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Ultimate Coffee Date – May

I noticed this linkup from Laura and found out more about it (hosted by other fellow GGS ambassadors–Nikki, Jill & Lynda); it seems like a really fun way to get to know other bloggers out there and for you to get to know a little more about me (if you so choose). :] I hope May has been treating everyone well and that you’ll join me for a cup of [virtual] coffee (or tea! I actually rarely drink coffee, which is apparently somewhat blasphemous for a medical student)! I’m a little late in the game in that it’s no longer morning, but better late than never!(?)

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If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I’ve been really happy lately because I got to spend yesterday with two of my closest friends on the planet and we’re getting together again later tonight to make a bunch of food for dinner. We only get to see each other a couple times a year, so I’m always grateful for the time that I get to spend with them. They are the reason why I believe that it’s the company you keep that’s the most important–it doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing. What matters to me is who I’m with, because we could be doing anything (or nothing) and would still find a way to have a blast. <3 Case in point, here’s us derping around in front of a whole lot of Star Wars paraphernalia.

Yoda Fountain! (They’ve apparently witnessed people dueling here at night with lightsabers.)

With Darth looming behind us.

We take our jobs seriously.

Why do you suddenly have a face!?

If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I took a cat on a [successful] walk for the first time yesterday, and it was awesome. I’ve tried taking my own cat out, but she is terrified of the world and would only army-crawl everywhere. I felt bad because she was having such a miserable time, so I brought her back home after only about 10 minutes outside. I also discovered yesterday that the fog in SF is so infamous, it has its own name (Karl) and following on instagram (karlthefog). The person behind karlthefog has a pretty hilarious sense of humor and I’ve been really enjoying reading the captions of “his” posts.

We took turns walking him around. :D He is adorable. Bus drivers would notice him and drive in super-stealth mode so as not to frighten him. It was really sweet.  :]

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We took him (the cat, not the fog) to Baker Beach!

If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I recently found the best Thai restaurant ever (Amphawa Thai Noodle House) nestled on Geary St. in San Francisco. The four of us pigged out like no other last night (we hadn’t eaten pretty much all day), and I can safely say that everything we ordered (…7 different dishes) was super flavorful and delicious. I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite dish out of the seven because they were all so, so good. It’s basically become my favorite Thai restaurant of all time, and I hope we can go back again sometime. <3 I really want to learn to make all of this.

If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I am very much dreading the end of this month, and even more so, the end of next month. I’m signed up to take my boards soon and am fairly certain that no matter how much I study, I’m never going to feel ready. I’m trying to remain optimistic and to remind myself that I know more than I think I do, and that if I give it my all, that’s really all that I can do, so I should stop stressing and just do what I can…but seeing as how my entire future’s riding on it, I’m still really worried. I hope everything will turn out okay.
If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I really dislike long-distance running, but lately, I’ve seriously been considering incorporating it back into my life. Maybe “long-distance” is pushing it, but now that the weather is finally starting to get nice again (assuming that it decides to stick around), I think I may start doing interval training again outside. :] I’d get to enjoy a little sunlight and nature, which is always nice since I spend most of my time cooped up somewhere and studying. Maybe sometime this year, I’ll even sign up for a race or something! :O The first and only one I ever did was the Nike Women’s Marathon back in 2010, so…it’s really been a while.

If we were having coffee/tea this morning afternoon, I would tell you that I love and miss pole dancing, which used to be a huge part of my life back in 2011. (The past tense makes me really sad.) I actually stopped lifting weights for over half a year because of it (also partly because I no longer had a gym), since it was an absolutely amazing workout, and I wanted to save my strength for poling. Normally, you’d think that a dance studio filled with a whole ton of girls (and now some boys) would inevitably end up with drama, but everyone there is incredibly friendly, supportive and encouraging. I really think it has to do with the way Bel runs the studio, and the kind of example she sets for everyone that comes in. I miss being a fixture there (and all the people in it), and I’ve been at a standstill in terms of progression/improvement because I never get the chance to pole anymore (life, or more specifically, school) gets in the way of that. I’m a little sad that I have to keep this very separate from my school/professional life because although I’m in no way ashamed of it, I live in a fairly conservative area and don’t really want to deal with what could potentially happen if, say, my school (or some of the rather unsavory dudes there) were to find out about this.

