Grad classes, house buying, and races…oh my!

I have been all over the place the past few months.

When I wasn’t taking some of my final classes in my graduate program, I was working on finding a house.  My boyfriend and I will be moving to Manayunk in June if all goes well, but we looked at probably 25 houses before finding THE ONE. Not only is it time consuming, it’s emotionally draining…at first it’s fun and then you’re like “FOR THE LOVE OF PETE JUST FIND ME A PLACE TO LIVE THAT IS PERFECT AND CHEAP.” Spoiler alert: doesn’t exist. But we did find one we loved, so hopefully everything goes according to plan!

Now that I’m in my final grad class and we’re going through the home buying process, I am finally refocusing and paying attention to my health and fitness goals.

Being busy shouldn’t be an excuse, but sometimes it is.  Not to say I didn’t workout and do my best to eat well, but I wasn’t really focused on anything. I was definitely enjoying myself, but now it’s time to get back on track with a hopeful PR at the Rock and Roll Philly Half in June!

How am I going to do that?  Well, first off, I’m giving up my expensive fitness classes.  Did you guys know buying a house is expensive? I did, but I don’t think I let myself believe it. So until we are settled and I’m feeling more financially secure, I am cutting way back on my time at the fitness boutiques around town…wah.  Luckily, my work gym kills it with classes, though not necessarily with the schedule.  The past few weeks have shaped up to look a little something like this:

Monday: running and Body Pump

Tuesday: yoga or barre, depending on what times work better for me.

Wednesday: swimming

Thursday: spinning

Friday: running and Body Pump

Saturday: long run

Sunday: rest

I don’t know if 6 days a week will be the norm for me, but I will keep doing it until I’m not enjoying it anymore.

Focusing on food will be important as well. I’m lucky that I’ve been craving mostly healthy foods these days, but some health issues have sent my cravings all over the place. Hopefully a visit to the doctor this week will help with that, but I need to take time to realize that just because I want something doesn’t mean I should have it.  Not every day is treat yo’self.

Treat
Def do it, just not as much as I have been doing it…

Meal planning has been key to save calories and dollars.  On this week’s menu:

Maple Soy Salmon & Roasted Asparagus (I adapted it from this Skinnytaste recipe)

Italian Pulled Beef Sandwiches (again, Skinnytaste because if it ain’t broke…)

One Pot Sausage & Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas

I also whipped up some Kodiak Cake blueberry muffins for my mid-afternoon snacks at work.

Hopefully all of this pre-planning will keep  me mostly on track for the week. We’re not perfect, but if you’re not aiming to be your best…what’s the point?

2 thoughts on “Grad classes, house buying, and races…oh my!

  1. nomomjeansforme May 30, 2017 / 10:44 pm

    Hello Ann, This is Kasey from class. After reading your blog “GRAD CLASSES, HOUSE BUYING, AND RACES…OH MY!” I feel very lazy lol. I try and work out when I can, but you are definitely more consistent and organized than I am. After reading your week’s menu, I became extremely hungry. All the meals you listed sound awesome. If I have time this week, I may even try making one. Awesome blog post!

  2. Sam Rachko June 4, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    Hi Annie,

    First off, I would just like to say that this post is very very relatable. For the past year I have been working three jobs and am a full time grad student. It has been quite the challenge and I have certainly let some things slip away like health, fitness, and my social life. As I approach the end of grad school, I am also looking for some new ways to get serious about health and wellness. This blog is the perfect place to start. I think you come off as honest and practical as well, which helps your audience relate. Over all everything looks good!

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