Fair Day

Today was a great day to head to the State Fair. It was not too hot, and the rain that was expected held off until late afternoon, and the people watching…so choice!  Today was the Texas-OU game at the Cotton Bowl, which is right in the middle of Fair Park, so all sorts of folks descend upon the Fair for the game.  We wandered the fairgrounds in search of cars, pig races, livestock, arts and crafts and a few food items.

I celebrated a couple of NSVs on our expedition to the Fair.  Each year when we go, we take the light rail down to Fair Park–it is easier and cheaper than parking on the fairgrounds.  Last year when we went, my husband and I could not share a seat on the train.  We had to sit in separate seats because we each took up too much space.  Today, we both fit into one train seat.

Here is a picture of the other one:

Left:  Me, October 2012.  Right:  Me, today.

Left: Me, October 2012. Right: Me, today.

Both photos were taken in the portico outside the Automobile Building on the fairgrounds.  There really is quite a difference between the two–my shoulders are so much more narrow, my upper body is smaller, and I am even carrying my bag differently since there is less of me for it to cross.  I think that’s a win.

I’ll share a few of the photos I took today while we were at the Fair.  As Ice Cube once said, “it was a good day.”

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A few Fair landmarks: art deco obelisk; the Texas Star, the largest Ferris Wheel in the US; Big Tex, the Fair’s most recognizable symbol, making his return after a fire took the original Big Tex down last year.

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The auto shows at the Fair are pretty cool…you can sit in the next model year’s cars and imagine what it would be like to drive them. I checked out a Challenger, a convertible Beetle, a Chrysler 200 convertible and the new Impala. Not quite like the ’65 Impala I drove in high school!

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We hit up the cattle barn to see some of the cows over there. Pretty animals, all.

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Lots of other livestock too–chickens, sheep, pigs and goats too.

It was a good protein day, even with the Fair fare.  Beginning my day with an Isopure helped, I think.  I was able to get in 96 grams of protein today.  Even more notable:  I drank 18 cups of water today.  I packed a 16 ounce Nalgene bottle with me, filled it with water before we left and tucked it into my bag.  While I was at the fair, I filled it up several times so that we did not have to buy bottled water.  This saved us some money and kept me from dehydration–very important, as it was 90 degrees and extremely humid today.  Here’s what I ate today.  Some of the things I ate weren’t the healthiest, but I don’t eat them every day and I walked a ton (see photo below).  I was still under calories for the day and I drank water like it was my job.

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Today’s food choices, from upper left: multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; smoked turkey leg (shared with my husband); Fletcher’s corny dog (also shared); Fried Thanksgiving Dinner (not really worth it); Isopure Zero Carb orange protein drink; leftover chicken, zucchini and onlon bowl from Genghis Grill; Trader Joe’s dark chocolate caramel wedges.

My Fitbit was working overtime today:

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We walked ALL over the Fairgrounds today…neither hubby nor I could have done this a year ago! I am really proud of both of us for being able to do this.

After walking nearly 5 and a half miles in 90 degree heat and 85% humidity, I am pooped.  I am going to sleep rather well tonight as my body is tired and worn out, but in a good way.  I could not have done all the walking I did today one year ago–in fact, I didn’t walk nearly half as much when we went to the Fair last year as we did today.  The fact that I was able to do it without being winded the entire time is a point of pride for me, because I haven’t gotten around as well or as easily as I did today in a very long time.  Now because of the humidity and the fact that my left knee is a barometer I did have to stop periodically and rest, but I was definitely on my feet more than I was on my butt.  This was not the case last year.  I am proud of myself for being able to get around as well as I do now and can’t wait to see just how much better it gets as more weight comes off.

I am hopeful about tomorrow’s weigh-in.  After 3 months post-op, I think I’ve finally found my body’s sweet spot for weight loss–the place where protein, water, activity, and calories converge to produce good losses. I know that this will change over time, but for right now, I’m thinking I’ve found the confluence of these four factors.  I hope that I’m right.  As a fellow post-op once told me, “we are a continual science experiment.”  How right they were!

I’m hoping this week will bring good things.  We shall see!

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2 responses to “Fair Day

  1. Wow! I’ve been following your blog after finding you on OH and what an inspiration you are! I’m really leaning towards having the surgery and seeing how well you’re doing is a real plus. I wish you continued success!

    • Thanks! I am glad to know that I have inspired you. 🙂 Sometimes I am amazed at my progress so far–every week when I step on the scale, I will step off and on because I look at the number there in disbelief.

      Do let me know if there are any questions you have as you try to decide whether or not surgery is the right choice for you.

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