Hello everyone! Many things have changed in my life. I will keep this short and sweet:
– I moved to New Hampshire
– I started grad school — a year early
– I’m temporarily living alone; my spouse and pup are hundreds of miles away in Minnesota for the fall.
– I am doing OK, although the transition is hard and the reading in grad school is even harder.
– I am working as a Hall Director in a graduate assistantship.
– This program is accelerated so, by the end of summer 2017, I should have a Master’s degree.
– I was provided housing (apartment inside the resident halls) and a partial meal plan.
– I live among the undergrads and that is…interesting.
– 75% or student here are playing Pokemon Go.
– evening are getting cooler here
– leaves still green
I seem to be doing alright all things considering:
I apologize I have not been posting much lately. Major things are happening in my life.
First, I am down to 229 lbs from my original 247! I had started to implement 20 min spurts of cardio into my week a few times.
Second, I have just not taken very many photos lately, BUT I did find a slew of old photos that i will be sharing with you shortly.
Third, I am dropping the ball on cooking but will try to get back into the groove of things tonight with steak fajitas!
Fourth, for my anniversary, I received an electronic drum kit. Photos coming soon!…and maybe a recording =) I have wasting all of my time with this for two weeks.
Fifth, and probably the biggest news is that I applied to my first graduate program. The larger part of this news is that the program does not begin in Fall 2017. Instead it begins in Fall 2016 — in August. Thus, I have been scrambling to get all of my materials together for that. I am super excited and I hope I am accepted but if not, I may apply to another school for this fall. If all of that falls through, I will continue on my original plan to apply foe programs in Fall 2017. The advantage to the Fall 2016 program I applied to is that it is accelerated. It means that I could graduate at the same time my spouse will graduate. =) It means that we will have to probably live apart for four months. =( It means that we can talk about having kids two years sooner than we imagined. =) It allows us to make a plan sooner rather than later in my spouses career.
All in all, major things happening with me!
I have some exciting things coming down the pipeline for everyone. Stay tuned!
Most of these creatures were discovered on my walking endeavors in the woods. Unfortunately, I was unable to snap a photo of the bald eagle, snake, or chipmunk. Darn!
This has been the best one yet!
Vanilla Greek Yogurt
I am all prepped and ready for the week!
I began a fitness challenge. I did not look ahead so, I have no idea what to expect. I am actually doing three challenges at once. Each are intended for 30 days. I am hoping that the challenge will take me from 236 to as close as I can get to 226 or lower — in a healthy manner. The three challenges are basically, abs, legs, and arms.
I am still using my FitBit to count steps as well (my low impact cardio for the time being) and, I will continue to use to to count calories. My goal is not to deprive myself of the necessary calories I need. My goal is to eat 1000 less than I burn. If I burn more, I can eat more. My absolute minimum caloric intake goal is 2000. I am trying to eat at least 2500 a day though. Of course, all the while, I will continue to eat food primarily at home…and food that is good for you.
My future goals:
At 226 lbs: Continue the 30 day fitness challenges at a higher level. Continue walking.
At 215 lbs: Continue fitness challenges at a higher level. Ramp up cardio by implementing the Couch to 5K program.
At 200 lbs: Continue Couch to 5k program. Replace fitness challenges with light crossfit routines.
At 185 lbs: Reassess goals and situation to determine what I am actually looking for..muscles/strength? running endurance? weight loss? Healthy body?