Speaking of my new job, boy oh boy like I said in my last post (I think), hats off to all nursing staff in hospitals! My job as a CNA has truly been kicking my butt that coupled with the fact that even though I was hired as casual (min. of 16 hrs per month) during my training weeks I am working more full-time hours. Full time as a CNA is difficult physically when prior to this my job was sitting on my butt all day. Don’t get me wrong, I love the workout I’m getting but sometimes walking around non-stop for 6 hours before I can even sit my booty down in a chair is terribly hard to get use to right off the bat. That coupled with getting to know the unit and where everything is, is another issue. This past weekend Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I was scheduled three (12) hour shifts back to back but I just couldn’t imagine being able to stand on my feet that many hours so I asked my boss that since I was still training did she think I could just cut back to three (8)’s and she said yes. I told her eventually I would be at a point where I would be working 12’s but not yet. I don’t want to get burned out and not complete a month worth of work yet.
Lastly speaking of getting a good workout, recently on fb a few of my friends are commenting about how many calories they’re burning after doing a workout. So after inquiring about what type of tool they used they said a calorie counter/heart rate monitor wrist watch. They mentioned that each day they like to try a different activity to see how many calories they burned and then try to do better the next day. I thought this was just the thing to help me get back into better shape during the summer before starting fall classes again. So I went up to Wally World and purchased the $30 Proform Multi-Functional Heart Rate Monitor. This thing is so cool, you can at any point push the button on the front and it will tell you your heart rate and it will also say the percentage of your target heart rate you are using. I can push another button to see how many calories I am burning by tracking my heart rate. For instance yesterday during normal daily activities I burned 333 calories in 278 minutes. Then I went for a 22 minute jog and burned 290 calories. What a difference huh?
Alright peeps this is enough for my first blog in a long time. I’ll write more in the week, especially about how fun it is to wait on my family again and doing wifely and motherly duties that I’ve been missing during my school semesters.