Long Awaited.

July 1, 2010

So excited.

So excited.

So excited.

So excited.

So excited.

I’ve waited 2.5 years for this day!! The day I am 1 exam away from being a Registered Dietitian.

Read about the announcement I made to quit my job and go back to school. [Note, as of now I am not finishing the final year of the masters due to the move - but I may do it online once we get settled with the bakery]

My first chemistry class January 2008.

Study, study, study.

Food science lab.

Remember when my summer school classes went from 8am – 9pm

MORE chemistry – organic, biochem, metabolism! :evil:

Last long day of classes!

Lots to type to reflect on my experience, but I’ll save that for a day when I have some time to sit back and thoughtfully put it together.

I didn’t sleep all that well last night. I actually haven’t slept well in a few weeks. All that’s going on has my mind rolling 24/7. I woke up to Matt showering last night this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep.

When I did, I dreamt I was coming out of a yoga class in a field and I passed a bunch of my friends from high school. Then a bunch of friends from college. Someone slipped and told me the city was honoring me for something but they didn’t know what. Then I woke up!! Guess I’ll never find out :mrgreen:

I decided to have yogurt today. I haven’t been eating oats because I’ve had to be at work an hour earlier than the rest of my time and it’s meant getting up at 5:30 and less time in the kitchen. Oats will be back tomorrow!!

I made what Caitlin calls "un-overnight oats." Basically the same ingredients but mixed on the spot instead of mixing them overnight.

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I have to say, this wasn’t nearly as good as overnight oats! It lacked that doughy thickness.

The Mix

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Same old, same old.

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I found a nice photography shelf right above my computer spot!!

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I can’t believe this is my last day!!! Going to leave now so I get in early. I’ve got Scuffins for the office!!

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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 1, 2010 at 6:05 am

:O How exciting!! I hope it goes fabulously – then you’ll be a free woman!! (kind of…:p)
ENJOY IT!

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2 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) July 1, 2010 at 6:09 am

I love “un-overnight oats”. The oatmeal stays chewy…love that! :D

You must be SO excited that you’ve come this far in your goals of being an RD! :D How awesome is that? It feels as if college and internships last forever, but it goes by super quick. :D

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3 Wei-Wei July 1, 2010 at 6:09 am

I hope your exam goes well! I’m so excited for you! :D You’ve made it a long way. You deserve it! :)

Wei-Wei

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4 Christie {Honoring Health} July 1, 2010 at 6:10 am

Good luck today, you are going to do great!

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5 Marieke July 1, 2010 at 6:12 am

Congratulations of making it so far, I honestly don’t know how you did it following your busy life over the past years. Well done!

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6 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ July 1, 2010 at 6:14 am

Enjoy your last day and when the day is over run out of there really fast.

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7 Anna July 1, 2010 at 6:17 am

Wow! I can’t believe you’re so close to being done! I remember when you announced that you’d be going back to school! Congrats!!

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8 April July 1, 2010 at 6:17 am

I don’t comment much but I had to give you a big CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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9 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 1, 2010 at 6:21 am

Congrats Kath! Enjoy that last day!

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10 Cindy July 1, 2010 at 6:21 am

Congratulations Kath!

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11 Mary @ Bites and Bliss July 1, 2010 at 6:25 am

I’m so excited for you!!!!!!! Good luck on your eam! You’ll do great :D

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12 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) July 1, 2010 at 6:27 am

congratulations! It’s been exciting reading about your journey :-)

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13 VeggieGirl July 1, 2010 at 6:34 am

MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS, DEAR KATH!!!

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14 Hannah July 1, 2010 at 6:34 am

Enjoy your last day! It’s amazing how much you’ve been through – congratulations!!

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15 Casey July 1, 2010 at 6:37 am

That is SO exciting and such a huge milestone for you. Congratulations!!!

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16 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches July 1, 2010 at 6:41 am

Big congratulations to you, my dear! You’ve worked so hard for this day. I’m glad it’s finally come!

