Operation Recuperation

June 3, 2011 Oyibo Princess
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Operation Recuperation

As I said before in my first blog, I just completed my final semester at [Blank] University—I don’t want to give away my identity…okay…maybe later.  After completing a senior thesis which was 99 pages which I wrote in less than a month, I am seriously exhausted. I cannot even think anymore.  I don’t know how I’m writing this blog right now. Maybe it’s the bright pink colors or maybe it’s because I love my hair so much…ewww. Too much self love, but I cannot help it.  God did a great job. Eww. Yuck again.

Anyway…because I am so tired, I am starting OPERATION RECUPERATION!  It’s more than simple R&R. I’ve been told that if you sleep too much you can get sick.  OR involves getting optimal sleep, eating balanced meals, exercising 30-minutes per day, and having fun.  Those tasks may sound simple to some of you and maybe difficult to others. I would say that both parties are correct.  There are challenges in these tasks, but I can fix them.

Reasons why these tasks will be difficult:

  • First of all, I’m about a month out of practice for all three.
  • Secondly, well I need to outline why they would individually be difficult.
    • Getting optimal sleep: My sleep schedule is out of wack. In order to complete this senior thesis I had to pull several all nighters…well maybe I did not have to, but I did. Because I went to sleep at 2am, 4am, 6am, 9pm, and didn’t go to sleep at all, I do not currently have a good sleep schedule.
    • Eating balanced meals:
      • As many people know, healthy food is expensive.
      • It’s just really difficult to get the required number of fruits and vegetables.
      • Because of the stress of the thesis, I am out of the habit of eating well. I ate a lot of McDonald’s.
  • Exercising: I do not have gym membership like my parents now that I am not in school.
  • Having fun: It’s difficult to have fun when everyone is working and I am sort of addicted to the computer, which hampers me from getting any work done or doing other things in general.

Solutions

  • Getting optimal sleep:
    • Have a strict Internet/Electronics curfew. By 9am, no internet, no computer, no phone, no texting. This way I can wind down by 12am at the latest. I’ve been told that based on circadian rhythms, the best sleep you can get is between 10pm and 2am, so I need to get to bed by 12am at the latest and preferably by 10pm to get optimal sleep
  • Eating balanced meals:
    • Spinach smoothies (recipe will follow).
    • Plan meals a week in advance
  • Exercising:
  • Having fun. There’s really no solution, I’m just boring. Haha. I will just have to pray about it.

Berry Spinach Smoothie

  • makes 1 serving
  • 2 cups spinach leaves
  • 3/4 cup water or milk (unsweetened almond milk, rice, soy, low fat cow’s milk, etc)
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries (I used frozen raspberries but any type will work)
  • 1 banana
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