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Monday, December 10, 2012

So today has been a long, busy day. I woke up early, worked on my essay, went to class and turned the essay in, came home, made lunch (I only had one class today), studied for an exam, worked on another essay, finished reading Hamlet, and now it's 11 pm and I'm about to finish my paper on Shakespeare's sonnets before going to bed. This week is going to be crazy busy as I said before, but I know I'll find a way to get everything done. After the week is over, it's Christmas break and I can relax!

I know it's tempting to make unhealthy choices when you're busy or stressed out. Quick (often unhealthy) meals, skipping workouts and sleeping too little may seem tempting when there are a million things going on and not enough time. It's all about priorities: I choose to take care of my body in the middle of all of what's going on because I know I need to. It's my number one priority. I will find at least 30 minutes a day for exercise and another 30 minutes for tracking my meals and updating my blog. I will spend 30 minutes twice a week planning my meals because I know I deserve that time and devotion. My health is well worth it. Not to mention my sanity! I know I'll be a lot more able to deal with periods of high stress when I'm taking good care of myself. Exercise is a must! Even if it's just a short, brisk walk it's better than staying at the desk all day long!

I'm really trying my best to put my health first. I know I didn't get enough sleep last night and that very rarely happens for me. I hate it when I feel sleep deprived and I'm making a promise to myself that from now on I'll plan out everything and make weekly schedules to make sure I don't leave everything to the last minute.

Other than being busy with school, I ate healthy today and met all my nutritional goals. I also walked for an hour. Now I should get back to writing that paper before I get some sleep.



Me just now, messy hair and ready for bed :)

Hope all of you had a wonderful Monday!
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JADOMB 12/11/2012 12:07PM

    I don't miss those days at all and I understand the poor food and exercise choices that can be made when focused on finals or other projects. I only wish I would have understood more how much better I would have done if I also kept my health up during those times. You are doing great sweetie, keep it up.

By the way, my daughter and future soninlaw are going thruogh this right now too.

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IUHRYTR 12/11/2012 6:16AM

    Sounds as if you are on top of things and giving your health priority. Loved the picture. -- Lou

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CANES4EVER63 12/10/2012 9:29PM

    Good luck getting everything done - it's a race to the finish! I feel the same way! I just have tests left, and although I finish my class on the 20th, I don't graduate until the 9th. And then in my break (we have to be back "in class" on the 2nd), I'll be studying for my boards! Ahh, so close to being done!

As far as quick healthy meals - I find that quinoa is great. I use 1 cup of quinoa (and 2 cups of liquid) and add veggies and whatever I'm in the mood for and get 4 servings out of it! That's dinner and a few more lunches and/or dinners! Example: today I did quinoa and toasted it first with some garlic (not necessary, but adds flavor), then added veggie broth (you could use water), celery, and a link of sliced chicken sausage (need that protein!!). When the quinoa was cooked, I threw in some fresh spinach, sliced cherry tomatoes, roasted pine nuts, and sun dried tomatoes. - Quick, delicious, filling, and healthy! Each serving of this concoction comes to approximately 225 calories and it took about 20-25 minutes to make! Yum!

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JACKIE542 12/10/2012 8:23PM

    Good job, you will always feel better when you exercise and keep up with eating properly. Keep it up, you are doing great. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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