As I mentioned yesterday, I got into the University of South Carolina grad school program for Physical Therapy. I was really excited to get in because there are only 18 spots available.
I literally killed myself for the last 6 months while studying for the GRE exam, shadowing a physical therapist, and surviving classes (and blog, run, and work). Which is kind of ironic because at the end of September, I landed the Operation Beautiful book deal, and my whole vision for my future changed. Things started to happen in my life that I never, ever imagined would happen.
That’s why I’m not going back to school in August as originally intended. A major factor in my decision is that the book is going to come out in August, and I am contractually obligated to promote it (and of course, I want to promote it). I can’t juggle a doctorate program and a book tour. There are other reasons why I’m not going back in August, but I can’t get into them.
I have asked to defer my acceptance until August 2011 to buy myself more time. I hope I do not end up regretting this decision, but its the only one I can make, and honestly, the last year has shown me that you NEVER KNOW where life is going to take you. It’s great to plan and have goals, but you also have to be flexible and open to opportunities.
So, I’m wrapping up this semester (I’m just in Anatomy now, I dropped Physics), and I won’t be taking classes next semester. THANK YOU for your support as I took classes. It meant a lot to me when the blogworld supported me when I was very stressed out. 🙂
I took a nap this morning, woke up, and inhaled ice cream:
I was having post-Vegan 4 A Day withdrawals.
And for lunch, I had Israeli Cous Cous, which I pumped up baked tofu.
Success Story Number 1
I’m proud to say that my mom participated in her first 5K last weekend! She walked the Race for the Cure in Knoxville, Tennessee with a friend.
I think my mom is so COOL for getting healthier and more active as she gets older. She is 64! I hope she’s not mad that I told everyone her age, but I think it’s so impressive… most people slow down, and she’s SPEEDING UP!
My mom told me that she wants to try to walk/run another 5K in the future! Yay!
Success Story Number 2
In March, I got an email from a girl named Laura, who wrote, “I’m completely new to running, and, like you, was inconsistent (at best) with diet and exercise in the past. I just completed my first 10k – my first race, really – last weekend and LOVED it!” She wanted to know about managing knee pain, so I gave her some tips (now summarized in this post).
A week ago, Laura emailed me to say, “I successfully ran my first half marathon in May and just completed my second a week ago – busting 13 minutes off of my previous time! Moreover, I’ve lost over 20 pounds in the past year! Since becoming a runner (and yes I finally consider myself a "runner"), I’ve never felt healthier or happier!”
Imagine my surprise when I read the next paragraph of her email, which said: “I started a doctoral program in August, and, one day, when I was using the restroom on campus near where I park my bike, I saw a post-it on the mirror that said "You are beautiful… operationbeautiful.com." I thought, that’s nice, everyone can use a little positive reinforcement. I had no idea that Operation Beautiful was your *other* blog until I went to the site! The note on the mirror in an obscure UC Davis psychology department women’s room is a testament to the widespread impact Operation Beautiful is having.”
When am I going to find an Operation Beautiful note?! I want to discover one SO badly. I would kneel over and die, me thinks! 🙂
Did you ever make big plans for the future and then have everything change? Tell me!
Good luck in your endeavors! And WOW your pictures are looking awesome, that class sure helped! I need to take class!