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Night Shifts, IBS Update, Reviews – Geek Turned Athlete

Night Shifts, IBS Update, Reviews

I have so many things to share since I last blogged…

My Schedule Lately

So, I’ve been a “bad, bad” blogger. I haven’t blogged in a while, but I’m not sorry for it. Let me let you in to what my life has been like lately:

Mondays-Wednesdays: School. I found out that half of the Physician Assistant schools that I want to apply to won’t accept my Bacteriology class in lou of Microbiology. So guess what I’m doing this semester? Basically, retaking the same class. The good news is, I’m going to know microbiology REALLY well for PA school. 😉 The lab is two credits, AND we are expected to go to the lab on non lab days to check on our experiments. It is a pain, but I’m determined to get an A in both the lecture and lab.

Thursdays: I switch to night mode. I wake up at 3:30am, get school work done, clean around the house, pop a sleeping pill and try to get back to sleep around 10am. I’m up by 5pm to leave for work at 6pm.

Fridays-Sundays: I come home from work in the morning, have an hour to shower, eat, etc. until I need to be in bed to get 8 hours of sleep in order to get up by 5pm again. Sundays, my husband wakes me up at 2pm so I can try to sleep that night to switch my sleep cycle over to go to school Monday through Wednesday.

So, all my spare time is literally spent with my husband (which is not much at all), studying, sleeping, eating, and working out (a couple of short runs/week with some weight lifting HIIT sessions). I’ve got to prioritize what is important to me, and right now it is sleep, healing my gut, spending time with my family, school, work (gaining clinical experience), and getting into Physician Assistant School. I’m not interested in saying yes to anymore projects besides volunteering with Girls on the Run for a few hours/month. My “old self” from last year would have tried to sign up for multiple races and more projects, but I realize this all my schedule can allow for right now without causing extreme stress, and I’m okay with that. :)

IBS Healing

Things are going wonderfully. Every single day I am thankful that I decided to take my health into my own hands and see Dr. Myers. She has truly changed my life. I’m not 100% yet, but I do feel better than I have felt in years. I realize that this healing may take a while, and that is okay.

Patience kinda leads into my next topic: Silver Maple.

Silver Maple Jewelry

Silver Maple was kind enough to send me a beautiful necklace to review. I’ve had a blogging relationship with them for a few years now. I think they are a great company helping to spread motivational messages through their jewelry. I posted a pic of this necklace on instagram, but here it is on the blog just in case you missed it.


This necklace has not only reminded me to be patient regarding my health, but to be patient regarding my journey to becoming a physician assistant. And trust me, after 13 hours of cleaning up dirty patients and getting peed on, I need to be reminded as to why I am working as a patient care assistant some nights when it would be so easy to just go get a job in engineering and have my own office again.

Nutrient Dense Foods!!

This has been a huge focus in order to survive switching around my sleep schedule. I do NOT eat sweets on the days I work. I don’t need sugar crashes on a 13 hour shift. I need steady energy. This means lots of good fats, quality protein, and non junkie carbs –> nutrient dense foods.



Veggies, sweet potatoes, plantains for the carb choices mainly. Along with the 17 supplements that I’m taking ordered by my doctor, I’ve also been enjoying some Energybits.

ENERGYbits® are 100% organically grown spirulina algae, a super food grown in water that we dry and press into small tablet sized “bits” that you swallow (or chew). They have the highest concentration of antioxidants and protein in the world (64%), forty nutrients and Omega 3. This powerful blend of green protein and alkaline nutrients provides a steady stream of energy without sugar, caffeine, gluten or chemicals. They also remove hunger, improve mental clarity and speed muscle recovery, all for just one calorie per tab. Not bad for something that comes straight from Mother Nature! Spirulina has been used by Olympic athletes and NASA astronauts for over 50 years. Our four year old Boston based company is the first to bring this super food to national attention as an all natural high protein, high performance fuel for athletes, runners and active consumers.”


They are actually not that bad if you decide to chew them. I like how the energy bits don’t have any unnecessary ingredients in them. The only kinda weird thing about them is that the serving size is quite large. Like, at least 30 bits. My husband had no problem with this as he just chewed his, swished with water, and was done with it. You could swallow all of them with some water, but yikes.

I’m excited to try out some nutrient dense recipes in the new Paleo magazine that I just got delivered to my house recently as well. I paid for my own subscription to this wonderful magazine because it not only contains tasty recipes, but they also summarize current interesting nutritional studies. It feeds my foodie and scientist sides!




This past weekend was the first weekend that my legs and feet haven’t been extremely sore after each shift. I think I’m getting used to being on my feet for 13 hours!!! Besides that, I’ve just been running 2-3 times a week and doing some sort of strength training for 30 minutes 2-3 times a week.


It is still hot in the afternoons here, but the mornings have been in the low 70’s, and we are going to dip into the 60’s in the mornings this week. I can’t wait!

I haven’t worn my garmin in months, and it feels amazing!! I’ve just been running by feel and enjoying every minute of it.

Well folks, that is it!

When was the last time you ran without your garmin? Do you ever need to be reminded of your end goal?

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Mary @ Fit and Fed October 13, 2013, 4:20 pm

    I read through your posts about your functional medicine doctor and Dr. Myers looks like a great resource. I’m glad you are finding some answers. I have a couple of food sensitivities that I know of (they are not subtle) and I have celiac in the family, so this is all of interest.
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    • Nicole October 17, 2013, 5:42 am

      Great. The only reason why I posted about all of that is because I know a lot of people are suffering just like me! I hope you find some answers. 😉 On a more random side note: When I was in physical therapy last year, the PT assistant told me about a few recipes from your blog that she loved. I had completely forgotten about it, until I read your comment! Everything looks wonderful from what I’ve read so far.:)


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