Thursday, April 04, 2013
This week, as I've struggled to balance my college class schedule and 3(!) internships while maintaining my commitments to my sorority, boyfriend, family, and tennis partner (we signed up for a tournament next weekend!) I have realized that I may be in slightly over my head. I am a "doer" and usually get energy from being involved... but at this point I feel like my brain is constantly going through what commitments I might be forgetting about! Thank god for planners. This got me to thinking about what my priorities and values are and how they are being expressed every single day.
My natural inclination has been to put my health on the back burner... While I am not doing horrible by any means I have only been maintaining. For (4) weeks. Literally. I am continually frustrated by my inability to kick my butt back into gear. My next appointment with my nutritionist is in 2 weeks and I am absolutely dreading it.
My rut is unlike many that I have ever been in. For one thing, I am not completely out of control. That is usually the case when I "fall off the wagon." I feel positive and happy (and okay, really tired!!) I always used make a dramatic nutrition mistake and spiral out of control. But this? This is more like a consistent ambivalence and lack of focus that I can't seem to shake.
To be honest, I have no idea what to do. Unfortunately, none of my commitments are ones that I can just quit a month before school ends. I do recognize that I am starting avoidance behaviors... I know how to correct my past "all or nothing" mindset but I have not found any way to deal with this yet. Right now I am just taking it one meal at a time and I'm trying to juggle everything in my life without dropping the ball.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind! Between school and work, I have been running around like crazy trying to get everything in order before I left for spring break. On top of that, I have been fostering 2 adorable 2 week old kittens! Feeding them every three hours has caused me to lose sleep but it has been well worth it to know that I have made a little difference in someone's life.
Last weekend was my sorority formal and I had so much fun! I was super excited to be down a dress size (it was super stressful ordering it because they were out of my original size and I was renting the dress so I couldn't do alternations!) But, it fit! So that is a NSW! I will be attaching a photo at the bottom!
Yesterday, I started my spring break right with a HUGE St. Pat's festival in Columbia. It was my first time being 21 on St. Pat's so it was awesome to finally have caught up with my friends and be able to do everything! However, I had way too much fun. If that wasn't bad enough I am going with my boy on a beach trip in three days! We will be packing food for breakfast and lunch and then eating out 1 meal a day (the trip will be 4 days total!)
So that brings me to a question for you all- what are your vacation strategies? is there anything you do that is particularly helpful? I will be staying at a resort with lots of amenities so one idea I have is to really make use of the different exercise opportunities (like the water park!)
Another issue I have been having is combining the healthy life that I strive for with the fact that I just turned 21 and enjoy going out with my friends, partying, and yes- sometimes drinking. I have tried to research ways to drink "healthier" and make better drink choices but most articles I find seem to have NO idea what college is like. AT ALL. Most of the advice seems to be "don't drink (or only have 1) and if you do partake make it a vodka tonic (ew!!) For me, this advice is a recipe for disaster because even if I do follow it I will be pretty resentful about it. There has got to be a happy medium! So with that- what would you suggest I drink on my vacation? Crystal light and strawberry vodka? Rum and Coke?
Let me know any suggestions that you have!
one of the kittens!
formal pic! Love my sparkly dress!
Sunday, March 03, 2013
I don't know about you but I don't like to be "pegged." I don't want anyone to tell me what I can and can't do... and I like to surprise people! Add to that a propensity to get bored and you arrive at the heart of why I create personal goals that most people would not expect from me. Whenever I feel unfulfilled by life I take on a new mission. Last October that mission was running my first 5K.
For me, running is the total antithesis of how I like to exercise. I generally like sports like tennis that keep my mind busy with points, chasing balls, and socializing. However, my absolute favorite thing to do is DANCE! Zumba, hip hop, ballroom, shag, swing, whatever! I get lost in the music and beat and there is nothing better in the world. It makes me feel beautiful, graceful, and capable. So why did I decide to take running as my next mission? Because running is one of thew few sports where you are dependent on no one else- therefore you have less excuses. Because it is the last thing the people that know me would expect me to do. Because I am so impressed by the endurance of the runners I know. Because I want to turn an "I can't" into "I can!"
Running was never easy for me from the beginning. I am short (5'2) and I have very short legs and a heavy chest. I am jogging by someone who is walking at a brisk pace because my strides are so much shorter. Sidenote: the fitness tracker is forever categorizing my jog as a walk UGH. While I am still slow to this day (which I especially realized when the non-runners I was with wanted me to jog faster...) I have noticed HUGE improvements from where I began.
On Saturday morning, bright and early, I ran The Color Run with my boyfriend, my little brother, and my dad. It was a blast and I would highly recommend it to those of you who would like a non-crazy competitive 5K experience. Except for the part in the middle of the race where I was questioning my sanity and why I ever signed up (read: out of breath) I had a great time! I shaved 5 minutes off of my time and now have a new personal best to beat next time! But more than that- I set a goal and I achieved it.
Now if only my eating was going as well as my exercising! Overall, though, I am proud of how far I have come and I know that the changes I am making now are lasting... and if I add one change to another I will get where I need to be!
The whole running team before the race!
my little brother and I!
Running through the YELLOW!
my little bro after the race!
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