Friday, September 30, 2011

Back In GR

Heeey! I’ve been quite productive on the school front this week. Yesterday I had a formal case presentation on asthma, then last night I finished my first draft of my clinical seminar paper, and today was my last day of my internal medicine rotation! Internal medicine is arguable the most difficult rotation, so it feels so good to have done right away. Only four rotations and seven months to go until I’m a pharmacist Smile.


So my next rotation is an academic rotation down in Grand Rapids. Basically, we’ll be working with one of the associate professors who teaches at the College of Pharmacy. I’m not entirely sure what kind of projects/assignments this rotation will entail, but I’m sure I’ll be posting about it Smile. Oh! Wanna know the best part about having this rotation?

I have it with this guy:


That’s right, Eric and I somehow both ended up with the exact same elective rotation with the same professor during the same month. So you know what that means…


Krista’s moving back to Grand Rapids Open-mouthed smile. Unfortunately it’s only for a month, but I’m pretty stoked to be roomies with Eric again. However, unlike the last time we lived together when we shared a three bedroom townhouse, this month we’ll be squashing together in his tiny studio apartment.


It’s fine for just one person, but it’ll definitely be a tight squeeze for the two of us. I’m sure we’ll have a good time though. Eric’s crazy about Halloween and we already have tickets to a haunted corn maze and a haunted house (thanks to some Groupons!) that we’ll be visiting this month, so I’m pretty excited about that.

After I got unpacked and settled, I ran over to Wendy’s to grab some dinner since Eric had already eaten and I didn’t feel like cooking anything.


For the record, Wendy’s Apple Pecan Chicken Salad takes the cake for best fast food salad EVER. I could seriously eat this every. single. day.

Another reason I’m excited about living with Eric is that I know we’ll be working out together again and he always pushes me at the gym. In fact, we didn’t waste a second and actually got to work right away. He recently started doing a short little routine that he does every morning when he wakes up and every evening right before bed that looks like this:

  • 20 bicep curls
  • 20 push-ups
  • 20 crunches on the decline bench

He does this right in his apartment so guess who will be joining him every day for these “mini” workouts?


Yikes. Look at that muffin top! I definitely need those extra workouts Winking smile.


Well I’m off to await the arrival of our guests who are joining us for the night. Eric's sister and her boyfriend will be here any minute and then tomorrow we’re all going to Cedar Point for the weekend!! I CAN’T WAIT Open-mouthed smile. 


Have a good evening and I’ll see ya later!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Motivation Issues

Hello blog world! I’ll be totally honest, I have been completely immersed in school projects for the past two days and will continue to be until Friday. I’m really going to try hard to keep getting a daily post up, but unfortunately the blog usually takes a back seat to school work when I’m approaching deadlines. However, I do have some recent eats and a couple of workouts that I wanted to share with you, so let’s get to it!



Steak and noodles (prepared by Eric when I was at his apartment this weekend)


Everything Bagelwich with hummus, feta, turkey and spinach (you must try this combo!)


Mom’s homemade white chicken chili (this is my all time favorite soup that she makes, but pumpkin chili is a close second)


And what good is chili without homemade corn bread?!


And lastly, a new oatmeal recipe that I’m currently working on perfecting. Take two is tomorrow!


I know it looks like a bowl of cream of wheat, but I swear there’s oatmeal in there! I’m working on my “voluminous oats” skills. In other words, getting the largest amount of food for the smallest amount of calories Winking smile.


I know that I didn’t post a lot last week, and one of the reasons that bothers me is because I didn’t get to write about any of the new workouts that I came up with! I love reading other people’s workout ideas so I hope that by sharing mine, some of you might be inspired to switch up your routine and try something new Smile. Here are a few recent workouts that I’ve done:

Chest, triceps, and shoulders

Perform one set of each of the following exercises right in a row without resting in between (circuit style). Rest for 30 sec to one minute before repeating the circuit two more times.

  • Lying dumbbell presses: 12 reps
  • Overhead tricep extension: 15 reps
  • Lateral raises: 15 reps
  • Incline dumbbell flyes: 12 reps
  • Bent over tricep extension: 12 reps
  • Front raises: 15 reps

This upper body circuit had my arms trembling when I was done, and boy did I feel the burn the next day! If you can repeat the circuit three times in a row without resting in between sets, that’s awesome! However, my arms are so shaky after one set that I need a short break before I can lift the weight again.


