FGG Week 1

So, I just finished up my first week of the Fit Girl’s Guide 28-Day Jumpstart. The best way to describe this week was a struggle.

My meal prep got off to a rocky start and I was never really able to regain my footing. I am used to prepping for a few days worth of lunches on Sunday evening, but prepping for three full meals per day was serious. I put off some of the prep and thus was scrambling to put together dinners each day of the week. Snacks were overlooked and I often went off the rails.

Needless to say this committment to clean eating thing is hard work. I think I took it lightly because I had a “guide” to follow. For whatever reason, my thinking has been, as long as I know what to make I’ll just do it. Not so fast…I had three meals spelled out for me but the hard part was the cutting, sauteing, mixing, and cooking for each meal…Perhaps other ladies starting this journey are more skilled in the kitchen but I felt like I was floundering.

Add to that my schedule. This was the last week of classes at work. Being new to this position still, I feel a good amount of pressure right now because I am still learning. Then throw in my master’s program, top with family (arguing with a three year old is no joke!) and you have a recipe for exhaustion.

The exercise portion of this program? Almost non-existent. Drinking enough water? Yeah, no.

For a status update, I will not call this week a loss. I think the majority of what I was ate was better than I normally eat. I increased my whole food intake substantially; barely anyting processed. I made a conscious effort to drink more water and that is steadily increasing, though still not optimal. I cooked for myself healthy, virtually salt-free meals. I exercised. I was conscous of everything I ate. I’ll give myself a passing grade (C) but I won’t say I high acheiving.

While I cannot say that this first week was “successful,” I will say that it was a step in the right direction with the necessity for improvement. This program does not focus on perfection. Nevertheless, self-control and awareness are needed for me to make changes.

On to week 2! I’ve already started my grocery list and know in my mind that I will need to give myself more time and energy toward my food. Wish me luck!

P.S. – Here’s  a look back at some of the things I did well this week 😉

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Thankful

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The Grad Student and Career Woman

Friday was the start of my life as a graduate student. I will be attending California State University, Sacramento, working toward my Masters of Art in Education, with an emphasis in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies. I can’t tell you how excited I am.

I did a lot of soul searching about the kind of career I wanted to pursue. I realized that while I did not seek out higher education, it found me by chance when I was living in Blacksburg and ended up working at Virginia Tech. I have always done and been good at administrative work, and I wanted those skills to take me wherever I wanted to go. Doing admin work does allow you to work in almost any and every industry. But that can be unfulfilling when you looking for a place to belong. In each of the industries I have worked in, I used to wonder, “is this where I belong?”

It wasn’t until I took my past job at UC Davis working as an advising assistant that I realized what I was really good at and wanted to do. Since getting my job as undergraduate academic adviser last year, I’ve found a place I belong. I love working with students. I love advising. I hope to continue my career in student affairs. While this program is geared toward leadership in higher education, student affairs needs leaders as well.

I did a lot of comparing, contrasting, and research before choosing this program. There were a number of online programs that were very tempting because of the flexible schedule. I ultimately chose this program because it is a hybrid program, which I think will be beneficial and it is made for working professionals. This program is well-recognized and respected on the UC Davis campus, and I am sure elsewhere. The price isn’t too bad either 😉

This weekend was our first monthly in-person meeting. It was so great to meet our diverse cohort. Luckily, one of the other advisers from the UC Davis campus is part of my cohort as well. I’m really looking forward to spending the next two years with these people. They are all so thoughtful, interesting, and passionate.

Wish us luck as we tackle the next two years together! Go EDLP Cohort Class of 2016!

 

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Oh just me and some of my cohort mates, Kat and Avaeta

It’s Time to Begin

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Happy spring, almost summer peeps!

The time is upon me…I need to decide first, if I am going to graduate school, and second, which program to pursue.

The question of if seems to answer itself. I want to and I think it will advance my career in higher education. At the very least, it will help me get a pay bump when (and if) I move to another position.

So at this point, I have narrowed it down to three programs: 1) Sacramento State – Higher Education Leadership, 2) SNHU – Higher Education Administration, and 3) Colorado State – M.Ed in Education and Human Resources Studies – Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change Specialization–boy is that a mouthful!

How do I decide though?! I have made a pros and cons list but I am starting to think it is all going to come down to money. Sac State is by far the cheapest. But should that be my biggest deciding factor? The problem with Sac State is the schedule. It is a hybrid program that would require in-class commitment. The other programs are online and offer much more flexibility.

Another big factor is that I’ve already been accepted to the Sac State program. Yay me! And the other two being online have rolling admissions and I can apply pretty much anytime.

I have a lot to ponder and I feel like I should just walk way for a while. Take a break from all of the analyzing, number crunching, and planning. Just go with my gut and dive in.

Resolved!

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