Fitness Friday: It’s Summer in Florida

March 13th, 2015 | Posted by Erica House in Life

Workout Wrap UpSaturday: 5 mile hike

Sunday: 6 mile walk

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Tracey Mallet F.I.T.

Wednesday: 5k walk

Thursday: Rest

Friday: Bob Harper Pure Burn, Super Strength

No runs this week, partly because my legs needed a little rest after an active weekend, and partly because it was suddenly 80 degrees and humid out every day here. I’m used to running in that type of weather during my early morning Summer runs but I’m just not ready for it right now!

3weekendI’ve been trying to do this Tracey Mallet workout, along with my favorite Bob Harper one, once a week. They are both amazing strength training workouts and I’m already noticing an increase in strength since I started doing them regularly again a few weeks ago. 3weekend2

Despite some great workouts my eating has been totally average. I’m okay with that! I was standing at a checkout line and saw these babies calling my name. I haven’t had any sort of gummy candy in years but they just looked so delicious!3weekend3

Yesterday I made the huge mistake of going to Target while I was hungry. 3weekend4

With the warmer temps I’ve been rocking sundresses and shorts all week. I saw the cutest nail idea on Pinterest so I pulled out my polishes and did this bright and easy design. It was very hard to photograph but I started with two coats of a light pink and went back with a silver glitter topcoat from Essie and just painted the bottom half of my nails. I am obsessed with them. Travis came home and I must have shoved them in his face a dozen times saying, “LOOK AT HOW SPARKLY I AM!”3weekend5Gratuitous cat photo of the week:3weekend1I wish our other cat, Smokey, was easier to photograph. He’s such a weird cat. He never comes near me, doesn’t make eye contact, and while the other two cats sleep with us he sleeps alone in a different room. The only time he will always come up to you is when you are using the bathroom. Freak.

I picked up a GRE study guide and have been making vocab flashcards based on popular word lists I’ve found online. I did really well the last time I took them (2007 and God I’m old.) I remember studying for them for about 6 hours a day for three weeks over Christmas break and I took the test January 6th, 2007. I know it sounds ridiculous but I really, really like standardized tests. I love studying. I love putting pressure on myself to do well. I am a nerd.

As of now I’m tentatively planning to take it in 2 months before Summer classes start. Since we still have no idea where we will be moving (sometime in September) I can’t be certain what type of program I will be applying to. If we aren’t close to a PA school then I may go for a Doctorate in Psychology (although I’m really questioning whether that would actually increase my earning potentially significantly enough to justify the time/costs.) Regardless of what direction I go in the GRE is required for most of the areas I’d pursue, and if I don’t end up using the 2-3 science courses I take this Summer I won’t consider it a waste. Education always pays off!

This weekend we are supposed to have some pretty nasty weather so I’m not sure what we’ll be able to do. Worst case scenario I’ve got a lot of craft projects and cooking I can do, and I may finally try out the gym on post if I start to get cabin fever. I’m also like 2 months overdue for a haircut and since I don’t have a stylist yet here (and there’s no point in getting attached to one) I may just walk into a cuts-by-us and let ’em hack it off (and by hack I mean trim.)

What are you up to this weekend?
Love/hate standardized tests?

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12 Responses

  • SuzLyfe says:

    Blarg I am glad to be (mostly) over GRE’s and ish like that. Though I do love having fun with the vocabulary. I’m a good test taker, but I need to be taking a certain level of text, otherwise, I can outthink the test and then I get into trouble!

    • Erica House says:

      The GRE is just one giant mind f@ck. I remember studying for it during round one and quickly realized it was all about learning the tricks they throw at you, and not as much about actual math and verbal skills.

  • haha! totally with you— going to Target while hungry, such a terrible idea. lol but looks like you got yourself some goodies.

    …I took the GMAT about 6 years ago and I always tell people that was the hardest part of the whole graduate school experience. The rest is a piece of cake (well, not really but you get my point :)…good luck.

