Back to the Future

–I want to get back into blogging.–

I was talking to a classmate the other day, about how I USED to be a blogger. I used to blog about crafts and exercise, but since med school started, I hardly craft or exercise, so I have mostly quit blogging.

I had a really rough start here, to be totally honest. I wasn’t prepared for the academic load and I couldnt quite get into adequate study habits. I was slow to reach out for help and my academic performance was really taking a toll on my emotional status, which in turn further damaged my academic performance. But I think, for the first time, I am finally getting back on track.

I dyed and cut my hair and have refocused my thoughts into positive energy. I found a professor who is also NOT a visual learner who was extremely enthusiastic and determined to help me succeed in both Anatomy and Histology, the two courses I am currently struggling with the most. And? I am getting back into both crafts and exercise. And I am asking YOUR help to do them!

–Join Me in My Exercises–

I am starting an exclusive exercise group to begin after Thanksgiving. For 30 days, we are gonna take control of our lives through healthy eating and exercise. My only rules are you must commit to following your exercise program, and you must drink shakeology every day. Leave me a comment or visit my exercise blog if you want more information! The first five people to be officially enrolled get to join MY group. I hope you join me!

–As for crafting?–

I finally finished the baby blanket I was working on for my nephew that was born in August. Isn’t he adorable?

And I have pulled back out the yarn to make these two socks at the same time (I had to start it over because the socks were way too large, luckily the pattern had adjustments for small feet) and I am crocheting a hat for my cousins friend.

It’s about time I get back to my future.

If you were gonna make a change for the better, what would it be?


Tuesday Challenge – Can you fit in 50 push ups today?

Today I woke up at 5:15 am. I turned on the oven, washed the kitchen counters, put away dishes, and made a potato kugel. As soon as it was in the oven, I started my Insanity workout. LOVE it. It’s one of those workouts that seriously works every muscle in my body. I can’t do it all the way through without taking breaks. That is my goal this month. To be able to do the Pure Cardio video non-stop by the end of this month. Hey – I would be happy if I can do it non-stop, even if I am doing it at a slower speed. It’s epic 🙂

What a morning – now I am ready for work, Shakeology for breakfast, and a great start to an amazing day. I mixed my Shakeology with strawberries and lemon juice, ice and water this morning. It’s positively delicious.

I have such high hopes for the seder tonight. I love hosting things. I love the cooking and heck, I even kinda like the cleaning that goes along with hosting big dinners. Our tally is currently 11 yes, with 1 maybe. It’s gonna be a blast.

I have a challenge for you, my readers, today. I want you to do 50 push ups. No, you do not have to do them all at once, in fact, you can do 4 now, 8 later, 2 after that. No problem. You can even do all of them on your knees. But can you reach 50 throughout the course of the day? Tally em up and let me know how you did!

I wish you luck!

Are you a morning or a night person? ~ I am SO a morning person.

Life and Other Luxuries – Medical School and fitness Adventures

Good evening loyal followers,

A bit late in the evening for me to be posting a daily post, but it has been quite a whirlwind of events. Last Tuesday I received an email to interview at Rosalind Franklin University (aka Chicago Medical School) and today I had that interview. There were many mock interviews to be had with faculty and staff at the University of Chicago where I work and current residents that had graduated from CMS. but I think all the prep work paid off because I was quite pleased with my experience today. I think both my interviews went well, and I really liked the people that I interviewed with. I really enjoyed my tour of the campus and all my time spent with medical students. I really like the school and the program and, of course, the location. We were told we will know by May 1st. So here’s to hoping.

On other notes, I finished my 90 day workout program. And am quite pleased with the results. I was able to lose about 7 pounds and 7 inches overall throughout the body which was great. I am really excited to start a new program next week called Brazil Butt Lifts, you know, to really get toned for the summer. This program has two different 30 day series. So it is shorter, but equally challenging. I have previewed some of the videos, and as of now, do NOT have the length strength to keep up. I am really excited for the challenge. I also took the time to write out my April goals here and am really excited for what April will bring.

In the meantime, this next week is really about me getting some rest and enjoying some of those tasty delights I denied myself throughout my 90 day program. I am having crock pot mac-n-cheese tomorrow and fried chicken on Wednesday. Then I will get back to eating healthier in preperation for my next 30 day program. For this week I am doing the Cardio Recovery video as a daily workout. This video comes from my husband’s Insanity workout program. He is starting his second 30 day chunk of the 60 day program this week. I wish him the best of luck! I am certain he will rock it.

I hope everyone had a great monday!