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17 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) July 1, 2010 at 6:45 am

This sounds sort of like “The Thing” that I recently tried. You combine a frozen banana and raw oat on the spot. The only difference is that “The Thing” is awesome!

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18 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 1, 2010 at 6:46 am

I am so excited for you! What an accomplishment! Have a great day today!

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19 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com July 1, 2010 at 6:46 am

Congrats!! It’s so awesome that you’re achieving all of your goals :)

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20 theemptynutjar July 1, 2010 at 6:48 am

I’m excited for you. You are one of the most level-headed and positive people I have “met”. You don’t complain…you’re just real.
Does oikos come in 6 oz containers? I assume its not the same cause of no milk…and of course not left to soak up overnight….but I think that if you left it alone for a 10 minute span or something it might work.

I am 29 years old now. I have 2 university degrees ( undergrad 4 year degree, and a professional program 3 year degree). But I have always kinda wanted to go back to do the RD. I would have to 2 years to complete the requirements, then a year of unpaid internship.

The problem is finances. I am in extreme financial debt from my first 2 degrees (and I hate – hate- my field with a passion…its bad)…so its not looking good for me. At 29…I feel kinda sad about it all.

You are smart to have followed your desires vs. doing something just “because” something had to be done. I assume you are still super young also.

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21 Erin July 1, 2010 at 6:51 am

Congrats!! Good luck on your exam!!

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22 rachae July 1, 2010 at 6:51 am

Congrats!!!!!!

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23 Simply Life July 1, 2010 at 6:54 am

Yay! Congrats on being SO close! What a huge accomplishment!!!

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24 Katie (Sweet Tater) July 1, 2010 at 6:55 am

congratulations! this is so fun for me to look back on your last two years since i just started down the same path. :)

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25 Marisa (Loser for Life) July 1, 2010 at 6:56 am

Wow, I remember following you through all of those events and now it’s finally here! Congrats, Kath!

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26 Mom July 1, 2010 at 7:05 am

Congratulations!

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27 Suzanne July 1, 2010 at 7:06 am

Congrats on all the hard work and success, Kath! I’ve been following you from the beginning! :)

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28 Katherine July 1, 2010 at 7:07 am

I’m so excited for you! the energy in this post is contagious! Happy day to you!

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29 Rebecca July 1, 2010 at 7:08 am

Congratulations on all of your hard work! You are going to do awesomely on your exam. I just love reading your blog and your passion for nutrition. I just graduated from high school and this fall will be starting my dietetics degree. It is so neat to hear about someone who has been through it all. Best wishes for your future!

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30 Jess July 1, 2010 at 7:20 am

Congratulations! I still have a semester worth of classes to go before I can start applying for internships, and I have to say that reading your blog has given me a little shot of hope and motivation on days when the crazy competition and/or stressful work/class/volunteer/meeting schedule was getting me down.

Hope you have a wonderful day and good luck on your exam!

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31 sweetersalt July 1, 2010 at 7:23 am

Congrats – love it when people follow their dreams!

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32 Ashley@thehungryscholar July 1, 2010 at 7:34 am

What an amazing educational journey! Ahh! Good luck with your exam!

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33 Shannon July 1, 2010 at 7:35 am

Congratulations on your accomplishment. I once remember my mom telling me that right before she decided to go to college to become a teacher (this was after all of us kids were finally in school) that she had said to my dad… “But I won’t be a teacher for 4 years which will make me 36.” And his reply was… “You will be 36 in 4 years anyway, so you might as well be a teacher when you get there.”

I always take that in consideration when thinking about a goal that takes a major time investment.

Somtimes fathers really do know best.

I am glad your 2.5 years of schooling are complete and now you can get in to the heart of the job.

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34 Sarah R July 1, 2010 at 7:37 am

So excited for you :) I’m sure that you feel a huge sense of relief and accomplishment! Congratulations!

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35 Bec July 1, 2010 at 7:40 am

Congrats kath you are such a hard working and always amaze me with your ability to post regularly plus be uber busy at school and with life (aka finishing up your year at school plus moving and starting a bakery!)

