“There will always be obstacles and challenges that stand in your way. Building mental strength will help you develop resilience to those potential hazards so you can continue on your journey to success.”Amy Morin
What To Expect
Nothing in life is given to you. However, you can prepare and reach your goal and achieve what you need easier. The Navy PRT (Physical Readiness Test) is basically just that. It is a test to make sure everyone is physically prepared. The PRT happens twice a year, once during spring time and the second in the fall. It consists of sit-ups, push ups and variations of cardio. You can either choose swimming 500 yards, a 1.5 mile run, or biking it. Sometimes the command you are stationed with will tell you which form of cardio you will be doing. Every sailor has to do this unless they medically can not, then a waiver is given to them. It’s a case by case basis. Each one of those categories have a certain time that has to be reached and a certain number of sit-ups and push ups that are needed. All of that is determined by your age and what age group you fall under. Here you will find all the scores you need to fall into a performance level. If you fall into the probationary category it means you did not pass your PRT. I know it sounds complicated and confusing, if it didn’t then it wouldn’t be the military. I’m trying to simplify all of this because when I first joined I was confused as well. Now that I have over 5 years in I kind of know my way around.
My PRT this season was the first one I’ve done in about a year and a half. I fall into the 25-29 year old range. Yay! So I always try and shoot for the most. I push my hardest. I also look and see what I need to pass, as long as I go over that number and score the rest is easy peezy. I was worried this PRT, it was my first one in a while, I just got over a bad cold, and I was still recovering from minor back surgery earlier this year. The sit-ups really made it hurt. But, I managed to do better than I even expected and passed with flying colors. Needless to say I was pretty proud of myself and my Unit was glad I passed too.
How I Trained For The PRT
Staying in shape is no easy task. It takes time, dedication and determination. We’re human, sometimes we have no time, we get busy it happens. It happened to me. I realized once I joined the Navy reserve’s again I was going to have to really make a change. So, I started working out, eating healthy and trying to stick to it. Over the course of the months I was getting stronger. I had some setbacks of course but I went to the gym. I worked out on my own whenever I could and I kept watching what I ate. I got a lot of ideas off of Pinterest. That helped me with my food and my workouts I didn’t do at the gym. Here are some ideas from my Pinterest Boards that are still in the making.
I’m always adding to my Pinterest board so it’s a continuation of ideas and help. I relied a lot on Pinterest and YouTube because I was working out on my own a lot, mainly because I was so busy. I floated around two different gyms trying to get a feel of what I like and I eventually did. I got myself a personal trainer. Yes they are a little pricey but they get you to where you want to be and make sure you maintain the lifestyle. Weekly check ups and a workout book really helps. It helped me. By the time the PRT came up I was ready. I passed my weigh in and I passed the PRT this past weekend. I couldn’t be more proud of myself, all my hard work actually paid off! If you have a goal in mind, reach it. Nothing can stop you, you have the strength and the determination to get to where you want to be. I believe in you, now believe in yourself!
“Believe in yourself, and the rest will fall into place. Have faith in your own abilities, work hard, and there is nothing you cannot accomplish.”Brad Henry
“You need to find the power within to make things happen for yourself. When you realize this, you are unstoppable.”– Christina Aguilara
This is for everyone out there. Especially those that need to hear this! You can be unstoppable! You just have to realize that you have all this power and courage and strength inside of you! Don’t put it on mute or try to hide it away. You are strong. Remember that.
I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.— Steve Irwin
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.” —Denis Waitley
Sometimes in life, your biggest frustrations are also your greatest passions.
“Friends are relatives you make for yourself.”
– Stache Deschamps
“Fire, water, and government know nothing of mercy.” – Proverb
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West
“Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.” – Eric Hoffer
“This country has not seen and probably will never know the true level of sacrifice of our veterans. As a civilian, I owe an unpayable debt to all our military. Going forward let’s not send our servicemen and women off to war or conflict zones unless it is overwhelmingly justifiable and on moral high ground.“
– Thomas M. Smith
What It Means To Me
The military in all its pride and patriotism sometimes get overlooked or frowned upon. Shocker I know. Over the many years the military have come to be appreciated by Americans and the World. During Veteran’s Day we think about the Veteran’s who have served our country and those continuing to serve and Protect our Freedom. Veteran’s Day is celebrated with parades, discounts from various stores, and camaraderie between all branches. Veteran’s are among us every day in life. They could be your next door neighbor, the Police Officer patrolling the town. They could be the teacher for your child or they could be your classmate. Most people can’t tell a Veteran from a civilian. I mean look at me, unless I told you, you wouldn’t even know. Appreciate those around you, some of them may have fought for your freedom and the freedom of this Country. I volunteered my service and my life willingly for the people of this country. I will continue to do so until I no longer can. I have made friendships, I have lost friends and I have experienced not many people can say they have. Being a Veteran, a female Veteran at that, is an honor and a privilege.
