Praying for the Boston marathoners and their families for good physical recoveries and even stronger mental breakthroughs. I hope their collective energy and courage brought to the starting line channels to a rectifying cause. The marathon is a time for hope, encouragement, and the redefinition of unattainable. It’s to push your limit and to see what greater person you can become. I can’t believe any organization would target such an event.
I never noticed I didn’t mention Beans, Lentils, and tofu! I personally don’t like tempeh because it’s higher in fat and has a gritty texture.
What do you mean Grocery Guide for Singles? I definitely do want to make some guides for grocery shopping, my favorite pastime!
Hi! Thanks for reading :D. I think these are really important:
Getting my priorities straight:
This post is to remind me of the most important things going on right now, and to not stress about the items lower/off the list. 1-3 are non-negotiable (taking care of yourself is a must!) 4-6…depends how happy while I’m involved.
Monday: BodyJam (50 minutes)
Tuesday: Elliptical trainer (45 minutes)
Wednesday: Elliptical trainer (50 minutes)
Thursday: Elliptical trainer (45 minutes)
Friday: BodyPump (50 minutes)
Saturday: Hike, 6-7 miles
Sunday: Running, hills, (45 minutes)
Wow, I was on the elliptical a lot this week! For stress relief, I prefer high-intensity cardio over strength training. I find that I need cardio/stress relief more during the week then strength. One of my advisers told me that the two most effective ways to get over worrying or anxiety is through heart-pumping cardiovascular exercise and meditation. I’ve incorporated both in my weekly routine. But, my goal is still 2x strength training sessions a week. I can cut my cardio down to 30 minutes, and do 15 minutes of lifting for the upcoming weeks.
BodyJam is usually my favorite workout during the week, but our instructors were away this week. The substitute instructor is nice and enthusiastic, but doesn’t get me as motivated and isn’t as funny as our regular leaders. I picked myself up in the last half in order to break a sweat and to have fun dancing!
Going hard on the elliptical feels great. I usually use a set program (interval training, fat burner, or cross country) and make sure I mix in high-resistance periods with short rests. Make sure you have good posture when you’re using cardio machines and keep your abs on.
It’s the start of Spring Break, so I was able to get out of the city this weekend and go hiking around Stinson Beach with my boyfriend. It was a beautiful trail featuring overgrown groves, shady trees, and a running creek. The hike takes you through damp woody paths, to deciduous forests, up to grassy plains, and down through a redwood grove. The view from the top of the trail is beautiful. On this clear day, we could see down towards the Golden Gate Bridge all the way north to Point Reyes. I love being in the outdoors, and what struck me was how quiet and peaceful it was out there. It felt so wonderful to be out of the city and surrounded by traffic. However, I was a little distracted. I was having a lot of fun, but I wasn’t sure that my boyfriend really was enjoying himself. I think it was fine though.
BodyPump was good this week…did better in triceps and was able to increase weights for squats and clean presses.
P.S. I’m going to Vegas tomorrow! :D
Hi! I hope applying to grad schools is going well. You probably have made your decision already. I’m sure you’ll get into one of your top choices with all the activities you are doing. I agree that keeping a regular exercise regimen helps productivity and staying on schedule.
I eat vegan about 95% of the time, and I find it a very balanced nutrition plan! As for gaining weight, definitely make sure you are eating enough. Do you have time for meals? Do not deprive yourself even if you are busy. You deserve time to eat and to relax! Make sure you have a protein source at every meal. For example, I drink soy milk as part of breakfast, beans as a main part of lunch, and lentils as a dinner entree. Try and do 2-3 strength workouts a week in place of cardio. Some people are naturally underweight…have you always been thin and are your family members generally thin? Being underweight is big concern if it’s from recent weight loss.
Dried plums/prunes ARE a clean food. It is the 9th food richest in antioxidants! They are the only dried fruit I regularly eat…and they keep me regular ;-). For the most part dried fruits are not that healthy for you. However, they make delicious toppings which can replace brown sugar and chocolate chips. Also, they can satisfy a sweet craving without ruining your eating plan…For example, a serving of dried mango or plums is better than reaching for some jelly beans. Try and eat mostly fresh fruits!
Hi! What a GREAT time to start exercising! For a healthy person, having no medical complications, here are some ways to increase your running stamina.
1) Drink water before, and after 10 minutes of running. This will help with feeling dizzy and lightheaded.
2) Take a walking break after 10 minutes, and then do one more round.
3) Stretch briefly before, and for 7-10 minutes after exercising. (Something I need to work on too.
4) Strengthen major muscles by doing: calf raises, squats, and lunges.
5) Keep it up!
quick post to say “I’m alive… >.<”
Ideas to come:
-1-day Juice Cleanse report
-med school & life update
-Grit/Les Mills review
-way better snacks review
Today in Small Group, our facilitator asked us to share (icebreaker alert) what we’d be if we weren’t going to be doctors. I felt like I got to know people a little better after hearing their responses…like wow, we don’t always take ourselves that seriously. My classmates would have been bakers, chefs, real estate agents, school administrators, nannies, and even one that would just snowboard all day and live at his parent’s house.
As for me, I said…”Obviously, I would be a supermodel!” No one laughed. I laughed. Then everyone else joined in! “No really, I would be a painter =)” But just after, I realized I told K on Valentine’s Day that I would have been a pianist/musician and would have gone the academically rigorous musical route.
It was just a really quick and fun talk =)