Saturday Wins

Today was a great day.  Here is one reason:

wpid-IMG_20130907_210803.jpgI bought designer clothing today.  This is exciting for several reasons.

I never thought in a million years that I’d be able to wear something with a designer label.  Ever.  I always thought I’d be stuck wearing frumpy knits, ill-fitting pants and dresses that looked like burlap sacks.  Now that I’m starting to see a woman shape emerging from underneath all this fat, I’m trying to dress her a little more nicely, a little more professionally (for work) and a little more fashionably.

This becomes easier when you are not shopping exclusively from catalogs like Woman Within (what an awful name, really) and from Avenue and Lane Bryant.  Your fashion choices become much, much more numerous, and if you are like me, you’ve never had so many clothing choices in your entire life.
I have had to shop the plus sized section of women’s clothing since I was in 5th grade.  I can remember my mom buying me shorts in a size 16 (women’s, not girls) when I was going from 5th grade into 6th grade, and I remember how difficult it was to find them.  I have never known life in the “straight sized” section of the store.

I probably never will, either.  I know that I have a large frame, and that it is likely that I will always need to shop in a size greater than 12.  And I am okay with this.  I am okay with this because then it means that I’ll have a shot at being able to buy “normal” sized/proportioned clothes–something I’ve never been able to do.  It also means that there is a wider world of fashion available to me, a closet clotheshorse, and this is a very exciting thing for me to think about.

Enough about clothes.  Let’s talk about food.

I have determined that I’m squeezing more veggies into my diet. My body feels weird without them.  I simply don’t feel right when I haven’t had plants to eat.  The way I see it, getting in vegetables will allow me to continue on without having to take something like Miralax to help move things along (so to speak).  I have been lucky in that I haven’t had problems with my lower GI tract–often, constipation is a problem experienced by VSG patients due to the low fiber content consumed by many patients.  Many of them rely on a laxative agent, a stool softener or a combination of the two in order to remain regular.  Thankfully, I have avoided this issue thus far.

I want to continue to avoid this, so I have decided that I am squeezing in at least a half-ounce of veggies in with my protein.  Now that I can get 3.5 ounces of food in, this is totally doable.  I know that getting in just a tiny amount of veggies increases my daily carb intake, but the carbs are fiber carbs so I’m not worried about it.  I just want my body to feel good, and for me, this includes eating veggies.  So this week’s food plan is going to include some vegetables.

Here’s what I ate today:


Today’s food choices from upper right: Le Cochon d’Or honey ham with Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese cubes; one fifth of a jambalaya bowl I made at Genghis Grill (chicken breast, shrimp, onions, bell peppers, garlic in a roasted tomato sauce); Trader Joe’s crab-stuffed flounder and steamed broccoli; Isopure Zero Carb; multivitamin and calcium supplements x2.

After dinner, hubby and I took a walk around our neighborhood.  It wasn’t a hundred degrees of hell outside and was actually a pleasant little walk.  I think we are going to do that every night.  It was nice to be able to get outside and walk a little more, even though we’d walked quite a lot (nearly 2 miles per my Fitbit Flex) at the mall.  I’m looking forward to the cooling down in the evenings because it means more walking outside.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping and laundry day…such an exciting Sunday!  I’ll post up the meals I’m making for the week tomorrow.  In the meantime, I’m going to continue to be giddy about the fact that now my closet contains designer clothing that looks good and feels good on!

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