August 10, 2013 at 8:37 pm #179316AnonymousInactive
Just sayin. I'm at about 12 lbs more than when I started…August 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm #435244smp73Member
There is a great thread called something like Fit and Studying. A lot of people, me included, share how they fit in working out and studying and life. I don't think you are alone with weight gain but that thread might be a good place to read how other people have avoided it or at least fight back against it!August 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm #435245barelystayingsaneMember
I've actually lost weight while studying! I'm one of those people who forgets to eat when they get really focused and in the zone. :-/August 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm #435246SeattleAccountantMember
Heck, yeah! unfortunately…it brought unforeseen high BP issues…August 10, 2013 at 8:47 pm #435247oilgaslbMember
Yes! Part of my motivation to finish all parts of the exam so that I can get back to the gym…August 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm #435248
I tried to workout while studying and it just didn't work, I came up short on that exam do to lack of study time.
Since I work full-time, have a family of 5 to take care of, and a 2 hour commute I just don't have time to workout while studying. I changed some of my snacks to veggies and have lost a couple of pounds! Also, I use one of my breaks at work to go for a power-walk.August 10, 2013 at 9:46 pm #435249
I started early 2012 and since then have gained 30 lbs. I am OVER IT and extra determined to finish these exams in the next 3 months because I can't keep living like this! lol.
I've developed an enlarged thyroid in the past 5 years or so, although doctors say my levels are normal (no thyroid condition) my metabolism surely isn't what it used to be, so between sitting all day in the office, sitting on my commute from NYC to NJ, and sitting to study for this exam, I'm not too active. Plus commuting time makes it hard to balance giving enough time to studying and working out. I'm sooooo joining my old Kickboxing gym to celebrate passing this exam. I need to get back to my pre exam prep weight, CPA licensed and fit? Can't tell me nothing after that! 🙂August 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm #435250AnonymousInactive
Jennifer and So1913: I feel your pain. Four years and 30 pounds later I am so ready to get back to where I was before the exams. I am praying that I passed FAR today and will no longer be chained to my study cave. I'm feeling better everyday after bein sick and I'm going to attack it just like the exams… A little every day! I guess this weight gain makes me a Fat Baxter. 🙂August 10, 2013 at 10:11 pm #435251wannabeCPA123Member
i lost 10 lbs. Just eat right and exercise. You only need 30 minutes.
I jog 2-3 miles every morning. i try to bring food to library when I study, and I eat fruits, protien fiber bars and a sandwich. I also only eat quinoa, brown rice instead of white rice (i am asian)August 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm #435252AnonymousInactive
I will join this topic…gained 30 pounds as well. Got married last summer and started with the CPA afterwards. I have to do sports everyday to Keep my weight but I rather use my time for studying now (I know this is only an excuse and it would be only 30 min…)
Hopefully I can start exercising by the end of the month again!August 10, 2013 at 10:22 pm #435253AnonymousInactive
I've gained about 30 pounds while finishing out college and then switching to preparing for this. I haven't really gained during this phase of things, but definitely haven't lost anything, even though I've been watching what I eat carefully. Exercising just doesn't happen. Yes, I have 30 minutes a day…but I have other things that are a higher priority for that time! However, my stress level has been getting ridiculous, so I'm going to try some working out for stress-control. But, unless it is aiding my studying in some way, it's just not a high enough priority. Some time to chill with my loved ones usually is more effective for my studying than exercising!August 10, 2013 at 10:28 pm #435254
Also, not sure if this is just a women thing, but it's tough to combat the food cravings! I take a vitamin when I get them because I know there is a vitamin deficiency if I have the cravings, but then I still need the chocolate or salt fix anyway. Grrr
Another thing is that studying is so grueling that these cravings, at times, are something that makes a part of my day delightful.August 10, 2013 at 10:55 pm #435255
Someone should start a support thread for losing weight AFTER passing the CPA exam lolAugust 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm #435256AnonymousInactive
@Jennifer241 UGH yes cravings!! Absolutely terrible. When you're stressed, it's so much easier to grab that chocolate that's looking sooo tasty than to be healthy and grab something healthy that contains the same nutrients. 😐 I actually cooked something today (chicken and garlic mashed potatoes 😀 ), and I feel full and satisfied and probably won't eat anything the rest of the evening…but usually, if I just grab something quick, I still crave good food all day!August 11, 2013 at 12:20 am #435257
Life choice protein energy bars have been my go-to chocolate snack. They are peanut butter and chocolate, like a Reese's peanut butter cup but with lots of vitamins!
For regular snacks, I cut up celery, carrots, baby tomatoes, brocolli and put them in small containers in the fridge. I can snack on them all day, just add a little bit of salt! Yogurt and string cheese are other snacks.
If there is a chocolate bar in the house, I will eat it within 30 minutes of studying. I didn't use to do that, I could savor it for days.August 11, 2013 at 12:55 am #435258AnonymousInactive
Stress and Boredom…Enough said!August 11, 2013 at 1:17 am #435259AnonymousInactive
Awee don't worry about weight gain!! I gained 25 pounds in 8 months …
And with stress I use to eat like crazy … !! Just keep yourself focused these things are temperory… Once you are CPA, things will change …
Btw- I have reduced all the gained weight in 3 months after passing exams 😉
So keep calm and carry on studying lol
Good luck xxxAugust 11, 2013 at 1:25 am #435260
@Nam gives us hope!! 🙂August 11, 2013 at 1:30 am #435261AnonymousInactive
Just killed a box of Mochi Ice Creams …Dolo …I know the ladies get really sensitive about their weight and all, but think of it as being preggers, but instead of a human baby, its a CPA baby ( just hope it doesn't look like Tim Garrity).
