Thursday, November 10, 2016

Keeping yourself Fit & Healthy


With our increasingly busy schedules and the impending cooler days ahead, it's easy to call out from your gym session or just go straight home to your comfy clothes and warm home. I too fall prey to this ill demise. In my journey to keep a fit life among all outside inclinations, I'd like to share a few items and tricks that I use to stay active to help inspire you to be more active and get fit for life!

1. Drink water throughout the day: Keep a bottle of water on hand and set goals to drink throughout the day. I personally aim to refill mine at lunch and again before heading to the gym ensuring that I am getting my adequate amount of at least 64 oz a day.
2. Fight that end of the work day slump: Finding the energy at the end of the workday to carry yourself through a complete workout can be quite the feat. If I'm not able to get to my afternoon caffeine fix, then the motivation to get to the gym I had the night before and maybe that morning of are going right out the window. That is of course, unless I don't have my energy gummies on hand. I like the Olly band ones, they are green tea based with a hint of ginger that adds a kick!
3. Keep a fitness journal: I keep, on my phone, what workouts I like to rotate through. This helps me to be more aware of which exercises worked best for me. I guess that's my type A personality trying to break out.
4. Pack your gym back the evening before: If you have everything ready when you leave for the morning you are more likely to be more inclined to carry through with your plan. Also it saves you the temptation of staying at home when your intentions were to grab your gym gear and head to the gym. (GUILTY)
5. Confidence in your gym gear: Look the part feel the part! If I am confident in what I am wearing for my gym session, then I know I can power through a full workout, retaining both my comfort and concentration.

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What are your tips for a more fit & healthy life style? Please let me know if you found this helpful!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

My Rotations Update

This post is intended for those in medical school, but if you are interested keep reading. Thanks!

These past few months have been a whirlwind, I don't even know where to begin. This July I took and passed the first phase of my board exams (COMLEX-1) in my long journey to become a doctor. Then in August rotations started off with a kick with OB/GYN, followed by ENT (otolaryngology), then Family Medicine (which was amazing!), and now I'm excited to be on my OMM rotation.

I'm sure in any field it will be the same, but going from a very structured classroom environment to the actual practical aspect of that field is challenging and stressful. Then figuring out how to balance studying when you're drained each day from rotations is another curve to deal with. Irregardless, rotations are amazing, each day I feel closer to my goal and I can feel my fund of knowledge growing and assembling together. Its quite amazing and I absolutely love being a part of it!

A Few Tips for Successful Rotations
General Tips
- Find out where, who and when you are supposed to report to and where to park
- Be punctual: Punctuality shows respect to those around you, your field, your patients, and yourself.
- Ask questions: I'll admit, I've never been a good one to ask a particular question at the time of, but I generally have one the next day. I'm just slow at processing...lol.
- Dress the part: How you dress is how patients and those directly around you will perceive you.
- Read: Virtually every specialty and field has a book of questions and cases. Case Files and Blueprints are two good starting points. Ask your preceptor on the first day for reading suggestions also
- Bring snacks and water

Studying SpecificTips
- Read 30 mins - 2 hours a day. If you can't do this everyday, try to at least 4-5 days out of the week
- For each topic, make a short index card of the signs/symptoms/laboratory findings
- Case Files and Blueprints are two great review books with cases and questions to practice from
- Keep a journal (electronic or paper) of your experiences and any important notes to stay organized for reference. I like using OneNote to create different folders and tabs.

Lifestyle Tips
- Eat a balanced diet, its hard to get proper meals when you are in the hospital, but you need to stay hydrated and fed
- Exercise!!!
- Keep a hobby
- DRY SHAMPOO (AKA best friend)

Please let me know if you found this to be helpful! What are your tips?

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

{Feature} Cheers to You VoxBox



Last month I had the opportunity from Influenster to receive their Cheer's Vox Box.There were lots of new items in here that I have neither tried nor seen, so I was excited for the chance to use everything. This box contained a good mix of items all of which I ended up enjoying and will be repurchasing in the future.

Starting with the food items: Way Better Snack chips in the flavor Sweet Chili, I am a sucker for snacks, so of course I tried these first.  They have a lightly spicy flavor with a nice sweetness to balance out their profile, These chips are non-GMO and are made from sprouted grains, seeds, and beans and are great for snacking.

