The musings of a final year medical student

Friday, 1 January 2016


Everyone keeps asking me "What's your New Year's resolution?" And every time I have no idea!
However, I think I've figured out what I want to strive for, albeit a day late.

In brief, I want to be happy and healthy. Not just physically but mentally, too. 

When I had my jaw surgery I was almost touching 11 stone. Although my BMI was still 'normal' and I am 5ft8 I knew very well that I was unfit and ate crap. Following the surgery I went down to 10 stone, and currently I am now 10 and a half stone. I am slowly creeping back into my old ways. I feel like crap. Some days I drink 5 cups of coffee. I had far too many takeaways last term. I lived off pasta with mayonnaise and I didn't exercise at all. I went to two fitness classes, that was literally it!

In an ideal world, I would love to get to 9 and a half stone. In addition, I want to eat less meat and give up coffee (eventually). I am going to try getting back into running and actually use my gym membership. 

Then there's mental health, which is a completely different ball game! I would say that despite making good effort in that area through medication and counselling, there's a long way to go. And of course, what I eat and how much exercise I will do has a substantial effect on emotions. I am struggling to find a compromise between having healthy goals that will actually improve my mental health without making them too ambitious, which could worsen my mental health. 

I want to do well academically, but frankly that isn't my concern this year. I feel like that I just need to learn how to float above surface without getting too ambitious. Last year I was constantly drowning in work, and this year I have been very organised by my standards and much better than last year. I know that I will never make it into the top 10% of my cohort. And if I could, I would be sacrificing my sanity. 

In addition, I think hobbies are really important. I will play more piano next term and will start a French medical language course which I am really excited about! As for the blog, I can't really set any goals for it; I think that would add too much pressure. I will carry on as I do now, with no schedule but simply writing when I feel like it, and about the things that I am passionate about.

Happy New Year's xxxx
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