I completed my last pre-req for Nursing school and also completed a CNA course over the summer so I am now a certified nursing assistant. I will apply to 4 different nursing programs in November and one more in the Spring in hopes of being accepted into a program that starts in August of next year. All of these classes have been additional to full time work and family so now that I only have a full time job and family, I feel like I have an incredible amount of FREE time and I'm making a point to enjoy it while it lasts. I've been using this time to make cards (I'm a crafter) and spend time with the family.
I had a complete physical a couple of months ago and according to the Dr, I have "textbook" numbers. Apparently, that is extremely rare. No one is that healthy. She wanted to know what I'm doing. I told her, I eat fairly well most of the time and walk an average of 5 miles per day, 4-5 times a week. I don't smoke, drink or use recreational drugs. Despite my BMI being too high, all other tests say I'm the poster child for good health.
Receiving that excellent news kind of lifted the burden that I felt with these last few pounds. My labwork just confirmed these pounds are vanity pounds. I'm still vain and want to lose them
but I have a healthier perspective now.
Setting a goal at the beginning of the year to walk 1,000 miles in the year was one of the best things I've ever done. That's an attainable goal...a goal that I have 100% control over, unlike a pesky number on the scale. In the beginning of the year, I was real gung ho and walked like CRAZY every day. I was on pace to surpass my goal by 50% or more. Then, the warmer months hit and walking wasn't nearly as much fun because it was too stinking hot. Add a weekend CNA course and I was literally working 7 days a week. When I got home, I just wanted to sit. Since I wear a FitBit, I was still able to see progress every day, but is was only a mile or 2 each day rather than the 5-7 miles/day I had been averaging in months before. Now, it's late October, the CNA class is over, the weather is turning cooler again, and walking is once again something I look forward to. I have 208 miles left to goal and a little over 2 months in which to walk it. As long as I don't injur myself, this goal is still totally attainable. I never felt like I strayed from my goal or quit altogether, I just adjusted the pace depending on other things going on. That was motivating in itself. With each prior goal, I had felt like I failed and had to start all over again. Not so this time. Next year's goal is to exceed this year's total.
I attended teacher conferences for 2 of the kids yesterday and they are both doing very well. We went to the public library and each of us got one book. They each picked one to read themselves and I picked one to read to them as a bedtime story. We read and discussed the story and I originally did it for an educational activity, but I soon realized this was a treasured bonding moment and one we will repeat if not daily, then at least 4-5x a week. Friday nights, we have a standing Family Movie Night so we won't read on Friday and lately, Monday night has been Football Monday with my folks so Monday is out, too, but we should be able to read most other nights.
This month, we took the kids to a pumpkin patch one weekend and bowling another weekend. We had a Harry Potter Marathon (4 movies) one weekend. I've spent a lot of time with my parents. I've crafted and planned for more. Hubby puts on a Christmas light show with music every year and this year a friend of ours wants to be our Santa so I've been planning the cushions to make for our wicker loveseat. We'll make flyers for the kids to pass out to friends, inviting them to bring a camera and get a picture with Santa while enjoying the show. A local train museum puts on a Polar Express thing each year and I've booked our fare on that this year.
I am thoroughly and utterly content right now and it's a truly wonderful feeling!!