Winter Weight Gain

I came through my first full-time day at the hospital with flying colors!  Well, I guess I was a little in the gray when I ran out of time in the morning and had to skip breakfast, but that was the only hiccup.  I had fun, learned a lot, and made it through 8 – 4 without thinking longingly of my couch once!

We were busy on rounds (walking around the floor and listening to the medical residents give an update on all of the patients) all morning and I was too busy to miss breakfast.  Then I got to grab a tea latte from Tim Horton’s while we charted.

tea latte

My earl grey with frothed skim milk was great.  And the RD let me chart on a patient!  I’ve got to do a lot of work independently to meet all of my internship curriculum goals so it was a good sign that they let me hit the ground running.  In the afternoon, among other things, I observed a gestational diabetes education that I’m eager to try on my own.

I was worried about finding a table in the packed cafeteria, but thankfully the RDs invited me to sit with them for lunch.  I’m with a different person each day of the week so it was great to get to meet some of them in advance.

I packed a really tasty sandwich.


A multi-grain Sandwich Thin with Crofter’s strawberry preserves, 2 slices of Applegate Farms Honey & Maple Turkey, Cabot’s 50% reduced sharp cheddar, and pickled jalopeños.


A pack of Annie Chun’s Sesame Roasted Seaweed Snacks.


And a Trader Joe’s 100-calorie milk chocolate bar.


This lunch was perfect – fun, healthy, and it helped fuel my brain through its first afternoon of actual thought!

Before I knew it, the day was over and Adam was picking me up.  His lab was closed for Martin Luther King Day and I was thrilled that he could drive me because it is brutal outside.  My phone’s weather forecast for Wednesday is a giant, ominous looking snowflake.


My workday may have flown by, but our errands took forever.  Adam and I ended up splitting an ice cream Twix bar while we were out and about.


He {claims that he} hates Twix bars so the sharing portions were in my favor.

I also snacked on a Caramel Pineapple Chobani Bite with the last of the blackberries.


This snack was so flipping good, I can’t wait to eat the rest of the pack of Chobani and I must buy more fresh berries immediately!  The caramel gave the yogurt a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’ compared to the regular pineapple variety and the entire gorgeous carton only has 100 calories.  Plus it smelled delicious and made me want a big slice of cheesecake.

– – – Sidenote:  Why, oh why did I keep scrolling through Chobani’s website?  I need the Key Lime Crumble and Almond Coco Loco Flips, need.  I’m sure they won’t hit Buffalo for another couple of months and I’m basically going to die. – – –

Dinner was a big salad with some confusion about its roots.


Inside the jumble –

  • baby spinach
  • peanut sauce
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax
  • chopped green pepper
  • chopped red onion
  • buckwheat groats
  • chopped honeycrisp
  • leftover 1000 island bbq sauce pulled chicken


Somehow all of those flavors just worked together.

I’m still feeling a bit hungry but I did a lot of nibbling while I assembled dinner and tomorrow’s lunch so I’m closing my kitchen for the day.  I’ve been steadily gaining weight since we moved to Buffalo but recently my unhealthy habits have been out of control and I’m officially too fat for some of my work pants.  Pride and health may not have motivated me (though they really should of!) but my wallet sure does – it’s time to lose some weight!  I’m not planning on going on a diet, far from it,  I’m just going to stop being ridiculous.  Wish me luck?

Did you gain any weight over the winter holidays? 

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