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Monday, January 02, 2012

Hey, does anyone out there have a fitbit? I'm looking for friends with fitbit (especially quirky ones!) and I love most of the people on this site.

Anyone? Anyone?

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PUDLECRAZY 1/2/2012 7:57PM

    Yup, me! I just got mine a couple of weeks ago.

~ Chris

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MINDA31807 1/2/2012 5:52PM

    I have a fitbit, I get more quirky the better one gets to know me!

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I'm back, baby.

Thursday, December 01, 2011


Well, everyone falls off the wagon every so often, right?

Other than being extra self conscious and a little pudgier than my typical already-slightly-pudgy self, I'm pretty happy. Things got pretty bad, but I started paying attention to my stress levels (I even got a bit of acupuncture), and it seems as though it may have caused a lot of my symptoms... Nasty symptoms, too.. Dizziness, rashes, hair loss, memory problems, concentration issues.. They basically thought I had heavy metals poisoning.

For now, though, I'm trying to slow down.. It's the end of the semester, and instead of things getting insane, I'm attempting to let them slowly peter out, keeping close track of my projects so that I can start getting enough sleep. I need to find an easier and cheaper way of getting good nutrition. It's kind of absurd at this point... We go out to eat once or twice a week, and we'll occasionally substitute one of my healthy suppers for a pizza when I can't muster up the energy to cook.. I'm starting to crave sweets and cheese and salt.. I'm really out of balance!!

This is kind of silly, but it's important for me to get back in shape, or at least to my normal self, by Christmas.

Ugh, things are just too exhausting right now.. I can't wait for this semester to end!!

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MANDIBEES 1/3/2012 12:01PM

    Right there with you girlfriend! I'm glad to see you back again too :) We've got to keep this together thing going!

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WISSOS138 12/7/2011 3:07PM

    Yes, stress is bad and hard to avoid at times. Hopefully, you can squeeze some de-stressing activities into your schedule. It is so important and so worth it! Good luck!

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JESUSLUVSYOU 12/1/2011 10:07AM

    I'm in school too. Two weeks until my final and I can't wait! Good job listening to your body. And by the way, I absolutely love the background for your spark page!

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DEBJAE 12/1/2011 9:09AM

    Stress can be very destructive to our bodies, it's good that you recognize what it's been doing.

Have you considered crock pot meals? They are super easy and great for those that are short on time. There are endless recipes on here for healthy options, check them out!

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Good news, Bad news...

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Well, the GOOD news is that I got a fancy shmancy new job! (I know, I just GOT a job a month ago, but this one is an assistantship that pays half my tuition in addition to giving me a salary that is twice what I was making in wages at the other place).. I'm an office assistant for the Mechanical Engineering department. I'm pretty psyched about it...

Aside from the BAD news, which is that it's taking up literally all the free time I had from 8-5 (by 'free time', I mean the time I had outside of class to work on assignments, projects, fitness, nutrition, and the like)...

This is my new schedule:

Monday & Wednesday: Work from 8-1, class from 1:10-2, work from 2:10-4, class from 4-5:30, Lab from 5:40-9:00

Tuesday & Thursday: Work from 8-1, class from 1-4:30, class from 5-8:30

Friday: Work from 11:00 - 5:00

Basically, I'm working significantly more, but I'm going to be paid more (which is good, because we're flat broke - I think we have 4 bank accounts with like 40 bucks each, and one loan payment due a few days ago that I can't pay)...

I'm supposed to be doing a few huge projects, including a huge musical composition-from-random-sound-samples and this independent study blog on the evolution of the greek and roman lyre.. I'd be remiss in accounting my life if I didn't say that I've been having small meltdowns every other day or so. That being said, once I figure out decent time management, life will get easier...


I can tell you right now that with my classes and work (which is quite a demanding position), I've taken on too much and that I'm likely shaving off a few years of my life... But I'm not unhappy on a big-picture scale, and I know that it's only going to get better after this semester.

Does anyone out there have a demanding schedule? How do you cope? I'm not adjusting well.

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MANDIBEES 9/18/2011 11:28PM

    Keep a cool head about you, get hugs from hubby often, don't mess with your sleep to much, eat well and you will come out on top!

It takes time to adjust to new and busy schedules but your an amazingly talented young woman and I believe in you!

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Wooing time to my side

Sunday, August 28, 2011

This turned into more of an inner monologue right now, I guess.. Although I'm still trying to decide a few things, this entry is rather dull - my apologies.