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36 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear July 1, 2010 at 7:41 am

Have a great last day! :)

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37 Emily July 1, 2010 at 7:54 am

Congrats Kath!!!! I definitely remember what it was like on my last day as a dietetic intern, too, and I’m so happy for you! Such a great, freeing feeling to be done with all the internship hours. Best wishes with studying for the RD exam, too. I’ve been using the RD in a flash cards, which are pretty helpful. :-)

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38 Kerri July 1, 2010 at 7:56 am

Congrats on the school milestone!

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39 Daniel July 1, 2010 at 8:00 am

Congrats! I’m so happy for you! I can’t even begin to imagine how excited and proud you must be!

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40 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies July 1, 2010 at 8:01 am

Ahhh – yay, yay, yay!! Congratulations! :-D Online learning is seriously wonderful…I whole-heartedly recommend it (a good program, that is)

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41 Jo July 1, 2010 at 8:03 am

Congrats, you go gurl!

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42 Kristin (Salty Tooth) July 1, 2010 at 8:12 am

Good luck!

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43 Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 1, 2010 at 8:12 am

Congrats girl! How exciting!

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44 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! July 1, 2010 at 8:13 am

So are you excited? ;)

Congratulations on this monumental day!

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45 Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 1, 2010 at 8:14 am

YAY LAST DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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46 Nora@LiveLifeEatRight July 1, 2010 at 8:20 am

AHHHH CONGRATTSSS!!!My breakfast was Caitlin inspired too :) GOOD LUCK!!

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47 Marina July 1, 2010 at 8:29 am

That’s really exciting, I wish you all the luck!!
You”ll do great ;)
I had un-overnight oats too for breakfast this morning, with bunch of fruit. Lovin’ it

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48 Karen July 1, 2010 at 8:29 am

I am so proud of you, Kath…I remember back when you first announced your academic plans and wishing you the best on your journey, never imagining that I would continue to be riveted to your charming personality over two years later. The work ethic you exhibited throughout never seized to amaze me, and you deserve to be very proud of yourself for following your passion. I’m so excited to follow you through your future adventures. (Do your best to BREATHE during the transition…everything will fall into place.)

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49 Kath July 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

Thanks Karen :)

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50 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life July 1, 2010 at 8:29 am

Whoop whoop! Go KATH! COngrats :)

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51 Marissa July 1, 2010 at 8:45 am

Ah, good luck! So excited for you! That’s why I can’t be a RD. I hate chemistry so passionately–its the ONLY class I’ve EVER taken that I’ve absolute LOATHED.

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52 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) July 1, 2010 at 8:55 am

Congratulations Kath! I am so happy for you! I think we started on this path around the same time, but I only just finished my MS and will be starting my internship with the VA this fall. It’s so exciting! I hope you have a wonderful day at your internship. Enjoy those scuffins!

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53 Kath July 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

Good luck!!!

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54 Pam July 1, 2010 at 9:08 am

Congrats Kath! Brekkie looks swell!..mmmm!

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55 Allie July 1, 2010 at 9:10 am

Yayyy! Congrats and good luck :)

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56 The Wife of a Dairyman July 1, 2010 at 9:11 am

Good luck on your exam! That’s so great!! I see a Celebration tonight for you…CHEERS :)

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57 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 1, 2010 at 9:11 am

i kind of teared up out of happiness for you! such an amazing journey, kath, and i’m so thankful you’ve brought us all along for the ride :) have fun and good luck!

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58 Katharina July 1, 2010 at 9:12 am

Best of luck, Kath! Just remember that you are very smart and know your stuff!!! You’re going to be such an awesome RD :D

XO

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59 Lisa July 1, 2010 at 9:16 am

Woohoo! It must feel so good to be nearly finished, and what a road it’s been for you these last few months. It’ll also feel great to finally be settled into a new routine, whenever that may be. Just one more day!

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60 Tina July 1, 2010 at 9:21 am

I can’t believe you’re done! Congratulations-It must feel great!

