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  • v SNOWKC
    Thanks for your comment on my blog! Finals time is brutal--I understand the struggle! By my last year, I did finally figure out some strategies to help with the inherently unhealthy cramming sessions. Hopefully some of these will be helpful!

    - Batch cooking. Make a double-batch of a few healthy (but still tasty) recipes. Pinterest is great for finding healthy batch cooking ideas. I frequently made double batches of chili and lasagna. I'd tweak them to make them healthy, but they still felt like comfort food. Pack up the leftovers in tupperware (or freeze it until you're ready to use it). Then, you have healthy food ready to go!

    - Study snacks. I'm guilty of snacking while studying and working. This was definitely not a great habit, but it's not so bad if you are careful with snacking choices and try to limit it. I'd get Jolly Pop popcorn, clementines, and cut up veggies (in a pinch, I'd just buy a veggie tray).

    - Study drinks. Similar to the snacking habit, but there are good choices here too. Drink a ton of water. On top of that, I drank a lot of coffee. I tried to switch to decaf or tea after 2pm. I also really like flavored sparkling water. Gives me something to do with my hands while studying.

    - Take walks. Set goals and/or a timer. Once you finish a task, or every hour or two, throw on some jams and walk around, even if its just around the library or building. I think this was important physically, but even more important mentally. Breaks are important.

    - Get enough sleep. I know this is easier said than done, but I really think I kept a cooler head and kept the finals-panic to a minimum because I carefully guarded my sleep. I also do much better with healthy eating when I'm not exhausted. I almost always got 7-8 hours, with very rare exceptions.

    Good luck! I know its a stressful time, but you can do it! And there's school-free break just around the corner!
    1820 days ago
    Thank you for commenting on my blog! And thank you for empathizing with me. I'm sorry that you can relate, but it's nice to know I'm not alone.
    I'm really sorry to hear that you had a painful childhood. Feeling like your parents don't like you and like you don't fit in are awful feelings. My parents hated me. Growing up, I also felt like there was nothing I could do to please them, except eat. They both wanted me to eat A LOT.

    The thing is, the problem is with your parents. They are stunted inside, that's why they can't show you love and approval. There is nothing wrong with you-you are wonderful and lovable exactly as you are.

    I learned this lesson slowly over the years. My parents acted angry with me for earning a bachelor's degree. My mom wouldn't even acknowledge my graduation. My dad was disappointed in me for attending the #1 doctor of physical therapy school in the US. Then I dropped out (ha...). He was disappointed that I started working as a nanny. For months, he yelled at me to apply to a teaching credential program. I finally started the application a few weeks ago. I was so excited to tell my dad....and surprise surprise he was really upset that Im applying for school.

    I realized that my dad is just angry and upset with me no matter what I do. I literally cannot please him bc I'm not the perfect child he wanted. Right now, it makes me feel like I don't care what he thinks, I'm just going to do what's best for me.

    It sounds like your parents are just unhappy people. You can't please them bc they are impossible to please, even though you are perfect the way you are.

    Congratulations on losing almost 100 lbs!!!!!!! That's amazing! It takes so much hard work! It's completely understandable that you would try to conform to your family's wishes, I still do that too sometimes.

    Try to do what's right for you, not what your family wants. I'm wishing you all the best!
    2002 days ago
    Welcome to Spark! I love your screen name :)
    I had/have codependency issues too. We can overcome them though! Message me if you ever need anything!
    Also, Sex addicts anonymous is also for people with codependency, you don't have to have sexual issues. It addresses all unhealthy behavior related to relationships, from sex addiction to sex avoidance, codependency to obsession with porn.
    Congratulations on starting law school! That's a huge accomplishment! So is finishing all of the zillion things you need to do to get into law school.
    I'm wishing you all the best! You can do it!
    2004 days ago