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AlleyKat

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  • Birthday 09/26/1982

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  1. Thanks fearlesscreek! Ok, so I worked 4 12 hour shifts (Sat-Tues), with the vast majority of the time on my feet, some CPR involved (a few rounds - if you've never done CPR, it's ridiculously taxing). Changed my diet up, for some reason I haven't been eating as much protein as normal and more fruit (lack of planning). Haven't gotten enough sleep for all of that. I had strength losses in the gym today. I've only been barbell training for about 3-4 weeks. I'm going to do less OT and be more vigilant with the proteins and ignore kcals. I usually work my 3 days in a row, and maybe that needs to be split up, but I'll try that as a last resort.
  2. I have meals planned for Monday and Tuesday at work....I worked yesterday and I'm on today as well. I had 3 sodas yesterday, and only brought 3 with me today. I'm pretty tight (not really sore) feeling from my last workout so I also found a list with a few yoga poses to do tonight before bed. I think my bedroom will be the first room attacked.
  3. My first challenge I completed with maintaining all my goals. It was very difficult, but I did it and was super-duper happy about it. My next 2 challenges I really messed up. I set goals that were very challenging and built on top of my first challenge (so I would have to maintain those goals to achieve the next). I was also in the process of finishing RN school and starting a new job. After that, I stopped doing challenges for awhile. I got a gym membership a few weeks ago and have started a 5x5 lifting program. I love the way it makes me feel, and I LOVE knowing I can. I tried to tone down my goals this time around and build up my confidence again. Main Goal: Get stronger and lose inches Specific Goals: A. Lift at least 2x a week (I have 3 12 hour shifts a week on my feet, sometimes 4) B. First 2 weeks = 3 diet cokes a day; Second 2 weeks = 2/day; Last 2 = 1/day C. Cut out bread/crackers/cake type foods – if I’m not sure, it doesn’t go in the pie hole. Pie also doesn’t go in the pie hole…. Life Side Quest: Clean one room per week
  4. I'm at a B currently due to processed carb-y things. I took my NCLEX yesterday and freaked out before it. Waiting for results now....gah. Still in the game, though! If the weather holds out and I can get my paper written soon enough, I'd like to go for a bike ride today.
  5. Well, I've been off of it for about 4-5 days. I do have cravings for diet soda drinks, and we have some in the fridge (I'm waiting for my husband to finish them off). I have been drinking more coffee and water and telling myself I'm a person who doesn't like diet sodas. I also try to think of soda on disgusting things like trash or infected wounds, and that pretty much stops the cravings in their tracks. I have a very vivid imagination and have also seen some nasty wounds...once I start down that path it becomes much easier to deal with. I'm pretty ready for them to be out of the house, though. I think I'll have him take them to work with him. Thanks for bringing it up, now I can deal with it before it's becomes more of a problem!
  6. I got through my first challenge, and did not complete my second one (twice). I set unrealistic goals for my life situation. Main Goal: Staying Happy (I can get bummed out on occasion, and over time and experimentation, I have realize a lot of it is diet / exercise related) Goals: 1. No aspartame in anything EVER. This stuff makes me so depressed – I never realized it until just recently, I used to just think that’s how I was. 2. No high carb processed foods – cheese, dry red wine, mayo are alright; low carbs in general. 3. 2 daily check-ins with myself to see how I am and what I can do to affect anything I may be unhappy with. Tryptophan / meditation as needed. I am not going to add an exercise goal this time around because I just got hired as a RN. That will be a huge increase in physical exercise for me. A = 0 #1s, 0-1 #2s, 0-3 # 3s B = 0 #1s, 2-4 #2s, 3-5 #3s RN school rules – anything less is a fail.
  7. I don't know how the interview went, but everything else this last week was good. Plan for this week.... 3 body weight workouts, and eggs for breakfast 4 of 7 days. I never know about interviews. I applied for a whole bunch of other ICU positions just in case.
  8. It's totally a Halo reference, I know they use different beeps for the numbers, but that's what I was thinking of when I put it on there. I loves the Halo. I have a little purple spartan that I've had with me for every exam at school as my good luck charm. That's a great idea about the diet/exercise prioritization. Usually I do too much all-or-nothing between those. I was thinking walking, running, or bodyweight exercises. I really like using my kettlebell, too. It is really depends on each week and how quickly I get a job (the job will be a huge calorie burn in and of itself, so scheduling will play a part in workouts). I have an interview on Thursday!!! Then I'll know more about when my workout days will be. I'll take my spartan with me...
