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Monday, September 26, 2016

My Workout Gear Wishlist

Since starting the consistently going to the gym/working out over 4 months ago, I have grown to love it. I used to be a gym hater/idiot/quitter, never having any idea what to do, hating every second of cardio, and consistently ending my goal to 'get fit'.

Now with my new found happiness and my regular gym date during the week, I am on the hunt for some new workout gear. One of the perks of having a new routine is making sure that you have enough gear to cover you for the full week because doing laundry every other day is not fun. So here it is my Workout Gear Wishlist, also if you have any recommendations on your favorite gear please let me know!



 Foam Roller // Gym Team Bag // Training Tights // Resistance Bands

Workout Clothes

2. A go-to gym jacket.  Most of the time after leaving the gym, I have no desire to put something extra warm on. A light-weight and stylish jacket would be an amazing and I personally love the colors on the one above!

5. A new pair of gym sneakers and I am loving the above options. I managed to grab a pair at a Nike outlet a few months ago, but would love to add another pair to my options. 

6. You can never have enough gym tights to pick from! I need to add 2 or 3 more pairs that way I have enough for the whole week. One thing that I am always on the hunt for is tights that I could also use on my casual weekend days. 

7. A proper sports bra so I no longer have to double up on sports bras. I currently have a few not so great sports bras that I use, the only problem is that I have to wear 2 for each gym session. Having a proper sports bra would fix my problem and make sure that I can do weight training, HIIT and everything else all while my girls are taken care of! 

8. Possibly one of the biggest holes in my gym clothes wardrobe is shirts. I have 2, yes ONLY TWO, real workout shirts. I have some over t-shirts that I use for my other gym sessions, but having a few more shirts must happen soon! 

Workout Gear / Extra Items

1. My own personal foam roller to keep at home! Since starting focusing on weights at the gym sometimes my muscles are just dead at the end and killing me for days after the workout. That was until I started foam rolling, a painful and amazing thing to add to my routine! 

3. A new gym bag that will work for my early morning gym sessions meaning that I need to pack my 'get ready essentials' , shower essentials, and a change of clothes. I have been using a combination of a backpack and a tote bag to carry my uni and gym essentials. Something that I could constantly have ready for the gym would be perfect!

4. One of the newest wishlist items that I have added is resistance bands. Most of my workout inspirations have been coming from watching YouTube fitness people and most of them utilize resistance bands during their warm-ups , workouts, and stretches. 


So there it is my Workout Gear Wishlist like I mentioned before if you have any recommendations on gear that you love just let me know! 



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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Coffee Talk #1

Happy Tuesday Morning Everyone! I hope that your week started off as planned and that the rest of your week will be amazing!



As another way of getting this blog back on track, I am going to share my monthly plans here with everyone! Considering we are already over half-way through the month, I am a bit late, but I am just getting back into blogging. Still, to start things off right I wanted to share the stuff that I hoping to work on this month (or more like 2ish weeks of September).



University Related

I recently went and presented my research at a conference and taking feedback from that I am now trying to complete a few things that will allow my project to progress! 
  • Plan out the interviews with individuals for a portion of my research. While this shouldn't be  difficult, my schedule is flexible around when is best for each individual, planning with others seems to be impossible. I am hoping to schedule 5 interviews, which should be completed by the end of the year. 
  • Get feedback about my NEW dissertation outline. With the whole change in my project focus, I have had to shift my dissertation outline/goals. I am hoping to get some feedback about how everything lines up before getting too deep into the writing process.
  • Make a timeline for my computer based research. A huge chunk of my research now involves going through online applications. While I can do this anywhere, it is a bit of a pain and way more time consuming than I originally thought. 

Personal Related 

Like the post before this, I was unhappy with myself, but I have found some ways to try and fix that. All of these personal related things are goals that not only help with my happiness by are personal challenges that I wanted to try for the month.
  • Track my eating for the rest of the month. I want to do this in order to understand/realize what all eat during the day, plus I want to try and optimize my whole 'get fit' goals.
  • Watch my spending/wasteful shopping habits. While I love to shop and buy new things, I am trying to cut back until the end of October.
  • Get on a SCHEDULE. It's a new university term and while I am technically full-time, all year long, I want to make sure to get on track and try to manage my time much better than I have been doing. 

Well, there they are my goals for September! I can only hope that at the start of October I will be able to update everyone on how I did. 

If anyone has any tips on how they stay on track with goals, please do share!?!


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Monday, September 19, 2016

Being Happy & Being Me

It's funny how well plans of mine seem to play out. I thought I was ready to get back into everything, jump in head first and kick ass.

Turns out I was wrong. The long silence (multiple ones at that) from the blog could be blamed on many things, but the one thing that I think it really came down to was being unhappy with myself.



My Ph.D. was not going great, my dreams of working in the lab and visiting sites were slipping into a research plan that never had a chance. Looking at myself in pictures and all I saw was a person I was unhappy with. My weight, my body shape, just me, in general, turned into something that I was unhappy about.

Well while I thought I was ready to step back into the blog world, the 'your life is together' world, I was mistaken.

It has been 4 months now of me working on myself, my Ph.D., my happiness and I would like to think that I have finally got my life back on a path that I am happy with.

I have been going to the gym, working out, eating better(ish) and trying to maintain a more active lifestyle. This led to me just being happier in my own skin.

I have finally reorganized my Ph.D. project into something that 'will contribute to the overall knowledge of my field'. I even managed to share my new research twice at conferences, both with overwhelming support from experts in my field.

While I am still not where I want to be, I am getting there. I am happy with the progress that I have made over the last few months and I can't wait to see how things continue to progress over time.

With this whole post, what I really want to say is that I am back. I am planning on sharing my life as a misguided Ph.D. student, my life as a person trying to be happy in their own skin and someone who plans on getting their act back together.

Hello and welcome back to ChemGradBoom.


 A blog full of nonsense ranging from the life of a student who doesn't know when to stop, a person who moved to Scotland on a whim (and dreams of being a conservation scientist) and a person who is know taking life one coffee at a time (or on most day 3 or 4).

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