Feeling Better Already

You guys…we aren’t even three full days into April and already I’m feeling so much better from working on my April Goals.

Seriously, I felt bunk after getting back from Arkansas. I ate more butter and cheese during that weeklong trip than I had in months and months. And my body didn’t take too kindly to it either. This morning was the first morning that I woke up and felt good. No bloating. No constipation (TMI). No fatigue. No headache. I’m feeling like I’m on the right path for sure.

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Today was also the first real workout I’ve had in over a week and a half! Sure, I did some farm walking (and donkey petting) in Arkansas and even took the dogs on a 3 mile hike for Hula’s birthday, but today I actually put on a sports bra and got my sweat on. It felt so good. I did the Love Your Body Kettlebell routine from Tone It Up. And speaking of TIU…they’ve announced this year’s bikini series starts April 13. I can’t wait! You should sign up today.

I’ve also finally been eating the way my body prefers I eat. I’m telling you…my gut was wrecked all through my trip and up until this morning (I’ve been home since Monday!). It took avoiding dairy, lots of digestion juice (water with lemon and ginger) and plenty of produce, beans and grains (aka ALL THE FIBER) to get me back to normal.

So OMG what do plant-based people (aka vegans) even eat?? Don’t you just sit around munching heads of lettuce or what.  Au contraire mon frere. I’ve been eating good.

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mint chocolate overnight oats

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mango cashew smoothie from deliciously ella (you MUST freeze mango & banana or it’s gross, otherwise it’s my current favorite green smoothie)

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tropical daydream oatmeal…holla if you want the recipe

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ginger chickpea scallion wrap

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roasted broccoli salad with chickpeas and apple

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hummus and avocado toast

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Tone It Up 3 Ingredient cookie plus chocolate chips

And you can’t say “oh no wonder you’re feeling better all that food is so healthy” cause there’s also been copious amounts of oreos (yes they’re vegan), diet dr pepper and even Chinese food yesterday. It’s totally the dairy that’s been sabotaging my bathroom habits. RIP Pizza (for now at least).

Tomorrow starts my first preceptor day for school. I’m in a state of excited panic to be in the ICU. Wish me luck and happy weekend!

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Friday (not Thursday)

I’ve been thinking all day about getting a Thursday post up…and then I realized it’s Friday. This whole unemployed thing has really thrown me for a loop as far as the space/time continuum goes. I never have any idea what day it is.

Anyway…some great things happened today! I finally got my grade for the MedSurg final I took last week (I took it a week early)…98.9% Gotta love when the teacher comments on your grade “Nice job, highest in the class” 🙂 Finished out that class with a 98%, not too shabby.

I also got a callback for a second interview for the Critical Care Nurse Residency Program I’ve applied for! The interview is in front of a panel of six people, eek! It’s not till April 6th so I have plenty of time to get nervous.

Lastly, I’ve created a “Weekly Workouts” Page (you’ll find it on the menu bar up top) to track my exercise each week. Instead of uploading a post every Sunday, I’ll just update the page every day with my workouts. Just in case you’re interested.

Onto the eats!! Still rocking Whole Foods March.

Breakfast

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Plain oats topped with strawberries, 1/2 banana, chocolate chips and homemade coconut butter

Lunch

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BBQ Black Bean & Pineapple Pizza on a whole wheat tortilla

(Un-pictured) Snacks

Banana Chia Muffin with crunchy PB and a shakeology after my second workout of the day

Dinner

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Hello my name is Shelley and I am a volume eater. Leftover goat cheese and spicy marinara dip with gluten free pita (from dinner last night…I WILL eventually create a vegan version) plus spicy hummus and veggies For dessert was my new favorite combo…fruit & lemon! Sliced strawberries and 1/2 banana with lemon juice squeezed on top, it really brightens the flavors well.

More Whole Foods Eatin’ plus Fun Stuff

So whether or not you want to see more pictures of what I eat on a daily basis…it’s happening. Partly because I feel so inspired in the kitchen and must share and partly because I feel SO AMAZING this week! Dropping the processed shit is doing wonders for my mood, energy and body. I even ate all of these carbs last night and still woke up feeling leaner and lighter than ever… photo 2 (2) Do not fear the carb, my friend.

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Some fun stuff…yesterday was officially my last clinical day of my nursing school career!!! It was technically supposed to be today but today’s clinical was cancelled due to stuff I can’t talk about cause of HIPAA. I can’t believe my clinicals are over. This has been the best and fasted two years of my life!!

I don’t want to jinx it because it’s not really set in stone yet…but I scored a preceptorship in the ICU at the hospital in Durango!! It all fell together by chance thanks to meeting an ICU nurse that grew up in Jacksonville, AR…the next town over from my hometown. I love finding my fellow southerners out here…they are my people. Word on the street is that if they really like a preceptee (real word?) then they might even hire them for a “grow your own” position…basically when you hire a new grad and train them up just how you want. HOW COOL IS THAT!

I’ve also applied for an ICU residency program at a hospital in New Mexico. This would also be an insanely amazing opportunity through a very competitive program. I have a phone interview today. Wish me luck.

I had honestly never given a second thought to working in critical care or in the ICU. Me? CRITICAL care? No way…I feel like I barely know anything about nursing (I hear this is common for new nurses 🙂 ). But, thanks to an encouraging ex sister-in-law and what I can only call random acts of fate from the universe…here I am. Exciting things are happening!

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I’m also participating in Happy Herbivore’s 100,000 steps challenge for March. It’s really encouraged me to monitor my activity and add in extra walks whenever possible. My goal is to hit 10k a day…so far so good!

Anyhoo, here are my eats from Tuesday.

Breakfast

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Tahini Date Shake with added spinach. I also used fresh vanilla bean which makes everything taste like heaven. I really enjoyed the flavor combo…it’s a nice change from the regular ol’ PB and banana.

Snack

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Tea time: Tone It Up 3 Ingredient Cookies with added walnuts and cranberries. Celestial Seasonings Lemon Zinger Tea, a new favorite.

Lunch

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Loaded Potato Madness. Pressure cooked potato topped with beans, salsa, lettuce, avocado, jalapenos and my easy “cheeze” sauce. Inspired by my recent eats at Zia.

Afternoon Snack

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Post run: banana chia muffin, grapes and homemade chocolate plus more tea.

Dinner

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Throw together salad: greens, veggies, hempseeds, apple, tofurky and Happy Herbivore Golden Sun Dressing.

As you can see…I’m not going hungry! I’m eating tons of fresh produce and homemade goodies and feeling great. How are y’all doing with Whole Foods March? Let me know!