  9. ARRRR..... So I've been in school for what seems an awfully long time now (and I'm a mommy and wife). I was taking summer classes and rocking my first 6 weeks challenge, then my final semester of nursing kicked me in the teeth. I signed up for both the challenges during the semester, but I didn't finish them. All nighters, 12 hour night shift preceptorship, multiple papers (one being a massive case study on a three system failure patient), and my own anxiety (the most prominent feature in my challenge failure) all played a part. I have done excellent in my nursing classes, though...but at the expense of my health. Previously, the only thing I seem to be able to stick with on a dietary level has been Paleo. I get hypoglycemic easily, and processed things really seem to bottom me out. I was working out throughout the first challenge more than I have in my entire life, and even continued through the breaks in-between challenges, but stopped when school got crazy. So, my plan until the next challenge is to work out 3x a week (ANY sort of workout), meditate 3x a week, and start cleaning up my diet (this part is hard due to finances currently, but that should change soon). I applied for an ICU job, and that may change my workout schedule depending on how my shifts are structured. 2-3 12 hour days in a row on the feet and repositioning patients is a pretty good workout in itself. I feel so tired everyday now and get worn out so easily. I miss the energy I had over the summer. I want it back!
  10. My goals have been hard to keep...too much life and crap getting in the way. I had a 12 hour hospital shift Sunday night and couldn't sleep Saturday day so all that = awake 30+ hours...not helpful. Monday - no Wheat Gills, no moving the ship (I tried, I just couldn't be awake anymore), no mushie work Tueday - I had a Wheat Gill.....I was so bummed about not exercising Monday that I caved in and was going to quit, but even if I don't "pass" I'll have tried and done some good things for myself, no moving the ship or mushie work Wednesday - no Wheat Gills, got my ship finally moving; I will be up all night studying for an exam tomorrow ('cause that's how I does it!) but I WILL NOT let it stop me from some mushie work SPORE ON!
  11. Homemaker = hardest job EVER and many times under-appreciated. You could try keeping track of your mood and energy levels with your cycle. Mine is always up and down at the same times every month. I haven't had the time to research what I should do to fix that, but it helps to know I'm cycling, not JUST being off. There's prolly electrolytes and stuff that could bring more stability into energy and mood levels. I dunno. Your doing great!!!!
  12. Oh, adventures! I'm right there with ya on not getting all 'dolled-up'. I want to, and I like to, I just never seem to make it happen. This will be integrated into the next challenge. I have to do the dish inspection, too....I always check a couple of 'em in case the first deceptively just looked clean... Do you work from home?
  13. I love your goals and the magnet dishwasher idea! I'm going to follow ya.
  14. I joined the team! We have a lot of the same type of goals - I'm not at the physical level I should be to perform my future job and have small kids and am married. Here's my challenge this time: I successfully completed my first challenge, and then bombed my second. I’m back for my second second challenge. My goals are more Adventure-based, so I thought I’d come play over here for a while instead of in the Assassins guild. I will be graduating nursing school very soon and am very busy (I may not reply right away if you’re interested in following, but I will eventuallyJ). My first 2 challenge plans were rather straight-forward, so I thought I’d jazz this one up with 2 things I adore – space and mushrooms. Goal: Chase down Exotic Space Mushrooms for research (build stamina to last through 12 hour shifts on my feet without getting ridiculously tired AND develop stronger back muscles). Missions: 1. Avoid the ever-poisonous Wheat-Gilled Mushrooms. 2. Move my space ship to a different location 3x/wk (Couch to 5K program). 3. Dig for underground mushroom caves (bodyweights) OR harvest mushrooms (kettlebells) 3x/wk. Life Quest: Further my knowledge of Astro Mycology (study for NCLEX 10hrs/wk). Motivation: I have an unparalleled desire to find and categorize mushrooms for research (I need to be able to have the stamina to still be a safe RN by the end of my shift and my back to be okay through my nursing career). Quest Complete?: I’ll do my grading like my nursing program does….80% or more = pass. So Mission 1 = I need 34 days out of 42 with no wheat, Missions 2 and 3 = I need 15 days of running out of a possible 18, and 15 of strength training out of a possible 18.
  15. I successfully completed my first challenge, and then bombed my second. I’m back for my second second challenge. My goals are more Adventure-based, so I thought I’d come play over here for a while instead of in the Assassins guild. I will be graduating nursing school very soon and am very busy (I may not reply right away if you’re interested in following, but I will eventuallyJ). My first 2 challenge plans were rather straight-forward, so I thought I’d jazz this one up with 2 things I adore – space and mushrooms. Goal: Chase down Exotic Space Mushrooms for research (build stamina to last through 12 hour shifts on my feet without getting ridiculously tired AND develop stronger back muscles). Missions: 1. Avoid the ever-poisonous Wheat-Gilled Mushrooms. 2. Move my space ship to a different location 3x/wk (Couch to 5K program). 3. Dig for underground mushroom caves (bodyweights) OR harvest mushrooms (kettlebells) 3x/wk. Life Quest: Further my knowledge of Astro Mycology (study for NCLEX 10hrs/wk). Motivation: I have an unparalleled desire to find and categorize mushrooms for research (I need to be able to have the stamina to still be a safe RN by the end of my shift and my back to be okay through my nursing career). Quest Complete?: I’ll do my grading like my nursing program does….80% or more = pass. So Mission 1 = I need 34 days out of 42 with no wheat, Missions 2 and 3 = I need 15 days of running out of a possible 18, and 15 of strength training out of a possible 18.
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