Life is a cycle. Each day, month, and year is a cycle. Our lives are routine, and each day we wake up, get ready, go to work, come home, and sleep. Everyday we are basically doing the same thing and living the same life until it is time for the cycle to change. Most cycles changes because life happens and as time moves forward things are going to change. Some changes occur because we make purposeful movements towards certain goals. In my case, I made the decision to change my cycle and transition into a new way of life.
Transition 1 – Returning to Undergraduate Life as a Post-Bac Student
I have been thinking about changing some things in my career because while I love my job, I wasn’t sure if it was something I could continue to do for the 30-40 years of my working life. As a result, I started to research the various things I could do in the clinical research/trials field, and decided that I would only be happy if I was able to design the research and write the protocols. In order to do that, I would have to be an investigators which meant becoming a physician researcher. Therefore, I was back on my long forgotten path to becoming a physician-scientist. Once I made that decision, the next steps were relatively simple. First I applied as a post-bacc at my local university, and then I registered for classes.
Transition 2 – Losing 30lbs
If I was completely honest, transition 2 was half -heartedly started in March, and I didn’t really make any progress because I was half-assing it. But when May came, and classes started my walking increased as I was running from home to class, class to work, so I started to naturally lose weight. Also, my best friend received an apple watch as a gift and since was trying to lose weight as well, we started to compete using the challenge feature. I plan on incorporating some yoga into that routine for added flexibility. With the increase in exercise (walking, running, biking), I started to control the items I ate which meant avoiding junk foods (sweets) with great difficulty because I am a stress eater.
I increased my water intake, made homemade Arnold Palmer (still not sunny enough in my place to make sun tea), brought some fresh fruit and veggies (taking advantage of the in season produce), started making homemade popcorn using olive oil in place of butter. Additionally, I started to track my food intake using My Fitness Pal and Lark. Also, I started to read “The Craving Cure” with hopes to keep my sweet craving under control.
Transition 3 – Financial Increases and Increased Debt Payoff
With the workload of my second job increasing, I am finally able to make larger payments on my debts, and more money into my savings. As a result, I have been able to increase the contributions on my retirement plan to maximum allowed for matching. Also, I started to make payments on my student loans after being in deferment for so long. While they make return to deferment soon because I am back in school, I plan on counting to make those payments so that I can make progress towards the Student Loan Forgiveness Plan.
Transition 4 – Making the Move towards Vegetarianism
No time like the present to make my return to vegetarianism especially since it is the summer when most of the fruit and vegetables are in season. I made the decision about a week ago since I have a house full of food, I am going to eat the food I have first. Once that is complete, I am going to start the transition. I was attempting to locate a meal plan service that would help make the transition easier, but the recipes are ridiculously complex and involve too many food items. Also, I refuse to eat many of the normal foods that vegetarians consider staples such as tofu, jackfruit, eggplant, dried fruit, and several other items. Additionally, I am hoping that with the transition I can start to meal prep. I could never do that with meat because days old meat is just disgusting.
What are your summer transitions? Are you planning a cycle change? What changes would you like to see happen over the summer? Leave a message in the comments.