My struggle with fitness

Hi loves,

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog…and I’m pretty sure I said that last time. But I truly do want to be more consistent with my posts.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy during these tough times. I wanted to come on here and talk about health and fitness (I can hear my boyfriend laughing at me as I typed that). I say that because my boyfriend loves fitness…I mean he’s getting his PhD in exercise physiology….and I hate working out (they aren’t lying when they say opposites attract). I know I shouldn’t hate working out, as it’s good for my well-being, my anxiety, my heart etc, but i’ve never been able to get into it like a lot of other people.

Before the closure of my gym, my boyfriend would give me workouts to do. And I tried my best to follow but some days I just wasn’t motivated or I didn’t want to do the workout that he had suggested. This would frustrate my boyfriend because I would constantly ask for help but then I wouldn’t take his advise. Now that the gym has been closed for months I have been struggling even more. I do home workouts but don’t feel as motivated as I previously had been when I was able to go to the gym. Ryan has started running more and he has been encouraging me to start running as well. I’ve been on a handful of runs so far…and by runs I mean running then walking, running then walking. I am going to continue to run and see if I get better. I use nike run club to track how many kilometres I run. I will say beating my own records have been a motivating factor. My fastest 1K is 6 minutes and 22 seconds🏃🏽‍♀️…which may be slow but hey I’m proud.

Don’t get me wrong, I know health and fitness is more than just working out. I know that what I eat plays a HUGE role. But man, do I love food!!. I think I love anything that is not healthy for my body 🍕🍔🌭🍫🍭. In no way am I going to put myself on a certain diet. But I definitely want to incorporate more vegetables 🥒🥬, more fruit 🍎🍌and more protein into my lifestyle. As someone who doesn’t eat a lot of meat, I need to start eating other foods which are high in protein. A big issues I have is no self control, for example if the break room has free donuts 🍩 , 99% of the time I’m going to eat one. Treating yourself every once in a while isn’t the end of the world but sometimes it’s ok to say no. (basically what I’m saying is the break room has had too many free donuts lately😂)

I wanted to write about this to hold my self accountable. I am currently at my heaviest weight…I know a number on a scale shouldn’t matter but it motivates me. Am I obese in anyway? no. But am I unhappy with the way I look? Yes. I may even be slightly overweight for my height but not for long. As summer is approaching I decided to try my shorts on. They still fit but are far too tight for my liking. So this is the start for me. The start of a healthier lifestyle. The start of learning to love to workout. I can’t wait to see the changes to my body, inside and out.

xo

Until next time✨

Being a Nurse during a Pandemic

Hi again,

I know it’s been awhile since i’ve written a blog post. And from the title I think it’s easy to tell why…life has been quite busy since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. It’s hard to put into words the stress I am feeling. As i’m sure most of you are feeling the same way. Whether or not you are a frontline worker…it’s a scary time.

I work in long term care. I’ve worked in the same home for over 3 years. These residents have become family. My number one priority is keeping my residents safe and healthy. As well as keeping my own family healthy.

Our nursing home and all other nursing homes are taking every precaution we can to make sure COVID-19 stays out. Our staff know not to come to work if they are sick. We are also taking the temperatures of every single staff member when they walk into the building. And sadly but for good reason, we are not letting any visitors in. Which includes family members….I know this precaution is tough on our residents. And for the family members I couldn’t imagine not being able to see my grandparents, mom/dad and/or which ever loved one is in a nursing home. I know they must miss them and feel quite scared right now. But I know they are thankful and understanding.

This blog post is quite short, but like I said above…it’s hard to put this all into words. As I believe this is just the beginning. I’m sure I will have more to say down the road but right now, I just want to keep COVID-19 out of my nursing home and away from my loved ones. Shout-out to my fellow nurses, doctors, PT, OT, grocery store workers and anyone who is an essential worker. We are so thankful for you and the work you are doing!

I’d also like to mention if you live with someone who is a frontline worker please take all the precautions necessary. If you have travelled recently DO NOT go out for at least two weeks, do not see anyone and have items dropped off to your front door. Wash your hands. And if you can…please stay home. Do not go visit anyone even if you think they are healthy, as some people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic.

Until next time✨

Stay healthy, xo