Back to School - September Journal

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Back to School - September Journal
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Wed, 09-05-2012 - 8:27pm

9/1/12

Hello September.  My life will be topsy turvy with the addition of a full graduate school course load, but I’m determined to maintain my slim figure.  I worked too hard for it to let it all go to pot now.  I’ll be in school 2 nights per week and all day Saturday, so I’m thinking of how I can incorporate the 17 Day Diet since I liked it so much.  The 2 nights I have class I’ll be bringing dinner with me so those days it might be easiest to stick with the no carbs after 2pm.  Saturday will depend on whether or not I plan to go out once I’ve returned home.  If it’s a night in then no carbs after 2pm it is.  If it’s a night out I can allow an evening splurge.  I can also pack 17 Day Diet approved snacks on all school days.  Exercise can be incorporated with all the hills and stairs I will be hiking throughout campus lol.  I will also work in yoga, walking in the park, and whatever else suits my fancy.  I can totally do this.

So am I really ready for school?  Sort of.  I stocked up on the supplies I think I’ll need and I found my backpack.  I have all of the books for 2 out of 4 classes, which is annoying but can’t be helped.  I’m hoping the rest of my books arrive on Tuesday because one of my weekend classes expects that I will have 5 chapters read and one of my night classes expects that I will have 2 chapters read and it’d be nice to actually be able to do that.  Yikes!  Of the 2 classes I do have books for 1 of them I need to read 4 chapters for and the other class I have no idea because that instructor still hasn’t posted a syllabus.  Grrrr!  So far thats 11 chapters of reading and counting lol.  But I am not dealing with any of that today because today is my day off!  I’m not getting out of my bathrobe, I’m eating whatever I want, and I’m catching up on my tv shows. 

Regardless I’m super excited to finally be returning to school and taking this major step in my much anticipated career transition.  I’m older and wiser so hopefully it’ll be easier to find my groove.

Water: 4 cups

Exercise: Two 17 min workouts

9/2/12

Today I woke up feeling great.  My ear finally went back to normal which means I can hear properly and I don’t have an infection.  Whew!  So today was to be a more productive day.  I did the reading for the one class I have all the books and the syllabus for.  My textbook reading speed has definitely slowed, but hopefully it’ll pick up as I get into the swing of things. 

My forearms are absolutely killing me!  No exercising today.

Water: 4 cups

Exercise: none

9/3/12

I am a productivity tornado!  Got a bunch of work stuff done, cleaning the house, prepping for school…. I am on and crackin!  I’m also doing some cooking for the week since having night classes and the commute home is going to mean pretty much going straight to bed when I get in.  The last thing I want to do is wonder if I have lunch and dinner ready for the next day.

Water: 4 cups

Exercise: One 17 min workout

9/4/12

Aside from the fact that my lower half is killing me from all those stairs and I’m still waiting for 2 textbooks…..school was great.  It was like stepping into a pair of shoes I love, but hadn’t worn in awhile.   My Professors are interesting and very engaging considering these are night classes and they have multiple jobs.  Ahhh the braingasms. 

Water: 3 cups

Exercise: Four 17 min workouts

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Thu, 09-06-2012 - 9:32pm

More questions/comments carried over from August:

I have tried making Kale chips, but not mixing it with spinach - are you cooking it? I love cooked spinach in the winter!  Yes if I blend spinach and kale together they will be cooked.  I'm thinking of trying it in a play on spanakopita or lasagna.  I couldn't eat raw kale, now raw spinach maybe.

Hope your ear finally got unplugged. I have narrow ear canals so I’m ALWAYS having problems with mine and it is so annoying!  I wound up using essential oils to aid with my ear and I'm pleased it worked out.  Now I can sit in class and hear just fine and not have to be the token old person asking that everything be repeated lol.

That’s awesome that the car hasn’t caused any family issues!  Actually as of yesterday I think one particular relative decided to express her irritation over my getting the car when she wanted it.  However she was offered the car, several times, and she turned it down.  So she has been told to put a cork in it and the person who was meant to have it (me!) now has it.  Let me also add that the woman throwing this hissy fit is in her 50s.  *eye roll*

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Fri, 09-07-2012 - 3:45pm
Wow on the 50 year old whiny relative. Sheesh! Glad to hear the ear is better, school is going well, and thanks for hte tips on the spinach and kale!

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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 6:38pm

9/5/12

Today was a tedious work day.  Food wise I’m doing well, but I think I will rethink my school night dinner.  My original thought was that it’d be easy to take some sort of soup or salad, but that proved to be cumbersome.  Now I’m thinking Greek yogurt might be easier.  I thought I might go for a walk, but it was sprinkling and the air was smoky from some nearby car fire.  Weird.

Water: 2 cups

Exercise: One 17 min workout

9/6/12

Another long day, but pleasantly productive.

Water: 2 cups

Exercise: One 17 min workout

9/7/12

I probably should be concerned that I haven’t been drinking much water the last few days.  I totally blame my current temp gig.  It’s sort of an assembly line type environment only with office work.  So pausing to drink water sort of disrupts the flow and before I know it the day has flown by and I’ve barely touched my water bottle.  I’ll have to figure out a work around.

