Five Things

I will miss about my grad school after I graduate.

5. The pleasant weather and quaint atmosphere of Williamsburg, VA.  While Williamsburg is certainly lacking some key things like a good mall, or any form of entertainment besides bars and bowling, I will miss it. The Winters are definitely more mild, and the Fall and Spring are filled with beautiful days. I’ll miss my Friday errands in town running around to the little businesses.

4. The Breaks. This is a no brainer because I’ll never get a month off for Winter break or a random week off in the Spring to just relax.  I hate planning out PTO days.

3. The Business Casual Dress Code. I actually complained about having to dress nicely for school (basically just no casual jeans or sweats), but I’ll probably have to dress even nicer for my real life job. So I’m going to miss my colorful business casual outfits when I’m stuck with dress pants and heels…

2. The Daily School Schedule. I definitely had my fill of busy weeks with lots of meetings, but the level of freedom that comes with only about three hours of class everyday is nice.  But I won’t miss the homework, that’s for sure.

1. The People.  Duh. I will miss all the great friends I’ve made over the course of two years.  I’m really going to do my best to keep in touch!

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Five Things

I’m doing to improve my diet.

1.  Drink more water.  This is a goal I always have in mind, but I’m not always good about it.  I want to keep a water bottle with me at all times so I always have the option.  It will keep me hydrated and make me less hungry throughout the day.

2.  Minimize sugar.  I used to be a salty rather than sweet girl, but for some reason when I went on a serious (and effective) diet a few years ago, my cravings switched from salty to sweet.  But I know that sugar is addictive, and it’s not doing much for me in terms of nutrition.  My goal is to eat things to fuel my body, and too much sugar slows me down.  I’m cutting back on baking in my house to minimize temptation, and keeping an eye on the grams of sugar in the packaged foods I eat like yogurt, snack bars, and cereal.

3. Focus on protein.  I work out every day, so I need protein to help build and maintain my muscles.  Plus protein is supposed to keep your stomach satisfied for longer than carbs.  As I build and tone muscle, my hope is that the fat will burn off.  I want to be a lean mean fitness machine again!

4. Fill up on vegetables.  I love vegetables and we all know they’re healthy, but sometimes they’re problematic for me because they aren’t always as quick and easy as a packaged snack, or they go bad in my fridge before I can enjoy them.  The great thing about veggies is that they’re so low in calories, so there’s minimal guilt.  I just need to remember to put in the extra effort to keep them available and ready to eat in my house, and grab them first before I move onto other less nutritional options.

5.  Stop rationalizing bad choices!  This is probably my biggest challenge when it comes to my diet. I need to be able to eat a correct portion rather than always cleaning my plate.  If I go out to eat with my brothers I can’t go course for course with them, we do not have the same metabolism or nutritional needs.  If I have a good day or a bad day, I don’t need a cookie!

I’m no expert but these are just some of my goals based on the large array of reading I’ve done about nutrition.  Last year was a bad year for me when it came to my weight.  I rapidly gained back the large amount of weight I was previously so proud of losing.  I am not happy to be back to the drawing board, but my recent mantra is: progress, not perfection.  I loved the confidence boost of losing weight and getting in shape when I did it the first time, so hopefully I will experience that again, and maintain it!

Five Things

I miss about college:

1. Sunday brunch at the cafeteria (and the cafeteria in general).  A dress code of sweats and pajamas, an unbelievable brunch spread, people watching, and epic recaps of the previous night’s activities.  Need I say more?

2. Living with, next door, or within short walking distance of all of my friends.  Friendship in college is a singular experience.  Spontaneous hang out sessions cannot be beat. I certainly still value my friendships, but the effort required to coordinate schedules and locations is not great.

3. Built in activity options.  Between the parties, sports games, and concerts, college made it so easy to fill your schedule with fun things to do when you weren’t in class.  Even though I went to school in the middle of no where Pennsylvania, my college was still pulled some great concerts, and could throw a frat party with the best of them.

4. Water Polo practice.  I played varsity water polo in college and even though we had some grueling practice schedules, I miss it.  I miss the early wake-ups, the built-in work out, the outlet for my aggression, and most of all: the team camaraderie.  I made some of the best friends of my life on that team.

5.  Having minimal “real life” problems.   Although life in college always seemed to be on a budget, it still seems cush compared to what life is like today.  I didn’t have to worry about utility bills, health insurance, commuting to work, budgeting vacation days, I could go on…

This list is in celebration of the fact that my five year reunion is rapidly approaching this summer!  I’m driving back to Virginia today to start the second half of my first year of business school.  Alas, it is not the same as college.  I will, however, be reunited with the cord that connects my camera to my computer, so there are plenty more colorful posts on the horizon.