Tuesday, May 10, 2011
5/10/11- Whew! My 2nd semester of grad school was a doozy, but I got thru it. I'm now beginning my 3rd semester which will run thru the beginning of August. During our second semester in the Community Counseling Program we began seeing "real" clients. (Of course we have a lot of supervision.) I'm really enjoying my new career choice. For the first time I feel like I'm doing the work G-d made me to do. What an awesome feeling!
I'm still looking for a part-time job as well as an internship site to work at starting in September. My finances are still worse than "tight." However, I'm feeling so much better about where I'm at in life that I'm also feeling more positive about my ability to take care of my needs.
I'm in the process of eliminating a huge stressor from my home situation, and just doing that has raised my spirits. I've also gotten better acquainted with the other students in my program, which helps me feel less alone and more like I belong to the group.
So, I'm at a place where I'm refocusing on weight loss. I had gained 5 lbs back and have already lost one of those. The goal I've set is to lose 26 lbs by the time Fall Semester 2011 starts in late September. That gives me about 4 1/2 months yet. Sounds very doable even though I'm a slow loser. I will really have to focus on eating the right foods in the right amount and boosting my exercise in order to do it.
This Summer Semester is pretty much a continuation of last Semester, which I've gotten pretty well adjusted to now. Our first class is Research and Statistics, though, which I HATE and have avoided taking before, but I have a couple of classmates who have offered to help me if I need it. So, I just have to get through the 5 weeks by keeping up with reading and doing my best on each week's assignment, and then it'll be over with!
I've also gotten a new doctor who I think will be very helpful with my health issues. She is my former doctor's wife! (It's a small world after all!) She is more directive than he is, which I could probably use. Besides the physical issues, I'm in the process of getting a mental health provider to review my medications and for some therapy.
I know that I will have some difficult terrain and bumps in the road still. I just want to keep working at getting my life closer in alignment with my true self and healthier in all aspects. I wish the same for everyone else here on Sparkpeople. This is an awesome site!