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Happy First Day of Spring Semester!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Yesterday was crazy, but in the best way. The students are back, the hallways are filled and the cafeteria is open. But it is the cafeteria I am most worried about, and making time for healthy choices during the day.

Let's start with the cafeteria. First, it isn't filled with the healthiest of foods. I have a weakness for the cookies, and for the grilled cheese sandwiches, as well as many of their deep fried selections. But I can't avoid the cafeteria, first because it is directly outside my office, and second, because it is the source of free ice and water during the day, which I hugely depend on. So yesterday I focused on what I've been doing good. Since December 30, 2012, I haven't had any caffeine, chocolate, deep fried foods, sweets or soda. I just kept repeating those accomplishments to myself as I would walk through the cafeteria yesterday. And I'll do it more today, until it becomes habit to leave without anything but water. At the same time, last night I remembered that they do sell salads, so I packed some of my own dressing to keep in my office fridge. This means if I can't pack a lunch, at least I have another alternative. I also brought a couple cans of soup to work today to make for lunch, and supper if I stay late to do homework or the gym.

This brings me to the struggle to find time to eat during the day. I teach a math class four days a week, during the day, which is technically my "lunch hour" so if I want to eat, I have to fit it in right before or after class. I try to stick to this as much as possible so I am not giving my colleagues more work so I can teach and get paid for it. I'm excited to see today how I like soup during the day, and since I am a crazy picky eater, hopefully I'll like one of the soups I brought with me today.

Now that the semester has begun, I'm just trying not to be overwhelmed. If I am not busy, I tend to eat and be lazy. So I am taking a class and teaching (to make some extra money), but I have to keep making room for the gym and healthy eating. It feels like my blogs are often repeating the same themes...I'm sure once I get some of these habits down a little better, I will start to think about new things, right? :)

To finish on a happy note, this is the longest I've consistently used Sparkpeople before. :) A little celebration to start my day!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!
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