Hi everyone, so I’m about 4 months into my first year of medical school and we just finished our Pulmonary exam today. I wanted to tell you a little bit about how I stay active, healthy, and semi-social while learning to be a doctor! One caveat is that first year is the least busy year!
My school schedule varies, but on weekdays I’m generally in class, studying, doing something medically/medical school related from 8am-6pm, then I work at home from from 8:30-11:00/11:30pm. Sleep before midnight! Sometimes I start class later, and on those days, I go running in the morning!
Exercise: I’ll start posting my weekly workouts again because I’ve been doing a variety of things. Currently, I’m working out 5-6 days a week, for 45-60 minutes each time.
- I always try and walk at least 30 minutes a day. This consists of walking 1 mile to and a 1 mile back from campus each day. I’ll walk anywhere less than 2 miles. I LOVE walking! It’s so relaxing and the only thing that feels better than a brisk walk is a brisk run! It really wakes me up in the morning and lets me wind down after a long day. I also like to explore and wander into coffee shops and boutiques.
- I take 5-10 minute walking breaks between lectures. Sometimes my classmates ask me why I’m walking around aimlessly…
- Weekdays, I go to the gym around 6pm and take a group fitness class, do cardio on the elliptical, or use the rowing machine. Then I head home for dinner.
- I take one day off when I have class from 8-8pm. My goal is to do 15 minutes of NTC at home on those days.
- On weekends, I do my running!
- I use the standing desk at school! They even installed some walking-stations!
So one week looks like this:
- Monday: BodyJam 1 hour (FAVORITE CLASS ever! I stay late on Mondays until 7pm to take this class! It’s such a party. Shamelessly, the dance we do to J-Bieb’s Girlfriend is one of my faves!!)
- Tuesday: Ellipitcal 45 minutes
- Wednesday: Easy 4-5 mile run
- Thursday: Rest day
- Friday: BodyCombat/Pump, or CXWorx (core class) + 30 minutes ellipitcal (1 hour total)
- Saturday: hard hills day (45-1 hour)
- Sunday: Beach run day! ~6 miles
For me, working out is a stress reliever and the fun part of my day! I have a premier membership at my gym so I can take as many classes as I want for just $20 a month! I try and exercise in a way that’s convenient too. Also, during exam weeks, I always work-out! I’m sitting and studying so much, that I definitely need the exercise. It’s also a way for me to have fun and go outside while I’m studying.
FOOD: Okay…so I’ve been spending more on food than I should because I shop mostly at Andronico’s (a fancy store with prices comparable to Whole Foods) and buy organic items. The other day, I spent $8 on vine-ripened tomatoes! But anyways, I eat whole grains for breakfast, salad for lunch, make my own dinner, and crackers/bread for snacks. I also go the farmer’s market on Sundays after my run!
- Breakfast is super easy: Lately I’ve been loving whole wheat bread/English muffin, PB2, bananas, and sprinkles of cinnamon and a tablespoon of pistachios! It’s sooo delicious.
- Lunch: I get a salad at school and power it up with beans and lots of cherry tomatoes. I’ve been bad lately and have been putting in 1/4 cup of Craisins which I KNOWW have lots of added sugar to them…But it helps me finish my salad with only balsamic vinegar for dressing. I get a soup too if it’s vegan. Also, sometimes I cave and get the specialty salads at this Italian cafe at my school…especially when it has butternut squash in it..mmhmm which is expensive and has a lot of olive oil. Basically, it’s easy for me to have a healthy lunch because I frequent the salad and soup bar at school which is pretty cheap.
- Dinners: If I’m on campus, I’ll go get another salad. If not, I try and making something easy and healthy at home. Currently, I’m eating tofu + tomato stirfry over a bed of greens and bread. I actually eat too much bread…
- Lately, I’ve been going out to eat lot because 1) it’s San Francisco! SOO many cute, yummy places to try, 2) I want to catch up with friends, and 3) I go on dates with my boyfriend. I always get something that has a lot of vegetables, keep my drinks simple, and eat until I’m satisfied.
- Desserts: Okay…so each week we have small group and there’s ALWAYS yummy cookies. I’m still working on limiting my cookie consumption. But for the most part, I tame my cravings on a daily basis with lemon ginger tea, whether’s original sugar-free caramels, unsweetened soy lattes, chopped up dried plums, and oranges. Sometimes, I’ll split a cookie between friends, or just eat half of it to try it! My boyfriend and I split a yummy apple-cinnamon cupcake with cream cheese frosting a couple weeks ago =). I’ve learned to define what I consider dessert. For example, fruit is my sweet snack. Also, there’s this bakery that I love which makes chocolate-cherry sourdough and fig fennel sourdough which are delicious! A slice of either is dessert for me =) It’s pretty much the same has having raisin bread if you’re craving something sweet. I’ve found that my tolerance and taste for sweet foods has decreased. Also, I always make note of what’s really good and what’s not so great so I don’t waste calories on it again later. Like the cafeteria white chocolate pecan cookie…not so great…But the cranberry-raisin oatmeal cookie from Wooly Pig Cafe…sooo perfect!
