Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hispanic Nurses Fundraiser in Phoenix Arizona

Hello nursing friends,

I wanted to share this link for all of my Arizona nurses, especially around Phoenix. My mother lived in the Phoenix Arizona area for 6 years and I did my primary care fellowship there one summer in Buckeye, where I had a great experience under the tutelage of Dr. Beverly Gallagher, FNP, DNP. She was amazing. I was able to do it because of both a scholarship that I got from NAHN national and also from NMF. It was an incredible experience that has brought me to primary care. This year, the NAHN National meeting and conference will be in Phoenix Arizona with one of our largest and very committed chapters. They are holding a scholarship fundraiser. You don't have to be a member to come, it's a great opportunity to meet Hispanic nurses from all around the country, network, and have fun. If you're interested, check out the link:  http://www.nahn-phx.org/scholarship-fundraiser-event.html

These fundraiser events always sell out and are always fun. They've only gotten bigger each year. If you're interested in attending the conference, you don't have to be a nurse or Hispanic, check it out: www.nahnnet.org


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Day 2- Attitude is Everything

Here I am in my hard-earned Pure Barre trucker hat, requiring 20 days of Pure Barre classes in a month! I love this hat, because I followed through on something that wasn't easy, required commitment, even when I was: sick, tired, and traveling. I also got a tank top and wine! It was March Madness at Pure Barre and you knew from day 1 that you had to come to class 20 times that month. And even though I've had months where I didn't work most of the month, I still couldn't get to class. Once I decided I was going to do it (I mean it helped that there was a hat, tank, and wine involved as incentives), I followed through on it. There were points that I wanted to give up. I was gone 5 days on a trip, and it was the 15th and I only had about seven days of classes in! But I managed to show up about every day for the next two weeks and ended up showing up 21/31 days! I've learned that attitude is a choice and the more you cultivate a positive attitude, the more natural it becomes.
But I do think that having been a Pure Barre client for 10 months now, it's been really helpful. I did read an article at how group exercises helps people with anxiety/depression form community (and it also gets you out of the house and out of your head). I've not always been consistent in my attendance, but I've noticed that I'm more confident in all areas of my self. Confidence can really increase enjoyment and focus. I also feel like I have a strong foundation and a stronger sense of self. And I think constantly hearing the amazing instructors who are constantly giving positive encouragement in class. Sometimes I take that positivity with me to work or throughout my day. And mostly I'm just super proud that lately, I can get through a full hour of Pure Barre and not be so worn out afterwards!
Here's my high protein breakfast: Whole Yogurt (I should probably write another article about how I did my full fat diet and improved my cholesterol), blueberries, honey, granola, and chia seeds.

Today's lunch is: pinto beans, Mexican cheese, guacamole, corn tortilla, egg, and broccoli with water.

I straightened my hair today and I love the length!

So today's photo of the day is: Attitude is Everything. Once I was working in a new nursing role and I was thinking of quitting and finding a new job because it seemed to be harder than I bargained for and I personally didn't feel like I was doing very well. I know I'm capable, but I didn't want to disappoint my boss or coworkers and not do as good of a job as they expected of me. When I get anxious, I flee (fight, flight, or freeze, and I'm flight all the way). So my first response was to flee, start all over. My own feelings had no basis in reality. My boss later gave me a review about a week later and I found that I was on track to doing what I was supposed to do. By the end of the week, my coworker who trained me said she was proud of my improvement. And the following week my other coworkers said she was grateful that I was there. I'm also VERY grateful to be at my jobs (yes, two great jobs!). I love the flexibility of my schedule, my time off in between per diem shifts to run errands, go to Pure Barre, the gym, post office, the mall, and grocery store! And am extremely grateful my husband is so super supportive about it all. Now I'm very happy for having stuck through with it. I think it was possible because I had a lot of support and have worked on myself.

I think my other area of life where I see that Attitude is Everything is in my workouts. I always want to workout 7 days/week, lose those last 5 lbs, and eat so super healthy. And I don't always give myself enough credit for those days I do show up (with less than 4 hours of sleep), pick the vegetable salad instead of the pasta, and skip the drink or dessert. I've never realized how attitude can make a difference. I was in a class and a woman next to me was just sitting through most of it. I know that any high intensity workout class can be hard, especially if you've been out of shape or out of practice. And when most of the clients are long-term attendees and make the class look so easy and you're looking like a crazy chicken, it can make you want to quit! But there's a difference between just sitting there doing nothing and trying or attempting the moves, even if its slowly. That's when I realized that I need to give myself credit for when I am courageous and put myself out there to try, even if I can only do 1 in the set of 20 reps, but at least I'm trying. And you don't try unless you think you can, and you can!

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Fitness Challenge

This post is all over the place! I'm so excited to start a new month! And having it start on a Monday has inspired me to set up some new goals. I found this #grinderglamchallenge posted by @Leti_Reconstructed for the next 31 days of May.
So to start it all off, here's #1 on my list:

So I'm pretty good about getting physical activity in when I'm not scheduled to work my per diem job because my Pure Barre Studio has about eight classes per day, so there isn't a reason you can't go throughout your day because they have as early as 6 AM or as late as 8:10 PM classes. Coincidentally, there is  a 30-50% off sale today, but I've decided to hold off purchases this month to bills and fresh produce/groceries. We've been great about not spending money on going out to eat or travel, which is how we've been able to fast track my student loan payments and the goal to not spend on unnecessary things is part of my long-term plan to get out of debt. The hubs has promised me a huge party when I pay down that student loan.

Exercise gets a little harder when I'm at work for a full 8 hour day because it takes me 30-45 minutes to get to work, that hour for lunch isn't included, and then about another 45 minute drive back home. I get an hour for lunch, which I want to use for at least a 30 minute walk, but get so busy handling other errands, or hanging out with coworkers that I forget to do it. I have no excuse, though, because the gym is only a block away from my office! Luckily for me, I work 2 half-days, which means I have plenty of time for exercising, studying, spring cleaning, and preparing healthy meals. I often forget that the gym has a shower and it would be great for me to show up 1 hour early or stay an hour late to do a 30-minute run and a shower

I'm really looking forward to meeting my May goals this month! I have a work trip June 2-3 in Vegas which is just over four weeks away! So I want to look my best to meet all of my national co-workers and start my summer bikini body training. Typically I do about 1 hour of barre about three to five times a week. The last two weeks I was only able to get in about two or three classes because I've been working about 45-55 hour weeks and then got sick, but I'm pretty proud of myself for even going on those days, which were Friday evenings after work and early weekend mornings, despite only getting a few hours of sleep or getting over this long and dreaded cold I've had for about 11 days now and finally starting to get over this cough and congestion. I usually only do my intensive Pure Barre strength training and once in a while a Platform Cardio class, but I want to start adding either some two or three mile runs and maybe a weekly Yoga/Zumba/Body Pump class into my schedule. If I can do it this month, I'll be set into some great habits and in the best shape I've been in recently (I was a gymnast for 10 years).

Plans for today:
-Laundry, that gym clothes isn't going to wash all that sweat off!
-Vaccuum, we have our weekly community group meeting tonight at 7 PM
-Pure Barre class either 4:30 or 5:45 PM today.
-Read my Practical Insulin 4th Edition ADA book for my CDE exam studying
-Post my meals to www.MyFitnessPal.com
-Update my FitBit tracker/goals and get it all set-up for w-fi and blue tooth connection to get my workouts in sync.

If you want to join my on my fitness journey, follow me at:
Instagram: @impatientnurse