Dorm Food ALMOST Did Me In!

Typical dorm food. Carb overload. Unbalanced. Makes you icky inside. :-(

Two weeks ago I started a new job working for a summer program on campus for incoming freshmen college students.  As part of the job, I have been given housing and access to dining services.  At first glance, this seemed like a FANTABULOUS deal–free housing AND food! What more could one ask for?  Well, everything that’s free is not always good for you!

Fast forward two weeks and I have officially QUIT eating dorm food.  It made me bloated, gassy, and irritated–even when I ate SALAD! LOL This was a hard choice to make as one reason I decided to take the job was the opportunity to save money because I have virtually NO expenses.  What I have found is that sacrificing my health for free food is just not worth it!

Luckily, the dorm I live in has a STOVE (with oven) and a full size REFRIGERATOR.  Yesterday, I made roasted chicken and jicama slaw.  Today I made a scallop stir fry with sweet onions and red peppers with a broccoli/cauliflower/carrot blend on the side.  Since I have been cooking, my digestive system is quite happy! :-)

This week also marked the start of my official group CrossFit classes!  Last week, I finished my individual trial classes.  I attended class yesterday and today and I will admit, CrossFit is no joke.  It’s hard.  For me, its more of a mental challenge then anything.  This week, I felt like I did when I started boot camp for the first time–out of my league.  Even the familiar exercises I used to do are difficult.  I’m not sure why.

I know it will get better with time.  The trainers and the other CrossFitters are so encouraging.

The next thing I have to work on is getting adequate sleep.  Currently, my work shift is from 3-11pm. I am usually in bed by 11:30pm.  I get up at 5:30am to go to my 6:30am CrossFit class (when I get into a groove, I hope to be able to get up by 5:45am and be out the door by 6. Class is about 20 min away.)  Right now, that’s only 6 hours.  I do best on 7-8.  Not sure how this is going to work seeing as though I have at least 6 more weeks of this summer job.  I took a nap midday today and will see how that goes…

This post has been really unorganized–a random splattering my thoughts.  That’s kind of the state of my brain these days…unorganized.  I’m a tad too busy and little stressed.  I’m working on it though.

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5 thoughts on “Dorm Food ALMOST Did Me In!

  1. Thanks for the encouragement, Jessica! Today we did power snatches…I need work, obviously. I’m trying not to be be too hard on myself. Any new thing you learn takes time…I’m just not used to struggling like this. It’s very humbling, to say the least.

  2. Snatches are hard! I’m really bad at the technique of those too. I struggle with getting the bar up fast enough and my arms in the right place. gah. And I have to use less weight to even get close to right form, than compared to the other lifts like deadlifts and squats.

    Just think about when you finally do get better at them. That’s what I tell myself. Someday I’ll get this and it will be awesome. And then I think about how most other people wouldn’t even try this. And I feel cool just using a big bar with the potential of someday using big weights. :)

  3. looks like i’m going to have to check out cross fit. everyone’s talking about it!
    thanks for sharing, c!
    ~ s x

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