Hi Journal & Friends,
Hot diggity dog! I made it!! Today is the official ending of The Perfect 10 Challenge, which has run for 10 weeks. Whew!
I loved this challenge... we got to choose our own goals, and report in each Friday.
My goal: to exercise 6 days per week, split up between exercise DVD's, and a stretching routine (I actually started with using my rebounder, but my legs/knees became too painful, so I switched to the stretching).
This week I made my goal, but barely. Yesterday it was 7pm... I hadn't done my exercise DVD yet, and my mind was desparately scrambling for a legitimate excuse! Alas, none could be found... and I sucked it up and just did it. Naturally, about 1/4 of the way in, the fun kicked in and I started to enjoy the music, bouncing around with Richard Simmons.
Thank you, Steve, for starting this challenge. I know this has been an extraordinarily hard time for you, yet you didn't give up. Bless you.
The other part of the Challenge was that each week we tell an Unknown Fact about ourselves. Here is the last one:
I was once a Medical Assistant.
For those not familiar, I worked for a general practitioner in a small office, and did all the nursing duties, such as blood draws, shots, EKG's, BP's, histories, suture removals, ultrasound therapies, assisting with acupuncture procedures, and so much more. He was an Osteopath, and a wonderful man. Really, an old country doctor at heart.
My favorite duty was assisting in minor office surgeries. I only passed out at the first one.. after that, I was good to go, LOL!
We were located in historic Jacksonville, Oregon... the first doctor available as you come out of a forested area. I'll never forget the day Doctor was gone for lunch, and in rushed a bunch of loggers. One had cut open his leg with a chain saw!! People were sitting around, waiting for Doctor to return, and these big burly guys come in, and calmly sit down, with the injured guy bleeding all over my rug!
I thought it might be prudent to wisk him into the back office stat!! LOL! I was not a "real" nurse, and they were expecting ME to do something...yikes! Fortunately--for me AND him--Doctor came back shortly after I got the guy in back and cleaned up a bit. Yes, it was an eventful job at times. Lots of stories like that. :-)
But the thing that CHANGED my life, was not the job, but the preparation for the job.
I never went to college, because I had been convinced by a high school teacher that I was not smart enough (another sad story!). But my sister, Karen, and I attended the Bryman School for Medical Assisting together. We set a record as the two highest scores EVER in the schools history, with Karen beating me by tenths of a point on our final grade.
Honestly, that totally changed my view of myself. I astounded myself at what I had been capable of... I worked full time all night, and went to school during the day, graduating as Salutatorian. Karen was Valedictorian. After that, I no longer felt too dumb for anything!!!
It was hard work, but I am so thankful for that experience. It truly changed me for the rest of my life.
From Dr Phil's book: "Be very careful not to let others deter you from your task of managing your weight."
My verse for today: "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence."
My quote for today: "If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves." --Thomas A Edison
Enjoy the Journey,