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Bullet Points

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I've decided to come up for air before I plunge back into my pulmonary physiology lectures for the day. I just noticed that my last blog was in October! Ack!

So here are my bullet points for the last four months. Actually, since I can't make bullet points they are preceded by turtles. So I guess they're turtle points:

emoticon I finished my first semester of graduate school with an A, two A-, and a B.

emoticon I am way behind on studying for the MCAT. My class got the shaft on the Princeton Review prep because they changed systems and we had sporadic access for the first eight weeks of the semester.

emoticon We hosted Thanksgiving here, with me, my mother, the fiance's parents, and our housemate's parents and brothers. It was awesome.

emoticon Christmas was rough because I was being pulled in a whole bunch of different directions, which included participating in my in-laws Christmas Day Movie tradition so they would stop with the "Kristina doesn't like us" nonsense. It was a horrible experience that ended up taking away my time with my mother on Christmas and not being worth it at all.

emoticon Daniel and I had a come-to-Jesus meeting about my health and my weight around the first week of January. It took a lot of guts for him to finally call me on my excuses and lack of commitment to both my diet and my fitness goals, and to admit that he was scared that I would never do anything about it except continue making excuses for not eating right, not going to the gym, not going to dance, etc. Far from hurting my feelings, it was a relief to FINALLY know what had been bothering him for months and creating palpable tension between us, and it was something I knew but hadn't admitted to myself.

emoticon As a result of the above turtle-point, I recommitted to my goals. I floundered a little bit for a couple of weeks but then decided to focus on building consistency one goal at a time.

emoticon I have been journaling my food and exercise consistently since January 19. I've also been logging it into Sparkpeople, but without the obsessiveness over calories. Paper journaling is definitely the way to go.

emoticon I have been to all my ballet classes since January except for one night that I missed because of a scheduled workshop and another night that my hip was uncooperative. I started going to jazz classes at the same time, and we're doing a Fosse combination which is MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE THING EVER EVER EVER!!!!!!!!! I started tap again two weeks later after I finally purchased new tap shoes. Mine were 13 years old about as flexible as play-doh. Not good for ankles.

emoticon I have done bodyweight strength training 3 x a week for three weeks.

emoticon My current goal for the week is to swim Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

emoticon I am on Day 15 of a Whole30. I haven't finished the last two that I started because on Day 11 or 12 I would make an excuse as to why I didn't have the time, money, or need to stick to it. I have no excuses this time. I'm finishing this one!

emoticon I survived the first round of exams for my second semester. I didn't do as well because I didn't stick to my other consistency goal, which was to review daily and build my study guides week to week instead of cramming. I still aced histology, though!

emoticon Our class representative is a former bikini competitor and certified personal trainer. She offered to organize talks and a social network for anyone interested in regaining control over their health in our very high-stress Master's program, and I opted in to her intro meeting. Only three of us met with her out of a class of 250, but she took it in stride and basically offered to coach and train us, completely gratis, and built a Facebook group including her bodybuilding connections, former and current competitors, trainers, nutritionists, and medical professionals as a forum for questions, motivation, and advice. I took that as a sign and have joined up.

emoticon I got an amazon gift card for trading in a textbook and bought Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans, Well Fed, and Well Fed 2 for myself. I am SO EXCITED to have new cookbooks!

emoticon I went to a study strategies workshop that pinpointed individual approaches to tasks. We did questionnaires and were generated profiles that indicated how Precise, Sequential, Technical, or Confluent we were, and then received advice on how to tap into that pattern to our benefit. I was so relieved to finally hear that it's 100% okay to not be an outline or flashcard kind of person, even though those are the only study methods my generation was taught going through primary and secondary school.

emoticon I have three 80-minute pulmonary physiology lectures to plow through today, so cheers, best of luck in all your endeavors, and I look forward to taking a break soon to catch up on all of you!

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