For this paper I interviewed my mom. She has been out of her mother’s house since she was 17, she is now 43. Physical Have you experienced weight gain? “I have gained around 70 pounds since high school but, I also had six kids along that way to help me gain this weight. I have been trying to workout lately but I can’t seem to find workouts that will help me get rid of the weight I gain over these years. I just want to lose a little weight. ” What changes have taken place in terms of nutrition? I have defiantly let go through these last few years.
Eating a lot more sugary things like candy and drinking WAY too much diet soda. Do you cook at home or eat out more often? “I eat out more than I cook, I cook all day at work the last thing I want to do is go home and cook. So it’s easier to just eat out. ” Do you eat breakfast regularly? “I never really ate breakfast even when I was young, just a small bowl of cereal or oatmeal. But I always drink my coffee every day, I function without it. ” Do you have a regular exercise patterns? Only when you kids keep me going to the gym. When we go together it makes it easier to keep a schedule. ”
How has your exercise patterns change in early adulthood? “I was very active as teen. I played volleyball, danced, and loved to stay active. After starting my own family I lost my drive to, I focused more on you kids and the activities you guys did rather than my own activities. ” Have you experience more colds or illness? “I don’t get sick very often. Only when you guys bring something home and smother me in your sickness.
Have you experienced any aches, pains, and body changes? “Well yeah. My back is horrible my feet hurt all the time and my legs hurt if I stand too long. It’s a part of getting older. ” Cognitive Since high school, what have you done to keep your mind active? “I enjoy doing puzzles, mostly Mahjong tiles on the internet. I also enjoy playing solitaire and games like that. ” What hobbies have you discontinued or started? “Well I stopped painting; I can’t find the time or money to start that back up. But I have been crocheting and things like that more often.
I was pretty good but I need a little work. I also stopped playing the piano, and haven’t picked that up either. What means do you use to self-reflect? “In high school I kept a journal, but now I just think about things, look at old pictures and things like that. ” What other interest have you found in early adulthood? “I enjoy renovating the house, fixing little things here and there. I don’t know why but it keeps be pretty happy. I’ve also found photography, this I picked up when I worked with Marty and was taking the school pictures. Career Choices How have you attempted to establish yourself in term of career or a particular field?
“I’ve just went with the punches, getting a job when I could, keeping it until I needed to find a better one. That was mostly when I was offered a job that offered more money or had better insurance for the family. Things like that. ” How important has it been for you to match personal values with a career? “With six kids at home and no real college degree, not very important. I worked to make sure you kids would be okay and have things you wanted.
I did enjoy some of my jobs don’t get me wrong, but I did get some of them to just have a job to support the family. ” How has work, school, or both impacted your life? “I think work has made me understand why I should have stayed in school and finished my degree to become a nurse. It would have made my life a lot easier, not having to worry about money. ” How do you view the phrases “I work to live” or “I live to work”? “I feel my life has been ‘I work to live’, that’s what I needed to do with my life to keep my family going. I had to work.