Made it!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I made it through my rough stretch of days on!

Since I didn’t sleep very well or long yesterday during the day, my last night on felt especially long.  But I did it 🙂

And now I can enjoy my two days off…

We splurged and got pizza out and are planning on having ice cream tonight.  Good thing I held strong at work last night when they ordered out food.  So now I can enjoy myself without feeling guilty!

Ahhh….my sigh of contentment.  It’s just so NICE to sit on my own couch at home, and have a relaxing evening!!

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A Better Busy

Saturday, February 18, 2012

So last night was busy…but in a MUCH better way!  My plan of attack went pretty well…I hardly got too far behind in my documentation which just made me feel WAY better about all the documentation we are required to do!    Plus last night one of my patients got intubated and I haven’t assisted in an intubation in like FOREVER.  So it was a very good experience.

The night really did fly by!

And now only ONE more night on and then I get my two off 🙂

Reading a few blogs while I drink my coffee and unwind.  Can’t wait for dinner tonight…my favorite…taco salad!!!!!

Have a great Saturday everyone.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Just having that one night off and my perspective has changed.  I’m raring to go and get these next two days done!

And I have a new plan of action to get myself better organized at work…I’ll try it tonight if I’m in the ICU and see how it goes.  It’s all about trying to make things easier and better for me…if you don’t like something, but don’t do anything to change the situation, then you have nobody to blame but yourself…you can’t expect change by doing the same thing over and over!

Look at me, full of positive outlook 🙂

Now I’m about to rest before getting ready for work…

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!

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“WIAW”…Late Edition

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Yep, I know it’s Thursday, but I still wanted to do a “What I Ate Wednesday” and since I was working yesterday I didn’t have time to post.  Tonight I have off, so I’m able to post away!

So yesterday, Wednesday…here’s the food…no pics again…bad blogger, but also a very tired nurse!


Whole Wheat English Muffin with Country Crock (approx 1/2 Tbsp), all natural peanut butter (approx 1 Tbsp) and Polaner All-Fruit Blueberry Jam (approx 1/2 Tbsp)

Butter Toffee coffee with 3 Tbsp Southern Butter Pecan coffee creamer

I’ve been tracking everything on SparkPeople for about 4 days now just to get a sense of calories in and to follow fat, carbs, protein and fiber…it’s a pain to enter information in, but I like the data.  So now I can tell you that the breakfast I have every day has 367 calories, 49 gms of carbs, 10 gms of fat, and 10 gms of protein.  And YES I do measure the coffee creamer…that’s the only thing I measure for breakfast, I eyeball the rest.


Nada…I was sleeping!


“Chicken Parm”–made with 1 Boca soy based “chicken” patty, 1 slice American cheese, 1 0z of spaghetti on the side with a total of approx 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce, 2/3 cup frozen corn with 1/2 Tbsp butter.  For dessert…1/2 a large orange and 2 small squares of a dark chocolate bar that I got from my Secret Santa at work back in December.

LOVE this meal…we have it at least once a week.  The oranges are so good right now…in season and 3/$1 at Price Rite…such a good deal.  And what can I say, I need to end every dinner with something sweet!  As far as stats…dinner had 700 calories (they add up fast!!), 90 gms of carbs, 28 gms of fat, and 26 gms of protein.


String cheese and 28 almonds (eaten at 1:30 am at work)

Large banana (eaten at 5 am at work)

If I eat a good dinner before work then I’m usually not too hungry during the night.  I’m so busy that most times I don’t even have time to think about eating until after midnight.  Now that I’m trying to lose weight I’ll drink two styrofoam cups of water every two hours or so if I remember.  When I’m working I consider my snacks to be on the same day as the rest of my meals even though it’s technically the next day…I do this because I didn’t eat anything for lunch and to me it all works out in the end and is easier for me to mentally keep track of!   375 calories, 38 gms of carbs, 23 gms of fat, and 14 gms of protein.

