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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:30 pm

I submitted it this afternoon. I was in such a rush I had to catch a taxi from my campus to the main campus to submit it. As a result I was frazzled and didn't think I'd checked my work enough. I burst into tears as soon as I left the research building where I submitted my thesis and proceeded to cry the whole trip back to my campus.

I feel like hell.

Apparently this is normal. Everyone I spoke to afterwards who has done a PhD said they actually felt worse after submitting than in the years leading up to it. Four years of emotional turmoil all coming out at once. I keep going over the whole thing in my head thinking about all the little errors that *must* be there somewhere. I'm convinced I stuffed up one of my footnotes (I remember seeing an error and can't remember correcting it) and that's all I can think about right now.

Hell, part of me is convinced that I may have had a aphasic attack and written utter gibberish for half of the thesis.

At the moment I'm just trying to pretend the whole thing was a particularly bad dream and that none of it ever happened. :(



Still, at least I'll have time for exercise again! I think I'll start tomorrow. If nothing else it'll work away some of this stress.
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:33 pm

Oh, and thank you so much for your kind words, Big Love and Gutsy! Sorry for going off straight away on a self-involved rant. After four years of academic neurosis it may take me a while to regain human to human communication skills. :lol:
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby big_love » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:46 am

I think we can let you get away with a little rant after 4 years of hard work! I can't even imagine how you are feeling. I'm a typical procrastinator, and leave everything to the last minute, so there is no way I could have done what you did. I'm sure you have done great, and please don't make yourself sick with worry! Like you said, get back into the exercise for some stress release, I reckon you will feel tops!
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby court » Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:57 am

Congrats Ali!! That is absolutely fantastic!!! :D :D
I was the same when I finished my Masters Major Work - I know it is completley different kettle of fish but I was beside myself and exhausted...
what an amazing achievement! Go and have a massage or book yourself into a dayspa!! 8)
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby Czarina » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:20 pm

Congratulations! I can understand how you are feeling, as I know I would (or hopefully, will - one day) feel exactly the same.

Now I'm a bit scared just begining my journey into the world of academia!
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby fi_112 » Fri Feb 25, 2011 12:38 am

I felt the same when I handed in my Honours thesis!!!! I thought I'd be in tears of happiness but I just felt upset and stressed!!! It will take you a few days (and a few champagnes) but I think gradually it'll start to sink in what a HUGE achievement it was :) xxx CONGRATS xxx
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Sun Mar 06, 2011 1:28 pm

BIG Congrats Ali! WOOOOHOOOOOO!

Bah, a couple of typos won't kill a thesis.

I'm looking to be where you are soon - I have a full draft, has been read by my supervisor and I'm fixing up bits and pieces now. Well, I'm fixing up the things that I can actually work out what he meant for me to do. :roll: It is just me, or it is harder to re-draft a thesis than it is to write the full draft to start with?

As a result of pulling out all the stops to get where I am now though, things have kinda fallen off the wagon - I'm been pretty much working 7 days per week and I tell you now when I submit this mofo, there's going to be some serious censored go down. I think I may just pack my pack and go bush over night and walk out 4 years worth of horror. And then take my "congratulations you finished your thesis" kayak for a trip.

And maybe dance around a burning copy of the bloody thing singing "we don't need no water let the ......... ......... burn" :twisted:
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby JP1 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:15 pm

when will you know your gradings? good luck..

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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Sat Mar 19, 2011 1:51 pm

The final examiners aren't lined up yet, so it will take a while to hear back. Once the examiners are sorted it will take anywhere from a couple of months to a year to hear back. It's an awful feeling being in limbo for so long.

It's much harder to edit the thesis than write it initially in my opinion Butterfly Dawn. The entire document has to flow in its argument so often a change in one section means a major re-working elsewhere. Good luck with your thesis! I hope you get to submit it soon.

