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Hey all, I just wanted to drop a little line from the other side and give you a little insight from my recent experience. I graduated in December and took the February Ohio bar exam.
I went into the study period with the best of intentions and a plan. However, after 2+ months of full-time studying (i.e., sedentary lifestyle, sitting at a desk or table more than 10 hours a day), and a whole lot of stress eating, I made it to the heaviest I have ever been in my life. Granted, I had been sliding down that slope for a few months, but the bar exam study period was the cliff and I fell right over.
The point of all that is that the bar study process is completely consuming and it is important to have a regiment going into it. Start the exercising and dieting plan now, it will be a lot easier to stick to it during studying. Most importantly, when you start studying, it's not also a good time to start diet and exercise.
Also, in spite of all of the studying, you still walk out of the exam feeling like you failed. Ignore it, and move on. I'm still waiting for results, and it's miserable... but at least I have my dieting and exercising to keep my mind off of the wait.
If anyone wants any other thoughts or experience (I won't deign to offer advice), feel free to send me a message or post, I'd be happy to expound on anything.
Just breathe, relax, and focus. The bar is more important for two months than anything else, but you can do both, even though I did it wrong!
Best of luck
It's a long way to Heaven, and one Hell of a ride!