Monday, June 27, 2011

Cleaning It Up

So lately I've had a total lack of energy. I blamed it on just about everything, and everyone told me I had such good excuses, but I was tired of making excuses. I pretty much fell asleep during a scan last week at clinical. I was watching a tech, closed my eyes, and caught myself just before I went head first into the patient's bed. I felt just a little bit dumb.
I tried to pinpoint why I was so tired, and decided that half of the problem was my diet. I don't have problems with exercising, I love to run. I generally get enough sleep. I only work one night a week and Marsh is great to let me sleep in on Fridays and take a Sunday afternoon nap. I seriously eat a lot of foods that just aren't good for me, and while I believe in eating cookies and candy, I need to stop at 1 serving and not eat the whole bag. So last Tuesday I decided I was going to clean up. I can't believe what a difference it's made, and it's only been about a week! Making sure to drink a lot of water, fresh fruits and veggies, lean protein, good carbs. Like I said before, I don't deprive myself of sweets, but I watch the calories on the sweets. I've not only noticed a difference in my energy levels, my skin seems clearer, my bowels seem happier with me (yes, I had to add that), my tummy isn't 20 weeks pregnant looking bloated like it usually is, and I'm just feeling good. Tonight when I came home from school, I had enough energy to play with the boys AND clean the kitchen. Doesn't seem like much, but normally I don't have enough energy to do anything after a long clinical day, so this was huge for me.
A friend of mine that I'm at clinical with right now and I set up a challenge. I've always wanted to get down to my pre pregnancy weight from before Chan, but I've always hung onto 10-15 lbs. I know I by no means need to lose weight, but it would be a fun milestone to hit. We set goals for each week, are tracking and encouraging each other and are going to reward ourselves for the milestones we hit. I'm currently 12 lbs away from pre pregnancy Chandler weight and I'm excited to have a goal in mind. Random ramblings, yes. Good for me to write them down, yes. :)


LIFE IS GOOD! said...

So good to read this as I was thinking how tired I am. It hits me at 1 in the afternoon. I start dozing. My thoughts have been that I need to clean up my eating also. My whole problem stems from childhood. Always hungry and not waste food. I have to let go and say it's ok to throw it away, let it spoil, don't have to eat everything on my plate. So here's to a new start. Thanks

Ev said...

Good for you! I totally need to follow in your footsteps on this one. I always struggle with this! I know I'd feel better if I eat better, but it's so hard for me to resist those sweets! I make my kids eat good and then they go to sleep and I eat all the junk. :) So bad of me but true!

Janaca said...

Sorry that last comment was from me! I signed in my MIL account to help her with her blog background and forgot to sign back out! Sorry. :)

Melody said...

What a great idea! Both the eating better and the getting a motivator buddy. And don't worry, I have fallen asleep at clinicals too. My leadership rotation I was on L&D at EIRMC, and we didn't have one singe patient for 8 hours. What's a kid to do? :)