Oh graduate school, how I’ve missed you so… Ok, not so much, but it’s good to start another semester! As each month passes, I am one step closer to finishing my masters degree! Today was the first day of the fall semester. I am now just 4 classes away from finishing my masters degree but my classes this fall look to be pretty tough. I’ve spent most of the evening analyzing my syllabi and organizing my school work but the highlight of my day was getting my first issue of Bon Appetite magazine in the mail today.
I am OBSESSED with buying magazine subscriptions. The day it hit me that I could get 2 years (24 magazines) worth of magazines for $20 verses spending $20 on 5 magazines at the store, I was forever changed.
My magazine subscriptions include:
- Readers Digest (I know, I know)
- Whole Living (From a Groupon)
- Everyday Living (From a Groupon)
- Bon Appetit (From a Groupon)
- Washingtonian (not renewing after this year)
- Real Simple (not renewing after this year)
- Women’s Health
I know… that’s a LOT but in the end, I still spend less than if I bought magazines at the store each month. I really enjoy reading magazines. It’s relaxing to me and takes me away from graduate work when I need it. I’d love to get Rachel Ray’s magazine and Cooking Light. Maybe after Real Simple and Washingtonian expire.
Tonight I made a big salad (Seinfeld reference anyone?) with black beans, corn, salsa, and sour cream. I also cooked up from chicken for lunches and dinners later in the week. I’ve really fallen in love with the Trader Joes marinated chicken breasts. Tonight I made the Pesto Genovese, which I plan to use in salads, over pasta, and with couscous this week.
The key to staying on top of my eating and workouts throughout the week is planning my week ahead on Sundays. Even if things need to be adjusted throughout the week, planning helps me keep my stress levels down when things get busy during the week. I also feel a great sense of accomplishment when I’ve stuck to my plan, something I’ve really been working on.
Weekly Plan: August 22-28
|Monday||40 min. elliptical/weight training||Quaker Oats squares, frozen fresh blueberries, ½ cup Greek yogurt||Leftover Greek pasta salad (pasta, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, roasted tomatoes, balsamic dressing)||Salad (mixed greens, black beans, corn, salsa, sour cream) and 1 piece of Naan bread||Organizing graduate work for the fall and redoing last night’s Fantasy Football draft|
|Tuesday||Spin||Oatmeal with protein powder and 1 TBSP peanut butter, banana, iced coffee||Lunch at work meeting||Salad (mixed greens, black beans, grilled chicken, salad dressing)||Create fall training program (running and weight lifting) and graduate work|
|Wednesday||40 min. elliptical/weight training||Bagel thin with 2 egg whites, laughing cow cheese, plum||Salad (mixed greens, black beans, grilled chicken, salad dressing)||Couscous, grilled chicken, asparagus||Graduate work|
|Thursday||Spin||Oatmeal with protein powder and 1 TBSP peanut butter, banana, iced coffee||Couscous, grilled chicken, asparagus||Dinner with Neal||Graduate work and Redskins Football!|
|Friday||Off||Bagel thin with cream cheese, banana||Vegetable stir fry||Dinner with family||Enjoying my Friday night|
|Saturday||Spin||Breakfast with my Aunt||??||??||Graduate work|
|Sunday||Running with Neal||Oatmeal with protein powder and 1 TBSP peanut butter, banana, iced coffee||Work luncheon||Dinner with Neal (need to use a Groupon)||Graduate work and Fantasy Football draft number 2|
The first week of each semester is always rather stressful for me… just takes me a good week to get my brain around my assignments and to create a new routine. My goal this week is not to overeat due to stress and to make sure I workout as planned.