Happy September! I never used to pay attention to the date, and the first of a new month would fly by without my notice, but ever since I got married on May 2nd and moved to Minnesota on June 1, I pay attention to the start of a new month. It means I’ve been married for one more month and I’ve been a doctor for one more month. I am enjoying this time in my life so much, and I wish everything would slow down!
Yesterday, Kyle and I left Minnesota and drove to Chicago. I have a one week vacation this week and so instead of driving straight home to southern Indiana, we planned to stop and see friends in Chicago for one night, Indianapolis the next night, and then go home to our parents.
We met up with 10 of my girlfriends from college and some of their boyfriends/fiancés at Big Star, a taco place in Wicker Park, Chicago. I was so happy to see all my girlfriends that I didn’t take a single picture! But here are some I stole from online:
It’s such a cute, casual, out-doors place with AWESOME tacos. I got one chicken taco and one tostada with veggies and had my fill of chips and guacamole on the side.
Have you ever been to Big Star? I definitely recommend it.
On another note, since it’s the start of a new month I want to go back and touch on my August goals and make some new September goals.
Here were my goals for last month while I was in the ICU:
- Workout 4 times per week or 16 times for the month
- Drink 1/2 gallon water a day. I am SO bad at staying hydrated in the hospital. I have a 1/2 gallon water bottle which makes it easier, so I am going to try to drink that every day.
- Read 1 chapter in my ophthalmology book. I’m trying to read a lot while I’m in the hospital, so I don’t have to stress about studying at home, but I do want to read more ophtho, so I’ll try to get through one chapter this month.
- Average 10,000 steps a day with my FitBit for the month. When I’m at the hospital all day there is a decent amount of sitting and so it’s hard to get 10,000 without a workout… but I’m going to try!!!
- Limit refined/processed carbohydrates and sugar to twice per week
How did I do??
- I worked out 4 times a week all month! There was one week I only made it 3 times but another week I got in 5 workouts, so I did it! Normally only 4 workouts per week is on the low side for me, but with my ICU schedule I didn’t want to stress about missing workouts, so my 4x a week goal was perfect.
- I was doing awesome with my 1/2 gallon water goal until my water bottle broke and all the water leaked onto the carpet in our team room…. whoops! I tried using a smaller water bottle, but I realized that I just don’t refill it!! If I want to drink 1/2 gallon I have to have ONE bottle to drink from without refilling. So, I ordered another water bottle. It’s only $9 on amazon, so it was totally worth it. Once I got my bottle back I was back on track to drinking 🙂
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- Read 1 chapter in my ophtho book- I read about 1/2 a chapter (the chapters are long!!) but I did read a ton of ICU stuff. I keep having this internal battle about whether I should study medicine or ophtho… decisions decisions.
- Average 10,000 steps/day for the month with my FitBit- SUCCESS!! (I had multiple low days when I didn’t workout- generally my short and long call days when I was at the hospital from 6am-8pm- but when I did workout I got lots of extra steps which put my average over 10,000)
- Limit refined/processed carbohydrates and sugar to twice per week- haha, NO. Definitely failed on this one. But, I have a new September goal related to this.
Okay, so I didn’t hit all my goals perfectly, but I didn’t miserable fail either… I think September will be even better. Since I’m doing a research month in September, I think my schedule will be a bit lighter than it was last month. Hopefully this will let me hit some more intense goals. Here they are:
- Do something active every single day for the month- I don’t have to “workout” every day, but my goal is to fit in some type of exercise like a walk, yoga, or a real workout.
- Finish the glaucoma chapter in my ophtho book, plus one other ophtho chapter.
- Start studying/make a study plan for Step 3 (my board exams coming up in December)
- And…. my big goal for the month:
Complete the Whole 30.
I’ll detail everything about the Whole 30 in tomorrows post 🙂