I did it! I’m officially a PhD!
(I mentioned that I’d rather not put my last name on the site—mostly so students and future employers can’t find the blog searching my first and last name—but you can see a picture of it, because images won’t pop up in search results!):
The public presentation went very well and I felt very confident during the private defense session with my committee too. After both of those portions, I was sent out in the hallway while my committee conferred. I can’t tell you how happy I was when my advisor came out to get me and addressed me as “Doctor.” With tears in my eyes, a lump in my throat, and a huge sigh of relief, I went back into the room, hugged my committee members, and went to the blackboard to write my name with my new title. I’m feeling pretty great. : )
And now for “What I Ate Wednesday: Doctor Eats Edition.” My day of eats was indulgent, celebratory, and not ideal in terms of balance and nutrition. Started out with my usual lemon water, then went to a great workout class. Came home to drink some yummy green juice, and ate some millet flat bread (recipe soon) with almond butter and banana.
Went to the defense, sipped on water and green iced tea. I baked vegan, gluten-free cookies for my committee and although I almost *never* eat sweets during the day, I ended up snacking on two of them after I heard the good news. I also brought two carrots with me and ate those before heading to the bar to celebrate (not pictured).
As promised, I had a vodka soda with a bunch of my friends at a campus bar.
Then Mike and I had a celebratory dinner at Ghorka Palace for vegan Nepalese food. I had a delicious veggie curry. Then broke gluten-free and probably vegan edge for some of Mike’s naan. Not ideal behavior, but Mike made me promise to not beat myself up over it. It was tough, but I just let myself enjoy the whole meal experience without obsessing over whether or not it was “bad.”
We also split some veggie momos:
It was still pretty early, so we went for another celebration drink. This time to Barbette, one of our favorite places in our neighborhood to go for fancy drinks. I had this cute French Martini. Yum.
Here’s a picture of the lights at Barbette. I always think they look so dreamy, but this photo doesn’t do them justice.
When we got home, I may or may not have had another cookie. And by that I mean, I did indeed have another cookie. And by ‘another’ I mean two. Eep! I also drank lots of water and had my usual cup of Natural Calm.
It was a less than amazing day of eating, but an absolutely amazing day of experiences. I think that illustrates a good lesson for those of us who may have a tendency to obsess about food and convince ourselves that food will control our mood and well-being all the time. I had so much fun and felt great yesterday, even while eating gluten, sugar, and alcohol—things I almost never have. I’m not saying I’m going to make a habit out of that, because I do think that eating well most of the time allows for better general health and happiness, but it’s a good reminder to let go of being a perfect eater. Because when it comes down to it, I think perfect moments shared with friends and colleagues trump a perfect diet.
Just my two-cents, take ’em or leave ’em. But I’d take ’em. I am a doctor after all. ;)
Are you able to let go of your usual eating habits for celebrations or do you prefer to stick to your usual diet? What’s your favorite fancy drink to clink in a toast (alcoholic or not)?