So, this is just a time in my life that happens to be a little bit crazy. And, that’s totally ok, for a few reasons: 1) My husband and I are in the process of raising our now 18-month-old son, who is a very, very, very much wanted, IVF miracle-baby, and we are doing everything we can to enjoy every exhausting second of it! We also have an AMAZING 16-year-old who survived a terrible accident against all odds, but who also has some permanent medical problems as a result, and who also, obviously, is in 11th grade and still lives at home. He is an absolutely wonderful and inspiring kid, and every moment with him is a blessing. In addition, we have a 22 year old, who we are proudly putting through college – he is currently working on becoming a CNA and then will go on to begin nursing school, while working as a CNA. He also has aspirations to go as far as he can in the medical field, and he is going to be great – we’re so excited for the future he is creating for himself. And, we have our incredibly talented 20-year-old, who is a songwriter/musician/singer/rapper with INCREDIBLE talent. You might think I’m biased, but I’m not – if you don’t believe me, check him out here:
We are doing everything we can to support him in finding success in the music industry – which is SO difficult and unforgiving, but is also so CLEARLY what he was born to do. There are limits to what we can do to help him with this, but he works hard at it every day and he is so deserving of success in his art. SO – that’s the kids! ALSO;
2) I am 11 months away from achieving a long-held dream of getting my masters degree in nursing and becoming a family nurse practitioner, and 3) I’m about to begin training for my first of 2 marathons this year – the second being a Boston qualifier – running the Boston Marathon is my other long-held dream, which I fully intend to make a reality this year. And finally, 4) My husband is working on building his business as a health coach, which has been really successful so far, while also working full-time as a surgical robot technician – a job which frequently requires him to travel. So, I guess my point in all of this is that I just don’t have time to blog right now – which I do regret, because I love doing it, but this is my life so I just get to do what I can, when I can, and not worry about it otherwise. We are 100% taking this year moment by moment, and that is what is preserving my sanity right now. I can only do what I can do RIGHT NOW, so that is all I’m going to put energy into. Period. It’s been a great lesson for me, being that I tend to be a little high-strung and anxiety-prone.
What’s really awesome though is that, everything that we have going on right now, although stressful and demanding, and honestly sometimes, completely overwhelming; is due to the fact that we are making things happen in our lives that are things that we, collectively, as a family, have always wanted. So I am just really, really happy about that. It makes it all worth it, and positive, even when it gets to be a bit much.
So, when I’m not at work or in clinical, this is my life right now:
Notice the baby monitor in the background, in which there is a toddler standing in the crib, waiting for me to get him up from his nap. That would be, this guy:
I usually get up at between 4:30-4:45 in the morning, because that is prime time to get some school work done. Landon usually gets up at around 6am. Soon, I will be using some of that time to run or train in addition to schoolwork, but this is what a typical week looks like for this semester:
I’m in clinical for 16 hrs/week on Mondays and Fridays – Landon goes to daycare on those days. Tuesday and Wednesday right now, are days to get caught up on school-work. Tuesday, I have Landon with me, but Wednesday he goes to daycare, so that is a prime day to get some work done. (even though, I usually am missing him by 4pm and end up going and picking him up) Every Thursday, I work a 12 hour shift in an urgent care. Saturday and Sunday are for finishing up whatever I need to complete for the week in schoolwork, long runs, meal-prep for the upcoming week and a little family-time and relaxation. Next week is when I will be starting a 16 week training program for the full marathon in San Diego in the beginning of June, so my schedule will look a little busier as far as work-outs go.
As far as my weight-loss journey goes, I’ve been pretty much following the Optavia 4 and 2 program – so that’s 4 Optavia fuelings and 2 lean and green meals – but I’ve also indulged here and there, not in bad food so much as just extra good food – because I’m starting to get into training and am exercising a whole lot more. My weight has steadily stayed at 145 pounds, which I’m pretty happy with. For this week only, I’m doing the Optavia 5 and 1 plan just to get the weight down a bit more before I start training hard – knowing that I will put on weight with the muscle I will be building – and only because I know that its so much easier to run when I’m lighter, so I want to stay as light as I can while still being healthy and strong.
So, yes its busy, but overall, I feel really grateful to have the opportunities that we have to do everything that we’re doing. And I know, 11 months from now, it will all be SOOOO worth it. I just had a phone call with my academic advisor, and he is already talking about sending me an application for graduation and writing the board exams. Even though it all still seems so far away, I know it’s going to go by so fast and a year from now, our lives will have completely changed again!
In the meantime…….I’ll just blog when I can!