What’s Up With Mel?


I think it’s safe to say that college is rough and has been a heavy influence in my distractions from writing. It is a good thing, because I became more focused on my grades, even more-so when classes were ending. On that note, here I am back to writing.


It’s been awhile, so here’s what’s been up:

This past month, I managed to maintain my college gpa, graduated with my AA in Nursing, endured a 4 hour car ride right after graduating (not even kidding, it was that same night; we arrived at like 1 AM) , was a bridesmaid in George’s sister’s (Sarah) wedding, and endured a 3.5 hour drive back home with a rain shower of lovebugs on the interstate (to say the least, it took a whole hour to clean them all off).

During our mini vacation before summer classes begin, George and I stayed at his parents’ lovely home, along with their 2 dogs, our 2 dogs, and Sarah’s dog. On our last night there, George and Sarah’s brother dropped off his dog before he went on a trip with his friends to Seattle. In total, we stayed with 6 dogs. Who could’ve guessed we’re all dog lovers?

BTW, the wedding was wonderful and I am glad that I was a part of it. To set the scene, it was on a lovely property of land on a peninsula, overlooking the water. It was a sunny Saturday afternoon, outdoors of course. There was a small gathering of close friends and family of Sarah and Brian. The reception was literally down the street from their parents’ house, also outdoors and overlooking the water. The food was delicious and everyone had plenty of drinks to go around. Many of the friends and family members danced the night away as they were drunk, laughing, and having a grand time. It was truly a night to remember and everyone is happy for Sarah and Brian to spend the rest of their lives together as a married couple. I think everyone can agree they were meant to be.

Plans & Goals

Now that everyone is back home and off doing their normal daily things, I don’t think I’m ready just yet to begin classes again so soon. It’s been barely a week of pure relaxation for me and a couple others I know. Just to let you know, even though I now have my AA in Nursing, I am still missing 2 of my prerequisites needed to apply to any Nursing school, which is why I am spending the rest of this summer taking additional classes apart from my AA. I was among many college students who change their majors (multiple times), so I used up a lot of my credits and became eligible to graduate with my AA and still have prerequisites left that were not required for graduating. It might sound a little confusing, but just know that I am slowly getting to my goal of becoming a Registered Nurse. Part of that goal includes taking additional classes for becoming BLS/CPR certified, (hopefully, but not required to becoming CNA certified), studying and preparing to take the TEAS Exam, and lastly, applying to multiple Nursing Schools in Florida. Another part of my goal is to decide if we want to stay in Gainesville or move closer to George’s parents and apply to those schools accordingly. As far as which Nursing degree I’m going for, my goal is to go straight for the BSN, but if none of the Nursing school accept me for that program, I’m going for the ADN, and if the same thing happens, I’m going for the LPN. I can still become an RN off the bat with the ADN, but if that’s what I end up with, I plan to go back to school to do an RN-BSN bridge program. If I end up going with the LPN route, I would be a Licensed Practical Nurse, which is a step below RN. I can also do a bridge program to becoming an RN with a BSN later on, but LPNs get paid less than RNs with an ADN. RNs with a BSN make the most out of the 3 and they kind of control more in that field with that degree. This might also be a little confusing, but again, just know that my ultimate goal is to become an RN with a BSN degree.

I’m only 20 and things like these take time. I’m not afraid of the journey because I know in the end, I will get there (and I will still be young). Side note: I turn 21 this November, so I’m excited for that!


Post-graduation

As always, thank you so much for reading, as well as showing interest in my blog! It means a lot to me and I greatly appreciate it. What are your short-term and long-term goals? Have you ever been a part of a wedding? Let me know if there is also anything you’d like to comment on in the comment box!

Lots of love,

Mel

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My Fitness Plan (Weeks 1-4)


Since the beginning of December 2018, George and I have been going to the gym together. Throughout that month, we went 3 days a week, but life got in the way and in reality we probably went like once a week. We came up with a stricter regimen, focusing more on the purpose and personal goals we set for ourselves. Right around New Years, we got a gym membership to a bigger, nicer gym, with better equipment. Our new regimen is now 6 days a week, with one rest day. So far, it’s been about 2 weeks and I’m already seeing results. For example, a month ago, I could barely run half a mile without needing to stop to catch my breath, but yesterday, I ran a mile straight, walked for 5 minutes, and ran another mile straight. It was the best feeling afterwards because I know how far I can push myself to go, especially compared to before. I’ve also been going up in weight for some of my exercises each week, which is always good. And last week, I even surprised myself because I crossed my arms for a second and my left hand grazed my right arm and I was like, “wait a minute, there’s muscle there now!” There was an actual, decent sized bicep. So, I’ve been making progress already with this new regimen and it’s only been 2 weeks. (Workout plan below).


