Ok so, here we go again, wanting to do the blog thing and stick with it lol. But I think this will actually be a good time for me to boot this up – there’s a lot going on right now, and I think/hope that some of the things I’m up to are things that may resonate with other folks as well.
Let’s start with Self-Improvement Thing #1: Whole30. I got sucked in! Two of my office mates started it today and I decided to join them. But what’s my “why?” It’s pretty simple – I need to lose a bit over 100 pounds, and my biggest challenge is my relationship with food. This seems like a good way to re-set the way I view (and use) food. Plus it’ll force me to learn new recipes, unless I want to eat nothing but eggs and sweet potatoes for the next 30 days. I survived Day 1, so yay! I did my first Whole30 grocery shopping today and felt so damn healthy. Ya’ll should have seen it. I’ve never bought so many vegetables in my life.
Moving on into Self-Improvement Thing #2: Getting My First Krav Maga Belt. Krav Maga is, as defined by the Google, “a form of self-defense and physical training, first developed by the Israeli army in the 1940s, based on the use of reflexive responses to threatening situations.” I started taking Krav Maga and boxing classes about 8 weeks ago and love them both. If I take a certain number of classes within a 6-month period, I can qualify for my first belt test (like karate belts). I’ve never achieved anything athletic before, so earning a belt would feel like a huge accomplishment for me. And it’s fun to learn how to literally kick ass.
Next up is Self-Improvement Thing #3: Happy Pills. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety since I was a teenager (along with an OCD, but that can be a post for another day). I haven’t been on an anti-depressant for quite a while, buuuut it’s time. I’ve had a rough time with all my brain weasels for the past several months and finally went to a doctor today. My new prescription starts tomorrow – Day 2 of Whole30 + Day 1 of a new prescription might make for an interesting combination, haha! Thankfully I’ve got a strong support system to help me hold on to a few of my marbles here.
We’ll bring it home with Self-Improvement Thing #4: Pre-Nursing Classes. This item is a complicated topic for me. I enjoy my current career as a project manager, but I also feel drawn towards doing something in the medical field. I started taking nursing prerequisites last Fall – that semester was awesome, but Spring was an entirely different story. I ended up having to drop the class due to significant issues with the professor and the way the class was ran… I’ve never had to drop a class before and was sooo upset that I was going to have a dropped class on my transcripts now. However, it wasn’t just me, and it turned into this whole crazy snowball that went all the way up to the dean of the school, and it looks like the school is going to remove the dropped class from our transcripts. But anyways. That same semester, my role changed at work, and the scope of what I do greatly expanded. I started wondering if switching careers is the best thing for me or not. I’ve gone back and forth about it, but I realized that some part of me just isn’t ready to let it go yet. So today I registered for an online nutrition class for this Summer, and I’m planning on re-enrolling in that Spring class again this upcoming Fall with a different instructor.
So that’s what I’ve got going on! Should give me plenty of things to write about over the next several months, yeah? Whole30 and weight loss and boxing and Krav Maga belts and depression/anxiety/OCD and working full-time while going to school part-time? Yeah.
Feel free to drop me a line if any of this does resonate with you… if you’ve been there and done that, or if you’re hoping to be there and do that… wherever you are with your stuff. 🙂