Internship Fun

by Ashley on February 18, 2013

Hi pals! I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday!

I’m feeling super lazy right about now. Despite that, this weekend has been pretty productive, in all of the non-fun, am I not in high school anymore? ways. I’ve been sitting at my computer since 7am and didn’t step outside once today. Sad. I feel like it was such a wasted day, but I keep trying to convenience myself that it wasn’t, internship wise.

The weekend started on Friday afternoon with another project assignment. Instead of stressing, or working for that matter (like I probably should have), I went straight to the gym for a run and yoga. I left feeling much better than I did going in so that’s always a plus.

To make up for my Friday night slack (right now, not doing work on a Friday night is a bit unusual), I woke up bright and early Saturday morning to get some work done.  Later in the morning, I headed over to the Donna 26.2 Expo in downtown Jax to talk marathon nutrition with both athletes and non-athletes alike. The turnout was great; so many nutrition questions! It was incredible to be in the presence one of the leading breast cancer researchers and Mayo Clinic oncologist, Dr. Edith Perez, as she discussed the importance of exercise in cancer prevention. I was very sad to not take part in running the race this morning because of prior talks earlier in the internship to be a part of a research study to be conducted at the actual race (not just the expo). Maybe next year!? My training for my next marathon actually starts on Monday (tomorrow?!) ironically; perfect timing as my running motivation is soaring after this weekend!

After the race, back to my boring computer chair I went until later in the evening where I joined my fellow interns for dinner with one of thier family’s. It was a wonderful break from the work to say the least.

Like I said earlier, today has been more work but I was able to get so much done (hence, why I’m able to write!), so for that, I am grateful…even if I missed the Florida sunshine.

Last week, I spent time in school nutrition, which was interesting yet very predictable at the same time. One thing I did realize is that I actually do have an interest in school nutrition (which certainly wasn’t there before): I know it would be an uphill battle for the rest of my life, however, certainly a battle worth fighting.

And that friends, is the day in the life of a dietetic intern. Fun, right?

With only two weeks in my internship remaining and now being asked what my next plans are eight times a day rather than the normal four, my head is starting to spin again as I too ask myself, “what’s next?”

I do know that move number twelve is next, but that’s about all, folks!

Also, I wanted to mention that I promise to have more nutrition and fitness related posts soon!

Have a great week!

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