Saturday, May 24, 2008

School's Almost Over!

I just have one 4 day week of school left, and we're not really going to do any really work. Everyone has major Senioritis, so it would be pointless. And I don't have to take any of my finals because my school has this policy where you don't have to take finals in each class that you have an average of 80 or above and less than 3 absences. But my actual graduation isn't until a week after the last day of school. So I'm pretty much done with high school now, forever!

A lot has happened in the last 2 months. First of all, I know where I'm going to college-UT. I got rejected from both Stanford and UC-Berkeley, so I basically have no other choice. I was upset, but maybe it's for the best. I'll be able to come home whenever I want, and I'll be more familiar with the area. And UT's a great school too. And I'm going to live in Royal Co-op! Also, I did very well at the District and Regional UIL competitions, and made it to State in science! If you make it to state, you're eligible for hundreds of scholarships, with about a 50% chance of getting one! I won't know until July what, if anything, I will receive. I do already have $30,000 worth of scholarships from two different scholarships, but it would be great to get more.

I also finished all my AP tests about a week ago, all 6 of them- BC Calculus, Physics C Mechanics, Physics C E&M, English Literature, US Government and Macroeconomics. Calculus, Government and Macroeconomics weren't too hard at all, but both Physics exams and the Lit exam were brutal. I'm hoping to get 5's on everything except Lit, and a 4 on Lit.

Sorry that there's no pictures in this post, I having been cooking much at all lately, up until this past Wednesday, my life has been pretty hectic. After I was done with my AP tests, I had to work on this really stupid Scrapbook project that my English teacher made us do. So I had to work on that all last weekend and until Wednesday when it was due.

Last Saturday morning, I started a 10 day raw food cleanse. Not only am I eating only raw, unprocessed food, but I am also eating no high fat foods, like nuts, seeds, avocado, etc, and no dried fruits. So basically, that leaves fresh, raw fruits and vegetables. I've actually had little trouble doing this. I've been tracking my consumption on Nutrition Data, and I've been able to get at least 100% of the daily value of all vitamins and all but a few minerals(Iron and Selenium, and some days Phosphorus). My protein has been only slightly on the low side(31-46 g). Since this is only temporary, it's fine to be slightly low. So far, I've also lost 7 of the 12 pounds that I've gained since January(!), mostly by binging very often. The cleanse ends Monday night. I will end the cleanse gradually by eating some raw nuts on Monday night, then add in steamed vegetables on Tuesday, then add beans on Wednesday, and after that any other foods I have been avoiding(grains, bread, etc.).

I've been enjoying the simple, delicious foods that the start of summer brings-fresh, raw corn, ripe tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, cherries.

Also, I'm going to be volunteering at the Library this summer, as well as volunteering more often at the Humane Society. I will probably get a job too, and start exercising more often. Today a went on a 55 minute walk/jog, and then did an hour of yoga. I'm going to gradually increase the percentage of jog I do during the walk/jog.

I almost forgot to mention, on April 17, I turned 18! I'm finally an adult.

That's all for now. Hopefully now that it's summer, I can update more often.


Paulina said...

So glad to see you back! Congrats on everything (you seem to have a huge list of accomplishments!)and happy belated birthday!

I would love to do a raw cleanse one of these days and start my exercise routine once again.

Veg-a-Nut said...

Happy belated birthday! I have been pondering a raw food diet for awhile. Not completely, but cleansing and getting myself back on track. You have done very well, kiddo (oops adult) :o) Hang in there, enjoy your summer, and relax!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

congrats on ut! it is a great school - half the time i wish i stayed in texas for college instead of going out of state. ut would have been my first choice in texas. plus, austin has dhaba joy - and i saw your comment saying that you like it too. (except i'd probably be 1000 pounds heavier if i lived near dhaba, hehe...)

great job on making uil state! and on finishing the ap tests - 6 is a lot, yikes. the physics ones sound just awful!

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

Oh I LOVE UT! So many of my friends go there, and they all love it too.

I know that rejection can SUCK, but just know it ISN'T you. You never know what they're looking for. I had perfect SAT scores, had lived around the world, got terrific grades, and did tons of volunteer and sports stuff, yet my top choice (UPenn) rejected me... and even our valedictorian got rejected from Stanford... but Stanford DID take a varsity baseball player from our school. I'm sure you will have an amazing time at UT... and if not, you can always transfer. No matter where you go, I'm sure you'll do well, since you seem to be extremely smart.

Happy early birthday!

VeggieGirl said...

Nice to hear from you again in the blogging world!! :0)

Best of luck with college - I'm sure that you will be happy there, and that you were meant to go there. Don't worry about those other schools! It's their loss!!

I follow a high-raw vegan diet (eating 75% raw, all the time), so it's great to see that you're embarking on a raw journey as well. Keep it up! :0)

Peggy the Veggie said...

Oh, lucky you! I wish I wouldn't have to write exams!

Happy belated birthday & good luck with college! that's real exciting, although it is too bad you didn't get your first choices it sounds like it'll still be great.

Ooh, I've always wanted to try a raw cleanse, but my mom is particularly against the idea.. I'll have to show her how I CAN get what nutrients I need!

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Hello again! I actually have tried a few of Ani Phyo's other recipes from her book. I've made the Walnut Cranberry Squash "Rice," which made me feel really amazing/alert after I ate it. For the most part it tastes really good, but I was burping up the raw onion taste for the next few days. Ewww!
I've also had the Cashew Banana Mylk, which was yummy and creamy but in the end I decided it was too sweet and the flavor with a little off. I want to keep trying more recipes from Ani's book, but so far her Coconut Breakfast Cakes are the clear winner. I love them!