And you know what I realized?  That with all the men that have crossed my path not one of them has ever been Mr. Academia.  Seriously….ummm….why have I never considered professors before?  Totally up my alley and judging by tonights professor….definitely hot.  Also married, but so not the point.  I need to figure out where a single Mr. Academia might be lurking.

Water: 2 cups

Exercise: Three 17 min workouts

9/8/12

I made it!  I survived the first week of school.  I’m exhausted from all of the changes to my routine, still missing 2 textbooks and have demanded the bookstore handle it asap, and still have one more class to start next week.  Overall I’m feeling better about the work load and starting to make sense of how things work.  I can’t wait to officially get into the groove of things.  Exercising was good.  Eating habits were good.  Sleep schedule was good.

Water: 3 cups

Exercise: Four 17 min workouts

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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 11:09am
Wow - that is a lot of reading! I always struggled with reading the textbooks - I'd read it and 1 minutes later it would be lost on me. Such a headache! It sounds like you've got it figured out though. I still think thats a crazy amount to have to read. Are you on quarters or semesters? Are they trying to cram a 16 week class into a 8 week program like they do in summer school?

I'm sure you'll be doing plenty of walking between campus and stairs. It always seemed like such a chore to get to each class and I didn't realize how much it contributed to my daily exercise! How long are your evening classes - do you get a break for dinner?

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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 12:38pm
I like the idea of Mr Academia! Let us know how that search goes! LOL

Great job on the first week - it sounds like it is going to be an exciting year ahead!

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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 11:21pm

About that juggling.....LOL you call a temp job and school juggling?  Try a temp job, a side job, school, 5 volunteer gigs, family obligations, an at home business, and everything else.  Yep yep insanity.  I'm getting plenty of sleep though :smileyhappy:

As for my class set up....night classes are 3-4 hours long, but the professors like to let us out about an hour early.  On Tuesdays I have 2 classes with a 30 minute break between so I eat dinner then.  Fridays I just have one class with about a 20 minute break and I'll have dinner then.  Saturday class is 8 hours, but the plan is for us to get out about 2 hours early and have about a 45 min meal break.  I've noticed professors don't care in the least if you eat during class as long as you're tidy and the smell/sound doesn't disturb others.  Undergrad was never like that lol.

I'm on semesters so weeknight classes (Mon-Thurs) are 14 or so weeks long, whereas weekend classes (Fri/Sat) are 4 weeks long.  Most people opt to just go weeknights OR weekends, but of course I had to be stubborn and do both lol.  I'll finish faster that way and save on student loans.

As for the reading....I'm finding that textbook reading is much easier now than it was in undergrad.  I'm not exactly sure why since I had like a 5-6 year gap between.  My comprehension is way better so soon the speed will improve too.  Maybe its just that my motivation is different now and I know what I want to do and what I need to learn.  In undergrad I loved what I was studying, but I didn't have a long term direction.

About finding Mr. Academia.....with whatever spare minutes I can find this is precisely what I intend to be doing heheeh.

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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 11:02am
Wow LBW I don't know how you find time for it all. Is your temp gig full-time? What is the side job and home job? Glad you are at least getting some good sleep!

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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 4:02pm
How much sleep do you need? With all that you do and have going on it's I'm guessing you don't need much if you feel you get plenty. You sound busy!

Mr Academia - certainly search for him! I'm excited to hear about your adventures!

I took a year of night classes in college while I worked a tradition 8-5 job for a year and I LOVED it. It sounds like it will work out well for you and your already busy schedule!
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 12:46pm
Glad to hear that the first week went well. I like your idea of Mr. Academia. Definitely keep us posted!

I thought I had a busy schedule, but your schedule is SUPER busy! At least yours is structured, lol. Hope your textbooks come in!!! :smileyhappy:
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 11:01pm
My happy sleep medium is 7hrs. If I was shorted the night before then 7.5hrs is good, but any more than that and I'm really cranky. I'm ok on less, but I try not to do that very often. I should also note that I am not a caffeine person. I really don't have a high tolerance for it and too much knocks me out. I never drink coffee and avoid caffeinated sodas. I drink tea and 99% of the time it is decaf. Once in awhile I'll have caffeinated green tea, but the amount of caffeine in that is really low. So what do I do on the occasion I do feel tired? I exercise, meditate, apply essential oils, or use hypnosis.

My temp job is full time and it's scheduled to end in 2 weeks. I am not sure if I'll take another full time project after that, we'll see. I have a few feelers out there for permanent part time work so if that is promising I may try that out.

My at home job is being a distributor for a natural nutrition supplement company. Its growing slowly and hopefully I'll be able to fully replace a chunk of my income and work much less while I'm in school.

My side job? Doing similar stuff I do for the temp agency just without the middle man. Basically if someone I know has a quick project its a lot easier to take it and make some extra cash rather than direct them to the temp agency. It's too inconsistent to rely on solely, but its great when I need something extra.
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