Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Busy but Happy!

Hey folks!

I don't have time to write a proper post, but I wanted to check in.

I am STILL tracking everything! My weigh-in on Saturday morning was also a success! The scale I used kept giving me different readings, but I think I lost around 2 pounds or so.

It's probably because I went to the gym with Tiffany 4 times last week, including
a super cool Anti-Gravity Yoga class! We also managed to get our butts out of bed for a 6 am Cycle 'N' Sculpt class last Thursday. It sure is motivating having a friend pick you up and drive you to the gym. ;)

I have not worked out thus far this week, but I hope to squeeze one in somewhere. I am crazy busy with school - lots of papers, readings, reflections, and presentations. However, even though I am spending all of my time doing homework, I feel really happy where I am right now. I am very confident that this is what I'm supposed to be doing at this point in my life, and I'm so grateful that I ended up here.

Monday, September 5, 2011

My First Week

Hello! This post is arriving much later than I'd hoped. My apologies!

I finished my first week of classes on Friday. It was a total success! I liked my profs, and my classmates were all very friendly, too. I do think this year will be a lot of work though (which I was expecting!).

I've taken a few photos around my picturesque campus:

We have a lake on our campus!

And a community garden:

I've seen deer 3 times on my way to school. Finally, yesterday, I had my camera with me! The building in the background is the one that I have all of my classes in.

In between schoolwork , I managed to track 6/7 days last week and I fulfilled my goal of exercising once.

Unfortunately, the school gym leaves a lot to be desired. It's a small room of cardio machines in a basement. The machines have a 20-minute limit (which will only be an issue if the gym gets crowded, which I imagine it will, as it's not very big). I went with a new friend from school, and we decided to forgo the weights (which were in a separate room occupied by intimidating male jock types).

I've also been spending time with my blogging & weight-watching friend Tiffany! On Saturday, we went out to dinner and a movie. It was so great chatting with her about motivation and strategy, and she's inspired me to really get on track while I'm here in Thunder Bay. It was great that I tracked 6/7 days last week, but when I found out how amazing she's been doing (5 weeks straight and counting!), I decided I really want to commit to tracking everything. If I can track every day from now until my practicum begins, that would be 8 whole weeks!

Tiffany also lent me the use of a scale while I'm here. I had originally decided to not weigh myself until I'm back home, but I think I will go back to weekly weigh-ins to measure my progress. I weighed in yesterday morning, and the number was lower than I anticipated! I'm eager to see where I'll be next week if I keep up the tracking and exercising.

Having Tiffany around is also great because I have a workout buddy! I got a free one week trial membership at her gym. We went yesterday and today (I'm super sore, by the way), and have plans to go at least once or twice more this week (including a possible 6 am class!).

Here I am, sweaty and sore after this morning's 20/20/20 class (which included step, strength, and abs).

All in all, I'm feeling super motivated and really excited at the progress I can make while I'm here. Hopefully the busy-ness of school doesn't get in the way too much!

I will leave you with an unattractive food photo. I had a delicious salad for lunch.

It consisted of greens, perfectly hardboiled eggs (if I do say so myself), sunflower seeds, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, and honey dijon dressing. Yum!

Have a great week all!