Welcome to the first Monday of 2016! I posted my goals for the year but I wanted to dedicate a whole post to some reflection and goal setting in regards to my health and wellness. Y’all … I try not to be negative here on the blog, writing positive things helps improve my own mood, but there’s no denying that PA school is incredibly stressful. Start with working 50+ hours a week, add in studying at night, throw in a family for good measure and it’s easy to get stretched thing. I ended 2015 feeling pretty burned out.
Fortunately I have had two weeks off of my clinical rotations to refocus, reevaluate, and plan for the next few months. One of the areas that was fairly sporadic the last quarter of the year was my fitness and healthy eating. When you work a 12-hour day it’s easy to not want to cook dinner when you get home and resort to picking up food. It’s also hard to get up early in the morning to fit in a workout. But once my healthy habits started slipping I actually realized I felt WORSE. When I am not consistently active or eating healthy I feel lethargic and ambivalent in many ways. So I knew deep down that I had to change things up for the remaining 2.5 months of PA school and solidify habits that can continue into my career.
I have my healthy eating plan well underway. I posted about my January meal plan and I am excited to see how it impacts not only our eating habits but our overall health. I used a printable from the Day Designer to plan out my meals and snacks for the week. I have realized that if I don’t take the time to plan it out I run out of time to actually think about it. I did my meal prep yesterday which took less than an hour thanks to a stocked freezer.
In terms of fitness, I planned my workouts there too. I am hoping to do a combination of my Becoming Extraordinary and Pipehitter workout plans from Ashley Horner. I also have Hammer & Chisel by Beachbody available for days I KNOW I can’t make it to the gym. I am shooting for 4-5 quality workouts a week. I took some before photos today and instead of being disappointed in my starting physique I am EXCITED to see what I can do! But I won’t be sharing them here because you know, I have to get a job here soon haha.
I’d love for you to join me on this journey! So if you’re in the same boat and just needing a reset leave a comment below. I’d love to help support you! I am off to start my 1st day of pediatrics today. Bring on the germs 😉