I’ve attempted to write a day in the life post for this semester maybe three times already.
I’ll start taking photos of everything and making mental notes about what I’m doing throughout the day, but then it hits about 7pm, and I give up, either because I realize I have too much work to do or because I forgot to take pictures after breakfast.
I kicked those two gross anatomy exams to the curb on Tuesday, and now I feel like I can do anything with my life.
shoutout to Janice for being the best study buddy ’til the wee hours in the morning
Duty still calls, but I at least I have a little more time to type up this day in the life!
7:00 AM — Alarm goes off. I immediately know I’m going to need a nap later in the day.
7:08 AM — Roll out of bed, go to the bathroom, brush teeth.
7:15 AM — Crawl back into my bed to do some reading for my “Religion, Health and Medicine” class (the reason I had to wake up earlier than I usually would on a Wednesday).
7:30 AM — Roll back out bed to pray and eat breakfast. I continue reading while eating this zesty jar of overnight oats.
1/2 c. oats, 1 tsp. chia seeds, 1/4 c. greek yogurt, 1/2 c. milk, half banana, 1/3 of a champagne mango(!), pinch of salt, lime zest ➔ topped with salted cashews in the morning
8:00 AM — Go back into my warm bed to finish reading. Eventually decide that lying in bed is not conducive to reading something analytically/staying awake, so I drag my butt to my desk.
8:50 AM — Cut it close to start getting ready for dance.
9:05 AM — Leave for dance class in Cambridge. It’s snowing and I’m not lovin’ it (but it’s not icy, which is the important part).
9:35 AM — Arrive slightly late to dance, but class usually starts a little late, so I’m right on time! (Unfortunately, life doesn’t often work that way.)
11:10 AM — Dance class ends (my last one of this semester! ☹️). It was a great one! Walk back to my apartment.
11:40 AM — Arrive back at the crib and eat loads of kettle corn and a random piece of chicken. Check my email.
needed some umami
12:10 PM — Walk to my religion and medicine class.
12:20 PM — In class today, we discuss how social context cannot be separated from mental diseases such as depression and anxiety. Mental illnesses may have specific biochemical bases, but that does not mean that we should treat them one specific way cross-culturally (via antidepressants, for example). Rather, sociocultural factors hold a great weight in the presentation of mental illness, so they should be considered and incorporated when treating patients.
1:35 PM — Class ends and I walk back to the apartment for lunch! Part 1 is the last of this tasty massaged kale salad I made on Monday.
red kale with olive oil, lime juice, honey, salt, pepper
Part 2 was the classic avocado egg toast with sriracha. ♥︎
(Interruption for avocado appreciation photo)
what a beauty
Part 3 was a clementine.
do clementines come from Connecticut?
Part 5 was a couple handfuls of pita chips to fill the tank.
I read some blogs as I ate.
2:40 PM — Oof, I indulged in a nice long lunch hour. Clean up and get to some studying.
3:50 PM — Remember when I woke up and knew I would need a nap? That hour had come. I nap like a rock for 35 minutes.
4:25 PM — Alarm goes off and I don’t want to move. Lay in bed for a while, checking messages and probably Facebook.
4:50 PM — Get myself together and rush to Mass at the Catholic Center.
But stop to take this photo. It looks gorgeous out, and it was, but it was also FREAKING COLD. The wind hurt.
5:02 PM — Sneak into Mass a little bit late, but very happy I made it.
5:25 PM — Chat with a few people in the Catholic Center. Eat a banana, some cashews, and a few honey wheat pretzels (the BEST pretzels!).
5:35 PM — Leave to catch the T to Cambridge (again), this time for a workout with InnerCity Weightlifting! Start typing this post on my phone on the commute.
InnerCity Weightlifting is a Boston organization that takes high-risk individuals – those who have been shot, done significant jail time, and/or grown up on a family income under $10k per year – and teaches them how to be personal trainers. They develop their students’ physical training skills as well as the social, academic, and networking support needed, which college students like us take for granted. In doing so, InnerCity Weightlifting makes a huge impact in the community they work with by decreasing street violence and creating a social change. In keeping their gym location a secret, they are able to provide a safe space for their students who have certain conflicts with others. – Christina for gofitu.com
How rad is that!? The trainers are ex-cons, which might seem sketchy, but it’s totally not. The guys who trained us are awesome dudes.
6:32 PM — Arrive slightly late (theme of the day/my life), but they hadn’t started yet. Christina takes me to the fridge filled with Hint water and tells me to grab one. Don’t have to tell me twice!
6:40 PM — We start with a dynamic warmup and then get into the workout. Our trainers took us through three circuits, three rounds each:
- KB reverse lunges
- pushups/negative pushups (← the negatives!!! holding at high plank, mid pushup, and chaturanga for 3-4 seconds each, repeat. HELLO.)
- deadbugs (holding a resistance band on stretch, which made my arms shake, especially after the pushups)
- KB deadlifts
- single arm KB rows each arm
- bear crawls (super slow, super controlled, with little sliders on our backs to prove our stability)
- med ball slams
- battle rope slams
The weighted parts were actually the easiest, because the weight and reps were relatively low, but all the bodyweight stuff was killer! Such a fun workout though!
I wear those socks to dance to help with sliding on the floor, but I forgot to change into normal socks later, so this is what had to happen.
thank you for this photo, Christina!
7:30 PM — The workout ends, we learn more about ICW, they give us more Hint waters and KIND bars, and I walk back to the T station to head home. Type some more of this post.
8:15 PM — Arrive back home and cook up some veggies for dinner. I sauté some onions and lacinto kale (I have a lot of kale right now because it was on sale at Whole Foods) in mustard, maple syrup, salt and pepper (← fave way to cook kale!).
8:35 PM — I had the veggies alongside leftover quinoa and chicken thighs with this Stubb’s rub.
During dinner I read a couple more blogs, check Facebook, upload the day’s photos, and keep typing this post.
9:15 PM — Decide that I want a sweet snack, so I have some Greek yogurt with cinnamon and raisins. Some of my friends are baby barfing at this right now (#hatersgonnahate on raisins).
10:25 PM — Somehow still typing this post? Wash up dishes, shower (I reeeeek), and do some more studying.
12:00 AM — Pray and hit the hay!
Hope you all have a fantastic Thursday!
ALSO fun news — my dear friend Emily from Beauty in Christ graciously invited me to be on her awesome podcast last week, so that episode is up now on her blog! Click here to check it out. And just read Emily’s blog/listen to her podcast in general. She is a breath of the freshest air.
So tell me:
One thing you are proud to have accomplished this week!
One thing you did and one thing you ate yesterday.
How do you like to cook kale (if you like kale)?
Do you like to take naps?