Last night I dreamt that I got called in to work so that residents could practice putting central lines in me. They told me I had to report to the outpatient surgery center so that residents could practice on me because they did have enough patients that week… I am going crazy.
Luckily, no one has called me to come into work this week yet (to actually work or to be a practice surgical patient).
Also, IT’S KYLE’S 30TH BIRTHDAY!!!!! Everybody tell Kyle happy birthday! We started our celebration last weekend with dinner and a basketball game in Minneapolis. Then on Sunday I made him his favorite cookies (which I have been eating all week- why does that always happen?) Today he is going to work, but tonight I’m making dinner for him.
So back to today’s post! When I first started blogging I used to do What I Ate Wednesday or WIAW posts all the time. Then I got lazy and stopped. But somehow yesterday, I managed to photograph almost all the things I ate which is unusual so I thought I would do a WIAW type of post but since today is Thursday, it’s really a “What I Ate (on) Wednesday” post. Hope that’s okay with everyone.
This whole not going to work thing is pretty great. It means that if I feel like soft boiled eggs and a grapefruit for breakfast, I can have it. Grapefruits are one of my favorite breakfast or snack fruits, but they are definitely challenging to bring to work because they are so labor intensive! Yesterday I enjoyed one right at my desk alongside 2 eggs.
I went to the hospital for noon conference yesterday and I didn’t feel like packing my lunch to bring all the way there, so I just waited until I got home from conference to eat. Before I left I grabbed a handful of cashews, a cookie, and 2 prunes which I actually didn’t photograph- sorry!
During noon conference I tried to get a start on filling out all the paperwork to apply for my medical license and wow, there is a lot of paperwork. Take a look at this stack!
My pager went off during conference and I thought for sure I was getting called in, but it just said there was a large envelope for me at the mailroom. How convenient that I was already in the hospital!
After conference I stopped by the mailroom and look what I got! I was seriously so excited to see this letter:
And we got 2 books! Looks like I know what I will be reading this month!!
Ophthalmology here I come!
I finally made it home and went directly to the kitchen to make lunch. Two days ago I made homemade mayo and added some fresh basil from a basil plant I have on my windowsill that is desperately clinging to life, but not looking so good. (Any tips for growing basil indoors? Mine is just super droopy and I don’t think I’m over or under watering it.)
I smeared my homemade basil aioli onto a piece of toast with a thin slice of muenster cheese, peppered deli turkey, lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. Best.turkey.sandwich.ever.
I don’t know why turkey sandwiches sounded so appealing to me this week, but when I was grocery shopping and thinking about what sounded good for this week’s lunches, turkey sandwiches came to mind. I knew I wanted them to be above average turkey sandwiches, so I thought of the homemade mayo to kick them up a notch. Adding the basil was really what set them apart. If you are in Rochester, you should stop by for lunch and I will make you a turkey sandwich 🙂
During the afternoon I worked on emails (I am more than half way through February now!) did some blog stuff, did laundry, and started to read my ophtho book. By 4:30 my stomach was rumbling so I took a snack break.
Luckily, I had already cut up some fresh veggies because I used them to photograph some hummus I made a few days ago. I spooned some hummus into a small bowl, grabbed the veggies, and broke off 1/2 a luna bar for some sweetness. Perfect snack!
At 6:30 it was time for tennis class! I missed last week’s class because my patient got sick on Wednesday night and I ended up staying at the hospital past 7 pm. I am planning on making up the class today- it’s so nice that you can make up the classes on other days of the week if you miss a class. It makes it easy for people with really random schedules like myself. We did a bunch of drills and played some doubles before spending time working on our serves. I am still really bad, but some things are improving. For example, I have been struggling with volleying for a few weeks, but yesterday I was much better. Yay! I am just going to keep playing every week and maybe by the time we leave Rochester in 3.5 years I will be better 🙂
When I got home from tennis, I couldn’t decide what I wanted for dinner. Nothing sounded spectacular so I ended up making a smoothie. I blended up some plant-based protein powder (this kind from Costco is my new favorite), 1/2 banana, some kale, and almond milk. I topped it with the other half of the luna bar left over from my snack and a few cashews. Yum!
Before bed, I read this article in the most recent Annals of Internal Medicine:
They compared groups of people with 5 weekly session of either no exercise, low amount low intensity (180-300 calories burned), high amount low-intensity (360-600 calories burned but VO2 max at 50%), or high amount high-intensity (360-600 calories burned but VO2 max at 75%). They found that all the exercising groups lost weight and lost inches from their waist circumference but only the high-intensity group improved their 2 hour glucose levels.
I think it’s really interesting that all the groups lost the same amount of weight- the differences in weight loss were not significant. So even if you only exercise at low intensity for short periods of time, your weight loss is similar to those who exercise for either longer periods of time, or at a higher intensity. I think this is encouraging to people because it shows that any bit of exercise is beneficial.
I also think it shows that high intensity leads to different metabolic changes that just regular exercise. We are learning more and more about the benefits of high intensity and this is just another example. Too bad high intensity
sucks is so hard.
What did you eat on Wednesday??