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I thought HDR photos are suppose to be sharp…This photo probably turned out crappy because I felt so awkward taking a mirror-selfie at the gym and snapped it too fast. 
Anyways, done with my morning weights/strength workout! (6:30-7:20am) Did chest and back topped off with some burpees and tuck jumps. Another gym-goer turned to me and said, “nice jumps…” It was an awkward conversation starter but it lead to learning about kettlebells and headsteads. FYI, kettlebells started in Russian military training as a cheaper alternative to dumbbells and weights. 
Swimming at 5:30pm!  

I thought HDR photos are suppose to be sharp…This photo probably turned out crappy because I felt so awkward taking a mirror-selfie at the gym and snapped it too fast. 

Anyways, done with my morning weights/strength workout! (6:30-7:20am) Did chest and back topped off with some burpees and tuck jumps. Another gym-goer turned to me and said, “nice jumps…” It was an awkward conversation starter but it lead to learning about kettlebells and headsteads. FYI, kettlebells started in Russian military training as a cheaper alternative to dumbbells and weights. 

Swimming at 5:30pm!  

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Just trying Jamba Juice’s new kale, beet, carrot, apple, ginger fresh-squeezed juice! It’s a nasty color, but tastes pretty good. It definitely is more of a vegetable juice than a fruity one. Worth a try or make a similar one at home! (if I get another one, I’ll watch to see how much of each ingredient they use!) 
Theory: skin is decent even by the end of med school year 1 because of daily carrot juice =) loveee it. 

Just trying Jamba Juice’s new kale, beet, carrot, apple, ginger fresh-squeezed juice! It’s a nasty color, but tastes pretty good. It definitely is more of a vegetable juice than a fruity one. Worth a try or make a similar one at home! (if I get another one, I’ll watch to see how much of each ingredient they use!) 

Theory: skin is decent even by the end of med school year 1 because of daily carrot juice =) loveee it. 

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Just wanted to throw up the most recent picture of me (with classmate, and high school friend). This is at XS in Vegas over Spring Break/last month. I realized ya’ll haven’t seen me in forever (I’m the green girl on the left)! I haven’t been taking many pictures in medical school. I’m also kind of nervous to take pictures with my boyfriend. I wouldn’t mind and it’d be cute to have pictures together =)…but what if I don’t look pretty in the picture, or it’s a bad angle >.<…I draw doodles of us with MessageMe (app) and send it to him instead ha. 
BTW, Vegas was fun and I actually learned a lot! Like who I’m comfortable around, who I have similar interests to, and what some of my classmates are like outside of medical school. 

Just wanted to throw up the most recent picture of me (with classmate, and high school friend). This is at XS in Vegas over Spring Break/last month. I realized ya’ll haven’t seen me in forever (I’m the green girl on the left)! I haven’t been taking many pictures in medical school. I’m also kind of nervous to take pictures with my boyfriend. I wouldn’t mind and it’d be cute to have pictures together =)…but what if I don’t look pretty in the picture, or it’s a bad angle >.<…I draw doodles of us with MessageMe (app) and send it to him instead ha. 

BTW, Vegas was fun and I actually learned a lot! Like who I’m comfortable around, who I have similar interests to, and what some of my classmates are like outside of medical school. 

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My roommate and I using kettlebells for the first time! They&#8217;ve been popular for a long time (I just found an article from 2004 about their benefits). I liked them; definitely want to do more workouts using them! Do you use kettlebells? Can you share with me a workout? I need some ideas!
-Geraldine
P.S. The picture is blurry because I couldn&#8217;t stay perfectly still on one-leg! 

My roommate and I using kettlebells for the first time! They’ve been popular for a long time (I just found an article from 2004 about their benefits). I liked them; definitely want to do more workouts using them! Do you use kettlebells? Can you share with me a workout? I need some ideas!

-Geraldine

P.S. The picture is blurry because I couldn’t stay perfectly still on one-leg! 

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Gym Class Reviews

Hellooo everyone! I just started school again and one of the first things I did was upgrade from student to student premier gym membership (and a locker for my workout clothes and accessories)! It’s totally worth the extra 20 bucks since I’ve already taken 3 new classes my first week! I plan on taking 2-3 classes a week. I’m most interested in strengthening and yoga classes, but I’m also intrigued by spinning! Okay so, my roommates, who also got the upgrade, are motivated to stay in shape and workout throughout our medical school studies. They plan to workout about 4 times a week to get stronger, relieve stress, and tone up. The classes I took were: 

BodyPump (55 min): This was super fun!!! It’s all high repetition with lower weights lifting, so it’s challenging, but you don’t sweat a lot. We did a variety of squats, lunges, arm curls, tricep exercises, shoulders, and abs. We use a mini bar bell to which you add as much weight as you can handle. It’s a popular class because its intense and it works! The music used is upbeat and gets you into the groove. We loved our energetic instructor too =) My roommate and I were a little embarrassed at first to start out with lower weights, but we focused on form and we’re ready to pump it up next time! If you don’t want to do weights in the gym by yourself or don’t know of a good routine, I suggest signing up for a class like BodyPump. 

