Time to Break the Cycle

I’m back!  Hell Week part deux is over!

This past week wasn’t a total fail, but I wouldn’t call it a success either.  You see, there’s this cycle I’m trying to break.  I’m really ready to change, but right now it’s basically a schedule that goes like clockwork.  Here’s what goes down on weeks with multiple tests –

  1. I get really excited about all the studying I’m going to do.  I write up an intricate schedule of all the things I’m going to accomplish.
  2. I look at the schedule and get really overwhelmed.
  3. I get so overwhelmed that instead of studying for any of my tests, I stick my head in the sand like an Ostrich and watch Grey’s Anatomy.
  4. I stop going to the gym and I eat a bunch of crap, because I’m “busy.”  Except I’m not busy, because I’m not actually studying.
  5. I feel like crap physically (probably from eating crap) and mentally because I’m disappointed with myself.

This happens every time!  When I was a kid my dad used to tell me that the worst part of procrastinating when doing an unpleasant task is that in addition to doing the task you have to spend a lot of time thinking about it.  I know not to do this, but somehow it hasn’t quite clicked 😉

I didn’t have time for breakfast because I was running around like a chicken with its head cut off (not studying for my tests sadly, I had 4 papers to read for my Nutrition class this morning).  I did manage to warm up with a mug of honey vanilla chamomile,

and to do this –

That’s a good use of time people!

The papers presented in Nutrition today were actually fascinating – the impact of obesity on pregnancy, the benefits of breastfeeding, nutrition intervention in people with developmental disabilities – but I was too wound up to really focus.

We had a block of time before Orgo and I ended up buying a veggie sandwich while I studied.

Meh.  Too much bread, not enough veggie; I ate half.

Then it was time to face the music.  I think the hardest part was that I had the two tests back to back – I literally had to sprint from my Orgo exam to my Anatomy exam.  In the end things went better than they could have gone.  I’m guessing a B/C on the Orgo exam and a C/D (ugh!) on Anatomy.  Moving on…..

I’ve got a weekend of freedom!

Actually, we’ve got some excitement on the agenda tomorrow; Adam, Katie and I are going to run in a 5k!  I’m not even close to being ready for this race (when will I run something I’ve actually trained for?!?), but it will be fun to see if anyone comes in costume.

When I got home this afternoon I decided to dig deep, roll up my sleeves, and start working on breaking that cycle!  I reorganized my binder and got started on Orgo reading.  (go me!)  While I read I ate a crunchy snack.

A sliced cucumber,

and a serving of Sing Buri Cashews that Sahale Snacks sent me.

The nuts were soooo good.

The mix of cashews, peanuts, sesame seeds and dried pineapple was sweet and savory with just a perfect bit of spice.  I never like cashews when they are by their lonesome, but in mixes like this they are divine.

Plus a small vegan pecan pumpkin blondie.

And then it was time for a quick dinner.

(That’s on the small plate from my blondie)  I reheated some leftover roasted broccoli in 1/2 Tbsp of butter, then scrambled in two Eggland’s Best eggs, and topped with a dollop of chunky salsa.

Yum, I love eggs with broccoli!  When I cook eggs I let the yolk and white set separately for a while before I scramble; it gives them the best texture.

Dinner had to be quick because we were meeting a group of friends for a movie.  I packed my own snack, a small assortment of candy from the bulk bins.

Sidenote – when I get candy from the bulk bin I pick and choose the exact pieces I want.  I generally take 1-2 pieces of each candy (that’s 1 jordan almond or 1 gummy bear), it takes at least 10minutes, and I drive the husband crazy.

Anyhoo, we saw “Red” and it was hysterical!  Everyone in the group agreed that it was one of John Malkovich’s best movies.  Two thumbs up.

What is your favorite action comedy?

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