In all honesty, who doesn’t have a laundry list of things they want to accomplish. A list of things that are completely feasible if you just work hard for them. Last week, I completed the final science course of my 4 year curriculum. I remember 3 years ago thinking, ‘How on earth am I going to get through all of this?’. It was a long haul through general biology, microbiology, cell biology, mammalian physiology, general chemistry I & II, organic chemistry I & II, biochemistry I & II, and my food science classes. A lot of tears and ‘I can’t do it anymore”s were shed along the way but I am so happy I stuck it out! I’m sure any other Dietetics major will vouch for me on that. One of the most important things I have learned is that you can’t compare yourself to other people or their methods. Everyone learns differently, studies differently, and is better at certain things than others. You can’t let a 40% on a test (yes, it happened) get you down just because the person next to you got an A, if you did the best you could 🙂 I am sure that countless people did better than me in all of my classes but I am happy and proud of my school work and that is all that matters, right?
This past semester I accomplished something else I have always aimed to do: become a group fitness instructor! I took a class offered through my university and auditioned for (and was offered) a job at the campus rec center. I started teaching cardio kickboxing at the beginning of the summer and have fallen in love with it. Initially this was a class I didn’t want to teach, but I am so thrilled with it. A class full of people is a great motivator to push yourself harder and not give up on your workout. Starting this Thursday I will also be teaching cycling! I would say spinning is the biggest contributor to my love of exercise, since it was initially the only thing my mom could drag me out of bed to go to! Don’t get me wrong though, 7:15 am on Thursdays will be no piece of cake. Moral of the story: If you are around College Park Monday’s at 7 pm or Thursday mornings at 7:15 am, come to my fitness classes! I promise you’ll get a great work out 🙂
Even though I have crossed numerous items off of my bucket list, I still have many more I want to do! My next goal (as some may know) is to run a half marathon. I have been training for a few weeks and I LOVE the plain I am using. Hal Higdon’s plan is great because it allows you to be flexible and work at your own pace. I also like that it is not running all day everyday, you can give other parts of your body attention too! Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to run outside as much as I would like since it has been so hot (111 yesterday, WHAT!?). When I am on the treadmill I try to push myself by running on an incline (1.5-2%) for half a mile and then back down to 0 or .5%. Figure out what works best for you since, after all, you can’t just compare yourself to the person running next to you.