Sunday, January 13, 2013
Well, on Friday I had a meeting with my two PhD advisors (yes, I have two - twice the opinions, twice the fun!). We agreed that I am in a place where I should start giving them chapters to review.
My first chapter - the introduction - is now due in 3 weeks. EEEEKKK! I should get on that. Two more chapters (either 3 and 4 or 6 and 7, my choice) are due at the end of March. This is getting real! The verdict will soon be in as to whether or not my research is sufficient to acquire a PhD.
My professors also want me to apply for a post-doc grant. The thought that they see me as a good enough researcher for this is flattering - so flattering that I couldn't bring myself to tell them that there is no way in h*** I plan on staying in academic research, and I would rather chew off my own hands than stay for a post-doc. So instead, I smiled and told them I would apply. Oops.
In other news, I weighed in this morning at 158.7 (i'm in a high-loss week as per my hormone cycle that I've mentioned in the past). That puts me LESS THAN 10 lbs from my goal weight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The terror of maintenance is still lingering, but I feel like I've put enough other goals in place to help me transition.
When I reach 155 lbs, I have given myself permission to go shopping for some new clothes finally. Why am I not waiting until I hit my goal? Because I am hoping to reach 155 in January, while Belgium is in the midst of the government allowed sales (stores may only hold sales in Belgium in January and July - unless they are going out of business). I'll get some more clothes in July (hey, great maintenance goal!)
In both aspects, my PhD and my weight loss, as the end comes closer, I am getting more and more nervous. Gonna try to keep it together and use exercise to work out those nerves!!