BODYJOY6's SparkPeople Blog BODYJOY6's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community CPR Works, Apparently <BR> It’s funny how God finds ways to prove a point. I’ve been struggling with the thought of being a “Real Doctor” next year when, despite hours of practice, I can’t seem to rise above the 33rd percentile on my question bank… <BR> I had been debating whether or not to attend my cousin’s wedding this weekend, but I really wanted to observe and get suggestions for our own wedding. So down Brian and I drove to Dunedin on Friday morning, quizzing each other on immunology and listening to podc... Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:39:12 EST The First Genital Exam... The stress is starting to encroach. <BR> I took this morning "off" (and by off, I mean I went to class from 8-10, went home and fell asleep because I was exhausted, and semi-read slides to prepare for today's genital exams), and did a quick yoga routine. I told myself that I "needed" the break since I had studied from 9-9 on Monday and Tuesday. And I did need the sleep. <BR> But I went down to the CLC today and had a very difficult time performing the female and male exams. Of course, I haven... Wed, 19 Feb 2014 18:02:18 EST HOW DID THE WHEEL KNOW?! No joke: I just finished my 4-week plan successfully TODAY, and one hot dress at gala, a few pounds, and an awesome exercise routine later: I win 500 spark goodie points!! This is such ideal time for a reward!! <BR> <BR> Praise God! I am so motivated, so happy, and I feel oh-so-good. And I went running 30 minutes with Brian! And I've been working out with friends lately! These are all ah-hah moments that make me realize how much of a joy being active is in my life. Yay :) Wed, 6 Mar 2013 22:42:38 EST Milestones ACHIEVED! Big achievement: Reaching my lowest weight in over 2 years...and just before my medical school gala! <BR> <BR> Biggest happy moment: Being able to run with my boy for 33 mins yesterday. We're at the same jogging pace now--yaaay! I never knew having a running partner could be so fun and motivating :) Sat, 2 Mar 2013 16:16:51 EST The Shelter Today I travelled to The Shelter, where several students in my year perform blood pressure and general health screenings for the residents. They sit packed on long benches at tables before two small TV screens at the front of the room. Sometimes students from the FSU College of Music play in quartets for the residents, but usually there’s a game on for all, even those huddled far in the back, who sip their community coffee and squint to see the screens. <BR> Some people chat with one another,... Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:50:06 EST American Medical Association's Update on What it REALLY Takes to Shed Some LBS...Surprising...And y I get reports from the AMA daily by email. Well this one caught my eye. So it looks like this daily, gritty, hungry plan of eating 1200 calories per day (and doing it partially by skipping breakfast and not eating a lot in the am) isn't a bad idea after all. Wonders never seems like everytime someone comes up with a new strategy (or lack thereof), it's debunked in the next 6 months. Well phooey. I pretty much know what works for me, so when I'm an MD, I'm going to council my patien... Thu, 31 Jan 2013 11:48:54 EST I MADE IT!! I've finally done it. With a lot of prayer, a lot of calorie counting, a new gym membership, a failed promise to throw away the scale for 14 days (my effort lacked enthusiasm...that scale is going in the trunk today or tomorrow...), I've made it past a critical number. <BR> <BR> That darn number. Everytime I reached it, I trampolined back up again. I totally turned from measuring my successes by my firm(er) physique and improved fitness (I'm always one of the fastest rowers in the class at t... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 07:26:53 EST Failed Diets, Energy Drinks, and Dead People <BR> <BR> <BR> I’ve spent the past 73 hours snorting the pungent scent of formaldehyde, watching lectures with my eyelids half open with my chin on my desk, and praying. I’ve scraped through cadaver fat, held lymph nodes hardened from cancer in my hand, and gotten bone dust in my nose from sawing a human head in half. I’ve listened to the “lub-dub” of the chest and neck, rapped on several of my friends’ backs (and a milk carton for practice) to hear the high, hyperressonant sound of heal... