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.
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 =)
So my boyfriend (this is relatively new…did you catch on?) read my blog for the first time and I’m so embarasssedddddd >.<! He mentioned it over the phone and I got really chatty and started talking really fast and almost defensive..oh god he’s going to see this and it’s going to be even more embarassing. Ahhhhh! okay I had to vent just a little bit to you guys! I’M SUCH A DORK. he’s going to know. he already knows. he’s going to know about crazy I am about fitness and how hyper-aware I am of food and how I try to be a photographer…oh well. shit how I have to blog more to push this post down so we can all forget about this outburst.
P.S. Tumblr makes me happy. My dashboard is full of art, yummy recipes, news, and uplifting stories! Also, I’m going to try and share a little more about my life on here, and not just pretend to be this omniscient healthy lifestyle writer. I really admire people like Liz who can talk about their fitness goals, their relationships, and their struggles openly.
So I’ve become food obsessed like everyone else in San Francisco…not really because I love food so much, but I’m fascinated with the effort, love, and dedication people have for the food and restaurant that they’ve created.
On Friday, K and I watched Argo at the Kabuki theater (great movie, learned a lot, Ben Affleck is so talented) and ended up having dinner at one of the last open restaurants in Japantown…I don’t even remember it’s name. It was casual…although I spied a Michelin Recommended certificate. I had soba noodles with mountain vegetables (spinach, carrots, and the standard works) and green tea.
Saturday. I had Farley’s housemade granola with soy milk, and half-caf coffee. Really good granola…dried unsweetened cranberries, not clumped together, not too sweet, generous portions of almonds and pecans, toasted to goldeny perfection. (I must admit, I had a bowl of oatmeal just before this…wasn’t planning on getting food!)
Saturday dinner: So I got K to come over (apparently he grumbled to himself unbeknownst to me) after I finished some studying, and I was searching up restaurants open late. We were too late for the “semi-late” ones, but there was this highly-rated and yelp-popular Korean restaurant open until 2 am further down the muni line. What intrigued me about this place was that people were saying it was in someone’s remodeled garage, and the pictures looked sketchy. I wanted to check out the grungy Korean garage joint! But alas, Toyose, was just a shady exterior which opens up to a pretty cute, regular restaurant. I wanted to see cement floors, fold-up chairs, and random family members walking around. I ate a little bit of Japchae yam noodles and kimchi appetizers. This was around 11 pm…K said it was actually pretty bad and is probably only popular with the drunk crowd at 2am…Probably true.
Sunday morning was a win though! We went to Outerlands for brunch (didn’t have to wait long!) which is such a cute, cozy place. My friend calls it “hipster meets comfort food” which is totally on-point. We sipped on lemon ginger apple cider and barley tea. The cider was sooo yummy! (At first, they mistakenly gave me the bourbon spiked cider…) Although I only slept 6ish hours last night, I knew I wanted some of their famed sugary cider so I worked up the energy to do a morning beach/slight incline run! Then we had granola, persimmon, and yogurt. I don’t really eat yogurt anymore. But this is winning combination right here: persimmon + fresh chopped mint leaves + drizzle of honey (I’ll try it with maple syrup on my own). My entree was the avocado winter citrus salad which was delectable! Tri-colored grapefruit and mandarin wedges, blanched almonds, and ripe avocado topped a bed of sharp greens. It was an interesting combination of flavors. I tried some of K’s dutch pancake with spiced apple which was really satisfying too. Yumm… =)
Oh and I had the best muffin of my life today by Peiru, baker of Sweet Aha Bake Shop. She makes SUCH good muffins! All of her goods are vegan and she doesn’t use any fake vegan substitutes. I had her lemon poppy seed muffin last week…omgodz the taste of real lemon was so good. Today, I tried her ginger cinnamon muffin which I fell in love with.
The end of the weekend. Exam week up next…
Oh and I made kale, white bean, butternut squash ragout & overnight oats tonight too. But I used purple kale and it’s too bitter… =/.
I get this question all the time. and honestly I avoid answering it! I’m always waiting until after I see my exam grades, or stalling until a time when I’m feeling particularly on top of things (never) as to validate my position to even give advice! (confusing sentence…but basically I don’t want to say “Yeah, I’m balancing med school and a healthy lifestyle like a pro! B-)”…and then fail an exam…). However…seeing that I’ve been doing good so far and we just finished our Pulmonary exam today, I can legitimately say I’m balancing a healthy lifestyle and being in med school pretty well!
Also, I don’t want people to think I’m super awesome either. Yes, I’m in med school, I care about people, and I exercise regularly. But I’m around peers and role models who push me to grow, improve, and contribute to learning. Honestly, I’ve never been around so many high-functioning people before…everyone is so gosh-darn efficient and learns so fast!
So my next post will be about how I stay healthy!
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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!
I was able to run 30 minutes on grass today before I felt any discomfort in my knee! Yayy, things are looking up, but I definitely won’t rush it. I’m going to keep taking it easy and super focus on eating well for the rest of the week. Next week it’s back to Week 1 leading to the Nike Women’s Marathon (Oct. 14th)! I’m so excited to start running again, especially with the Olympic track and field events going on. (More favorite moments to come!). I’m just completely mesmerized watching the runners’ form and fluid movement. I’m actually just obsessed with so many British things right now…Doctor who, Sherlock, Downton Abbey, all these shows’ actors, style..I even listened to One Direction while I was running today…good god they make me feel old >.<!
Have a good night and remember to start practicing a good sleeping schedule in preparation for Fall!