First Exam Week is DONE!

OMG THE FIRST OFFICIAL EXAM WEEK OF MED SCHOOL IS DONE.
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Last week was definitely not one of the greatest weeks of my life….i spent 99% of it cooped up in the library staring at a computer, wondering how I was going to cram all that information into my head.
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But guess what?! We made it through and I learned a TON about how to properly prepare for exams that are at this level of difficulty.

  1. GET STARTED EARLY

Alright, first off I thought that I was “preparing” for these exams as the unit was underway…I would go through powerpoints while laying in bed and I thought I was doing the right things. NO. NO I WAS NOT. And I realized that I hadn’t gotten in good, efficient, valuable studying…the week before the exam. TALK ABOUT STRESS.
Don’t do what I did. If you are an undergrad or medical student…start studying the day the unit begins. Everyday after class sit down and make sure you TRULY understand and comprehend what the lectures were about that day. It is so much easier to do a little bit of work everyday, rather than CRAM the week before the test.

2. Find out the study style that works for you and DON’T change it. I know that it can be difficult to stick with what you’re used to if all the people in your class do things a different way. But I promise- it doesn’t matter what the heck they are doing, FOCUS ON YOU. I study best when I’m alone sitting in the corner of the library with my big ole’ headphones on. I also study best by looking at videos and drawing pictures…so that’s what I do. I don’t force myself to use study styles that don’t feel natural to me.

3. Use resources that you jive with. In medical school especially, there are SO MANY resources that you can use to study. Hundreds of websites, thousands of text books and just so much information. You need to find the tools that help you study best and focus only on them. For me, reading through lecture slides and watching review videos helped best, so that’s all I did.
I didn’t make flashcards or write my own book of notes because that just isn’t my learning style. 

4. Make time for YOU. I got my workout done every single morning before trekking to the library to study. I also took some time to do my coach work, relax, watch FRIENDS and eat dinner. Obviously it sounds like all this stuff would be easy to do. But I’m telling you, when the stress of studying hits and you feel guilty taking 30 minutes to do what YOU want…it gets hard. So I’m giving you permission right now….TAKE AT LEAST 30 MINUTES TO RELAX. Your mind and body will thank you!! And it will definitely help to prevent burnout from setting in.

5. EAT HEALTHY FOODS.Exam week is NOT the time to binge on fast-food because you don’t have time to cook. You can find fast & healthy food at the grocery store or whip up a big pan of chicken and veggies on the Sunday before exam week so that you can reheat it throughout the week. I promise that properly fueling your body will help to get your mind running smoothly. And then at the end of exams you won’t feel lethargic and guilty for slacking off so much.

6. FORGET ABOUT IT. When the exam is done…FORGET ABOUT IT. There is nothing you can do to change your score, you can only learn how to improve it for next time. There is no use fretting about what answer you should’ve put or what else you should’ve studied. Once it’s in the past, it’s staying there.

7. When you’re finally done, CELEBRATE

First Month of Medical School

What is the first month of medical school like?
Well, as you know I am in a 3-year accelerated M.D. program so my first month of school looks a little bit different than the traditional program does. 

Our first month of medical school was CHILLAXED. The only courses that we had for July and the beginning of August were called “Foundations of Clinical Medicine” (FCM) and “Physicians in the Community”. 


FCM is a course that is designed to teach us the absolute basics of doing a standard “check-up” in the clinical setting. We learned how to take a full patient history….and ask all those great awkward questions about sex. We learned how to do a very basic physical exam….listen to heart/lung sounds….look into ears and noses, you know, the basics! This course ended by us all doing an OSCE exam. In an OSCE you have 15 minutes to do a full history and complete a physical exam….then write a SOAP note and come up with a differential diagnosis for the patient. Honestly, this course was a lot more about getting us comfortable with patient interactions than about teaching us clinical diagnosis. 
But it was a perfect way to ease into the “med school life”.

Next, the Pathways course was all about teaching us different areas of healthcare that we usually don’t talk about…..health law, malpractice, how physicians get paid, about different public health departments in the area, medical ethics….and gave us the foundation for the research project that we each need to complete over the next year! 