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61 Allison K July 1, 2010 at 9:22 am

I’ll have to try “un-overnight” oats. I DETEST overnight oats..something about the texture. Although I haven’t tried it since switching to rolled oats from quick oats..maybe I should do that.

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62 Rita July 1, 2010 at 9:23 am

Congratulations!!! You have definitely worked hard and earned it; it clearly shows from your blog. You should be way proud!
Enjoy your vacay!

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63 Kacie July 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

Guuuuuurrrrrl!!!!!! I JUST graduated with a nutrition degree….. I feeeeeel your enthusiasm for FINALLY BEING DONE!!!! WHOOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!! Man oh man, seriously the chemistry involved, the forever long case studies, the dreaded anatomy class…. whoooofta! I think all nutrition majors should get an honorary degree in chemistry. Just throwing that out there. I decided to forgo my internship due to clinical nutrition b-u-r-n-o-u-t!! But it’s still with me everyday :D !!!! Happy July 1st!!!!! And congrats on seeing your dream and goals through and through!!!!!!!!

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64 Kathleen July 1, 2010 at 9:35 am

Congrats!I hope your exam goes well!

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65 Heather July 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

Congratulations! So exciting! Good luck on your exam!

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66 jenna July 1, 2010 at 9:37 am

:) congrats!! :) i hope you have a great last day!

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67 Cynthia (It All Changes) July 1, 2010 at 9:41 am

Those last few moments are so exciting. But you made it through and learned so much.

Congrats!

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68 Callie July 1, 2010 at 9:41 am

Congrats!!! You should be so proud. :)

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69 Dad July 1, 2010 at 9:54 am

Congrats Kath! In celebration, we’re gonna have Mush and Milk for breakfast/lunch/dinner and dessert at the beach next week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B02D4FtCwj4

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70 Mary Frances July 1, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Now I know where Kath gets it! …you know, hey if the ‘yogurt’ (or whatever) is a little past the expiration, looks OK and passes the sniff test, go ahead and eat it… I’ve always done this (hate to waste), and am just fine. Hadn’t seen Rascals in decades-fun! (I kept waiting for the message to come out different by the time it went all the way around–kind of like when the first person whispers something and by the time the last person says it outloud it isn’t even close to the original.) Enjoy all that Mush and Milk next week. Ooohhh, BTW, Kath, Congratulations!!! Had no doubt you could do it. Enjoyed the journey–seemed as if everyone was routing for you along the way too. You’re truly an inspiration to many.

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71 Dad July 1, 2010 at 4:42 pm

Actually Mary Frances, the “milk” was really Plaster of Paris. Someone had accidentally spilled the milk in the kitchen (I think) and had the bright idea to substitute P of P. The children put the “milk” on their mush and it hardened, preventing them from eating it. The episode is called Milk and Mush and you should watch it all — mush makes a reappearance later on and I won’t spoil it for you. I couldn’t find the entire episode to post it.

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72 Kath July 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm

LOL – looks good to me!!

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73 Mary Frances July 2, 2010 at 7:42 am

Ooohhh, thanx! Love humor… will have to check it out sometime. Have a very relaxing, happy and safe holiday and vacation.

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74 Camille July 1, 2010 at 9:58 am

Congrats Kath!
I know you have worked so hard and you are going to be an incredible Dietitian. You are an absolute inspiration!

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75 Mom July 1, 2010 at 9:59 am

And read from one of your favorite old books: “Goodnight comb, goodnight brush, goodnight nobody, goodnight mush.”

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76 Meg July 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

CONGRATS KATH :D All of this hard work is finally going to pay off :)

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77 Cassie @ Tasteful Tales July 1, 2010 at 10:34 am

I have been reading your blog since you started this journey so I must say a big CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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78 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 1, 2010 at 10:43 am

Woo hooo congrats on your last day!

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79 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 1, 2010 at 10:44 am

congrats to you kath!!! enjoy the moments!

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80 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston July 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

Good luck Kath! If you need advice about the RD exam just let me know!!