- I actually haven’t been counting calories, but I’ve been very good at eating just until I’m satisfied. I can’t remember the last time I was uncomfortably full in med school. I list things I eat on a few days of the week.
- Snacks are plain and healthy: carrots, whole wheat bread, low-sugar cereal, or unsalted crackers.
- I keep track of how many hours in-between eating. I try and eat every 3-4 hours and not earlier.
- Stop eating after 8pm (but honestly, I’ll still have a couple hard candies or a handful of cereal around 10pm if I’m up studying)
- Buy pre-washed and pre-cut vegetables to save time and motivate me to cook vegetables.
- I bring healthy-ish snacks for small group! Still gotta please the people…This week, I’m bringing carrots, pretzels, Somersault cookie crisps, Puffins cereal, and oranges =).
…This is a lot of information. Can I do how I maintain somewhat of a social life later?
Oh and the pictures! First one is from my birthday last month. And the other two are from post-exam meals =) Today my friends and I got sandwiches, and last time, we ordered major salads! After the salads, we went to a holiday party and had kahlua hot cocoa and cookies…
Btw, overall, I’m at a healthy weight, haven’t gained any weight…although a couple less layers of tummy chub would be nice… =/ I’m working on it! My strategy is less bread snacking and more carrot chomping!
What about you?! Here are my questions:
- What’s the best strategy, rule, tip, or app you have for balancing a hectic schedule?
- Also, what keeps you from exercising and eating healthy regularly?
- How often do you eat dessert? I.e. a cookie, cupcake, chocolate, etc.?
- Would you like to see what I order when I go out?Let’s meet up in San Francisco!!! Suchhh good food and cute cafe’s =)Love,Geri
So much good information here but what I really love is how balanced this girl is!
My thoughts on today are: “ah, me!” Overall, though not perfect, I had a great day today. I think the best part was that all day I was able to not worry about having to go to work tomorrow. I was able to go to a movie, “dance open gym,” strength and flex class, etc. All without feeling like I needed to hurry home to “relax” before hitting the weekly grind again at work. I was also able to schedule my tattoo consultation for later this week. Excited!!
Tomorrow I will be going for an early morning walk at Mt. Tabor park, dance class, and probably some gardening :)
The angel card I picked this evening is: understanding. My goal is to focus on what this means to me tomorrow.
Over the next two weeks (actually a total of 16 days!) I will be on my first ever two week paid vacation! While I have had vacation days before for some reason this feels very grown up, mature, and WELL earned. I am also feeling like the decision to make this a STAYcation feels like a very mature and well thought out decision.
The goals of this vacation are to:
I’d also like to look into getting a tent so I can camp out in my backyard.
I’m going to start working on my schedule right now! In some ways it feels funny to schedule what should be a relaxing time BUT I also know if I don’t plan it out I will not get everything out of this me-focused time as I could/should.
I have three days left on my vacation and I’m wrapping my mind around the moat effective use of my time. I just came back from a five say stay at the beach that was all about sleeping and hot tubbing! Now that I’m back, I don’t really have homework to worry about, but I start my new job on Monday I’m wondering what’s going to put me in the very best position to get as much R&R possible these next few days while also getting my home life organized since my #1 goal for the next few months is SELF-care. With so many things on my “to do list” what’s the best use of my time and energy?
It’s so nice to be able to think like this and not be worried about nagging homework in the background :D
Last night I went to a ladies champagne mixer. There was a short presentation given on the importance of living a passion filled life and the way to get there was to be intentional in what we do. The presenter shared how to strategically go about this. The four key points are to: 1. Clarity - being clear on what your top five passions are 2. Intention - being intentional on what you’re going to put your focus and energy in to 3. Attention - taking clear action steps towards your goals 4. No Tension - this is after you’ve done all you can you must let go and let God
The presenter asked us to write down one intention for 2012. This is what I wrote: “In 2012 I intend to successfully and seamlessly marry my degree in developmental psychology with my excitement for research,best practices, evidence-based decisions into a career that influences education and policy to better serve students and institutions that provide education and academic support.”
Here we go!
So the Biggest Loser 2012 challenge has officially kicked off! YES! I’m so excited to finally be doing something competitive that no matter what is going to benefit me in the end!
Along with the kicking off the healthier side of living I am also planning on kicking off delving into what I really want to be doing with life. I will be done with my master’s at the end of this month and then what?!! I will be committing a significant amount of time to figure that out!