I’m not sure how your medical school runs their first month but this first month at MCW-GB was an incredible way to start med school because we were able to ease into it, rather than get thrown in the deep end right away! It also gave us plenty of time to bond as a class…which I totally loved!


Basic science courses started yesterday.  
So the relaxed lifestyle that I was so much enjoying has come to an end, here’s to long nights at the library!! 

Can’t wait to see how much more I learn over the next few months!! 

3 Ingredient PB Cups

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3 INGREDIENT PB CUPS!!!.
I firmly believe that peanut butter and chocolate is the BEST combination in the WHOLE FRIGGIN WORLD. I could polish off a box of reese’s puffs or a bag of PB cups easily in a day! These healthy PB cups are the SHIT! Forreal they are so so so good. And so damn easy to make!!!!!!! You have to try them!! 
.Ingredients: 

  • 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 8 tablespoons of chocolate shakeology
  • 4 teaspoons of natural peanut butter

Directions: 

  1. Place 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds ( until the coconut oil is liquefied)
  2. Stir in 4 tablespoons of chocolate shakeology.
  3. Divide the chocolate mixture evenly between 8 spots in a mini muffin tin.
  4. Place in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  5. Pull the muffin tray out of the freezer. Place a half a spoonful of peanut butter on top of each chocolate disk. Spread the peanut butter evenly over the hardened chocolate. (works best if you use your finger to spread)
  6. Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in the microwave.
  7. Stir in the remaining 4 tablespoons of chocolate shakeology in. Use this to pour on top of the peanut butter layer.
  8. Place the muffin tin back in the freezer and leave it in there for at least 30 minutes.

Why I love network marketing in Medical School

Medical school is stressful. The classes are insanely difficult. The clinicals are extensive. The amount of time you have to dedicate to your education is INSANE compared to other professional programs. And it is EXPENSIVE.
Not only is it expensive to attend school….but everything else in life is expensive too. And even though 99.9% of people don’t hold jobs while in medical school…you still have to PAY for basic life essentials (rent, car payments, groceries). How do most students pay for this?
HELLO STUDENT LOANS.
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Something that frustrates me about how the student loan process works is that you can only take out the standard amount of loans.
 Need more $ to cover unexpected bills? Sorry.
Had to move far away to attend medical school and now you have 2 rents to pay? Sorry.
Got in a fender bender and have unexpected bills? Sorry.
Have to take your dog to the vet for an emergency? Sorry.
You can’t take out any extra $$$ to cover any of that stuff. Which means, not only is the academic side of medical school stressful…but so is the financial side of it.
 
 
Which is why I think network marketing is the absolutely PERFECT job to have while being a busy student!
I get to pick my own hours (usually I do about an hour of coach work in the morning and at night)….I work from my phone (aka I can work from anywhere)….and it allows me to connect with other medical professionals on social media!
 
I’m not saying that network marketing is for every medical student out there…all I know is that it has been an absolute LIFE-SAVER for me during my first year of medical school.
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I work in network marketing through a health&wellness company, Beachbody..
I particularly LOVE the company that I work for because not only does it help me earn more $$$ while in medical school…but it helps keep me in shape AND it allows me to show people that EVEN IN MEDICAL SCHOOL YOU HAVE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN HEALTH.
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So how did my coaching business save my life during my M1 year?
I got into medical school very late in the cycle…right after Josh and I resigned our apartment lease in Milwaukee…we tried, but couldn’t get out of our lease!
Which means, I had to move to a new city…find a new apartment…and pay 2 rents and 2 utilities for this entire year. Not to mention the gas $ I spend to be able to see my fiancé on the weekends.
Like I stated above, I was not able to take out any more loan money to help cover this DOUBLE rent/utilities….AND I ran out of loan money before the end of the semester.
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LUCKILY-when I began coaching in my gap year..i started a “coaching savings account” to deposit my paychecks and bonuses in. So this year when I ran out of loan money–I had my coaching savings account to fall back on! The money that I saved up in there is what I will be living off of for the next couple months and I couldn’t be more thankful. It really is true that everything happens for a reason. I firmly believe that coaching came into my life for a reason. Not only to help me fund my medical education…but to show women that you don’t have to lose yourself to your career. Yes, I am a medical student. But I am not ONLY a medical student..I am a fiancé, a sister, a daughter, a friend, a health & wellness coach and a mentor.
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I continue to work my coaching business while being a full-time medical student because it gives me financial freedom, it keeps me in shape and it allows me to help other women get their confidence back!  If you think that coaching might be the solution for you. Please reach out. I absolutely LOVE talking about it and how it has changed my life.
 
