Finding a good groove
Semester is over, I've had time to make some progress in the lab, my boyfriend has been extra-sweet since he's soon going to be leaving for a month, and - go figure - all my stress issues have melted away. I was really struggling with comfort ea... Read more
Back on target
The end of last week was ROUGH! After my rested-and-relaxed day we got slammed with a surprise last minute giant group assignment for the one class that I am taking. I was also struggling to spend enough time in the lab to get some results, and ... Read more
Rested and refreshed
I took a "me" day yesterday, and woke up today feeling completely refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of the week with gusto!
The previous week or so had been a lot of go go go including extra work in the lab because my advisor decided h... Read more
I had a lovely weekend full of beautiful weather and outdoor activities, but it was rather spoiled by a harmless looking barbecued chicken breast. Sigh.
Some friends had a cookout to take advantage of the nice weather, and I was having trou... Read more
The good news is, I satisfied my craving for pizza and won't want it again for at least a couple of months.
The bad news is, according to my tracker I just ate more calories, fat, carbs, and salt in a single meal than I usually eat in a day... Read more
Training with a goal in mind
I hope it's ok to repost this here...this week's Monday's Magnificent Motivational Message really resonated with me:
"“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” ~ Wayne Dyer
There’s no guarantee that your long-term plan wi... Read more
The last time I tried to get back into running, I aggravated my feet, fell victim to plantar fasciitis, and had to take the bus instead of walking to work for a good two months before my heel stopped hurting.
The weather is getting nice and... Read more
Motivation by the numbers
Nothing like looking at my weight report from the past five years on Spark to light a motivational fire under my butt. Jeez!
You can see the gain when I started grad s... Read more
Happy Easter, Spark Friends! Or just a happy spring-time to anyone who isn't Christian.
Plans for spring 5% challenge
Walking 10,000 steps a day
Stretching and light bodyweight exercise every day
Intense bodyweight/strength workouts 2x a week
Intense cardio (hike/jog/swim) 1x a week
Bonus workouts (hikes, fitness classes, rock cli... Read more
Back from Italy (with pics!)
As I mentioned in my last blog, I just spent ten days in Italy on a field trip for my graduate program. It was a geology trip so we spent a lot of time hiking, caving, and looking at rocks. The country is beautiful, the food was delicious, the s... Read more
Well, Monday afternoon I am off to Italy for a ten day intensive geology field trip! We're going to be doing a lot of physical activity (caving, hiking, generally walking around) and since I can't eat wheat-based products I won't be particularly... Read more
Some friends and I have a regular board game night where we get together and, well, play nerdy board games. There's usually some form of hideously unhealthy takeout food involved, so I've started packing my own home-cooked meals instead. Tonight... Read more
Man, losing weight while in a relationship is HARD!
Yesterday my bf gave me a ride to the grocery store, and he wanted to stop at Wendy's on the way back. He was more than happy to share his french fries and frosty, but I resisted! Because... Read more
For my next challenge...
Today I discovered that there is a sub-reddit for a "body transformation fitness challenge" with an opportunity to win real-world prizes. I've loved having the motivation to stay on target that's come along with the 5% challenge here on Spark, s... Read more
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