Monthly Archives: November 2013

Eight Years and The Best Laid Plans…

Eight years ago today, my husband and I were married in Vegas. I’ll give y’all the Cliffs Notes version of our story after the jump.

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The Importance of Planning

Tonight in our weekly support group meeting, we talked about what skill we had learned that has been instrumental in our success with weight loss so far.  Mine:  planning, no doubt about it.  Planning helps me to ease any anxiety about what I’m going to eat, how much I’m going to eat, and whether or not I’m going to be able to eat what is available.  Planning for physical activity also makes me feel good, and gets me up and moving, which I prefer to sitting still for long periods of time any more, because well, now I can get around so much better and I want to take advantage of that!

Here are some examples of ways that I use planning to succeed at this weight loss thing:

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Backing Out and Subbing In

I’ve signed up for a run in a neighboring city–the Gobble Hobble. I’m excited about participating.

What I am NOT excited about is the weather forecast for Saturday:

f-ingweatherBiting cold (45 is the HIGH) and rain.  Neither of these are conditions I function well in.  I don’t do well in temps below 50 degrees–I get hives all over.  And that’s no joke.  The last fun run I did where the temp dipped below 50, I broke out in hives that took nearly an hour to disappear.  And the last time I sat out in weather that was cold and rainy, my feet and fingers were numb for a good hour afterward. Not something I care to relive.

The fact that it will also be raining makes this suck twice as much.  So I’ve made the executive decision to sit this one out, even though I’ve paid for my registration and all that jazz.  At least part of that money goes to a worthy charity that serves the community so I don’t feel bad about sitting it out.

Here is what I’m planning to do instead.

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How I Eat: Dealing With Slider Foods

There are days when I feel like I have awesome restriction with my sleeve, and then there are days when I feel like a bottomless pit.

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I Could Learn to Like This

After a long day at school, this is how I spent my evening.  A 35-minute stint on the treadmill followed by a 20-minute recumbent bike ride.  Good times!  As much as I hate the treadmill because you don’t go anywhere, I actually enjoyed my workout.  I could have gone longer, but elected not to so that I could ride the bike as well.


Spending time with the cardio machines at the gym…not brave enough to do the elliptical just yet, so the treadmill and bike will do for now.

I am hopeful that my near-hour of hard work will result in good sleep tonight.  I have been lacking good solid sleep lately, and need to work on that.  Yet here I sit, finishing up this blog post at 11:10 pm.  So I’ll move on to the food and be done with it.

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Post-Op Week 19 Progress Report and The Halfway Point


Good loss this week, despite being waterlogged (thanks, hormones, you suck).  I’m actually surprised to post a loss because I’m retaining water in the worst way even though I drink like it’s my job pretty much every day.

As of today I have also lost a little over 66 inches from all over my body.  This trips me out because that’s a little over 2 inches longer than I am tall.  So another way to look at this is that I have lost a 5’6″ woman who weighs 114 pounds off of my body.

Great perspective, isn’t it?

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Quick Update

Not much to report on today.  I’m closing in on 5 months post-op, and feeling fabulous.  I have noticed that as the weeks go by, I am moving around so much more and wanting to move.  This is an odd feeling.  It’s not something I’m used to, but something I’m becoming more acutely aware of because I feel so much better when I’ve had exercise during the day.

I’m looking forward to doing the Gobble Hobble next weekend.  I’m going to go to the gym on Monday night and make a date with the treadmill so I can walk/run for at least 30 minutes there and see what my pace is.

More tomorrow.  Today began very early, and I was busy all day.  It is time for sleep, as I won’t get to sleep in again until next Sunday.

Eating today was all done away from home, as I was at a professional development workshop all day.  I got in 91 grams of protein, but a higher amount of fat than I normally like (48 grams–boo).  I did try to make good protein-packed choices though.  And yes, I snuck in some potatoes.  That’s a food I will never be able to give up.  But I don’t eat a whole lot of them in favor of protein, so I’m not worried about eating them.

Tomorrow marks 5 months since I began my weight loss journey in June, and I’ll take measurements tomorrow morning when I get up.  I’m curious to see how many more inches I’ve lost.


Today’s food choices, from upper right: multivitamin and calcium supplements x2, iron and B12 supplements; scrambled egg (I ate half), bacon and O’Brien potatoes (I ate two teaspoonfuls); grilled chicken breast, steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes (ate all the chicken, and a few bites of the broccoli and potatoes); Sargento reduced fat cheese stick; guts of a Which Wich lettuce wrap–sliced chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, and caramelized onions; Jack Links peppered beef jerky.