Integrated Yoga (1 hour): Okay so this was kind of boring…It was very basic so we didn’t even get to do many poses. And there was no music. This class is supposed to incorporate a lot of techniques from different branches of yoga, but all we really did was back stretches and triangle…The teacher was cool though. She went around to help and correct our alignment. She’s also like 65, skinny, fit, and bohemian-styled. It’s kind of weird to see senior citizens demonstrate how to tuck your tailbone…but whatever, I know I’m going to be one of those ladies one day!  However, I love doing yoga after a confusing day at school or work. It helps me focus on something singular, straight forward, and just about my physical well-being. 

Athletic Conditioning (1 hour): This was the most intense class I’ve ever taken. It was way harder than the NTC workouts I’ve done. We exhausted all our muscle groups, did nonstop cardio blasts, and had super short shake-out breaks. For legs, we did squats like there was no tomorrow. What killed me were squats-on-toe-raises..UGH. My legs were shaking uncontrollable it was crazy!!! We did this simple quad lift and extension which started to burn after about reps. Me and another student from across the room made eye contact and started laughing because we were both in so much pain. The props used were: a light-weight ball, full bosu ball, step, and sets of light and heavy weights. It was crazy I thought I was going to die multiple times. The teacher was awesome and I’m sad that she’s just about to leave…I will probably try the class again although I’m pretty scared. You can work your triceps pretty well by just kicking back several times, and then pulsing! 

Other ways I stayed active this week include: walking to and from school (my roomies and I do this together!), long walks with hills and stairs on rest days, and lots of stretching. ALSO, a great way to strengthen your back AND stay awake in lecture is to sit up incredibly straight! 

Oh and yesterday was my White Coat Ceremony =)! I told a lot of my classmates and even some of my instructors about you guys and my blog! Everyone’s really supportive and I’m looking forward to bringing fresh ideas to your dashboard! 

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Summer&#8217;s almost over!!! This is the last month until I start medical school. The local high schools start next week! I&#8217;ve been helping a group of college students with a campus mural, still have 3 paintings of my own to finish, a couple piano pieces to master, and some back-to-school shopping. I don&#8217;t think I&#8217;ll get to swimming lessons&#8230;What projects do you still have to finish? Is there anything left on your summer bucket list? 

Summer’s almost over!!! This is the last month until I start medical school. The local high schools start next week! I’ve been helping a group of college students with a campus mural, still have 3 paintings of my own to finish, a couple piano pieces to master, and some back-to-school shopping. I don’t think I’ll get to swimming lessons…What projects do you still have to finish? Is there anything left on your summer bucket list? 

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After foiled plans for a March marathon, I finally made it in one piece to the starting line on July 29th, 2012! Can you see me in the first picture? (hint: shortest one in the front). It was kind of embarrassing; the announcer asked us how many of us were first-time marathoners. I was the only one in the front row to raise my hand. Everyone around me looked like seasoned racers… But honestly, I just wanted to be in the front so I could see my mom and have pictures taken LOL. So this was basically how my race went:
Miles 1-13: I started off faster than I intended too partly due to nerves and partly due to how fast the other runners were going. I used the restroom at the first aid station, which was a hard decision for me. Then around mile 4, I started to panic because I felt a sharp pain shoot up my foot and ankle.  It was bad. I started to worry that I’d have to drop out now and go home. I thought of how disappointed my mom would be and my relatives&#8217; sad faces&#8230;However, it wasn’t an unfamiliar pain. I’ve felt it before on a long during which I overcame the sensation. I stopped, walked, stretched my calves, flexed my foot, and tried to run again. The pain didn’t go away! I applied what I had just learned about proper running form. Stand upright and lean slightly forward. This helped by minimizing heel-striking and encouraging a mid-foot strike. However, I did have to run more on the ball of my foot than I’m used to for the entire race which is why my calves are currently tight masses of fury right now. We ran across the Golden Gate Bridge during miles 6-9 which was pretty neat (except we were so squished and couldn’t  get around people).  The first half went by really fast!.
Miles 13-20:  I started getting a little fatigued and was still running partially on the balls of my feet to avoid tweaking my foot and ankle. I just kept thinking about getting to the next aid station, seeing my family at the end, and staying strong. Throughout the race, people were mostly passing me, but by now I found my people! I was fighting negative thoughts during this time, but the bubbly, happy thoughts prevailed. I was kind of bummed that I wouldn’t make it in under 4 hours like I had hoped.
Miles 20-25: This was the point when I really felt like I was running a marathon.  Everyone says the last 6.2 miles are the worst…but it didn’t feel that way to me. I was so excited to break new ground! This was the real deal now! After mile 23, I wanted to speed up, but I couldn&#8217;t lift my legs any higher. My hip flexors were so sore. I realized that everyone was in pain at this point, so I wasn’t a special and weak case. I was so happy and excited to reach mile 25 because at this point, I was for sure going to make it across the finish line…even if I had to walk!
Miles 26.2: They weren’t lying. There really is an end! The announcer called out my name as I ran across the finish line and I met up with my family! It really was a beautiful and proud moment for me. The best feeling was the release of all the stress from worrying about pulling a muscle or hurting my foot. I was really worried about getting injured throughout the race. Also, I thought, “Hey, that actually wasn’t as fun as I thought it’d be…” I think I was too stressed about my foot spazzing again to really enjoy the run. But wow, I can’t believe I finished! My time was 4:09 (9:30 min/mile)!  After a year of planning, sustaining injuries, training on and off, fixing eating habits, and 3 consistent months of running…I ran a marathon!!!
Thank you sooo much to my parents and cousins who tried hard and came to San Francisco with me!  They gave me so much motivation and energy.  
The best advice I can give is to treat each mile like a new adventure. 
Pictures: The starting line at 5:50 am, close up of me (and who’d I look like if I was a guy), water show around the Bay Bridge, me running up to the finish line, my parents and I after the race, my cousins and me at brunch! 
Much love,
Geraldine 

