Thursday, June 28, 2012

Becoming a Registered Dietitian, New Goals and Moving Forward

Today was a big day for me! After a long 7 year journey I officially became a REGISTERED DIETITIAN! That's right, I'm a RD! I guess I was feeling a little ambitious after my 50k last weekend, because I spontaneously moved up my exam date 2 weeks and decided to just get it out of the way.

Here's a photo collage of milestones in my 7 year educational journey:

Yea- that's a lot of paper I've collected along the way.

While I've been studying on and off the past few weeks, I spent about 40 hours these last 3 days to prepare. Don't ask me where I found that kind of focus- even my husband was wondering what got into me! Needless to say, I'm feeling bit exhausted right now.

There it is-photo evidence!
Now that it's behind me, it's time to move onward and upward!

So then, what's next?!

Well...there's getting a job. I have not submitted any applications yet but I'm getting there!

More importantly, this week I finally signed up for my next marathon:
I've heard great things about this race, so now it's time to see what America's Friendliest Marathon is all about. I convinced my sister to sign up for the half and my dad the 8k (he's running the Philly marathon the next weekend) so it should be a great family event! This time around I've chosen a different training approach that will be both physically and mentally challenging. Though I have some definite time goals (i.e. Boston Qualify), my main goal is to push myself mentally in ways I have not done in the past and see where that takes me. I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out and will definitely be blogging about some of my experiences along the way.

Along with that, I plan to continue seeking out opportunities to gain experience as a sports dietitian. In two years I am eligible to become a CSSD (Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics) and I plan on doing just that.

Also- for July- I've decided to try a vegan diet for a month. Jordan and I have talked about trying it for the past year and, since I have no major races in the near future, I decided now's the time test it out. I'm not doing it for any specific reason - I am simply curious to know what following a vegan lifestyle is like and the challenges that people, especially athletes, encounter in doing so. Coincidentally, Saturday, June 30th is Vegan Pizza Day... check back in a few days for a new post on how I plan to celebrate!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations!! I love how you moved your exam up and just went for it. Yeehaw! The RD road is a tough one -- quite the endurance event all its own!


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