Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Productive and Good Day!

Despite the fact that I haven't left my house this weekend, which in many ways is depressing, I have gotten so much work done. I have completely caught up with my laundry, which like never happens, I have made about 200-300 flash cards for Embryology already (not done yet), busy work done from both my anthropology classes and still managed to study for my Stats test tomorrow. How does that happen? OK... so two of the kids were gone.. but the two little one's were here! I never get this much done in a weekend! I must say,,, I am impressed with myself!

No real point to the post today,,, just thought I would share....

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Why is skinny so important to the female gender?

Yes, I know being thin is considered to be more healthy, more beautiful and what everybody wants to be but why is it so much more important to females?

This post is complete brought on because I'm dieting and right now I am soooooo hungry. I am doing a 5 day detox that involves eating only 10oz. of protein and at least a gallon of water a day. Yes folks, this is a diet I am doing through a doctor who is closely monitoring me and I have daily supplements that include vitamins, appetite suppressants and something called a filler. Ha! A filler, the only type of filler I want is a cheeseburger! But back to the point, although many will tell me I'm crazy for doing this type of 'extreme' diet, I need it. Not only am I a diabetic who will surely come off of her meds if I lose some weight I can honestly say I want to look athletic and fit. The question still remains,,,, why is this obsession with weight seem to affect us women much more drastically?

In my opinion, I think it has a large part of our obsession with our weight is the need we have to be desired by men. I'm not talking about the men we are attached to because most of the time the men we are attached to are not the one's that fuel our our desire to be 'attractive and fit'. I think that almost every woman enjoys knowing that they are desirable physically to men that can't have us. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know their are quite a many women out there that will say that this isn't true and they don't care about what other people think and that the only thing that concerns them is how they feel. But really, dig deep now, everyone knows how good it feels to have someone think you are 'hot', 'sexy', 'banging' or any other of those demeaning words that shouldn't make us smile but come on really don't they? Am I the only one out here that can HONESTLY say that hearing any one of those things said while being referred to wouldn't put a smile on your face? And really, I'm tired of hearing that our obsession with being thin is brought on by the media,,, Really? Aren't we the one's to blame? Aren't we the one's that spend millions a year in this country on diets, gym memberships that most of us will never use, clothes that don't really fit us but we keep in the back of the closet so that we can have a motivating factor to lose those extra 20 or so pounds?

Who knows, maybe the only point of this rant is because I WANT A CHEESEBURGER, FRIES AND A MILKSHAKE. Okay ,,,,, so now that I'm done with this rant, and since I refuse not to stick to this for my last day before I can have some veggies I'm off to have my 8oz of plain chicken breast, my last 32 ounces to meet my gallon of water requirement for the day and then off to walk/run my 3 miles on the treadmill.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

What's a girl to do?

So I'm starting to come to the point in this whole pre-med journey when MCAT's have to be taken, essays written and applications filled with the hopes that all of this hard work I've done will reward me with a interview and than acceptance to any school. Let's face it, I'm 31 now I don't have time for as many extracurriculars as the other applicants (primarily of course because Ip, Blip, Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee are my extracurricular activities) or the GPA (not that it's that bad either folks) for that matter so I will go anywhere. Which leads me to the point of this blog....

My significant other asked me today where I wanted to attend med school. I gave him the answer that I was pretty much willing to go anywhere that wouldn't put my family in harms way. So then I got what I wasn't expecting.... he's not willing to go to the Midwest, the Northeast, the Northwest or the Deep South. So I'm in shock... is it alot to expect that if my other half loves and respects me that he should be willing to go with me anywhere? Is it to much to consider that he might have told me this when I started my journey into pre-med and not at the end of my junior year? So now the big question remains.... follow my dreams and possibly lose this relationship of 8 years or change carreer plans and possibly hate him forever because of it? What to do,,, decisions, decisions, desicions.......

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wow, I hadn't really realized how long it had actually been since I had actually blogged. So I guess it is time to stop procrastinating and start blogging again.

Well, the transition from community college to the university has probably been one of the hardest transitions I have ever made. The "transition" as all my advisers like to call it is probably the biggest reason that I have neglected this blog for as long as I have. In August, I started my first semester majoring in Molecular and Microbiology with a double minor in Chemistry and Forensic Anthropology. That's a mouthful. So what's really cool about this program is that you are able to take several classes taught by the med school professors that will be teaching at the university's new medical school. This is amazing primarily because these guys are pretty brilliant, doing amazing research, and they are teaching us at the same the same level that they would their med school students.

Since I am still trying to finish my last few general science courses I decided to only take one clinical course this semester, Human Embryology and Congenital Malformations. This class is tremendously interesting and incredibly boring at the same time, but a good part of the boring part is just the hour the class is held and the fact that I've just had lunch.

I will honestly say though that the university is a completely different world. I have definitely had a harder time meeting people that I can just relate with. I must admit that it is discouraging when people assume that its stupid for me to want to go to medical school just because I'm older and have a family. Although I do get frustrated by their comments it does light a fire in my butt as well and makes me realize that if they didn't think I could get in they wouldn't even waste their time with their comments. That makes me feel good.

