Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Today, after binging on chinese buffet, I read my fortune cookie. Mine was fine, then Josh read his:
"Be concerned, but not obsessed, with your health"
I think ours got switched! This is dead-on, exactly what I needed to read right now.
Okay, so my 'decision' is (now hear me out)....I'm going to take a mini-spark-break. (GASP)
Breathe, it's okay. I'm not leaving you. I will continue to be on the boards, continue to write everyone, and continue to track fitness. I will not however be tracking foods for the next 30(ish) days.
1) I think it is my time (because all the other memebers of my nutrition team have tried this) to attempt to "live the healthy lifestyle" and not have to track every flipping morsel in my mouth.
2) I am so outrageously stressed out right now, I need to not have to focus on "ohmigosh, I have 491 calories left for dinner and only 2 fat and 17 protein and blah de blah blah blah"
3) Given the current situation (Read: 4 weeks til graduation) I need to devote my soul to finishing up my current agenda (10 page research paper, $250 reward still stands for anyone who writes it! Hahah!)
And, I think thats it.
Now, these last few wweeks have been a rollercoaster. A few weeks ago I lost 4 lbs, as many of you saw, but I failed to report to SP, the following weeks 2 lb gain. And this week....is...um....not lookin' good. (Dang Easter candy and chinese and stupid cookies)....
But, we'll see how it goes. tomorrow is Wednesday weigh in and I've started a new challenge taht starts tomorrow (with Nicole - bring it on!!)....so, I'll still have to maintain some sort of composure or else she'll kick my butt (as usual!)
Alright, I'm open for opinions, but please, refrain from saying thigns such as "just wait til you're in the real world...the stress continues" or "when you get a job, you'll feel the same way" or "you think thats stress, I have such-n-such to do" and crap like that b/c frankly it just pisses me off. And I won't get into that rant right now, but please just avoid that.
So, wish me luck, and don't forget: I'm still here, you can write me!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
For those of you who didn't see my status yesterday (which you should have b/c I'm awesome and you should follow my every word)...........I was in all seven ranges. Yes, seven:
Calories, Carbs, Fat, Protein, Fiber, Calcium aaaannnnnnd SODIUM. BAM!
My day consisted of
6 am cornflakes and milk
8 am fiber one oats and chocolate chewy bar (AMAZING, eat these now)
11 am a nibble (I just wrote nipple on accident. Thats funny) of banana bread
2:30 pm (that was a HORRIBLY long gap) wheat thins, chix sandwich
6 pm a deeelicious shrimp dish (and SOOOO EASY and low on cals!)
7 pm 2 dark dove chocolates
8 pm 2 dark doves again ;)
10:30 pm multivitamin and fish oil
The shrimp dish "recipe" - 8 oz wheat penne, 12 oz shrimp, can of green beans, can of mustard greens and then diced tomatoes until it looked yummy!! Heat and enjoy!!! 378 calories, 50 carbs, 4 fat and 34 protein!!
Now, onto today! (Again, my name is AWESOME)
6 am rice chex and milk
8 am fiber one again
lunch (noon)- left over shrimp dinner! Yay!
Dinner (6 pm) - a "bag" meal - Marie Callenders signature saute. It's delcious and not too bad ( 440 cal, 48 carb, 16 fat, 26 protein)....little bit more sodium, which leads me to
GRRR, I went over sodium by 200 today. SOOOOO close. That dang Marie callender did it.
Anyway - I rrroooooocked these last two days :)
Hope you all are doing well and I hope to attempt to continue this throughout this ridiculously long weekend!
Easter = hometown chocolate amazingness and grandma dinners
Saturday I'm coooking dinner too, hopefully it will be yummy and healthy (pork roast I'm thinking)
Okay, I'm rambling. Adios!
I wanted to write about my trip to the grocery store today and got so caught up in my meals I forgot. There is a local store (known as Sharp Shopper) that is discount groceries. It is AMAZING. Holy crap. I got a FULLLLLLL cart load (I mean, crap was fallin' off every side) for 127 bucks.
I got V8 VFusion single servings for 50 cents each. 100% motts apple juice single servings for 33 cents each. Dozens of can goods for the same or cheaper. I got a lot of healthy, as well as some unhealthy.
Now, before you yell at me. I am allowed to get unhealthy things b/c I have full will power (except when it comes to triple dark chocolate kit kat bars). So, I have my snacks, and I have my good food, and I have everythign in between and I am one stinking happy camper! I love that place!
Monday, March 29, 2010
....that are causing the most stress in my life
1) Immense amount of school work (Read last blog for clarity)
2) Intense family drama (I don't have time to get into this, but.....yeah....)
3) Irritating boyfriend (He's being so sweet and helpful around the house lately, but damnit he's being so annoying when it comes to planning things when he KNOWS I have other things to do.....then causing scheduling problems. And if you saw my planner - you would understand that I do *NOT* have extra time on my hands.
Thats all for now. Those are my three things that are going to make me lose my flippin' mind.
Additionally: I have a new picture. And the caption says it all.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
This is my to-do list, because I need to begin checking things off, and if I post it to "the general public" hopefully you all will keep me accountable!!
Course 1: Population Biology
*Exam 3/30 (::vomit::) STUDY NOW
*Check completion of all labs
*Complete all journal article reading assignments
*Homework assignments will vary
*****RESEARCH journal articles for presentation/paper**
*Create powerpoint presentation (and practice)
*Write 10 page literature review
Course 2: Community and Ecosystem Dynamics
*Article discussions 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/28(?)
