I'm afraid I haven't been around much. My apologies- real life seems to have taken over. A long and boring update follows, mostly because I need to write it down.
Career: Its a mess. I have two options. One, I can join a waiver job here at the University, for the next three years. That way, A sticks around for a year while he finishes his residency, and then he leaves for a 2 year- fellowship.
Pros: If I join a waiver, he gets a work visa easily. I have an assured job here- less pay, but I get to teach and work in a familiar environment.
Cons: A two year separation, I miss out on my fellowship.
Two, I can leave for a one-year fellowship, and then A can try to get to the same place for his fellowship after he graduates.
Pros: A shorter separation, I do my fellowship, and hopefully we move to a bigger place.
Cons: Will have to beg employer for a extraordinary ability visa for A; they may or may not agree. A may not match in the program where I'm at next year.
And thats where it stands, eating at me from inside out.
Speaking of eating, I'm on a formal diet for the first time in my life. It had to be done; I was stuck at the same weight for the last 4 months despite a healthy diet and a good dose of exercise. Its called the Instinct Diet, written by Susan Roberts, professor of Nutrition and Psychiatry at Tufts. The basic premise is that there are five food instincts: Hunger, Availability, Calorie density, Familiarity, and Variety. She has formulated a balanced low calorie diet that is supposed to satisfy all the five instincts.
Most of the diet seems to be sensible- the only weird thing is that there is no exercise recommended. The authors explain that exercise alone does not lead to weight loss, which is true. What they seem to ignore is that most studies show that regular exercise is needed to maintain weight loss.
Anyway, I've decided to follow the 12-week program (along with my exercise) to get myself off this weight plateau. I went shopping for the diet groceries today. It felt odd to follow a list and not buy what looked good or caught my attention. The food itself was pretty good. It went against my food instincts (Italian dressing on a taco salad?) but apparently satisfied the five mentioned in the book- I've been full all day with NO cravings.
Expect some diet food pictures. You've been warned.