new address: momstudent.wordpress.com. I was starting to hate my previous address, as it was too long and too confusing, so I changed it up. I decided not to buy a domain until I figure out if I really like this one.
I changed the title to MomStudent Madness–a bit more fun. I sometimes struggle with creativity and this is something I’ve always struggled with. I’m still learning how to brand myself and this blog is part of “my brand” and who I am now. This seems to fit a bit better.
Other than these, everything else is staying the same for now!
The spring semester is in full swing for me—so far so good. With the Martin Luther King holiday this past Monday, I haven’t even had a full two weeks of school. Ask me in a month how it’s really going, as it’s kind of hard to tell right now.
One of the things I struggled with when I went back to school was meal planning and making sure I was eating right. It’s easy to get caught up in cafeteria food for breakfast and lunch and then do take-out or prepackaged processed garbage for dinners for the family. It’s a vicious cycle when dealing with crazy schedules for all of us and we are just trying to get through every day without losing our minds.
Around Christmas, I became frustrated with myself. I’d put on 10 pounds since I started school in the fall of 2011 and even then, I’d wanted to lose a few. There I was on Christmas, really irritated that my wedding rings and jeans were really tight. On December 27, I contemplated re-joining Weight Watchers. I’m a Lifetime member, meaning and I reached and maintained my goal at one point. My frustration with WW is the push for their processed low point foods. I realize it’s a business, but the push for that stuff by certain leaders always bothered me. When I did lose and maintain, it was with a leader who wanted her members to eat real foods. I decided instead to use My Fitness Pal to log my calories and really try to learn more about nutrition and health and not just focus on “getting the most bang for my buck” in terms of calories. It was going to be a challenge, but I really wanted to educate myself on this.
My husband and I watched the documentary Hungry for Change on Netflix over that weekend. What an eye-opener! We realized then that we needed to eat cleaner, more wholesome foods and also educate our children on this, as well.
Since then, I’ve lost almost 8 pounds. My husband has lost about 10. I’ve incorporated exercise back in to my life. I had pretty much stopped exercising when I started school last year, despite a love of spinning. My back started bothering me when I went back to school from carrying a way-too-heavy messenger bag and one of my joints near my hip was messed up for a while. I’ve been exercising regularly without pain and I feel good. We’ve really changed the way we eat and changed how we shop for food. We read ingredient labels now. I had no idea that there was high fructose corn syrup in the supposedly whole wheat bread we’d been buying for years. Ick.
We’ve made some positive changes. It’s a challenge to fit everything in, but it’s what we need to do in order to maintain our health and embrace an overall sense of well-being. After all, life can’t be just about working hard.
(I couldn’t resist the title of this post–go ahead, have a laugh at my expense and call me a dork. I know you want to if you have an idea where this is going.)
First things first: last semester was kind of miserable. It was a huge challenge for me and also for my family.
I’ve mentioned frequently that I am not a fan of science courses. I struggle with them. Science is not my thing. I don’t get it. Unfortunately for me, two lab science courses are required at my university, so I had to deal and try to make it my thing, at least for the semester.
Last semester’s science course, geology, kicked my butt. I won’t bore you with the gory details, but suffice it to say that leaving my house at 6:45 a.m. for tutoring sessions twice a week was not fun. It was hard for me, it was hard for my husband and it was hard for my kids. I worked harder for that course than any other course I’ve ever taken. There was a ton of homework for the class AND a paper AND a group project. There were times my husband said he forgot that I was taking other courses because all he ever heard about or saw me working on was geology.
In the end, I got a B+. You might be wondering, “Why did she kill herself for a B+?” I did horribly on all the exams except for the final. I got C-/Ds on them. However, there was so much additional work that, in the end, my average came up to an 83 and then the professor curved up to a B+. I also ended up with an 86 on the final, but that was because the professor changed the format of the exam and I didn’t have to do the dreaded (for me, anyway) multiple choice questions. That was where I’d lose the most points.
Because of this class, I really neglected a lot–my family, myself, my health–and struggled with “balance”. I’ve really put a lot into perspective and while this journey of being a full-time college student and having a family is difficult, I need to find a way to focus on eating better, fitting in exercise, lowering my cholesterol, and getting a better night’s sleep. I’ve started some habits that I hope to continue. I have a better schedule for the spring semester and I hope that will help me accomplish these goals. I don’t expect any of this to be easy, but I hope I can find a way to make it all come together. I can’t live on cafeteria food and coffee or my health will decline.
Last year was a great year. I’ve accomplished a lot, but now it’s on to bigger and better things! Make 2013 a great year!