Monday, January 11, 2010
So I received the email from the university's program director last night. Reading it was like a rehash of what was online. The gist of it is this: I have to apply to the univeristy first as a grad student, then get into the dietetics program...no duh. Here's the thing....if I don't do this ASAP and start on the prereq's by 2011..I will have to take a bunch of other prereqs because the ones I had already taken will be null & void in 2012 because of a new 10 year limitation on prereqs. If I get in the program before then, I am grandfathered in with what I have already taken back in the early '90s. Uggg. I have to move my intellectual arse here.
So today is this...collect information re: transcipts & where to send them for 1 high school and 2 colleges. Apply to the university. Hopefully I can do this all online within the next 2 days. Wish me luck on that front. If I get into the university, I can take as many prereqs from them ASAP.
Oh, and I asked about the enrollment/demand of the program, as in how many people usually apply and how many get it....basically, online they accept 20 students out of a pool of 40-50 applicants. So I have a 50/50 shot. Nothing like putting all of ones eggs in one basket. I don't care, I'm going for this program. I figured the worst case scenario...I beg and send them to my Sparkpage to really get to know who I am! ROFL!!!
Don't think I didn't flip out last night when I received the email....I did and I got tremendously overwhelmed about time and money. I'm taking this one step at a time and I am going to try my best...the first step is to get accepted into the university. Next step is to scope out classes online and in town, just in case I cannot take them online.
Baby steps...just like how I lost weight...using baby steps....
and to breathe...
and to try my best.
Because: (Breaking out my motto's here)
- It will all work out in the end.
- God has a path, all we have to do is have faith that we chose the right one.
- I believe in myself and my abilities.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
I did it. I just email the university inquiring about the RD program there. I feel sick. I hope I don't come off like a complete dolt in the email...with all my questions about prerequisites. I mentions " 'an online' communtiy sparking my passion for nutirtion and helping people." - that's a direct quote.
OMG - I have to go to work. Trying to breathe.
I'm tearing up....WTF is wrong with me? It's that first step...leap....flight...whatever. like falling in love all over again. Please God, please let this work out. please please please
Trying to breathe.....hoooooo haaaaa hooooo haaaaa
Wednesday, January 06, 2010
I was surfing yesterday...QUIET lurking and PEEKING if you will...& not on my friends pages, just so's you know.
This is what I saw:
- no food tracking at all
- wacky foods tracked for DAAAAYS on end....ie. a donut does not contistute a healthy meal (I kid you not)
- half-day tracking....doing good then - bam - nothing. Dinner DOES count, if you ate it track it, even though you might have killed your good day
Ok - I'm sure I can list mooooore, but that was the gist of it.
Do yourself a favor if you are stuck and not going anywhere on the ticker....track your food...every bite counts when you want to LOSE weight. I know it's tedious and some people might not even have access to a computer or SPARK after every meal - even so, right it down & log it later; trust me, tracking gets better and faster the more you do it. I'm maintaining and I STILL track to stay on the right path.
Ok...that's all...just an observation.
Sunday, January 03, 2010
Hmmmm...do I do it?...or do I not?...THAT is the question
This can be for many many things in our life...for example: eat the crapfood that will most likely make me feel like crap OR choose something more healthy and not feel like crap....stay inside or go have fun in the snow....don't work out and feel like garbage or workout and feel wonderful.
When placed in front of you like that, the choices seems very simple.
And then there are other decisions that are even MORE life changing than the whole healthy lifestyle thing. Some ask: have another baby? or buy a house now or should we wait it out? or what should we do with 'so and so' when they get older? or what will my next career be?
So there is the rub....my decision on what to do...What will my next career be? It looks like my father is finally going to retire from his solo dental practice (that I run) and that will leave me, after 10 years, looking for a new gig. I've been there for 20 years (only 10 of which has been full time) so in essence, I am finally retiring too! LoL It's been a good ride...I've helped a lot of people, my staff is my extended family, but I can tell that I am done as well. I think 2010 is going to be a major year of decisions for me. My youngest will be in a pre-school program in September - the last before he hits Kindergarten. It seems like it's finally a time for mommy to get her groove on again....the question at hand is at WHAT?
