Nurse Mandy goes vegan (again)

Hello World,

It’s been a long time.  I’ve been quite busy over the past 2 years and have had some pretty significant life changing events (some for the worse, some for the better…we’ll save that for another day).  Anywho, I am writing today to try and inspire and motivate myself to become a better person.  One of the ways I want to do that is by becoming healthier, active, and an overall better person (inside and out).  I need a soul and body cleansing.  I figured it would probably be better to start with the body and work deeper as I grow.  One of the ways I would like to grow is to become vegan (again).  A few years ago I was able to go vegan successfully for a few months, but fell off the wagon somewhere along the way.  It’s hard to make the transition at first, but I believe it will be worth the effort.  Already, I have eliminated mammals, fowl, and most dairy products.  I have been eating fish and seafood.  That is the hardest thing for me to give up, and along my journey I may realize that a diet that works best for me will continue to include them.  I just need a little extra motivation.  Sometimes, putting yourself out there makes you more accountable because if you fail you will be letting down more than just yourself.  Well, that’s all for now, folks!  Good luck to me and to you in whatever challenges you may be facing.  

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“Babysteps” Our first 5K

A little over a week ago, Chase and I participated in our first official 5K together! It was amazing. It was called Babysteps and proceeds supported counseling for parents who have lost their children. It was held at Tannehill State Park. We sure did pick a good one for our first race. It was held at 8:00am. We didn’t know if we were going to make it, since we are usually running late AND it was pouring rain. Luckily, we made registration and were assigned our numbers. I was super excited to pin mine on! Chase wasn’t as thrilled. *shrugs*. I however, made him wear it, hahaha! We were 326 and 327! I pinned on our numbers with care and we anticipated the start of the race. When I said it was pouring, I mean it was a monsoon. Apparently, those can occur in Alabama. Who knew? It had its advantages though…it totally beat running in August heat and humidity. I had to pour the water out of my shoes twice before the race started! I was nervous about the race. So many people were participating. Would I be able to finish? (I knew I could, but the thought still occurred.) What if I fall down? (It was awfully slippery.) What if I come in last? These questions didn’t really matter…I knew I would finish even if I had to crawl. I knew if I fell, I would get back up. I knew it didn’t matter if I came in last—just a pride thing. Anyway, nerves aside, I was still excited. I didn’t get to warm up or get a good stretch in, and I believe that hurt me in the long run. Finally, it was time to start, and the flock was off. We were in the middle of the crowd. We were to run on trails throughout the park. I had never run with so many people in my life. It was cool because we were feeding off each other’s energy. About 8 minutes in, Chase decides to leave me! I couldn’t believe it—I thought we were doing it together. He didn’t advance too far in front. I could see him the entire time, and he kept checking on me, but still, he left. It sort of motivated me though—I wasn’t gonna let him get out of my sight. He was a runner in highschool and actually had run a 5k+ several times, just not for charity. This was my very first! Anyway, I already knew he was faster and had more endurance than me. I just wanted to stay together. But still, him running ahead added fuel to my fire—and it all worked out. About a 1.5 miles I had to slow my pace to a walk for about a minute. I could still see Chase running, so I started right back. At the beginning of the 2 mile mark, Chase had to slow to a walk. He has trouble starting back after he slows down. I am opposite—I can’t go as long, but can start back after a short rest. I caught up to him, but when I did I got a cramp in my side. It only lasted about a minute, then we started back running together. Then, I rolled my ankle on a rock or pine cone—didn’t get a good look at it. Luckily, it didn’t sprain and didn’t hurt too bad, so I was able to keep going. After running for a little while, we had to slow to a walk again. After about 2 minutes I was ready to run. Chase, however, was not ready. I said, “Well, you left me earlier, so I don’t feel bad leaving you! :)” Then I ran on my own for a bit. My pace was a lot slower than in the beginning. Eventually, I had to walk again. That was when Chase was ready to run. He caught up with me, and we walked a little together up hill. We knew we had to be close to the finish, so we said when we get to the top of the hill, we would run the rest of the way. At the bottom of the hill, we could see where the finish line was. Chase started to give out again, but I told him “you can do it, babe. Let’s do this together.” We then held hands and continued running. Then we were close enough to see the time on the clock: 35:45. I said, “Let’s finish in 36 minutes! We can sprint!” Chase said okay, and we took off…our feet pounding as hard as they could in the puddles of water and mud…but we did it!!! We crossed the line at exactly 36 minutes!!!! 36:00!! It was exhilarating! And we finished in the middle. There were still several runners coming in after us. We joined the crowd clapping and cheering on the remaining participants as they crossed the finish line! It was so much fun! I look forward to our next race! We have a goal to finish in 34 minutes. I know we can do it! My prescription for you is to join an event for charity whether it be a run, walk, etc. It is awesome to help out a good cause. You will help yourself also…work hard to finish and do what you can to succeed. It will give you hope, motivation, and confidence. I believe it will help you to finish other goals. At least it did for me!
On a side note, I wore my “No Meat Athlete” t-shirt that I ordered special for the race and loved it!!! And guess what, Chase even ate an apple afterwards! I literally teared up! It was so much fun to run in the rain!

