Warm weather please?

March 24, 2009

Brr, it was chilly on my run this evening! Thankfully I wasn’t running into the wind for more than a couple minutes or I think I might have become an icicle. Ok, so maybe that’s a bit of exaggerating but it’s cold for officially being spring! We still have mini snowbanks on our lawn. Something isn’t right here.

Anyway, my run was good. I added in about a half to a full block extra on each running interval to work on my endurance. I think it’s getting better! And my body is adapting well – I’ve had no pain (I was worried about my knees because I’ve heard it’s a more common pain to get from the impact) and my muscles have not been the least bit sore since the day after my very first run! Yay!

Other good news: my parents are willing to give me the treadmill we got from my grandpa! So even when it’s raining or ridiculous hot in the summer I can still run. And if I put it in the basement, it’ll be like working out in a nice air conditioned gym – ok, well, not quite, but at close as I’ll get. Our house does not have A/C but the basement is the place to be when it gets above 30C! So basically, I’m going to have a little fitness centre down there. Maybe I’ll even move the elliptical trainer out of my bedroom so all the exercise stuff is in one place. It might be nice to free up some space in my room – it’s 10′ x13′ which is big enough, but not when I’ve got an elliptical trainer (even though it’s not a massive one) along with all my other furniture (bed, desk, dresser, bookcase, the usual).

School is finally deciding that I’ve endured enough stress and is giving me a break! Well, sort of. My crazy crunch time is over except for the thesis poster conference on Thursday. Oh, I got a copy of the program today – it was so cool to see my name in print, even though it’s just a school event and not a big time academic conference. Anyway, once the conference I’m going to be relieved times a million! I think it will be fun, even though it’s a stressful thing for most people – and afterwards we get to go to the grad pub for free pizza and some mingling with fellow students and profs.

I was excited to pick up my poster today and thankfully the colours turned out alright. Apparently the printer has this habit of turning things more purple, which it did to mine but I almost prefer it to my original colour scheme of navy and powder blue, so it’s cool. It’s currently safe hiding away in the lab. I’m glad I had somewhere to store it because it’s pretty awkward to carry around – it’s 40″ x 56″ so even rolled up it’s huge! People were definitely giving me funny looks as I walked from the printers to the lab!

Anyway, I’m about to wind down the evening with either a peach or a little bowl of sweet potato soup. I think I’m feeling something warm but peaches are awesome so I’m not entirely sure yet! After that it’s into bed – I’ve been tuckered out by 11-11:30 each night. Yay for a regular sleep schedule – it only took me all term!

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TGIF!

March 20, 2009

Woo, so glad it’s Friday! My weekend is looking busy but I got my poster and handout for the poster conference done this afternoon, so I’m crossing my fingers that my thesis supervisor won’t want me to make any major changes. Even if she does, I’m still fine for time so I can make it!

Today was a fun day – I volunteered at the psychology booth for the Laurier Day open house! So I got to talk to prospective students for a couple hours. I enjoyed doing it so much and it makes me sad that I’ll only have one more term as a student to do it!

After coming home and having lunch, my boyfriend and I headed to the mall. I wanted to get a new shirt to wear for the poster conference, since it is a dressier event and I don’t have much in the way of dress clothes – aside from pants. So I found shirts on sale at Jacob – one’s a white button down and the other is a dark purple sweater to wear over top. They don’t have full length sleeves (they end above the elbow) so it’ll be perfect as long as it’s not ridiculously warm on Thursday. So for both shirts it was $40! Score! Especially since I’ll be able to wear the stuff in the future for job interviews.

We headed to Old Navy afterward and I was a brave girl – I tried on a pair of size 8 jeans even though I was really skeptical about fitting into them. But THEY FIT! I was so excited and did a little happy dance in the change room! I didn’t buy them – I’m going to see if my parents will spring for them as a “congratulations for getting to your goal size and good job on not letting school own you” gift for when the term ends. My size 10’s are still a perfect fit with a belt – even though I need a new one.

Speaking of that – they had a nice belt in Jacob I liked on sale for $15. The problem? I’m not sure how it worked! Haha! It didn’t have the usual type of buckle and I couldn’t see how it held together! I also didn’t want to ask the salesgirl – can you imagine asking “Could you tell me how this belt works?”. I thought I’d sound ridiculous so I passed on it – and then forget to check for belts at Old Navy. Sigh. I’ll get a new one soon enough!

After grabbing some Timothy’s (apple cider for me and some crazy chocolate coffee drink thing for the boyfriend) we headed home and I got right down to business on school work.

So overall it was a fun and productive day! I’m planning on a walk or run later to cap off my great day and then watching Lost! Sadly I had to record it because I was going crazy preparing for a presentation in my seminar the next day so I’ve been itching to watch it since Wednesday night! I can’t wait!


Leave me alone, school!