Ohh and p.s. any1 using the exam as an excuse not to go to the gym – You just got the 1bentcpa “I can't believe you fucking seriously used that excuse look” … no excuses.August 11, 2013 at 1:31 am #435262ZaqParticipant
Dude here. Gained about 10 lbs. over the year.
Tried to workout while studying at first. Couldn't balance it properly. So I said fugg it and just went for straight studying method, but I stick to a good diet. Though, with only one exam left out the way I've just been eating whatever the fuck I want to have enough energy to make it through the day being sure to stay very hydrated at least.
As soon as I'm done with this exam, I'm going back to the gym; my first love. Get that six pack back. All the ladies swooning over my CPA certificate + chiseled abdominals combo.
…Okay, back to studying BEC. 🙁August 11, 2013 at 3:41 am #435263AnonymousInactive
Gonna echo what 1bent said. Cravings, dedication to hitting the gym, all about will power. Once you sack up and stick to a routine for about 2-3 weeks straight, it will be complete habit and you'll feel like crap if you miss a day. And lilla, I think that's true. It's definitely about prioritizing what makes you the happiest and most relaxed. We just as humans tend to be very vain creatures. But I mean the term fat and happy came about for a reason! Working out everyday is a grind! HahaAugust 11, 2013 at 5:17 am #435264nishvikParticipant
Me me me 😐
I thought i was the only one who gained weight. This whole CPA journey had been the most difficult academic exam ever.
It not only tests your study knowledge, but also motivation, patience, how to deal with failure.
Thanks to forum like these which helps to share mutual feelings and feel light after the day of study and study and study.
My friends and family think I am always studying , but they really dont know the depth and difficulty of these exams.August 11, 2013 at 8:32 am #435265realworld88Member
Let me tell you guys my story…which is probably atypical in public accounting –I started off as a hopeful, enthusiastic college graduate, I weighed around 120 lbs, did well in my college courses, had the world at the top of my shoulders, and then I finally landed a promising job at a Big 4 accounting firm (which they told me was for all the best and talented workers out there)
Now 2 years later, dealing with personal stresses along with office banter/drama/etc., I'm at the same firm, I gained 30+ lbs (let's not go into it… but I am noticeably chubbier for my frame). have lost a lot of hairs, have blotchy skin, stressed, consistently staying up til late for work reasons, etc. Now I am in the midst of CPA exams, which has probably damaged my health some more… etc. I know I prob sound spoiled… you know the whole firstworldproblems ordeal, but I do feel singular and alone in my CPA exams sometimes as well as work, it's hard to deal when you have been an overachiever most of your life… not to mention, getting dumped by your boyfriend this month to top the icing on the cake (sarcasm)!August 11, 2013 at 8:33 am #435266realworld88Member
oops double postAugust 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm #435267AnonymousInactive
@1BENTCPA LOL at the baby analogy. I might use that excuse when my mom starts making hints about grandkids or my sister about nieces and nephews – “Sorry, family, CPA was the only baby I could handle!”
@realworld88 That sucks. 🙁 Doing great in college means nothing when it comes to these exams…except that no one else will understand why they're a struggle…and having work and personal life stress on top of them just makes them a nightmare. Especially things like being dumped. But all these things can only knock you down, they can't keep you down. It sounds like there's a lot of us looking to lose 30 pounds or more when we get through these…for now, we just have to get through them!
@BobRossFan71 Yep. I don't deny that I'd like to be skinnier…but when weighing priorities, it just hasn't made the cut. I worked out a bit last night for probably honestly the first time in over a month…and even then, it was just a 10-minute type thing. Oh well…2 more tests and my priorities can re-arrange themselves again!August 11, 2013 at 2:18 pm #435268mmp3Member
12 lbs since I started studying last December:( I'm female and over 40. Sorry to say ladies but it only gets worse the older you get. I have 3 kids and a hubby who likes to see me every now and again. I can't wait to be finished with these exams! Hopefully my last one is tomorrow so I can start back to working out and eating healthy…it should only take me a year to lose it at my age lolAugust 11, 2013 at 2:55 pm #435269AnonymousInactive
woot for your last one! 🙂 You go girl! Good luck on exam day…and in 10 (or 11 or whatever depending on your state) days when you get your score!! Based on your other scores, I'll bet you rock this one!August 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm #435270iwantmylifeback_Member
I don't know about you all but when I start losing focus in the evening a 20-30 minute jog does wonders. It gets the heart beating fast again and the energy levels back up to to allow for an extra 2-3 hours of studying.August 12, 2013 at 8:31 pm #43527110keyLeahParticipant
I've put on a couple of pounds. Doesn't sound like much, but my weight has been pretty stable for the past several years because I exercise regularly and usually eat right. It's from all of the stress eating and having to sitting so much to study. It's worse since I failed AUD. ugh! Time to get a grip on it. Part of my plan is to keep some water handy.August 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm #435272MintsRGoodParticipant
@1BENT LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!! That is hysterical!!!!!! Glad to see you posting lately BTW! 🙂
Nothing packs on the pounds like stress eating and sedentary activities quite like the CPA exam does! I've definitely put on 10 extra pounds in the past few months and it sucks! I've been forcing myself to workout on my study breaks this summer (40 minutes of study to 20 minutes of exercise) and have cleaning up my diet. I lost a few pounds initially and haven't gained or lost anything in the last few weeks, so I think that I've stopped the bleeding until after FAR. I plan on enlisting the help of a trainer to kick my ass back into shape after I have a passing FAR score in hand!!!
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