time I logged in and I'm looking forward to keeping up that trend I have officially dropped 2 jean sizes since the beginning of the year, so that's something to totally celebrate! - Over the past few weeks, I've incorporated regular workouts back into my routine and it helps keeps me sane. I plan on starting the next 6 week challenge with NF, so I'll go into the details of my workout plan when I set that up - but I've got 6 days of workouts and 1 day of rest each week. It seems to be working out well! My workouts have been moved indoors since it's been hotter than Hades here (averaging 95-105 degrees every afternoon!)...I'm just thankful I have a treadmill so I can keep up with my running - I've started a new photo project to help document all the fabulous life changes that are gonna happen over the next year. I have been photographing the major events that happen every day since my 30th birthday (which was on July 31st) - so I want to invite all of you to swing by there and check out my daily adventures! Here's the link I think that's about it for me. Now that I've got some extra time, I'll be updating this more regularly and can't wait to reconnect with all of you. I hope you all have an amazing day! I've missed you all!! *hugs*
  11. Thanks so much! Its good to be back - life was super crazy there for a while. My sister's wedding went really well. We had a lot of fun! She got married out in California, so hubbs & I drove out there after my Pharm class was over (which I ended at a 94% in!!!) We both took the next week off work, so we spent a few days in Cali, a few days in Vegas & spent the 4th of July in Laughlin! It was a fabulous getaway trip & we had a great time! Once we got back, we jumped back into the work/school craziness & haven't really had much of a break. Clinicals in school start in about 3 weeks, so I've been getting all my paperwork ready for it. I had to get all my immunizations documented, fingerprints filed with the Dept of Health, numerous background checks done & make sure my CPR certs were up to date. So on top of my normal workload, that just meant I was extra busy last week. I haven't been able to work out, but honestly I wasn't planning on really starting a program until my schedule cleared up anyways. I'm up a few pounds in water weight from this past weekend - but overall I didn't gain anything from the fabulous vacation Overall things are going well. Here's some fun pics from the life of Stardust & slot machines on vacation...enjoy!!! I had more to post, but photobucket is being stupid, so I'll just post those later My $140 win (on the left!) on an American-themed quarter slot machine on the 4th of July!! I was stoked! After that, we won another $70 on another America machine AND another $80 later that night (on the right!!)
  12. Okay - so its been about a month since I've been able to get in here, but I have finally gotten my butt in here for an update! I'm gonna try to give you all the CliffNotes version, so that its not so long - School is going SO well! I ended up with an "A" in my Health Assessment and am currently in Pharmacology. As some of you know, Pharm is regularly the hardest, craziest and most demanding class in any nursing program. This is one of the reasons why I've been a stranger for a while. The homework demands for this class are absolutely insane. Each week I have about 15 hours of writing drug cards - and that doesn't include any additional time spent reading, writing papers, working on dosage calculations, class lecture time, lab time or anything else. This class has taken every bit of spare time & extra energy, but its paying off. I currently have a 93% and my final exam is tomorrow afternoon (I got a 98% on my lab practical final last night ) - Because my life has been work/school/sleep for a few weeks, workouts have been scarce. My days consist of being up at 4am, to work by 5am where I usually study all day while I work (so there's 8 hours of studying), any workouts I get happen on my 30 min lunch break (but recently, I've used it for study time), out of work by 130pm, in the classroom by 2pm and I'm there until 6pm (Monday-Thursday), then drive home, hang out with Hubbs while we eat dinner & then plop down with my laptop & school books to do homework for about 3 hours. Most nights I'm lucky if I get 5 hours of sleep. Needless to say - workouts have been scarce. Most days I don't even hit my 2-3 miles/day walking goal because I'm studying so much - BUT, even though workouts have been scarce, I've kept my eating in line and am officially down about 10 pounds from my original starting weight!! I've been gluten-free since January and I'm feeling incredible - I seriously think that keeping my food good has given me the energy to survive the crazy schedule that I'm on right now! I haven't had time to take any progress pics or measurements, but my scrubs are fitting looser - so I know something is going right! - the dress