I am starting a new program this fall in University, after graduating with my Bachelor of Science in June, so yesterday I enjoyed a few hours of orientation. As much as I love summer and being free from academic obligations, I kind of like school so I wasn’t totally upset about being back on campus. I didn’t go on any crazy vacations this summer and I worked my butt off, so returning to school is actually kind of nice. Plus, it is always exciting starting new things, like a Masters of Science program!
I will be studying community nutrition for the next couple of years. I am really excited and it was cool to meet a few people at orientation yesterday who are also MSc-Nutrition students. A lot of the orientation was geared towards students who had done their undergraduate studies elsewhere and were arriving at in Edmonton to start their graduate studies. I liked it because even though I have gone to school at the U of A for the past two years, I still don’t know where everything is and where all of the buildings and services are! The orientation was scheduled for four hours with a lunch provided. When noon rolled around, out came boxes and boxes of PIZZA.
We are studying NUTRITION. I am pretty sure it was some kind of test. It was mostly pepperoni too, so I skipped the pizza and waited to eat when I got home. The line at Subway was really big and I am trying to be a good little student and not spend all of my money on coffee and fast food this year… so that’s why I stole a water bottle and ditched the orientation lunch. I passed the test.
The best thing about starting school, besides turning my life into a inflexible routine? THIS.
Yup, my agenda. It seriously took me over an hour to find the perfect agenda. I eventually bought THIS ONE by Kate Spade NY and I love it so far. My agenda turns into my work calendar, my appointment book, my fitness log, and pretty much the place I write everything. I know… I’m a loser, I’ve accepted it.
I like writing my runs in my agenda too because then I can keep track of mileage! Also, if I have a race on the horizon I start a countdown until the day of the race. Sometimes, if I schedule my workouts in advance, it helps me stick to them. When I don’t want to do abs or a tempo run, looking at my workout schedule holds me accountable for them and I usually just get it done.
I have my first “actual” day of school tomorrow and I can’t wait! More so just because I will have stuff to write in my agenda, but whatever 😉 I am trying to figure out what types of workouts I will be able to get in before school every day and it is tricky. If I go to the gym I have to factor in about 30 minutes of total driving time so my early days will include short runs around my neighbourhood before school. If I want to workout after school, I will HAVE to write it in my agenda because otherwise that is NOT going to happen. I’m definitely a morning exerciser 🙂
Do YOU use a planner or agenda?
Workout in the morning, evening, or just whenever you have time?