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The one where I spaz about time management

I feel so overwhelmed again! So, instead of staring off into space and feeling my heart rate and blood pressure escalate, I figured I would blog about it.

Again, I am confronted with the seemingly impossible task of how to fit everything into my day as an engineering graduate student. And, it’s tough!

It’s kind of like having a full time job and taking classes at the same time, and then trying to figure out how to have time to make all my meals, sleep 8ish hours (emphasis on the ‘ish’), and like do my homework. Oh. And working out too?! Yeah, about that…

It just hasn’t been happening the last couple weeks.. This summer I had a nice little system and schedule of checks and balances worked out. I’d tennis it up on Monday, Swim on Tuesday, Bike on Wednesday and Saturday, and Run the other days. And, a lot of that had a social component tagged on to keep me accountable.

To top it all off this week I had my first late night in the lab for a couple months. It’s so depressing. I don’t want this living in the hospital complex crap to start up again.

And, after talking to my boss today, I have more work to do again, and I’m excited about it…but what about this paper for class?

But…I want to run too! I want it all!


so yeah, With these new things I guess I’m going to have to learn how to find some kind of balance and system I’m cool with again. But, as of right this very second I just feel overwhelmed….and hoping that this year is indeed easier than last….I mean, I promised my worrying mom it would be (haha).

This blog may get ‘interesting’ again soon. For now, I’m making the eating thing a priority over working out. But,  I hope I work some time management miracles soon and figure out if I can have it all. I mean, this is America, dammit!

I’ll stop spazzing for now. If any other grad students or people who work crazy hours have any tips for me about how they fit in healthy habits, leave them below, please : )



Wow! I just looked at my happy little New Moon calendar where I put little stickies on days that I get a good workout in, and realized I reached my goal and got out there 5 times this week despite midweek physiology homework suckiness! The whole work / student balance is pretty challenging. On Monday I figured out a sad realization: I got home from lab at 6, made dinner, digested for a little bit, went for a run, showered, all that good stuff. Once I was done with all that it was after 11 PM, which is basically sleep time, and left me no homework time that night. Figuring out the best way to fit in everything is definitely not a trivial problem.

The Workouts:

Friday I left work right at 5 to do a spin class with a couple fellow BME grad students. Sadly, we weren’t there early enough to get a bike, so we did some interesting stuff of our own: Three 10 minute cycling intervals with random strength exercises in between. I was reminded at how I have no upper body strength while attempting to do push ups. We also did some ab stuff, butt kicks, and my favorite, swimming! Imagine three girls in a row on a mat kicking their arms and legs, all in the name of strengthening some abs. I’m sure we looked ridic, but it was all in the name of fitness! I hope I do more workouts with friends. It’s sure a better use of social time than stuffing my face.

Yesterday, I started out week 5 in my couch to 5K! I successfuly completed the goal, even though, it was kind of a spoiler alert since I already did a 10 minute interval on Thursday and knew it wouldn’t be a problem.

Walk 5 minutes.
Run 10 minutes.
Walk 5 minutes.
Run 5 minutes.
Walk 5 minutes.

I was going to lengthen the last running interval, but this crazy dude at the gym was doing weird exercises and basically doing side kicks right beside me to the point where his shoe was like 4 inches from my face. It wasn’t exactly my dream workout. At another point he was doing a squat, beating his thighs with his fists as hard as he could and grunting. He got a major check.

Yesterday after the awesome WVU win, my friend and I decided to lose our karaoke-inity together! I was majorly nervous. And sadly, I totally picked the wrong song. Wild Wings Cafe was not ready for Heart I’m afraid. It was slower and higher than the version I usually jam to, so it ended up being kind of awkward. But…I’m proud of myself for facing a fear and making an ass out of myself!

I'm so red, and awkward, haha. But, it was a good song at least! Alone by Heart. Just not good with me behind the mic.

Today, it’s off to Richmond to see Wicked! DEFYING GRAVITY!!!!