In this final post, I make the claim that experiences, too, are an important part of a fulfilling semester in Yale-NUS College. Again, I evidence this with a series of photos. Since everyone is doing week 7 posts, I feel obligated to do the same. While Week 7 was only a small part of a much larger sum of great experiences, it has, nevertheless, been a memorable one. Here, I select a few of my favourites. They may not be the most conventional picks, but they are my favourites from a very large set of photos from Week 7. .
This morning my intention was to do the bicep and shoulders workout for week 7, but my body had other plans. Arms were tired from yesterday. If I had done it anyway, it would not have maximize what my arms can actually do. Instead did this HIIT workout to a Bossa Nova playlist I love. This song is one of my favorite ones. Legs are also sore from bike ride yesterday, so I had to do the modifications on exercises that involved jumping...knees not having it!
Another interesting experience from working out every day is realizing that as long as you listen to your body and leave the ego out the door, workouts can be modified to match what your body can do. It's not all or nothing. It never is, we just get fixated on a way. There is a balance and what that is can change from day to day depending on what you have done or not done before your workout. Live in the grey areas with love and compassion for your body.
Here’s a #tbt from 8 years ago in my senior year of high school. One of the top questions people get asked when they say they are trying to lose weight is “What is your goal weight?” Or “How much weight are you trying to lose?” I always say I don’t know because I don’t. This picture is me (on the right) at about 140lb and that shirt was so baggy and I felt fat. Looking at it now it makes me nauseous. I remember when I used to be in the 130 range and I was so upset when I hit 140 and my doctors were celebrating because they said I was underweight and they were happy to see I was gaining. I don’t ever want to look that small again. To me that looks too thin. I also never really had muscle tone which is a goal for me now. So when people ask what my goal weight is, I can’t answer because I don’t know what a strong weight for me would be. Nowadays,I look forward to finding out... __________________________
// WHAT??? // so we went for our 7-8ish week scan and they found a pregnancy sac.. with no baby in it? The sac is measuring about a week smaller than it should be. So we got sent for bloods and for another scan later in the day. Scan showed the same result, no baby, only a sac for it. So we came home and had a big cry and told the world it was being unfair! The bloods showed my HCG has risen since my last blood test 10 days ago (from 11,000 to 38,000) so that's a good sign. Will get proper results from the second scan tomorrow and will have more blood tests and scans done in the next 7 days. Maybe baby is playing hide and seek??? #babybc#endometriosis#translocation#babymakingwithscience#stickybabyvibes#oneandonlyembie#icsi#firsttrimester#week7#baby#nobaby#firstscan
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Back to average weight range and feeling my body tighten up! Mental game still on the improve but far from perfect... All in all slow but steady and rewarding results!! 👍🏽👊🏾 #weightlossjourney#week7#finalweek#phase1#journey2jenna
Week 7 of my second round of Liift4 (still in love and awe with her strength and persistence... #goals ) 😱Per advise of Joel (workout instructor) I did my first set of chest presses with the weights from week 5. (20lb) and by the second set had to change back to my week 6 weight (22.5lb) because they were not challenging enough! That feels amazing. Progress feels so good. At the end of the day that's all that matters when it comes to our health and wellbeing...progress in a healthier and stronger direction in spite of the setbacks and struggles. Choose you.
During Week 7, I travelled with some fellow SOS students to the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle WA. This annual festival showcases innovation and excellence in chocolate production, both locally, and internationally. This year there was a strong showing of Caribbean Chocolatiers, who had a great display of flavorful, aromatic and down-to-business chocolate bars that emphasized the rich taste of cacao. In particular, I really enjoyed the samples of Grenadian chocolate, along with those from cacao producers from the Dominican Republic. Those two islands both emphasized chocolate produced ethically and sold by the people of those islands, rather than large colonial corporations who are exploiting the land for their own profits. #between_food_and_faith#week7
Very sad I need to miss out on weigh in this week 😭 caught the most dreadful cold and have been tucked up in bed feeling sorry for myself for most of the week. 😷Trying my best to just have natural remedies as I know cough syrups are ridiculously high in syns, but don’t worry, I know that my health always comes first so I’m taking meds when I need them and drinking plenty of water 🙌🏻 hopefully be back to my cheerful self by next week! Craving really high syn foods in my sorry state which isn’t great 😭 but trying my hardest to stay on plan. Hopefully once I start to feel a little better i can get properly back on plan. Really want these last 2.5lbs to go to get my stone award 🤞🏼 #slimmingworld#holidayweek#fluseason#week7
Mirrors... A client said to me the other day ‘becoming a mother is like holding up a mirror to myself...’ and it got me thinking about what we see differently when we become mothers. Or what we become more aware of in ourselves.
There can be less places to ‘hide’ - we can see ourselves much more starkly than we had to before becoming mothers. And sometimes that adjustment can be really painful.
We maybe come to realise that we’re not the person we wanted to be. And hopefully we come to realise how much more we are than that... Or maybe we can realise that we’re more like our own mothers than we like to admit. And that can bring us into a different relationship with them (and ourselves), whether they are still around or not.
Mirrors aren’t always flattering or show us what we want to see, but they can be very useful. If we can look in the mirror with curiosity and kindness, there is the possibility of acceptance and change...