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:39:11 EST How is a Girl to Prepare for the Ball? I'm attending a medical school ball. As my ex-boyfriend's date. (Don't ask...) <BR> <BR> It's four days until I get to get glammed-out and gussied-up for the Big Night. So what's a girl to do? <BR> <BR> Everyone has that occasion to prepare for, and when the day gets closer, the pressure to look great rises like steam and can cloud the senses, leading to stress-binges and belly bulge. <BR> <BR> Well I have a fool-proof plan (and as I must be a fool for going with my ex--who is an awesome g... Mon, 14 May 2012 23:53:30 EST 50 Foods I've Missed I have loved living here. But as anyone who has lived overseas for an extended period of time can tell you: there's just no place like home. I have to say, I am proud of the variety of foods in America that I truly miss. <BR> <BR> Don't get me wrong, I love Thai food. Thais always prepare foods with the freshest herbs and spices, and there's usually plenty of cheap vegetables and fruits for sale for a $1 a pound on the streets. I could never get sick of Thai cuisine. The flavors are so spicy... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 09:32:29 EST The Revolving Door <BR> I am in the middle of a fiery, bloody battle. <BR> <BR> It's the battle to stay steady when the ground beneath me is wavering, tilting, shifting in all directions. I can hardly keep up. <BR> <BR> 9 months ago I took that long walk across the stage. I just graduate from college with my bachelor's degree in biology. My eyes searched through the masses of people sitting in the gigantic Florida State University auditorium, and found my parents' beaming faces, my best friends cheering me ... Fri, 16 Mar 2012 05:12:42 EST Little Successes Make a BIG Impact Kudos for today: <BR> <BR> 1. I posted a picture on facebook recently, and recieved tons of compliments! <BR> 2. A friend who I haven't seen in a while told me that I look like I have lost weight, my face looks smaller, and that I look beatiful! Don't you love friends like that? <BR> 3. Classes are going excellently! My students are learning, and I am happy at work. <BR> 4. I feel fantastic! <BR> 5. I learned another dance routine (to "Paparazzi"). I'm getting much better at dancing! <BR> 6.... Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:44:23 EST BIG DAY, BIG POINTS! 3 major achievements will be made by tomorrow night... <BR> <BR> #1: Reach 500 fitness minutes <BR> #2: Reach 1000 SparkPoints <BR> #3: Reach Level 5 <BR> <BR> I'm so motivated! This is a semi-stressful time as I work on making travel plans, but I'm managing well. I CAN DO THIS! Wed, 15 Feb 2012 09:47:14 EST I WANT THAT PHOTO SHOOT! (And other sparkgoodie obsessions.) Right now I'm saving up for the photo shoot for a startling 2000 sparkpoints. It's funny how an imaginary prize can be so motivating for <BR> <BR> I also get a great deal of joy out of giving them to others as well. It's all about spreading that spark! <BR> <BR> Is there a sparkgoodie that you're saving up for? Sat, 11 Feb 2012 11:02:16 EST Brainstorming a List of New Healthy Foods...I'm Getting SO BORED! While I love salads, yogurt, oatmeal, and fruit, I can get sick of them pretty quickly, and that's dangerous if I don't plan ahead. So it's time to brainstorm... <BR> <BR> Healthy snacks that I can find in Thailand: <BR> <BR> To keep in the apt: <BR> Pre-packaged nuts <BR> Sushi sheets <BR> Asparagus and dip <BR> Broccoli, too! <BR> Zespris (Kiwis) <BR> Jello-thingys <BR> More milk boxes, new flavors or try the soymilk <BR> <BR> To buy on the streets: <BR> Tofu cubes <BR> Fresh fruit smoo... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 10:39:34 EST "The Hunger Games" as Motivation! Has anyone read "The Hunger Games"? Sometimes just imagining myself fighting to survive in the arena, or feeling the hunger that they had to endure motivates me. Has anyone else had the same experience? <BR> <BR> The release date is in March in the States! If anyone sees it, let me know what you think, it won't be coming to Thailand for a while. <BR> <BR> Travelling to Nong Khai (the Thai-Laos border) this weekend on my own. I can't wait!! Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:19:08 EST