I PASSED MY COMP EXAAAAAAAAAAM!
The results are in and I am ecstatic to report that I passed that 6-hour monstrosity of an exam that determines whether I get that little thing called an MPH. I can now rest easy and enjoy the final 8 weeks of my practicum!
I'd like to take another quick minute to extend this session of bragging on myself. As I wrapped up my rotation in Lifestyle Management, I was asked to create materials for a new lecture topic: Menopause. Because the typical guest here is at least 45, menopause and the symptoms it brings affects many of our guests. Weight gain. Moodiness. Hot flashes. What can I expect and how do I begin to deal with it? Those are some of the areas I attempted to broach and even made a handout for the men who find themselves dealing with menopause by default. And I overhead our behavioral counselor saying the presentation I put together was "excellent." So excellent, in fact, that it's on the schedule this week to be presented! Go me. :D
Now, onward! Warning: This post might get lengthy. But it's all for a good cause. I had no idea that so many lectures and life principles discussed here would be relevant to me, but I am on a journey of growth and self-discovery and am looking forward to the person who emerges from this experience.
I'm thinking I'll split this post up and start with the shortest part first: My vision. In a class titled "Mastering Motivation", we created a vision statement. We started by reviewing the 10 common mistakes when it comes to behavior change:
- Relying on willpower for long-term change
- Attempting big leaps instead of baby steps
- Ignoring how environment shapes behavior
- Trying to stop old behaviors instead of creating new ones
- Blaming failures on lack on motivation
- Underestimating the power of triggers
- Believing that information alone leads to action
- Focusing on abstract goals more than concrete behaviors
- Seeking to change behavior forever, not for a short time
- Assuming that behavior change is difficult
|I will become a practicing model of what I preach. I will take every measure to become my fittest & best self -- able to complete any task or challenge. I will be a model for others & live healthier longer.|
Now I've shared my vision with the world, so there's no turning back now. I have a vision in my mind of what I want JP to be, and now I have a vision on paper of what I'm going to be. What is your vision of your best self?
Oh yeah, and we watched the video below to give us a little kick in the rear ;)
Stay tuned for the next installment, The Art of Letting Go.