I won’t lie to you, nor cover up the truth on this. I look back at the last ten months and realized not much has happened. When I set out to accomplish this goal of getting fit, I never, I repeat, never thought I would struggle this hard to lose the weight. I look back on my sixth-month post and it occurred to me I wasn’t really taking my goal of committing to be fit seriously enough. It showed in the post, and it showed in the progress picture. So I was determined to get it in check until I hit the wall. I wish there was a good excuse to why it has not turned out as expected. Maybe the moment my body realized I was hitting the big 3-0, that it was no longer going to cooperate with me anymore on losing the weight within a few months. It’s not like I am obese or have a huge amount of weight to lose, but for some reason, it is not happening that well. I know some of you reading this have been through this before where you keep looking in the mirror and nothing seems to be happening. I remember Melissa Hartwig saying “it is not an overnight thing,” but after months of no luck, it makes one feel there is something wrong with them.
I spent most of the summer trying to find a breakthrough in losing the weight. I hit a wall. Since May I have been doing Whole30, running at least 45 minutes every other day, and started to do strength training on three times a week for 45 minutes. Why can I not lose the fat on me? This should be the universal question most women ask daily. The thing about getting older is the fact your body does not bounce back like it used to after putting on a little weight. Also, I guess the college stress does account for some of it. Instead of freshman fifteen, it is more stress twenty or thirty instead.
This summer was stocked full of farmer’s market produce, outdoor pursuits, and working hard on my goals. I even took the thirty-day one-gallon challenge of water which ended up with me having to visit the restroom a lot.
Still, nothing budged. Could it be all the stress about college that has nothing to do with food intake? I did talk to a doctor about it all, and as far as they can tell nothing is inhibiting me from losing the weight since I am healthy internally, but I do need to lose some weight to stave off diabetes. I have prayer fasted with only one pound loss only to gain it after eating something, and limiting certain foods out of my diet has seemed to not have any effect. I guess it is the stress.
I have not given up yet on this goal of mine. I will see how the last three months of year turnout. Who knows maybe something will happen unexpectedly. Also, it is time to put the Happy Planner Fitness Planner to good use now.
This will be the last year of college for this girl and I am excited about what is ahead. It seemed like yesterday when I received my late acceptance to Northwest University two weeks before the start of classes! I thank the Lord everyday for this opportunity, especially since it took so long to finally go back to school.
Senior At Northwest University Fall 2017
Sophmore At Northwest University Fall 2015
I have learned and grown a lot since stepping foot on campus two years ago. In nine months I will be walking across the stage and graduate with my Bachelors of Science in Biology and Chemistry. I am forever grateful to my colleagues at Dendreon and Seattle biotech for support all these years for getting me to this point. So grateful for you all!
As I have said many times, life is a science experiment and there are many adventures worth taking. Being in science is an adventure in its self. The hard paths in life are the ones with the best views. I don’t doubt it! I remember thinking back when I was getting my Associates degree how so much had been found already that there is nothing left to discover. Fast forward years later, there is still a whole lot to discover.
This year my main goal is to graduate from Northwest in May- nine months out. Other goals is to study hard, have time for self-care and have fun along the way. I realized back in Tanzania I needed to step up my game when it came to de-stressing from all the stress during the week. This year is going to be stressful, and I am ready for it.
I love being a scientist and a women in STEM. Science is not an easy subject, but once you master it, you go far! I have done a lot in the short amount of time at Northwest and in biotech. I never imagined when I was in high school this is what I would be doing or helping to find a cure for cancer. I am still in aw at it all.
To all those girls out there loving STEM, keep going!! We need more of you! I hope one day you will graduate with a degree in something you are passionate about. Never give up!
What I wore:
Shirt: Northwest University t-shirt (Eagle Exchange)
Jeans: Curvy Profile blue jeans (Old Navy)
Shoes: Maroon All Stars Converses (DSW)
Glasses: Via Spiga (Costco Optical)
White Lab Coat: Dickies Work Wear (Amazon)
Navy Dress: Sheath dress (Land’s End)
Shoes: Nude pumps Jessica Simpson (DSW)
There is something very peaceful about a conservatory full of plants. A place where all the cares can be left outside the glass structure and take a breather for an hour. An old Victorian Conservatory, a Victorian water tower and seeing Seattle from the black side of the sun. All of this done before noon on a quiet overcast day in Volunteer Park.
