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Monday, July 5th, 2010
11:26 am
Summer Challenge Update!
Where is everyone in their summer challenge? How is it working for you?

I am almost done with the Couch to 5K program. I am doing Week 7 Day 1 today. In general, I am feeling great! I highly recommend this program, its a great way to ease into running and get in shape. I haven't really lost any weight because I've not been following my diet that well. :-P However, my partner thinks I have lost inches and I look more toned. So yay for that! I even got my partner hooked on C25K! My first 5K will be in August and I am very excited.  We have also been riding our bikes every chance we get, well, until my bike got stolen which was a total bummer. We got a vintage one this weekend and I love it even more than my mountain bike. It suits my urban lifestyle a bit better. I would still like to lose a few pounds by the end of summer and maintain this healthy lifestyle in fall.
Friday, May 28th, 2010
9:51 am
For realisies this time...
Starting Weightwatchers today for the bjillionth time this year and hoping  I stick to it! Anyone else doing a summer diet/fitness plan?
Tuesday, May 18th, 2010
7:16 am
Summer Challenge!
As the school year draws to an end and summer is within sight, I thought it would be a good time to start what I'm calling "Summer Challenge." This could be anything: eating better, sleeping 8 full hours every night, walking 20 minutes everyday, doing yoga, etc. What is your Summer Challenge?

Feel free to post your updates and accomplishments (or obstacles). Let's get this community going!

I've decided to embark on the Couch25K plan with my first 5K being in August. I like going to gym but I have always been so amazed by people who can jog or run for more than 5 minutes (which is about how long I can last). Just finished W1D1 of the plan and feel great!
Monday, May 3rd, 2010
11:28 am
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Friday, January 8th, 2010
11:16 pm
Please introduce yourself in an introduction post and tag it as such.
Please list the following:
Name: Shana
Major: current Psychology, soon to be Social Work
Year: I'm in my last semester of undergrad and I'm doing my grad school applications
Favorite food: Cheese
Favorite physical activity: I need to find one!
Personal Well-Being Goals: get involved in an exercise plan, improve my nutritional intake, use healthy stress management

Add anything else you want to share about yourself:  I am 24 and am in that crazy transition out of undergrad and to graduate school.  I've just been through some severe health issues and am learning to be healthy again.  I'm having a hard time finding communities that are about healthy living and not just weight loss so I look forward to getting to know you all! 
Saturday, January 2nd, 2010
10:54 pm
Intro Post
Please list the following:
Name: Katy
Major: Latin American History
Year: 1st of phd - just finished MA
Favorite food: Moes Nachos - not so much on the healthy. Favorite healthy food is grapes.
Favorite physical activity: Running - and if you'd told me that a year ago I'd never believe you
Personal Well-Being Goals: Lose 100lbs (70 more!), do arms and abs work out every morning, run a 5k, stop eating out between classes by making and bringing something healthy

If anyone would like to be friends, that would be awesome :)
Friday, January 1st, 2010
10:11 am
New Year's Resolutions
What is everyone's New Year's Resolutions? Lose weight? Become more active? Sleep better?
Monday, September 14th, 2009
11:19 am
Anxiety management?
I understand this community is about healthy grads, and it seems like it focuses on physical upkeep (as well it should). But what about mental health?

I'm personally wondering how to deal with creeping-up anxiety, which I've noticed is a common theme amongst grad students. Myself; I'm a second year, terminal Master's student. I have a graduate assistantship, good grades, a great boyfriend, and I'm working on the fourth draft of my thesis, so I should feel secure in pretty much every place in my life. Health wise, I'm dealing with new found, severe allergies to peanuts and possible gluten (we find out officially tomorrow at the allergists!), but I'm otherwise great; I worked off the excess weight I gained here (which was not easy!) and I try to work out at least once a day for an hour or more.

But I keep feeling like I could be doing more. Does anyone else feel this way? If so, how do you deal with it? I always feel like there's a paper I need to work on (although its still early in the semester), something else to read, or something else I need to do that I haven't done yet, even though I'll look my calender up and down and see nothing to be done. 

I think this may also deal with the fact that I need to have an internship for this coming spring, and no one will even look at my resume until November.

Current Mood: anxious
Monday, August 24th, 2009
8:10 pm
Please introduce yourself in an introduction post and tag it as such.
Please list the following:

Name: Jenna

Major: MA/PhD in physical anthropology

Year: 1st year, starting next Monday

Favorite food: pasta, cheese, and any combination of the two.

Favorite physical activity: figure skating, though I hardly ever get to do that any more.

