Emily: My favorite aspects of being a RT is making a difference in the life of my patients and also their families. I primarily work in ICU, where I deal with very sick patients on ventilators. It’s gratifying to know I have an impact on saving a person’s life. I work part time, so working night-shift makes it worth because of the pay differential. This way we don’t have to pay for a babysitter, my husband comes home on the weekends to take over baby duty when I work. Also, I’m thankful my mom moved up here to La Crosse, WI two years ago because she helps out when my night shift schedule falls on a weekday.
Ames: Tell us about how you manage to stay healthy on night-shift. What are your top tips?
Emily: I know many women will dislike me for saying this, but my pregnancy was great. I never had morning sickness. The only time I became ill is when I needed to eat. I was fortunate to keep my fitness training going throughout my entire pregnancy until the day my water broke. I went to a body blast class weekly and spin classes 1-2 times/week. I weight trained in between about 3 days/week. The only pain I endured while pregnant was pelvic pain during my first trimester. I thought it was going to fall out, lol. At that point in time I decided to omit some of the impact training, such as running. Oddly enough, I was able to run hills and stadiums with no pain or injury. Working out throughout my pregnancy offered an easy labor, which I was thankful for. A: Love to hear this! So inspiring! In public people have started offering me their seat (which is sweet), my husband recently responded “she just hiked 8 miles last week.” Pregnancy doesn’t have to equal decreased activity, you just have to learn the correct modifications + educate yourself about what to stay away from.
Emily: Surprisingly, my transition to motherhood went smoothly. I was the girl who never wanted kids. I grew up in the last few years, and began thinking more and more about being a momma. I decided, well I’m not getting any younger. 🙂 I took life by the horns with Parsyn and never looked back. He went everywhere with me. We got out of the house daily whether it was to run errands, attend outings, or to take a stroll and workout with momma.
Emily: I started going on walks the week he came home. I had some pain doing that, so I slowed my stroll. I slowly began making my way back into a fitness routine since then even if that meant adapting. By week 6, I started jogging and doing some Sea Grave drills on the track (holy pee). As many of you who have kids, I didn’t realize that your pee muscles took quite a while to recover and tighten up, lol. Since then, I’ve never looked back. I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been in and the lightest I’ve been since beginning of college. A: So incredible!
Emily: On Mondays I attend Body blast, which is similar to HIIT (high intensity interval training). It lasts 50 minutes. Tuesdays I warm up with a speedy 1 mile run, then weight lift after. Wednesday I weight lift before spin class for 45 minutes. Thursday and Friday I do the speedy 1 mile warm up and weight lift after. Each day of lifting is different based on the body group I’m focusing on. While lifting, I use circuit interval training. For example, 3 sets of 3-4 lifts with little rest between reps. I incorporate cardio and core as part of a rep as well. Each week may be tweaked depending on my spondylolisthesis as I can have flare ups. Overall, my workouts can be described as high intensity, where I work up a good sweat. Now that it’s getting nicer out, I’ll be increasing my running miles exponentially.
Emily: I think the biggest reason I aspire to inspire others is to let it be known that a healthy lifestyle is a priority not an excuse. I’m tired most times maintaining a household, cooking meals, prepping baby food, working, keeping my 9 month old happy, and running errands…yet I make time to workout. I have found the time because being healthy is a priority. Anyone can MAKE the time, it’s whether or not you WANT to. It doesn’t have to be a 45 minute sweat session, but can be broken up into two 15 minute intervals in your own home. Heck use your child as weight resistance. I think it’s important to include your little one in your healthy lifestyle. YOU’RE their biggest role model. Take advantage and instill that! A: Absolutely love this message. You don’t have to go to the gym for an hour and a half to be in shape. Even during pregnancy there are times when I’m just more comfortable + it’s more efficient to do a 30 minute workout at home. I’m sure that is going to happen a lot for me after the little arrives too 🙂