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Monday November 15th- Sunday November 21st

This week went quite well. I went to the gym on Monday from 6:30 until 7:30am. I didn’t beat my personal best but I did burn more than 300 calories which is an improvement. I went to Zumba on Tuesday from 6:30-7:30pm. I realized why I am starting to not feel like going to zumba. We have been doing the same dances each class every week and I have yet to be challenged. This week though we learned 2 more dances which was nice because I enjoyed myself since I was being challenged and had something new to try. This weekend, I went home to my parents’ farm and on Saturday we went snow-shoeing in and around our yard for about 20 minutes. It was nice to spend time with my parents and to appreciate the beauty in nature, as cheesy as that sounds. We would have went longer but we had a busy day so we didn’t have much time. I am really looking forward to later in December when I will be home with my parents and we will be able to do some more snow-shoeing.

I ate a lot better this week than I did last week. One thing I really noticed when I went home was the difference in eating habits that I have. If there are snacks out or if someone else is eating something, I tend to eat too even though I might not be hungry. I also felt like I over ate because I love my mom’s home cooking so much. This is probably quite a common feeling for university students. I decided that when I am home with my parents for nearly a month in December, I’m going to continue to improve my eating habits so that I can be confident that I can eat healthy no matter where I am. I am also planning to have my mom teach me a few things in the kitchen since that was something I wanted to improve on in this project.

 

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Monday November 8th- Sunday November 14th

This week was a very busy one. On Monday, I went to the gym for an hour. I worked very hard and got another personal best on the eliptical. I got 313 calories burned this time! I was very excited about this. On Tuesday I didn’t go to Zumba. I felt really terrible for not going but I had a ton to get done and had had a very busy day already. I had Thursday and Friday off from school and I thought I would get a lot done and get some exercise but I ended up being busy visiting family and what not. I was a bit disappointed in myself for not being more active this week especially because I ate out lots since I was in Saskatoon and not at my own house. I’m definitely planning to eat a lot better this upcoming week which will be easier since I will be home and able to cook instead of eating out which I don’t do very often but did lots of this weekend. On a more positive note, I got a lot of rest this weekend which was well needed. School has been very busy with all of our assignments and projects being due very soon. I needed some time to rest and recuperate so that I can avoid stress. So far, so good but we will see in the next couple of weeks how things go.

Monday November 1st- Sunday November 7th

This week was very similar to other weeks. I went to the gym on Monday for an hour and had Zumba class on Tuesday evening. I was very proud of myself on Monday when I went to the gym. I got my personal best on the eliptical. Usually by the end, I have burned about 280 calories and this week I pushed myself and worked very hard and got 300 calories. I was really happy with myself. On Tuesday at Zumba I also felt like I was able to push myself and do better than normal. When I got tired and could feel my muscles burning, I pushed myself harder to keep going. I actually put more effort into it and pushed harder instead of just slowing down and getting lazier. I wasn’t feeling well on Wednesday and Thursday so I just tried to take it easy and get lots of rest… which was very difficult since this time in the semester is very busy. We have many projects and assignments that are due so I have been trying to get a lot of homework done.

This weekend, I was very inactive. I also didn’t have much of an appetite and this might be because I haven’t been doing too much. I decided that I would have a “homework” weekend. On Friday, I put in a solid 2 hours of homework time. On Saturday, I did 11 whole hours of homework and on Sunday I did about 8. I felt that I accomplished a lot and was able to organize myself so that I don’t have a stressful and extremely busy time at the end of the semester. What I noticed this weekend was my need for brain breaks. I was doing a lot of typing and sitting at the computer but every once and a while without giving it any thought I would stand up and walk or dance around the house. I found that I worked a lot better after I had taken these couple minutes to move around. I know how important movement and physical activity is for the brain and I’m glad to be noticing and taking advantage of these benefits!

 

Monday October 25th- Sunday October 31st

This week went pretty well. I went to the gym for an hour on Monday morning and had my Zumba class on Tuesday for an hour. That seems to be the two things I’ve actually stuck to doing. On Friday, I had set my alarm to get up and go to the gym at 6:00am but when my alarm went off, I just could not force myself to get up. I’ve been wanting to be motivated to go and for exercise not to feel like a chore but it felt almost torturous to make myself get up that morning. As I think about it, I realize how hard I’m being on myself. I felt very guilty for not having gone to the gym but I should be proud of myself. I HAVE improved my lifestyle. I have been eating a lot better. I pack healthy snacks in my lunch like peas, strawberries, carrots, cucumbers, grapes, and yogurt. It has been a good change and I really like that I don’t have much desire for junk food anymore and if I do eat something that isn’t very good for me, I feel guilty… which I think is a great thing! I also have been drinking a lot more water than I used to. I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made although I wish I could be a bit more active. I have been very busy recently with school though, so I’ve done okay considering the circumstances. Recently I’ve also noticed my clothes fitting better especially my jeans. I’m so happy I’m starting to feel good and healthy. 🙂


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