Just a shout out to my best friend
I am going to try and actually keep my blog updated! I have a little more free time this year since I have officially started my last year of law school! (3L Year!) It seems like I was sitting in orientation yesterday, but less than a year from now I will have sat for the Oklahoma bar. I am currently working for the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office in the civil division (which I love!) and for the law school library. I am taking 16 hours this semester, including antitrust, nonprofit organizations, income tax, Oklahoma legal research, and trial practice, a schedule which has proven to be wonderful so far.
I would say at 25 years old, my life is exactly where I want it to be! Michael and I have been together for over two years!
Over a year ago I rescued a beautiful black lab/german shepard/greyhound mix named Moose, whom I would not trade for the world. He and Michael’s rescue pup Petey are best friends. And this time next year, I will be DONE with the bar exam, waiting on the edge of my chair for my results.
Now that I’m done bragging, things that are not where I want them to be: my weight, my flexibility, my spirituality. When I started law school I was 155 lbs. Today? 200. This means that over the next six months I need to lose 45 lbs (somewhere between 6-8 lbs./mo. 1-2 lbs/wk). I think this is a completely plausible goal, and a necessary goal since bar studying starts at that time and I do not need to be in the habi
t of stress eating when going into (possibly) the most stressful six months of my life. The Bar Exam. So, my plan is to keep myself accountable by updating you on my progress, my slip-ups, and my success. Before and After Pictures will follow! So here goes!
Here is the Before…
… and the After
Gotta move back to the Before!
Over the past few years, I have been flirting with the idea of becoming a vegetarian. (Don’t tell my father, he would have a heart attack; I was raised on meat and potatoes.) I tried being vegan for a few months but in the end, it was too difficult because I was (am) a very picky eater. I wasn’t one of those children who tried everything. I was one of those children who would chew up my food and then spit it on my plate because it was “gross.” My pallet has changed a lot this year.
I don’t know if it is because I am actually trying food before adhering to the preconceived notion that I will not enjoy the food, or if my preferences are changing.
I heard somewhere that your taste buds/pallet changes every seven years. Anyway, I’ve decided to try it again and I’ve heard that reading this book will give me the strength to part from meat. This past week I bought the book “Skinny Bitch” by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin.
I’ve been skimming through the book and really started reading it over the weekend, and let me tell you, those people? they were right. I’m only on chapter six but so far my desire for meat has vanished. Now, reading for fun during law school is a challenge in itself, but this book is such an easy fun read (outside of the animal slaughter stories I just finished) that it makes staying up late worth the loss of sleep. I can live without steak, and pork chops, and even bacon, but I love Chick-fil-a. I think I will have to read and re-read the parts about chickens being riddled with disease and the torture in slaughter houses to break the desire for crispy nuggets. Maybe one day they will make tofu nuggets with the heavenly breading, frying, and sauce; it’s not like the nuggets actually tasted like chicken in the first place.
Anyway! Here is to Day One of eating green and healthy!