Tuesday

Yesterday I had a surprisingly good visit at the gym! I had to get a money order for my wedding photographer (guess who lost their checkbook?) and somehow totally missed the bank on the way to the gym. I ended up knocking out 5 miles in 48:37, which is pretty good considering how little I’ve been running lately! I did all speed work, as usual on the treadmill. Anywhere from 5.5-8mph. Typically I don’t go any lower than 6, but I was spending a lot of time between 7-8mph, so I needed more of a break. Then I did 5×5 back squats at 105# and 5×5 deadlifts at 115#. I knocked out a few pull ups, push ups, and abs and then it was 4pm, so I stretched and headed over the bank, which was CLOSED at 4pm! When did Bank of America start closing so early? Guess I’ll be paying my photographer a little later on. But I was a little bummed that I hurried out of the gym to make it to a closed bank.

After my workout, I ate 6 pieces of bacon (I really wanted chicken sausage but didn’t have any). Jon bought Oscar Meyer nitrate/nitrite free bacon, but Oscar Meyer is just SO salty! I prefer my 365 brand from Whole Foods all the way. And really, I wanted some chicken sausage but it smelled a little off, so I decided to forego that option and just have some bacon. I had a pretty big serving of my squash casserole and a smoothie with kefir, PB2, berries, a banana, and greens. I was surprised I ate so much. Then I followed it with 6 Thin Mints. Oops. I need to get these Girl Scout Cookies out of the house.

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My squash looks like throw up.

I definitely was feeling much more “on” after a workout and being able to eat my own food and I had slept in my own bed too. I get thrown off way too easy by being out of town. I don’t eat out that often (Jon and I were just commenting on how we’re eating out so much lately- which is Mexican once a week compared to maybe 1-2 times a month before) and eating out for all my meals just don’t work with me. And for just 2-3 days, I don’t want to go buy all new food to eat for where I’m staying. I also am feeling much more motivated to work out after getting just one good day in. I’m too easily derailed from the gym lately and really need to work on that.

I got home, cleaned, and studied for my test. Jon was gone most of the evening and went to bed when he got home, so it was a quiet night before a day of work and an evening of tests!

Tonight, after working all day, studying for a test, and taking a test, I was excited to get to the gym to walk out all my soreness and do some abs and a little upper body! I got to the gym (still in my scrubs from work) and realized I forgot my sports bra! Bummer! I was actually really in the mood to be at the gym too! I was about to work on in scrubs though, and I also wasn’t about to work on in a tight white t-shirt with a black bra with red lace on it. No thanks.

Off to upload some engagement photos and eat a 10pm dinner!

Speed work, homework, work, and broccoli and eggs

Jon started complaining yesterday that he was starting to feel like he was getting what I had all of last week (and still have, but I can live with this). I warned him about how much it sucked. When we got into bed last night, Jon warned me that I better not wake him up if he started to snore because he had to sleep on his back and obviously, being sick, he’s going to snore. I felt sympathy for him cause I’ve had to sleep on my back every night since being sick and hate it. Last night as we were trying to fall asleep, all I could hear was sniffle sniffle sniffle, swallow, open mouth, close mouth. I thought I was going to lose my mind! I’ve barely slept in over a week because of being sick and it was the first night I wasn’t miserable. So I just brought him some Nyquil and then moved into the guest bedroom!

I probably got to sleep around 1 and then slept until 10. It was wonderful! Both cats kept me company and we cuddled under out blankets in the dreary weather! I pulled up the WOD at CrossFit since I wanted to go at noon, but it involved 50 Pull-ups, 115 pound Squat clean, 50 reps, 50 Box jumps, 24/20. Uh, no. I typically would love that, but after doing 50 thrusters last night and having my legs cry the whole time, I figured it probably wouldn’t be happening. Then I stood up and felt my legs and knew there was no way that I was about to go do another 50 squats plus 50 box jumps. Cherry picking at its finest.

Instead I went to LA Fitness for a run since the weather still seemed okay. I did 4 miles of speed work, which I wasn’t expecting. I went from 6-8 at an incline of 1.5 (getting crazy, right? haha). 6 was my base and for the most part, I alternated every .2 miles from 6 to 6.5, 6 to 6.8, 6 to 7, 6 to 7.5, and 6 to 8 (and then just went up or down or whatever I felt like doing). I actually kind of enjoyed my run on the treadmill, but as I was getting into the higher speeds, my feet started burning from the friction of the treadmill since my shoes only have 4mm soles. I had planned on doing 3 miles but kept going, and I really felt like I could have kept going without any problems but I’m trying to be conscious of how quickly I start building miles again because of my knee, and my nose also kept running and I was starting to blow snot bubbles. Not cute. I did some pullups and dips and then decided to try shoulders. My shoulders felt like they were near muscle failure after just starting out, so I tried triceps. Same thing. So I kept it to just a few sets of each and then called it a day. If my arms were shaking like that from the start, it’s not going to be that productive of a workout anyway. Might as well save it for a better day.

I came home, showered, and made some breakfast.

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I shredded broccoli in my food processor (everybody needs one of these) and then cooked about a cup of it with two eggs, garlic, and cheddar cheese. So good. It’s a nice spin on some eggs cause I get really tired of eating regular old eggs all the time. I really couldn’t even taste the eggs much. And bacon. Of course. If I take the time to make a real breakfast on my days off, I almost always make bacon. But it’s nitrate and nitrite free, so that counts for something. And saturated fat isn’t even bad for you, so I’m still winning.

I’m about to start on my plethora of biology that I’ve been putting off, but I decided to hold off until I was eating because it entails putting pictures like this into a lab write up:

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Yep, so biology had to wait till breakfast was done. I really need to start some cooking for the next two days because I have a feeling I won’t be coming home from work tomorrow night. It’s supposed to get bad after midnight, so when Jon gets home from work, we have to discuss if he’s comfortable taking me to work tomorrow. Unfortunately, I need my car when I get off work on Thursday at 3, so I’m not sure how to work out the car situation if he drops me off (maybe drop mine off tonight before we go to bed). This prospect of snow and ice is really a pain! If I didn’t have class on Thursday night, it wouldn’t be a real issue, but I have to have my car to make it there Thursday after work. Also, if I wasn’t a nurse this wouldn’t be a big deal. And even more, if I wasn’t PRN and got paid for being off work, I wouldn’t be as stressed. But if I miss out on 20 hours of work (between tomorrow and Thursday), I lose out on a lot of pay, and we can’t be having that! Health insurance and car insurance were both due within a two week period this month, so responsibility calls- gotta make that money honey.

Okay, breakfast is all done, so time to go be productive for the rest of the day! Can’t believe it’s already 2:30pm! All I did was go the gym, shower, and eat! The day is almost over!

(By the way, Kitty always sleeps behind me when I’m on the computer and she snores so loud. Does anybody else have a snoring cat? I think it’s the cutest thing ever but she is seriously so loud. I recorded it on my phone the other day and it’s the best. I’ll include a picture of how cute my cats are… Kitty’s the fluffy one in the back that I just woke up, and Tom is the orange one. Excuse the bed with pillows with no pillow cases. The guest bedroom isn’t anywhere near finished yet.)

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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.

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!