Productive Monday!

I’ve had a really productive day so far, despite sleeping horribly last night! I had a class at work at 8 this morning since we’re updating our charting system. It was supposed to go till 11 and then I was on call from 11-3. Our class ended up at 9, so I went to Target and PetSmart up by the hospital (otherwise I would have sat in traffic for so long!) to get litter, cat food, and some other essentials from Target. I also found a shower curtain that I think I want for mine and Jon’s bathroom, but I didn’t buy it yet. Since my supervisor said staffing still looked good, she didn’t need me for my call hours!

I came home, changed into running clothes, and went running. It was an off day! I forgot my phone holder so I had to keep my phone in my shorts, which I hate doing. Then I started running and realized I forgot my iPod. It was windy… And I got 5 minutes into my run and my MapMyRun said I had gone a mile! I’m wondering if it had to do with the clouds! Anyway, I made it 15 minutes and then decided to walk. Once I started walking, I enjoyed the scenery for about 2 minutes until I started thinking about a budget.

Jon registered me for the Hot Chocolate 5K this morning, which was my idea, but I had decided not to do it and didn’t tell him. With so many expenses coming up, I didn’t want to spend over $100 for it! And the only reason I even wanted to do it was because they had XS hoodies and I love the hoodies! Come to find out, Jon registered me for it ($110 for two people!) and they’re out of XS hoodies! The only reason I wanted to run it! Initially I had actually wanted to start running a race every month until I make it to a 1/2 marathon but financially, I just can’t do that right now. But he had already registered by the time we talked, so I guess I’ll be running it!

After my “run,” I debated going to the gym for a shoulder workout. CrossFit had a good WOD today but my arms are still messed up so that’s out of the question, unfortunately. I have 10# weights at home and we’re supposed to have a nice rainfall today, so I decided to do a shoulder workout at home and skip the gym. Definitely don’t want to get rained on while grocery shopping again, which happens all the time cause it rains all the time here (one day I’ll quit bitching about the weather).

So I headed to Whole Foods and then to Kroger. Got a bit of food. Since classes start again this week, I can’t really make us a nice family dinner on Tuesday and Thursday anymore. I’m hoping I got some stuff that Jon will make himself though since he typically relies on me for food (I make his lunch for work so he won’t buy lunch at the hospital!).

Tonight Jon and I are going over to his friend’s house for dinner. I’ve only met them once and I don’t really love going to eat at people’s houses. At least not till I’m comfortable! I’m so picky with food that it’s hard for me to do that, but Jon hangs out with them fairly often so I should probably get to know them more!

Until then, I plan taking a quick nap, showering and getting ready, and I’m hoping to go to Lowe’s to pick up mineral spirits and some wood putty so I can get the floors finished today and tomorrow if at all possible! I also need to cut up all my veggies for the week and plan out a budget. Boring. Oh, and do my shoulder workout.

Everybody have a good day!

The weekend and rhabdo!

Friday I got off work at 3 and drove over the the gym. I got to the gym and had a bathroom emergency and was exhausted, so I wrestled with whether or not I really wanted to go to the gym at all. I had decided to at least do 45 minutes at the gym doing whatever my heart desired once I got in the doors, but once that bathroom emergency hit, it was over.

I came home, got out of my scrubs, and crashed for 2 hours. Maybe I dream too big for working 5 days in a row. Nurses aren’t used to that sort of thing. I did feel justified in my decision not to work out when I slept that hard though cause clearly I needed it.

I woke up hungry and grumpy and waited for Jon to get home (he was supposed to be home way earlier and hadn’t let me know he was staying later at work). Once Jon got home, we packed for the cabin as quickly as possible and headed out the door.

Our night started with awesome massages. After going back to CrossFit, I needed it. I thought I was going to cry when he dug into some of the knots on my back. Jon loved his massage just as much as I loved mine, so maybe we’ll go back. After our wonderful massages, we headed up the my parent’s cabin in Blairsville.