The next food item, well a coupon for, was the Hormel Taco Meat, fully cooked, shredded and seasoned and packaged in the refrigerator section. I really didn't know what to expect from a refrigerated chicken bag, it was a strange concept to me since usually the refrigerated meat I purchase is either cold cuts or raw.  Me and Q tried the chicken version, there is also shredded beef and beef crumbles available, The prices on these range from $4.99 to $5.99, so it is pricey for this item, but the convenience for a family taco meal is so wonderful, it might be worth it. The flavor was good and the meat was moist and tender. We will be repurchasing sometime in the future.

I was very apprehensive to try the Suave Keratin Infusion shampoo and conditioner, but ended up really enjoying this item. I had used Suave products in the past with less than desirable results and had strayed away from the brand because of these reasons. After using this line from Suave, my reservations didn't hold up and I was really impressed with the results of this combination. I really don't know if I can give up my Redken shampoo for this Suave duo though, but I will say that it has been nice to have in my shower. There isn't an overwhelming odor and my hair feels very soft and looks shiny after using. I do have colored hair though, blonde, so I do need lots of moisture from my shampoo and conditioner and I'm not so sure that Suave has the correct balance for my needs.

Lastly, is the Dr. Teals Lavender Epson Salt Soaking Solution. Not a new product for me, but if you are unfamiliar they are a salt solution for your bath that is nice for soaking achey muscles and helps to relax you with the lavender and soften your skin.

There is another item of sorts left, a card to download a free app Yaye. It's a free workout app and it's pretty nice. Yaye allows you to build groups and connect with your team to keep track of each other throughout to the week to make sure you are meeting goals. It's nice to see your friends sticking to their goals or to know you are or just to have that extra support to get on to you and call you out for not meeting your weekly goals. The interface of the app lets you take photos to add to the wall feed that correspond to your workout that you are recording for the week. There are also challenges built in within the app that you can sign up for. There are a few technical issues with out the layout out or some of the logistical set up of some of the recording work that I would like to be changed. Overall I like recording my workout and seeing how my friends are doing with their goals. Its a nice starting point if you are being to workout again.

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think of them?

XOXO,
Carolyn
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* Items received compliment for promotional purposes from Influenster *

Monday, January 4, 2016

{Review} Chomp Snack Sticks

Upon my husbands return from deployment, and even throughout, I've been trying my best to ensure that he has healthier protein options available for his daily snaking and meals. He has a busy lifestyle, from being in the military to being a student and being my husband (I'm a lot of work...), and I want to make sure he is getting wholesome and filling protein options to help keep him healthy and fit throughout his daily routine.

Recently, we had the opportunity to try out a new product called Chomp Snack Sticks. I was excited to try this product as it fills many of the categories we look for in our snack options, they are high in protein (9g) for the amount of calories (100 kcal) relative to their cholesterol, sodium and fat amounts. Additionally, these snack sticks are soy-free and gluten-free using grass fed beef raised without added hormones or antibiotics and have no MSG or preservatives, like nitrates!


We were sent a variety pack of six chomps two each of:
  • Original
  • Hoppin' Jalapeno
  • Crankin' Cran

Our favorite of the three options was the Hoppin' Japaleno and I enjoyed the Crankin' Cran, which has a nice jelly filled center! They do not have a bad after taste nor do they have an oily residue associate with them and are a healthier version of a Slim Jim! The only negative I can think of is that I had a hard time opening the packaging.

We are hoping to find these in the local grocery store soon, as we would definitely would be taking them on the go in our busy lives that we lead!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Welcome back!

Hello all new and old readers, I'm back!

I've been absent for several month from the blogosphere and I'm itching to regain my entry back. These past few months have been such a whirlwind of events! From enjoying the last summer of my life, meeting my nephew, traveling out of the country, beginning the last leg of my academic endeavors to become doctor, and being reunited with my husband - I have definitely stayed occupied.

I'm so behind on my blog feed and vloging subscriptions I have no idea where to pick back up.  I've been so consummed by so many life events I've neglected this little blog a bit, but I'm determined to pick back up and share my experiences here. 

I wish you all the best and hope you make the most of your day!

XOXO,
Carolyn