Well I need to get back to studying, but I will try and be better with my posting, until then.... love, peace and chicken grease.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Done..... for now!

As of today about an hour ago I became a degree holding adult. I have just completed my AA degree. We all know that this degree means nothing more than a mere stepping stone for my Bachelors but I tell you it feels really good to have it. I can now officially be called PRE-MED!!!! Yeah for me!!! So I finished today and tomorrow I start studying for my MCAT's. So here's how I did this semester:

  1. Anatomy & Physiology A
  2. Analytical Geometry and Calculus B
  3. Renaissance and Baroque Humanities B
  4. Developmental Psychology B

Right now I feel on top of the world and completely ready to start the next step towards my journey!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Not so good at this yet....

I guess I am going to start this post saying that I am not really good at this whole blog thing yet. I keep reading other people's blogs and they are all filled with these meaningful well thought out posts and I just can't figure out what to write about most days. I'm not sure if my lack of something to say comes from not taking a whole lot of time to absorb anything other than school or stuff going on with my family. I'm not sure what to make of that, but I guess it will come to me or I will just get better at this whole blogging thing as I gain a little more experience with it. I do have to be honest though, I am by all means a science and math girl and have never been very good at putting my thoughts into words. Either way, I do promise to do my best to get better at this.

On the school front, things are going well this semester luckily. I had a Calculus test and an Anatomy Practical today. I do not know yet how I did on the Calculus exam, but I am pretty certain I did well. I have always been good at math primarily because I enjoy it, but honestly I am drained with all the math classes already and luckily this will be my last math class that is required. Don't get me wrong I do not mind doing math; I just don't want to have to take another math class. Calculus is making my brain numb. The lab practical today was on the heart, endocrine, and digestive systems and I GOT A 100%. Yeah for me!!!! I was so happy. Now it's time for me to get ready for the lecture exam on the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems. I do well with the lecture exams, meaning I have an average in the high 90's but this for me is a little more nerve racking. Lecture is just harder for me which means that I will start hitting the books tonight. I have studied some already but I must really concentrate on only that till Tuesday. I have to manage to get some time put into Developmental Psych, but that is the class I am the least worried about at the moment. Besides,,, I HATE THAT CLASS!!

My second munchkin, my Y2K baby will be turning 8 years old on the Fourth of July. Of course that gives our crazy Hispanic family two reasons to party so there will be about 50 people all getting together at my sister's house that day. Pretty much it's all of the first cousin's and their family's getting together. My sister and her husband will be throwing the party at their place. I can't wait for this party… I will blog all about it to tell everyone how it all went. Should be good though, there is going to be plenty of liquor, food, and a pool; besides, my sister throws the best parties ever! I can't wait, it will be a nice reward after all these tests I've had the last few days.

Please if anyone reads this and has any suggestions for me to improve my blog please, please let me know.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

This is me, completely imperfect, but totally me!

So, this is my first blog ever so please be kind,,,, here goes...

Who am I?

I am a 30 year old mother of 4 children (3 girls and a little boy) living in sin (not legally married and exactly how I like it) with my husband a very talented fashion photographer. So what makes me different than your typical soccer mom?

I'm Pre-Med!
So I'm guessing you want to know what made me want to start this crazy journey? Funny you should ask 'cause I was about to tell you! :P
The Preamble...
I dropped out of high school in my senior year of high school ranking in the top 5% of my class and got my GED. Stupid I know,, but it's what I did. I attempted college a few times but it never seemed to work out very well. I knew I loved medicine way back then and I thought my future was neurosurgery but I couldn't manage to get through English Comp I so I convinced myself that I would never make it in medicine and put it out of my head. So low and behold, I meet my first husband and have my first two kids and in the meantime get my degree in Culinary Arts, which was a job I like but never loved. So a divorce, a new relationship and now 2 more kids later and here I am with an extremely supportive husband and a family of four.
So what made me decide Pre-Med?
Not quite a year ago I decided to start school at a community college looking to see if I could maybe pass the pre-req's for my AS in Nursing. I started off slow because with 4 kids who would have thought I could handle more than that. After talking with a few nurses who told me that my AS in nursing was a waste of time and I should get my BSN I changed my major. My first semester went well, but I found that I loved what I was doing so much that 8 credit hours just wasn't enough.... so the next semester with no support from my counselors I took 18 credit hours, and my first science class. I was in love! I couldn't get enough, so I talked to my sister and brother-in-law who are both physicians and asked what they thought if I changed my major to Pre-Med. I wish I could post a picture of there faces.... LOL... thank God I gave them each a couple Margarita's before we started this little chat 'cause I think my brother-in-law would have had a coronary infraction without the loose feelings the liquor was inducing. Let's just say liquor or not they sobered up quick... told me I was crazy to even consider it with the 4 kids....but they came around about 2 days later and said that I should go for it.
So now, I have averaged about about 18 to 21 credit hours (5-6 classes) a semester and will finish my AA in about six weeks all within less than a year. I start my Bachelor's in Molecular and Microbiology for Pre-professionals this fall. I can't wait... Immunology, Hematology, exciting.
As for my kids,,, they are so proud of their Mommy! Surprisingly enough, my two school age daughters have actually become better students since I started school.... amazing what setting an example will do.