I woke up throughout the night with intense pain in my triceps. I’ve never had that happen before. After not working out as much and still being in the mindset I was in 7 months ago with CrossFit, I overdid it. I’m extremely careful going back into doing lifts, but not as much with the number of reps of bodyweight exercises. I’m almost positive I ended up with a mild case of rhabdo. Luckily, it was just in my triceps. People with the highest risk for rhabdo are athletes who are getting back into working out and overdo it. Hm, sound familiar (and by athlete, I just mean former CrossFitter- I don’t feel like an athlete of any sort). I barely slept all night because of the pain in my arms and could barely move them. I’ve done CrossFit for over 4 years so I know what it’s like to be sore. I’ve been in agony when I’ve been sitting down on the toilet before. My muscles frequently hurt just to touch and feel bruised. But this was different. It wasn’t just a sore muscle. My arms at rest were in a constant aching pain and that radiated into the surrounding muscles, leaving them feeling like they were in constant muscle failure. If I moved my arms, it felt like a tearing pain, and when I got to a certain point (which was after very minimal movement), it felt like I was having the most severe muscle cramps in my triceps. They were swollen and Jon said my left one looked bruised. I drank tons of water to flush out the myoglobin casts so they didn’t occlude my ureters (I peed way less than normal- oddly enough, but my pee was still light). I was feeling nauseous a lot of the day also. Jon even had to dress and undress me. I couldn’t bend my arms enough to get my clothes on and off. Last night I still went to bed in pretty bad pain, but luckily woke up this morning (only woke up a few times overnight) and was able to move a little bit more. Tonight, I’m able to move more for sure, but bending my arms is still really painful and the constant ache in my left arm is about 1/2 of what it was the other day! Anyway, I blame myself completely. I know who is at the highest risk of rhabdo. I know my own limits. I definitely pushed them and the coach on Wednesday had told me to only do 14 dips per round and not 20, but I still did 20.

Anyway, yesterday morning Jon and I woke up to this:

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Instead of enjoying a day hiking as I had hoped for, we went to The Sawmill Place for breakfast. Afterwards, we ended up heading back to the cabin and we both napped for a few hours. I’ve been really taking a ton of naps lately, which is so rare for me. I usually never want to nap. I slept so good too after being up all night in pain the night before. We woke up to a nice sunny afternoon so we decided to head out to look for possible wedding venues.

We drove around and enjoyed some nice scenery! Didn’t find much in the way of venues, but we have a few places we want to check out. We had dinner at an Italian place that was okay. Enrico’s in Young Harris. Jon made fun of the girl when he ordered “caprese” and she verified that we wanted the “capreeese.” It’s “capraysay,” duh. We went to Italy. We know. (I’m kidding, but we did go, and Jon does feel all Italian now.) They used sandwich tomatoes for their caprese which ruined it. But our entrees were pretty good!

We went back to the cabin and read all night. This morning, we woke up to a beautiful morning!

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I would love to get married in a field like that! Jon and I wondered if we just set up in a field, if anybody would stop us. We don’t think so, but I think the logistics may be a little tricky. We ate a really good breakfast at The Crimson Moon Cafe in Dahlonega and then headed to Amicalola Falls to check out their B&B as a possible wedding venue.

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The view from the lodge. Unfortunately, you can’t see the falls from the B&B.

I’m curious to hear the pricing on that place. Anyway, we went to pick up Jon’s wedding band and sent off my engagement ring for resizing. I have a feeling it’ll squish my fingers when they swell in the summer, but I’m tired of worrying that it’ll fall off into the sinks at work when I wash my hands a million times a day!

My parents came over tonight to help us hang up pictures. After they left, we’ve been organizing all day. It sucks that we left so much to do today because it was a beautiful day out and we could have done so many fun things! Our guest bedroom was still in shambles after we did the floors, so I have most of that together. Now I’m catching up on laundry. I really wanted to clean the glue off the floors but my arms are still really tired and hurting, so I didn’t. I also didn’t want to run today because I didn’t want to damage any other muscles and release anything else into my bloodstream to be filtered out by my kidneys! I’m such a paranoid nurse, huh.

Anyway, time to go relax and watch a movie with Jon. It’s back to reality this week… I have a class for work tomorrow and am on call till 3 (I hope to check out a wedding venue after!) and then Tuesday is back to class. Ugh.

Skipping the gym and starting school

I had a really lofty goal today: going to the gym after work. I don’t think I have ever gone to the gym after getting off work at 7pm. I don’t like going to LA Fitness when it’s busy and I also just want to get home at the end of the day! But I only worked from 11-7 today so figured it’d be a perfect day to just get in at least 45 minutes at the gym!

Nope. After being busy at work for the whole 8 hours and not eating till 5:45pm, I lost all motivation. I was so tired for the last 45 minutes of my shift. I was even invited to go ice skating tonight with my friends which I would love to do and I said no. I seriously just wanted to come sit on the couch and do nothing.

Oh well! I’m off at 3 tomorrow, so I’ll either go straight to the gym after or go to CrossFit! I think I’ll do a few shoulder exercises tonight with the weights I have at home and then spend some time stretching before Parenthood comes on tonight! I really need to dedicate more time to getting flexible. And if my couch is within eyesight, it’s kind of like coming home and sitting on the couch. Right?

