I’m just getting out of bed. This is what I’ll say about night-shift nurse life: some weeks are harder than others. You’ve caught me on a hard week. My body is not appreciating its sleep being all over the place. I’m writing this to be real and raw, this is my reality. I love my job, love my coworkers, and love the patient population I work with…so, I try not to get too caught up with my night-shift woes.
I just wanted to share that. It’s easy to look at someone else and think they have it all together. I shed a couple tears this week because I missed Drew and couldn’t sleep well after a night-shift (sleeping enough is one of my keys to success). As my dad says to me now “you weren’t so balanced, were you?” He thinks he is really funny 🙂
Today I wanted to share a few things that have inspired me this week, and hopefully you will be inspired by them too.
- If you follow BalancedAmes on Facebook you’ll see that I shared this blog How I lost 30 pounds Without Trying: Part 1 from VEVA Health. It popped up on my Facebook newsfeed because the story is about a grade school friend of mine. She is currently traveling the world with her husband (amazing), and has lost 30 pounds since she began. I would say the title is a little bit of a stretch because if you read the article Lindsey clearly did a some intentional things and to me that means effort. Give it a read! She talks about the moment that she realized she was obese and what she changed to become healthier. Weight loss is the side effect of her becoming healthier and more intentional about her lifestyle. My takeaway messages: you shouldn’t be eating as much as your significant other/husband and don’t linger around the food table at a social event. There are times that I definitely eat as much as Drew (whoops, he is clearly taller with more muscle = needs more fuel, plus he has the best metabolism of anyone I know…which is another story) and social events can also be a challenge (do I really need to go back to the food table 2-3x?). If you are a travel lover, Lindsey also has a blog Nuventure Travels about her and her husbands journey around the world. Images below or via VEVA.
- This quote: “Think about the things you like about your body: what makes you strong? Be proud of what makes you unique and don’t compare yourself to others…if we band together and bring each other up maybe we can change the way the media portrays women or better yet, stop the power it has over so many of us.” -Lois Keller. I saw this quote from VEVA health’s Instagram after wanting to know more about the blog I mentioned previously. I LOVE it! Many times women get caught up in a game of comparison. Social media has emphasized this cultural phenomenon. As a personal example, I follow many health bloggers on Instagram. I scroll down my feed and see so many beautiful, strong, very lean women. It’s easy to start comparing myself to them and sometimes I do. I have to make a conscious decision to stay in my own lane and appreciate their images as motivation and proof of their hard work. Just be YOU and love your body for what it can do. If you want to make a change, do it for you. Do it because you want a healthier life for yourself. Don’t do it because what someone said to you or because you want to look like someone else. That motivation doesn’t stick, but if it truly comes from your heart…you’ll get there.
- Track workouts. My friend Carrie + I hit the track once a week to get speed work in. Her + I have the same goal: to be healthy, fit, strong women. We aren’t sprinting around the track because we have a certain goal in a race, we are doing it because we want to challenge ourselves mentally and physically. We want to spend time together and relieve our stress. We enjoy it. Last week we started talking about how more people should do this. Did you used to run track but haven’t been to a track in years? Maybe for you it’s basketball, soccer, swimming, etc. If you have trouble getting activity in on a weekly basis maybe you should turn back to the things that made you move when you were younger. Back when we didn’t think about it as “working out” or a “chore”, but we were pushed by things that we enjoyed. Both of us spent several years away from the track and now we both look forward to our weekly rendezvous with it. Maybe you can think of something you want to pick up again.
- The last thing I wanted to mention was an event I have coming up next week. If you live in the Madison area and want to come over and learn more about AdvoCare…Drew + I are hosting our very first mixer. It’s an opportunity to get information, ask questions, and learn about the products + the company. Whether you are looking to get yourself on a healthier track, lose weight, or you need some extra money in your life…we’d love to have you 🙂 Our friends Jill + Joe Troia are coming, they are very knowledgeable about AdvoCare and use it as a business to be able to keep Jill at home with their sweet little daughter.
I hope everyone has a great rest of the week + weekend! Love, Ames