I'm starting to feel a bit more human again. Surprisingly I've lost 300g since I last weighed myself. Don't ask me how. I haven't increased my exercise, improved my eating or cut down on my drinking. It's probably just a lack of stress hormones doing it! That's all going to change, though. I need to start exercising again to increase my energy and help me sleep better. Right now I'm feeling exhausted all the time and I'm still waking in the middle of the night. It's probably a delayed reaction from all the stress of the thesis, but exercise should help with that. I'm still relying on red wine most nights of the week so I need to cut that down dramatically. If not for my weight then for my liver and my productivity. I want to get back into my artwork now that I've finished the thesis but relaxing in front of the idiot box with a glass of red is the easier option!

So my plans for this week are:
- A half hour power-walk each day (not including my trip to uni and back).
- Three alcohol-free days.

Wish me luck!
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:01 pm

Hey Ali,
I deliberately chose an active "reward" for finishing my thesis so that the first thing I do will be to go crazy with some fun exercise to give the endorphins a kick and clear out the stress stuff. As I speak I've just re-drafted a whole section, inclusive of a mild panic attack from doing a lit review for a section and getting that "I don't even know where to start!" feeling.
Sucks.

Next week I will be away for a family thing (never rains but it pours :roll: ). Was hoping to have it done by then, but with one thing and another that isn't going to happen.
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15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:19 am

Sorry for the sporadic updates. I really haven't done much about my weight loss recently. The main reason being .... (drumroll)...

I'm pregnant. :mrgreen:

I was a few days late for TTOTM and decided to do a pregnancy test. It was my birthday on Monday so I wanted to see if I could drink copious amounts of champagne or not! Turns out I couldn't. I had one glass to celebrate combined birthday with embryo-birthday-present and it made me feel quite ill. Who knew the best way to go off alcohol would be to fall pregnant? I always worried that I'd find it really hard not to drink while pregnant. Now it seems I can't!

I'm keeping it kind of hush-hush as I want to make sure the foetus 'sticks' before I announce it to the world. You guys are special, though, so you get the immediate update :wink: . Anyone who also knows me on Facebook please don't announce anything there!

I'm now focusing on eating healthy for the mini-me. Obviously I've given up alcohol, but I've started drinking a lot of juice, which I would normally avoid because it's quite high in calories. Calories be damned, I want as much nutrition for the belly-monster as possible! Avocados and walnuts are featuring quite a bit for the omega 6s and 3s. I'm planning on finding a dietitian who specialises in veganism to find out what I should be eating.

So yeah, that's my update. Oh, and I've also lost 0.5 kg since my last update. Don't ask me how. Now that I'm eating healthier and having no alcohol it'll be interesting to see if my weight goes up or down in the near future. Not my highest priority, of course, but I figure if I can keep on the small side I can keep the baby on the small side too. My partner was 11lb when he was born. I really don't want to have to deal with that!
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby Sussy » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:37 pm

[/size]WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!![/size] Sorry, keeping it quiet aren't we? ;) That is AWESOME news. I dont come on here much these days anymore but i remember when we both started our journey's back in 2007 my reason being to get into shape after having my baby and you were there supporting me ( and loads of others).

Congratulations and well done. How exciting oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday too...what a wonderful present.

Goodluck with it, hope you dont get morning sickness, but it's good about the alcohol making you feel ill....makes it easy to give up that way. :)

Take Care Ali, your new adventure is about to begin. xoxo
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby matchbox » Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:30 pm

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! ALI I NEARLY SQUEALED OUT LOUD!! I AM SOOOOOOOO EXCITED FOR YOU, HUUUUGE CONGRATS!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby EvilWombatQueen » Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:18 am

Thanks! Now that the initial shock has worn off (we've been trying for six months and I was STILL taken off-guard by the pregnancy test result) I'm starting to be pleased with the idea of having a baby. :D
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Re: EvilWombatQueen's progress

Postby Butterfly_Dawn » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:29 pm

OMG!!!! Well well well! I'll say congrats since you're now excited about it (I'm always a bit cautious to say congrats in case that's not the best thing to say). Did you happen to see Catalyst last night speaking of eating well for the baby? Very interesting talking about gestational diabetes, and eating low GI and the effects on bubba. Here's a link. http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3185309.htm

And yeah, alcohol+pregnant=not a great idea so thank goodness you won't be getting cravings for bubbly any time soon :wink:
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15kg gained again (as at October 2010).
Back to the drawing board - Let's do this thing!

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