H2… Hiatus

Before: Freezing my butt off.

Before: Freezing my butt off.

Ok guys. Sorry for the hiatus. I had every intention of keeping up with things even through exam weeks, but I just had to put everything on hold and focus on the essentials… and no, working out didn’t even make the cut. I lost weight… here’s my latest stats, but I’m kind of worried it’s more from muscle atrophy then anything else.

Measurements (cm)
Hip: 91 (-1.0)
Waist:74 (+2.0)
Quad: 52.5 (+2.0)
Calf: 32 (-1.0)
Bicep: 27 (+0.5)

Total Measurement Change since last week: +2.5 cm (Ugh at least my biceps and quads got bigger)

Weight: 139.4lbs (-2.4 from last time)

But who cares!? The first semester of nursing school is over (with good grades TAH BOOT!)! And during all the craziness of those last 2 weeks of the semester, I got a new job! I will be working as a unit secretary (mostly night shift) in the ER at RCH. I couldn’t be happier 🙂

Besides studying and drinking copious amounts of tea and coffee, I did make time for 2 races (Color Me Rad, and Rugged Maniac) AND a day at Kings Dominion – I got season passes for my man’s birthday.

After: Can't wait to shower!

After: Can’t wait to shower!

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When the stars allign

Sometimes the stars just align, and when this happens its best not to ask why, but to just enjoy it. This past weekend was no exception. The past few months have been rough, but moving closer to family has really helped our morale, and through all the craziness, Clarke and my relationship has only gotten better.

And crazy just doesn’t quite cut it. Having all our stuff crammed in too small of a house with his mother who has been sick and is one bad life event away from becoming a hoarder has not been easy. We both have demanding lives – school, work, you name it, and being a caregiver definitely doesn’t ease the stress, but as I said in a previous post, things are coming together, and this weekend we were truly blessed with not only improvement with his mother’s attitude (we’ll see how long that lasts), and new neighbors bringing new blessings.

Saturday morning was looking to be another crazy day as usual. Clarke had to go on a sales call Saturday morning, and I stayed home to work on homework and begin the unpacking process. I noticed he was taking longer than expected and looked out the window to see him talking to our new neighbors, so I went back to work. Not 5 minutes later he came in to give the neighbor and his father a tour…

Then the neighbors father bought our stuff! Great deal both ways, so our 2 couches are sold along with our coffee and end tables! There went our clutter – a wonderful stroke of luck! Then we went to swim, what a lovely Saturday!

Sunday (Easter) Such a yucky rainy day. We went to the old house to check on things before the month was over and the buyer moved in, but the buyer was there, and …

I know him.

Nicest. Guy. Ever.

And he was tore up that, yes he got a house with his girlfriend better than he ever thought they could afford, but that poor person that had to short sell… We couldn’t be happier! It was a win win all the way around, and it was great to give the new owners our blessings and to finally wipe our hand of the house for once and for all!

Being MIA

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Ok ok. I’ve been MIA since, school started. First real semester of Nursing classes. I would say I’m extremely overwhelmed, but I’ve found that if you just accept the feeling of being overwhelmed all the time, it becomes a little bit of a fire under your butt spurring you on. That way, no meltdowns, just consistent ass kicking, and a much much clearer head.

And these two weeks, that’s just what I’ve been doing, focusing on keeping a clear head, and being consistent. So I apologize for not being as consistent as I would like here, but wouldn’t you agree that it is vital to establish a good baseline? And you know what?

I’ve lost 3 lbs in 2 weeks. Right on track. By eating breakfast and having my shit together. There were days where I buckled and Clarke and I got some ice cream and ate more than necessary, but you know what? The next day was better. Every day is a chance to improve what you didn’t like from yesterday.

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Hi, I’m Hannah…

Ok. So this blog is a long time coming. I have what I like to call a consistency issue when it comes to being healthy… I have a hard time when it comes to maintaining a consistent healthy lifestyle (specifically in the food department). Especially when the semester kicks into high gear or things get a little demanding at work. But that’s life isn’t it? And with 25 coming around the corner, there are places I want to be, personally, professionally, and academically, and this blog is to help me remain accountable and to hopefully, create a network of people seeking support on their paths to become the best version of themselves as possible.

In a nutshell one year from now… 12/12/13, on my 25th birthday, I want to have obtained and maintained a certain level of fitness, to lower my % body fat from it’s current 24% to 18% BF, to complete my first tough mudder (scheduled for June!), and to keep kicking butt at school in the meantime.

This change I am proposing is step one of becoming the person I know I can be, and it is up to me to grab hold of what I want for myself and make it happen. I see no reason that I cannot accomplish all of this for myself, after all who else is gonna do it for me?

And it is my hope that over the course of the next year, we can all celebrate our successes, one step at a time.