for the wedding fits beautifully - so I met that goal from the prior challenge! I'll post pics of me in it once the wedding is over - we didn't run the 10K as planned. Because school consumed my life, I lost that last month of training. So instead of killing myself trying to run a race I wasn't ready for, we dropped down to the 5K and had a fabulous time. I had a head cold, so I couldn't really breathe - but we still finished the race and I was able to run about half of it before I had to stop & catch my breath (which I figured wasn't too shabby for someone who hadn't been able to *really* work out in weeks!) - the knee is holding up alright. It survived the 5K but is a little tweaky right now so I'm probably gonna take it easy for the rest of the week. - Hubbs and I sat down and we realistically talked about how much longer I'll be able to juggle this whole "working full time & going to nursing school" thing. We figured out that we can afford to have me only going to school - so if my class schedule starts to interfere, then I won't worry too much about having to quit my job. Once that happens, I'll be able to devote more time to workouts - but until then, I'm still working and we're putting all of my paychecks into our savings account to build a buffer (every month I work, we are able to save $2600, so I want to try to work as long as possible) - Even if I'm not working, we both decided its important to us to keep our gym memberships & other things that we find "essential". Our gym has 3 locations around town and all the locations have areas that we can lift with no restrictions. I know some gyms ban deadlifts, etc but our gym is always open to all of it as long as you're safe (and there's usually always a trainer there doing their own workout that will help you if you need it) They have classes regularly and we definitely don't want to lose out on that, so we're gonna make sure that gets worked into our budget So, what does this mean for me. As of now, I'm working on my study guide for my final exam for Pharmacology (which is tomorrow afternoon). Next month, I'll be in Nursing Fundamentals 1 - so hopefully that will be a nice little breather after Pharm. We'll only be in class 2 nights a week instead of 4 - so hopefully I'll get some sense of normalcy back into my life. I'm gonna keep trying to update this thread as often as I can, so please please please feel free to come visit me over there! I don't think I'll be joining in any of the 6 week challenges until I'm more solid with my schedule. Its hard to make plans and then have school totally wipe them all out. For now, my focus is on continuing to do well in school & work, keeping my nutrition in line and any workout I can get is a blessing. Anyways, I hope that all of you are doing well. I miss all of you and really hope to be able to have the time to really catch up soon!! I'm sorry I've been a hermit recently, but I promise its paying off! I figure anyone who can pull a 93% in the hardest class in Nursing School deserves to be a little proud of herself
  13. Okay - so its been about a month since I've been able to get in here, but I have finally gotten my butt in here for an update! I'm gonna try to give you all the CliffNotes version, so that its not so long - School is going SO well! I ended up with an "A" in my Health Assessment and am currently in Pharmacology. As some of you know, Pharm is regularly the hardest, craziest and most demanding class in any nursing program. This is one of the reasons why I've been a stranger for a while. The homework demands for this class are absolutely insane. Each week I have about 15 hours of writing drug cards - and that doesn't include any additional time spent reading, writing papers, working on dosage calculations, class lecture time, lab time or anything else. This class has taken every bit of spare time & extra energy, but its paying off. I currently have a 93% and my final exam is tomorrow afternoon (I got a 98% on my lab practical final last night ) - Because my life has been work/school/sleep for a few weeks, workouts have been scarce. My days consist of being up at 4am, to work by 5am where I usually study all day while I work (so there's 8 hours of studying), any workouts I get happen on my 30 min lunch break (but recently, I've used it for study time), out of work by 130pm, in the classroom by 2pm and I'm there until 6pm (Monday-Thursday), then drive home, hang out with Hubbs while we eat dinner & then plop down with my laptop, drug books & school books to do homework for about 3 hours. Most nights I'm lucky if I get 5 hours of sleep. Needless to say - workouts have been scarce. Most days I don't even hit my 2-3 miles/day walking goal because I'm studying so much - BUT, even though workouts have been scarce, I've kept my eating in line and am officially down about 10 pounds from my original starting weight!! I've been gluten-free since January and I'm feeling