America’s Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world.
“Even if we disagree on everything we can still be kind to each other.”– Buddha
During the Holiday season many companies love to join in the cheer and celebrate with their customers. This year for Starbuck’s they did a reusable cup called “Merry Coffee.” Of course I HAD to go check it out. Seasonal coffee, that Peppermint White Mocha? I mean yes please! So we went…seeing if we would be able to get a cup while supplies lasted, and we were actually able to get one. It’ll be a nice work cup.
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.”
“A fallen leaf is nothing more than a summer’s wave goodbye.”
– Author Unknown
“Live light, travel light, spread the light, be the light.”
The wise words from my tea.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
“The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over.”
Dias De Los Muertos
Dias De Los Muertas is a celebration of life. The theme yes, is death but it is seen with celebration and togetherness. This celebration goes on for days, between October 31st through November 2nd. Families gather around and share tales, laughter and food with their loved ones in the flesh and spirit. We tell our loved ones that have passed stories and everything that has been going on in our lives and we can’t forget to share with them their favorite food. Dias De Los Muertos is commonly celebrated in Mexico. There are many other cultures that celebrate it too though.
All Saint’s Day
All Saints’ Day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1st. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. This holiday is celebrated by different countries and people of all faiths.
“God pours life into death and death into life without a drop being spilled.”
– Author Unknown
The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. Halloween has been one of my long time favorite holidays, the spookiness, the joy of dressing up and of course candy!
“I put a spell on you!”
– Jay Hawkins
October 30th is typically known as “Devils Night.” Started as a mischievous night later turned into crime ridden nights starting in the 1970s.
” Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
– The Tempest (William Shakespeare)
“Dream, struggle, create, prevail. Be daring. Be brave. Be loving. Be compassionate. Be strong. Be brilliant. Be beautiful.”
– Caterina Fake
Sometimes we forget the ones who are there for the chaos in our lives. When things get beyond stressful. Always appreciate our First Responders. Love you guys! A thank you goes a long way. Trust me.
“When I’ve least expected it, an enormous opportunity or stroke of luck has crossed right under my nose. So I tell everybody, if you’re passionate about what you do and you love it, do it. But do your homework. Because you’ll never know when the opportunity is going to happen.”
“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” – John Ruskin
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
The topic that has been on a lot of peoples mind and mine is: Being prepared. Being prepared doesn’t just mean one thing. It can be about being prepared for school, work or taking care of kids. In this instance the “Being Prepared” I’m talking about is Emergency Preparedness.
Being prepared is always beneficial. Not only to yourself but to your family, friends, neighbors and anyone else that may need it. Disasters can strike at any time and usually they can catch us off guard. With the recent earthquakes and fires here (California), I decided to share some of my emergency preparedness “skill.” Being in EMS, working in it, working with the fire department and my military background I always have a “disaster kit” or what we call a “bug out bag.” I also have a Trauma Kit I carry in my truck with me at all times just in case something happens. For a disaster kit in any situation there are a few things that it should consist of.
Some of the items that should be included are:
- Packing: A strong but lightweight backpack or one shouldered bag. You can find these at any sports store or superstore. The one that I have is a military backpack that is strong and dependent. It kind of looks like this one. Click Here.
- Water: Whether it is in bottles, a canteen or water-bladder. This is beneficial because you may not have access to water for a period of time.
- Food: Now you can pack whatever food you may like. It should be non perishable and should be able to last you a few days. The most common things I have are, granola bars, MREs, trail mix etc. Anything that you can pack a lot of with not a lot of weight. Like cans of food.
- A first aid kit: It’s always important to have one handy for an emergency. They are useful if you, or someone else, get hurt.
- Personal items: This can be hygiene gear and toiletries. Some extra clothing, preferably lightweight and water resistant, to help protect you from the elements.
- Pets: If you have pets it would also benefit to keep a bag of food in there for them. An extra leash or harness and if they have meds, keep them with your emergency bag as well.
- Electronics: This can be extra power banks for phones, Flashlights, when needed. The one I carry and love is the Streamlight. A hand crank radio is also handy to listen to the news and emergency broadcasts.
- Medication: Any meds that you’re prescribed. Antibiotics. Make sure they go into this bag and you have a list of these medications.
- Cash: Make sure to have some extra money ready in the bag. If there is a disaster you won’t know what it will affect or for how long.
Starting to think about becoming prepared for an emergency or disaster is the first step. Down below are some examples of how “bug out bags” are put together to get an idea.
