New Experiences, Lots of Learning, TDOB #3

My second week at Mayo has gone very well! I am now working at the location where I will be most of the time from here on out. It is fast paced and busy, but if I could handle conditions at my previous job, I can handle anything :-). 

Besides loving the people I work with and enjoying what I do on a daily basis, it has also become a huge learning experience! I am constantly coming across things I haven’t seen in awhile (i.e.: check dose appropriateness based on indication and creatinine clearance.) I am using those times as opportunities to brush up on my clinical knowledge. Having students in the pharmacy is also helping me to learn quite a bit. They really keep you on your toes!

If I had to say what I am struggling with, it would be diet and exercise. Starting a new job can be stressful no matter how good you are at what you do. There is a whole new system and culture to become familiar with, and it can be a big challenge at first. I love that Mayo has healthy options for lunch, and I almost always choose them. It’s just the grazing throughout the day followed by lack of motivation to do anything but go home and eat dinner after work that is killing me. Plus, I am still very limited on the physical activities I can do. I can’t run, I can’t jump much-even burpees are borderline aggravating for my hammies. I just want to be able to run and train for half marathons again!! It was so easy to stay in shape when running was just a part of what I did! I didn’t even have to think about it! Ugh!!!

My friend Lawna and I are talking about different YouTube videos we can do everyday to stay on track. We also do TruHit, which is high intensity interval training, and is right down the street from where I live! I really love it, but the only days I can do without seriously aggravating my legs are arm days. Even then I still feel a twinge now and again during class. I’ve been told that what your body does, your mind will follow. So it’s just a matter of me getting my ass to TruHit and down to the yoga room here at my complex, and the rest will fall into place. Maybe if I bribe myself with shopping…… :-D. I’ll let you know if that works, lol! 

Last thing for today is I’ve been drinking Herbalife meal replacement shakes for breakfast and dinner, and I just came up with a super yummy combination for breakfast!! Mix up a Mint Chocolate shake, add a single serving packet of instant coffee, and you get a Peppermint Mocha shake!! It’s delicious! 

I just wanted to give you guys an update of how things are going for me. Let me know if you’ve struggled with what I mentioned above and how you’ve dealt with it. What did you do to overcome the lack of discipline and laziness when you’re exhausted from intense work days? 

Have a great Friday, and an awesome weekend!!

Happy Trails,


A Career With No Limits! Twelve Days of Blogging #2

If you’re not on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn, you may not know, but I left Walgreens after 17 years and started my career at Mayo Clinic here in Phoenix this past week. I’ve never been so excited about my career in my life! I know I am going to be able to grow as a clinician, and as a person more than I ever have before! I have so many ideas, goals, and visions that I can’t wait to pursue! Thanks so much to everyone for all of the congrats and best wishes on my first day yesterday! It was fabulous! Not much more to say besides I am beyond blessed and grateful for having been given this opportunity. 

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I tweeted the first picture yesterday, and Mayo liked it!!! Super impressed with their social media presence already!

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You guys continue having an awesome week, and I’ll see you again very soon!

Happy Trails,



****All opinions and statements are my own, and not those of Mayo Clinic****

12 Posts of Christmas #1

Hi guys! My Mom asked me today when I was going to do another blog post. She informed me that I haven’t blogged in a month. (Insert I’m ashamed of myself emoji here.) I’ve decided to blog 12 times between here and Christmas! Speaking of Christmas, my girls and I went to Coachhouse this past weekend, and I want to know how long it took them to decorate that place!! Holy electric bill!! I had a blast, nonetheless! I’ve never seen a place quite like it! Actually, Monkey Pants in Tempe is decorated similarly (but not quite as much), which is where I went on Christmas Day in the evening with my friends Owen and Drea last year. I’ve never seen such hideously wonderfully decorated places!

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Bree, Lawna, Amanda and I – taken by Meghan :-)

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Isn’t it fantastic!? I wonder how long it took them to do that….?

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I love my girls!!! We’re all pharmacists, and we all know how to have fun! Such amazing women that I am so blessed to have in my life!

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Exorbitant amounts of caffeine, check! Actually, I only had one Red Bull that night, which is really good for me!

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I was thinking about Sprinkles Cupcakes on the way home, and drove right by without stopping. I decided to have a protein shake instead. I’m proud of myself :-) Since starting TruHit (a local HIIT gym), I’ve lost a couple of pounds, a little bit of body fat, and gained 0.6lbs of muscle! Those workouts are tough! I can really only do arm day well. By well, I mean actually doing the exercises and not having to do a different “doable” exercise for every other one like I do on leg day because of my hamstrings. Just being able to do any sort of workout is a huge positive in my book, though! I’m still healing very very very slowly. I’m staying positive and trying to keep the mindset that it could be 18 months before I feel “normal” again. My surgeon got my hopes way up and had me thinking 6 months to run again. Very inaccurate. 6 months to working again, yes, which I am grateful for! Baby steps, right!?

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On another note, look who’s back! #ElfonaShelfByMyself Hahaha! He tried to eat my dinner for the week. Rude.

More fun to come over the next few weeks! Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have an awesome Tuesday!!


Happy Trails,