I just came back from a workshop this morning and am all sorts of sore (but it’s a good kind of hurt, and one that I’m not liable to feel for another couple months [til I’m back here again], so bring it on! The post-workout chocolate berry protein smoothies make life better. :]

So there we have it! I really appreciate everyone that takes the time to come by and read my blog. :] Aside from my closest friends, I’ve never actually told anyone else I know about this “place,” which I consider to be my safe haven of sorts when I need a break from school. I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

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May Fitness Challenge Kickoff

May 1

Yesterday kicked off the May Fitness Challenge over at JVKom Chronicles! Just [at least] 20 minutes once a day every day seems completely doable! There’s a link-up every Friday, and although I rarely talk about my workouts/fitness in general because food seems to encompass my entire life, I’m going to try to incorporate more of that from now on. Case in point, my roommate at the shelter (otherwise known as the adorable cat near the end of this post) thinks I’m full of all the crazies because she got to witness me doing all of these other than the jump squats. I think I’m off to a pretty good start though!

  • 1×100 glute bridges
  • 1×50 BW squats
  • 1×25 jump squats
  • 3×25 quadruped donkey kicks on each side
  • 3×25 quadruped hip extensions on each side
  • 5×2-minute Supermans (this is mainly because I do most of my studying while lying on my stomach; my back will probably hate me in the future)
  • A hell of a lot of super-powerwalking between different terminals/gates at the WV/DC/SF airports

I had an absolutely beautiful view whilst doing my jump squats!

May 2

I’m back home for a week before I go into my all-out study hibernation, so I went to two morning classes at Twirly Girls. It’s been ages since I’ve been on a pole because I had to take mine down at my apartment. (The surprise visits from my landlady were making life a little difficult.) It’s so good to be home. <3

I can still caterpillar-climb! :D!

Afterward, I took BART over to SF to visit my friends at their workplace. I was going to study at the Starbucks they had downstairs, but since the office was somewhat empty today, I just took up residence at a desk next to them and we worked on being productive. :O They’re a short walk away from the Palace of Fine Arts, so we took a walk there and back.

I got a guest badge and everything!

I am in love with their office. This is the snack stash, and the refrigerator’s loaded with Odwalla and greek yogurt. There’s a toaster oven and microwave all lined up next to it. *-*

This actually makes me want to take up running again. :o

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All in all, today boiled down to the following:

  • 3 hours of pole
  • 15 minutes of speedwalking the streets of downtown SF
  • 20 minute stroll near the Palace of Fine Arts
  • 30 minute walk out to Baker Beach with my friend’s cat, Elios

The day is still young and we have a lot more to explore, so I’ll leave it at that. :D

Total: 295 minutes in 2 days!

The #20×31 fitness challenge is hosted by Jen, Samantha, Carley and Anna. It’s not too late to join if you’re interested! Just 20 minutes per day for the month of May! :]

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One of the only things I really dislike about living in WV is really just that it’s so far away from the people/things that I love. I had all these grand plans to be productive and get some studying done in advance while I was home. …I’m a little ashamed to admit that absolutely none of it has gotten done (none of the academic-related stuff, anyway). I’ve been trying to see as much of my friends/family as possible while also trying to go back to living at Twirly Girls, working out, and making good food. :O You’d think this wouldn’t take up too much time, but oh believe me, it does. ._.

In any case, I was absolutely thrilled because I got to take a workshop (this never usually happens because I’m never here ;_; ) yesterday! Since I had my photoshoot on Sunday and a lesson right before the workshop, I was basically dead, but I tried my best to absorb as much as I could, and I have a bunch of new goals to train for. :] Joey is such a sweetie! :D It was great meeting him and learning from him! :]

I miss living here. <3

fitness goals

My neighbor mentioned the other day (yesterday) that he’s glad he’s managed to stay in shape, because a lot of people in our class have started to “let go.” (All the stress and studying.) The most common excuse is always “I don’t have time.”

Not true.

You don’t have the time because you don’t make the time for it. There is a definite difference. (We had this concept ingrained into us in EXB from Dr. Paul long, long ago.) If you have time to get drunk every day of the weekend and partially into the weekdays, I think you do in fact have the time to work out. You just choose not to. As long as you own up to the fact that you are prioritizing other things in favor of exercising, we will not have a problem.

For instance, I definitely haven’t been exercising every day, but I am consciously aware of my decision during finals week to forgo working out in favor of more studying. Sometimes, I wonder if this is a mistake, because I’m generally a whole lot more functional/alive/energetic when I do exercise that day, but the stress and the “what if I look at that one slide one more time and it’s actually on the test and I missed it because I went to go work out instead of reading it!?” gets to me.

I try to continue to work out regularly for a variety of reasons (e.g. I like collecting brag rights, I don’t want to be a disgrace to my undergraduate major, I want to be able to practice what I preach/lead by example because no patient is going to listen to me when I tell them to eat healthy foods/exercise if I’m a fat blob, and let’s face it, I’m also kinda vain), so I thought I’d make a list of goals that I want to accomplish. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s a fan of making lists and crossing stuff off of it. There’s just something about it that makes you feel all accomplished and stuffs. I have a bad habit of making a billion overly ambitious goals, so I’ve been trying to remedy this by doing progression-type lists. Here’s my newest one (to be completed, maintained, and/or surpassed hopefully by the end of the school year)!