I’m feeling a whole lot of dread about next Tuesday when my biology class starts! Even though I have been super busy over the last month, I can’t tell you how nice it has been not to be in school! Despite being slightly stressed about how much housework there is to do, there is never studying looming over my head! And it has been so nice to be able to spend time with Jon without worrying about all of his studying too! I’m also dreading it because class is from 7-9:45 on Tuesday and Thursday nights and I’ll be sitting in at least an hour of traffic to get to that campus (the night professor at the campus one mile from my house is supposed to be an absolutely horrendous professor so all of us full time working people from my last semester night class are going to the other campus to take the second biology)! And then getting home around 10:15, just to wake up at 5am the following day for work. Womp womp. But I’ll finally have my bachelor’s degree in May. At 28. About time.

Well, now that this exciting post about my lack of exercise and dread of the upcoming semester is over, I’m going to go start working out these shoulders for a few.

Bloggeriffic. What I did. What I ate. What I worked out. Pictures included.

I had a really productive day for once today! I worked until 3:30 (I start getting really antsy to leave at 15 after whatever hour I should be leaving, so by 3:15 I was calling my relief and asking what was going on!) and was actually glad to spend my last 4 hours at work at the greeter desk. It’s the only area in the ER that we have any windows (since it’s in the waiting room), so I got to enjoy looking at the bright, sunny day for once!

I came home from work and was motivated to run! I was starving, so I had a quick snack:

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A gluten free biscuit, two mango slices, and Boar’s Head Tuscan turkey breast- it’s nitrate and nitrite free and costs $11.99/lb at Kroger, but let me just tell you, Jon and I agree that this is hands down the best deli meat out there! It is delicious!

Jon ended up walking in the house while I was finishing up my snack so he agreed to go on a run with me! I kind of forget at times that my running actually has improved, so I run farther and faster than him. We headed out to do a 4.2 mile run (I don’t think he knew how far he agreed to when I asked if he wanted to run to Wal-Mart) and after 2 miles, he was done. A 21 minute 2 mile. I was planning on going to CrossFit tonight, so I was fine with it. Besides, it’s rare that Jon agrees to run with me so I was just happy to have him go!

We spent our 2 mile walk home talking about our future wedding plans and freezing our asses off. We were dressed to run! So a walk in 40 degree weather in the shade was definitely cold!

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I don’t normally add pictures of what I look like before running, but today I’m fancy. Also, I don’t have a clue if that’s a headband or ear warmer, but I think it’s the perfect ear warmer and a stupid headband, but I’m not really up on all the fashion trends in the fitness world. I own all the same shorts, pants, tank tops, and long sleeved shirts to work out in.

We got home at 5:50 so I stretched until I headed out the door to CrossFit. Tonight was 5 rounds of 20 ring dips and 14 thrusters. Since this is my first real workout with my thumb, I went light on the thrusters. 33#. And I scaled the dips because my triceps died. It was awful. It was absolutely not a cardio workout at all for me, but I definitely hit muscle failure on my last round of dips.

After getting home and talking Jon into massaging my triceps for me, I made us some quick dinner.

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Salad with ranch dressing and then portabello mushrooms, spaghetti sauce mixed with cream cheese, and parmesan cheese. I ate another mango slice too (not pictured). Also, that looked like a ton of mushroom when I started sautéing them, but then we hardly had any by the time they finished cooking. Lesson learned.

I was way too lazy at the store this week to think of a real meal and I didn’t feel like having to cook much on a week where I was working every day, so that was it. But it was good.

In case you wondering about what I ate for the rest of my day, my breakfast at 6am was roasted carrots, chocolate milk, and pumpkin coffee with So Delicious French Vanilla coconut creamer (I don’t ever have carrots for breakfast but I left my tupperware with sweet potatoes and goat cheese at work and I’m pretty sure my eggs are expired). Side note: I bought Dunkin Donuts mocha k-cups and hate them. They expire at the end of this month though, so I’ve been drinking them every morning and just adding plain coconut milk and hating my morning coffee. So today I splurged and went back to my good old favorite- Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice k-cups with the above creamer. Mmmm… End side note. For lunch at noon, I had spaghetti squash with parmesan cheese and spaghetti sauce and a Noosa yogurt… Which come to think of it, after that small lunch, it’s obvious why I was so hungry when I got home from work at 4 because that’s a really small lunch for me when I’m at work.

Anyway, after dinner, Jon and I cleaned our room and bathroom and now we’re working on laundry! How exciting. I was all excited about watching Nashville tonight after we finished our cleaning, but it’s not on till the 15th!

