Mar 22, 2011

3 “No’s” And 1 “Yes” Is Still A “Yes”

Doctor’s appointment on Friday went much better than expected. I have lost a tiny bit more weight, but I chalk that up to long hours at school and increasing the intensity of my workouts before I was able to buy enough food to (1) fuel my workouts, in addition to (2) be eating enough to not just fuel the workout and properly refuel, but all gain weight in a healthful manner. My primary physician said that she will indeed write me a letter and I feel so glad and fortunate for that. She too has to deal with IBS and so knows the chance you take just leaving the house with this condition. So, it’s looking like my summer study abroad trip to Tanzania is back on, baby! Once I have her letter in my hands, I will be able to get a sign-off from my therapist as well as the university physicians who approve all applicants before their departure.

There have been good days and bad days, but mostly good I would have to say if it came right down to it. Not much sleep has occurred in the past week, and what a week it was. Between working out, worrying about my doctor’s appointment, working, studying, and doing the rest of my assignments, I feel like this week didn’t even happen at it; it was just a day.

Currently, I am working on getting out of the rest of my lease so that I can possibly move back home for the remainder of the semester and continue through the summer until my lease at the new apartment starts at the end of August. This has been something I’ve been considering for months, and had been taking baby steps toward (asking around for people who possibly wanted to sublease and whatnot), but now I’ve been taking real action to get out and so I plan on speaking with one of the managers on Monday about moving ASAP rather than waiting until the summer or until after someone has actually taken over my lease when I might have to deal with finals and summer classes beginning at the same time as moving. Plus, if I say that I am willing to move out immediately, that makes me a more desirable candidate for people who want to move in for only a few months. They don’t want to have to deal with moving during the short finals/summer course transition period either.

I will be insanely busy for the next month. That I know of for sure, I have THREE ten(ish)-page research papers to write that I’m just beginning or thinking of beginning, in addition to my regular load of studying for exams and regular class assignments. I also have a 5K (not competitive, I’m just doing it for charity and for the Food and Nutrition Association club I’m a member of) next weekend. Since I have yet to run outside since the CCRR at the end of September, I’d just be happy to finish this race, but I’m still aiming for under 30-minutes just because I think it’s a good idea to go in with a goal in mind.

As far as St. Patrick’s Day goes, yes, I did allow myself to have a little bit of shenanigan fun. Though, I think I pulled something when I was whippin’ my hair back and forth. My neck and shoulders are insanely tight and sore still and I’ve just kind of been dealing with it since I don’t know what else to do. I’m hoping that it goes away on its own soon!

I’ll let you all know how the leasing thing goes, because I truly feel like I need to move back home in order for me to really get healthy enough for the Tanzania trip this summer. Other than that, I’m busier than ever and hope to post again in a week or two. In the meantime, I’m on Twitter and posting much more on there then I am on here, so, follow me if you want!

Sending my love to the blogoverse, wish me luck on my 5K this weekend. It’s gonna be a cold one.


  1. Ahhhh, I'm so happy to hear that you're going to be able to go on your trip! That's fantastic!! I'm also glad to hear you've been having a good time lately. ;)

    I hope everything works out with you moving back home. I know that right now, being back home for spring break, is helping out so much and it's giving me some much needed time away from everything to figure out the loose ends I have with eating. I pray that you'll have the same opportunity to relax, enjoy life and work out your problems in the comfort of your own house.

    Take care and good luck with your 5K!

  2. Hi Ellen.

    Thanks for your comment regarding agar agar. We get ours at a local health food store, and there are Asian markets locally that also provide it. It's more common than you might expect.

    Sounds like you have a lot on your plate these days. Best of luck!

  3. Good luck on your 5k!

    I'm glad to hear your Tanzania trip is back on! Are you planning to change to vegetarianism out there? I stayed in rural South Africa for three months last year, and found it relatively easy to be vegetarian, but I think veganism would have been very, very tough.