Here’s another circuit for ya! These are my current favorite leg exercises that I’ve been doing for the past few weeks, and it just makes the time go by so much faster when I cut out the rest periods and do them in a circuit. I started this workout with 30 minutes of cardio (15 min elliptical and 15 min Stairmaster) and then repeated the following circuit three times. With this circuit I did not rest between sets.

  • Step-ups: 12 reps (each leg)
  • Leg press: 12 reps
  • Calf raises (using leg press machine): 20 reps
  • Seated leg curls: 25 reps
  • Hip adductor: 20 reps


I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that while I love doing cardio, I hate doing the same thing for a long period of time. That’s why on cardio days (45 min steady state cardio) I tend to divide my time between two or three machines. When I feel like using the treadmill on cardio days, I also like to mix it up from just the standard running or incline walking. There are tons of awesome treadmill workouts out there (you can see some of my favorites here, here and here). However, sometimes all you need is a simple little change and it makes the time go by that much faster on that dreaded machine. Here’s what I did last week to complete the last 25 minutes of a cardio workout:

  • 3 minutes @ 4.0
  • 8 minutes @ 6.0
  • 3 minutes @ 4.0
  • 8 minutes @ 5.5
  • 3 minutes @ 4.0

Man, I’m still so much slower than I used to be! Looking at my old treadmill workouts that I just posted reminds me just how much more in shape I used to be (for me) last spring. I’ve really got to work on that!

Motivation Issues

Actually, while we’re on the topic of being out of shape, I just wanted to point out that this weekend while I was at my Kappa Psi conference I had an “oh-my-gosh you can really tell that I’ve gained weight” moment when I saw some pictures of me. Now, I just want to point out that I am by no means forgetting how far I’ve come or that I’ve lost a lot of weight, but some of that weight has crept back on over the summer (about twelve pounds to be exact). It may not be as obvious to other people, but I can certainly see a difference between pictures taken recently and those taken in the spring. Remember my confession post that I wrote over the summer? Well, the weight I mentioned gaining in that post is still here. Honestly, I am at the exact same weight that I was at one year ago, which would be fine if I was at my goal weight or “happy weight,” but I’m not.


Like I said, I’m still proud of everything I’ve accomplished, but I think it’s important to feel comfortable and confident in your own skin and right now I’m not and I know that I’m not doing everything I can. I feel like my weight loss this year has been one step forward, three steps back. Even when I was doing really well with my calorie counting last week, after about five days things just went downhill. I’m not really sure what it’s going to take to get my motivation back in full swing again, or to at least make it last for longer than a few days. Any and all suggestions are welcome!

Well, as much as I would love to just sit here and complain all night, it’s not going to change anything. Besides that, school is calling my name and I have lots of work to do. Sorry to be a little bit of a downer tonight, but sometimes we all have nights like that!

Catch ya’ll later Open-mouthed smile.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Province V Fall Assembly 2011

In my last post, I talked about what I did the first part of the day on Saturday, which really wasn’t much with the exception of a tasty lunch at P.F. Chang's. However, the best of part of our Kappa Psi assemblies is always Saturday night. First we have a big banquet and then we always end the evening with a fun night out. Saturday night was no exception Open-mouthed smile.

The evening began with a drinks and appetizers at Harry Caray's, which was a restaurant in our hotel (we stayed at the Westin, which was fabulous).


After about an hour of mingling, we headed over the ballroom to take a few photos before we sat down for dinner.




(In case you noticed the oddly shiny legs that I am sporting, it’s because I was pretty self-conscious in that dress and ended up wearing my compression stockings. Looking back at my pictures, I wish I would have either bought actual nylons or just sucked it up and not worn them at all. Those stockings looked kind of ridiculous.)

When we finally sat down for dinner, we enjoyed salad, bread, a main course (chicken for me, but other choices included beef and vegetarian), and of course DESSERT.


The meal was okay, but the cheesecake was amazing. Not as good as my mom's homemade cheesecake, but still tasty enough to practically lick my plate clean and then finish off Eric’s slice Winking smile.

