Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Top 10 Reasons to go to Graduate School

10. If you don't, you'll have to get a real job.
9. You enjoy the confused look on people's faces when you tell them about your thesis project.
8. You think it will justify your arrogance.
7. You want to experience what it was like to be a slave.
6. You don't know what you would do without classes, exams, and writing papers.
5. You want to spend your entire 20's in the library.
4. You like your relatives whispering behind your back, "He's almost 30, and he's still in school." Like your slow and had to be held back a grade.
3. You love furnishing your apartment with stuff from Goodwill, eating Ramen noodles, and living in the apartment that was such a "great deal" (falling asleep to gunshots from the ghetto 1/2 blocks away every night).
2. You love living in poverty level. Hey, you're in a great tax bracket.
1. What the hell else are you going to do anyway?


Anonymous said...

Hello Rachel,

um, I hope you wont mind if I ask you for some more advice?

I've been walking up and down for quite a few days, approx 5 miles a day, stopped smoking completely, eating healthy.
I'd like to take it a step up and start toning down my upper body to get in shape for running. Small jogs now give me a bit of shin pain.

I would be eternally grateful if you can give any suggestions? Cardio Vascular/Strength training? What options would you recommend?

With sincere gratitude

Rachel said...

Sounds like you may be developing shin splints, which often occur when people start up too fast and too soon. Try backing it off a bit. 5 miles a day is a lot for just starting. Walking is less impact than running so I'd recommend doing shorter jogging intervals and longer walking intervals, if walking doesn't hurt.

Otherwise, access to other non-impact cardio is ideal. Biking and swimming are examples. The ellipitical at the gym is also excellent. For your upper body, activities like rowing (there are machines at the gym you can use for this) and swimming are great b/c they tone the upper body as well as give you cardio simultaneously.

I would highly recommend beginning a strength training program as well. Focus on the cardio since this will allow for greater weight loss. However, weight training for 30-45 minutes 2-3x a week will build muscle and increase your metabolism, which will help aid weight loss (as well as prevent injury). I will post a topic on strength training today to help you get started.

Congrats on quitting smoking! You're efforts are commendable. You should begin to start to have more energy and feel great soon. Those effects usually come first. Keep it up!