My dad posted this on my wall…he’s the sweetest
My day: a photo diary
1&2. Of course selfies
3. What I found in the lounge hahaha #socollege
4. Doge is invading my life….this was on the cleaning sheets at work
5. Quesadilla night awwww yeah
6. This my friends, is true bro dedication. Seen in freshman college dining hall
- Peeled myself out of bed to work at 9 am. Went to a yoga class with Elena after. I love how many yoga classes they offer here, it’s pretty easy to find ones that fit into your schedule :)
- I’m basically studied out ugh. At this point I want to take these silly tests and get them over with.
- I ordered a long sleeve Cornell Barbell t-shirt and it’s one of the ones that wick away sweat when you workout and ugh I’m so excited. I also ordered combat boots. Plus side: they’re for Christmas so I didn’t have to actually pay for them.
- I’m working tomorrow and I want to work out before so I hope there are no sports teams there like what happened to Elena today ahh :o
- The Barbell club is doing a group lift during one of my shifts on Wednesday so I get to watch all da serious lifters do their thing ‘tis exciting.
- I’m working another shift after dinner. I really don’t mind working because the shifts are so short and so easy. And then I get to make bank (honestly I don’t know how I would’ve survived the semester without this job. As of now I’m breaking even with what I started with in the beginning of the semester but I picked up a ton of hours these next two weeks so hopefully that helps boost my account a little bit :p)
I got really artsy while studying in the lounge?!
Anyways my day:
- Slept in. Brunch. Study. Gym. Dinner. Study. Ugh
- I PRed my squats today??? Sometimes I can’t believe that I’m actually physically capable of doing that? 160 lbsx1 like wut idk. And then I did it again to make sure that I went down all the way, and it didn’t even feel as hard as when I tried 150x1? I don’t get it man.
- Ran into Elena at the gm today! It’s nice to have a friend to talk about lifting things with :)
- I’ve been in a weird mood today. Like I just want to go home and read a book next to my Christmas tree and I won’t be home until late at night on the 20th :(
- However, I will cheer myself up by buying Cornell Barbell apparel hehehehe retail therapy? Also will online shop and send 1000000 links to mom for my Christmas list. And then some Netflix.
- I picked up an early shift in order to motivate myself to go to a yoga class on central campus. Oh boy.
- I’m going to need to get up semi-early this week for my idea schedule to work out: eat-study-workout-work-chill. I’m hoping I can motivate myself enough haha.
- I realize that a lot of the time I forget to call home and my parents try not to cramp my style so they only really text me and like I think I need a solid conversation with my family.
I really want to change my URL. I literally could care less about being “slim” anymore and I know I like to play it off as an Eminem reference but really 1.5 years ago when I made this URL all I really was to be “slim.” My goals now are a lot different; I care so much more about being stronger. I’ve changed a lot and I really think that my URL should reflect that. I’m just afraid I won’t be able to come up with something catchy ahhh :x
I also want to change my theme and what not but that’s an idea I should refrain from entertaining until after I finish studying haha
I think the difference between those that stick to a fitness program and those that don’t is simply the setting of goals. If you go to the gym, you can run all you want but if you don’t have a purpose to do it, eventually you’ll stop. Every action, every decision of ours has a motive behind it. Without these motives, we completely lack desire to accomplish the task at hand. Am I going to write a 5 page paper out of nowhere? No. Am I going to write a 5 page paper so that I can pass my writing class? Hell yes. And I’m going to try hard because doing well is important to me.
If you decide to start exercising just because you think you should and not because you really want to, you’ll stop soon after. You just won’t want to do it anymore after a while, because you had no real solid reason to begin.
I guess my point is to set goals that you’d be happy achieving: to get stronger, to feel better, to alleviate stress, etc. If your goal is superficial and doesn’t really mean anything to you, chances are you won’t stick with it. Just find what makes you happy and use it for fuel.
Today Elena and I decided to go to the Cornell Barbell Club meeting. There were free burritos from Chipotle!! I didn’t really want one because my appetite has been nonexistent today (I don’t know why?!) but I decided to pick at one because some old guy at the meeting was waving burritos in his hand saying “You need to bulk up!” to me and Elena.
The presentation was very interesting. The speaker was a former Cornell grad who was a personal trainer and in the nutrition program, who now owns her own personal training company in Ithaca. The topic of her presentation was how to balance fitness & nutrition with school work. Her tips were to make working out a mandatory part of your schedule, and make sure to take study breaks often to relieve from the stress. She also focused on getting enough sleep, using yoga and meditation as a way to manage stress, and then veered off into adding variety to your routines and training for endurance events while maintaining strength. All around I thought it was a very good presentation.
