Friday (not Thursday)

I’ve been thinking all day about getting a Thursday post up…and then I realized it’s Friday. This whole unemployed thing has really thrown me for a loop as far as the space/time continuum goes. I never have any idea what day it is.

Anyway…some great things happened today! I finally got my grade for the MedSurg final I took last week (I took it a week early)…98.9% Gotta love when the teacher comments on your grade “Nice job, highest in the class” :) Finished out that class with a 98%, not too shabby.

I also got a callback for a second interview for the Critical Care Nurse Residency Program I’ve applied for! The interview is in front of a panel of six people, eek! It’s not till April 6th so I have plenty of time to get nervous.

Lastly, I’ve created a “Weekly Workouts” Page (you’ll find it on the menu bar up top) to track my exercise each week. Instead of uploading a post every Sunday, I’ll just update the page every day with my workouts. Just in case you’re interested.

Onto the eats!! Still rocking Whole Foods March.


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Plain oats topped with strawberries, 1/2 banana, chocolate chips and homemade coconut butter


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BBQ Black Bean & Pineapple Pizza on a whole wheat tortilla

(Un-pictured) Snacks

Banana Chia Muffin with crunchy PB and a shakeology after my second workout of the day


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Hello my name is Shelley and I am a volume eater. Leftover goat cheese and spicy marinara dip with gluten free pita (from dinner last night…I WILL eventually create a vegan version) plus spicy hummus and veggies For dessert was my new favorite combo…fruit & lemon! Sliced strawberries and 1/2 banana with lemon juice squeezed on top, it really brightens the flavors well.

What I want to be when I grow up

For the life of me I cannot understand how it is Sunday at 7pm. I swear I was just writing this post about my crazy schedule and BAM here I am a week later doing pretty much the same thing.

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I promised I would recap my workouts and by workouts I mean I took 5 of the last 8 days off ;)

  • Sunday – off
  • Monday – Tone It Up Stair Circuit & 3 rounds of back to school workout
  • Tuesday – off
  • Wednesday – mile walk with the pups
  • Thursday – off
  • Friday – HIIT the Beach from Beach Babe DVD 1
  • Saturday – 2 mile hike with the pups, Tone It Up Stair Circuit, Inner & Outer Thighs and stacking wood.
  • Today – mile walk with the pups

Sometimes shit happens. And in this case shit was visiting with family, going to class, working 10 hour days at the hospital AND working 32 hours on top of that. Yes, I believe that qualifies as shit.

Oh and snuggling. I did lots of snuggling this week.

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Good news is that I’m already 2 weeks through the roughest part. Bad news is that I just realized I’m going 7.5 weeks without a single day off, not 6.5 like I originally thought. I’m trying to enjoy the craziness this semester. Instead of “putting my life on hold” while I’m busy with school I want to continue to live it and be happy because Nursing School is 2 years of my life! That’s just too much life to put on hold.

Anyway, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want to be when I grow up (which I’m not sure will ever really happen!). Of course I want to be a nurse…Hell, I’m not spending all my money and energy on this whole school thing for nothing…


No I did not get bangs again…..Recycled selfie

If there’s one question I hear a million times a week it’s “what kind of nursing do you want to do?” Patients, instructors, nurses I’m shadowing with and especially nurses that are my patients (love them!) are all curious as to my future plans. My big joke is that I’ll take any nursing job that pays once school is over.

And while that is partly true, I do have a specific career goal in mind…one that is actually very possible for me!

I want to be a diabetic educator. Moreover, I want to work closely with patients on how to manage their diabetes both through medication and lifestyle choices. I want to teach cooking classes to diabetic patients who are unsure what foods to eat. I want to lead fitness classes for patients who want to start exercising for health. I want to work one-on-one with patients to really change their lives for the better. I want to be a health coach of sorts for diabetics and non-diabetics alike (I’ve already started with my Aunt and I’m really enjoying it!).

So that’s my plan. Right now I’m just working on my RN. I plan to test for my personal trainer certification in December. And then I plan to start on my Master’s within the next couple of years and get a concentration in Diabetic Education. I’m not sure what kind of certification I want for the nutrition bit, but that’s something I’m really looking forward to. In the end I have a whole lot more schooling to do but I know I’ll enjoy every bit so I can’t wait!

Will I be able to start in this field right out of school? Who knows. If I can’t I know that I really enjoy MedSurg and would love to do that for a couple of years while I keep collecting certifications and degrees. However, there is a program here that I’m very excited about that would actually be the perfect opportunity. Only time will tell.

Before After June 2014

If you’ve been reading long enough you know my story and know that my passions are food and fitness so I’m sure that this comes as no surprise to anyone. I’m excited to continue my journey and happy to have you along for the ride!

Anyhoo that’s enough randomness for a Sunday night. Tell me…what do you want to be when you grow up? It’s never to late to start living the life you really want!

Now you see me….

….the next few months you probably won’t (much).

I sat down to do a workouts recap for the past 2 weeks (since I forgot last Saturday) and for the life of me couldn’t really remember anything. I do remember, however, that whatever I did was probably less than impressive. It’s been a rough few weeks getting into my school groove.

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From last week until the end of October, my schedule is as follows:

  • Monday – class from 9-3:30
  • Tuesday – exams at 10 and work from 11-7
  • Wednesday – hospital clinicals from 5:45-4 (meaning I’m waking up at 4:30 or earlier!)
  • Thursday – hospital clinicals from 5:45-4
  • Friday – class 9-12″30 and work 1-6
  • Saturday – 8 hours of working from home
  • Sunday – 8 hours of working at the office

Sometime in there I have to manage to have a life too. You know: clean the house, walk the dogs, cook all my meals, grocery shop, run errands, do laundry, babysit for friends, make meal plans, spend time with my husband. Oh and then there’s the studying and homework. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I’m hustling for sure because I can’t afford to not work.

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It’s gonna be a crazy 6.5 weeks! Good news is that I’m almost done with the first week so really it’s only 5.5 more weeks.

And the even better news is that my husband and I booked a December trip to the Dominican Republic so I have something very awesome to look forward to!


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I’m trying to work out a workout schedule that’s doable for school. I can’t just not workout. I feel terrible when I don’t exercise…it’s something that has to happen! I have to include 1-2 runs per week to keep myself sane and I love PiYo for short, low-impact workouts that still have me sweating. The Tone It Up Frisky Fall challenge starts Monday and I’m going to participate in that to the best of my abilities because I love it (even more than the Bikini Series!). I promise to recap this next week’s workouts for you.

Maybe I’ll post some stuff about meal planning and prep too as that shit is now vital to my survival. I haven’t been eating the best foods the past couple of days and I’ve taken on more water than the Titanic – I swear I get bloated just looking at a bag of chips. This week’s meal plan is all about veggies, veggies, veggies!!

Anyway, this post ended up being more random than I thought it would. It’s currently 9:09pm on Saturday and I just made my meal plan and grocery list for the week and now I’m working on a training plan for my Aunt while the laundry and dishes go in the background. Party life.

I’ll see you when I see you!