I’m just gonna go ahead and say that the first goal will undoubtedly be the most difficult for me because it’s a compound goal that involves all kinds of lifestyle changes that I need to keep consistent (clean eating, I have down most of the time, but the drinking water and cardio? Yeah, no. I’m about the farthest you could get from a “cardio queen.” ._.)

1) Get my BF% down to 20%. (Ideal goal = 17-18%.)
Basically, this goal involves clean eating, probably drinking 6+ more cups of fluid than I usually do because my natural state leans towards being a human cactus without the water storage part, and actually doing cardio instead of just strength training.

I actually have no effing clue what I’m at right now, so this may be somewhat of a stretch (stretch only because I am a bottomless pit when it comes to food). When I offered myself up as lab material for the hydrostatic tank back in spring quarter of 2010, I was at 21-22%. I ran a half-marathon about half a year later, so it likely went down…but my year in NJ probably screwed it over like no other. Oh, the joy of unstoppable eating when it’s cold and the plethora of good food around me. ;_; Not that I was complaining, but definite repercussions went along with that. :[ So I want to work to remedy this! Unfortunately, it probably really just means not consuming foods like the black hole that I am, and possibly actually doing cardio again, because I think I’m mildly beasting the weightlifting part. If you were to punch my stomach, you would feel abs of steel! Underneath the pudge.

2) Be able to deadlift 1.5x my body weight. (Ideal goal = 2x BW)
I can technically already do this, but I want to recheck form.

3) Be able to squat 1.5x my body weight. (Not sure what my ideal goal is yet. We’ll see what I can do.)
I’m at 170 right now, so only 10 pounds more!

4) Be able to bench press my body weight. (Same as with squats. We shall see.)
I’m…at 90, so I have a ways to go.

5) Run a 7 minute mile. (Ideal = sub-7)
The fastest I’ve gone is 7:30 on a treadmill. But treadmills are infinitely easier than real-life running, so I’m not sure yet which one I mean. I hate cardio with enough of a passion that it might just be “sub-7 minute mile on a treadmill.” :[

6) Teach and perform a hula for the international festival in January.
This may just turn into me performing a solo hula for the international festival in January, because we have yet to meet so I can teach em’, and time’s a-tickin’.

7) Get a resting HR of under 60. Hooray for increased stroke volume?

I have way too many pole dancing goals, so that cannot go on here or the list would never end.

in the pole closet

I came across the term in studioveena yesterday and thought, “How very fitting.”

Although it’s pretty much a big part of my life and one of my absolute favorite hobbies, it isn’t something that most people know about. My closest friends and everyone at TG (duh) are a given. I think my closest friends have known since day 1, since I wouldn’t shut up about it and it was why I was always gone (aka the summer where I lived/camped out at Twirly Girls). It’s been a joke between everyone at the studio and me on how long I could keep up this whole thing without my parents finding out about it. As of yet, they still don’t know, although summer of 2011 is when my mom started suspecting that I had leukemia because I kept coming home with a billion sizable bruises. My dad would make cracks about how my future patients would never want me as their doctor because I was so clumsy. (Honestly, it helped that I was a klutz, because I could use that to explain basically all but the inner thigh bruising.)

But aside from that, I section it off from the rest of my life/world, not because I’m not proud to be a pole dancer or that I’m in any way ashamed of it, but because (especially now) professionally speaking, it would be on the slight side of terrible for this relatively conservative community to find out that one of their future doctors also happens to be a recreational pole dancer.

I can’t tell you how overjoyed I was when I finally saw the pole I ordered sitting outside my apartment though. It’d be so much better off in my living room (so much more space ;_: ), but for the time being, it’s staying in my room because every time I open the door for anyone (or if my landlord ever happens to walk in to make sure things are okay…), it’d be all kinds of awkward.

Case in point, he came over today to see when I wanted to take my AC units out (I haven’t used them at all since my parents left since I get cold kinda easily. Activate, BAT’s!! :[ ), and for a moment, I was kinda panicking because he was like, “I can take them out whenever (as in today, if you want).” Which is really awesome and super helpful of him, but my pole is up in my room right now and although taking it down doesn’t take too long, there was no way I could have stalled him long enough to actually take it down without him seeing it ;_;

Everything’s a-okay though. :D haha. Taking them out next week. :X

Long story short, I’m halfway in and out of the pole closet. :[