Yesterday I ran around like a crazy person all day and it was AWESOME. I love this research rotation so much. I haven’t really talked about it much so here are some details (although there are probably some things that I will have to omit for lab/research/HIPAA sake).
I am working for 1 month in a research lab with an M.D. PhD in the department of ophthalmology. My project is an imaging study for retinoblastoma. This is a terrible cancer that luckily is very rare in the US but has horrible consequences in developing countries- especially for children. I am looking at tumor growth using fluorescent labeling of tumor cells. It’s super cool.
When I’m not in the lab, my professor lets me come to clinic with him to see patients and also lets me join him in surgery. Today we had 2 surgeries scheduled and I was PUMPED. Let me break down my day:
5am- get up (snoozed for 1 whole hour past my alarm)
6am- blog, facebook, emails, social media fun
7am- this HIIT workout:
Set your interval timer to 50 seconds work with 10 seconds rest three times through. Takes 18 minutes.
1. Plank Jumps, drag a heavy weight from 1 side to the other each time
2. Monkey Press Up, Regular Push Up
3. Side Bend , Squat- with medicine ball or weight
4. 10 Mountain Climbers, 10Kickouts
5. Kettlebell swing (or dumbbell)
6. Incline Push with Knee to Elbow
7:30am- shower, breakfast, get dressed, study, waste time
10am- Go to lab to add a fluorescent die to some tumor cells I have mixed with various concentrations of anesthetics used in surgery
11am- Run across campus to the hospital for surgery!! I got to scrub in and help and it was amazing and the best day ever.
2pm- Surgery is over, run across campus back to the lab to take out the cells from the morning and image them
3pm- Lunch time- no time to eat, luckily I had protein powder in my backpack. Run back across campus to the hospital for another surgery
4pm- Lab meeting (ran back from the hospital again to the lab)
5pm- Practice suturing under the microscope
6pm- home!! Eggs and spinach for dinner. Plus a bowl of oatmeal and some halloween candy 🙂
All the running across campus to and from the hospital made me think, “I wish I had a pedometer to see how many steps I’ve taken today!”. Then I thought, “I wish my heart rate monitor had a pedometer”. Then I thought, “I wish I actually wore my heart rate monitor but I hate that stupid chest strap”.
I’ve heard of the MIO watch that is also a heart rate monitor but doesn’t need a chest strap.
But everyone I know is obsessed with polar heart rate monitors.
And Lindsay had a FitBit.
So what’s your thought? Do you know of any good gadgets that would take a heart rate, count steps, make me coffee, and still be sleek and cute?
Do you like heart rate monitors? I love them because I feel like I work harder because I want to reach a certain calorie burn or keep my heart rate up for x amount of minutes- it pushes me.