New Shoes, New Bike

Can we start a countdown?  Only 5 MORE DAYS left of Cardiology and then it’s onto ophthalmology FOREVER!!! Crazy!  How many cups of coffee do you think I will go through in the next 5 days?


And now on to today’s post :-)

I know I’m not a fitness fanatic and I don’t workout all the time like so many other amazing health bloggers out there.  But, I really enjoy working out and trying all different kinds of fitness.  Running has been my go-to for a long time, mainly because it’s easy to do whenever and it makes me feel great even if I run slow and for short distances.

Whenever I try to increase my mileage and run longer however, my knees tend to start hurting.  I just don’t have a great body for running long distances.  Since my knees are so prone to hurting, I have been super careful about only running in good running shoes.  When I was in Indianapolis, I went to a running store and had my run analyzed.  Basically you just run on a treadmill and they video tape your stride, and then tell you which shoes are a good fit for you.

That’s when I started using Brooks Glycerin running shoes.  They are seriously the best ever and I’ve never found another pair of running shoes that I like more.

My old ones have seen a lot of miles and were basically falling apart.  There was literally NO tread left on the bottom.


So, I just got a new pair!


My old ones were the Glycerin 11, and these are now the 12’s, and I love them even more!


The purple (my favorite color) is soooo pretty!


Since it’s almost summertime, I started thinking about getting a bike again.  Remember how last year I really wanted a bicycle but I didn’t want to spend so much money?  I ended up not getting one, and just borrowing friend’s bikes a few times to ride with Kyle.

But this summer, I want a bike.  So, Kyle has been on the lookout for good sales and he found one I thought I would like!


After work last week we rushed to the sports store (all the small sized bikes sell out so fast!) and I got the last one!!!!!


It’s a hybrid, so the tires are pretty thin like a road bike, but not so so much, so you can still go off-road a little if you want.


I LOVE it!!!

Kyle ordered a helmet, water-bottle holder, and water bottle on Amazon so as soon as those arrive, I will be a biking fool.  Can’t wait to ride this around all summer :-) YAY!!


Do you have a bike?  What kind?  

Are you loyal to a certain brand of running shoes?  

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!!