Prior to the COVID19 pandemic, I decided to work on my fitness. If undergrad has Freshman 15, medical school has Medschool 20. I have totally abandoned working out during my first semester of medical school. I was a train-wreck. I was excited, happy, stressed and scared, all at the same time. I was struggling to figure out my rhythm. In finding out what works and what doesn’t. And so I arbitrarily decided that going to the gym wasn’t a priority at that time.

First week of this current (Spring) semester, I noticed that my clothes no longer fit me, and if it miraculously does, I have to practically stop breathing. More importantly, I have also noticed that my energy, and stamina have declined. My focus, and concentration were lacking. I mean, TBH, I probably needed some of those weight, and I have always told myself not to look at those number on the scale, rather focus on how I feel about myself. However, February of this year, I no longer feel comfortable with my body.

As a future physician, it is essential to prioritize taking care of my body. If I couldn’t take care of myself, there is no way I could be taking care of anyone else. I want to practice what I preach. I want to be a role model. I do not wish to look like a body builder, or anything like that. I simply want people to know how important to keep moving, to be on our feet, and to continue strengthening our body no matter how slow our progress towards our #bodygoals. What matters is that we keep going, and pushing ourselves to be the best we can be. And this applies to all aspect of our lives, not just physically, but also mentally, academically, even spiritually.

With the current #covid19 pandemic, it is important that we practice self-care: whatever that means for you. As for me, I decided to try outdoor running, and home work out. I am amazed on how good the sunset’s warmth feels on my skin as I jog in our neighborhood. It made me appreciate the little things that we often took for granted. It reminds me that the world we live in is such a beautiful place, and that we need to stay strong, and continue fighting our current battle so that we can soon once again enjoy everything our world has to offer.

Take care my friends. Stay safe!