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What's In My Grocery Basket & New Workout DVD's – Geek Turned Athlete

What’s In My Grocery Basket & New Workout DVD’s

I have some good news that I want to share with you all before we get to my grocery buys and new workout DVDs. I finally got a job! Since I was still having issues getting EMT certified in TX from WA (even though I’m nationally certified), I decided to go and get certified as a nursing assistant since it was cheaper and less time than retaking an EMT class here in Texas. I took the class on the weekends last semester, and I didn’t start looking for a job as soon as the semester was out because we had some traveling to do. It took me about 6 weeks to find a patient care assistant (PCA) job at a hospital here in Texas, but I think I found a good fit for me. In one of the interviews that I went on, the nurse asked me, “You do know you are overqualified for this position, right?” Then she kept asking me that over and over again. I am fully aware that I have a masters in engineering. haha. I am aware that this is basically an entry level position within the hospital system, but this is necessary if I want to LOVE what I do for a living. The average student who gets accepted to UT Health Science Center for PA school has 85 months of paid clinical experience. I have zero. How do most PA school hopefuls get their experience? They get it from being either an EMT or PCA.

I haven’t started yet since the hospital has hired a lot of people lately, and the orientation schedule is a little backed up, but I’m really excited to start gaining this “hands on” patient experience. I should be in an orientation class by the middle of this month hopefully!! This position, unfortunately for my sleep cycle, is on the night shift. If any of you have experience with working the night shift, let me know!! This will be a first for me. I read this blog post by Nom Nom Paleo that had some really good tips in it, but I’m open to more suggestions to make this an easy transition. Regardless, I’m eager to learn about how a hospital functions and all the medical terminology that comes with it.

Now onto my grocery basket from Trader Joes! I’ve gotten a few emails asking me what I buy when I go grocery shopping, and I like seeing what other bloggers are buying; so I thought this would be fun. I bought all my meat from Whole Foods earlier in the week. I look for sales when I shop there otherwise I would be broke.


So, from right to left, I bought:

* Sea Salt
* Peppercorns
* Cumin
* Canned smoked oysters (really good with plantain chips, potato chips, carrot slices)
* White potatoes (I have my white potato challenge this week)
* Sweet potatoes
* Lemons
* Bananas
* Nectarines
* Avocados
* Orange bell pepper
* Honeydew melon
* Grapes
* Blueberries
* Celery
* Green Onions
* Brussel sprouts
* Zucchini
* Carrots
* Kale
* Mixed Greens
* Shredded cabbage
* Cucumbers
* $5 bottle of wine
* Dried pineapple
* Dried mango
* Dried mango with chili (the hubs LOVES these things)
* Pine nuts
* Banana chips


I know this probably seems like a lot of veggies, but we go through them pretty quickly since we don’t eat any grains in our house anymore. This week, I actually didn’t plan a menu, but I’m pretty good at using almost EVERYTHING in our fridge before I do back to the store. I’m not kidding you. Our fridge is mostly bare including the produce drawers probably except for the condiment shelves and one main shelf before I will go back to the store. I hate wasting food!

As you know, my doc isn’t letting me do anything crazy as far as working out goes (trying to heal my gut!), and I’m getting a little bored from lifting weights at the gym. I used to be such a gym rat, and I don’t know what happened. I just don’t enjoy the gym anymore after years of training outside for triathlons. Plus, the gym on base is ALWAYS busy. There are no down times.

I have been wanting to join a Crossfit gym, but I think my doc would freak. haha. Plus, at $125 to $150/month we just can’t justify spending that much money when we are trying to be debt free in a year or so. As an adult, I actually have to be responsible with how I spend my money! Once we are debt free and I’m healed, I definitely would LOVE to give it a try though!

I was missing my ZWOW workouts, so I’m back with doing those and:


Good ole, Jillian Michaels. Her workouts are 30 minutes long (including warm-up and cool down), and they kick my butt. Shred-It was $7-$8, and the 15 lb kettle bell was $20 on Amazon. Don’t get your kettlebells from Target!! They are twice as much!  If you have Amazon Prime, it is free shipping which is quite a good thing with a 15 lb kettlebell.


I also ordered Zuzka’s ZCUT Power Strength Series for $15 on Amazon. It comes with 12 workouts, plus 3 bonus workouts, and a workout calendar. I’m still running 2-3 times/ week, so I think this is exactly what I need. The calendar says to complete 5 workouts/week, but I don’t think I will be doing that many a week. I was listening to a podcast with Rob Wolf and Jason Seib last week, and they specified that anyone dealing with adrenal fatigue should only be working out 3 times a week (10-15 high intensity) + warm-up and cooldown. That is what all of these provide.

P.S. If you aren’t familiar with Zuzka, you need to be.  She puts together short HIIT workouts. I would compare them to crossfit but without the heavy weight lifting component.


So, that is what I’ve been up to! Well, that and running with the puppies…


Have you ever worked the night shift?

What do you think about HIIT workouts? These ladies are pretty buff from doing them!!

Anyone else suffer from adrenal fatigue?  How long did it take to heal? 


{ 8 comments… add one }

  • Purelytwins August 2, 2013, 4:07 pm

    congrats on the new job! that is awesome

    and yay for shorter workouts 😉 thanks for the shout out.

    We love Z!

    • Nicole August 3, 2013, 11:42 am

      No prob, ladies! Thanks!

  • lindsay August 3, 2013, 6:06 am

    i am happy to come eat some of that food if you don’t use it up, just sayin. We love Z! great workouts too. Good luck at the new job and congrats!

  • Bridget August 3, 2013, 2:53 pm

    I do rotating shifts. Two days and two nights as an RN. I stop eating between 2330 and midnight and then have a light breakfast between 5 and 6. Usually around 10 I have a small meal like a salad with some protein or a bowl of soup. Or a smoothie and a clif or larabar.

    • Nicole August 3, 2013, 4:16 pm

      Do you work two days and two nights in one week? How long have you been doing that for? How long did it take to get used to switching back and forth like that?

  • Bridget August 4, 2013, 1:33 am

    I’ve been doing a consistent rotation for about a month. Before I was casual so it was hard
    To adjust. Now it’s good. We do 2 days 2 nights then 5 days off in a full
    Time position. So you have time to adjust back to days when you are off. The transition from days to nights is like having a day off.

  • jrm August 5, 2013, 11:45 pm

    Are you done with the PA prereqs or do you still have more to take? I can’t remember what you last wrote.


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