Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Riddle Me A Mystery

Welcome to another Wednesday, another hump day!  We are halfway through the week and I can’t believe we’re just days away from April.  When did that happen?

Breakfast was a scrumptiously large breakfast cake with wheat germ and banana added in along with lots of peanut butter on top.  It was perfect for the ride to class.


Psychosocial Aspects class was awesome today.  We talked about comparative risk disclosure and how that effects the decision making process for people.  For those of you who are wondering what comparative risk is, it is essentially telling you whether you are “above” or “below” average.  So if I were to tell you that you had a 6% risk of breast cancer in the next five years, the comparative risk data I would give you (in a completely hypothetical situation) is that you are above average because the general population risk is 3%.  This gives the patient/client a ballpark figure with which to interpret and analyze their own personal risk.  Get it?  We also learned about verbatim versus gist knowledge.  Verbatim knowledge is essentially learning/repeating the exact risk number while gist knowledge is the way you have interpreted the risk in general.  Once you have assimilated the information and decided whether it is something you should be worried about or not, that verbatim knowledge has shifted into gist.

We walked back to the student all the way across campus/the city in the sunshine.  I immediately started to prep everything for my 3 sibling patients.  Around 12:30 I remembered I should probably eat before going to clinic so I grabbed my lunch from the fridge.  I had tempeh “chicken” salad in between two pieces of bread with a side of celery, carrots, tomatoes, and hummus.


It was just what I needed to fill me up and keep me focused during my session.  Afterwards I meandered back to the student room and tried to get some report writing done.  I only managed to get a bit done before I headed home on the shuttle.  As soon as I got home I worked out on the elliptical and the stationary bike while reading The Last Song.  I’m tearing through this sucker and it’s good so far.

For dinner after my elliptical session I whipped up some creole tuna and served it over lentils.  The lentils were perfect.  I only cooked them for 15 minutes and then let them sit on the stove in the hot water for another 5-10 as a finished up the tuna.  Worked great!  The tuna was good and certainly was easy as I had literally everything I needed already in the house (I even added some celery to the mix) but it lacked a bit of flavor.  I couldn’t figure out what to add to it…


I also had an apple on the side for some extra nutritional value.


My post-dinner time was spent typing up some notes and watching the DVRed hour of The Biggest Loser from last night.  I can’t wait for next week because it’s the makeover episode!!!  I am a total sucker for that one, I cry every time.  A bit later in the evening I wanted something sweet so I made myself a mug of chocolate frozen yogurt, crushed Thin Mints, some chocolate and caramel sauce, and butterscotch chips.


I was also going to have an almond patty (think peanut butter cup, only with almond butter, and a peppermint patty having a baby) but then I remembered what my nutritionist said about having a piece of fruit in place of half my dessert calories to decrease my non-natural sugar intake late in the day.


So I grabbed an orange instead and called it a night.  I’m fairly proud of my decision so I’m trying to hold on to that instead of thinking about how much I would have loved that almond patty.  I’ll have at it another time.


To finish up this post, I figured I would leave you with some nice dancing pictures from this past weekend taken by a fellow dancer with a penchant for photography:


Questions: What are your thoughts on fruit as dessert?
Do you prefer almond or peanut butter?


  1. Nicholas Sparks books always take me to a nice little Southern beach town and I love it.

  2. Your froyo dessert looks delicious, as does your breakfast bake! I think Nicholas Sparks is a bit overrated, though. I've read several of his books and they just don't suck me in. Everyone has their individual preferences, though! I'm addicted to Sophia Kinsella and Meg Cabot. :)


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