Walking among the plants in a Victorian-era greenhouse structure is a step into a peaceful warm environment full of plants from all over. From one area to the other of the building was packed with flowers, trees, cactus, and other exotic plants blooming with color. I went right around the time the conservatory was opening for the day and I believe this is the best time of day to go when it is not crowded with people.
Posing with cactus in the cactus room.
The Water Tower:
Walked all the way up to the top of this old Victorian water tower to great views of Seattle, Bellevue, and Lake Washington. From here through the tree top/branches there are glimpses of the old grand houses of Capital Hill. The very same houses that are well out of reach for anyone in this city unless you have a couple of million dollars extra sitting around. From the old style wrought iron bar windows you can see the landscape of the park below, and with the old pictures of the tower, some of the trees below have been growing since 1909!
Black Sun Of Seattle:
If you stand just right on the top of the stairs with the SAM behind you, you can get the Space Needle framed in the middle of the sculpture. I do not remember why it is called the Black Sun, but it has been part of the park since 1987.
I did not visit the Lake View Cemetery where famous Seattle people are buried (which is next door to the park) because there have been a people destroying grave sites in the Seattle area. So I could not see the final resting places of Bruce Lee. Maybe some other time.
The bluest skies you see are in Seattle! Perry Como had it right, when the sun shines in Seattle it is a beautiful sight to see. After the Terracotta Warriors and lunch, it was time to walk down to the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront. To get to the park I walked 0.7 miles down Broad Street (a hill!) from the Seattle Center to the waterfront.
There was a lot of people hanging in the park soaking up the sunshine and the view of Elliott Bay. With space and art installations scattered around the park, one could easily find a spot for the afternoon or day and relax.
The head sculpture has the best view
Look at this beautiful view below! Pretty skies you see are in Seattle.
Right about the time of this picture, there was a train coming through on the track below. This is a constant reminder of how industrial Seattle still is at the core and the reason why some of the parks here are in existent because of the train tracks creating an open space for the public to enjoy along the water.
Also, there is another park the Olympic Sculpture park merges into and this is the Myrtle Edwards Park along the waterfront north of the cruise ship dock. Here there is plenty green grass to picnic on and a beach to view vast blue of Elliot Bay.
A little blurry in the picture of a ship unloading cargo and cruise ships parked at the mooring dock. Below is the famous PI globe atop the old Seattle PI newspaper building. This globe is not longer spins as it uses to and is slated just like the old Rainer Brewery R as a historical relic in the MOHI.
With the weather being so gorgeous and the temperature was in the lower 70s, this was a perfect day to spend in Seattle. Make the long wet winter a thing of the past. After spending a few hours soaking up the sights, I made a sweaty hike back up the hill to Seattle Center for one last snack at a food truck before going home.
Terracotta Warriors were in town for a limited engagement in two cities in the US. Seattle was lucky to have the traveling exhibition come to Seattle before heading back to China. While Nana was in town for our birthdays we went to see the exhibit at the Pacific Science Center. We happen to go on the same day of the Seattle University graduation at Key Arena and some festival at the Seattle Center park. Just think in another year this will be me walking around in my black cap and gown from Northwest University.
….back to the Terracotta Warriors…..
We got our timed tickets for the first group of the day so there was not a whole lot of people in the exhibit. The whole exhibits were in the making of these terracotta statues, the science behind preserving them, how the site was found, and the history of the Qin (Chin) Dynasty, the first emperor of China. The special thing about this exhibit is the fact you can get up close to the artifacts were at the excavation site in China you cannot.
The surprising thing I learned in this exhibit is the first man-made pigment was founded during this time called Huns Purple which is barium copper silicate. This pigment is stable enough to conduct electricity and is made of this compound it is found in many electronics such as a smartphone. A science nerd moment right there! This compound was found on terracotta warriors and pottery of the time period.
After the tour of the Terracotta Warriors, we headed over to McMenamin’s in lower Queen Anne for some lunch. The place was hopping since families of graduates from the university graduation where there the celebrate. The food was done pub style and the theme of the restaurant was done like an old pub in 60s England.
The rest of the day was spent walking around the Seattle Center area and going to the Olympic Sculpture Park on the waterfront.