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4/20/12 11:40 A

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I hear ya! I'm in grad school, i'm married with a puppy, and I own two businesses. It will be MUCH better when I'm done with school in July and can focus on my businesses and making some money!


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4/16/12 12:18 P

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I'm a grad student, too! I'm 23 and expect to graduate in December (hopefully). I work part-time on the days I don't have class.

I've learned to make going to the gym in the morning at least five days a week a priority. I also try to avoid eating at school.

It is nice to see other people in similar situations on this site!

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4/7/12 3:40 P

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Hey girls, I know it's been a while since this post but I just joined this group.

I'm a grad student, too. I moved to Geneva, Switzerland to do a degree in International Affairs. I'm loving life here, but the adjustment hasn't been easy. Of course I'm super busy, as well.

I've been on SP since January and my semester started at the end of February. The vending machine and the super stressful days have been challenging.

Some things I do to try to stick to my goals.
1. Snacks - Bring nuts, bananas, whole wheat crackers. Anything to keep me from running to the vending machines. This also goes for bringing lunches.
2. Coffee - I've stopped drinking it almost completely. I drink water instead and seriously think that it gives me much more energy than coffee. Whenever I'm tempted to drink coffee, I opt for tea and it helps me reach my 8 cups!
3. Exercise - Finding time to exercise has been my biggest downfall. But one tip I read is to keep some dumbells near your desk and take a quick exercise break every hour or so. I've tried this a little bit, but the problem is that I'm often in the library, where I can't just get up and start exercising. I've done a few Standing Abductions at home though :)

I would be happy to know what some of your tips are for dealing with stressful student life. :)

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1/15/12 3:57 P

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I feel ya! I'm 26 and a graduate student as well, set to graduate this June and these next 6 months are gonna be chaos. I work 15-25 hours each week plus 9 quarter hours worth of classes. Needing to get started on my thesis/capstone research (even though I'm not actually compiling and writing it until May), volunteering as part of the fellowship program I am in . . . it's busy, busy.

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1/10/12 11:00 A

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Hey there! I'm a grad student too! I'm also in lab and know what you're saying about the weird hours and the unhealthy eating.... and the excuses. I'm starting to try to make it all a priority though! I dropped a good chunk of weight around my quals in 2010.... and I'm trying to take off the rest now. Glad to see I'm not the only grad student around sparking!

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LASHA05's Photo LASHA05 Posts: 23
1/8/12 9:49 P

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Thanks so much for the replies ladies!!! I will definitely add the both of you! We can do this.

*Zee*


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LEXI135's Photo LEXI135 Posts: 60
1/8/12 8:42 P

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I am right with ya. I am a grad student, too. I spend way too much time in the lab..and I am constantly convincing myself that I don't have time to workout because I should be doing experiments or reading a paper instead. And on top of that, the stress of it all drives me to eat terribly..not to mention that there is a coffee shop with brownies and cookies down the hall from me :( But I am trying to battle this. To make time to workout..to eat healthy regardless of how busy i am..and to just take better care of myself. You can friend me if you like. Motivation and support is always good :)

Immediate goal: Stick with workout/eating plan

Benefit: Having more energy for life.

My 10% goals:
1: 188 lbs
-reward: Buy a new outfit :)

2: 169 lbs
-reward: A new power tool!

3: 152 lbs
-reward: Really close to the wedding..get an awesome bikini!!!

4: 135 Gooaalll!
-have an amazing wedding looking awesome in my dress!!!!


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1/8/12 2:15 P

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Hi Zee! Welcome! To answer your question, YES! I am in Graduate School and working 2 part-time jobs that might as well be 1 full-time job, on top of just trying to live my life. I joke that I can sleep when I am dead. But I risk as you mentioned, increased stress levels and unhealthy habits in eating and exercising.
Best of luck with your goals. I am trying to do better at staying connected on the site, but feel free to friend me if you would like. Happy 2012!

Keesha


"If you must begin then go all the way, because if you begin and quit, the unfinished business you have left behind begins to haunt you all the time."
– Chogyam Trungpa


Goal: run 30 minutes every other day

Goal: 25/25/25 (pushups/crunches/squats) every day

Goal: Be mindful of my portion intake

Goal: Drink 8 glasses of water a day

Goal: Be happy with being me!


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LASHA05's Photo LASHA05 Posts: 23
1/5/12 12:14 A

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Hi All!
My name is Zee and I'm a 25 year old graduate student in my last semester. Graduate school = stress x bad eating habits x minimal exercise, but I'm trying to change all that. Anyone else going through the same thing or have gone through that? Would love to have some spark buddies!!

Wishing everyone the best in 2012


*Zee*


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