Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Monday, February 28, 2011

Goals and a Vision

As a full-time student and full-time employee, I am finding it very hard to balance my time. I'm sure many women my age are in this situation: juggling school and work. I have been thinking of ways I can make time for the activities I love such as dancing and fitness, knitting, and writing, but I lack the organization.

Here are some goals I am setting for myself.

1. Become more organized. How? Making sure I carry my calendar with me everywhere and mark down spots in my calendar (early in the day) for homework and such.
2. Work out three times per week. How? Set aside time in my calendar to work out, and stick with it! Find a jogging buddy, or start using my Kinect more often.
3. Finish all homework that's due two-to-three days in advance. How? Being more organized will help, and once I get a computer that will help as well. However, I can do this by carrying my backpack with me and keeping it in my car; therefore, if I have any extra time, I will spend it reading through my assigned reading or writing in a notebook.

In addition to these goals, I have made a checklist of homework I have to accomplish. I'm in my last semester of school, and I love school, so I cannot afford to put that love on the back burner. I know these goals will keep me motivated! I have four weeks before my "hardcore" half-marathon training begins, and I want to be ready. I need a clear mind and a vision of where I am headed.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

WAC Member in People Magazine!

Alverno's 10K Contest

In order to keep my half-marathon training in the back of my mind at all times, I decided to form a team for Alverno's 10K contest. Each person much keep track of the number of steps they take using a pedometer, and each person makes a pledge to themselves to walk a 10K a day--or get as close to a 10K as possible!

Our team's name is Team Hodgepodge. We are a group of various people: students, faculty, staff, and some of us don't know one another. We pledged to walk a 10K per day; even though the requirements are to walk, one can keep track of running and working out. This is especially great because I usually run a few miles every week, but now that it's a contest I have a goal to work toward, and I'm looking forward to running every day! We're gunna be awesome...

Anyway, this is going to be an excellent way for me to keep on top of cross training and staying healthy, and I believe that everyone can benefit from a little bit of competition. By having a set goal and competition I am going to be able to meet my goals. I am very much looking forward to what this 10K contest will bring.

P.S. - There is a dance contest at the party for the participants (smiley face!).

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Really quick post.

My Workout Yesterday
My workout yesterday consisted of a few basic things...

20 minutes of abs
15 minutes arms
15 minutes legs
Kinect: Your Shape Evolved and Dance Central (combination of) for 3 hours.

Let's just say I'm sore!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Half-Marathon Training

It has been an unusually long time since I posted. However, I have been keeping up fairly well with my Tumblr blog.

As I may have stated earlier, I am training for a half-marathon! I am so excited. Right now I am starting on cross-training. My regular running schedule doesn't start until mid-April, but nevertheless I'll start now.

What did I do today?

First, I taught a fitness class at 5:30am, and because I had only four hours of sleep I went straight home to nap. Although I was at home, I didn't slack. In addition to cleaning the apartment. I would have went to the WAC down the road, but instead (due to the blizzard--literally--we are currently in. For more information check out my tumblr blog) I have been playing Dance Central and Fitness Evolved on my Kinect. Because it's so fun, I think it was a little overkill. Three and a half hours of dancing and working out is a little extreme, but then again "go big or go home!" Right?!