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Friday, August 28, 2009

Did I blow it? Day 239 (day 1 / week 35)

This post is intended for yesterday (8/27/09), which I *forgot* to post.

I'm totally wondering...did I just blow this entire thing?

Yesterday I worked my 4th day this week...overtime! *cha-ching!* The only problem with this was that I *REALLY* felt it, all day yesterday. I felt like a zombie as I didn't get enough sleep the night before, and then I overheard something in a patients room about something on the news that turned my world upside down and brought me back to when I was 13.

Jaycee was my sister's friend growing up when we lived in Meyers, (South Lake Tahoe), and to hear that she is still alive after all of these years and all that she had been through, blew my mind. I cried in that patients room because, although the family of this patient didn't know the name of this girl (Jaycee) I had a feeling in my gut that it was her. After I finished my duties in that room, I immediately ran into the employee lounge, grabbed my phone to call my mom, sister and husband to see that I already had messages, telling me that it was her.

I remember being there and putting up flyers, I remember the bus stop and the way the dirt looked on the side of the road where we would stand, and the questions of where she was and if we saw the car she had gotten into. Eighteen years later, some details are still fuzzy about the day she was abducted, but hearing the broken up and scattered news throughout my day, brought me back to when I was 13 years old, living in Tahoe.

Needless to say, it was an extremely emotional day.

When I got home I was beat, emotionally and physically. All I wanted to do was snuggle with my son and hubby and spend some time with them. I had exercise in the back of my mind, but fell asleep on the couch. My hubby woke me up and said "come on," meaning lets go to sleep, so I did. I woke up at 4 am to go to the bathroom and about kicked myself because I realized that I didn't do anything for exercise, and it was already passed midnight. Awe man! Did I blow it??? We had a lot of CABG patients and they all need to be walked (300-600 feet each, 3 times a day), and a lot of them were very high maintanance and demanding, so I was running around all day after their call lights. One of these patients didn't ever want to walk, but always wanted to get in bed after PT put them in their side chair, and didn't help very much. When I transfer patients, I get into a squat position, and lead with my legs to protect my back. I also had a very heavy patient that needed to be put back into bed after PT put her on a bedside comode, after having hip surgery the day before. I also had to move a few beds in and out of rooms, down the hall (like 500 feet), around corners and they aren't the lightest or the easiest things to move around--they do have a life of their own. I know I got a physical workout during work yesterday because my body feels sore today typing this. I want to use my physical work (it is physical) as my exercise for just yesterday, but I am torn. I am on the fence I guess, so I need your help. Am I cheating if I do this? What do you think?

Did I blow this new years resolution or not??

Worst case scenario is that I exercise 364/365 days in 2009, because this one day isn't going to make me stop. 35 weeks of continuous exercise is awesome and nothing will make me stop. It just makes me so mad that I was too tired and physically exhausted to even think to do something for exercise. I want to prove that you can exercise and work greuling and physical 12 hour shifts at the same time, but I have to be able to practice what I preach, ya know?


On the bright side, I do get to go pick up my first paycheck in almost 3 years :). Woo hoo!

Today it's expected to get up to 109F. I don't think I will be doing anything outside today. I am going to do some of my videos (probably Turbo Jam and The Firm) regardless if the Monkey Boy goes down for a nap or not. I have to redeem myself!

I'll post a blog for today, after I get my exercise done. Probably will be posted sometime this evening :).

Have a good one! Thank you for all of your support, although I probalby totally blew it.

I can do this. I am a star?


Anonymous said...

Yesterdy, I needed to walk 13 more minutes to get my hour in, so I mowed the lawn.. why is that any different than you RUNNING all day at your work?? Cut yourself some slack.. You didn't eat bon bons in front of the tv.. I'm trying to be a star, but I can't call myself one yet.. YOU, my dear, are a REAL star. No, you didn't blow it.

Melissa Henning said...

Mowing the lawn is EXCELLENT calorie burnage (I feel like Pauly Shore saying that lol)! I think it's better than walking! The fact that you are doing it, makes you a star. Keep your light shining bright cause you'll never know who will see it :). I WAS running all day, but the fact that I didn't do anything consciously aware to exercise, is where I am stuck. Thanks for your kind feedback :).

Chris and Annalisa said...

I'll give you my two cents and you can take it for what it's worth.

My typical day at work:
Arrive around 9 am, sit in my chair until the baby kicks me in the bladder and I walk 30 feet to the bathroom. Come back and sit in my chair until lunch. Walk 10 feet to the microwave and cook my frozen burrito. Go back to my desk and sit in my chair until 5. Walk to my car and drive home.

So did you exercise A WHOLE LOT MORE THAN ME yesterday? For sure. Is your job physically demanding? For sure!

I say count it!

loreejo said...

Annalisa, HILARIOUS! Sounds like my work day (w/no baby kicking, THANK GOD!) ;) Melissa, I think that Jan 1-4, 2009, you might not have been able to work 48 hours, esp considering how physical it is! You've come a long way baby!

Erin said...

Finally catching up and I just read about Jaycee. A) what terrific news b) what a horrific thing and c) are you crazy?

I thought this whole thing was to get you on the right path for the REST OF YOUR LIFE, not just get you one year of exercise. The very fact that you've remained committed and even struggled to get exercise in on a day with such upheaval says a lot about you and your character. Do you honestly think you moved less at work than you did on a non-exercise day? No! This is all about how to turn your life around; a journey you've so kindly invited us to tag along on. Figuring out how to balance on the varying demands life throws at us is part of it. Your struggles aren't what is unique...your response to them is what has us following along!

Short answer: No, you didn't blow it.

Melissa Henning said...

Thank you so much Annalisa, Loree and Erin for your responses. I love you guys!