Hello hello! My first week of spring semester is over (already!) and I’m spending my Sunday afternoon writing this post, doing some reading, and maybe going for a swim.
Scrolling through my phone, I have very few pictures from the week. Taking more pictures is definitely going on my list of intentions for the next month. Speaking of intentions, I made a list of them at the beginning of the month (as you may have seen here or here) and it’s something I want to continue to do at the start of each month. So, I was wondering if you’d be interested in seeing a post about them at the beginning of each month. Probably, that would include a reflection on the intentions of the past month and what the intentions for the coming month are. Let me know if that’s something you’d like to see!
And without further adieu, my week in review (linking up with Meghan!).
Last Sunday, I flew from Portland, OR to Newark, NJ, to Pittsburgh, PA, and from Pittsburgh, took a shuttle to school. Super long day of traveling to be sure. But definitely doable with comfortable leggings, a lot of water, and a load of Trader Joe’s snacks, which we stocked up on the night before.
Unpictured: freeze-dried strawberries (LOVE those things, could and did eat a whole bag), okra chips, parmesan crisps, and probably something else I’m forgetting.
I unexpectedly had a lot of anxiety on the first flight which manifested itself in stomach pain and nausea. I couldn’t move or focus on anything, and I had to try not to think about being on a plane because the thought made me feel panicky. I’ve never had flight anxiety before, so this was a new experience for me. Second flight, I was totally fine. It was a lot shorter and I got the whole row to myself, which was a plus. If any of you experience anxiety on flights, I’d be super grateful to hear any tips you have!
As soon as I got back to my room, I dumped my stuff on the floor, got ready for bed, and slept hard until breakfast and my 8 am class the next morning.
Something that’s different this semester is that I have 8 am classes every day, which I actually kind of like. But it also means that, because of the time the gym and the dining hall open, I have to choose between either working out in the morning or eating breakfast. Obviously, eating breakfast trumps working out before classes. There is no way I could get through several hours of classes breakfast-less without turning into a hangry monster. Generally, I like working out in the morning. But I’ve really been enjoying having a slower, calmer morning and working out as a nice break after classes or as a studying respite.
Classes-wise, I’ve been enjoying all of them. Even chemistry, which is a big deal for me.
Although I will say this: I’m minoring in nutrition; thus, I’m taking Intro to Nutrition this semester. I know that while there will be some things I disagree with how they’re presented, I’ll learn a lot about the science of food, and I’m excited about that. Still, there’s been fear-mongering-ish talk around food that I wish could be left out. Also, a food/calorie tracking project, which isn’t a surprise, but not something I’m a fan of. One thing I’ve been realizing as I dutifully track what I eat is that tracking what we eat really changes something about how we think about food. Or at least for me it does.
For the project, we were told not to change our diets to try to make our reports look good. Eat normally. But tracking, although it may not affect what we actually end up eating, does have an impact on how we think about it. It’s like when you’re told to “act normal” and then all of a sudden, you don’t know what what expression your face usually rests in or what to do with your hands or what normal even is. So anyways. Just a thought on tracking what you eat.
Obviously, in certain extreme cases, it might be necessary to track what you eat. But in general, I think it can do more harm than good. There are more constructive ways to take a look at the nutritional side of your health.
Anyways, that’s been the bulk of my first week of spring semester! Getting used to a new schedule, enjoying the surprising amount of sunshine we’ve had, and of course, some studying.
I’ll leave you with this aesthetically pleasing (sarcasm) photo of a study sesh a few nights ago: plantain chips, hummus, chemistry book, the whole shebang.
Have the best week!