After we finished eating it was time for a short awards ceremony, followed by a tradition that we do at every Kappa Psi assembly called “Stand Up Sit Down.” Here’s how it works: everyone in the room stands up and the regent (president) starts off by saying “If this is your first Province V assembly, sit down.” Everyone who is attending their first assembly then sits down in their chairs. The regent continues on by then saying “If this is your second Province V assembly, sit down” and proceeds with third, fourth, etc. until no one is left standing.

One of the neat things about this tradition is that when you reach your tenth assembly, you’re recognized in front of everyone and given a pin to represent your accomplishment. Well, guess who got recognized last night and finally received his 10th assembly pin?!


This guy!


Eric has been a member of Kappa Psi for five years now and has attended every fall and spring assembly since he joined. He’s put so much into this fraternity and he was pretty proud of his accomplishment. Great job Eric!

We managed to snap one big group photo before hitting the town:


(Geez, again with the shiny legs!)

Then it was time to change and head out! We all took a shuttle over to a bar called Rita’s.



Rita’s was so much fun! There were tons of people, plenty of drinks, and we all had an amazing time.


I always love being able to spend time with our friends from other Kappa Psi chapters.





We stayed until last call and then cabbed it back to the hotel.

As predicted, the morning came way too early but before we knew it we were on the road heading back.



(Subway flat bread sandwich with egg whites, cheese and bacon)


And now it’s time to get back to reality.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

P.F. Chang’s

Wow, what an awesome weekend! As I mentioned in my last post, on Friday Eric, Aimee, our other friend Sarah, and I went down to Lombard, IL for a Kappa Psi conference. We all had such a blast and I’m already looking forward to the spring assembly!

When we arrived late on Friday night, we were all exhausted from the long drive and from the festivities the night before. We ended up just briefly saying hi to the rest of our friends before calling it an early night.

On Saturday, our day started bright and early with a morning meeting.


Breakfast was served, but by the time we got there everything was picked over and there was hardly any food left. I grabbed one of the last pieces of banana bread and a yogurt:


By the way, after becoming completely obsessed with Chobani, I realized how different (in a good way) Greek yogurt tastes from regular yogurt. This Yoplait that I had tasted so runny and weird, I missed my Chobani!

The meeting lasted a couple of hours and then we had a break for lunch, which we were on our own for. The itinerary included a list of nearby restaurants and after spotting a P.F. Changs on the list, we knew instantly where we wanted to go. I’ve heard great things about this restaurant, but we don’t have one in Traverse City and I’ve always wanted to go.

Apparently we weren’t the only ones who were in the mood for Chinese, because we had quite a large group join us at the restaurant!


I started my meal off with a cup of the egg drop soup, which was delicious.


And I ordered the chicken lettuce wraps for my main meal.


I ordered these for a few reasons: the first being that I have heard that this dish is particularly tasty, the second being that I didn’t want to go absolutely crazy with calories, and the third being that my body was seriously craving vegetables (I also stole the broccoli from Eric's sesame chicken as well).


Well, I must say that it was absolutely delicious and I did feel better after getting some veggies in me, but it wasn’t quite as low on the calories as I would have liked. For those of you that are wondering, the entire dish is about 640 calories. With the addition of my egg drop soup (60 calories), my meal ended up being about 700 calories total. Not horrible, and definitely not bad for a meal at a Chinese restaurant, but I still would have liked to keep it around 500 or 600. Ah well, life goes on!


After lunch, Eric and Aimee had more meetings to attend so I took advantage of the empty hotel room and got some good relaxation time in my super comfy bed.


I also caved and paid the $10 charge for a one-day internet pass so I could watch Thursday’s season premier of Grey’s Anatomy that I missedSmile.


After two hours of Grey’s I decided that I should get out of bed and actually do something somewhat active, so I hit the hotel gym for a 45 minute cardio session (30 min elliptical, 15 min Stairmaster). The gym actually had a decent number of cardio machines and quite a few free weights. I’m always appreciative of a decent hotel gym Open-mouthed smile.



When I was done working out, it was time to start getting ready for the annual banquet. (Remember when I went dress shopping last weekend?) However, I’ll Saturday night’s events for the next post Open-mouthed smile.


See ya later!


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