    • Erica House says:

      Surprisingly that jar of peanut butter is still alive (barely.) I realized the other day that the last time I took the GREs was before 2 years of grad school. This time around I’m hoping I’ll do better just because I’ve had the added years of education!

  • I do my nails like that around the holidays and always get lots of compliments on them. Pinterest is an amazing place for nail inspiration, but some of the ones I have tried have turned out horrible!

    Now I want some gummy bears.

    • Erica House says:

      I think I need to invest in better polish because mine started chipping the next day!

      Indulge in the gummy bears. They were delicious.

  • Kelly says:

    LOVE that pic of Rudy. He’s adorable!

    • Erica House says:

      His poor little fandangled mouth just cracks me up! Apparently he had to have most of his teeth pulled while in Travis’s Dads care so his little lip gets curled up and stuck on one of his only two teeth left often. I try not to laugh at him but it’s just so freaking cute.

  • Alma says:

    Gummies are my one candy weakness. I will be strong and not grab some while shopping today.

    Smokey sounds like my cat (Rilly). He’s the kitten of our group (though he’s not a kitten anymore). He’s so full of anxiety all the time and runs around like a psycho–but always knocks open the bathroom door and whines at me when I’m showering. He won’t ever let me pick him up. He’s my roommate’s cat, really, by his own preference (we adopted him together). But he is warming up to me. I will get that kitty to love me, I swear. :)

    I did the GREs fairly recently and did not study pretty much AT ALL. And it sucked so hard. I had taken them before and was not happy with my score, but had to take them again since the school I was applying to changed their admissions requirements and now required GREs. (They had accepted the Miller’s test up until that year–which I rocked).

    I think my biggest problem with the GREs this time was just taking it on a computer and all the weirdness of the check-in process. It freaked me out and made me feel oddly pressured. I didn’t prep because I was really tired and had surgery a month before, so it wasn’t the best timing. I scored well enough, but I could have done so much better. The worst for me was the math parts. I am good at math, but I have some deficits from a head injury that affected that part of my brain–so it’s difficult for me to figure math problems out in that kind of environment. It takes me a lot longer, so I basically just guessed on half of the last section b/c I knew I wouldn’t have time. I could have asked for accommodation, I guess, but didn’t even think about it. I ended up not going to the school after I got in, so yea. I guess I’m glad I took it–just in case–but I don’t think I’ll ever need it now. The art therapy school I’m looking at doesn’t require it and I don’t think the PhD program I’m looking at requires it either.

    I’ll be taking psych pre-reqs over the next year or two as well. I was thinking of just doing it online or through a community college since they’re undergrad classes I somehow failed to take. (Kicking myself now). My roommate also told me you can take classes through Harvard’s extension school for about what I paid for classes at my alma mater–so I’m thinking of doing that. They have some really interesting ones. I’m such a school nerd. :)

    • Erica House says:

      Standardized tests are such a joke really. I’ve read the research and they predict success in very specific, and time-limited, areas of schooling. There’s just such an immense amount of pressure put on you for a few hour test that’s billed to determine THE REST OF YOUR ACADEMIC LIFE. Like, the 4 years of schooling 4-5x a week and letters of recommendation shouldn’t mean more? For many schools they do, and I’m relieved to see less schools putting an emphasis on specific GRE cutoff scores.

      I had a student last semester in my Research Methods class (heavily math based) who also had a TBI that caused her difficulties processing math in her head. She was extremely smart, but did require extra time for tests and some additional help after class. I asked her to explain it to me once and she described it as not being able to work with numbers in her head anymore. I couldn’t fathom trying to do advanced stats without that ability! She probably worked 10x harder outside of class than any other student (and her grades certainly reflected it) but to think that she may be handicapped later on in graduate school applications just because of ONE TEST is just a shame.

  • Kelsey says:

    love your blog. so healthy! :)

    • Erica House says:

      Thank you! I try to be healthy, but I’m not perfect so you’ll see I go by an 80/20 approach to healthy living :)