November 27, 2013

The next challenge

The 30-Day Shred is the most agonizing 22 minutes of my life.  I struggle through it grunting and panting.  For whatever reason, I have difficulty with a different exercise each time:  either certain muscles are sore, or I just can't get the form right, or I get fatigued really quickly.  I'm cursing anyone and everyone--especially Jillian Michaels--in two languages.  When I get to the final stretching period, I stay face down on the rug and pray for a swift and painless death.  Then two days later, I go and do it all over again.

The scale isn't budging, but the pants are fitting better and better.  And I've been told by someone that I've really lost weight, so I guess it's working...or they're being too kind.  Who knows?

Soreness notwithstanding--I have a torrid love affair going on with my bottle of ibuprofen 800mg--I do feel better overall  Not that I'm ready to run a marathon...but I feel more "fit" than I did at the beginning of the month.

Anyhow... 

I requested that my transcript be sent to myself as soon as my degree was conferred, so when it gets here, then I can officially sign things with "BSN."  I guess I technically could use BSN in my signature since I did complete all requirements, but I feel weird doing it without having my degree in hand.  Or at least having a transcript in hand stating that I have earned that degree.  

Since I no longer have classes to take and clearly still need another outlet for my energies (besides exercising, I've read several books, already knit a shawl and two hats, and have cast on another pair of socks), I decided that it was time to embark on the next challenge:


It arrived in the mail earlier this week.  I'm joining the elite...or going to attempt to, anyway.  From what I hear, this examination is truly hell on wheels.  So I decided that if I'm going to make the Spring 2014 test, I need to start revising now.  I have this guide, I have a bunch of addictions manuals, books and journals to go through, and I've made arrangements to pick up more hours working shifts in the addictions programs over the next couple of months.  I also need to sort through my CEUs and see how many addiction ones I have finished, because I will need to have 30 CEUs completed before I can test.

I feel a bit better doing this.  I've been working so hard at school for so long than I feel like I'm wasting my time if I don't work towards the next thing. 

It's been a busy several days.  Between both jobs, I've been everywhere:  ER, outpatient, partial, step-down, back to the ER.  Thanksgiving tomorrow....no four day weekend for me...I'm off tomorrow, but on for Friday and Saturday.  I'll do my Black Friday shopping online.

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