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A Beautiful Spur of the Moment Hike

Yesterday morning started off with an egg puff (1 egg and 1/4 cup egg whites), 1/2 Costco energy bar + a small piece of gingerbread.

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When I got to the hospital I realized I forgot my badge so I had to drive all the way home to get it! I got back to the hospital about 45 minutes later and decided to have some vegetables (zucchini and broccoli). This held me over so that I was barely hungry for lunch. I forgot to snap a picture of it, but it was my favorite, a southwest salad with chicken, avocado, green onions, cilantro, and diced tomatoes.

When I got home I was trying to figure out how to make the rest of this weeks workout schedule make the most sense. I was trying to avoid wasting another 45 minutes driving to and from the gym (since I had already taken an extra drive to get my badge this morning) when my roommate, Shiou, suggested we go hiking! It was the perfect thing, exactly what I needed, I was SO excited!

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We did the Mike Shculer Trail on the Bump and Grind hike, this was a BEAUTIFUL hike, it was a little humid but overall the weather was better than we could have asked for. Even though it was 91 degrees, it was partly cloudy with a nice breeze rolling through. I even took off my head phones and just enjoyed the quietness found by being on the trail. The trail was pretty steep in some places so it was a really good workout, but yet really stress relieving and enjoyable.

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Lately I’ve been thinking about life balance a lot. Although working out is stress relieving, sometimes getting to the workout can become a stressor, and how much benefit am I really getting from it then? I learned this summer that drive time the gym is an important factor when you are working 40 hours a week. The gym seriously needs to be convenient and close. Not because I won’t go if it’s too far, but because it will stress me out to lose that much of my evenings.

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My planned solution is to switch to working out in the mornings while I’m studying for the RD exam this next month. I hope to be able to carry over this habit into my work life so that my evenings can be relaxing. This hike also reminded me of the beauty of being outside and seeing nature. I need to make more time for that during my physical activity. Overall, stress is supposed to be reduced by working out, and for me this was the perfect way to do that.

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We finished right about dusk, perfect timing!

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