Does that even make sense? I'm not sure to be honest. But I've felt like getting back to writing lately and I was told by a friend to just start. So here I am folks!
What to write when you don't know what to write
Prepare yourself for some random thoughts (sorry not sorry) - I always want to do all the things - I'm finding that "dividing yourself thinner doesn't always leave you fulfilled" Thanks Sharon! (Needed that!) consider this my brain dump of all things in life lately.
Nurse life - shifts are super scattered. One day I work at 5:15 am, the next I work at 10:00 am - still taking call, but not too much (except for the last two weekends) I work in all the area - Getting patients ready for surgery, surgery recovery room and the discharge area. Also besides my current nursing shifts I do some service excellence duties on our floor which I actually really love. We do ongoing and annual mandatory service training, keep track of our patient survey scores and use that feedback to improve our patient care. We have such a great team in our department and even with all of our new staff I sincerely appreciate and enjoy every single one of them!
I'm finding more and more that I'm actually enjoying teaching new staff. I used to HATE it, but for some reason I'm finding that I'm more patient than I realize. AND it forces me to continue learning, asking WHY and digging deeper which I need to be doing in order to always do my best in my practice.
Yes. I'm still a beachbody coach. I still do the workouts. I still use Shakeology and am obsessed with Energize their preworkout. I still have clients that participate in my challenge groups that I organize in an app and still reach out to new and existing clients to help them however I can. I'm not actively super pursuing recruiting new coaches although I would absolutely help anyone up for success if I felt that it was right for them. If you love beachbody workouts, use their products you honestly might as well be a coach - the discount, the community ... is everything. I have met some of my BEST friends through this business. And they are the people are turn to in life's hard times, good times and everything in between.
In social media marketing. Yes. You heard right. I've been doing the social media (IG, Facebook and pinterest) for a local wedding venue. I love it. I feel like I get to tell a story in every post and I truly believe in the heart behind the venue. It's a learning experience for me too but I love being able to share it and pray that I can bring it the justice it deserves. I can't wait to see this venue CONTINUE to explode!
In Alzheimer's Association
After mom passed away in December I decided to become a volunteer for the local Alzheimer's Association. Our biggest yearly fundraiser is the walk that happens in September and I'm part of the Sponsorship committee. We reach out to companies and ask them to sponsor the event and in return they receive advertising for their company depending on the level of sponsorship. In gearing up for the walk we have many other events planned throughout the summer too including "painting the town purple" in June, several "Dine to Donate" events and appearances at local events. I created a walking team in honor of my mom called "Team Renae" - you can join the team and walk, donate in her honor or both! If you want to do either of this things check the link act.alz.org/goto/teamrenaeHERE
These days my workouts are a lot different than they used to be. I'm really tuning in to my body and doing what feels good in that day and not following a structured workout plan. I'm turning more to strength training and using resistance bands and weights more than just running or cardio. I'll get into more details later about my WHY for doing this - but lets just say that just focusing on cardio was not serving my body. My favorite workouts are 80 day obsession workouts using the resistance loops and making the workouts 30ish minutes. I'm also loving the 21 day fix total body workouts and then throwing in some 30 minute runs here and there on my home treadmill. I CANCELLED my gym membership and am doing all my workouts here at home or attending occasional solid core classes with my friend Heidi.
I'm what I would say an overall healthish eater. I'm really having to be in tune with my body because of all of my gut and constipation issues that have been chronic. Certain foods just do NOT work for me. Fiber helps so many people stay regular or even miralax that helps so many people do NOT work for me. Fiber actually makes my constipation worse! For the past two weeks I have not had ANY raw vegetables and have stayed away from bread and I believe it has helped. Creamy dairy is another no go and has been that way for a while! Being mindful about how much protein I have too is another thing I remember. Protein is very difficult to digest. I had a food sensitivity test done this past fall and one of my highest offenders was eggs - which was SO SAD for me because I had them daily! I started introducing them back into my diet a couple days a week lately and haven't had any issues which is great. So I'm hoping that by taking a break from raw greens and vegetables the same will happen with that. I'm adding a TON of healthy fats to my diet: flax, almond butter, sunbutter, pumpkin seeds, coconut, EVOO. These are all great for hormone health and that has been a heavy focus of mine.
In a world so heavily focused on what your body looks like and so many people are after weight loss - it's hard to be the one that needs the opposite. I HATE the term BMI but being mind has been on the low side of normal for a while I've had to work really hard to make progress. And although I know that the scale shouldn't matter it really does mess with a person's head seeing it go up and up and feeling your clothes fitting tighter. But I decided this is what needs to be done. It's a season of life where I need to rest more, eat more and forget the rest while remembering my WHY behind it all. And do my own thing. Do my own journey. It will all be worth it.
People always ask me what I take for supplementation if anything and yes I do take a few things. Right now I'm on a prenatal vitamin for hormone health. Other supplements include DHEA, hair skin and nails gummies, wheat grass oil (concentrated vitamin E), ovex for hormone health and to build estrogen and I also take digestive enzymes with all meals to help my body break down food easier. The digestive enzymes do contain a probiotic also.
I do still use Shakeology for filling in the gaps in my nutrients and greens. I haven't had it as much lately because I'm ALWAYS cold! I do love also using it as a pancakes base. In other proteins that I enjoy include PEScience vegan cinnamon and also the Bowmar Nutrition Frosted Cookie protein - both are great for adding to oats, making pancakes or waffles and there are many other recipes circulating the internet you can find. Energize I'm also obsessed with and use it daily. It's the perfect pre workout! It is made of all natural ingredients, tastes delicious and isn't loaded with caffeine or give you that jittery feeling of most pre workouts. Just enough oomph to give you the get up and go for a workout (or early nursing shift) but doesn't have any more caffeine than green tea. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about any of the products I use.
On Life as a Wifey and Dog Mom
I love being a wife...more importantly I love being my husband's wife. (duh right?!) As you may or may not know B and I have been together 9 years now - insane right? And we've been married for seven months. Being married DOES make our relationship feel more complete to me. It's an awesome feeling. And yes we still disagree on the same things as before we were married (some things won't change) I'm still learning more and more every day about communication including the fact that I can pretty much SUCK at expressing what I want. (working on that) - I can find myself feeling irritated (like "why didn't he do that? or why didn't he ask me this?" etc - but then LIGHTBULB MOMENT... "Marti. Did you TELL HIM that is what you wanted him to do? Annnddd No. I didn't. I can't be upset about something that didn't happen because I didn't make it known that is what I wanted. (anyone else do this?) Needless to say I'm working on getting out of my own head.
Dog mom life is good! Hank is still super crazy energetic and he could play balls for DAYS. seriously. Although there are dog raising moments that can be frustrating it definitely is one of the most rewarding too!!!
ok...enough for now!
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