Thursday, June 9, 2011

the sweat issue.

Since finals ended on May 24th, I have been STRUGGLING to study for the GRE. (Come December, I’m applying for MFA programs in Creative Writing, and although some programs don’t require the Graduate Record Examination, some do so I’m taking the exam to widen my options.) Maybe I was too burned out to study so quickly after finals. That was my thinking, so then I gave myself a break for a few days until my graduation last Thursday. But studying has still been a struggle! Especially because people keep asking to hang out and I keep saying YES!!!!!!

Take this past weekend for example:

Are you going to Salisa’s graduation BBQ? Yes.
Do you want to go for a walk in the city? Yes.
Let’s do something tomorrow? Yes.
Do you want to go to Coney Island? Yes.
Are you coming to Joy’s house?  Yes.
Do you want some Golden Krust? Yes.
Do you want some vodka? NO, no I don’t drink nasty things. (But I accidentally drank some anyway since Melissa mixed hers with fruit punch and I thought I was stealing a sip of her fruit punch! Nasty! See, I can’t win!)

But one thing I realized while gallivanting around the city not studying is that I don’t sweat in the heat nearly as much as I use to. When I stopped to consider it, that was also the case last summer and the summer before that!

A little background: In high school around 16 or so, I started to sweat a lot. I always wore deodorant and it wasn’t that I smelled, instead it was a lot of perspiration! I remember mentioning it to my Pediatrician and he said it was probably related to my weight and needing to lose. I also remember wearing light colored shirts and being so self-conscious because the sweat marks were way noticeable. Like the sweat could and would reach down from under my arms to the top of my bra line! 

This all came back to me because when I saw Joy--one of my girlfriends from high school--at Salisa's graduation barbecue this weekend, she said, “Alexia, you’re still wearing black!”

    Joy and I.

 It’s true—I did wear lots of black tops in hot weather to prevent the visibility of sweat marks. But these days, I mostly wear too many colors at once. Aggressive sweat marks haven’t been a problem for me in so long I can’t remember when last. Weight-loss and just generally being mindful about my health, has been wonderful for me in so many ways I just wanted to share one with you all today.

Melissa--remember her?--was also at Salisa's barbecue and so glad to be back home in NY. (We all went to high school together.)

Tonight, I have date with my GRE Math prep book! The math prep is almost kinda fun when I trick my mind into thinking it’s like a game with dull dull rules…


P.S. These photos are Joy's which I stole off facebook!

P.P.S. Leopard print is tres chic!


He Took MY Last Name said...

I'm glad that you aren't sweating as much. it was probably your body over producing hormones or something, and now that you are more balanced, it's evened out.

I sweat a lot too but guess what, 9 out of 10 women do. So its just a thang us chickies do.

LeeLee said...

I'm a sweater too!!! I'm glad toy were able to get some studying in! That cake look super scrumptious!!!

Losing in the City said...

focusing on studying right after graduating has to be hard.. good luck.. i studied for the gmat's so i know how painful it can be.. by the way, i heart golden krust :-)

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

Hahaha, thanks, Chris...I'm glad, too!

You're a sweater, Leelee?! Like yarn or wool? HA.

Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher said...

What is your favorite Golden Krust patty, Cassandre? I say CHICKEN!!!

savoryandsavage said...

Good luck studying for the GRE's. It can be really tough to stay motivated while studying for them.

Sweating is a normal thing. I always think it is really bizarre when someone says they never sweat. Now that to me sounds like a problem :-)

karen@fitnessjourney said...

It is hard to start studying again so close to graduation. I didn't study at all for the GRE and did pretty poorly, I was actually put on academic probation because of it (and I had a 3.8 G.P.A. as an undergraduate.)Glad you're taking it more seriously than I did.

Good luck!

Losing in the City said...

@Alexia.. veggie patty for me :-) sometimes chicken..

D... said...

I am a sweater too, you're not alone, but not under my arms oddly, embarrassing as it is, my face is always the first place to start sweating, bleh. Good luck with the studying!

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