Follow Friday + Nicki's Personal Updates: Week of August 31, 2012

Personal/Inspirational, Skin Care

So I’m publicly announcing it:  I’m trying to lose 20 pounds.

It started out innocently enough.  I was in medical school, trying to balance the demands of 12-hour clerkship days, a few more hours of studying, and the blog.  Added in with things like commuting and hygiene and personal relationships, and I was staying awake 18-21 hours per day.

Which just made for all of the more time for me to grab something to eat.  Research, by the way, also shows that sleep deprivation causes an increase in appetite:  reductions in leptin, a hormone that keeps you feeling full, plus increases in ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite, occur with less sleep (PLoS, 2004).

So 5 pounds here, 5 pounds there.  By the time I won my first business competition in April and took some time off to develop the skin care products, I was up 12 pounds.

Old habits die hard.  And now that I’m up a full 20 pounds from five years ago, it’s time to do something.  Besides, I’m being asked to make videos about my skin care products.  And even though I am still confident, I don’t want to until I look and feel my best.  I’m tired, sluggish, and know I should be eating less and exercising more.

I’ve heard that public announcements help.  So here is mine!  :-)

I’ll keep you updated from week-to-week.  Hopefully, by week 8-10, I’ll be confident enough to do a video update :-)

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4 thoughts on “Follow Friday + Nicki's Personal Updates: Week of August 31, 2012

  1. Dee says:

    I wish you all the best in any weight-loss program that you want to embark upon. But never forget that you are absolutely gorgeous just as you are. Your visible beauty is amazing, and your inner beauty—shown in all the helpful and good intentions behind your work—is equally amazing.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi,

    I’ve been following your blog for a little while now and couldn’t resist commenting on this post. I’m a fourth year medical student and since starting my third year over a year ago have gained several pounds as well. This is the first time in my life this has happened. I always thought that I was “lucky” being able to eat anything and stay thin but med school even ruined that for me! The lack of sleep, no time to eat resulting in overeating and eating bad cafeteria food because you don’t have time to make your own food also led to bad skin and just an overall lack of a sense of well-being. I find it crazy how hypocritical the medical field is. We tell our patients to get plenty of sleep, eat healthy and exercise however, as physicians we are not given the time to do any of that. I hope this changes some day.

    Sorry, that was my little rant. I hope your weight-loss quest is coming along well :)

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