XOXO.
 
BECCA

My WHY for medical school

What is your BIGGEST dream for your life? What is the one thing that you think about or fantasize about every. single. day.? What are your birthday-candle wishes? What is that one goal that you are working to achieve, that trumps all others? 
My answer to all of these questions has been the same since I was 10 years old …I want to be a doctor. 

I don’t know exactly what it was that planted this seed in my imagination…maybe it was hearing my dad talk about all his experiences as a nurse…maybe it was the Bill Nye the Science Guy episode where he had a physician talk about germs…maybe it was our field trip to the hospital…I really can’t pin-point to a single incident. All I know is that once that seed was planted, it has been continually blooming in my life. 
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My “becoming a doctor” fantasies slowly transitioned into a reality when my grandmother was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer. I was only in 7th grade when she was facing her battle with cancer and my parents didn’t feel I was old enough to know the details …so all they told me was that “grandma was very sick”… But I was an annoying little kid who wanted to know the details about everything, so that didn’t cut it for me. I began eavesdropping on conversations until I figured out what her actual disease was called. Then I sat down at our desktop computer and typed “Glioblastoma Multiforme” into google (big mistake, I don’t recommend looking up any medical conditions on google, unless you wanted to be freaked out)  I looked from site to site…reading about different tumor progressions, prognosis, treatment options…i didn’t understand most of the information, but I remember being absolutely fantasized with the different pictures of tumor cells, and I just wanted to absorb as much of the information as I could. 
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After my grandmother passed, I knew that I had to become a doctor. It wasn’t just a fantasy anymore. I had to become a doctor to try to help other families who were going through the heartbreak that my family was going through. 
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As the years passed, my passion for medicine continued to grow & grow & grow. I would check the medicine tab on ScienceDaily every morning, and diving into PubMed was one of my favorite ways to pass time. (Yes, I’m a nerd… I know)
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If you are a pre-med…you know how stressful the process of getting into medical can be. It is NOT an easy path, whatsoever. You have to sacrifice a lot …while everyone’s out getting drunk 4 days a week, you are putting in hours at the library. While your friends are out in the world getting “adult jobs” you are studying for the MCAT or filling out secondary applications. While your family is on vacation, you are spending hours volunteering at the hospital or pipetting solutions into Petri dishes in a research lab. 
But the sacrifice is so worth it. 


So why medical school? Because I love taking care of people. That’s what it comes down to… I love taking care of people when they are going through stressful or traumatic situations. I love taking care of people who are too sick to take care of themselves. I love knowing that I will have the skills necessary to save lives. This is what I was meant to do & I am so honored that I am finally able to begin my medical education. 

How I got started with Beachbody

Let me just start by saying…I WAS A BEACHBODY/MLM (multi-level marketing) HATER FOR YEARS!!!
I mean YEARS.. I would get the random “salesy” messages on instagram or facebook claiming that a shake helped people lose weight….and that if i signed up right now i would qualify for yada yada….IT WAS ALL THE SAME. BUT–then i began to follow my current upline coach, who was from the small town in Wisconsin that I am from. And I followed her journey on social media for years…she would post about the success she had with her coaching business and the personal growth and strength that she had attained through coaching…
It was super appealing, but i always figured that there was a “catch” or that it was too good to be true. 

So while continuing on with my own life& fitness routine, Beachbody coaching was ALWAYS in the back of my mind. Every day i would religiously watch other coaches’ stories and read their posts, just imagining what it would be like if i actually started doing this. 

Years went on…and I continued to struggle with my weight. I had always been an active person…but i ONLY did cardio. And i would eat/drink wayyyy more calories that i had burned during my 30 minute treadmill sesh everyday! So naturally-i started to put on some weight. I tried every friggin solution out there to get the weight off…keto, weight loss tea, intermittent fasting, juice cleanses, YOU NAME IT. And none of them worked.

