I Ran And Survived To Tell The Tale.

I put off sharing this because I look like a sweaty hot mess, but I am trying to hold myself accountable so bear with me! I started my C25K challenge Monday night after work and I must say, it felt pretty great! I can’t remember the last time I ran, due to some chronic knee and hip pain from the past decade. Adding that to my recent back injury (I was in an auto accident this past summer) made starting this endeavor seem like a terrifying prospect. 

However, after being cleared from physical therapy, I promised myself that I would start running and I’m proud of myself for sticking to it! I am certainly not the best, not the quickest, not even the cutest- but I ran.

Tonight is my second run for the week. Fingers crossed!

~Mj❤

Ye Old Fake-Out.

Photo credit for the awesome graphic goes to @fempire_ on Instagram. Go check her out!

  Anyone who has had the unique pleasure of working shift work for a sustained period of time, knows the value of a changeover day. Typically, this day counts as an actual 24 hour day, full of random sleep-filled intervals, semi-coherent thoughts or conversations with loved ones, and an unhealthy dose of grazing for food in the kitchen.

   However, when your schedule involves getting off of work at 7am and starting the next shift at 8am the very next morning, all of those aforementioned terrible habits are taken to a whole new level.

   Today, after getting home from work around 9am, I attempted to stay awake and fill my schedule with plenty of time-consuming activities: pet photos with Santa Claus downtown, catching up on some Netflix shows, going out on the town with my equally shift-work-laden husband, et cetera, et cetera. It was as ambitious as it sounds; only one of those things happened (spoiler alert: it was Netflix.) By noon, my mood had soured beyond redemption and my bed was the only cure.

   As I lay here now, recently awoken by the sound of my sweet-but-protective hound dog, baying away at the sound of a passing motorcycle, I am readying myself to again tackle a short list of barely exhaustive activities. Hopefully folding a mountain of laundry, meal prepping for the week, filing the unruly stack of papers and miscellaneous items littered across my desk, studying a bit and hitting the gym tonight will all take up enough of my energy to ready me for bed again by midnight…

 You can learn more about shift-work sleep disorder and the many horrors that accompany it by following these links:

 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2904525/

 http://my.clevelandclinic.org/services/neurological_institute/sleep-disorders-center/disorders-conditions/hic-shift-work-sleep-disorder

 https://sleepfoundation.org/shift-work/content/shift-work-disorder-%E2%80%93-symptoms

 Enjoy your evening, folks!

 ~Mj❤ 

Begin again.

 I’ve added a new gadget to the arsenal! New job + a new day-shift schedule= no excuses for neglecting to stay on track with my health and fitness goals. I’m also starting my first Couch to 5K (C25K) challenge after work on Monday. While I’m no stranger to fitness programs- I have started many and finished few, I am hoping to make it through and find myself healthier and happier by the end of it all. 

Quitting my job on the SICU was the first step toward making my life work for me. Making myself healthier and creating my own happiness are the next. Wish me luck! 

 More info about the C25K challenge can be found at: http://facebook.com/C25Kfree.

 Until next time,

 Mj ❤ 

Ain’t The Way To Die

 

If you haven’t already been moved by this video and the incredible message behind it, I implore you to follow the link below and learn more.  I’ve been on a bit of a morbid “kick” lately, if you will, but these are things that must be talked about and not ignored the way that they are.  Please check it out, share it, and don’t hesitate to start discussing your own end of life wishes with your loved ones.
Read more: http://zdoggmd.com/aint-the-way-to-die/

With Love,
Mj ❤

One-Third Of Veterans In Backlog For VA Health Care Already Dead: Report

Photo Courtesy of: The Washington Times

Photo Courtesy of: The Washington Times

What a disgrace!! These brave men and women who are FORTUNATE enough to make it back home after their tour of duty should be treated like ROYALTY, not like something to be swept under the rug. The way that our current Government disrespects and ignores our war Veterans is utterly deplorable… Continue reading