I am finally a Senior in college, at the ripe old age of 38!
I have a few more semester's because of the way the courses are offered but I'm stoked to feel like I have made it over the hump and can see an accomplishment coming!
I had an amazing experience just a couple of weeks ago, that I am also proud to have completed. I am a Public Health major and I signed up for a week long global health course on malnutrition and world hunger. It was an experience that took me out of my comfort zone completely. The course was off campus at a place called Servants of Faith and Technology (SIFAT). Which has dormitories for us to sleep in and 176 acre farm to learn about food preservation, building water pumps and many other technologies that can help developing countries. I learned a great deal, I laughed with folks, who were mostly younger than me or didn't speak English, I also cried a few times and SWEAT! Boy did I SWEAT!
I had really been exercising for about a month prior to leaving for SIFAT because I wanted to try and lose a few pounds and maybe be used to the sweating on hot days. But since most of the people were young 20 somethings I still felt ill equipped, old and of course I was the largest of the group. I was able to lose 10lbs before I went, but I still felt so huge the entire time I was there, not to mention trying to stay covered during shower times and getting dressed in a room full of about 20 women.
The time at SIFAT has helped me get some focus on my career and that I really want to try and help out those that live in our rural counties here in Alabama. It helped pull me out of my shell too, I met some amazing people and created a community I never could have imagined. But it has also motivated me to focus on my health and try and do more of our own gardening and buying locally.
I start my fall semester tomorrow and I am taking 5 courses, so it is going to be busy with having my own kids and household to take care of, but I created a month long exercise calendar, so that I don't have to think about what should I do today. I can just look on the calendar and exercise. I'm trying out the Chalean extreme with a combination of Cize and Rockin' Body cardio exercises. The Chalean extreme focuses on weight training, so hopefully I will get a good combination of both cardio and strength. The weight training is 5 days a week with the cardio everyday. I'm trying to counteract all the sitting I do in class and studying at home, by getting in some exercise everyday.
As you can see my arms need the toning.
And of course walking the dogs is always a must do! Cause I love it when they are happy!
Hope everyone has a great week and any advice that ya'll wanna throw my way is always appreciated!