Side note: I got these new workout clothes from Marshall’s and Forever 21.


My Workout Plan: Weeks 1-4

*****Disclaimer: This workout plan was made based off of George’s gym experience, knowledge, & some research; this is not professional by any means.

  • Day 1: SC Lower Body/ Core/ Legs
    • Glutes
      • Bodyweight Hip Thrust (3×20)
      • Bodyweight Full Squat (3×20)
      • Bodyweight Back Extension (3×20)
      • Side Lying Clam (1×30 each side)
    • Legs
      • Barbell Squat (3×10)
      • Seated Calf Raises (3×15)
      • Seated Leg Curls (3×15)
      • Leg Extensions (3×15)
    • Core
      • Superman (2×30 secs)
      • Side Plank (2×30 secs one side)
      • Russian Twists (2×30 secs)
      • Side Plank (2×30 secs other side)
      • Plank (2×30 secs)
  • Day 2: Chest, Triceps, Shoulders/ Cardio
    • Chest
      • Incline Dumbbell (3×15)
      • Flat Bench Press (3×15)
    • Shoulders
      • Dumbbell Standing Overhead Press (3×10)
      • Egyptian Cable Lateral Raise or Dumbbell Lateral Raise (3×10)
    • Triceps
      • Tricep Pushdown (3×15)
      • Tricep Overhead Extension (3×15)
    • Cardio
      • 15 minutes of increasing speed or distance weekly
  • Day 3: SC Lower Body/ Core
    • Glutes
      • Bodyweight Single-leg Glute Bridge (3×20 each side)
      • Bodyweight Walking Lunge (3×10 each side)
      • Bodyweight Reverse Hyper Extension (3×20)
      • Side Lying Abduction (1×30 each side)
    • Core
      • Superman (2×30 secs)
      • Side Plank (2×30 secs one side)
      • Russian Twists (2×30 secs)
      • Side Plank (2×30 secs other side)
      • Plank (2×30 secs)
  • Day 4: Rest
  • Day 5: SC Lower Body/ Core/ Legs
    • Glutes
      • Barbell Glute Bridges (3×10)
      • Goblet Full Squat (3×10)
      • Dumbbell Romanian Deadlift (3×10)
      • Cable Hip Rotation (1×10 each side)
    • Legs
      • Leg Press (3×10)
      • Leg Press Calf Raises (3×15)
      • Leg Extensions (3×15)
      • Lying Leg Curls (3×15)
    • Core
      • Superman (2×30 secs)
        Side Plank (2×30 secs one side)
        Russian Twists (2×30 secs)
        Side Plank (2×30 secs other side)
        Plank (2×30 secs)
  • Day 6: Back. Bicep/ Cardio
    • Back
      • Barbell Rows (3×15)
      • One Arm Lat Cable Pull Ins (3×15)
      • Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns (3×15)
      • Iso Rows (3×15)
      • Weighted Hyperextensions (2×10)
    • Bicep
      • Bicep Hammer Curls (3×15)
      • Preacher Curls (3×15)
    • Cardio
      • 15 minutes with increasing speed or distance weekly
  • Day 7: Cardio/ Core
    • Core
      • Flutter Kicks (3×40)
      • Crunches (3×16)
      • Rest (45 secs)
      • Alternate Heel Touchers/Lying Oblique Reach (3×40)
      • Lying Leg Raises (3×12)
      • Rest (45 secs)
      • Bosu Ball V-Ups (3×12)
      • Double Crunches (3×16)
      • Rest (45 secs)
      • Plank (3×30 secs)
      • Tuck Jumps (1×20)
    • Cardio
      • 30 minutes, alternating between walking and jogging

In the next 2 weeks, after I finish weeks 1-4 of this plan, I am planning on making a newer regimen. The new one will consist of some different workouts and higher endurance. I will post an update on what those will be as soon as I have them set up for weeks 5-9.


As always, thank you so much for reading, as well as showing interest in my blog! It means a lot to me and I greatly appreciate it. What do you always think, “What if …” about? Let me know if there is also anything you’d like to comment on in the comment box!

Lots of love,

Mel