*Research journal articles and prepare to lead discussion
*Reading questions due weekly
* Rewrite exam from 4/30 (we're allowed to rewrite it for a percentage back on our grade)
*Research debate (My debate is on "We need to create more wilderness" - I have yet to decide if I'm pro/con)
*Write debate powerpoint (and meet with group)
*Write decomposition lab report and 4th lab report
*Rewrite all 3 lab reports (if returned before finals week)
Course 3: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
*Do you damn project, Emily*
*Figure out many-many relationships and table linking
*Enter all data asap
*Meet w/ Ayad so he doesn't think you're an idiot
"Course" 4: Graduate Seminar
*Meet w/ class and do field research to decide where to hang squirrel nest boxes
*Build the stupid boxes
"Course" 5: Biological Internship
*FIELD WORK - Get. Out. There!
Dates: 3/20,4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, 5/29, 6/12, 6/26, 7-something
*Find undergraduate helpers
**Read Articles and create literature cited
*Write the paper (June/July)
*Create all maps
Judge science fair
Register for classes
Today is 3/25/10.
Classes end 4/30/10.
Finals end 5/4/10.
Graduation is 5/8/10.
Do the math. I have to get ALL of that done.....in 36 days. (15 actual days of class left, since I only go three days a week).
Then I start two summer courses (to finish off my degree)
Entomology: 5/10 - 5/28 (all day for 3 weeks. 8am - 4pm)
Ornithology: 5/31 - 6/18 (same schedule)
Non school (and a little more flexible in time, these last til 7/31):
Home depot consultation (4/1)
Dinners at grams (dinners 4/4, and 5/9)
Clean at camp (we bought a new camp, yay)
Job search/CV and resume building
Dinner with Will and Heidi
Maddi's b-day party
Shannons baby shower
Crystals baby shower
Jenns baby shower
Surprise b-day party
Josh's b-day party
Kims bridal shower
I am going to go throw up now. Actually, I don't have time for that. I have to cook dinner.
By the way - finishing your masters degree in 2.5 semesters.....I do NOT reccomend it.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
other than studying: RESEARCH.
My research project (aka non-thesis) is an amphibian survey in the State Game Lands about 10 miles from my house. Here is a ridiculous step-by-step (even though this over simplifies it)
1) Get map from GIS database and set up grid system
2) Choose 20 random coodinates from grid
3) Go to game lands and "find nearest vernal ponds" to the given coodinates. (The reason this is in quotes in the purpose of my blog...I'll get to it, I swear)
4) Record GIS coodinates of ponds
5) Take measurements of length, wetted width, hydrologic cycle, and canopy cover
6) The meat-n-bones of my project: locate and identify amphibian species by their eggs, tadpoles, larvae and adult stages!!!! (Ahhh, have you ever tried to ID different frog eggs?! Don't.)
7) Create a bunch of maps and show 'em off! Haha.
The purpose of this blog is as follows:
I was to find my 20 ponds today and do all measurements, and no identification (b/c its too early and the little froggies aren't mating quite yet, next week they will). Today was strictly find area, plot, record. The end.
I made it to 10. Ten of twenty. Thats bad enough ...... my professor is going to be quite.....eh.....unpleased.
But, to make it worse, once I got to the estimated longitude/latitude, I had to walk to find the nearest vernal, right? Okay, so I walked until I found one. When I got home and mapped their exact coodinates, three of the danged things were out of game land boundaries. AHH!HLJGLSJGLKJ! (Thats my anger). It is unlikely I can use them for my study if they're out of bounds (and the one was soooo difficult to hike to). Screw that.
Now I'm down to what.....7 ponds out of 20?!
But wait, at two of my coodinates, we walked...and walked....and walked....and cried....adn walked - there were NO vernal ponds. None. No. NO no noo. So, that brings me down to FIVE!
I got to FIVE of my TWENTY ponds today.
Did I mention this was over 6 hours?! 90% of which was hiking through wooded areas, crossing beaver damns and of course, wading in ponds (given thats my study).
So, it wasn't "nice" hiking by any means. My pedometer said a little over 8000 steps - and like my mom said...those aren't "easy" steps - those are HARD steps!
Now, my complaint of the evening: pond number 4. I hate you, pond 4, waypoint 006. This pond was over a FOOT deep in leaf litter. That is, there was the water (about 6 inches to a foot deep - no biggie, I had on waders), and then once you took a step - YOU SUNK. And then, try to pull your oversized man waders out of a foot deep MUCK. And given my bones are like those of and 80 year old, every time I pulled (especially my left) leg out of the muck, my hip popped in and out. Causing the rest of the day ("Six" more ponds) to be sooooo crappy b/c I was limping like mad.
So, now that I've complained like crazy. Good news: I got a ton of exercise in today. Bad news: I'm beyond exhausted, overate with junk food (cookies and oreos :() and am having a family dinner tomorrow of all chinese food. Ugh.
Well, welcome to grad school! Someones gotta do the research, right?!
Anyone want to volunteer to come out on my next 10 trips out? I have to do the same thing every other week through July!! :) (No, but really, if anyone is a bio-geek like myself, I can tell you more about my study if you want to know!)
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