SOOOO after 5 years of watching other coaches get fit, reach financial freedom and make BEST friends….I hopped on the bandwagon and signed up to coach. I had NO idea what i was going, I was terrified of being judged by people (especially the gossipy girls that i went to high school with). But i knew what was possible with this business…so i just said F IT and went all in. 

It has been almost 2 years since I made that decision and I can honestly say that it has been the best decision that I ever made. It has allowed me to earn a SIGNIFICANT side income, meet amazing friends, get in the best shape of my life and learn to LOVE MYSELF.

Forever grateful for coaching and the pure happiness it has brought to my life.

Why I switched to natural deodorant

I was so clueless. I was so clueless about the chemicals that i was putting on my body every single day. So….when i started to do some research into what was actually in the products I used everyday i was shocked. BUT-the product that i was most stunned by was my deodorant. If you’re like me—you probably go to target, find the deodorant that smells the best (and is the cheapest) and then are on your way…
What the deodorant labels don’t tell you about is the multitude of chemicals that we are filling our armpits with EVERY.DAY. Parabens, Aluminum, Fragrance, Phthalates…and many more harmful ingredients are in conventional deodorant and they are linked to endocrine disruption, cancers, alzheimers, liver issues….the list literally goes on & on & on…
After reading some of those terrifying articles I decided to make the switch to NATURAL deodorant…fortunately this switch was super easy to do–THANKS TO Primally Pure. 

If you haven’t heard of Primally Pure before–then listen up sister. They are a company that makes 100% non-toxic, NATURAL beauty products…for skin, hair, armpits and even beards!! Check out the link below to shop for some goodies-trust me you want them!!

Their deodorant is made with Arrowroot Powder, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.  Tallow,, Organic Beeswax, Baking Soda, Non-nano Zinc Oxide, White Kaolin Clay, and essential oils…..YEP,  ONLY 8 INGREDIENTS—CAN YOU BELIEVE IT.?!!?

At first I was a little concerned that this deodorant wasn’t going to hold up during my tough workouts and long days at the hospital….BUT LET ME TELL YOU SISTER- this stuff is LEGIT. It lasts all damn day!!! I am so so so addicted to this stuff and encourage everyone to switch their beauty routine to include THIS DEODORANT. I mean you are going to be putting it on everyday anyways, might as well know what your swiping on your body!!! 

Please let me know if you have any questions about Primally Pure!! I can’t wait for you all to experience this amazing company & their mission. 
Use this link to get shoppin’ ::::https://primallypure.com?rfsn=2285257.e1f572

How these workouts changed the game.

Working out is something that I used to do to PUNISH myself. Seriously- my idea of working out was to burn off the calories i ate OR to punish myself for eating only junk OR to try and lose a ton of weight….before last summer I had such a negative mindset about fitness-it was HORRIBLE.  
I struggled with this negative mindset for well over 6 years!! And no matter how much I ran or did ab-workouts, I never seemed to get the body that I so badly wanted. 

I knew that there were more ways to get fit besides just running…but honestly I didn’t know how to properly plan a program for myself that included lifting or HIIT. Sure-i googled/pinterested a couple “lifting calendars” to try out…but i wouldn’t make it past the first day because i HATED going to the weights section of the gym. All the buff, cocky, douchebag guys…the smell of sweat and metal….the terrible music. Honestly, I hated all of it. So i just didn’t do it. I did purely cardio and counted down the minutes until i could leave the gym! 

THAT’S WHERE BEACHBODY STEPPED IN TO SAVE THE DAY!!!! 

BB has over 50 COMPLETE workout programs, paired with meal plans that you can do from HOME!!! THANK THE LORD. Not only that- but there is just about any type of workout you could ever need/want on there…..from lifting to hiit, swing dancing to yoga, booty workouts to pure cardio. There is seriously everything in there. And as soon as I pushed play on my first workout, I WAS HOOKED. Being able to roll out of bed and just push play, without driving to the gym, without “getting ready”, without hoping that there are machines open….took so much stress off me!!! PLUS-the workouts get you AHHH-MAZING RESULTS. Seriously after the first 21 day program that I finished, i was SHOCKED by my results. AND ADDICTED to the convenience and efficiency of working out at home.