This is us afterwards….

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My shit doesn’t stink

I have been practicing a vegan lifestyle for almost 2 weeks with the exception of one evening when I had fried rice that contained egg, a bite of grilled salmon, and one shrimp. I’ve always been intrigued by vegetarians and vegan, but was never able to take the plunge until now. I have always been the queen of the throne-meaning I have never had a problem with pooping. I know what you’re thinking: “is this girl really writing about poop?”. The answer is yes! Everyone does it and has to have proper elimination to be healthy. Well, like I was saying, I’ve always been good at. I go at least once a day and usually more. I’m a nurse and see (and smell) poop almost every day that doesn’t belong to me (it sucks). So, I consider myself an expert when it comes to poop. One thing (besides feeling pretty good) that I have noticed since taking the plunge into veganism, is that my poop does not stink!!! Seriously, “my shit don’t stink”! It doesn’t smell like roses either…because it’s poop…but you get what I mean. I’m guessing that since it isn’t loaded with rotting flesh, it doesn’t have that rotten smell. Anyway, just thought I’d share! My prescription for the day: go a few days without consuming animal products. You’ll feel amazing, and your nose will thank you!!

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Interesting fact

Here’s an interesting little fact about me: I received both of these fortunes right after graduating RN school.

My prescription for the day:  If you are thinking about going to nursing school, just do it.  You won’t regret it when you get your paycheck!  🙂

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Me as the Patient

Whelp! I ended up becoming the patient after all. I was the patient!!! I just said I wanted to be healthy to prevent becoming the patient. Well, I guess you can’t prevent accidents! I cut my thumb while trying to cut a sweet potato to make fries out of it. I did not realize they are so tough! I should’ve been paying attention to what I was doing, but obviously I didn’t. I had to go to the ER. I’m lucky I work there—they were super nice, saved me a room, and were very prompt with everything—you have to have some perks for being at such a stressful job. I ended up getting 3 sutures and felt every one. I am not very good at being the patient. I’m much better at nursing. I thought I was a lot tougher, but I had a rude awakening. I cried like a baby through the whole procedure. At least I can now empathize with patients going through the same thing. My husband was very sweet (he held my hand while the doc sewed me up). I am very thankful for all the blessings I have in my life. Thankful that I don’t have to be the patient more often. Thankful for the experience and that I didn’t cut my thumb off! I’m glad I was reminded about why I am a nurse. My prescription for the day: don’t be careless with knives-we often forget they can be dangerous if we use them daily. Also be thankful for all the blessings in your life: your health, your family, the air you breathe, etc. I know I am! 🙂

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ER lessons from June

Things I learned from patients in June…
1. Never clean your gun while drinking vodka. (you probably shouldn’t clean a gun while consuming any alcoholic beverage, but definitely stay clear of the vodka.)
2. If you shave a ladies groin to send her to the Cath lab, nevermind the fact that she’s having a heart attack, just make it look pretty so she can still have fun on the beach the next weekend.
3. Do not stand near a dart board during a game of darts. Period.
4. Do not drive an industrial lawnmower on the side of an embankment, but if u do, the seatbelt really does help.
5. If u “lose” a condom during sexual intercourse, please do not put another on and continue. You may lose it as well. Seriously.

My prescription for the month of July: follow this advice, and in all seriousness, please wear your seatbelt!!!

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Evening Run

I had a great run this evening!  I love to run after a rain.  The air is fresh, there is a stillness throughout.  I ran around my neighborhood and had the perfect scenery for a summer evening run.  My music was the sound of my feet on the pavement and the soft humming of the cicadas.  I had a gorgeous view of the sunset.  The lightning bugs danced in the distance.  I watched neighbors working their grills.  I found art in people’s landscaping.   I ran/walked ~5.22 miles.  It was more like meditation (without being still).  I had time to myself to think and just watch my local world.  It was like a little therapy session.   My prescription for the day…take a walk/run in your neighborhood.  You just might have a little session of your own.

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