I’m Angela – a graduate student in Medical Physics, an amateur runner, a health and fitness enthusiast. I write about my life in general with a health focus and a slant to science!

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Florida Bound
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Florida Bound

SuitcaseSo big news around here, I’m going to Florida!  I don’t know if I mentioned it yet but I’ll be doing a practicum (learning internship type thing) at 21st Century Oncology in Florida.  Housing and travel are paid for which is pretty sweet.  I just have to cover food and entertainment!

While I’m super excited, I also have thought of some possible hurdles I might face during this 6-week-long trip:

Eating Healthy

I don’t know what kind of kitchen I’ll have, what cooking supplies there will be, or if I’ll be able to pack lunch daily.  For most of the students I’m going with, they seem to be okay eating out every lunch time but I’m not okay with that (it is expensive and my metaolism doesn’t react kindly).  I can buy some cheap Ziplock containers for lunches and buy pre-portioned yogurts and things but I think I’ll be living on pretty simple food while I’m there.  On the bright side, I’ve already done my research and there is a Whole Foods nearby!  Yeah!

Running Safely

I don’t know exactly where the housing is yet nor do I know if the area is a safe area to run alone.  I also need to pack minimally for the trip but I’ll need to bring a water belt for the Florida heat if I plan on running outside.  Maybe I can convince one of my fellow students to jog with me?  That is unlikely.

Strength Training

I was hoping to get into a new lifting schedule as of May but that will be greatly interrupted when I leave.  What should I do instead?  Body weight exercises?  Insanity?  If I’m in a condo, is there gym access?  Will I have a downstairs neighbor who won’t appreciate me jumping around at 6AM?  Will I disturb my housemate?  Is there a cheap gym nearby?  One idea I had was to try out the CrossFit gym for 6 weeks.  It would be expensive but it might be fun.  Then again, I don’t know how much I’ll really be able to make it there since I don’t know what my schedule will be like.  I’ll also be sharing a car with my housemate so I can’t just leave whenever I feel like it.  (Another idea – sign up for a free trial week at a different gym for each of the 6 weeks.  MWAHAHAHA!)

Packing Priorities

There are a number of things I could bring with me but should I?  My favorite water bottle?  My lunch box?  My running sneakers and a pair of cross-trainers?  I have a tendency to over pack so I really need to think about this list ahead of time.  Should I bring my DSLR or will my pocket camera suffice?  I love/hate being minimal and 6 weeks is long enough to need stuff but is it all really necessary?

That is all the questions I have thought of so far.  I just like to be prepared so I think about crazy stuff like this before big trips.  I am not stressed out about it though.  I know it will all be fine and if I forget something, Rob can ship it to me or I can go buy a new one; they have stores in Florida (though I want to keep my “buying” costs as low as possible as I know I will need lots of things when I get there like shampoo, laundry detergent, etc.).  I just like to think things through so I can make an educated decision and not a last minute pressured one.  One thing is for certain though – I have to pack my bathing suit!


Any solutions for my little dilemmas? 

Is there anything else I will need to consider while living in a strange city for 6 weeks?

The Science Behind Food


A few months ago, I bought a copy of the September 2013 Special Food Issue of Scientific American that I was super excited to read and then I misplaced it.  Well, I just found it, and it is blowing my expectations out of the water!  The articles in here have great content and were right [...]

Enjoying the Spring

Happy Monday!  It has been over a week since my last blog, wow!  It is so busy right now at school.  The end of the semester is always the hardest time and now that I have joined a research group, the workload is even heavier.  On the scale of priorities, writing a blog post isn’t [...]

April Fitness Challenge

I can’t believe it is April! That means there is exactly 1 month left in this semester and my first year of Medical Physics grad school is over! OMG! I’ll be halfway to graduating! How exciting is that?!

But in more health related news, I think we are all feeling a little run down from [...]

Review: TwoGrand Smartphone App

For the past few weeks, I’ve been using a new app to track my food called TwoGrand, and I’m in love. I had been looking for an easy way to visually track my food and exercise and keep it all in one place. I want my healthy lifestyle to be sustainable and I don’t want [...]

5 Years and Counting

Did you know it has been 5 years since I started getting healthy?!  A few months after getting married, I had had enough and started attempting to eat right and exercising.  I originally started working out at home with a game on my Wii but I eventually started running and ran my first 5K in [...]

30-By-30 Week 12

Weight – 178ish? I forgot to weigh myself today but last time I checked, it was 178 point something which is slightly down.  Of course, I generally hover around 179-181 so we shall see if this sticks.  It could have just been because I was sick all last week.

Nutrition This is actually one [...]

Book Review: Cooking with Coconut Oil

Last week, I was kindly provided with a copy of the new cookbook Cooking with Coconut Oil by Elizabeth Nyland over at Guilty Kitchen.  This cookbook was provided to me for free by the author and FitFluential for the purpose of giving feedback.  This review is all my own, honest opinions.

Cooking with Coconut Oil [...]