These are just some examples of what Emergency Kits can look like. Have fun with building them. You can add whatever you would like, but make sure you have the necessities that cater to your needs. Make it a family and/or neighborhood event on Emergency Preparedness. Be safe, stay ready.
“Better to have, and not need, than to need, and not have.”
– Franz Kafka
Having a positive outlook on like is hard sometimes. Sometimes it takes more for some people to believe in themselves than others. That is OK! It has taken me a long time to realize that and sometimes I need help. I just want everyone to remember it is ok to be more positive on some days than not. Were all human.
“The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.”
– Walt Disney
“There is no failure except in no longer trying.”
” Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”
– John F. Kennedy
“The clock is ticking. Are you becoming the person you want to be?”
– Greg Plitt
This is the season every one in the Navy “looks forward too.” This is our physical readiness season. Is this my favorite time of the year? To be honest, eh not really. Sometimes I am more prepared for this than other times. With all the recent schoolwork, stress and working that I have been doing, I neglected the gym. I’m not where I want to be but I can pass and hold my own. I find out soon how well I will do on this test. I have already passed the first part: The weigh in. I know I can do better and I keep striving to be better. It takes time and persistence.
If you get curious and want to see if you are up to the Navy standards have a look for yourselves! It’s a fun way to see what you would have to improve. I keep pushing myself until I feel stronger and happier with where I will eventually be.
Down below you can see where you fall into each category, based on age. From there you will see how you rank from satisfactory to outstanding!
“There’s this misconception that the Navy is this cruise ship, and you get to go out and sail around, and every now and then, you have to swab the deck. But, no, it is a very impressive group of young people that live at sea, in this place that’s very uncomfortable. They exude a pride that is well-deserved. ”
– Tom Hanks
“Emergency preparedness is a team sport.”
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”
– Ronald Reagan
Sometimes I think that we have forgotten this as a whole. Quite honestly it breaks my heart because I know what we have fought for, and how hard we have been fighting.
“Safety brings first aid to the uninjured.”
Happy 244th Birthday Navy!
“It is the function of the Navy to carry the war to the enemy so that it is not fought on U.S. soil.”– Chester W. Nimitz
A Little History Of Fire Prevention Week
President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on October 4-10, 1925, beginning a tradition of the President of the United States signing a proclamation recognizing the occasion. It is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began October 8,1871, and did most of its damage October 9. If you would like to read more about this and see where I found all this history just click HERE!
“Fire takes no holiday”
– Author Unknown
Fire Prevention Week is this week! Useful information is found above in what to do if there is an emergency. Always have a plan and be prepared!
“You sir have another feather in your cap. Your bedside manner has made me feel so comfortable and trusting of you.”
– My patient yesterday when she was talking to her doctor.
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
October is not only known for being spooky month because of Halloween. October is also the month for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For everyone fighting stay strong, stay tough you got this! If you have never had a mammogram done before, do it for you, do it for your health.
Capture The Moments
There will be times in your life when it feels like you’re constantly going. I know I have, and recently it has been non stop. I am very much a down to earth, all about nature, breathe in the trees and feel the energy from the earth type of chick. I try to get out into nature, whether its at a park, a trail, the ocean even just cloud watching on a hill, but I haven’t since my last trip to Yosemite. So its been a while sadly and I think I’m starting to feel the little bit of “sadness” you can say of not stopping to “smell the roses.” Whenever I’m at work I try and catch the sunrise. I have the 5am-2pm shift so its perfect sunrise time. Its not always a guarantee that i’ll be somewhere to capture all that amazingness but the other day I was really excited that I could. Granted it wasn’t out on a lake watching it rise or enjoying a big cup of hot coffee or tea but it worked. We were on our way to our next call and thankfully I was sitting shotgun this time. We came through the valley and behold! The sunrise. It gave us just a moment to relax and get ready mentally for the next call. It sent its calming waves to us. When I took the picture I realized that nothing will ever be picture perfect. Its more about just being in the moment and being positive about it and to look forward to more moments that you can have.
I wish I could go and fully enjoy the sunrise. Capture all of its glory really sink into that feeling. In all honesty its hard and I like that I can just enjoy even just an inch of it. I try to stay positive throughout the day and its stressful. In the field i’m in, it will only get more intense. I try my hardest and little things like this help me along the way (:
“The secret to a good morning is to watch the sunrise with an open heart.”
– Anthony T Hinks
Another great classic Halloween movie! Hocus Pocus!
If this song wasn’t enough for you, here’s another!
Enjoy the songs of Halloween.
For all you spooky lovers out there! Here is a classic song ya gotta listen too! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays so its fun to celebrate it all month! At home, at school or at work! So for today enjoy and stay tuned for tomorrow’s song! 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤
Just a heads up for all you Taco junkies out there…its National Taco Day! Have fun! Eat well be happy!