Where have I been?

I will let the pictures speak for themselves:

Yeah, that is what I would like to call finals week.

And then along came snOMG 2009

We got a total of 20 inches- this is the most snow many of us have ever seen. You should have heard all of my friends yapping away that this blizzard did not compare to the one in 1996.

Sigh I suddenly feel old.

Finals week is not a week of model eating.  There may have been take out orders for pizza, wings, subs and yeah…….

Thankfully my mom packed a delish and veggie filled lunch

Otherwise my mouth may not have seen some for a while.

I am officially done for the semester as of the 22nd and I don’t start up again till the 27th of January.

1 WHOLE month of freedom!

What will I ever do with all this time?

In exactly 1 year I will be applying to graduate school for a masters in Public Health- so I am going to start studying for the GRE which I will most likely take in the summer

I am not amazing at standardized testing so the more studying I get in the better!

I will still be teaching ab crunch at the UMBC gym twice a week- I still need to order new music. Any fitness instructors out there with good music sites? I use John Sines – they are great except I like to custom make my CD’s with the songs I like. But I am not too sure where I would get that done.


So in good news I feel 89% better from my lower spine injury. I can defiantly feel my injury spot- I don’t think it will ever be 100% better but this is sooo much better.

So what is my game plan?

Well this is what Mr. Elliptical Machine had to say:

And so I did!

I stuck with the Gluteal Program:

Minutes 1-7 I was at crossramp 4 and resistance 1

7-12 I moved the resistance to level 2

12-15 I cranked it up to level 3

I stopped to stretch out my hamstrings and quads.

I hopped back on for another 15 minutes repeating the format.

I also wanted to work on some abs and I grabbed my favorite buddy and crunched away for a set of 10!

I wrapped up my light workout with a 30 sec plank and some weights (5lbs) I really did not want to over do it after being out of the gym for so long.

So far everything feels good I am going to pretty much add gradually as I go along.

It sounds like a great plan to me.

I am just happy to be out sweating.  Speaking of which I am taking my first Bikram yoga class on the 7th I plan on hydrating well and figuring out what to wear in the time being. The studio near my house has a 10 consecutive day trial pass for $25 I plan on trying it out with some of my friends.

I have never done any sort of yoga before and I plan on letting the instructor know about my injury- so I won’t do anything to hurt it.

I am also working on applying to several internships and on that I am really excited for takes place in Switzerland!


The application along with a 500 word essay about why I plan on having a future in the health and aging field is due on the 15th. I am super nervous about applying but it will be an exciting opportunity. Even if I don’t get in I am still happy to apply- I am not the type of person that does new things like traveling ect. I am happy staying at home. But I don’t want to miss out on an amazing opportunity.
*WHEW* Stay tuned for part 2 of what I have been up too!

I hope everyone had a lovely holiday 🙂

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21 responses to “Where have I been?

  1. Wow I wish I had a month off! sooooo jealous lol

    Great workout chickie!

  2. wow, look at that snow! yikes!

    you have been busy! So glad you get a month off to recoop and do fun things!

    nice workout too! good for you!
    see ya around!

  3. I get pretty much a month off too! Yay for breaks!!

    I left the East Coast just in time to miss all that snow!!

    The GRE’s not that bad! I’m sure you’ll be fine. Good luck!

  4. i love your honesty!!
    look at that SNOW!! im jelous.. no snow here!

  5. good luck with everything! Im so glad I just found your site too. Its fabulous! Take care!!

  6. Haha I was saying the same thing about how the blizzard doesn’t compare …. now I realize that DOES make me old 🙂

  7. I can’t believe the ridiculous snow pictures…how on earth do you get around in that? We can barely tolerate the rain…barely!

    I am a much better worker than studier. I just don’t know how you do it! Glad to see you are back though. 🙂

  8. Congrats on being off for a month Doll!! You deserve it!

    Bikrams, let me know how it is!! I want to try it but I am sooo scared 🙂

    I would love to be in your snow right now….I love snow……


  9. Yay, glad finals are over for you, boo for the snow, thought. Also, I LOVE Bikram…I am so jealous! I can’t find any near my house. Enjoy it extra for me!

  10. Yay for being done and your back feeling better! We got almost that much snow but not quite. Oklahomans definitely do not know how to handle a blizzard, haha.

    Have a good month off! You are so motivated with your studying, love it 🙂

  11. Wasn’t the snow incredible?!

    Good Italian places in DC: Listrani’s (http://www.listranis.com/dcspecials.html), Spezie (http://www.spezie.com/), Al Tiramisu (http://www.altiramisu.com/), Tosca (http://www.toscadc.com/), and if you want to go *super* fancy and expensive — see and be seen kinda place — there’s always Cafe Milano where the celebs go (http://www.cafemilano.net/index.htm).

    Or, you know, what amounts to celebs here in DC. 😉 Happy eating!

  12. glad finals are over and youre on BREAK! and omg an internship overseas? that would be so ridiculously amazing!

  13. wow! I can’t believe you got that much snow! yikes I don’t do well in really cold weather. Enjoy your break girl and good luck on all your applications, how exciting!!!!

  14. good luck with the application! seems so exciting! 🙂

  15. Shelley (findinghappinessandhealth)

    good luck with your application & it is great to hear from you!!


  16. There are definitely exceptions during finals week! For example, during that week I am allowed to have as much caffeine as I want 🙂

  17. Yay for the end of the semester! My finals week didn’t look quite like yours but that’s because I don’t study nearly as much as I should! I’m so jealous of all the snow you got! We only got a tiny bit here and then most of it was gone within a day (except for one spot in my front yard that is blocked from the sun by our house. That was there for about a week).

    I will be so jealous if you go to Switzerland!! My family travels a lot because my dad’s an airline pilot, but that’s one place I haven’t been! I did get to see the Alps when my dad and I were leaving Italy back in April though. Gorgeous!

  18. glad finals week is over for you and you have a bit of a break 🙂 that was always such a relief for me, too.

  19. Oh My goodness! So fun that you commented. I would LOVE you to pick the one overseas so you can come and visit me. I am now heading to Berlin…and there is something so revealing about finding yourself while traveling SO Much…things take longer, and it requires a lot of open-ness….anyway, LOVE your insight and your journey. As a woman, I know that I am constantly changing, some things for the worse and for the better…

  20. Yasmin @ Pretty Little Steps

    Hehe I figured you had your hands full with exams. How did they go?

    Good to hear your back is better too!

  21. When is ab crunch? I’d love to take one of your classes!

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