Monday, September 22, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

50 pound weight loss

I made a major accomplish.  I have lost 50 pounds.  So proud of myself!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Nursing Job

Today I made it official.  I decided to leave my part-time night shift oncology nursing job and take on a new job as a full time day shift clinic nurse.  I will be doing advise nursing in the ophthalmology clinic.

Making this decision was very difficult.  I love working in oncology.  I learned a lot and I love the people I work with.  It has been very emotionally draining to be at work.  Working with really really sick and dying patients was taking a toll on me.  Plus the lack of sleep from working nights.  I wanted to have a normal life.

When my sister who is my sitter for my baby decided to take a full time job, I decided maybe it is time to make the change too.  To be honest I was not sure what I was getting into.  I know I wanted to have a day shift job, but I want sure if I wanted to leave my unit.  I applied to a handful of positions.  I had a callback for 4!!!

I interviewed for 3 positions: clinic, care coordinator/case manager, nurse reviewer.  I finally told my boss about my applications.  She was disappointed to hear I was considering to leave.  I was thinking of staying and waiting for a day shift on my unit to open, but realize I did not want to continue giving chemo and deal with stress and drama.  My biggest reason to leave was for me.  I was thinking about when I was pregnant and how high my blood pressure was from the stress of work and  nights.  I have a family now and if I want to be around for them and have more babies I need to stop working here!!!

I received an offer for all 3 positions.  I was torn to which one I should get!!!  I also got a call back to interview for the breast cancer care coordinator.    I decided not to interview at this time.  I examined the pro and cons of each jobs and decided it would be better to take the clinic job.  I would rather deal with traffic because it is farther away from home so that I can I can be on day shift, Monday to Friday, some Saturday on, holidays off, same pay and protected by nursing labor contract with full time benefits for medical dental vacation and sick pay.

It is bittersweet to leave however I am looking forward to the change.  I am looking forward to the new opportunity.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Vegan Shakeology

Here is my review on Vegan shakeology.  I was interested in a meal replacement because I was skipping meals, I felt sometimes I wasn't eating enough and I binge after I work nights. 

I consulted with my doctor before I bought the product and they actually did not approve it for use for me since I was still breastfeeding and I never tried it before.  I waited before I made the educational decision to try it.  I did not go against medical advise.  As a nurse I reviewed the ingredients and decided to use it as a supplement to my nutrition and not as a replacment meal.  I ordered the Shakeology as a challenge pack with p90x3.  I later consulted with a nutritionist who was not against the use of supplemental nutrition as long as I continue to eat healthy, include calcium rich foods since I was still breastfeeding.

Vegan chocolate is my favorite.  When I have a sweet tooth craving it helps me out.  It's perfect as it is no need to mix much in it.  I normally just add water!!!

Strawberry is ok... I prefer to mix in fruits with water and blend it all together.  I do taste the chalkness and bitter.  With almond milk it does taste better.

So I use shakeology more as a post workout and a snack.  I learn to create a schedule and meal plan to help me so I don't skip meals.  So far so good.  I feel shakeology has been curbing my appetite and keeping me full.  I feel like I don't need as much coffee too.  

So I did an experiment to try for about 3 days without Shakeology to see if there was a difference without.  I felt more moody and lack of energy.  So I am back on shakeology as my supplemental snack.  I will continue the vegan Shakeology for home direct.  I will also sample the other flavors and see which one I like the best

Sunday, June 22, 2014

21 day fix

Before 21 day fix: May 12
Weight 163
Chest 37
arms 13.5
Waist 34
Hip 39
Legs 21

Round 1 results: June 2
Weight 154
chest 36
arm 12
waist 33
hips 38
legs 20

Round 2 results: June 22
Weight 151
Chest 36
Arm 12
Waist 31
Hips 36
legs 19

This program really works.  I was skeptical at first but I took a chance and
I'm grateful I did.  The program has changed my life.  Made me more aware of my eating amounts and taught me to make a commitment to myself to do a 30 minute workout daily.  I have lost 12 pounds since I started the program and counting...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

How does a mommy balance it all?

How do you balance taking care of a baby, cleaning, cooking, working and above all save money?  I work part-time so I work 3-4 days which mean I get 3-4 days off.  My days off goes by so fast.  I need to figure out how you mommies do it.

Looking back at my grandma and mommy, it is definitely hard to balance it all.  My mom worked 3 jobs one point of her life to put my sister and I in preschool.  My mom would work full time her day job, part time evening shift and on the weekend.  My mom or dad would drop us off to school.  After school we went to after school program then my mom would pick us up and drop us off at my grandparent's house so she could go to her evening job.  I spent a lot of time at my grandparent's house with my cousins.  I was lucky to have a great grandma who cooked a home cook Filipino meal every night.  My dad would then pick us up from our grandparent's house to go home.  On the weekend when my mom was not working her full time job she spent it doing laundry, cleaning.  If she cook it was a big pot that could last a couple days.  As children, my sister and I had to help do chores around the house since our parents were so busy.  We were good kids...

Me and my sister were talking about how this and I am trying to figure out solutions to making life easier.

1.  Cleaning schedule.  On my days off instead of spending all day cleaning I will break up tasks during the week so that I am still able to go out and hang out.

Clean Bottle and dishes
Wipe down kitchen and table surfaces
Sweep kitchen and carpet

Days off
Day 1: Laundry and bathroom 

Day 2: vacuum, mop, dust, doors and light switch

*Once a month 
Clean out fridge
Sanitize Trash can
Organize mail and receipts 
Ac and dryer vents 

*Once a year clean
January: Organize personal files
organize cabinets, drawers, closets
Blinds and Curtains 
Light fixtures 
Stains off Carpet 
hard to reach 
Windows and outdoor
Toss expired medicine and foods
December: Donate clothes 

2. Budgeting.  The hardest thing to do, but since I got a new car and after my tax return is done I can pay off some bills and figure out how to free up some unnecessary spending.

3.  Meal planning, freezer and slow cooker meals.

4.  Continue to work out... haha hope I can.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

New family car

I am so happy I was able to trade in my BMW for a 2014 Rav4.  I am super happy with this trade.  It is spacious and a perfect family car!!!  I love the color, the interior and backup camera!!!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lets do it again, the GAR

So I signed up for the Great Aloha Run.  I'm a little nervous since I'm a new mom and wondering how I will schedule runs/exercise, chores, breastfeeding, pumping and now work.  It has been a challenge trying to juggle the new life changes.

My goals for this GAR
1. run in the morning before my BF goes to work and while my sister is here babysitting baby
2. walk daily with dogs and baby or with my sister and the babies
3. when not walking try to do exercise video, Jillian Micheal's 30 day shed

Before I gave birth, I weight about 185 pounds.  I am now 166-169 pounds.  I need a little push, so hopefully I can get down to my pre-pregnancy weight of 159-164.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

This week we have decided to stop using the shield.  I took a chance and we have been quite successful.  She has been sucking better.  Only problems is she spits up a lot, but not to worry she pee and poop a lot!  Have a great Holiday!!!