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  1. Following along - Didn't know you are a dietician! Very cool, my new job has one on-site.
  2. Hello Druids: Well, I've been a First time challenger, a 2-time rebel, a warrior, and now a druid. The past 5 challenges have taken me from being a student on my final clinical rotation, that rotation being terminated prematurely due to COVID, boards being postponed due to COVID, being unable to work, ultimately fighting to get a seat for boards, passing boards, navigating a tumultuous healthcare job market, and finally (last week) landing a full time job. I feel like I have been tossed by an angry sea for months and have finally been heaved onto shore somewhere, the sun is shining, but my clothes dry with salt-water stiffness and I am weary. I'm thankful to have been washed to some sort of stability, and I am solemn for the majority of my classmates, friends, and former bosses in the clinical settings because most of them are still unemployed or furloughed. Still, I am exhausted. My patience is short at home, and I am not at my best. I want to cleanse and start my new profession off with my best foot forward. I start next Monday once my insurance credentialing pushes through for billing and whatever they have to do. I figure Druids is as good a place as any to go now as I continue my tour around the guilds. GOALS 1) Meditate, or otherwise chill-the-hell-out. By the end of the day with the 2 kids I have been at my wits end, and zone out with some blue-screen stimulation. Either a show, a sporting event, or my phone. That's okay, but I know I also need to just clear my mind. This is my best time to do it. I'm going to try to start with babysteps of being conscious of my phone use at night and limit it to no more than 5 minutes per hour, consolidated. 2) Journal. I've learned about something called Imposter Syndrome lately. It is apparently very common in the medical professional community where we just start to feel like we don't actually know the things we need to know, that we actually aren't qualified, etc. Maybe its first job jitters, but I think journaling to be honest with myself about these feelings will be good. I will try to score at least 5 days a week of a post here identifying a feeling I felt today. A win, and a not-win. "I felt great when I identified 2 special tests that were positive for this patient", or "I felt like a total noob when I couldn't generate more than one differential diagnosis for a case." 3) Workout/Nutrition. I've been steadily fitness pal'ing with my wife and lost about 12 pounds or so and I am nearing a happy point for me, so i can resume a clean bulk soon. Going to stick with the cut for another 2 weeks though, because technically this was to be my 10th week of the cut, we really went off the rails last weekend and I'm feeling it. So I want to work that back out. In addition to that, continue with my 3 day/week maintenance PPL program which is generally not a struggle for me, and then in 2 weeks switch to a 5 day/week PPL bulk. It's nice to meet all of you and I look forward to us all sharing our success and struggles.
  3. Thank you both for checking in! Life was keeping me very busy, juggling the kids and coverage for random interviews. Finally landed a full time job! It is a little stressful because it is a physician owned group, which is some potentially sticky areas for physical therapy as PT fights to become more of an independent, direct-access point of healthcare, but options are very very limited and I need to do what is right for my family right now, and the clinic and group seems very nice and works with some really unique populations and has great stability even if COVID ramps back up here again, so those are all good things! I should get a start date from HR sometime this week after they credentialize my provider number for billing, which I have no idea how that works but thankfully they do. It's a big weight off my shoulders, and my family, so we did celebrate this weekend and had all of the delicious things in life. Sushi, blizzard from DQ, Denny's for breakfast, and I am feeling very... ready... to workout and get back on the wagon this morning! Going to move to a new challenge thread soon!
  4. Hello Warriors! Just a rebel here finding his way. Initially the warriors called to me as just about the only thing I can control in the chaos of my life right now is my morning workouts, the rest of my day is dictated by baby, then toddler, and fitting in wife-time throughout. A brief introduction since I haven't interacted with most of you (except Hazard and Harriet briefly for my form check on my deadlifts a month or two ago). I am a 30something career changer who decided to change careers from mental health counseling to physical therapy because I wanted to continue to help people, but sitting all day was driving me nuts and killing my back. I'd also always been interested in sports and working out so it made perfect sense! Flash forward 5 years later and I graduated with my doctorate of physical therapy in May, just in the middle of our friend COVID-19. I'm in New York which has been one of the more stringent/hard hit (at least early spring) states. So, the rehab services area has not been bouncing back so well. Most of my colleagues who passed their boards are also still waiting on their license (like me), but cannot line up any of the very few jobs available. Therefore, I am Mr. Dad'ing it with my 4 month old and my 3.5 year old, so my days are pretty much full anyway, but the novelty of being home with the kids has worn off over the past 6 months or so and I am very ready to get back to the real world and make some income. Anyway, my past few challenges over in the Rebels area were kind of well-rounded, I developed a goal for a traditional character sheet for Strength --> Charisma. I'm going to try things a little differently this time. Goal 1: Hit 160 on the scale. - Currently around 168-170 or so, but my body comp has definitely changed some since I'm not on my feet in a clinic doing PT work with people all day (usually got around 22k+ steps per day when I was in outpatient or inpatient units), and my diet has only been slightly adjusted. So this is more of a bodycomp goal really. Had to dress up for the first time since business casual for my last day in clinic in March, and my polo was usually a nice sport fit, but it definitely looked a little more 'rounded and filled out', so I need to get back into business casual shape for when my license hits and I finally get to be a real adult again. Goal 2: Maintain workout. - This has been tough since I started MFP again and went on a slight cut. I was working out 3x/week with an incremental load focused on DL progressions, but that ran straight into a wall almost immediately after starting my cut and food logging. So I stretched my workouts to a 4x/week program, lower volume with high-ish weights to try to maintain muscle mass without having the high volume/reps to eat away the muscle. Goal 3: Be more patient. - This is more ambiguous, but I think its a combination of feeling very caged in from experiencing life and not having a job for the, I think, longest streak since I have started working in my teens; and the lack of adult interaction, the slightly reduced caloric intake, or even the seasonal change to winter imminent; but I have not been very patient with my toddler. Goal 4: Start working. - This is totally in the hands of NYS. They furloughed 3 of the 4 people who work in the department that pushes the licenses for allied health professions after new applicants pass their boards. In my opinion, this should be a simple click of a button that compares that applicants degree conferral to the state board exam results, and then prints a license number. I also think this should be something that can be done from home. Evidently I am incorrect on both fronts and this takes 2-3 hours per applicant being reviewed, and there are a few hundred at least in NYS, given this office processes PT, OT, SLP, PA, and all nursing licenses. It's a hot mess. I have been calling daily hoping they get tired of me but now I go to voicemail so that's fun. BTW, they've had my money for the license application since February. /rant off. I have one per diem employer on the hook who has been waiting very patiently for over a month, I offered to already complete the onboarding paperwork virtually so that saves them from paying me for a half day of paperwork or so, but they are getting antsy to fill the position. I've had 2 other positions (both really good ones) pass me up because NYS cannot process my license yet. It's incredibly frustrating. Okay, /rant off for real this time. That's it, 4 simple goals, and I hope to get to know all of you soon. I'll post my actual workout log here tomorrow. Right now I'm MTRF for my lifts, so Wednesday is my chill day and I typed this up quick during babygirls first nap!