Tone It Up, Mango Smoothies, and Running Poles

Happy Monday!

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I remembered that I had been recapping my weekly workouts on my Friday Favorite posts, but since I haven’t done one in 2 weeks, I figured I should recap my workouts now.  Since I’m on a busy inpatient medicine rotation, my workouts have been short- between 30 and 45 minutes usually.  Honestly, I’m just happy if I workout at all.

Last weeks workouts:

  • Friday- OFF
  • Saturday- OFF
  • Sunday- Tennis
  • Monday- Kayla Itsines legs and cardio
  • Tuesday- 40 min treadmill (3.5 miles)
  • Wednesday- 25 min treadmill, 25 min arms
  • Thursday- OFF
  • Friday- 20 min run (10 minutes on flat and 10 minutes on incline) and 15 min abs
  • Saturday- OFF
  • Sunday- Run 3 miles + 10 sprints between telephone poles

Yesterday was a gorgeous day- sunny and 65, so I ran outside.


I stopped mid-run to do sprints between these telephone poles:


It was actually really tiring and a great HIIT workout to breakup my normal steady state run.

I spent the rest of yesterday cooking A TON of food.  Did I mention I’m going to do the Tone It Up 8 week bikini series?  It’s a fitness challenge/ healthy eating plan for 8 weeks and I’ve never done it before.  This year, it’s all spelled out- literally every single meal and every single workout for 8 weeks.  I’m not going to stress over doing it perfectly, but I thought it would be a fun challenge to try.  Also, it’s going to be nice to not have to think about meals and what I’m going to eat- it’s all written in the plan!  Lastly, one of my blogger friends Katie is doing it with me, so I have an awesome partner to help keep me accountable :-)

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I made all kinds of food and now my fridge is stocked and full of tupperware!




It’s probably good timing because medicine months are always so unhealthy for me.  I eat all kinds of things on call- like this delicious chocolate chip bagel:


Or this berry parfait one of the nurses brought in for us:


It will be easier to say no now that I have an actual plan to follow.

Favorite Smoothie

This smoothie has become my new favorite thing ever and I can’t not share it with you.  For some reason mangos have become my new favorite fruit- I talked about this a few days ago- and I have a bunch of them sliced up in my freezer now.  Well, if you blend mango, frozen banana, some almond milk, and some liquid egg whites for protein (or you can leave those out if you don’t want/need the extra protein) it makes the dreamiest smoothie.


I’ve been topping it with coconut flakes, cashews, or almond butter.  Seriously so good.  The flavor is summery and transports me to the beach- maybe if I keep drinking it, warm weather will come sooner?




Have a lovely day!

Do you like mango in your smoothies?  You should try it asap

Are you doing the TIU bikini series?  If you are, let me know so we can follow each other on instagram and stuff!!!


What International Medical Graduates Need To Know

Kyle and I made the best pizza for dinner two nights ago.  We both thought pizza sounded good, and it was the Bachelor finale, so I figured pizza would be a great way to commemorate the evening.

I bought pre-made pizza dough from Trader Joe’s and spread it out onto a pizza pan.


Then I topped it with cheese (the Trader Joe’s quattro fromagio blend), pepperoni, mushrooms, and caramelized onions.   The onions seriously made it.


I enjoyed every bite while watching Chris agonize over Becca and Whitney.  Oh the drama.


Yesterday I was called in to cover the next 3 days of the Neurology Stroke Service.  I worked overnight last night, so I had the whole day to workout and nap.  The weather has been so beautiful and warm, so I took my run outside.


The snow on the trails had basically all melted, but the ice on the lake was still pretty thick!  I wonder how long it takes for that to melt?

Running outside is always 100 times easier for me compared with running on the treadmill.  I can run under 10 minute miles no problem outside- but on the treadmill?  No.


After my run I ate lunch and napped before heading into the hospital.  I got sign out on the patients and then it was me all alone in the work room…


At least I had coffee to keep me company :-)

Today I’m planning on sleeping, maybe running outside again, and trying to get some of my research work done.  I work normal days on Thursday and Friday, so I know I’ll be going to bed super early tonight!!


I also posted a new Youtube video today.  This one is all about International Medical Graduates.


Hope you enjoy!!

Weekend Of Food, Fitness, And Medicine

Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a terrific weekend.  Mine started without an alarm clock on Saturday morning because it was my day off!  Hooray!

To celebrate my freedom for the day, I made a batch of pancakes with 2 eggs, one banana, and a half scoop of protein powder.  I topped the stack with almond butter and maple syrup.


So good!

After breakfast, Kyle and I set out for some cross country skiing.  We both really enjoy cross country (this was only our second time) and we agree it is a total body workout!




After skiing we hit the grocery store on the way home.  I spent the rest of the day meal prepping for this week.

I made lasagna:


Korean chicken tacos:


And bone broth: (I’ve heard this is the new trend in food this year and will be the next green juice haha!  There’s a nice article about broth in the NYTimes)


All recipes coming soon!!


I counted cross country as my workout on Saturday.  On Sunday I had to get up early to go to work, and I couldn’t convince myself to do a morning workout.  Luckily work didn’t last too long, and I was home before noon!


I ran some errands, and by 2 pm felt a wave of exhaustion and decided to take a nap.


After my nap I felt much better, and so I jumped on my treadmill for a little HIIT.


I did 5 minutes of jogging to warm up.  Then I did:

  • 1 min @ 5.0
  • 1 min @ 7.0
  • 1 min @ 5.0
  • 1 min @ 7.1
  • 1 min @ 5.0
  • 1 min @ 7.2
  • 1 min @ 5.0
  • 1 min @ 7.3
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  • 1 min @ 7.4
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  • 1 min @ 7.5
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  • 1 min @ 7.4
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  • 1 min @ 7.3
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  • 1 min @ 7.2
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  • 1 min @ 7.1
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Then I walked for 3 minutes to cool down.  Thirty minutes total and I felt nice and sweaty!  I finished with some pushups and planks :-)

It was a pretty great weekend for me- how was yours?  

Did you have an okay Monday?  Mine was busy!!