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Goodbye Feb, Hello March

Friday, March 01, 2013

2 months down, a recap on where I am for my 2013 goals.

First - my PhD is coming down to crunch time. In order to make the May graduation, I need to have my dissertation complete and defended by mid April. I have a dissertation defense date of 4 April. That means I have to have it complete and to my committee 2 weeks before that. The defense is an hour long presentation followed by Q&A. Then the committee gives me a thumbs up or says that I need to do some more work. After that meeting, I will have about 10 days to get the corrections done and submit the final copy to the grad school. If I miss the April deadline, I will still finish, but I won't graduate in the may commencement. But, I am staying focused on making the April deadline! I just submitted a chapter draft to my adviser, I have one more chapter to finish up then stitch everything together. It is coming together, I should be able to make it.

Second - Exercise is helping me keep my sanity while writing. I logged 96 running miles and 8 swimming miles, bringing my 2013 total to 196 running and 25 swimming. Included in the running was the Jones 10 miler race in Amherst which was fun. Now that the snow is starting to melt and the weather is getting nicer, I am looking forward to getting more weekend runs with the kids in the jogger again.

Third - This morning I was at 179 lbs. Jan 1: 181, Feb 1: 180. So, I am slowly moving in the right direction. Long term goal is still 170. Not in a hurry, but I am getting there.

March focus - research and writing, continue fitness.

That's it for now, thanks for the support from my fellow sparkers! Best wishes as you review your progress and goals!
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    Interested to know what your dissertation is on?!
    1868 days ago
  • TANYA602
    Congratulations on being so close to being done with your dissertation! You'll make your deadlines with your focus, and what a great way to find balance at this time in your busy life by getting in a variety of fitness minutes.
    1873 days ago
    I'll continue my studies for PhD, too.
    I hope you'll be ready for April's deadline. I know about deadlines, yesterday was the deadline for my Thesis, now I'm waiting for the grade. And if the professor is satisfied, we'll go for a paper. Doing a paper in undergraduate studies will be a big deal...

    Good luck with your goals! You can do it!
    1874 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/2/2013 11:49:55 AM
    You're doing great! I think keeping up with your exercise while you have so much to do is admirable and wise. In a SparkGuy radio interview that I listened to the other day, he was saying how he let the 10-minute streak go by the wayside while he started his company...thinking he didn't have time for a "silly endeavor" like that. In hindsight, he says it was a very bad decision and the exercise would have been just what he needed during that stressful time. Hope you have a good weekend...taxes done, eh?...I need to do that...thanks for reminding me. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1874 days ago
    emoticon emoticon you are certainly going in the right direction!
    Exercise is my favorite way to manage my stress!
    Keep this in mind! emoticon emoticon
    1874 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    Great job, it looks like this year is already turning into a great success for you!
    1875 days ago
    Definitely moving the right direction, congrats!
    1875 days ago
    So cool to hear how exercise is helping your writing. I'm sure March is going to be a strong, productive month for you.
    1875 days ago
    I hope you get emoticon at your review. What are you getting a PhD in?
    1875 days ago
    1875 days ago
    Hang in there - I am sure you will do great....think positive.
    1875 days ago
    Sounds like you've got a great plan for each of your goals, and you've already got lots of momentum towards each of them. I know you'll keep the train rolling towards success!
    1875 days ago
    Good luck on the May graduation PhD. Much like running, you've done your training, and you feel confident and strong. Go get it. You are doing some impressive things, exercising both brain and body. Good job!

    1875 days ago
    You are doing great and keeping your balance in a very stressful time. Congrats!
    1875 days ago
    Great job! That first paragraph scared me, so awesome job on that whole thing lol.
    1875 days ago
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