I’ll leave you with this last picture before going to cuddle on the couch with Jon and head to bed soon. Another work day tomorrow!

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My loves on the couch. Jon and Tom. Although most of you don’t follow me on Instagram, this is an accurate representation of my Instagram. Jon on the couch with Tom on his chest. Nightly occurrence.

PS- This post was really bloggeriffic with all the photos and what I ate and what I did.

First weekend of 2014!

This has been quite the weekend! Friday after work, we drove down to Florida. Luckily we got to see Brad and Rebecca (Jon’s sister and brother-in-law) for a few before bed. Saturday morning I slept until 10, had a nice stack of french toast for breakfast from Mimi’s Cafe (I love french toast but know I need to fully give up bread again for awhile, so it was a last big breakfast shebang), and then Jon and I went back to Brad and Rebecca’s and napped. For four hours. It’s not even like we got home and relaxed and fell asleep. We both laid down and were out until 5pm. I guess I needed it because I never nap for that long! We ended up driving out to Jon’s parent’s to drop off some flooring stuff and then spent our night watching The Heat with Brad and Rebecca. Sunday morning we went out to Jon’s parent’s house again because his twin sister, husband, and new baby were in town from Iowa! It was a good little family time and I enjoyed seeing everybody again! We took a few family pictures (I can be included now cause I’m the fiancée!).

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Our faces were a little washed out from the sun behind us, but I’m sure that can be edited. Just not right now. They’re definitely a tall family and I’m definitely not!

We had a long drive home on Sunday in the Jeep. Because of possible snow on Sunday afternoon, we couldn’t take my car. Luckily, it didn’t snow before we got home, but there was still a chance of snow and ice. Since hospitals don’t close, I ended up staying in a hotel near work (after unpacking, repacking, and making food for three days at work). I didn’t arrive there till about 11:30, so after watching a few episodes of House Hunters, I fell asleep!

I worked 11-7 today and was happy to see no snow when I woke up this morning! It was still really cold out and we still have threatened snow storms all week. I really wish Atlanta was more prepared with snow plows and salt trucks, but I guess they’d rather shut the city down once or twice a year than spend all that money for a day or two of snow. After work, I had to grocery shop for a bit. I think I made it home around 8:45 finally.

I cleaned up a bit and made Jon’s lunch for work tomorrow. It’s 10pm now and I work again at 7am tomorrow, so it’s off to bed in a few. Since I work every day this week, I have a feeling I’ll be spending a night at the hospital. I’m taking bags with me every day and enough lunch for two days! I think Wednesday night is supposed to snow again.

Oh, if anybody out there loves Benadryl as much as I do for sleep, I discovered Zzzquil! I used to take the Benadryl tablets and always thought I should start drinking baby Benadryl cause liquid would probably work faster and then I saw Zzzquil at CVS over the weekend! It’s 50mg of diphenhydramine (equal to two tablets of Benadryl) and it actually doesn’t even taste bad! Anyway, thanks to that, I’ve been sleeping like a baby. And I’m probably the only person to get this excited but I use Benadryl for sleep fairly often (just about anytime I’ve had more than one day off work, I take it before having to wake up again at 5am).

I’m really hoping to make it to the gym, CrossFit, or running at least twice this week! I know it’ll be hard because of working all five days and possibly having to spend the night at work, but I’m really wanting to get back to the gym now!

 

I CrossFit, brah, cause I’m cool like that

Let me talk about something I find irritating (because I like to complain and I like people to know how I feel!). I love CrossFit. I love it so much that I’ve done it for 4 1/2 years (with some breaks for various reasons). I think it’s a great workout and a great way to lose weight. I highly believe in HIIT and I also support the Paleo diet (after a ton of research- I was completely anti-Paleo when I first heard about it and was a vegetarian for 13 years). I love the community. I love good gym owners who have the heart to train you. (I do hate bad gym owners who overlook teaching people proper technique.)

However, I’m so sick of reading about CrossFit (I know, I’m writing about it). Over the years, I’ve known a lot of people to jump on the Paleo bandwagon. Most are actually still with it. But every time somebody jumps on the bandwagon, that’s all they want to talk about. I get it. It’s fun. It feels good to PR. But I kind of feel like it’s lame to buy tons of CrossFit gear and I hate the “Strong is the new skinny” or whatever it is.

