Right on Track

March 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Posted in Dinner | 5 Comments
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Last night was a busy end to my Spring Break, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Before getting started on my evening, I put together a quick classic for dinner since I wanted to try out the new bread and peanut butter I had bought at Trader Joe’s when I went shopping.

Oddly enough, I was surprised when I discovered the peanut butter was chunky.  You would have thought the jar would have given me a clue.  Way to be observant… 😉

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I love chunky almost as much as smooth, so I was still in nut-butter heaven!

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Two slices of Trader Joe’s Organic Honey Sweet Whole Wheat bread topped with Trader Joe’s Organic Chunky Peanut Butter, organic carrots, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.

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The bread was fantastic!  Loved the taste, and it was especially soft and chewy in the best way possible.  The peanut butter was decent, but I think the flavor was a little off.  I’ve had better, but there’s no question I’ll easily use it up!
  

After dinner, I got my Yoga-ness on!  I did a podcast myself, then headed to the studio to teach a Hot Power Flow class.  The Sunday night energy is always high, especially when you live in a college city like Madison!
 

If you follow me on Twitter, you heard my big news for this morning that I am now officially a Pre-Dietetic student at UW Madison.  For those of you who don’t know, I’m pursuing a double major in Dietetics and Communication Arts.  This is not an easy task given the tough load and time commitment that goes along with Dietetics, but I am taking two summer courses this summer to make sure I get everything completed in time to graduate in 4 years.

This morning I met with the Dean-on-call and submitted all the paperwork for my Dietetics program.  This is just the beginning, but it feels so good to have a clear goal and focus!

  

Hope everyone is off to a great start on their week!

  

  

  

Heather

  

   

    

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Lesson 1: Learn to Prioritize

March 13, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Posted in Other | 2 Comments
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In high school, I was your typical overachiever who always went above and beyond what was expected and did all the extra credit and then some.  I was a self-proclaimed perfectionist and actually got a lot of satisfaction from seeing my effort appreciated with straight A+’s.  When I got to college, I figured everything was going to be SO much more difficult and I would be extremely challenged by the work.  What I’ve found, however, is that it’s not the work itself that’s so difficult, it’s the AMOUNT of work that can seem unbearable at times. 

This semester, I have 5 academic classes that are all legitimate courses (meaning no Self-Defense gym class like last semester ;)) and the workload can feel overwhelming when every class has an exam and assignment due within a few days of each other.  Take into account that I’m teaching at least 4 yoga classes per week, at that’s a packed schedule!  Therefore, I’ve had to learn to prioritize and ensure that I’m keeping my own well-being in check while still maintaining my school load. 

Exhibit A:  Pile of required books that I have never, and will never, crack open.

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It’s a well known fact that professors will require you to buy multiple books for a course which they will never actually use during the semester.  They say it’s “required” when in reality it’s more like “recommended for your own enrichment.”  To me, that means “maybe in another lifetime.”

Instead, I tend to focus on this pile in my spare time…

Exhibit B:  My yoga gear.

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My well-being is the most important thing in my life. If I’m not mentally well, I won’t be physically well or doing academically well. I often times need to force myself to set the books aside and go to a yoga class, head to gym, grab coffee with a friend, call my mom or brothers, text a friend just to say hi, or whatever it might be to keep myself happy and distracted. 

There is no humanly possible way that I could do EVERYTHING that is assigned to me in college.  I have to lay out my priorities and set up a schedule so I know that I will maintain my mental well-being, and still do my best in school.  It’s a balance that’s not always easy, but I know it’s a skill that I’m going to need for the rest of my life!

How do you stay balanced in your life?

   

      

   

Heather

       

       

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