Category Archives: the little things

Changing Your Behavior: Dining Out Strategies

I’ve seen a few posts lately about these on the sleeve forums I frequent:

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so I thought I’d share my thoughts on them.

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“I Don’t Know How to Say This, But…”

was how a conversation I had with a student today started out.

She wandered toward me and said that as I was walking around returning quizzes today.

Then she said, “Mrs. F, you’ve lost a lot of weight since school started.” and gave me a look that says you’re not dying are you?

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December Weight Goal Met and Unexpected NSVs

I’ve been away from the blog for a couple of days and a couple of NSVs have happened since the last time I wrote:

  • I hit my December weight goal well before the 31st–I hit it yesterday morning.  While it would be awesome to drop another 10 pounds before January 2 (my 6-month followup appointment), I don’t think it’s going to happen.  But I’d like to get pretty damned close.
  • Then this morning, I noticed this:
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My belly is about 5″ away from the steering wheel here, and my seat is moved up about halfway. At this time last year, my belly was about an inch away, and my seat was pushed all the way back. If it were more comfortable for my legs, I’d move my seat up a bit more.

So those things were awesome and worth celebrating.

It’s the end of the semester and I have been grading student work like a fiend.  My aversion to grading has caught up to me so now I’m frantically trying to get it all done.  So tomorrow morning after I head to the gym to work out for an hour or so, I’ll be sitting on my ass all day working my way through a very giant pile of grading so that I can get a little rest on Sunday, write my final exam, and cook some meals to get ready for the upcoming week.

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Being Awesome and Going Easy on Oneself

This exchange happened today in my classroom:

Student:  Why are you so awesome?

Me:  See my to-do list on the wall over there? (pointing to the whiteboard by my desk) What does the last thing on it say?

Student:  Be awesome.

Me:  It’s on my to-do list every day: be awesome. I don’t know any other way to be.  That’s why.

*class resumes*

And it’s true:  I don’t know any other way to be.  I don’t wake up in the mornings and say to myself I am just going to half-ass this day.  There is something deep inside me that won’t let such a thing happen and be okay with it.  I’m simply not wired for anything less than awesome.  That might sound super egotistical, but it is what it is.  This is how I have been my entire life.

This is problematic.

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Post-Op Week 11 Progress Report and Perspective, Part 2

postopweek11-092213I knew I would have a loss this week since last week I had a slight gain due to water retention.  I didn’t realize that the loss would be this huge, though!   I knew my fluid retention was flushed out, partially because my hormone levels calmed down near the end of the week and I felt less inclined to eat everything I saw in sight, I drank water like it was my job (well, it kind of is, I guess…) and I peed some pretty epic pees.

Hey, I keep it real around here.

Anyway, I now weigh about what I weighed my junior year of college, which was 20 years ago.  It is trippy to think about.  Also trippy is an NSV that I wasn’t expecting so soon.

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Registered and Moseying!

My university has a 5K/1 mile fun run every year at Homecoming, and this year…tonight, I decided to register for the fun run, or as they call it, the “1-Mile Mosey.”

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Tuesday’s Little Things

I kind of failed at snapping photos of my meals today, but here is what I did manage to snap:

Today's food choices, from upper right:  multivitamin and calcium supplement x2; 40 cloves of garlic turkey breast x2 (I ate it for lunch and dinner); Sargento reduced fat cheese stick; sugar-free Blue Bell popsicle; turkey sausage, broccoli and cheese mini frittatas.

Today’s food choices, from upper right: multivitamin and calcium supplement x2; 40 cloves of garlic turkey breast x2 (I ate it for lunch and dinner); Sargento reduced fat cheese stick; sugar-free Blue Bell popsicle; turkey sausage, broccoli and cheese mini frittatas.  I didn’t get a picture of the crockpot chicken fajitas (FAIL) or the strawberry I ate.  And yes, it was A strawberry.  A very large one.

I have a few things to celebrate today:

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31 Days

Today’s food choices:

Today's food choices, clockwise from upper left:  multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; Panera's vegetarian black bean soup; Syntrax Matrix mint cookie protein powder; Genghis Grill lettuce wraps filling; Sargento 2% milk cheddar cheese stick; homemade lettuce wrap filling.

Today’s food choices, clockwise from upper left: multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; Panera’s vegetarian black bean soup; Syntrax Matrix mint cookie protein powder; Genghis Grill lettuce wraps filling; Sargento 2% milk cheddar cheese stick; homemade lettuce wrap filling.

I went to lunch this afternoon at Panera where I met a friend to talk about school stuff.  Panera is an easy choice because I know what’s on the menu that’s good for me to have and that has some pretty nutrient-dense choices.  I ordered a cup of the black bean soup and ate about a third of the cup.  If you’ve ever been to a Panera, then you know they serve their soups and salads with a half a mini baguette.  It smelled fantastic, but I ignored it sitting there on the plate they brought my soup on.  I ate my soup, enjoyed it and boxed the rest up for home.  I’ll probably have it for breakfast in the morning with a little cheese.  Or I might scramble an egg and have a spoonful of beans mixed in with it…hmmmm, the possibilities!

Today, I am officially one month out of surgery.  And what a month it has been!

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