Weigh In Wednesday - November 27

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Weigh IN Wednesday

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I'm doing something completely out of character today - I wrote this post on Tuesday instead of 5 minutes before anatomy lecture like most Wednesdays. That said, the code box still doesn't work so add that to my list of offenses in the blogging word.

To say my life has been a whirlwind would be an understatement - I'm floating in the middle of the ocean, trying to keep my head above water and I only took a week of swim lessons. Yeah...something like that. 

I knew med school was going to be hard. 
I knew I was going to be tired and I knew what to expect based on what other people said but knowing what to expect and actually experiencing something are two totally different things. 

I find myself cycling between intense emotions of love and hate with school - 
I hate that I don't have time to do a lot of the things I love
I hate that I can't see my family and friends
I hate that I don't feel like I can give 100% to all the areas of my life. 
I love learning! 
I love being (somewhat) knowledgable about the human body. 
I love that my classmates have already become a family
I love how freaking cool medicine and science are! 
Most of all, I love that I am finally taking real steps towards being a physician.

At the end of the day, I have to remind myself that I chose this life. If I didn't want to put the time and energy in, I shouldn't have chosen this profession. 

The next month is going to be hellish - the Monday after Thanksgiving I have two exams (Anatomy and Hematology). The next Monday I have a Heme final and my final for Intro to Clinical Medicine (history and physical on a standardized patient). The last week I have an OMM written, practical, and Skeletal Muscle final. So - 7 exams in three weeks. I die. (I'll update you all on school later this week - I will blog!)

Anyway, weigh in things. I've been pretty bad at keeping track of things lately. Being swamped is no excuse but weight loss just hasn't been at the forefront of my mind. I'm hoping to get through the holiday season without gaining (maybe losing some) and then start fresh at the New Year with my mini marathon training. As of today, I'm still where I was last week. :/ 

Speaking of running...Thursday I will be running my very first 10K race in Cincinnati! At least I'm still working out a fair amount...

This past weekend I was a little concerned about being able to run 6.2 miles since I've never done it. I know you aren't supposed to do the full distance before a race (I never understood that...I can't just pull a mile out of nowhere without practicing first!) but something got ahold of me and I ended up doing 6.2 anyway! I planned to do 5 but I was in a groove so why not?

My left foot is still bothering me a little after long runs so I'm sure it will be a problem on Thursday but I'm doing it anyway. I think I just need to strengthen it since my left ankle has always been kind of lame. 

Oh, by the way,  it was FREEZING! Helpful hint - bring tissues when you run in the cold! I had to resort to using my glove as a tissue and it was nasty!

So Thanksgiving - I'm going home today, studying, running my 10K, going to Thanksgiving festivities and driving back to school Friday morning to study all weekend before my two exams. No time for wedding planning, no time for relaxation. It's going to be...thrilling. So let's do this!

To the person who asked last week, yes - I will still be updating but no, I'm not going to sacrifice study time to write. Passing classes >>> blog. Obviously I can't balance everything but I hope to catch up on EVERYTHING over Christmas Break!

Hope you all have a fantastic week and thanks for sticking with me! I'll get my stuff together here eventually!

What are you thankful for this year?
Any special Thanksgiving plans?


  1. I imagine studying so intensely makes it hard to achieve any sort of balance in life let alone maintaining focus on weight loss, so I think you're doing brilliantly and good luck with the exams!

  2. Emily @ Running Like A MotherNovember 27, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Girl, you're going to rock that 10K! Have fun! :)

  3. That sounds... like a crappy Thanksgiving, but at least you know what you signed up for! Good luck in the 10K! :)

  4. Desiree Penton MarshallNovember 27, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Busy busy! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and an even better 10K! Good luck!

  5. wow! You're a nerd ! Such an honor to get a glimpse of a to be doctors inside life :)

  6. At least you're giving yourself a little bit of a break.

  7. Amy @Write this DownNovember 27, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Good luck on Thursday!!

  8. I didn't say that you should sacrifice study time to write. Obviously passing classes comes first. I just wanted to know because it also takes time for ME to keep up with your blog, and I wasn't sure if I should keep checking back if there weren't going to be any more posts. It seemed like your twitter account was pretty active so I thought you might update the blog more, but I didn't want to assume anything. Anyways, good luck with school :)

  9. Goodluck on your exams!!! Med school is tough!!! :)

  10. Heather Pretty Strong MedicineDecember 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Thank you! I think they went well :)

  11. Heather Pretty Strong MedicineDecember 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Sorry, I was a little grumpy when I was reading comments and writing this post. Feeling much better now! I totally understand. I definitely haven't been keeping things up to date but I hope you will stick with me. I just want to get through this semester and then I will have a lot more time to figure out a good blogging schedule. Twitter is always pretty active because its easy to update and I can be silly! Feel free to interact with me there and if you have any questions about med school or anything else, let me know!

  12. Heather Pretty Strong MedicineDecember 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Thank you!

  13. Heather Pretty Strong MedicineDecember 2, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    I take a lot of little breaks - I'm not the diligent studier that I should be :)

  14. Heather Pretty Strong MedicineDecember 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Haha I'm such a nerd and proud of it!

  15. Heather Pretty Strong MedicineDecember 2, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Thanks so much! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving as well!

  16. Heather Pretty Strong MedicineDecember 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    It wasn't all bad! Thanks as always for the support, lady!

  17. Heather Pretty Strong MedicineDecember 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Thanks, Emily! Congrats on all your running as well :)

  18. Heather Pretty Strong MedicineDecember 2, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Tell me about it! I really need to stop using med school as an excuse and just start putting more effect into healthy eating! Thanks for the support :)