Well, I have now experienced 4 out of 5 of my classes. They all seem decent but I’m already started to feel a tiny bit overwhelmed. I think it mainly has to do with the fact that I don’t have any of my textbooks yet though, so I can’t get started on the readings. I plan on getting them asap but I’m trying to get my hands on some used books, which can be a bit of a task sometimes in trying to contact people who are selling them, arrange meeting times etc.
Do any of you buy any your textbooks used? Or do you buy all new? Or what other alternatives to you use? Sharing, photocopying, ordering online? Textbooks are so expensive so I’m trying to figure out the best way to get deals but not have to wait weeks to have all my textbooks in my hands. Last term I managed to get most used and save a good chunk of money but it was a couple weeks into term before I had them all and I fell a bit behind of some of the readings…
Anyway, sorry for no update yesterday, my wireless Internet has been a pain and a half lately. I think our router is on the fritz.
Tuesdays and Thursdays begin at 11:30 so I have plenty of morning chill time. For this reason I decided on baked oatmeal for breakfast. I have made this before using Kath’s method but I made a few slight modifications: no salt, used carton egg whites, 1 cup skim milk and 0.5 cup unsweetened Almond milk, only half a mashed banana and also threw in some cinnamon.
I was completely starving while I made this though and I knew I couldn’t wait the half hour baking time, so I had a bowl of plain yogurt with mashed naner and a dollop of pumpkin seed butter.
Then I did some blog reading and puttering until the baked breakfast goodness was ready.
By then though I was starting to run out of time and wanted to get a workout in before heading off to class, so I had half of a piece of this and then was off onto the treadmill for a quick run that I believe ended up somewhere around 4.5 miles.
This was definitely not enough to fuel me through the next three hours of classes that I knew stood ahead of me though, so I scarfed down some cottage cheese and an apple before running out the door.
Classes were fine but felt very long because my two classes are back to back and in the same room so I essentially don’t move for 3 hours. I already have trouble sitting for long periods of time as is so this might be a little bit of an annoyance throughout the term. Luckily there is a 10 minute break between the two classes so at least I have a chance to get out of my seat, if only briefly.
Between the two classes yesterday I snacked on half of a CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT Jocalat Larabar. My first attempt with this flavour. WHOA. Seriously delicious. If you haven’t tried this one, DO IT.
By the time I got home from my classes mid-afternoon I was starving once again. When I remembered I still had buttercup squash in the fridge I practically ran to it. I could seriously eat it at every meal. I made up a nice big bowl of raw veggies, squash, leftover chicken and leftover baked tofu. I basically ate this bowl twice…
… and then wasn’t hungry for dinner until quite a few hours later.
I packed this with black beans, guacamole, tomatoes, salsa and spinach, topped with ff sour cream, and managed to get rid of at least three containers of leftover foods with it so I was quite satisfied.
I was exhausted last night and told myself I was going to get to bed before midnight but then my friend wanted me to join her for her co-worker’s birthday because she didn’t want to show up alone, so I figured I could suck it up and try to stay awake. We didn’t stay too too long but I still didn’t end up getting to bed until after midnight. TONIGHT I will sleep!
Every day this week I’ve had to drag myself out of bed. Blah. I can’t wait until it starts getting lighter earlier. It’s so much easier to get out of bed when it’s not pitch black outside.
Then class time. Classes on Wednesday start at 9:30 (tolerable) and end by 11:30 (wonderful).
When I got home I did an arm-burning shovelling job since we got a lovely snow dump last night (The driving was brutal. Stupid winter). Then I did some online textbook searching (paaaaainful).
THEN I made some lunch. The greatest sandwich ever. Or at least of the month.
I finally got onto the treadmill a bit later but today’s run was hard. I did a sprint interval workout that I’ve done many many times before. It was only 30 minutes long but even the first five minutes of a slow-paced 6mph warmup was tough. I’ve been energy low all week so far so this is why I must force myself into bed earlier tonight!
This is also why I have trouble working out early in the morning. My energy levels just aren’t up yet! Do you guys just plow through it if your energy is really low during a workout? Do you lower the intensity instead? I always want to keep going but I feel like I can hardly get through it if I’m too tired and I feel like I’m not putting nearly as much effort into it.
After some shopping (where I found some sugar free eggnog syrup on sale! – I’ll try to remember to take a picture tomorrow) it was dinner time. I’ve been meaning to make this dinner for ages and just haven’t gotten around to it yet, but I finally decided to make it tonight. Pretty sure I saw the idea via Erin a while back. Sweet potato with Amy’s Organic Medium Chili with Vegetables. I also added spinach and a bit of salsa on top.
First time trying this chili. Very good! There was a nice kick to it, and it’s very hearty. It’s Amy’s though, how could it be bad right?
Well, I just finished drinking up a yummy eggnog iced coffee and I think it’s about time I try to start doing some school stuff… Night all!