On Becoming A Graduate Student

Well I am really excited to share some good news – I was accepted to graduate school and will start my Master of Employment Relations (part-time) in January. I am really excited to start this new adventure in my professional development and a new chapter in my life in 2013. I know it’s going to be tough to balance work, exercise, eating well, having fun and now school for the next 3 years (or more haha) but I think it will be worth it. My life is about to being a real balance project that is for sure haha. 

 

I am in the process now of trying to organize and prepare as much as I can over the next month. I actually have a list created: Things To Do Before Graduate School haha. I do love my lists! I want to make sure I have my house and my life organized so I can be as productive as possible without having to worry about (for example) my state of an office, little things like that bother me. This past weekend I gutted my office of 3 bags of recyclables, donations, and garbage. I feel like I can breathe in there again! Plus it was one of my new year’s resolutions to clean it out – check that off the list! I can’t be productive with mess so bit by bit I am using this time of year to get everything together for a fresh start in 2013. 

 

 

Keeping up with this blog is tough these days because I’m so busy but I am hoping to keep at it even if it’s just an occasional pop in for a post about running, life, a recipe or how graduate school is taking over my life! : )  I love blogging so I will keep at it even if you only hear from me occasionally! : ) In the meantime in the effort to cross something else of that list, I need to get my new Macbook “school ready” if your a Mac user do you prefer pages, numbers, and keynote or Microsoft Office? I need to make a decision on which one to buy! : ) 

 

Any part-time students and full time employees want to share advice on how they balance it all? 

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It’s Never Easy

I wish I could say this time off from running has been easy, but it hasn’t. I thought I’d be off for a month maybe and now it’s been 3 exactly (my last run was Aug 26). I had a really bad few weeks leading up to this past week. Unfortunately my physiotherapist got sick and was put off work for 2 months so in the last 3 weeks I hadn’t seen anyone and then was switched to one of her colleagues who wants to take an all new approach with my back injury. I left the appointment frustrated not because I had to switch physiotherapists, but because of my lack of progress. 

 

I thought about it a lot that day and decided I could be upset and frustrated or I could make up my mind to see the brighter side. My new physiotherapist assured me that this is fixable, but it’s an old injury and old injuries are never easy to fix. Clearly the other approach wasn’t working for me so it’s a blessing in disguise that I get to see another person with a fresh perspective. I am still not allowed to run because my back is still unstable, so I could keep whining about that or I could use this time to do a bunch of different workouts and have fun. I hate the elliptical but I know it’s a necessary evil if I want to maintain fitness but I can also use this time to cross train. I have been doing that since August but it’s just I thought by now I’d be back to running. I’m not and that’s disappointing so I slacked off the last few weeks but not anymore. After my appointment last week I got my act together and had a great week of workouts. No one ever said healing a 7 year old injury would be easy, but I know in the end it will be worth it. 

 

Monday I did an easy elliptical workout for 3 miles in 30 minutes while watching TV, my favourite way to get through elliptical time! Tuesday I did a 4 mile in 40 minute elliptical progression workout again while watching TV, hey whatever it takes! Wednesday I attended my first aqua jogging class and it was actually a great workout, I take back all jokes about water aerobics classes! It was a lot harder then I thought it would be so I was happy I tried it and will be back for sure. Thursday I went and spun my heart out at spinning, I pushed myself and felt great. Friday I woke bright and early for a interval session on the elliptical and did 4 miles in 40 minutes. I forgot how much I love working out in the morning, I feel like it starts my day on the right foot. That night I attended my favourite hot yoga class, it was a great start to both a fun and productive weekend. I got a LOT accomplished this weekend and had a lot of fun, I rested both Saturday and Sunday and I am now ready to take on this week, bring it. : ) 

 

This week’s plan:  

Mon: 30 – 40 min easy elliptical + Body Pump 

Tues: Progression elliptical

Wed: Aqua jogging class 

Thurs: Spinning + Body Pump 

Fri: Interval elliptical + hot yoga 

Sat: Walk or easy elliptical 

Sun: Rest 

 

How was your workout week? 

Do anything fun the weekend? 

Hot (Yoga) Love

A while back I mentioned that I had finally tried hot yoga and that I would be blogging about it. Well I thought now was a fitting time to write the post as I have finished my unlimited month and have continued attending classes at least once a week since then! I have been attending hot yoga at a Moksha studio here and St. John’s. I absolutly love it and have learned so much about myself from practicing hot yoga, here are just a few of the many things I have learned over the past few months: 

 

You can never own enough towels – honestly I can’t believe the dramatic change in the amount of towels I go through since starting hot yoga.

Being present – one teacher in particular really makes you think with the things he talks about during class mainly during shavasana he talks about letting go and just being there in the moment and by some miracle I am able to just that. 

Relaxation is key – I used to go to yoga to stretch out my muscles from running, I now go to get a little peace and quiet during my hectic week. For that time I am completely relaxed and enjoying the quiet and the moment. 

Sweating has never been so cleansing – I never knew how clean you could feel after sweating THAT much. 

My hips are insanely tight – no matter how many times I stretch them they are still tight. Therefore I have decided my favourite poses are pigeon and thread the needle. 

I’m not as good as I thought I was – doing yoga in 40+ degrees makes it a lot harder. I always thought I was flexible but this has been an incredibly humbling experience for me. I struggle and it’s hard but I am okay with that, it’s a judgement free zone in the studio. One day I’ve mastered something and the next day I am back to square one with it, it’s always a work in progress which is what makes it so challenging. 

It has made living with a running injury bearable – it has actually helped my back in my opinion in terms of developing my core strength and weak glutes. Aside from the physical benefit I also I have a lot of anxiety about not being able to run and I have found redirecting the energy into yoga has helped me come to terms with the fact that I am injured, but that as with anything this to shall pass. 

The most important thing I have learned from hot yoga is to just relax and make time for yourself. I now view yoga very differently then I did a few months ago, I find it takes away all anxiety and just relaxes me entirely when I leave. I feel like a better person, ready to take on whatever may come my way. 

 

Have you tried hot yoga? Any particular style? 

What is your favourite pose?