My grand totals for the day: 1442 calories, 177 gms of carbs, 61 gms of fat, 51 gms of protein, and 21 gms of FIBER!

Not too bad…


Ugh…the last two nights at work were wicked busy…GOOD because the nights flew by, BAD because I felt so behind the entire time…so much to do and then document on…makes for a very stressful night.

Last night was especially bad…I vented to Kimm for about 1/2 hour when I got home!   I didn’t get to leave until 8:15 am and then to make matters worse, there was some kind of traffic hold up on the interstate and it took me 1/2 hour to get home!!!!

But tonight makes it all worth it.  Even though I only have one night off, I get to spend it with the person that makes me happy 🙂  So I am enjoying it to the fullest.   So far we have had a Grey’s Anatomy festival and are spending time catching up on stuff on the computer.  Next…a snack and more Grey’s Anatomy or a movie!    Back tomorrow for two more on…gearing up!

Have a good night all!


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Back in the swing of things…

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

It’s SO HARD to be back at work after having such a nice long time off!

At least I was super busy which made the night fly by.  However, my eyes were burning by 3 am!  Visine to the rescue…somewhat.  I think most of all I just needed sleep.  It was tough driving home but now I can hardly wait to slip between the covers.


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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone takes a moment today to reflect on how much they are loved…whether by family, friends, a significant other, a spouse, children or furbabies 🙂

My Valentine’s Day plans…


making chocolate covered strawberries for dessert tonight

relaxing before work tonight!

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Friend Makin’ Mondays: Before Photos

Monday, February 13, 2012

It’s Monday again!

Time for another Friend Makin’ Monday!  (ha ha, this is only my second time doing this ever and I sound like I’ve been doing it forever :))

Are you on a weight-loss journey?  Have you lost weight in the past? Are you trying to lose it now?

When have I NOT been on a weight loss journey?? I feel like I have been trying to lose weight since I can remember!  Yes, I did manage to lose quite a bit of weight in the past (about 10 years ago) and then when my life became full of stress I gained all of it back. I’m a stress EATER (I wish I could be one of those people that STOPS eating when they get stressed!)  It seriously makes me SO MAD to know that I did lose such a large amount of weight (around 80s pounds) and then gained it back.  So I’m definitely trying to lose it again now.  I’m almost 40 years old and I want to be at a point in my life where I don’t have to worry about this anymore.  I know that I’ll feel better physically and emotionally if I lose this excess baggage.  In the past I’ve always had these grand schemes of losing weight (for example, I want to lose 100 pounds in a year!) but this time I’m just going slow (my overall goal is to lose a pound a week this whole year, and I’m focusing on the mini goals…5% weight loss goals at a time).  I’m also focusing on ONE DAY AT A TIME.  It would be completely overwhelming for me to think of the big picture, so I just plod along each day and try to make the best decisions I can.  This is working much better for me!

Do you like being in pictures, or do you shy away from the camera?

I actually don’t mind being in pictures too much as long as they are somewhat flattering!  I KNOW that there are many pictures taken of me that don’t flatter me AT ALL.  But if I look happy and I like the picture, then I don’t mind at all!  It’s weird because I don’t think I’m in a lot of photos recently…just don’t take that many photos…mostly at the holidays or when my parents are visiting.

Does looking at old pictures of yourself motivate you?

As I was looking through some old photos of myself today, looking for some “before” pictures, I have to say that mostly when I look at old photos where I do not like how I look it saddens me.  I think most of the time I don’t think I am that heavy.  But when you see yourself in photos, you KNOW.  And then I’m sad because I think that I could have been SO MUCH happier with myself if I had just lost some of that weight.  I think I COULD be more motivated by old photos if I actually looked at them more often.  Maybe that is something I should do, so I don’t get complacent about my weight loss efforts this year.

Weight-loss bloggers, do you post progress photos on your blog?

