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Friday, September 25, 2009

If you didn't already know, I am starting school this fall in the Exercise and Movement Science Program at Lane Community College. It is the only community college or university in Oregon whose program is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Yesterday I attended the program orientation. There is a TON of stuff involved and I have a full plate in front of me. My mind is racing as to how I will accomplish everything, (not sure how all of you employed folks do it) but my guess is by the seat of my pants...uh, sport shorts.

We received our intern-team shirts and nametags as well as our fall internship assignments yesterday. I will be doing my service in the Therapeutic Exercise Rehabilitation Center (TERC) for this term. I have orientation for that department this morning at 11, so will find out more about what that entails then.

As for my other goals, I have been doing pretty well with my cardio. I’ve gotten back into a 3-4 day per week routine. Yesterday was a cardio day and we hit the gym in the afternoon. It was hot and stuffy and I really had to talk myself through it. After about 20 minutes I felt spent and wrung out. I kept telling myself I had to hit 30 minutes before I could stop. When I hit the 30-minute marker I started thinking of TBL contestants and told myself that if they can do it, I sure as hell can too. So I did the full hour and was proud of myself for sticking with it. I think it took more effort to talk myself through it than the physical aspect.

I’ve done well with my food lately, too. I’m using my calorie ranges as a guide but really I have put my focus on maintaining a daily calorie deficit, rather than the actual calorie count. That seem to be working better-to gauge my food by my activity level, and I don’t get as hungry that way. I have room to eat, probably another 400 calories, as my deficit has been 700-1100 calories on most days.

I will continue with this method for now, especially since I’m not sure how the new schedule and routine will impact my personal fitness program. I would imagine I will need to start eating quite a bit more but I will play it by ear.

More to come as details unfold...
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  • no profile photo CD5915838
    I've thought about TBL contestants through my workouts more than once. They've prevented me from quitting more than once. Hope you enjoy your semester thoroughly! :-)
    4231 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    Hope everything is going well with your classes!

    4239 days ago
    What a complete lifestyle change this has been for you.
    Woot, woot!
    4244 days ago
  • LLTS01
    Ah yes, the exercise mind games. I am very familiar with those. Your new impending career sounds exciting . I ma kind of jealous, I would much rather go back to school but there are not enough hours in the day. So enjoy every minute of this time.

    4244 days ago
    WooHoo!!!! I'm proud of you and what you're doing. Sounds like you are going to be busy with classes and an internship. I have no worries at all that you will get it all done, and done very well.

    I'll be cheering you along!!!

    4244 days ago
    I thought it was stuffy at the gym the other day as well....Good luck on your exciting new adventure!!
    4244 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4228914
    Watch that room and've got your tool belt loaded and know how to react should you bottom out...and go get 'em! I'm excited for you!

    4244 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4454521
    oh my gosh this is soooo exciting. I'm there with Kate, but I don't have long enough hair to manage the pig tails!!!

    I haven't forgotten about your scarf either, your next in line!

    Have fun this week.
    4245 days ago
  • KAM13D
    ROCK STAR! It's amazing, I'm only on day 16 with dreams of losing 50 lbs. over the next year, but already my mind and body is adapting to a much lower intake of calories and it feels really good, and I too adapt if I get in the exercise I'm shooting for. But, my main thing is to hit 21 days of serious calorie tracking and go from there, adding levels as I go, as you did. You're awesome!
    4245 days ago
    Congrats on starting school. Ah yes, us employed folks (or I hope to be employed again soon), hahahaha, we just plunge right in and hope for the best.

    Ya know, it's funny you mention TBL. I do the same thing. I'll go for a walk/jog and when I think I can't jog anymore I think about TBL contestants and think surely I can go one more block. And sure enough I do it. Also, to help myself push on, I try to imagine Jillian there screaming at me. It really helps.
    4245 days ago
    atta grrrrrl, tam! you are gonna be the best trainer EVER!
    4245 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2991697 the seat of your sports shorts!!! That would be how I would handle it as well ~ not being a "working" girl myself.

    I am so glad I stopped to read your blog when I did. I started doing the calorie deficit as well and it seems to work so much better for me because I knew I wasn't getting enough calories...I also found another site to use in conjunction with SP that has helped me tremendously.

    I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your orientation this morning :) Great plan you have in place!!!
    4245 days ago
    I am so excited for you!
    You will be able to do it all. You are amazing!
    :) jeanne
    4245 days ago
    Oh how exciting! emoticon (now picture me jumping up and down like Cindy Brady!)

    I really like your food plan - makes sense, and you have the wherewithall to stick to it!

    Congrats for getting yourself properly motivated to do the whole hour! I did a walk/run this morning and noticed that I always have to jolly myself along at some oint near the start, but once I get past that dumb bump in the road, I am fine forever (like last Sunday morning!)

    I am looking forward to hearing about how this morning goes.....and you would LOVE my Wilderness Survival Class and the new outdoor education program they are starting next fall. Guess you and Kristy have to move up here after you finish your program down there!
    4245 days ago
    How exciting!! I hope you will have the time to keep up with Blogging and keeping us right there with you on your journey. I am excited for you! And, everything will fall in to me...flying by the seat of your shorts isn't too bad! Just watch out for the wedgies! Ha!

    Have a great weekend!

    4245 days ago
  • no profile photo GRAMPIAN
    I wish you good luck with your course. emoticon
    4245 days ago
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