Actually, I’ll give you a little now: I took one month and just studied and studied… I had my exam date scheduled and the week of the exam got sick of looking at all the study material. Schedule your exam for not too early but not too late. I gave myself time to wake up naturally and a buffer time for finding the place.

I took about 1 hr and 15 minutes to complete the exam. The most nerve wrecking part is when you are filling out the survey at the end and your exam is being calculated. The best part of the day is when your computer screen switches to it saying you passed and you walk outside to the attendant at the desk to get your score :)

Good luck and congrats on your school milestone–it’s worth it!

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81 Kath July 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Thanks Katie!!! I’m hoping to take it in August, and I’m not going to study until 2 weeks before!

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82 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

Congratulations! That’s so exciting that you’re so close to being an R.D. Have an awesome last day! :)

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83 Kath July 1, 2010 at 11:24 am

Thank you so much everyone!! It means a lot to me to hear all your kind words :)

I probably won’t be able to take the exam for 1 month (due to paperwork!), but I’m excited.

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84 Amanda July 1, 2010 at 11:30 am

What’s your favorite brand of Greek yogurt? I’m actually not a big fan of Oikos Greek… it’s never as thick as other brands. I prefer Fage.

And… yay! I hope your day is marvelous and memorable!

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85 Kath July 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Oikos and Voskos….Chobani and TJ’s not far behind.

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86 Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary July 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

We’re all sending good luck vibes out east!

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87 Mastering Public Health July 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

I have read your blog since 2007 and also remember when you first announced this. Time flies. Congratulations!

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88 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 1, 2010 at 11:37 am

I had oats, yoghurt and fruit this morning for breakfast too and I agree it isn’t the same as overnight oats!

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89 Lorin July 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Wait, so are you going to become a dietician or work at the bakery full time? Or both?

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90 Kath July 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

I’m going to be a dietitian who works in a bakery. Dietitians can do anything!

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91 Sassy Molassy July 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Congrats, Kath! That must feel so great to finally have it completed!

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92 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] July 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I can’t imagine how EXCITING/relieved/accomplished you must feel! Pleaseee tell me you’re celebrating tonight! Congrats =)

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93 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 1, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Congrats!

And the oatmeal looks good! I wanted to make overnight oats, but the husband went and ate the last of the oatmeal this morning. Ah well. Maybe next week.

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94 caronae July 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Congrats on finishing your internship! Good luck on the exam. You’re a superstar so I know it won’t be a problem. :)

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95 Veronica July 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Kath, Congratulations on finishing your internship! I’ve enjoyed reading (everyday) about your journey. You have kept me inspired, motivated, and feeling like I too can conquer my “mountain”. Good Luck on the next chapter of your life!

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96 Marie July 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Congratulations on making it this far; it’s been awesome reading about your journey. Can’t wait until you guys tackle the opening of the bakery!

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97 Jaime July 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm

First of all, congratulations! My husband is just starting his second undergrad, hoping to one day be an RD. It’s stressful in a lot of ways for both of us, but I’m so glad he’s doing it.

Secondly, I tried overnight oats and couldn’t stand them, but “un-overnight oats”/muesli is delicious, in my opinion. Meanwhile, I have another friend who can’t stand rolled oats except in granola bars. Funny how that works, right?

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98 Sarah (OC2Seattle) July 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm

How exciting! Good luck on your exam and can’t wait to hear about all your new bakery and non-bakery adventures :)

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99 Riss July 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Congratulations! I’m pretty much in the same position now as you were 2.5 years ago… I’ve been seriously considering making a change in education/career goals, and I think I’m going to take the plunge into the world of nutrition! I’m just 3 years away from a PhD in English, and I hate to stop short of attaining that, but the more I think about it, the more I think my true love is really nutrition. Looking back over your journey is very encouraging, especially since you also come from a humanities background! Hopefully that will be me in just a few short years! =)

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100 Holly July 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Congrats, Kath! This month I will have been an RD for one year and I love it!

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101 JB July 8, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Hi Kath! Just wanted to congratulate you. Been reading since the very beginning and I remember reading your announcement post and thinking…Wow-2010 sounds so far away! But you did it!

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