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Still running!

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It is an absolutely gorgeous day outside today! So even though I went to bed at 4am and was up at 7am (strong body clock?), I finally stopped being shy and went outside to run. Best decision ever!

I don’t need to lose weight, I shouldn’t lose weight, and I don’t want to either. I know how to maintain where I am (I gain weight if I eat a lot. So… I don’t eat a lot. Which is fairly simple for me because I hate hate hate the feeling of being overstuffed and I have strong satiety signals).

But there’s a term out there called “skinny fat” for people who are skinny, but so inactive that they still suffer from a lot of the health problems that you’d associate with those who are overweight. I’m not quite “skinny fat” because I’m not completely sedentary (I bike to school most days and I’m on my feet a lot in clinic and in the hospital), but I don’t do much activity that really gets my heart rate going.

I’m now done with week 2 of the Couch to 5K program, and I’m definitely a big fan. I still get some vasodilatory itching in my legs, but I’m hoping that will pass soon. Also, I love my running shoes. I wanted to buy Vibrams, but my toes wouldn’t cooperate, so I bought an alternative barefoot shoe model by Merrell. Yup, I’m wearing them without socks, though I’ve tried them with and it feels almost the same to me.

Another reason I’ve started running is because I’m going into Psychiatry (have I mentioned that I’ve made my decision and I’m going into Psychiatry?), and it’s said that one of the best things you can do for your mental health is to exercise. I better start practicing what I’m going to be preaching, right? I still have one more week of Outpatient clinic, so the real challenge is going to be if I can keep this up once I’m back on Inpatient medicine. The problem is that I love to run in the morning, because when I come home, all I want to do is stay home and decompress. But that requires being strict again about early bedtimes. Wish me luck!

Written by Aba

April 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Enjoying the Good Life

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I’ve learned so much during third year, but there’s a significant foundation of your education that you don’t learn until you do your Internal Medicine rotation. I bought the year long subscription to the UWorld Step 2 question bank, and I’ve been doing the questions for each rotation to study for my Shelf exams. Most rotations had around 200 or so questions to do. Internal Medicine? About 1400. That plus doing the MKSAP 5 questions (around 500) means that even though I have twelve weeks total to prep for this shelf exam, I don’t get to take time off studying for days at a time or I’ll never finish everything. Most of my classmates try to read Step Up to Medicine to prepare for this exam, but I got my best shelf score ever on Ob/gyn and all I did was lots and lots of questions, so I’m going to see if that approach works for IM too.

I really can’t complain though, because I’ve had the time to do things like eat strawberries and  ice cream for breakfast. And I’m trying to pick up running! I’m starting really slow and easy, with the Couch to 5K program. I’ve also had more time to do things like watch Game of Thrones with my friends on Sundays, and I finally packed together some stuff to take to Goodwill after clinic this afternoon.

So yeah, not a bad end to my third year, especially with the rough start that Surgery was! And just 6.5 more weeks left!

Written by Aba

April 18, 2012 at 11:33 am

Posted in Medical School

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