First of all, I hate that people focus so much on what’s attractive. I also hate when people put down being skinny. I hate when people put down being curvy. I don’t necessarily hate when people put down being overweight because there are health risks associated with it. But don’t worry, I think it’s just as annoying to be overweight and inactive as it is to be skinny and inactive. I just disagree with being inactive in general. But why when you start doing CrossFit do you really feel the need to wear some shirt that talks about how sexy it is to be strong? Like, cool, everybody wants to be strong now. But did anybody ever actually go around wearing shirts that said, “Skinny is the new sexy” implying that everybody wanted to be skinny? It’s just dumb.

It’s dumb when people want to start eating Paleo and don’t research it. If you are taking the time to change your diet drastically, don’t you want to know why you’re doing it? I read tons and tons and tons of articles and 3-4 entire Paleo books before deciding to change to eating Paleo. I do think it’s just as dumb to change to any diet for any reason without doing research. Your diet fuels your body. You should know and understand why you’re eating the way that you do!

I don’t get the point of making your life all about CrossFit. I don’t get the millions of status updates about your WOD. Oh, and also, I hate when people say, “Want to come WOD with me?” WOD means workout of the day. Does, “Hey, you want to come workout of the day with me?” even make sense? NO! I don’t get posting pictures of you in your new CrossFit shirt. It’s a new shirt. The world cares just as much about your new CrossFit shirt as they do any of your other new shirts. Not at all. And it’s just as silly when all you want is new shirts for Christmas that talk about how cool you are because you do CrossFit. I do own CrossFit shirts from competitions that I was in or from the gyms that I go to. That’s it. Do people wear shirts that say things like, “Running.” Not really. And if they do, they probably don’t think that it makes them look nearly as the people running around in their “CrossFit” shirts. I have effectively PRed in Under Armour tank tops and Nike spandex with no logos. I know. I don’t even own anything Reebok. Who would have thought that was possible?

I find it the most frustrating when CrossFitters put down other forms of exercise. Yes, HIIT has actually been proven to be very effective at weight loss. That’s HIIT. I’m a promotor of HIIT. If you want to do HIIT at LA Fitness, then go ahead! Even when I went to this new CrossFit gym the other day, I said I’d been working out at LA Fitness and got a “yeeeh,” like, how awful! Isn’t the point of working out to be fit? Why is my way of being fit better than your way of being fit? Oh, duh, because I do CrossFit. (Also hate it when people say, “I CrossFit.” You DO CrossFit. It’s not like people run around saying, “I yoga! I yoga! Do you yoga?!”

Clearly, if you have a blog and you want to make it all about CrossFit, then do it. A blog is your own personal space to talk about whatever you possibly want. You can write your opinion freely because it’s your space. I support CrossFit blogs. I support running blogs. I support blogs about dating or whatever you want to blog about. And I’m writing the things that annoy me in my own blog cause I can!

(And by the way, I’m totally going to be one of those people with a 13.1 stickers when I run a half marathon. Oddly enough, CrossFit bumper stickers don’t bother me, as long as they represent your gym.)

2014, My Brain is Fried

Happy 2014! I had decided to schedule myself from 7a-7p on the 31st and from 11a-11p on the 1st so that I would still be able to go out and enjoy the night! However, after working 12 hours (and waking up at 5am), I had no desire to go out at all! Jon wanted to but thankfully, he decided he didn’t want to drag me out of the house being as tired as I was. So we watched a House Hunters marathon on TV and I drifted off to sleep on the couch by 11:30. I’m such an old lady.

I’ve been in a bit of a funk this week. I’ll attribute it to the complete lack of sunshine every. single. day. of. the. week. I’m really over this Georgia weather. The entire year has been cloudy! It’s making me miss the severe drought days when it was sunny every single day for months on end (that was years ago). We just had no water in the lakes. Tonight I walked out of work and it was like an arctic blast.

I would really like to say that I set some goals for myself this year but I haven’t. I definitely want to run a 1/2 marathon, but that’s not  a new goal. I want to get my muscle back, but have no set goal as of how to achieve this goal. I am itching to get back to CrossFit more regularly after the class I did on Monday night so I’m pretty excited that I’ll be off at 3 two days next week so that I can go. I want to start eating more along the lines of Paleo again (I like the 90/10 rule), which I had been doing for a long time and then in the last month or two have just been eating way worse than usual!

Aside from gym/food goals cause life is definitely about more than that, I’ll keep working on not having expectations. I expect for things to get done my way (this is obviously mostly in regards to Jon) and get aggravated when they don’t. So if I don’t have the expectation, I won’t get aggravated! It worked last night! 1/1.

I know there are more things I need to work on, not just because of the new year, but because I’ve been working on them. But I’ve worked too much this week and don’t want to give anything that much thought. I think I’ll just get caught up on touching up some paint!