incredible - I seriously think that keeping my food good has given me the energy to survive the crazy schedule that I'm on right now! I haven't had time to take any progress pics or measurements, but my scrubs are fitting looser - so I know something is going right! - the dress for the wedding fits beautifully - so I met that goal from the prior challenge! I'll post pics of me in it once the wedding is over - we didn't run the 10K as planned. Because school consumed my life, I lost that last month of training. So instead of killing myself trying to run a race I wasn't ready for, we dropped down to the 5K and had a fabulous time. I had a head cold, so I couldn't really breathe - but we still finished the race and I was able to run about half of it before I had to stop & catch my breath (which I figured wasn't too shabby for someone who hadn't been able to *really* work out in weeks!) - the knee is holding up alright. It survived the 5K but is a little tweaky right now so I'm probably gonna take it easy for the rest of the week. - Hubbs and I sat down and we realistically talked about how much longer I'll be able to juggle this whole "working full time & going to nursing school" thing. We figured out that we can afford to have me only going to school - so if my class schedule starts to interfere, then I won't worry too much about having to quit my job. Once that happens, I'll be able to devote more time to workouts - but until then, I'm still working and we're putting all of my paychecks into our savings account to build a buffer (every month I work, we are able to save $2600, so I want to try to work as long as possible) - Even if I'm not working, we both decided its important to us to keep our gym memberships & other things that we find "essential". Our gym has 3 locations around town and all the locations have areas that we can lift with no restrictions. I know some gyms ban deadlifts, etc but our gym is always open to all of it as long as you're safe (and there's usually always a trainer there doing their own workout that will help you if you need it) They have classes regularly and we definitely don't want to lose out on that, so we're gonna make sure that gets worked into our budget So, what does this mean for me. As of now, I'm working on my study guide for my final exam for Pharmacology (which is tomorrow afternoon). Next month, I'll be in Nursing Fundamentals 1 - so that will be a nice little breather after Pharm. We'll only be in class 2 nights a week instead of 4 - so hopefully I'll get some sense of normalcy back into my life. I'm gonna keep trying to update this blog as often as I can. I don't think I'll be joining in any of the 6 week challenges until I'm more solid with my schedule. Its hard to make plans and then have school totally wipe them all out. For now, my focus is on continuing to do well in school & work, keeping my nutrition in line and any workout I can get is a blessing. Anyways, I hope that all of you are doing well. I miss all of you and really hope to be able to have the time to really catch up soon!! I'm sorry I've been a hermit recently, but I promise its paying off! I figure anyone who can pull a 93% in the hardest class in Nursing School deserves to be a little proud of herself
  14. So a quick update from me before the holiday weekend: Tuesday was a rest day - so I walked and let my knee rest up a little bit. Yesterday I got in one strength training DVD workout and 20 mins of interval running which felt awesome. Today is a crazy insane day so I don't think I'll be able to get a DVD workout done. Today I was up at 4am and at work by 5am. I'm only working a half day so I'm gonna run and do some quick lifting after that just so I get a workout done. Then its off to school to watch some HIPPA safety videos before class starts at 3PM. Today I have to turn in a 22 page research paper, a 5 page research paper, a 7 page test and we have a quiz today as well....so definitely busy. Thankfully I'm off tomorrow for the holiday weekend so I can sleep in and recover a little bit
  15. Thanks so much! I had a great time! So a quick update from me before the holiday weekend: Tuesday was a rest day - so I walked and let my knee rest up a little bit. Yesterday I got in one strength training DVD workout and 20 mins of interval running which felt awesome. Today is a crazy insane day so I don't think I'll be able to get a DVD workout done. Today I was up at 4am and at work by 5am. I'm only working a half day so I'm gonna run and do some quick lifting after that just so I get a workout done. Then its off to school to watch some HIPPA safety videos before class starts at 3PM. Today I have to turn in a 22 page research paper, a 5 page research paper, a 7 page test and we have a quiz today as well....so definitely busy. Thankfully I'm off tomorrow for the holiday weekend so I can sleep in and recover a little bit
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