It’s funny because Elena already posted about how what stuck with her most from the meeting was adding variety to her routine, while for me it was the whole sleep/meditation thing. I really haven’t been sleeping well for the past few weeks and I’m not entirely sure - some of it has been exam stress, some of it anxiety from being sick and away from home and just whatever else. I really want to try meditating more because I know how good it can make me feel and can most likely help me sleep better.
I also think adding variety to my workouts is important, but I tend to get very overwhelmed with the sheer amount of information available. I’m a person of routine so I like to stick to my program. I’m still doing 5/3/1 but it’s a pretty flexible program so I’ll probably change up my accessory lifts and play around with different conditioning. Def wanna try tabata!!
I’m looking forward to going to more meetings and meeting more of the members! Today’s gathering was more of a presentation so we didn’t get to talk to many of the people there. Still, it was pretty cool to be an environment where everyone enjoys talking about fitness. I also saw someone I knew from my Intro to Meteorology class who I saw in the gym one day while I was lifting and then asked me the next day in class if it was me. He actually let me borrow his notes this morning :p There’s only 2 classes left and I still don’t know his name….
Today was a good first day back at school :)
New hobby includes writing gift messages to myself when ordering online.
It’s like a pep talk to future me.
I’m thankful for the physical and me talk strength that lifting affords me. Not only can I increase my bodies limits, but I can increase my confidence and happiness.
I’m thankful for the strength my family gives me. I know that they’ll support me no matter what I do, and without them I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that I have.
I’m thankful for the strength my friends give me. It feels so wonderful to be surrounded by such wonderful people, and I know that the gift of their friendship is priceless.
I’m thankful for the strength my academics have given me. I enjoy the challenges of my coursework and I know it’s made me a harder worker.
I’m thankful for the strength my happiness affords me.
My workout consisted of lugging my 30 lbs. suitcase uphill to my job at the gym. Even though in retrospect it was probably a stupid/masochist idea, it was an adventure. The whole time I was laughing at myself and how ridiculous I looked. Ah, that’s life
I work in the gym at my university. There are four gym sites that I can work at, depending on the shift. Each place has it’s own dynamic and so what you witness in each site is a little different. I have permanent shifts in HNH and TU. HNH is the freshman gym complete with a weights area and a cardio area, and TU is a cardio centered area with some free weights (TD is the site below it with all of the barbells and free weights AKA my favorite place to work out).
While working in HNH and TU especially, I see a lot of people living it up on ellipticals and also a lot of girls trying to embark into the free weights area only to use 5 lbs and 8 lbs dumbbells for the little accessory exercises that do basically nothing. And a lot of times it makes me sad because I feel like I know what these girls are trying to achieve and that what they’re doing isn’t going to help. And then I get judgmental and sad all at the same time, thinking “I really wish that she would put down those little weights and do some heavy lifting…wouldn’t it be awesome if more girls lifted?” and “Wow those exercises really aren’t doing anything why waste your time?” It’s a bad habit I’ve been getting into being a constant observer in the gym. It’s almost like I can’t help it because I spend so much time watching people work out - it’s easy to criticize when you’re on the outside.
Sometimes I just have to take a step back and stop. I don’t know what level of fitness education these people have. I don’t know what program they’re doing. Maybe when they work out during my Tuesday shift it’s their cardio day and the other days they’re doing heavy bad ass lifting. Or not. Maybe all they do is cardio. In the end, what does it matter to me? It’s their life, their body, and they get to decide what to do with it. I’m not in a position to judge them, even though my judgement comes from a desire to help. I can’t expect that everyone is going to have the same interests as me, especially when it comes to working out.
That being said, there’s still a part of me that wishes I could help more girls that want to lift. I had a conversation with a new friend about going to the gym. She said that she mostly does Pilates and light dumbbell, high rep work. I talked to her about heavy lifting and presented my case as to why I believe it’s better. But at the same time, I was trying to stay really conscious of saying things to belittle her workout program, because that’s not nice and that’s not how you help people. Instead, I aimed my argument at how it’s really hard for girls to get exposed to heavy lifting because there aren’t many places that advertise/promote it to girls. But she said she would love to come to the gym with me and have me show her stuff so that made me really happy :)
And then my friend David was trying to convince me that running is better than lifting? Which like wasn’t a well thought out argument he was just picking a fight with me. Like dude just let me ~do me thing~ and don’t tell me that I should run. I also then used the whole marathon runner/sprinter argument and then elaborated by stating how so many sports that use running utilize strength training to enhance their agility and speed and whatnot. Silly boy, trying to start an argument with me over something that I ‘m so passionate about.
