Mental Health for the Upcoming Year!

Happy, wonderful Tuesday!

There are a lot of changes I am looking to make from last year (my 1st year of graduate school) to this year. This past year was my lowest of lows in terms of my disordered eating, depression, unhappiness, stress, anxiety, anti-socialism, workout-aholic, crossfit obsessed, etc.

I do not want another year like that. And I won’t, because I am stronger than I once was. Thanks to God, my family, my nutritionist, and YOU GUYS, I am not even worried that I will fall back into “old ways”. I have been rescued and am being made anew.

Some goals and things I am going to work on from August to May:

Take life less seriously. RELAX. Nothing that I am doing right now is life or death, so stop treating it like it is.

Grades matter… but not really that much. It is OK if I get a B. I will not be making myself sick/unhealthy over studying. And along with that is taking time out to be with friends, even on the busiest of weeks. Mental health is key…

Maybe don’t renew my Crossfit membership. What?!?! Yes, I know, I love Hoosier Crossfit. It has taught me more than I could ever have hoped to learn. But it is 100$ a month, and I so quickly got sucked into it that it turned unhealthy for me. We shall see what the final decision on that is…

Do more Yoga. Good for the body AND mind. This will be a great way to make sure I take rest days and not push my body too hard (I am awful about taking rest days….)

Meet new people. I have not really connected with many people at grad school and have not been in contact with a SINGLE person since leaving. While I feel like I don’t fit in with many of them, I want to keep an open mind and make some new friends. It is a big school, there are bound to be others like me!!

Join a running club. I love running on my own, but what better way to achieve the above goal than my hooking up with the local running gang?

Go out! Be Social! I need human interaction. Studying all day is not healthy. And when I do take breaks… curling up every night alone on the couch in front of the t.v (while awesome sometimes) should not be my every Friday/Saturday night.

Rock my Richmond Marathon in November 🙂

Sign up for an Ironman 70.3 (registering for races just make me feel so so good!)

Cook myself BALANCED meals. Just because I will be on my own again does not mean I can just either resort back to old eating patterns OR start eating every single food item in sight with no control. EAT LIKE A NORMAL PERSON ANDREA.

Become STRONG and POWERFUL. These are the words my nutritionist used when I told her my concern over eating lots and “gaining weight/fat” and “looking heavy” and worries of my running being negatively affected. She said I am getting stronger and more powerful to push my body longer and harder so I can achieve all the athletic goals I still have!! I loved this answer and literally chant this to myself when I get in a “funk”)

I am very thrilled for this upcoming year… I am anxious and a bit nervous, but I am optimistic and hopeful that I have made the “turn-around” this summer and will be continue the healing process!!

Any goals for the fall/winter/semester/year???

Are you in a running club? Where is the best place to start looking?



  1. pickyrunner · · Reply

    Love these goals girl! I need to do the same so I have a more enjoyable senior year than junior!

    1. Do it! And we will keep eachother updated and accountable for DOING things and putting ourselves out there haha

  2. I wish you the best with your healing process!

    One of my goals would be to join a runner group…I love to run solo as well but I think the motivation of running with other people will help me reach my goals 🙂

    1. yes that is definitely my thought as well! Not to mention it will be much better to do those “oh my gosh I don’t want to run” run’s if you are meeting people 🙂

  3. Great goals!! So glad to hear that you’ve come so far already and cannot wait to hear where you go from here!

    1. Thanks so much girl!! I am sure it is not a smooth ride, but I am glad I am on this path!!

  4. These goals are fantastic and so positive! Very well-rounded :o)

    1. Thanks so much!! I really hope to stick to them and just be OPEN to things this year!

  5. These are all awesome goals! And I know you can achieve them all 🙂
    Woohoo on the Ironman too!!

    1. Yay thanks so much! I want so so badly to do an Ironman! I have an olympic tri in 3 weeks, then I hope to do a 70.3 ironman in the spring… then one day soon… a full!!!
      Thanks for your encouragement! Means the world 🙂

  6. yogachic1212 · · Reply

    Yesss!!! These goals are awesome! I love those words, strong and powerful! Your nutritionist sounds like she knows what she’s talking about! Those words are good thing to keep in mind for everyone!! Now I want to think about my own goals haha!

    1. I love my nutritionist! She is seriously an awesome person and an awesome athlete! I trust her and love this motto we have come up with!! Ya write out some goals and let us know! It is always great to share them… because then you have lots of people to help you meet them and keep your head in the game haha

  7. I just discovered your blog from one of your comments on pickyrunner. This is a great post! I’ve struggled with meeting new people since I moved about a year ago, also and would like to work on that too!

    1. Aww thank you so much for your kind words!
      I bet it is hard to move to a new area… but joining a club of like minded people (aka runners!!!) would be a great way to involve yourself in the community and make new friends!
      I hope you have a great evening!!

  8. Awesome goals, girl! You’re going to rock this next school year!!!

    1. Thankssss 🙂 I am looking forward to getting it started!!

  9. Love your goals, and love your positive attitude! You are doing great!! Keep it up girl!

    1. Thanks so much!!! I am really hopeful and exited for them!!

  10. Your goals are all practicable, good luck on those! Just a little tip, since you are in graduate school, never feed your emotions and your stress. Most of those students in graduate school gain extra weight because of their lifestyle. All the researches and books to study make them sit down for long hours in a day. So, do not forget to move around and exercise. Plus of course! Stick to your diet.

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