I have been kicking around this idea for a while... Registered Dietician. It's really because of Sparkpeople that I've come to this career choice. The other is that I can take my dental knowledge and educate people on that front as well. But the reality of it all is this: I have to go back to school...and the course that I have found and am looking at is ALL online and I have pre-requisites to do in order to even enroll in the course...if they even accept me. I like the on-line aspect of it all. I can probably work part-time on the weekends for extra money and do the coursework too without really killing the family aspect of things, and I know that instead of tv watching, I'll be studying...I was good at that a long time ago, I'll be rusty though. It'll be my new job.
Why am I blogging about this? Well, it helps me sort things out when hubby doesn't want to even talk about it. He can be a killjoy of any idea I throw out there sometimes. God forbid my attention isn't on the family or us. He's done it before and I've mentioned it to him about how it makes me feel - he's apologized for it too, but right now, I have to decide on my course of action before I attack a conversation with him. He's worried about how we would pay for it. The online course at the university offers in-state rates for the online degree course, so I think it's a win-win situation for us on that point. Then there are student loans... something I think I'd look into for sure.
Anyway...with pre-requisites and then a 2 year course, I'm probably looking at 3 full years of schoolling and then being rewarded with a Masters degree in Nutrition and a Registered Dietician as well. There HAS to be some job out there for me with that...right? A perky people person who has all the right stuff to help people help themselves. I'd hire me.
Anyway...that is what is on my mind at the moment.
Geez...you'd think after the holidaze and New Year, I'd blog about what I did and how much fun we had sledding with friends. Yes, the minibreak upstate was fun...very fun, but sometimes other things weigh on our minds more than writing about minibreaks and our resolutions for the new year.
Here's my resolution: figure out what I'm going to do next...no pressure
Look at me - having a mini-mid-life crisis!
I'll figure it out...heck, I did Sparkpeople one step at a time...time to tackle this same situation: one step at a time with my eye on the prize.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Yes...that is what I did. I call it the great Cookie-toss of 2009.
We made some. We got some as gifts. We ate them....well. we binged actually....and now the kryptonite MUST leave the building and go out with the wrapping paper bags and empty booze bottles.
Time to recouperate post-haste!! I will openly admit - this year was like no other with eating...it was like I was possessed....I tried EVERY cookie in site, I ATE bad stuff that I KNOW will get me sick if I keep up with it, I DRANK like a fish on Christmas Eve...and now I must pay the piper for that gluttony. I'm sure it's 5 pounds, but really, will I keep it there....I don't think so. Will it take me a month to get it off? Of Course it will!! A moment past the lips is a lifetime on the hips...so true, so sad, but so true.
This year, however, was different than other years...the last few pounds that got me below 140 (which I am sure I am above now -teeheehee) were good to get rid of in hidesight. I found my true comfort zone of "This is me and this is where I want to stay for a long time" and that, in and of itself, was nice to experience. Go ahead, take my picture...flash away, I don't care. Maybe it was the kids being older too, that made Christmas morning so much more pleasurable...the had excitement for the first time since having them...must be the ages they are at. And although I only opened up a Snuggie and a Yoga mat, I was completely at ease with that...my hubby was uncomfortable at the lack of gifts I had opened, but let's face it, My Surprise Christmas Present to the NYC Show was the most memorable thing I could ever had had...and it came with gas & the blizzard of 2009 to boot! LOL
Anyway....that was my week so far. A week of blatent and unadulterated eating gluttony that must now be put to rest and in the past.
We're heading to our friends upstate for New Year....last year we drove up & were in bed by 10:30,,,maybe we can make it until 12:00 this year! LOL With that comes, you guessed it...more food, more booze...and that is fine. 'Tis the season, you know.
Next year is a new year...the main goal, for me, is to get back to that 136 and stay there...my eating has a lot to do with that, and I have to get back to eating healthy again. The next is to get fit...get back to my ball and treadmill and download some new workout stuff...oh, and to try my new Yoga mat out - I can't forget about my present, now can I?!?!
So, now I give you all this challenge....
GO TOSS YOUR COOKIES!! Got a random plate that is looking at you cross-eyed....CHUCK IT NOW! Got a bunch you forgot about gifting to someone? TOSS THEM!
You won't know how good this feels until you just do it...go ahead, I DOUBLE DOG DARE you to give a dessert a toss RIGHT NOW!!!
It will be the best gift you give yourself this season...trust me....
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