Tag Archives: dining out

Post-Op Week 73 Progress Report: Vacation Damage


Up 4.4 pounds this week but I know exactly why.  I ate way more starchy carbs than usual while on vacation last week.  This was a conscious choice I made, and I’m not sorry I did it.  I knew what would happen if I did it, and I knew what the consequences would be.  So I’m not surprised that I saw a jump on the scale this morning.  I am surprised it wasn’t greater!  But I’m also glad it wasn’t greater.

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Dining Out: Perspective


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.

My Mindful Valentine

Valentine’s Day is a day that for most folks is filled with sweet treats, flowers, and declarations of love.  Some folks feel like the day is simply a conspiracy by the candy and greeting card companies to get people to buy stuff in an attempt to woo or keep a lover.  Today, Valentine’s Day for me was just another Friday–nothing out of the ordinary, really.  My Valentine’s Day went down a little like this:

  • Got to school this morning to discover my classroom door’s window covered in Valentines.
  • One of my students gave me a Valentine that said, “Yoda one for me” with a picture of Yoda on it.
  • Came home to a handmade book by my hubby detailing some of the reasons he loves me.  It made me cry.
  • Went to dinner and had a tasty fish dish that I am going to source the ingredients for this weekend so I can replicate it here at home.
  • Registered myself for the Firefly Run on March 29.  I don’t care if I walk the whole way; I am going to finish, no matter how long it takes me.
  • Spent some quality time on the treadmill and bike at the gym even though I wasn’t feelin’ it.

I don’t need a contrived holiday to tell my husband that I love him.  I do this every day, as it should be.  I couldn’t be more blessed to have him along for this adventure we call a life together.  I’m mindful every day of the fact that I am lucky to call him my husband, and that this life we share together is one of the most precious gifts I have.

So for me, today was really all about mindfulness in many ways.

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The Best Laid Plans

Tonight was supposed to be gym night.

Then your Dad texts you and tells you that A, his wife (not your mom) is in the hospital and that it doesn’t look good.

The trip to the gym becomes so much less significant.  You shift into crisis mode.

Thankfully, for me, crisis mode is where I operate like a smoove mofo.

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Changing Your Behavior: Dining Out Strategies

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


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

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January 22: One Year Later

One year ago today, I weighed around 400 pounds.

One year ago today, I attended a seminar to learn more about WLS and to meet a potential candidate to perform the surgery I’d already decided I would have during the summertime.

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Six Month Follow-Up Appointment: WIN

File under Things You Don’t Expect To Hear At Your Doctor’s Office:

(especially after stepping on the scale)

“Get you some!”

That’s how my appointment started, followed by a high five.

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