What’s in my bad BHAG, day 1

In Lululemon speak, BHAG = Big Hairy Audacious Goal.

In the above post, the lovely Lulu blogger posed 7 questions to the reader. In an attempt to straighten my poor stressed head out, I will be tackling each question one by one.

Today’s question: What are the eight things you value most in life?

To be completely candid, values are not something that I think about on a consistent basis. Obviously, they underlie my every single action and every decision I make but I never sit down and say to myself, “what do I truly believe is necessary for a fulfilling life.”

I guess there’s a first time for everything.

1. Independence

2. Love & fulfilling relationships

3. Health & fitness

4. True contentment

5. Knowledge & book smarts

6. New experiences

7. Job satisfaction

8. The ability to express myself and be true to myself.

It’s quite telling that job satisfaction doesn’t make an appearance until #7. I’m not saying that I don’t want a fulfilling job, but by going into my profession, I think it would be hard to go about it in a way that doesn’t help others and make me feel that I’m not making a difference. But I have always promised myself that I would never sacrifice other parts of my life in order to build up a prestigious career and I always promised myself that I would not compromise my true beliefs for a job.

Decision making, FTW.


Lululemon bribe: Day 1 and 2 recap

So I fully intended on posting this update last night but, in my exhausted state after a day of research and studying, I gave up pretty quickly when my computer started malfunctioning.

Alas, I have returned. And it’s my Friday!

Day 1 workout

40 minutes of vinyasa yoga (I used two twenty minute podcasts from Yoga Download, which rocks)

Day 1 menu

Breakfast: Orgain shake

Lunch: baby carrots, wine country chicken salad (basically the best ever…with cranberries and walnuts and grapes), and pita chips

Dinner: egg & veggie burrito, home fries, dried mango


Day 2 workout

30 minutes on the elliptical

Day 2 menu

Breakfast: Vegan morning glory muffin

Lunch: Black bean soup, granny smith apple

Snack: Pita chips with avocado/hummus, dried mango, chocolate

Dinner: brown rice bowl with veggies and tofu, chocolate, dried mango













Lululemon bribe

2 weeks ago, I started my last 4 years of education before I am officially a Ms. Doctor. And apparently I also decided that cookies for dinner with a side of popcorn and chocolate for studying was balanced eating 2 weeks ago.

As much as I love the sweets while indulging in some girl-talk with my newly minted gal pals, I’ve started to feel sluggish and not so healthy in general.

Clogged, if you will.

I think my schedule is finally regulating itself and the days of going out on Mondays are beginning to dwindle. So, as my body screams for some TLC, I think I am entering a good and (hopefully) calmer time period to really focus on getting back my health.

Naturally, I need to bribe myself to do this. Namely, bribe myself with a new piece of Lululemon attire. Mostly because I really want to go shopping there and need to find a way to justify it on my poor student’s budget…and also because I know those late study nights with other people will often be accompanied by temptation.

What will these 2 weeks mean?

Well, I’m not doing a cleanse, per se. Just focusing on eating fruits and veggies at every meal, eating a normal breakfast, not OD-ing on coffee, exercising regularly, and not deciding that a dessert dinner should be a regular occurrence.

Happy Fake Monday! I’ll be back this evening with a Day 1 update