Taking Care of Business

Loan Forgiveness

So I finally got around to looking into what to do with my student loans. My problem is that I have accrued debt (not a crazy amount compared to others, but enough to hurt) over the years through student loans for semesters where I haven’t finished/dropped out do to mental health issues. I was looking into how to possible get this fixed and I found the TPD student loan forgiveness.

http://www.disabilitydischarge.com/home/

My only problem with claiming this is the wording in which they state the qualifications. I have been having these issues for over 60 months, but I am still functional most of the time. I have always been able to hold a job and get by in life. I can put on a good face for the world, but when I am alone sometimes I fall apart. Which is why I work so much now, I am better busy and working all the time, than sitting at home brooding (not to mention I need the mulahhh). So I don’t know if I qualify but hey, it doesn’t hurt to try and look into these things. Also when you do this you cannot get any more student loans. You can only receive aid/financial support, but once you claim this disability you have to find other ways to pay.

Back to School

I am also on the phone with my University as I am typing this out. I am seeing what I need to do to get back into the game, and take classes again (part time of course). I am going to take it slow from now on, and just gauge how I react. It would be the first time I would be fully taking my meds, only taking one to two classes, and just being extremely careful as to not fall back into what has happened before.

Food Prep

Finally I am starting to attempt to eat healthy again and I literally spent all my extra money this week on buying healthy food. Which hurts, but hey its all for a good purpose. I really really need to start this third job though, since the Juice Bar has significantly cut my hours. I am barely getting by at the moment. But hey it will be ok 🙂 (I think!!!)

Got my brown rice, and sweet potatoes all done (picture below)!

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On a side note…

Time to get ready to work out!

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October Progress and Goal Setting!

So I would like to start this post off by saying…I fell asleep at 8pm, woke up at 10:30pm… … … and thought I had gotten a full nights sleep. UGH!! I hate my body/internal clock!! This is why I am on this posting craze :-p

So today I woke up early (I still have not stopped my alarm from going off at 5am……..) and decided to go to the gym! I was a little unhappy because I tried to do a RPM class (les mills spinning) and spent like 5 minutes on the bike before I realized that it was not going to work. It was hitting the irritated area of my sciatic nerve right on, so yeah I jumped off that bike real quick and ran out! I at least got to tell Mel (instructor) that I was probably going to do that and not to get offended. I would have felt so bad otherwise.

– p.s. if you are ever at the Vent Fitness in Clifton Park, there is a duo named Pam and Mel who are so much fun to take classes with together, and separately. They are really sweet and kind in person as well!

Back to what I was talking about! So I ended up warming up on the elliptical, stretching, then doing the stair climber (machines were making funny noises so I had to jump off and find something else again!- yeah I was frustrated), then I ran a mile. I promptly showered and went to work.

I also met with the trainer I am going to be working with starting in November. His name is David Byrd, and I just love his energy (he talks about energy a lot too). He highlighted my main issue…which is as I have said many times… —> FOOD bah!

I am going to go shopping tomorrow and try doing what he suggested. Prepping for a whole week on the day when I have time. It is very difficult for me to ensure I eat healthy because I am so busy, but I am going to just have to make some life changes and preparations to make sure I do. My #1 goal right now is to lose weight, then we can start working on my body.

Baby steps ❤

Just figured I needed to get serious about my health again, specially if I want to keep doing this blog :-p

haha… makes sense ya?

omg good night

going to bed

not posting another thing

Meal Prepping For my Double Shift!

Ok…So I TRIED really REALLY hard to be healthy and prep my food for the whole day a couple of days ago.

I made my protein smoothie mix, and tried to use romaine lettuce instead of bread. Let’s just say it was a complete fail…no…I cannot do it…Or at least right now I can’t eat lettuce leaves and pretend I am enjoying the meal and satisfied. I ended up caving in and destroying sweet potato fries and a grilled chicken wrap instead because I was still starving. Meal replacement shakes are a much better/easier option for me to get the nutrients I need and feel satisfied. So I am planning on having a big meal from now on once a day (preferable breakfast), and using my meal replacement/protein shakes for rest of the day. We shall see how that works out.

Howeverrr!! For those of you who think this is a great idea I will describe what I did here:

Egg and Romaine lettuce: just cooked the egg in a round pancake shape, then added avocado, tomato, cayenne pepper, and pepper.

Turkey and Romaine lettuce: horseradish honey mustard as the dressing, turkey, caramelized onions, and tomatoes.

I think the best way would be to eat them with the pieces of lettuce on either side like a sandwich. I tried to “wrap” it and the lettuce just kept falling apart.

Caramelized onions:

Sliced Tomatoes:

  • (pretty interesting way to cut a tomato!)

I will not be trying this again, but if you like it feel free! 🙂 haha

Meal Prepping

I just started making this the other day!

My roommate says she loves it (or she is just lying to make me feel better :p)

Cinnamon and honey to taste

Chopped apple

Raisins

Steel cut oats

Just cook the oats as instructed, adding the cinnamon, honey, apples and raisins during the process (not sure if it matters when you add them, I am no master chef! I personally added them in the beginning.)

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