3 Ways to Avoid the "Session 15"

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019

Going from college life to work life during an internship can be very rewarding, yet, nonetheless difficult. One of the hardest changes for me so far is no longer having the time or energy to cook or work out like I had before.  I’ve had a little over a month to adjust to a new schedule and so far, I’ve gathered a few tips for keeping up a healthy lifestyle in a mostly sedentary job at the capitol.
  1. Eat breakfast at home. Those 8am “breakfast and briefing” talks might sound good at first (I mean, who doesn’t like free food?) but starting your morning at home with a healthy breakfast is worth the extra few bucks. When you eat at home you can determine how much, and what, you’re going to eat. At the capitol, most of the morning breakfast foods aren’t going to fill you up. More times than not, you’ll be stuck eating a lot of muffins, doughnuts, croissants, and bagels. Not much nutrition there. As a result, it’s even more tempting to eat a heavier lunch because you’re still hungry from breakfast – or a lack thereof. 
  2. Take the stairs. Most of my day is spent at a desk sitting down. It’s safe to say that a majority of the offices in the capitol are pretty small, and the most walking an intern will do is to the copier and back. However, its easy to get in a few extra steps by offering to get the mail or running any errands that need to be done. When you do those errands, take the stairs. The capitol has so many back hallways and cool stairways that its actually fun learning my way around. I also try to take the stairs in the parking garage instead of the elevator. Every step counts.
  3. Stay active on the weekends. After a long week at work, I know it’s temping to crash all weekend and just binge-watch Netflix. I’ve done it before and I’ll probably do it again. But the weekends are a great time to get out, get active, and explore Austin. Soak up some much-needed Vitamin D after a week underground (literally underground, if you work in the extension like me).
Staying healthy isn’t hard, but it does take some effort. Making clean choices in your eating habits and activity will be worth it. After a few weeks at the capitol I decided to not let the session fifteen creep up on me any longer. What are some tips you have for staying healthy?

Lindsey Moore
Office of State Representative Four Price
Austin, Texas | spring 2019