After foiled plans for a March marathon, I finally made it in one piece to the starting line on July 29th, 2012! Can you see me in the first picture? (hint: shortest one in the front). It was kind of embarrassing; the announcer asked us how many of us were first-time marathoners. I was the only one in the front row to raise my hand. Everyone around me looked like seasoned racers… But honestly, I just wanted to be in the front so I could see my mom and have pictures taken LOL. So this was basically how my race went:

Miles 1-13: I started off faster than I intended too partly due to nerves and partly due to how fast the other runners were going. I used the restroom at the first aid station, which was a hard decision for me. Then around mile 4, I started to panic because I felt a sharp pain shoot up my foot and ankle.  It was bad. I started to worry that I’d have to drop out now and go home. I thought of how disappointed my mom would be and my relatives’ sad faces…However, it wasn’t an unfamiliar pain. I’ve felt it before on a long during which I overcame the sensation. I stopped, walked, stretched my calves, flexed my foot, and tried to run again. The pain didn’t go away! I applied what I had just learned about proper running form. Stand upright and lean slightly forward. This helped by minimizing heel-striking and encouraging a mid-foot strike. However, I did have to run more on the ball of my foot than I’m used to for the entire race which is why my calves are currently tight masses of fury right now. We ran across the Golden Gate Bridge during miles 6-9 which was pretty neat (except we were so squished and couldn’t  get around people).  The first half went by really fast!.

Miles 13-20:  I started getting a little fatigued and was still running partially on the balls of my feet to avoid tweaking my foot and ankle. I just kept thinking about getting to the next aid station, seeing my family at the end, and staying strong. Throughout the race, people were mostly passing me, but by now I found my people! I was fighting negative thoughts during this time, but the bubbly, happy thoughts prevailed. I was kind of bummed that I wouldn’t make it in under 4 hours like I had hoped.

Miles 20-25: This was the point when I really felt like I was running a marathon.  Everyone says the last 6.2 miles are the worst…but it didn’t feel that way to me. I was so excited to break new ground! This was the real deal now! After mile 23, I wanted to speed up, but I couldn’t lift my legs any higher. My hip flexors were so sore. I realized that everyone was in pain at this point, so I wasn’t a special and weak case. I was so happy and excited to reach mile 25 because at this point, I was for sure going to make it across the finish line…even if I had to walk!

Miles 26.2: They weren’t lying. There really is an end! The announcer called out my name as I ran across the finish line and I met up with my family! It really was a beautiful and proud moment for me. The best feeling was the release of all the stress from worrying about pulling a muscle or hurting my foot. I was really worried about getting injured throughout the race. Also, I thought, “Hey, that actually wasn’t as fun as I thought it’d be…” I think I was too stressed about my foot spazzing again to really enjoy the run. But wow, I can’t believe I finished! My time was 4:09 (9:30 min/mile)!  After a year of planning, sustaining injuries, training on and off, fixing eating habits, and 3 consistent months of running…I ran a marathon!!!

Thank you sooo much to my parents and cousins who tried hard and came to San Francisco with me!  They gave me so much motivation and energy.  

The best advice I can give is to treat each mile like a new adventure

Pictures: The starting line at 5:50 am, close up of me (and who’d I look like if I was a guy), water show around the Bay Bridge, me running up to the finish line, my parents and I after the race, my cousins and me at brunch! 

