Summer Vacation Over

Hi Everyone! It’s certainly been a while since I’ve written; you could say I took a Summer hiatus. But no more! I realize it’s time to get my head back in the game and stay focused on this journey of mine. So much has happened since my last post in May. Realizing this was my last “real” summer – after all MS1 summer is spent on research and every other summer after that is nonexistent – I was determined to make the most of it.

enjoying PR

In June I traveled to Puerto Rico. Absolutely amazing time! It was a gift to myself on gaining a med school acceptance as well as a celebration for my significant other who took (and passed!) his USMLE Step 1 board exam for med school.


Look it’s the photographer!

July rolled around and like the previous 2 years, I competed in another Spartan Race. This was my 3rd Spartan Race and my 2nd time at this course – still however, it felt more physically and mentally challenging than any race I had ever done. Finishing was certainly an accomplishment! It took me 2 hours and 36 minutes of pain, sweat, moments of discouragement, fun, and finally VICTORY. At this point, I’m ready to call this a tradition. Looking forward to my 4th Spartan Race, hopefully next year!

ruth wedding

All dressed up for the wedding

Also in July, was a friend’s wedding and my 3rd wedding of the summer – side note: there has been more weddings and engagements this year than I’ve ever seen, I’m convinced there’s something in the water LOL. The wedding was in Florida, so it was cool to check out the state for the first time (although it rained most of the time we were there).

Finally, the month ended with a bang when I made that 8 hour drive/ move to good ole Ohio.

I enjoyed my summer, definitely made the most of it, now it’s time to get back in the grind. It’s funny, crazy, slightly frustrating, but no matter what season you’re in, where you are in your journey, there’s always going to be some obstacles.


I already had a curveball tossed my way since I’ve moved, but God is crazy faithful and so clutch for always having my back 😀

I’m very excited to share about the awesomeness that is OSU (Go Buckeyes!), my program and more. The journey continues!



Conquer Your Obstacles: BE A SPARTAN!

I love obstacle races. There’s something about being able to push my limits, to really test my strength, to challenge my physical and mental endurance, that just gets me GOING. It’s no wonder “GRIT” is a characteristic and concept I value (see previous blog post here). I’ve competed in the Spartan Race for the past two years, this July will be my third year and I am freaking excited! The Spartan Race is a series of obstacles races, ranging from a 3+ mile obstacle race (Spartan Sprint) to a marathon length obstacle race (the Ultra beast). There are usually 15+ obstacles in each race – a fire jump, barbed wire crawl, wall climb, tire flip, rope climb, and the list goes on. It’s AMAZING. I honestly leave each race feeling like I can take on anything life throws at me. That’s what it feels like to be a SPARTAN.

I challenge you all to try this race. Give it a shot and test your physical and mental endurance in a way never done before. I’ll be doing a giveaway for a FREE TICKET to any Spartan Race. A few upcoming ones are the ones in Charlotte, in New Jersey, and the Tri-State race. To participate in this giveaway, all you have to do is:

  1. Like my Fitness Facebook page: Fit and Fine with Dee
  2. Follower my Fitness Instagram: @fitandfine_withdee
  3. Comment on either my Facebook page or Instagram on what it personally means to you to “challenge yourself.”

It begins today and will end on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST. I’ll do a random drawing and will announce the winner on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:00PM EST

I also have a DISCOUNT CODE for any race as well. Simply use:


To get 10% off ANY race.


As you can see in this picture, despite a challenging race, I felt so ACCOMPLISHED, I couldn’t stop smiling. Looking forward to conquering another race in July! And if you’re still not convinced, check out these two videos below: