In view of the holiday season, and being over 8 weeks post partum now, it’s time to slowly start shedding those baby pounds.

To do: snap my before pics and make sure I’ve got the right work out gear and a few clothes that I can work out in comfortably.

Today’s workout was courtesy of @thefoodmedic

4 sets of:

  • squat to calf raise x20
  • side lunge 2×15
  • split squat 2×16
  • glute bridge x20
  • single leg hip thrust 2×15

I’m hoping I’ll be able to hit a Zumba class this weekend (potentially my regular classes next week).

UK as a First Choice

Over the past couple months, I’ve realized that I’m not entirely sure what I want to do for the rest of my life (residency-wise). Dates have slowly been approaching – for exams, deadlines for applications, etc. Instead of stressing myself out, I’ve decided that I’m going to be completely relaxed throughout the entire process. As such, I’m going to forgo trying to apply to North America for a residency. So while most of my colleagues will be stressing out over paperwork, letters of reference, payments, and other various application steps, I will be relaxing. And because I’ve chosen not to apply this coming cycle, I can postpone my North American exam dates to a later date. This means that I don’t have to stress over trying to find time to study while completing my electives. Dude – can I tell you how great this feels?!

Instead, my only worries right now are completing my own electives, making sure that I get all my paperwork ready for an online submission to the UK Foundation Program, and making sure I study effectively so that I can write my Step exams and MCC’s when the time is right for me.

I’m doing this because I’m not sure where I really want to specialize. I have it narrowed down to surgery as a definitive choice – but I can’t risk my entire future on applying for just a general surgery residency. I’ve rotated through pediatric surgery recently and I’ve realized that I absolutely LOVE it! And I always thought I hated kids and never wanted to work with them. Yet, for some reason, one of my favorite electives both in third year and in fourth, has involved dealing with children. I’ve also always considered plastics as an interesting field – but I know that as a graduating IMG, my chances of landing a plastics residency in NA are slim to none. On the other hand, neurosurgery is a complete bore. And I want to rotate through cardiothoracic surgery once again because the 3 days of it that I had in third year… well, I didn’t actually get to see any surgery…

I still need to complete a Family Medicine elective as per my school’s requirements, but I’m going to try to squeeze in as many different surgical specialties as I can before February.

On a completely separate note, my gym enthusiasm has been dwindling. I’m an avid every-day-gym-goer, but as of late, my motivation is severely lacking. I still love and enjoy Zumba twice a week, but since late July, I went on some strange binge eating frenzy, gained a few pounds, and have been very unmotivated to get back to my regular routine to work it off. I decided to take the day off tonight and will do so until I feel that I can go get a great workout in. I’ve been avoiding weights lately and I’ll usually just go for a 5K run followed by a shitty ab workout to try to make myself feel good. But it hasn’t been working… So I’m taking the night off. Maybe a day away from the gym is what I need.

I did start one of those 30-day squat challenges however. And I am following that avidly =) I’m currently up to 130 squats. Working my way up to 250. But I’m still waiting to feel the day-after burn on that…


Daily workout

Yikes. I can’t remember the last time I did this… so… this week:

Monday: Zumba (@ Bonarka)

Tuesday: holiday, therefore everything was closed. Therefore I sat at home getting fat.

Wednesday: Pure Pump, plus a little bit of swimming later on in the evening

Thursday: Zumba, again, followed by some swimming

Friday: Pure Pump, following by spinning.