Category Archives: 2011

some of my favorites

This is what we do for extended study breaks. Well in November, and did I mention that I love it that Christmas starts in November at Disney World? Great GIRLS WEEKEND! We need another one of these.

the moon.

Papa please get the moon for me. This was the book that Mike and I got my almost 2 year old cousin Spencer for Christmas. She had the greatest expression when she opened the present. “The MOON!” as she pointed at the cover. Then she realized that the book’s pages opened bigger than the book itself. Big ladders, a big full moon, a crescent moon, and a talking moon, what more could a little girl that loves the moon ask for! This might have been one of the best moments of my Christmas weekend. Even though it was just a little book, Spencer’s face and her little voice being so excited was one of the cutest and sweetest things ever.

day in the life of October.

  1. Eat.
  2. Sleep. (how many do I need to be fully functional?)
  3. Run.
  4. Study.
  5. Birthday (or maybe birth-week?): thanks for the delicious dinner and amazing birthday cake. I think there might be more cakes to come. Some awesome new TOMS , $$$, first set of wine glasses (more to come on that)!
  6. Test.
  7. Repeat.


Blacktober: the wonderful month of October in your second year of medical school. A right of passage, a month (or 6 weeks in our case) of more hours of studying in a week than you thought possible, missing the one I love even though he is sitting in the other room studying too, not actually celebrating my birthday, and hopefully doing well on the second and third set of tests that second year has brought upon us.

Medical school is hard. First year sucks. Second year is better, but do not mistake that for any easier. 36 days and counting until Disney World. Until then guess I will feel like this.


It took a long time for me to figure out how to study and an even longer time to figure out where to study. Yes, these are some of the dilemmas that medical students face. Do I study in a group? Do I study by myself? Do I study at home, a coffee shop, the library, a carrel, or a breakout room?

It took me until finals week of the second semester of medical school to figure out that my optimal study space is at home. The only problem with my study space then was that it was a tiny desk that did not have much room for my computer, books, and notes on it all at the same time. Since  I still had that same desk the time that fall semester rolled around I thought that I still needed a study carrel in the library.

The week after school started I decided that I missed studying at home for many, many reasons. I went to office depot and bought a new desk from office depot. What made it even better is that I got a $300 desk for $99. What a deal! After it took Mike about 2 hours to put together this 65 step desk, I now have a wonderful new study space at home! Here are some of my favorite advantages to spending the weekend at home and knowing that I am disciplined enough to stay in my office to do work:

1. I have a coffee maker at home

2. I do not have to plan what I am taking for lunch or must go out to eat because I didn’t bring anything with me

3. I can see my husband on study breaks

4. Good lighting

5. If my phone rings I can answer it and not have to whisper

6. I can see the outside world

7. I can study as early or as late as I want too

8. I can take my earplugs out and listen to the birds chirping outside

9. When the husband is at home he will make me lunch and dinner so I can have optimal study time with minimal interruptions

10. No added stress of other classmates being stressed


So why do I feel fat? I have felt this way for about 3 weeks now so I finally broke down and stepped on the scale tonight. That was a big mistake. I have gained 3.8 pounds in the past month and I have gained 12 pounds since medical school started. I feel like I am drinking about a gallon of water per day, I only drink one cup of coffee per day and I work out six days a week. I guess maybe my workouts aren’t hard enough, maybe I need to start adding some strength and endurance into every workout that I do. I know that this weight will come off, heck I lost 40 pounds 4 years ago, so I could be healthier, look awesome at my wedding, and look good in a bikini. I do not like the changes that have happened to my body and I need to fix them. Looks like I might be getting up earlier or trying to get two workouts a day in, eating more protein, keep NOT drinking any soda, keep training for the half marathon, all while keeping my head above water in the second year of medical school.

I need some cheers, some motivation, something to make me like the way I look in my skinny jeans again. Ugh I hate scales, I almost hate food now, but its a good thing I like to exercise. Now just to find the right kind of exercise.


There are so many things in life that make motivation lacking when you need motivation to kick you in the butt. Well last night I would say that the LOUD family ladies got some of the best motivation to kick butt this semester: LOUD family Disney World Trip.

There are 18 tests, 10.5 weeks, hours of studying, maybe some sleep, training for a marathon in 12 weeks, club meetings, birthdays, and maybe a few other things that stand between the LOUD family ladies and Disney World. Let’s learn ladies and then we can have fun!

thank you for the motivation, Popi Rick Hastings!

commitment to staying healthy

The first year of medical school was overwhelming and of course it came with a nice weight gain and a lack of endurance. Well my lovely friend Brooke ( Life Love and Med School.), is a runner just like me and we decided to make the commitment to run the Route 66 Half Marathon  on November 20. We are two weeks into our training. I love running and my body is starting to figure out that it has to get up at 6 am in order for me to get my morning run in and get ready for class by 8 am. The accountability of knowing that Brooke is going to be at the school at 630 am every morning makes me get my butt out of bed, to not only disappoint her, but to be a good running and workout partner.

Here is our training program. Half Marathon Training: Intermediate.

Running feels great and my body has missed the sweat, missed the sore muscles, and missed my jeans being loose!