Tuesday, February 17, 2009

talk to me!

i don't get too many comments on this blog. unlike my blog-friends kath and heather, i'm just not all that widely read. the truth is -- i wish i got more! i love hearing the voices full of reason that are out there, and it just makes blogging more fun. i think that my readership is limited for three reasons:

1) i don't really have a niche, like running or food or what have you. it's kind of a hodge-podge in here.

2) the name of my blog is sad and not very catchy

3) i could use some better artwork/photography.

while i'm working on #2, there is little chance that #1 is going to change, and #3 is not really one of my strong points, although i will work on it.

so anyway, i was excited to see a comment from michelle last night, and even with a question. since -- let's face it -- it's not like i have to divide my time between many queries, without further adieu i will provide an answer to the best of my abilities.

michelle wrote: how do you manage to get up early to work out? I always have the habit of sleeping as late as I can (until i have to get ready for work) despite the workout ambitions I have the night before.

this comment was posted at 10:34 pm, which sort of answers the question! i used to be an after-work runner until i realized that i find it so much more pleasant to come home and just relaaaaaax. also, i love the jump-start that a workout brings to the beginning of the work day -- it may be an artificial energy, but it works! however, the only way a commitment to wake up early is really going to work is if you commit to going to bed early, as well.

in our house, this is pretty easy. being married to a surgery resident (and being a resident myself) means that our bodies are adjusted to a freakishly early schedule -- up around 5 AM, to bed around 9. lame? YES! but i don't really care. obviously, on the weekends, sometimes we're up later, but usually it's easy to get back to this schedule on monday.

my typical AM routine is to eat breakfast (including a giant mug of black coffee -- MMM), blog, and then head to the gym around 6 AM so that i can be at work by 8. of course, there are many months in my residency where i have to be at work much earlier -- 6 or 7 -- so i really savor the days i can have this morning time to enjoy and get my workout done.

hope that helped! and if anyone else wants to come out of the comment box closet, do it! i know you're out there!



workout: 35 minutes (4 'miles') elliptical + 20 minutes weights
- pushups, 2 x 10
- squats with ball, 10 lbs, 2 x 12
- bicep curls on bosu, 12 lbs, 2 x 12
- walking lunges, 8 lbs, 2 x 10 doubles
- forward/lateral raises, 6 lbs, 2 x 10
- plank ball tucks, 2 x 12

doin' time: martha is back IN THE HIZZLE! and oh, how i have missed healthy home-cooked food. i definitely needed a break, but i was definitely completely sick of takeout (and ready to cook) by the time last week was up.
chicken curry with potatoes and whole grain pilaf. recipe is in the sidebar . . . plus i added peas!

reading: 1 hour spent polishing thursday's presentation!


  1. hahah interesting topic for your blog today because i was going to write to you about AM workouts. they just arent feasible for me because i have to be at work at 7 AM, and 5:00 AM is way to earlier for me to function :) plus its dark out and not safe!

  2. Anonymous8:24 AM

    I am emailing you about Sunday!

  3. Anonymous8:32 AM

    what gym do you go to, im looking for a good one here, does it have a pool?
    impressive run adn great looking french toast!!!

    peas with curry though? hmmm...don't know if the internationals would agree with that :p jk :)

  4. well... just to let you know, I am a third year med student married to a fourth year future surgery resident- and I read your blog every day! I actually love the mix of workouts, school, and cooking, bc I do all three! I am working on becoming a runner, but I've gotten up to running two miles. Glad you're back to cooking!

  5. michelle8:52 AM

    Hey, it was 9:34 Central time! :) I need to get up a little before 5 to get ready for a workout - I am supposed to be at work at 7 these days. I will try for the 9 pm bedtime and copy you. I agree with what you said about it just being so much better in the evenings if you have gotten it out of the way!

  6. i read your blog, but i don't comment cause i guess i don't have anything to ask/say.

    i do, though, have a question if you don't mind. how much longer will you be a resident? what's after that? (oops, 2 questions!)

  7. mckenna Knych10:30 AM

    hi sarah - i'm a senior at williams (found your blog through ephblog....) and coincidentally am also a pre-med recreational runner who ran my first marathon last year! so, i obviously love the running/pediatrics/cooking in your blog. anyways, just thought i'd finally say hi! also, just curious...did you go straight through to med school or did you take time off?

  8. Hi I'm Liz and I'm a special ed teacher in Hawaii. I read your blog but don't comment... It's interesting to see how you balance your career, husband, exercise and friends. I admire your ability to get it all done!

  9. Hi Sarah,

    I'm still reading your blog. Usually its during lunch, so I get to eat my miserably pathetic lunch while looking at pictures of yummy meals that you made. Its no wonder I go home and empty the fridge onto a plate for dinner.

  10. When I was student teaching I could not get up early to run before. I think it's a little different from your crazy schedule because I was able to run at 4 or 5 and then have dinner right after. That said, I do love the early morning run best. Sets such a nice tone for the day!

  11. i read your blog often. i really enjoy it because, after being a few years out of college, i've decided to do a pre-med post-bacc and pursue medicine as a career. i also run and cook! i like reading your blog because you're honest about the difficulties of life as a resident, but you also like what you do and make time to have a life as well. i'll try to comment more often!

  12. Albert and I both still read your blog, Sarah! I love to hear what is going on with you and Josh. I am so impressed with your cooking...wish we could have a dinner party soon. We miss you guys!

  13. I live for blog comments and wish I got more also. Art is definitely not my strong point.

    The thought of running after a full day of work is enough to get me up early!

  14. hi!! thanks for stopping by :) i also LOVE comments, and have come to get them by going and commenting on other blogs. wont be long and you will be getting LOTS!

    i feel the same way about AM workouts... when i can get out of bed they are the best! the first couple days are the hardest but when its a habit it is so rewarding i think :)

  15. Hi! I read your blog daily but don't comment.....sorry! I often write comments and then end up deleting them as I over-edit myself.....In fact this is about my third attempt at this:) I really like the combination of topics on your blog......there are lots of single focus blogs out there so its nice to mix it up a bit. And many will probably disagree with me but I like the 'lots of writing, not so many pictures' format....just my opinion, and I can be a bit odd sometimes;)

  16. You have such yummy meals - I recommend more photos!!

  17. I read your blog often but I don't leave any comments!! I really like it!

    To increase readers, maybe you could do a guest post somewhere and STEAL (ok, share) the readers!! :) Exposure!!

  18. atilla10:45 PM

    you ask and you shall receive ...Great collection of comments

  19. i'm totally jealous that i have never gotten this many comments on a post :). we have to see each other soon - can you believe it's been SEVEN years? :)

  20. Anonymous3:29 PM

    As much as necessary.