March 12, 2009

I made a list of school deadlines the other day and posted it on my wall. I really wish I hadn’t. Yeah, it’s nice to see what I’ve got coming up but it’s very overwhelming. I’ve only crossed off 2 things out of 8 things I have to get done by the end of the school term (this is before my one exam and when my final thesis paper is due in April). Yikes! I though it would be motivating – you know, I see how much stuff I need to do and it jump starts me – but it’s not been working.

Instead, I feel so stressed. I’m deciding whether or not I should leave it up. I want to be organized but I don’t want to feel panicked every time I look to my left!

The last month of school is always so crazy! I just need to tell myself that this will all be over soon. After March 26 (poster conference… eek), I have one paper due (just a shortie, only 4-6 pages), one exam and my final thesis. I’ll have one month to do all that. If I can survive all the stuff I have now, that will be a breeze.

Last night my housemate wanted to get out for a run – he just bought new shoes (Nike+ compatible) and some jogging pants so he was itching to get out even though the weather was ridiculous. I thought about being lazy and lounging the rest of the night after finishing my seminar paper, but I’d glad I got out. I swear I’ve already built up some stamina – and I’m going to have to if I want to keep up with my housemate. He’s not super in shape, but he’s 6’3. I’m 5’3 so I set the pace and it’s much easier for him to keep up with me because his stride length is longer so he can go a little slower. So he actually ran for a couple minutes straight each time I ran. I think it’ll be nice to have a running buddy so we can keep each other going.

He’s also willing to sign up for the CIBC Run for the Cure with me in October. I checked out the website and the date is already up – Sunday, October 4th. So, lots of time to get ready for that. Technically, you can walk the 5k as well, but I’d like to be able to run all of it. So that’s a longer term fitness goal for me!


Crazy Time Changes…

March 8, 2009

The time change this morning threw me for a loop! I woke up at 8:40 and made some oatmeal for breakfast. After checking my email and a few other things online, I happen to glance down at the clock in the corner. 10 AM? I’m thinking, honestly, there is no way I’ve already been up for over an hour – something’s wrong with my computer’s clock. Then it hit me – time change. I’m usually good at remembering it in the fall – probably because I look forward to that extra hour of sleep time! But I always forget in the spring.

Anyway, yesterday was fairly uneventful. I finally decided to be a good student and got going on the paper for my seminar and the handout I need to write up for the poster conference. I knew cramming everything into 5 single-spaced pages would be tough but I didn’t think it would be that difficult. But no, I was editing things out right and left! It’s a tough process! I’m glad I started now instead of telling myself that it wouldn’t take more than a day or two to simply edit some things out. No, I pretty much have to re-write entire sections!

Today is grocery day. Last week, I bought some bananas, ate one and then just wasn’t in the mood for the rest of them. They’re now a little too soft for my liking. So, I decided to pick up some whole wheat flour and make some banana bread! I found a low fat recipe online and edited a few things further – substituted applesauce for margarine, half the flour will be whole wheat instead of white, using half brown sugar and half white sugar instead of all white. I think by tomorrow those bananas should be nice and ready for mashing up, so when I get home from school (I have 3 participants to run tomorrow), I’m going to have a baking adventure. I’ve decided I might try weekly kitchen experiments with healthy baking and cooking – this is, of course, if school doesn’t decide to be ridiculous and think it can take over my life. But I’d like to try this out!

I’m going to head out for a walk now. Hopefully the weather holds – this is definitely not the nicest looking week weather-wise. Rain, rain, overcast, rain. Yuck! But at least it’s getting warmer!


More weekend needed

March 3, 2009

I had my first class of the week today – seminar in social psych. Normally I love the class (and the prof – he’s so hilarious and honestly said Lady Caca, not Gaga, the one day thinking that was her name… oh dear!) and we were discussing stereotypes and prejudices, which normally I find really interesting. But today I was itching to get out of there! I think part of it might be that I spent my weekend doing school work. When I do this, I find that once the school week starts, I’m not ready for it because I didn’t really get a break. Thankfully I don’t have many on campus classes, but it sucks that I’m feeling this now as my school week is starting. Tomorrow I have my reading program after school, and Thursday I have both my seminar and a computer lab for thesis class – we’re learning how to make posters in Power Point, which I have no clue about so I’ll need to go. Hopefully I can make it through without feeling as though I’m going to go crazy!

Eating-wise I’m staying right on track. Seeing my loss this week was amazing motivation to stick with eating three healthy meals and two snacks per day. It’s crazy how just the change of adding a bit more food each day helped me lose more weight than usual, even though I didn’t step up my exercise routine. I guess I just wasn’t eating enough before – it’s a difficult thing because it seems so counter intuitive to eat more when your goal is cutting calories.

Today I had:

  • Breakfast: oatmeal
  • Lunch: ham sandwich on sunflower flax bread
  • Dinner: whole wheat pasta with broccoli
  • Snack (so far): baby carrots

I’ll probably have some sliced berries or a peach as a snack later on to finish off the day. Right now I’m enjoying my second mug of green tea today (the first I had was from Timmy’s and I didn’t win – again!)