Personal Well-Being Goals: I would ideally like to lose some - any - weight. Don't care much about clothing sizes, per se, but I am nervous about the fact that I am overweight, and what that may be doing to my health. I would also like to establish some sort of exercise routine, even if it's like 10 minutes a week, just to prove that I CAN. I'll go up from there. ;)

Add anything else you want to share about yourself: I gained an unimaginable amount of weight in undergrad...didn't realize how much it was until I looked at a scale at the end of the four years and realized that I was a good 40 pounds heavier. Wow! I've exercised intensely in the past, and managed to lose a large amount of weight at various points, but it was never exercise I loved doing and therefore wasn't sustainable (sadly, neither was the weight loss). When I was growing up (3 - mid-teens), I figure skated all the time, and now that I've moved to a colder climate, I'd dearly love to get back to that, because I really enjoy it and it could help in the long run. However, my uni doesn't have a rink (though there are local ones, but at a price), and an unfortunate aspect of my university is that the gym is paid membership only (I've never heard of that at a university!), so I won't have the ready access to equipment that I did in undergrad (even if I didn't take advantage of it). I'm trying to decide if it would be worth coughing up the money for a membership on a grad student's salary OR if I should just put it towards ice time OR...? Thoughts?

Another thing - I know nothing about nutrition. Nor can I cook. I have absolutely no idea how. I spent all of undergrad staying up until 5 AM and eating from vending machines for many meals (god's honest truth), which may have had an impact on that weight gain. ;) But I have a cookbook in hand and am about to begin my pathetic quest to feed myself on my own. Recipes, tips, well wishes appreciated. Onwards!
Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
10:19 am
Crossing my fingers
Please introduce yourself in an introduction post and tag it as such.
Please list the following:
Name: Rachael
Major: MFA in Creative Writing
Year: Starting my first year this fall
Favorite food: Sushi, just about anything involving starch, and I'm such a carnivore
Favorite physical activity: Bellydancing and running
Personal Well-Being Goals: I want to keep my jean size I got from Undergrad years. If I magically go down a size or two these next years I'll do a lil dance. Eating healthy-ish. Getting myself into a regular exercise routine while doing school.

Add anything else you want to share about yourself!

I've lived in various regions of the US.: South, MidWest-Southish (Oklahoma is a problem area on identifying this lol), East Coast, and now I'm living on the West Coast for the next two years. I'm notorious for the idea of "I don't need to go grocery shopping until I've eaten everything I bought". I want to get back to running a 7:28 mile. Anyone know of great places to run in the Oakland area? I know Golden Gate and Fisherman's Wharf are prime places in San Fran, but I'd like a place somewhat closer to home. I plan to rarely use my car. Public/school transportation woo!

Any suggestions for someone who is trying to figure out this whole "cooking" thing? Its generally understood "Rachael needs supervision while cooking so the house doesn't burn down", but starting this year I'll need to make sure I don't give myself salomenella or something. I'm looking into making those "30 Minute Meals" since my patience runs out for making food or I find I didn't plan for that hour in the oven, so I spend it salivating while I stare into the oven. Feel free to share any quick recipes you have!

Current Mood: bouncy
Saturday, August 15th, 2009
4:37 pm
Facts and a question
Please list the following:
Name: Kristen
Major: Public Administration, focus on Museum Administration
Year: Second year of MPA
Favorite food: Pad thai, sushi, chocolate, and all sorts of berries and berry-oriented food
Favorite physical activity: Cycling, swimming, and kayaking (when I can!)
Personal Well-Being Goals: Compete in 'Sprint' style Triathalon by next Spring, get down to 155 lbs (I'm 5'11, this is my 'perfect' weight).

My question is simple; is it fairly common for graduate students to gain weight? I lost a ton of weight when I went to undergrad thanks to moving out to the West Coast and taking up water sports (I lost about 20 lbs, and about 3 pants sizes). When I came to graduate school in the Midwest last year, I put on about 10 lbs (lots of comfort eating and dropping my hour-a-day exercise routine), which was upsetting, simply because I didn't like the fact that I felt that I was turning back into my chubby teenage self. However, more and more people told me that my weight gain was nothing; some gained up to 60 lbs! One girl even confessed to wearing maternity clothes to hide herself, which shocked me. So, what's the average weight gain, if any, for those other grads out there?
11:45 am
Hello, all!
Please list the following:
Name: Krista
Major: Physical Anthropology
Year: Just started MA/PhD program
Favorite food: Sushi, cupcakes, and cucumber gimlets (but not at the same time)
Favorite physical activity: Yoga, dancing in my underwear, and sleeping
Personal Well-Being Goals: Bike to school at least 3 days a week, eat vegan 3 days a week, and survive my first year without subsisting on ramen and mountain dew.
Friday, August 14th, 2009
4:05 pm
Please list the following:
Name: Rafe
Major: Classics
Year: I try not to think about that...
Favorite food: Anything with massive quantities of sugar.
Favorite physical activity: Dance (particularly jazz and ballroom). Swimming. I've also acquired a recent addiction to running.
Personal Well-Being Goals: Lose the grad school 15 that I've been unable to shake off. Eat healthier.

Add anything else you want to share about yourself!
T minus two months to Comps.