Twitter: ashleysh22


A worldwide 5k event – run or walk 3.1 miles wherever you are

Have you ever wanted to try to run a 5k? I have done it once before and would love to do it again. So when I came across the “Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5k” I got very excited.

Sara Rosso posted on her blog on March 29th:

We had a great idea: Get all 80 Automatticians from 62 cities to run/walk a 5k on the same day! This way we can get some exercise together as a company even though we’re apart (though we won’t rule out a softball or Texas scramble at our next meetup).

We want to invite you to join us, users (and self-hosted WP users, too!), in the Worldwide WP 5k – the 5k blogged around the world! The date is approaching, so read on to find out how to participate.

What a brilliant idea!

The Plan:

Complete a 5k together as a team, even though we are all over the world.

The When:

Sunday April 10th: but can be completed anytime between Monday April 4th and Sunday April 10th.

The 5k:

A 5k is roughly equivelant to 3.1 miles or 12 laps around a standard sized track. You can run it, you can walk it, it really doesn’t matter which.

The Tools:

I don’t own a pedometer. If you live in the United States, here are two websites you can use to map out a route in your hometown – so you will know how far 3.1 miles is!

The Finish:

After you complete your run/walk, blog about it! Use the tag “WWWP5k” so everyone will be able to find you. Might be a cool opportunity to make a video blog 🙂

Are you with me?!

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My three day healthy plan

March 19th: A Three Day Restart for Your Body

A detoxifying body cleanse is an extremely good way to clear out your system – not only does it rid your body of toxins, but it quite literally re-starts your digestive tract – helping you clear out things that may get stuck in various places of the body.

Starting March 19th – I am going to do the shakeology 3-day cleanse – and I am inviting you to join me!

Because shakeology is all natural and contains lots of fiber, protein, and vitamins – this is one of the safest ways for you to do such a cleanse (ever heard of the lemon juice cleanse? TERRIBLE for your body – all that acid and no food to absorb it? yuck!)

I know that shakeology is expensive and who wants to spend that much on a product you have never tried? So for this event I am will provide you the 9 packets of Shakeology necessary to do this cleanse at  approximately $4.25 a pack plus 5 dollars for 2 day shipping (43 total).

Get free shipping?

  • WRITE ABOUT IT! – If you keep a blog where you review products – I will send you the packets – with free shipping in exchange that you write about your experience at the end of the three days – include weight loss, feelings, and review of the taste and a link back to my shakeology page.
  • Refer a friend – I will refund your shipping costs when your friend purchases and joins us for our three day cleanse!

**I will also throw in a recipe card!**

I hope you’re with me!

Get in touch – leave a comment or email me

Known Benefits of Shakeology
(please note that some of these links do not work in chrome – sorry!)
  • LOTS of vegatables (40 dollars worth in 1 serving in fact) – here
  • Bonus energy (even replace your coffee!)- here
  • Glycemic control – here
  • Doctors approval – here
  • Weight Loss! – in just the three day cleanse – I have known people to lose between 3 and 8 pounds!
Ingredients and nutrition information of Shakeology
  • All natural!!!! – Here

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A future in nutrition and woman’s health

They say to select a career that you are passionate about. And I am passionate about woman’s health and nutrition, but that career path has many streets to choose from. For the past few years, I have really been pushing to be an ob/gyn physician. I want to help woman improve their health. I want to guide them through adolescence, as they struggle, like most of us do, to fit in and be accepted. I want to educate woman of all ages about birth control and their own reproductive health. and I want to educate woman about nutrition.

Woman go through so many avenues as they grow related to nutrition. Young girls really can’t overemphasize calcium intake, because studies have shown that the amount of calcium you consume prior to menstruation can have an impact on you ability to generate and maintain healthy bone density later in life. For the same reason, young girls should find a resistance training program to increase that bone density, and continue this practice throughout life. Women are at a much larger risk for osteoporosis after menopause due to alterations in our hormones.

But woman also need to be aware of many other changes in their life. For instance, nutrition needs to be adjusted for woman trying to get pregnant, woman that are pregnant (and nutrition requirements even change from month to month as the baby grows), and woman that breastfeeding. Gestational diabetes is a major concern and woman are at greater risk of celiac disease.

So what is my goal in life? to really be able to help these woman, guide policy to help these woman, and to directly interact with these woman. So I am looking at post-bac programs, in order to demonstrate my ability to both handle the coursework material and renew my prerequisites (as many of my classes are over 7 years old), perhaps nursing, and perhaps diatetics, with a masters in nutrition.

I also have decided to publish a weekly wednesday article on woman’s health in the news here. This week’s topic? Vaginal steam baths.