Monthly Archives: March 2014

Dining Out: Perspective

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It occurred to me on Friday night when I was eating dinner (out, as we always do) that when I post pictures of what I am eating that day that I’m posting the picture of the full plate that comes to my table.  It makes it look as though I’ve probably eaten all the food that’s on the plate when that is certainly not the case.

Above is a before and after photo to give you an idea of what eating out looks like for me.  In the before photo is a mahi mahi filet with crawfish etouffee sauce on a bed of red beans and rice.  The bottom photo is what was left when I was done eating half the filet with all the sauce, and about a scant quarter cup of the beans and rice (I doubt it was even that much).  The filet was a 7 ounce filet to start with, and when it came to the table, I cut it in half with my fork knowing that I’d take the uneaten portion home along with the uneaten rice and beans.  I ate part of the rice and beans Saturday before my 5K to give me some extra fuel to do the walk with.

The portion of fish and rice/beans I ate was satisfying, and I wasn’t overstuffed.  I try really hard to make sure I don’t stuff myself because it doesn’t feel very good when it happens!  The key to this is to divide the plate, ask for a box (or have half your plate boxed for you before they bring it to the table), putting your fork down between bites, and make sure you’re not STARVING when you sit down to eat.  Engage in conversation while you eat to keep your mouth otherwise occupied.  Take time to enjoy your meal and the company you’re with, and you’ll find that maybe, just maybe, you’ll eat a little less than you otherwise might.

Just wanted to show you what a meal out looks like for me when I’m not splitting the plate with hubby.

Post-Op Week 38 Progress Report

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This week saw a slight uptick in the scale, but I’m not worried about it.  I ate a bit more salt yesterday than I normally do, and I also increased my carb intake this week to prep for yesterday’s race.  I’m pretty sure that the glycogen I stored is binding some of the water I’m holding on to.  Also, as one of my MFP friends pointed out, it’s possible that the workout I did yesterday caused my muscles to be holding on to some fluid as well.  Regardless of what it was that caused the slight gain, this week I’m cutting back to my usual 50 grams or less of carbs, and keeping my protein intake high as usual.
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Achievement Unlocked: 5K Complete

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I did it!
I finished my first 5k!
I wasn’t alone–I had a small group of friends join me.

I am blessed to have such wonderful people in my life who support and encourage me.

I am proud of myself!

Next race:  July, to commemorate my one-year surgery anniversary.

It’s Time, Professional Edition

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I printed this out today.

I’ve thought about applying to be a consultant for College Board for a while now, but hesitated for a couple of reasons.

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The Little Things: Auditorium Edition

I had a faculty meeting today in our school’s Performing Arts Center. It is a 1500 seat auditorium with seats like this:

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At the beginning of the school year back in August, when we had a faculty meeting in this facility, I had to sit on the edge of the seat because I could not scoot back.  My hips were too wide to fit into the seat properly.

Today I’m pleased to note that I have 2 inches of clearance on either side of the seat.

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Post-Op Week 37 Progress Report

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This week’s progress: great!  I added both calories and activity, and it gave me the result I was after so I will continue this behavior until it doesn’t give me the result I want.
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Blog, Spring Break Edition

I’ve slacked off in writing this week without really meaning to.

Since I was off all week long, I’d intended to write every day–I really did!  But I found myself doing more than just staying inside and writing.

This week, I:

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The Kindest Cut

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is one that makes you look good.

Better still, it’s one that’s easy to replicate once you’re on your own and don’t have your hairdresser to do it for you.

And best of all, it’s one that flatters you.

After a little over 8 months, I finally cut my hair today.  I’d been terrified of getting it cut since I’d lost so much of it post-op.  I wasn’t sure when the hair loss would stop, but at my 6-month follow-up, I was assured by my doctor that the hair loss would slow down around 9 months post-op.

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What Shedding Clothes Looks Like, WLS Edition

Seventeen shopping bags packed full of clothes I can no longer wear left my home today for Goodwill.  I haven’t outgrown them; they outgrew me.  Or is it more apropos to say I shrank out of them?  Either way, there was no need to keep them around.
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I hope another plus-sized woman or girl comes across them while she’s poppin’ tags and can use them.

I didn’t think they’d all fit in my Beetle.  I made them fit.  I was determined.  Because dammit, I wanted those clothes out of my house.  

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This is what the feeling of freedom looks like to me today:  shedding all these clothes as my body has shed 154 pounds and tries to settle into the body I’ve always been meant to have.

This feels AWESOME.

Post-Op Week 36 Progress Report: Tweaking the Program

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This week’s progress was a surprise.  I lost what I’d gained last week due to water retention, and then a little extra.  I will note that I am still retaining water (stupid hormones; it’ll stop this week thank goodness), as my ankles are a little puffy and parts of me are still swollen.

As I move forward through my 8th month of post-op life into my 9th, I’ve decided it’s time to tweak things again to make this tool work to my advantage.  I have 73 pounds left to lose to get to my goal and 23 to get to my surgeon’s goal.

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