But it's handed in now (I did that a couple days ago) and life is slowly returning to some semblance of normal, albeit a strange kind of normal without having this idea of the dissertation always looming. My defense is in early December, so it's not completely done. I'll need to go back to it, read, and do a bit more research in preparation for my defense. And then, in the defense, most likely there will be recommended revisions before it passes. So the process is not completely over, but barring major revisions, the hard part is done.
Want to see what it looks like?
|the front cover|
|first page of chapter four|
|one of the prettiest pages to me - footnotes are beautiful!|
A few stats about this thing. It turned out being:
- 395 pages (352 pages of text + 34 pages of bibliography)
- 87,859 words in main text
- 48,978 words in footnotes
- approximately 1,200 paragraphs
So it's not over. But it is over for now.
And so now life returns to what it was before the madness began.
So, where am I on the whole losing weight thing?
Heavier than I had hoped I'd be, but about what I expected. Shall we reveal the toll the last 2 months have taken?
Drum roll please....
|2 October 2011 weigh-in|
Starting weight: 327.0
Last weigh-in (9 August): 270.6
Current weigh-in (2 October): 279.6
Gain of + 9.0
Total Loss - 47.4 lbs
Yeah, it's a little disappointing I have to admit. I was doing pretty well at maintaining until these last 2 months, and then all health-related habits pretty much took a hiatus with my blog.
I wish I could have continued to lose or maintain. But at the same time, I know I need to give myself a break. I have just completed the hardest thing I have EVER done....and probably one of the hardest things I will ever do. The task was immense, to say the least. And so, a 9 pound gain, in the big scheme of things, is not the end of the world.
I'm headed back to the gym this coming week. Time to get back into the routine. I miss running. I miss swimming. I miss feeling strong. I feel flabby, slobbish, and weak again. I feel tight, inflexible, and heavy. My lack of exercise and improper diet (particularly not enough fruit & vegetables) has wreaked havoc on my digestive system, skin, and mood. I didn't want to go back to that, but this dissertation exacted its price in whatever way it could, and unfortunately, that's what went.
But what's done is done.
And watch out, October, because I'm gonna try hard to knock you out.
What have I missed in your world?
And what do you do to get back on the horse after a break?