Also, like many of us, I'm sure, I'm stupidly poor so I'm especially looking for fitness ideas that require no purchasing of equipment, no gym memberships, no classes, and no money whatsoever.
1:21 pm
Hi Everyone!
 Please list the following:
Name: Allison
Major: European History
Year: 3rd year Ph.D. student
Favorite food: Chocolate, Pasta and any kind of Mediterranean Cuisine.
Favorite physical activity: dance (I used to do jazz and tap) and walking up and down the hilly neighborhoods near my apartment.
Personal Well-Being Goals: To avoid the type 2 diabetes that runs in my family, lose some weight and keep the stress levels in check (which is difficult in grad school, but I'm up for the challenge!).

Add anything else you want to share about yourself!
I'm entering my comprehensive exams year which means more stress, but also more flexibility to cook well for myself and take care of myself . . . which is why I'm really glad that I found this group!  I'm hoping I can keep myself healthy while I study, which may give me more energy to study!  Good to meet you all!

Current Mood: awake
11:30 am
Intro Post
Please list the following:
Name: Rebecca
Major: Colonial American/Atlantic History
Year: 4th semester MA student. I'll be applying to Ph.D. programs in a year.
Favorite food: frozen yogurt
Favorite physical activity: Elliptical machine, pilates, swimming.
Personal Well-Being Goals: Eating right, exercising, and dressing better. I've lost 10 pounds so far this summer. Yay!
2:16 pm
Please list the following:
Name: Marcella
Major: Art History
Year: 2nd year MA student, applying for Ph.D. programs.
Favorite food: Umm... avocados? Raspberries?
Favorite physical activity: Swimming and partner dancing
Personal Well-Being Goals: Begin exercising more regularly. I started a swim routine last fall, but when I combined the schedule of the lanes at my pool with my hectic just-started-grad-school schedule I failed. I'll be taking fewer classes this year, and am more accustomed to the requirements, so I'm hoping I can get an exercise routine in place again. Even just going just two or three times a week would be good.

Add anything else you want to share about yourself!

Hm... well, I was in the Navy for six years and did lots of exercise. I discovered that even when I do it frequently and am moderately good at it, I still hate running. I love swimming even when I'm totally out of shape and every lap is a struggle, so that seems to be a good way to stay healthy for me. Too bad it's slightly more complicated than just going out for a run. Maybe this community will help me to set and meet some realistic goals, though.

Also... I love to eat. And I'm really okay with that. I eat lots of healthy food (fruits and veggies, yum), and some unhealthy foods (extra cheese, please!). I'm not at all opposed to upping the ratio of healthy food in my diet, but I don't think I'm ever going to be satisfied by cutting things out completely. Instead, I think I need to spend more time exercising and try my best to make that part of my mental and physical healthiness.
Sunday, July 19th, 2009
8:37 am
Transitioning to the Fall
I was wondering how everyone was doing this summer! Being productive, active, relaxing or freaking out about the upcoming semester?

I have been doing great. I recently lost 10 pounds through diet and exercise (though experiencing a bit of a hiccup as I recently discovered peanut butter cookie dough ice cream at Ben and Jerry's)! I have been going to the gym 3-4 times a week, drinking a couple water bottles a day, and just trying to stay active. I feel like it is easier to get into these sort of routines during the summer since I have more time and more fresh fruits and vegetables are available. I am hoping to keep it up when I start up again in the fall. As part of my program, I will be attending another university for a year. Not only do I have to deal with the stress of moving, being away from my partner, getting used to a new campus, taking classes and preparing for exams, I will also to find a new gym (I know they have one on campus), work out a new routine and try not to stress eat (seriously finding out about that new Ben and Jerry's flavor so not good).

I thought I would open this up to those who are in positions like me, or will be attending a new school in the fall, or those who are also worried about maintaining their summer routines. How will you transition your summer routines into the fall? Workout? Diet? Stressbusters? etc.
Friday, June 19th, 2009
3:59 am
New Member
Please list the following:
Name: Sabrina Higgins
Major: Clinical Psychology
Year: about to begin 1st year
Favorite food: It depends on my mood...pickles, bell peppers, tacos, subway's subs
Favorite physical activity: walking
Personal Well-Being Goals: Lose weight, get on a healthy balanced diet and on an exercise routine

I know it's the summer but I'm hoping that this group will become really active in August. The idea is good and when I move to the grad school program in August I'd like to be able to talk with others in grad school.
Monday, June 1st, 2009
8:46 am
Yoga at Home
 Can anyone recommend a good yoga dvd or maybe series on itunes or the internet? I do cardio 3-4 times a week but would like to do some stretching and toning the other days. My gym offers classes but its not at the best times for me. Thanks! 
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
8:52 am
Whoo hoos!
So, why are you whoo hooing? Share your whoo hoo moments as the semester ends for some of us (maybe not all if you are on the quarter system).

I lost 2.6 lbs this week on WW! Whoo hoo! 

I am so happy that school and my work contract is almost over! Double Whoo Hoo!

I bought some really cool skin care products yesterday at Sephora. All plant-based and organic and not suppose to burn my skin. Let's hope it works to clear up my stress/hormonal-induced acne. Whoo hoo!
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