Making Time

As a graduate student, I often find myself running around (literally, I am always sweating) trying to juggle different obligations and tasks throughout the day. It’s tough to find “me” time, let alone find time to squeeze in workouts and cook. Luckily, a few nifty tricks help out along the way:

1. Write your life down

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I would be nothing without my handy planner! I write down every appointment and task by the hour into this baby. This way, I’m able to have a visual of when I’m going to be busy and when I have “free” time. Then, I can fill this “free” time with a fun workout class, meal prepping, or work. At the end of each week, I fill in the next week’s commitments.

2. Sweat it out

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Once I know my “free” time, I can schedule my workouts. Working out is my favorite way to de-stress. It’s my time to forget about work for a little bit and do some good for the body and mind. I take advantage of my school’s group exercise program since I get super bored working out on my own and I love the variety of classes. At the beginning of each quarter, I print out the schedule and highlight the classes I enjoy that don’t conflict with class or meetings. Once I know my schedule for the week, I pick out about 3 classes and squeeze them in. The best part is these classes are like appointments I don’t want to miss.

3. Sunday meal prep

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Or Monday, Tuesday, whenever. You get the point. Choosing one day a week to prepare food for the week allows you to have nutritious food on hand for those days when you come home after a grueling day and just want to eat a box of crackers for dinner. I like to cook up salmon or chicken with veggies using olive oil and balsamic vinegar smothered with spices. I also make either quinoa, couscous, or whole-wheat pasta, hard-boil eggs for the week, and chop other veggies to have on-hand.

4. Treat yo self

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It’s important (and more fun) to plan a little something, something to help get yourself through the week. Whether it’s a leisurely walk, happy hour after your 4pm Friday class ends, or a cozy coffee study date over the weekend-that’s the stuff that’s good for the soul.

Feel free to read more about healthy tips and tricks on the American Society for Nutrition’s blog here.

 

What is the best way to treat yo self?

Wine, cheese, crackers. In that order.

What is your go-to way to make time for health?

 

 

 

Random Rambles

Just as soon as I created this little space, I have neglected it. Ohhh the graduate student life…busy, busy, and more busy! Well, here I am again. This quarter has definitely been hectic, but filled with some fun times too. I ran two half marathons, both in 1:55, my happy pace, and I only got 1 mini blood blister along the way, success!

Excited to run Nike Women's for the first time! And for the bagels and champagne waiting at the end...
Excited to run Nike Women’s for the first time! But, more so for the bagels and champagne waiting at the end…
We're really good friends because we wake up at 5am to run 13.1 miles for our bestie's birthday :)
We’re really good friends because we wake up at 5am to run 13.1 miles for our bestie’s birthday :).

I turned one year older…and hopefully got a little bit wiser in the process ;). I definitely felt the birthday love!

Buddies and beer, all a girl needs.
Buddies and beer, all a girl needs.

Alongside these fun little weekend adventures, school has been grueling! It’s been tough to find time to breathe, but I’m hoping to make a little more time for myself to just relaxxxxx. It’s all exciting stuff though, life in graduate school is never dull! I feel so fortunate to be in a program doing what I love with people who I love.

Speaking of things I love, I wrote this freelance piece about the controversial artificial sweeteners study, check it out here.