What great morning today was. I had a solid breakfast: https://www.dosiq.com/anewsam1/eatings/51a7312c7e2c8d1576000d40

I had to be at work earlier than usual to see all patients because Dr. Powell had a funeral to go to in the afternoon. I came home around 1:00 and ate a radical lunch of liver and vegetables: https://www.dosiq.com/anewsam1/eatings/51a790507e2c8d1576000d5c

I knew I was SATISFIED after eating this, but OF COURSE I went and made a chocolate shake: https://www.dosiq.com/anewsam1/eatings/51a798787e2c8d1576000d5f

According to this sleeping app I use, Sleep Cycle (I love it!), I had 62% sleep quality last night, which is my lowest ever. I did not feel it at work. Around 2:00, after eating, I felt lethargic. I wanted to blame it on my lunch meal but that was solid. I ended up falling asleep at 5:00 for an hour.

I WOKE UP AND GOT THEM KETTLEBELL SWINGS! Followed by dinner: https://www.dosiq.com/anewsam1/eatings/51a7fc5f7e2c8d1576000da7 Why do I keep making liquid meals? Probably because they are very customizable and I can blend a wide variety of foods that would taste wild by themselves.

– Thursday



When only scheduled to work a half day at work I need to make a precise agenda of what I want to accomplish before going in. I had plans to get up around 8:00, make sure breakfast was ate by 9:00, and be at the gym by 11:00 to start swinging kettlebells. This did not happen.

I woke up around 7:00 and had this:


I felt on point with this cinnamon coffee. This was an ideal breakfast. However, I believe I was in the kitchen for at least 25 minutes, which is not ideal.I REALLY want to cut that down to about 10-15 minutes if possible. Will work on that…

So this is where the day went wrong, I was still planning on going to the gym at 11:00 (maybe catching a small p shake bc I woke early) but FORGOT I had to deal with financial aid at school… took about an hour.

Skipped the workout and had this for lunch around noon:


A little too much food at this meal…. actually not really.. I remember looking for something else to eat after this but didn’t end up getting anything…

Work was fantastic as always. Check out my other blog “A Premed’s Journey” for that info.

I got home at 6:00…. read for about an hour out of my prized Harvey Cushing biography and then made dinner (AKA Meal #3):


Fascinating, I know. Follow me on dosIQ for daily pictures of meals… I can not always write a food journal every day but I can take a quick pic. DosIQ is really simple… The app on iPhone is a little sketchy but I probably use it more than Instagram. There website is flawless for a food journal though. My Page: https://www.dosiq.com/anewsam1



I had a great day in the clinic all day. I am finally working proficiently…. Almost.
Nutrition was down today. I had what seemed a terrific breakfast of eggs, spinach, peppers, bacon, and nuts. I then had some ocra and salmon for lunch with some lentils. This turned out to be a gooey, tasteless mess. My meal was too big when I got home from work around 6:00. I should have had a quick (QUICK) meal the and then a small fatty/protein meal before bed.

In the morning I will be eating breakfast and throwing around kettle balls at the gym for the first time. I can not wait to finally try these out! I am not following a plan as of tomorrow because I am so scatterbrained tonight. Will post ASAP after workout tomorrow!

What it takes to compete:

Last week in my chemistry lab was rough. We were told to recrystallize an unknown organic acid. I had strict guidelines for the procedure but even with them I seem to move slowly and inefficient. A buddy who works right next to me in lab gets accurate results and finishes at least 30 minutes before me every session. The inefficiency of my work ended up leaving me behind when my lab time was up.

The next day I went to my lab professor in his office to talk about how I could possibly catch up and what to change in lab. However, when I arrived another student was already in there with him. He was in the middle of talking about all the different gifts on his shelves and around the room that have been given to him by past students; most of which went on to graduate school. Nonetheless he invited me in. Without even talking to him about my problems first he gave a speech to the other student and I about time management (I don’t know if thats what the girl came in for or not, Dr. Kennedy is also a freshman advisor). He pretty much ended up giving us a whole seminar on how to be a successful student:

He starts out talking about how he went to an ivy league school on a full scholarship straight out of high school (Cornell). By the end of his sophemore year his gpa had dropped below 3.0 and he lost his scholarship. He said he was so thankful to find a small neighboring college that accepted him and would give him a second chance. In his reflection, he realized that he was a master procrastinator and didn’t know how to be a serious student like all of his old Ive Leage friends. He came up with schedule and abided by it seriously.

He then gave both of us a schedule from 8:00am to 12:00pm Monday-Sunday. Every hour should be filled in with your studying, extracurricular activities, etc. Being an advisor he also told us how much time to devote to studying a week. When calculated up 35 total hours a week for me I was SHOCKED. Thats almost a full time time job! 10 hours for Chemistry, 8 hours for math, 5 hours for English, American Government, and Phioloshpy, and 2 hours to prepare for Chem Lab. This seemed all too demanding at the time but I left his office yesterday with a sincere drive.

I now have a written out schedule that I am following as best I can. Dr. Kennedy said this is what it takes to compete. These words have lingered in my head since I left, “What it takes to compete”. Going into the medical field and aspiring to be an orthopedic surgeon one day, I took these words in with a great desire to push myself to the limit. After I leave this world I want to say I have tried NO LESS than my best at everything. I want to be the best at anything I can be. Not for myself, of course, but the best service to ┬ámy patients and my community is what I want. I have a strong faith and I feel that all of my work here is for the Kingdom ahead so I try not to get caught up in worldly desires, which is hard for anyone.

To wrap things up, I just want to be a guidance to anyone who wants to get serious about their school work, faith, or their life in general. This schedule will help me be the serious student I need to be to do WHAT IT TAKES TO COMPETE.