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After Thoughts…

This is a wordcloud that says more than I could about graduating from PT school.  I stole borrowed all of the facebook and twitter “congrats!” posts floating around the sidewebs and put them together for your viewing pleasure.

El mejor dia de me vida!

Those of you following me here may or may not know that I’ve graduated!  As of May 6th 2012 you may call me Denver Lancaster, Doctor of Physical Therapy.  Licensure exam scheduled for July 31st.

I thought about taking this time to reflect on 33 months of balls-out academic struggle and tom foolery.  Instead, I think I might just close the book on this one, and show off some fun pictures.

 
There was a party after graduation at Red Rocks!  It didn’t hit me until I was leaving…  I spent more than a full time job’s worth of hours every single week for 33 months with all of my classmates.  Got to know families, significant others.  Made a lot of friends.  Wasn’t thinking, right at that moment, that I will never  be in the same place with all of them again.  Bitter-sweet. :)  Maybe it still hasn’t hit me.  It was a good send off!  Parents got to meet friends, faculty.  I ate myself sick.
Red Rocks is an amazing place.  I will have to make a point of going down there more frequently after I start working and making money.

I’d like to send out a great big generic thank you to everyone who helped me through this – especially family, and good friends (new and old), the counseling center, and modern pharmaceuticals. Thank you.

No, I’m NOT Reading Journal Articles on My Last Academic Xmas Break. . .

We don’t necessarily need new evidence to support abandoning outdated standards. There is a need for more reflective practicing clinicians who don’t accept the notion of having”arrived” in their clinical expertise. ONGOING and purposeful reflection of skills and outcomes is why I choose a DPT. I think the abstract hints at this. I’m adding the rest of the scooter to my kindle reading list. http://ping.fm/9rf5X

GCB Ride

GCB ride! Ryan's first ride.  No big deal.
GCB ride! Ryan’s first ride. No big deal.
A major part of my weight loss plan this year has been drinking beer.  Yep.  Beer.  Beer has helped me lose weight.  How??  With a 26 mile round trip ride from my house to Golden City Brewery.  I have great friends that go on this ride with me on a regular basis!
Seriously though, I have been biking a lot more, and am now down to 222 – 1 pound away from the 40lb mark!!!!  It hasn’t been a dramatic or life changing story.  There wasn’t anything except a little confidence and a lot of boredom that led to me riding my bike more, and swimming a little bit while I was on my last clinical rotation.  Once I started SEEING and FEELING the weight loss (ease of sleeping, pants sizes dropping, pretty girls smiling at me, etc…) I became more motivated, rode a little more, and then started eating a little less.  Baby Steps.   It felt like the first 20 pounds came off over night.  It came off so fast I was actually worried it was a little unhealthy.  Once I got under 240 it started slowing down – being back in class might have changed the trajectory, as well.  Still, my weight is trending downward.
261 lbs on Memorial Day 2011.
Goal: 215 by Halloween.

Rockies with Classmates!

Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday!
Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday!