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Snow Day: Major NSV and Soup Recipe

As we are currently encased in ice, today was a snow day from school. I slept in, and have had a pretty leisurely day lounging about here at home. The roads are covered in ice, we can’t get out of our driveway, and it’s projected to be 16 degrees F tonight. More ice is coming tomorrow night, and we’re not getting above freezing until Monday afternoon. Fun times!

So I’ve cooked today and read a lot today. I really should be grading work, but my brain needed both the rest and the intellectual stimulation of reading things that were not student work.

I noticed something awesome today.  For the first time in my adult life, when I look down, I can see my toes.
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Post-Op Week 16 Progress Report and Lessons Learned

This week’s loss was a good one. I’m glad it wasn’t as big as the previous two weeks’ losses had been–I was actually getting worried about losing so much so fast!  Of course, losing 20 pounds in 3 weeks is still pretty freakin’ fast.

This is the first picture in which you can see both knobs of the closet doors on either side of me in my front-facing picture.  When I noticed this as I was putting together the composite, I got very excited.  It means my shoulders are more narrow, that I’m losing inches around my upper arms, and that perhaps finally, the next time I fly on a plane, I’ll actually be much more comfortable, and so will anyone who has to sit next to me.

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This week I learned some important lessons about my new stomach and eating that I’ll be using this week and every week as I go forward.  This is Important Stuff if I am going to keep making forward progress. Continue reading

Post-Op Week 13 Progress Report

This week’s loss was a surprise. Not that it happened, but the amount that was lost was a surprise.  I didn’t walk as much as I would have liked to this week, but I did drink nearly a gallon of water each day (14 cups most days), I ate at or over 80 grams of protein daily, and was either at or under my calorie goal every day last week (900 calories).  I am starting to see my belly finally flatten out, and when I look at myself in the mirror in the mornings as I’m getting out of the shower, I can see the contours of my shape finally becoming visible.  One thing is certain:  I need to begin weight training soon so that I don’t lose muscle mass and so I can tone up the musculature that I do have.  Thankfully, when I put on muscle, I put it on crazy fast.  My weekend schedule should be calming down pretty soon so that I can start to focus on strength training and hitting the gym for weight lifting sessions.  I need to make an appointment to see one of the trainers there so I can re-learn how to use the machines and such since this gym we are members of now has different machines than the last gym we were at.

As of today, I’m 14.8 pounds away from my first major weight loss goal.  I am 92  pounds away from my surgeon’s goal for me.  I feel like I might reach his goal by my birthday, which is exciting and scary because it’s a weight I haven’t been as an adult.  I have also lost 21.5% of my starting weight.  This is also awesome.

For now, I’m going to keep hitting my protein and calorie goals and try to get in more walking this week. We are hitting the State Fair on Saturday, and dammit, I am going to try the Fried Thanksgiving Dinner!  The way I see it, State Fair fare only gets eaten once a year, and we walk ALL OVER FAIR PARK when we go–I’m talking at least 5 miles last year alone.  This year, we are planning on walking a lot more (because we CAN), and eating a lot less (because we CAN), so if I eat bits and bites of things like the Fried Thanksgiving Dinner, I’m not going to feel bad about it because I’m going to be walking my ass off all day long.  And I am okay with this.

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And here’s what I ate today. Good protein day: 82 grams. Continue reading

Post-Op Week 12 Progress Report and Musings on Cooking

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This week’s loss was a good one.  It would have been greater had I not been retaining water (thanks, Nature, you suck sometimes)–I was a little puffy in the ankles this morning when I got up.  But hey, a kilo lost is a kilo lost and I’ll take it!  I am finally starting to see my belly flatten out (about time!) and when I look in the mirror in the mornings as I am getting dressed, I can actually see the obliques on my right side.  I can see my upper abdomen flattening out some. This is encouraging.  I’m closing in on 3 months post-op, and feeling better and better about hitting my goal of -100 pounds by Thanksgiving.  I am hopeful that by New Year’s, I will have lost a total of around 115 pounds or thereabouts.  I want my surgeon to be impressed and proud of my progress.

I spent a little time cooking this afternoon, but not as much as I normally do only because I had to work today so that took 3 hours of time I would usually spend cooking.  So I prepped some things to eat for the week, but also prepped some things to put in the freezer for times like next weekend when I know I am not going to have the time to cook since we will be out and about all day Saturday and unable to shop for groceries.

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Bonus Post: Food, Glorious Food!

Dear readers, I owe you some Daily Bites. Life’s been a little hectic this past week so I haven’t been timely in posting them each day so I apologize in advance. As the school year wears on, this sort of thing tends to happen. So I bring you the weekend’s eats, plus what I’ll be eating this week that I fixed. Continue reading

Bonus Post: Daily Bites and Sunday Cooking

Here’s what I ate today:

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Today’s food choices, from upper right: jambalaya bowl leftovers from Genghis Grill; cheesy barbecue turkey meatloaf minis; roast beef slices with a cheese stick; trenta sized unsweetened passion tea with Splenda from Starbucks; multivitamin x2.

I cooked up a storm today, as I’ve done every Sunday for the last month or so.  It’s become my new habit, and I enjoy spending time in the kitchen because for me, cooking is relaxing.  It is also one of the few creative outlets I have.  Not gonna lie, lesson planning is the other.  Sad, isn’t it?

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