Where in the heck did the past three weeks go? I swear I've been in a time warp. I took on teaching 20 hours a week for the past two weeks and I am embarrassed to tell you how much time it was taking me to prep. I was teaching a Rehab Aid class....let me remind you that I am a nurse and not a Physical Therapist. This would help explain why I was up at 2am every morning studying the bones, ligaments, tendons and joints of the upper and lower extremities. I can now tell you the four muscles in the Rotator Cuff and which joint allows you to pronate your ankle. Now, I knew this all before....when I took Anatomy and Physiology...in 1992. You know...back when my brain was an eager sponge instead of a block of swiss cheese. I have since blocked it out. I must say, however, that I truly enjoyed the class. They were engaged, interested and didn't make too much fun of me when I answered questions with...."that will be a great question for Mr. Manning when he gets back..." I do really enjoy being in the classroom. The bonding is very different from just seeing the students for a few minutes here and there.
This class was a bit of bad timing as I also had my final paper due for my MSN class. You know...the one that was 10 pages with 8 articles referenced. I did get it done...about 12 hours before it was due. That may have been a record for me. I ended up with 300/300 points. I'm not sure if she even read it but decided to just take the A and not question. There are times to stand up for the work that you've done and times to just shut up and count your blessings.
I also began exercising again....in full force. I have teamed up with another Director at work and we meet at the YMCA at 5:30am. I have not quite made it five days a week but am well on my way. Wednesday, we hit up the elliptical for 55 minutes. Today it was 35 minutes of elliptical and 25 minutes of weights and stretching. My biggest adjustment has been getting comfortable with getting dressed for work at the gym. I am used to coming home and showering. I bought a really, really big beach towel. It pretty much covers me from neck to my ankles. There is much comfort in terry-cloth. I also am seeing that I will save money in makeup. I no longer need blush. I am bright red when I finish. My face looks like I went crazy with bronzer on my forehead, cheeks and neck. I had some concern about my carotid arteries a while ago....no worries now. They are working fine.
Now the big question...have I lost weight? Maybe about two pounds (depending on how I lean on the scale!). That's OK - its a slow process. I have stopped attacking my candy jar again. That in itself will make a huge difference. I can't stop buying the chocolate - I actually see it as a business expense. Conversations are much more pleasant when people are eating a Kit-Kat. Try it...you'll see.
My kick off training for the Breast Cancer walk is next week. Then I have to get really serious about that training as well. I usually walk on the weekends now. I walked four miles at Harbor Island last Sunday. Beautiful walk with a good friend and well worth the drive. This weekend will most likely be back at Lake Murray. Cheer me on, please. I think this walk will be much easier if I drop 50 pounds first. It will be like putting down a Costco sized bag of Sugar before I start....! So...words of encouragement are appreciated...I will write them on sticky notes and put them on my computer to remind me of those cheering me on! They will most likely get mixed up in the 50 other sticky notes on my desk but will be a welcome surprise when I'm looking for someones phone number.
Love to you all!!!!