Concerned that your structural integrity will be blown apart during finals week? Brace yourself against the demolition with tips from the new bulletin board outside the four west restroom. Read a new tip each time you make a trip to the restroom this week so that you will be mentally and physically ready to tackle finals week. Good luck to everyone on their final exams, projects, and presentations!
What happens when the temperatures climb 30 degrees over seven days in Wisconsin? Everyone goes outside of course! Residents of four west are among the droves of people taking in the sunshine this week in Platteville and Wednesday evening was no exception. Nick and Gus and honorary residents Brandon and John decided to throw the pigskin around before sundown. I joined the fun for a few minutes and quickly found that I had left my throwing arm at home. Nick and I consoled one another that the reason our throwing skills were lacking, was because we had started working out again recently. Nick has been working on core and I have started lifting again after a four-week hiatus. Thanks to these guys for letting me join the fun on such a beautiful spring evening. Next time I’ll remember to bring my better arm!
On Sunday evening, CPR and the Department of Residence Life hosted the second United We Stand Lecturer of the semester. Nationally recognized nutritionist Alexandra Catalano gave a presentation about the importance of taking care of yourself during college. She shared examples of how she struggled with binge eating during college and how that affected her ability to perform in the classroom and have a balanced lifestyle. Rather than pushing a specific diet or radical new workout routine, Alexandra suggested that eating the correct proportions of the major food groups was the fastest way to get healthier. This includes having meat, vegetables, fruits, and dairy in some form with every meal. Rather than cutting out fat like many “experts” have suggested for years, she recommends eating natural fats like those found in dairy, meat, and nuts so that you are full after eating and therefore will be less inclined to snack throughout the day. Her biggest food pet peeve is soda. Soda is full of complex sugars that your body can’t use for energy, but they taste good and are addicting. Throughout the presentation she shared examples of how her clients have had positive change in their life because they began paying attention to what they were eating. Alexandra shared good advice when she stated that we should discipline ourselves in 80 percent of what we eat, so that we can enjoy the other 20 percent of the things we can’t live without. She asked us to think about what we really like about a food. If you like eating a lot of pizza, what do you like most about it? Is it the sauce? If so maybe you could take and put that sauce on some vegetables and make a meal out of that. Everyone in attendance certainly was challenged to rethink what and how they care for themselves through what they eat.
Thank you four west resident Tony for attending this presentation with me. To learn more about Alexandra and her work, check out her website here.
Photo credit: https://www.alexandracatalano.com/
The semester is well underway here at Platteville, which means that classwork is really piling on. Have you become irritated about little things or does it feel like there is no way out? Take a few minutes to learn about the resources Counseling Services offers including their stress relief room called the Zen Space. While learning about this great relaxation space, take a minute to reflect on the things that are causing you to be stressed. If you feel comfortable sharing, you can write it on the space on this board. Little things can really become a burden if we don’t know how to manage our time and energy. Please realize that you can overcome the challenges you are facing, but you may need to take some time to take a breath and relax. Remember this quote:
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion.” -Simon Sinek
As you make your way through the wing you will notice a bulletin board about ways to enjoy the outdoors this fall. Looking for ways to exercise around southwestern WI? May I suggest renting equipment from the outdoor recreation department. Rental rates are very reasonable with flexible rental durations. I know you like climbing stairs because you live on the fourth floor, so I recommend you climb the 200 plus stairs on the “M.” The view is worth the workout. The university has many acres of green space to get outside to compliment the 14 parks in the city of Platteville. Find a complete list of all the parks and their amenities on the board. Have a bike for getting to class? Find a map of the bike trails in and around Platteville. Taking time to exercise will be important for your health and performance in school. Exercise can take many forms, stop by the bulletin board to find something that fits your lifestyle.