I worked out at HNH today (for the first time in a week thx sinus infection) and while I was doing my ~squatz~ these two guys were attempting to do the same next to me. Except with awful form. And no clips (our policy states that you have to use clips 100% of the time). And just ugh. The weight they were using was clearly too heavy for them to handle all of the way down and so they were like not quite parallel not quite quarter squats (3/8th squats??), they were racking the weight too high (so it was hard for them to get the right lift off and they actually had to help each other lift the weight off the rack) and one guy was even walking out backwards, which is so so so so so dangerous and a very easy way to get hurt. All stuff that is so easily fixable if only they were informed of what they were doing wrong (and obviously listened to that advice). I didn’t say anything to them because I didn’t feel like I had the authority to. I didn’t want them to get hurt, but I also felt like they wouldn’t listen to me anyways so why bother? I know that giving people advice in the gym gets a little hairy because you don’t know the purpose of someone’s training/ you can come off kinda rude, so I wasn’t sure if I should say anything even though they were obviously doing stuff wrong (no matter what program you’re doing) and just ah. I don’t know.
So, this brings me to my next point. I’m taking “Essentials of Personal Training” as my gym class next semester, and so hopefully by the summer I’ll be a certified personal trainer. It’d be pretty awesome. I want to help people in the gym, I want to help girls who want to get into lifting and maybe don’t know how, I want to help people not have bad form. Seems like the best way to do it.
- My chem exam is over. I’m mentally drained, but I was pretty well prepared.
- Still have to write a spanish composition haha
- They gave out insomnia cookies on the way back to my dorm and honestly my brain needed that cookie so badly. double chocolate chipy comfort to the soul.
- I’m pretty sure I have a sinus infection. Going back to the clinic tomorrow.
- I need Thanksgiving. I’m so excited to see all of my extended family that I might cry. It’s literally one of my favorite days of the year.
- I also miss my friends so so so so much
- I’m excited to see Catching Fire at home with my home peeps but my friends here also want to see it and it feels like a betrayal to go see it with my college friends first even though that’s what I’m going to do and of course I will still enjoy it with my home friends. guess it’s a signal of how we’re all forming different lives for ourselves.
- I really really hope that I don’t wake up dizzy and disoriented again because it was very scary.
- that cookie though unf will be dreaming of it
- I’ve come to realize that I can be pretty flexible with my eating here because I’m walking close to an hour and a half every day and it really makes a difference
- Can’t wait to see my doggies again
- Going to the cornell vs BU hockey game at madison square garden with the boy I was with during the summer from home and I’m excited because like what is going on with life.
- Is it on line or in line?! Pretty sure saying on line is a NY thing because me and all my friends from NY say on line and all of our non NY friends make fun on us for it
This has been my mind spilling out into my blog
- Go get my fitness monitor on and make some cash
- Study for my Chem prelim
- Watch Netflix
- Go to a charity gala that my RA organized
Basically I need a ~relaxing~ day and this is the first time in a few weekends where I’m not absolutely drowning in work. Yay!
My dad just put this on Facebook…he’s literally the best
To work at the gym you have to become CPR, AED, and First Aid certified, as well as take a bunch of training classes about what to do in an emergency situation. While this is necessary information, most people feel like they’ll never use it.
Today I went downstairs to the issue room to get more towels for the fitness center upstairs. There are rows of basket lockers right next to the door to the issue room, and as I walked in all I saw was a coat, jeans, and boots lying on the floor. My mind literally didn’t comprehend that there was a person lying there until I walked in, got the towels, and walked back out. I grabbed the person working in the issue room, and thankfully the girl lying on the floor was awake and not unconscious. We gave her a juice box and asked her questions about her symptoms. Thankfully, a professional staff member from the bowling alley came upstairs and helped us. We got the girl into a chair and filled out the forms. After they were settled, I went back upstairs to the part where I work, but omg it was so scary. When I left a half hour later, they had called an ambulance and were taking the girl to the hospital. Omg.
But, I knew what to do in the situation. I remained calm and went through all the necessary steps. Moral of the story: there’s a very, very good reason they give us those training classes.