Much love,

Geraldine 

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Broccoli Banana Smoothie: 
1 banana
1 apple
3/4 cup broccoli 
1/2 cup soy milk
1/4 avocado 
2 cups ice
This is quite a luxurious and rich smoothie. It&#8217;s perfect as a stand-alone breakfast-on-the-go option since it contains ~300 calories, but fills you up an incredible amount. If you want to also eat something else for breakfast, consider using unsweetened almond milk instead of soy. If you&#8217;re really hardcore, just use water, but I don&#8217;t think I can handle this recipe without something smoother. For me, I had 75% of this recipe, toast + avocado, and decaf coffee + soy milk for breakfast. 
Also, also! If you are trying to increase your calorie intake &amp; and gain needed weight, avocado smoothies are great for giving you calories and nutrition without bloating!  

Broccoli Banana Smoothie: 

  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple
  • 3/4 cup broccoli 
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1/4 avocado 
  • 2 cups ice

This is quite a luxurious and rich smoothie. It’s perfect as a stand-alone breakfast-on-the-go option since it contains ~300 calories, but fills you up an incredible amount. If you want to also eat something else for breakfast, consider using unsweetened almond milk instead of soy. If you’re really hardcore, just use water, but I don’t think I can handle this recipe without something smoother. For me, I had 75% of this recipe, toast + avocado, and decaf coffee + soy milk for breakfast. 

Also, also! If you are trying to increase your calorie intake & and gain needed weight, avocado smoothies are great for giving you calories and nutrition without bloating!  

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Does anyone still do GPOYW anymore? Oh well, life update time: Yosemite (more photos on the way), took my 14 year old brother to Disneyland for his first time last weekend and this was his favorite moment (Is it sad that he didn&#8217;t go as a little kid?), had a solo voice recital (faced my fear!), modern dance performance (first time choreographing), getting ready to go to Cancun TOMORROW (first time here!), finishing lots of writing projects, starting to find roommates/apartment for med school (excited to move!!!), gathering school paperworks, signed up for yoga, public speaking, jazz dance, and swimming classes this summer! 
What is everyone else doing this summer? 
P.S. Off the shoulder shirt did NOTHING for my tan lines&#8230;And I really like theme parks because you&#8217;re always walking and on the go&#8230;and Mickey is stepping on my foot.

Does anyone still do GPOYW anymore? Oh well, life update time: Yosemite (more photos on the way), took my 14 year old brother to Disneyland for his first time last weekend and this was his favorite moment (Is it sad that he didn’t go as a little kid?), had a solo voice recital (faced my fear!), modern dance performance (first time choreographing), getting ready to go to Cancun TOMORROW (first time here!), finishing lots of writing projects, starting to find roommates/apartment for med school (excited to move!!!), gathering school paperworks, signed up for yoga, public speaking, jazz dance, and swimming classes this summer! 

What is everyone else doing this summer? 


P.S. Off the shoulder shirt did NOTHING for my tan lines…And I really like theme parks because you’re always walking and on the go…and Mickey is stepping on my foot.

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Do people still do GPOYW? Ha anyways, this is me and my new, my-size, hybrid bicycle! I wish I had it while I was in college…instead I had this heavy Schwinn-made-for-Target mountain bicycle which was such a pain to ride up hills (got massive calves from it though). 4 years in college, 3 different bicycles (2 stolen, and 1 won in a raffle). I biked to school almost everyday and got such satisfaction from passing by the bus line which oftentimes wrapped around the corner. Nowadays, I just bike a few times a month for fun and exercise.

We we have any cyclists here? Any advice on getting started with road-biking?

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So many Asian ladies getting our &#8220;rau&#8221; and fennel&#8230;I&#8217;m proud to say that I didn&#8217;t try and hangle prices. OH and don&#8217;t think that everything at a farmer&#8217;s market is organic&#8230;look for a sign or when in doubt, ask straight-up! Sometimes growers take advantage of the fact that many ppl assume that &#8220;Farmer&#8217;s markets only carry organic produce,&#8221; and hike up their prices.

So many Asian ladies getting our “rau” and fennel…I’m proud to say that I didn’t try and hangle prices. OH and don’t think that everything at a farmer’s market is organic…look for a sign or when in doubt, ask straight-up! Sometimes growers take advantage of the fact that many ppl assume that “Farmer’s markets only carry organic produce,” and hike up their prices.

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Hey everyone, The weather’s going to get really nice soon (and not just in California!) so make sure to explore your local farmer’s market once-in-a-while! I’m lucky I can walk to mine. There’s something so satisfying in eating foods that were just recently picked you know? I’m planning to make a mini-vegetable garden after I finish my chicken coop.

1) Picking out the best bunch of carrots is hard.

2) Oh, look I made my choice!

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