I’m planning on a walk later, as long as it’s not freezing cold out. I meant to go earlier after I finished some prep for my reading program but then I got into a paper-writing mood which happens rarely so I always take advantage of it! I think my geography paper is ready to hand in after one last edit. I can’t believe I actually finished it a week and a half early – it’s actually due March 13!

Anyway, time to convince the boyfriend that he’s not going to freeze if we go for a walk! This could be challenging!


Weigh-in

March 2, 2009

I weighed myself this morning, which I was actually dreading for two reasons: 1) TOM started yesterday (which can mean a temporary gain) and 2) I’ve been trying to eat more each day since I don’t think I was eating quite enough for my activity level before. I don’t strictly count calories, and I don’t want to, but from roughly estimating each meal, I think I was falling short of my BMR, which I’ve heard isn’t good (mine is just under 1500 calories so I’ve been aiming to eat just over that each day). I was worried my plan of eating about 150-250 more calories per day would backfire and I’d end up gaining or barely losing anything. They were healthy calories – usually a snack of veggies or fruit – but you never know with weight loss!

Anyway…

The scale gave me good news! I lost 1.5 pounds this week! I’m now down to 145.3 pounds, which is 5.3 pounds away from my healthy BMI. Seeing those numbers definitely put a smile on my face this morning! I’m glad my plan worked and I think it’ll be good motivation to stick with healthy eating as well as making sure I have an afternoon and evening snack every day. I think my problem before was that I didn’t consistently, so I was missing out on some needed calories, a couple servings of fruits and veggies, and all the good vitamins and nutrients in them.

I have a big to do list today:

  • email out a resume
  • finish my geography paper (it’s almost done, I swear!)
  • finalize the lesson plans for the reading program
  • finish reading articles for seminar tomorrow (got one and a half read this morning)
  • throw a letter in the mail and get some filing folders and pens
  • go for a walk (or a run..)

I can probably get all that done, considering a couple things are 5-15 minute tasks. But it still seems like a lot! I’m still finishing up lunch but I’m planning on getting started around 1pm.


Hello March!

March 1, 2009

I can’t believe it’s already March. On one hand I’m glad that spring (and summer) are that much closer, but on the other hand it means I have a lot of school work coming up and those end of term deadlines will be here before I know it! I have a lot of prep to do for the thesis poster conference at school (on March 26.. less than a month away now) – writing my abstract, making the poster and writing a handout. The handout is essentially a more simplified version of my thesis – but it can only be 5 pages single-spaced. This may seem like a lot of room to work with but my proposal (which doesn’t even include full results or a discussion) was 16 pages (19 with references). Yeah, I’m going to have a lot of editing to do to stay within the page limit.

Overall I had a productive weekend. Yesterday I got a new pair of jeans (on sale at Old Navy) and dress shoes to wear for job interviews. They’re pretty nice and they’re backless so they will still be good to wear in the summer. Plus they were only $30! I tried on a pair of size 8 jeans at Old Navy but they didn’t fit (they buttoned but would not have been comfortable to wear). At first I was discouraged but then I remembered that I only bought a pair of size 10’s at the end of January so it’s doubtful I would have shrunk another size, considering my weight loss is no more than 1 pound per week. So I’m okay with it and I know I’ll get there soon enough. Today was grocery day and I bought tons of fresh fruits and veggies – peaches, bananas, strawberries, broccoli, baby carrots, asparagus, sweet potatoes and spinach. I also bought more sunflower flax bread because I love it and it’s not that much more expensive than regular brown bread (although you get a few less slices I think). But it’s way better for you – more fibre, more protein, omegas, more magnesium and other vitamins and minerals. I think it will be a regular purchase from now on, especially when it’s on sale (they have 2 for $4 sales of it at Zehrs every couple of weeks).

Last night I had fun. We didn’t end up going out anywhere, but we stayed in and played Rock Band 2. My roommate has a Wii and we all split on the cost of Rock Band 1 when he moved in and then buying Rock Band 2 was much cheaper since we already had all the instruments. For the amount of entertainment we get from it, it was well worth the money!

I have good news on the Nike+ front. One of the lovely ladies over at Blog To Lose told me that you can get the Sportband in Canada, at SportChek at least. So that’s good! I’m still not sure I can buy just the chip and not the kit (that comes with the iPod plug-in). I’ll have to look into that, but either way it will cost $80-100 for this. So I’ll need to find out how much I’m getting back on my tax return before I go spending. And I want to make sure I’m going to stick with running before I go dropping that much money.

Tomorrow is weigh-in day. I’m excited for it and dreading it all at the same time. I’m sure I’ve lost some weight, even if it’s minimal but TOM started today and sometimes that means weight gain. I’ll just have to keep that in mind so I don’t get discouraged if the scale hasn’t changed or is only down a fraction of a pound. I may weigh myself again on Thursday or Friday once TOM has gone away to get a more accurate reading. We will see!