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...