Top 10 of 2010
10: Passing Chemo
Spring semester of P2 year (short for second year of pharmacy school) was by far the worst one. There have been many times that I have worried that I was going to fail a class, but nothing compared to chemotherapeutics. This class is arguably the most difficult one in the curriculum. I was barely passing the class going into the final, and after studying for hours and hours and days and days for that exam, I walked out of it in tears, terrified that I had flunked. Eric and I were so anxious to see our final grades that we couldn't even wait until they were posted online; we actually went to the school after our exams were all over and talked to the professor. When we found out we passed everything, we LITERALLY started jumping up and down and dancing in the hallway. You can bet we celebrated that night :)
This summer I came across Caitlin's blog, and it was the first food blog that I had ever seen. I would have never figured that people would actually care to read about everything you had to eat in a day, but I found myself reading her blog on a daily basis! I was hooked. As my blogroll gradually started increasing (you can see a list of my favorites on the right column of my homepage), I finally decided to start my own. It's a way for me document my food and exercise habits, keep my friends and family updated on my weight loss progress, and share my journey with other people. I first started blogging on SparkPeople and eventually switched to Blogger. It's a fun hobby for me and I love it, but I pretty much go insane when the internet is down or my camera breaks.
(And yes, this photo was just taken now.)
I ran my first mile EVER back in March. Although I could not have done it without Eric pushing me the whole time (he used to be my own personal Jillian Michaels, for those who don't know), I was still so proud of myself. I kept working at it, and I ran my first 5K in July. I continued to run four more 5Ks after that, though I've only run one of those continuously without stopping to walk at all. My best time is 35:09, which was at the Traverse City Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving. Even though it's hard and I'm not very good at it, running and doing races gives me another goal to work towards besides just numbers on a scale.
7. Moving to Grand Rapids
My third year of pharmacy school is in Grand Rapids, which is about 50 minutes south of Big Rapids where the first two years are held. Eric, Aimee and I decided to make the move at the beginning of the summer rather than right before classes started, and I'm so glad we did. I was able to transfer to a Meijer in the area and I met some great people there.
My roommates and I also had some great nights out on the town, but it kind of stinks living in a city where you live 20 minutes away from downtown and cabs are expensive :( All in all though, it was a great summer and a good decision.
6. Seeing Melissa More
This seems totally random, but it was definately one of the best things about the past year! When she lived in Kalamazoo and was going to school at Western and I lived in Big Rapids, we hardly ever talked or saw each other even though we have been best friends since 9th grade! However, now that I live in Grand Rapids and she's graduated and
bored out of her mind lives in Mt. Pleasant, we usually don't go more than a month without getting together. It's fabulous :)
5. Cedar Point
We took a trip to Cedar Point back in September, and this was the first time that I had ever gone there and was actually able to fit into the seat of every rollercoaster. Plus, it was Halloweekends when we went so not only did I get to ride some of the best rollercoasters in the country, but I also got the crap scared out of me. It was awesome.
4. Kappa Psi Fall Assembly in Buffalo, NY
Kappa Psi is the co-ed professional pharmacy fraternity that I am a member of, and our province (region) has a giant conference once in the spring and once in the fall. This October, our assembly was in Buffalo, NY and it was so much fun! Not only was it my first time in New York, but I also met some great brothers (aka other Kappa Psi's) and can't wait to see them all again this spring in Detroit!
3. Kappa Psi Spring Assembly in Chicago, IL
An explanation is not really needed here, since the previous one pretty much applies. However, I think that I may have had more fun in Chicago... :) More of the members from my chapter came to this assembly, plus, DUH; it's Chicago! This was also my first trip to Chi Town, and I can't wait to go back!
None of my trips top our spring break trip to Las Vegas! Eric, Aimee and I flew out for 5 nights and 4 full days in the city that never sleeps and it was worth every penny that I
wasted spent while I was there! We stayed at the Flamingo right on the strip and pretty much walked the entire thing during the course of our stay. We also went to some really nice clubs, including LAX and the Playboy Lounge. Three final words to describe it: Best. Trip. Ever.
1. Losing 60 More Pounds
I've been doing the whole "weight loss thing" for almost 2 years now, and in 2010 I dropped 60 more pounds, bringing my total loss to 110 pounds. I have about 35 more to go until I hit my goal weight of 135 (well, actually more like 40 now that Christmas is over. ha). I would like to reach it by May, so wish me luck in the upcoming months; I've sort of been slacking lately!
I definately had some low moments this year, but writing this post really reminded me of all of the cool things that I've had the opportunity to do. I am extremely greatful for everything that's happened in 2010 and am so blessed to have such amazing friends and family.
Thank you everyone for your continued support and thanks for reading :)
What are your favorite experiences from 2010?