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Post-Op Week 22 Progress Report and the Holiday Gauntlet

Good healthy loss of 2 pounds this week.  Today marks exactly 5 months since surgery, and I’m super pleased with my progress so far.  I don’t think that I’ll be one of those folks that makes it to my goal in less than a year, but I’m okay with that.  I don’t care how long it takes me to get there so long as I get there.


In the past two months, I have lost roughly a third of my total…that blows my mind! 40 pounds down in 60 days…crazy, right?  But it shows you what a gastric sleeve and disciplined behaviors combined with support groups and therapy can do to improve one’s health.  One must also keep in mind that I started out much heavier than the average bear (close to 400 pounds with over 250 to lose), so if you are considering WLS and are what is considered a lightweight (100 pounds or less to lose), your weight loss may not be as dramatic.  Every body responds differently to weight loss surgery and the subsequent aftercare plan.  So as the diet companies’ commercials say, “results not typical.”

I am two pounds from my December goal which I hope to hit before Christmas break. I think it is possible, and am just going to keep on doing what I’ve been doing…I’ve been successful so far!   Then after that, it will be time to set a new weight loss goal.

Winter has always been a challenging time of year for me, whether or not I am in weight loss mode.
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Daily Bites and Raging Against the Hormones

Today was a pretty good day, protein-wise. Here’s what I ate:


Today’s food choices, from upper right: part of a jambalaya bowl from Genghis Grill (chicken breast, shrimp, onions, bell peppers, minced garlic in a roasted tomato sauce); homemade maple chipotle pork sausage patties with a 2% milk Kraft Singles slice; the most perfect roast beef slices with a Tillamook cheese snack; Isopure Zero Carb; multivitamin and calcium supplements x2.

Seriously, that roast beef could not have been cooked more perfectly.  It was nice and pink in the center, and when I saw it in the case at the store, I knew I had to have it and that it would be dinner tonight.   So instead of my jambalaya bowl leftovers, I had a little shy of 3 ounces of the most perfectly cooked rare roast beef and a piece of cheese for dinner.  SO GOOD.  I don’t eat red meat very often, but when I do, I make sure it is quality stuff!

Good thing that happened today:  I think I figured out the optimum time to grocery shop.  If I go to Central Market around 7 pm on a Saturday night, I avoid the sampling that tends to take place on Sunday afternoons.  This may be my new default grocery shopping time because it helps me avoid mindless eating that goes on when I stop and get samples.  And it gives me one less thing to do on Sunday afternoons so I can enjoy my last weekend day before the week starts up all over again.

Shifting gears entirely…I don’t feel good about this week.

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If it’s not nailed down…WTF?

Here’s what I ate today.


Today’s food choices, from upper right: multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; Swedish meatballs with sauce and cheddar cheese cubes; Sargento reduced fat cheddar cheese stick; Le Cochon d’Or honey ham slices; Trader Joe’s turkey jerky; barbecued boneless skinless chicken thigh with green beans and bacon; scrambled egg with diced ham and cheese; green beans with bacon.

I am starting to wonder if perhaps I am a mutant.

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It’s in the Genes

23andmeresultscreenA few weeks ago, I decided to send away for a DNA testing kit from the company 23andMe.  For $99, they will genotype your DNA (a very different process than sequencing), and from this information you can learn about your ancestry, what health conditions you are at risk of developing, whether or not you are a carrier for several common (and some not-so-common) inherited diseases, how you might tolerate certain drugs and what some of your physical characteristics are.  For a long time, I’d suspected that some of my behaviors and physical characteristics had an organic, biological basis and I wanted confirmation that perhaps I was correct in my thinking.

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