Hmmm…I guess I don’t really consider myself a weight-loss blogger, but rather a life blogger (I post whatever I want about my life!).  But losing weight has always been a big part of that.  But no, I have never posted progress photos.  But now I am thinking that maybe I should!  It would be great to look back on this year.  Maybe monthly?  Or every 10% lost?  I will think about it and then HOPEFULLY I will remember to do it!

Will you share a before photo with us? 

Here are two…

This is me on an apple picking excursion in October 2011…

And this is me in New York City at the Ground Zero Memorial when I visited with my parents in October 2012…


Well, today is my last full day off before going to work tomorrow.  And I’m going to have to get to it if I want to accomplish everything that I want to on my “to do” list.

My plans:

Grocery shopping (two stores)

Return library books

Do a load of laundry

Make dinner and do dishes


And if I’m EXTRA ambitious then I hope to…

Return some cans from our basement

Organize some “stuff” into file folders

Go to the gym.

We shall see.  Kimm is still sick 😦  (and I’m trying my best not to get sick being around her sick germs!)

Hope everyone has a great Monday!

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Lost in a book…

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Woke up today feeling a bit better.  However, Kimm is still SICK.

I wanted to take it easy today so nothing too strenuous was done…one load of laundry, talked to my parents, made dinner and did the dishes…and I finished a book.

I spent the entire afternoon reading, which is really rare for me.  Even though I love to read, I always feel so guilty when I do it!  But with Kimm sick and me trying to stay not sick, it was the perfect opportunity to just get lost in a book.

I had started Sarah’s Key last night before bed and finished it today before dinner…it was THAT good.

If you are looking for an excellent book to read, I highly recommend.  Of course there were differences from the movie, but I didn’t feel like one was better than the other.  The book was well written and the movie was also really good.  It’s rare when that happens.

Our big plans are to watch a movie tonight and then get to bed early.

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Sick House

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Kimm is feeling even worse today and of course I woke up not feeling so great either.


Stocked up on OJ, Ginger Ale,  and Contact.

The day was spent resting.

That’s it.

Here’s hoping we can kick these colds to the curb.

The good news of the day was that the snow we were predicted to get was only a dusting!  I’m so glad because if there’s anything worse than being sick, it’s having to SHOVEL when you are sick 🙂


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Sarah’s Key

Friday, February 10, 2012

First night off 🙂

When I woke up I found out that Kimm is sick 😦  I think that this is a direct result of our visit with our friend the other day since her daughter had been sick for a little bit.  This is really the first that she’s been sick this winter so I guess that’s a positive thing.  Now I’m just hoping that I don’t get sick too.

Well, it was a perfect night for soup and that’s exactly what was on the menu.  A perfect comfort meal.

The rest of the evening was spent on the computer and watching a movie.  I finally caved in and bought another copy of Davis’ Drug Guide for my iPhone.  I’ve missed it so much (the one I had on my prior phone had expired, and would still work on that device, just no new updates, but would not transfer to a new device).  This time I bought the app through Skyscape and there was no mention of it being non-transferable between devices.  I don’t plan on getting a new phone for QUITE a while now so hopefully it won’t be a problem. I used this opportunity to buy the app for two reasons…one, I considered it a reward for reaching my 2.5% weight loss goal, and two…I had a 20% off coupon code via email to use by Feb 15th.  I’m going to be so happy to be able to look up drug compatibilities again 🙂  Maybe I am just super-specific, but I really have only liked the Davis’ Drug Guide format on the iPhone.

As far as the movie…it was FANTASTIC and I highly recommend it.

Sarah’s Key (based on the book that I want to read but have not yet and now most certainly will and quickly!)

Captivating story line (the roundup of Jews in Paris in 1942), excellent acting (I can’t believe the star was so young!), and beautiful cinematography.

Kimm and I both agreed it was one of the best movies we’ve seen and we weren’t even bothered by the subtitles.  I still find it hard to believe that something of this horrendous nature was done less than 100 years ago.  It’s crazy what prejudice and hate can accomplish.

I have the book at home and it’s due in 5 days!  I’d better get going.

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