I think it's safe to presume at this point that I've fallen off the wagon, and my brief vacation from worrying about my weight has put me yet again in the all-too-familiar yo-yoing slump. I'm 75% sure that my listed weight on SP right now is inaccurate, and if it is accurate, it's only because I've lost muscle.

My first week of classes was yet another wake-up call that if I don't live proactively, I'm going to destroy myself (or at the very least, allow myself to be destroyed).

Taking that into account, I created a new schedule:

It looks so much less intimidating from here... I always have things to do between classes (usually running errands and preparing for the next class), but I think I can probably find some time between work and class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and after class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The alternative is to set a bedtime at 9-10, wake up early, and try to get to school around 6:30-7:30... But I'm pretty sure that'd ruin any chances of interacting with my husband.

Anyway, there are classes after 5 at the University.. Looks like here are my options..

Piloxing, Fitness Yoga, Extreme Abs, Body Pump, Cycle-Fit

:\ (nothing between work and class, but I can just do the stairs or something),
(after 8) Extreme Abs, Cardio Kick

Zumba, Fitness Yoga, Extreme Abs, Step & Sculpt, Cycle-Fit

Extreme Abs, Body Blast

:\ (oh well.. I'll probably either need time off or to just go to the frackin' gym anyway)

If you're still reading (seriously, congrats if you are, this has been really dull), any recommendations? I'm looking to get in balance quickly, even if it's difficult. I got huge bruises on my legs the only time I took spin, but I'm more than willing to try again - it's standing out to me as a good option..

And what about when I'm in the gym by myself? Any exercise that could help me out? Not gonna lie - I feel like I could do rowing machines forever - do they count as a good weight-loss machine?

I'm frankly embarrassed to be so far behind.. It's not like I stopped for 2 months, I took 2 months backwards. I'm basically 4 months behind... But I know that once I get in a good situation, my muscle memory will kick in and I'll be back on track in no time.

Why is this so difficult for me?

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ARCHIMEDESII 8/29/2011 12:43PM

    Unless you've been completely bedridden and sedentary, you have not lost any lean muscle. If you've even been the least bit active with either walking or dancing, you haven't lost your muscle. However, what you may be is some what de-conditioned. So, once you start exercising again, those muscles should "remember" pretty quickly.

What to do ? slowly ease back into a regular exercise routine. Don't try to start where you were or you could end up with a lot of aches and pains.

From that list of classes, which do you think you're most likely to do on a regular basis ? Because that's the key to exercise. If you can find something that you'll enjoy doing, you'll look forward to doing that something on a regular basis. If you enjoy dancing, take the Zumba. Zumba is a lot of fun and a terrific workout.

And don't neglect your strength. Do make sure some strength training is part of your exercise routine. In which case, try the Body Pump class. that's another really great class.

What does the hubs like to do ? Does he like to take walks or go on hikes ? If so, go on hikes with the hubs. There really are so many different things you could do to make your daily like more active. Try different things. You may be surprized how much you like exercise once you do.

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Oh good LORD.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Yeah, so you know how everyone tells you that in grad school you have no time to do anything at all if it's not school related?


I've got my job (office assistant, isu advance program and sp@isu) from 9 - 12:45 (that means catching the bus at 8:31 which means being up at 7:20) on mondays, and I have 15 minutes to get to the music building, which is about 10 minutes away if I walk quickly, and scarf down my lunch before class at 1... then I'm in solid classes (save for between 2 and 2:15 wherein I have to run to the design building, again, about 10 minutes away for a class on the 4th damn floor, so a lotta steps!) until 8. The closest bus leaves at around 8:20, so I'm home around 8:50, where I need to do homework and maybe (if I have the energy) continue unpacking.

Tuesdays and Thursdays are worse. I feel like I get a vacation on Friday because I just work from 9-5. :P

How do mommies do it? I know this probably isn't even a demanding schedule, but it's a far cry from my pre-grad school life of painting whenever, taking breaks whenever, and being able to COOK meals, let alone eat them.

Okay, I've taken way too much time to write this, so I'm off.

Love you all.

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COUTURELADY 8/26/2011 11:15AM

    Wow, that's nuts. It sounds totally overwhelming but exciting too. I'm sure you've heard this a lot but you are quite an inspiring lady! Have a great weekend girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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