Now i know a lot of you think you “love the gym” or “couldn’t find the motivation to workout at home” or think “home workout programs are too expensive” or yada yada. But i’m telling you-don’t knock it till you try it. You will save so much time (no driving/walking to the gym) and $$$$ by switching over to home workouts. It is incredible. 

As a BB coach- I also run something called “accountability groups” which are basically groups of ladies who motivate each other everyday!!! I hold our group on an app that BB created, and we all log our workouts/shakes/struggles/motivation/successes on there everyday!! Being able to chat with, become friends with and learn from the girls in that group is one of my favorite things about being a coach. And it absolutely warms my heart to see them gain their confidence and get results that they worked so hard for!! 

BB really fosters the idea of community, even though we aren’t able to see eachother in person everyday-which is so valuable to me. 

SOOO- if you are looking to spice up your workout-game. OR just learn a little bit more about it OR try the workouts for FREE. Send me a message girlfriend! 

Manta Ray Night Dive

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 If you have never seen a manta before, please go google them, youtube them look at pictures of them& read about them!!! Because they are one of the most fascinating creatures EVER. Their grace and elegance in the sea is why they earned the nickname “Gentle Giants of the Sea”. 

Since my parents moved to Hawaii in 2016 I have spent several months on the Big Island of Hawaii. Which is why I’m obsessed with anything Hawaii-themed!! Anyways, spending all this time in Hawaii has allowed me to learn a lot about all the incredible things that the Big Island has to offer! One thing that I learned is that  the Big Island of HI is one of the only places in the world that manta rays live and that you can actually SWIM WITH THEM! HOW FRICKIN COOL. Once I realized that you could get in the water and swim with them, I knew I had to try it out!!!

There are a bunch of different tour companies in Kona that will take you out in the ocean to see the mantas–so it was very easy to book our excursion. Josh & I booked our trip through My Kona Adventures and they were phenomenal. 100% recommend. 

Another super cool thing about this tour is that IT’S AT NIGHT. Because the best time to go diving with mantas is when the sun goes down….BUT WHY?! 
Well, the primary food source for mantas is zooplankton.  And zooplankton are attracted to light. So, all of these tour companies go out into the ocean in the middle of the night with a big floating light (honestly it’s like a giant surfboard with lights all around it, shining down into the ocean). This huge light attracts zooplankton & thus, brings the mantas near us divers!!! How darn cool. 

The evening of our dive, we met our group (only 4 other people) in Keauhou Bay  and got into our little boat!! Our scheduled time was about 7:45, which was the PERFECT time to go because we got to see the gorgeous Hawaiian sunset from the Keahou Bay beforehand. It was perfection. 
It was only a 5 minute boat ride until we found our docking place in the middle of the pacific! While on the ride out, our tour guide got us all set up with our snorkel mask, flippers and ankle floaties!  
Not going to lie, I was a little uneasy jumping out of the boat into the black ocean….all I could think about was the Jaws theme song. But it’s okay, it all was fine. No sharks! 

All of us were instructed to “hang onto the lightboard and just float”. Because we had ankle floaties on, it really was easy to just float on our bellies and watch the zooplankton gather under the light. 
It was INSANE how quickly the plankton gathered underneath the light….it looked like we were in a snow globe underwater! 

Before we knew it MANTAS WERE COMING TOWARDS US. They would pass underneath us & next to us, grabbing mouthfuls of plankton as they swam by. I couldn’t believe how HUGE they were!!! The biggest manta that swam near us was 11 feet across!! But their wingspan can get up to 20 feet wide!! WHAT!?!
While one swam underneath us, it brushed up against my belly!! Talk about a crazy feeling! 

Anyways, this experience was one of the most amazing things that I have ever done. It was incredible to see these gentle giants up close & it made me wish I lived on the Big island full-time so I could go out with them more! 
If you are ever on the Big island of Hawaii I 10000000% recommend booking a tour and going out to see the mantas!!!! 

Since most people aren’t familiar with Manta Rays and their inherent awesome-ness here are some facts about them:::::

*they can weigh as much as 3,000 pounds.

*the manta ray, unlike other rays, does not have a spine on its tail for defense.

*Mantas can live for at least 50 years 

Moral of the story, Hawaii is awesome. Mantas are awesome. & the ocean is awesome. 

*like whales, mantas can leap out of the water….sometimes even flipping in the air!