Saturday, March 5, 2016

What I'm Reading: March 2016

a sign of an early spring!
Oh my goodness. It's finally March, the light of this very dark tunnel is showing its head, and I'm able to see spring break in my near future. Not to mention other awesome things that are happening this month: St. Patrick's Day, Daylight Savings Time, the advent of springtime, family is visiting, and the rebirth of the sailing season!

This term has been difficult on so many levels. I haven't taken nearly as good of care of myself as I should have, so I've been depressed, antsy, anxious, wondering if this is the right program for me, and overall just "over it". The worst part of all of those feelings is that I only get two weeks to somehow refresh myself before I have to do it all over again for spring term! The upside to spring term is that it'll stay lighter later, strawberries will be in season (!), and I can go outside more to study without freezing my butt off.

For anyone thinking about getting a science-based graduate degree: think verrrry carefully! And then think some more! And know that it's always ok to take a step back, take a breath, and then continue again.

Without further chatter, here are some of my favorite things I've read or seen online lately:

-You need to see/read this infographic if you have a sedentary worklife, or know someone who does. As someone who spends a depressingly large amount of my time sitting due to class and homework and studying, this really worries me.

-My favorite fitness gurus, Kelli and Daniel from Fitnessblender.com, just added a new 4-week butt+thigh-focused workout program! I can't wait to try it.

-Yum - these oatmeal crackers from The Pretty Bee look delicious! I've never made crackers from scratch before.

-My favorite spiralizing genius, Ali Maffucci from Inspiralized, is going vegan for March! Her first recipe, for vegan pulled pork looks amazing.

-From The Kitchn: 5 small electrical appliances every cook should have in their kitchen.

-As a "treat yo-self" to myself for finishing this difficult term, I just purchased this cute outfit from Fabletics. If you like Fabletics and join the site via this link, your first outfit is only $25 (and, full disclosure: I get $10 towards another outfit)!

-In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, look at these awesome {gluten-free and vegan} Leprechaun hats from Cara at Fork and Beans!

-Oh my goodness, Chocolate-Covered Katie has done it again, this time with chocolate. peanut butter. an ice cube tray. Amazing.

-I need this shirt. Or this one.

-Think about not adding protein powder to your smoothie next time. Dietitian Ellie Krieger explains why.

-For more St. Patrick's Day recipe ideas, check these links: PETA, Vegetarian Times, Vegan Corned Beef from VegWeb, Vegan Bars in which to celebrate the holiday (from VegNews), Oh She Glows, and Care2.

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