Tag Archives: social eating

Christmas Eve: I Passed! But I Failed!

If you’ve seen the 1985 film “Real Genius,” perhaps you remember this exchange.  Let me give you the context for it.  In the film, Chris (Val Kilmer) has been vexed by a problem he’s encountered while building a laser for one of his professors.  He has just thrown a fit in the dorm’s kitchen when he has a revelation about how to solve his problem.  This epiphany causes him to celebrate, dancing and shouting, and in the midst of his celebration, he runs into his friend Lazlo (Jon Gries).

Lazlo Hollyfeld:  Well, how’d you do?

Chris Knight: How’d I do?  I passed!  But I failed! Yeah!

Lazlo Hollyfeld:  Well, then I’m happy and sad for you.

That’s how I feel about yesterday’s eating.  I passed, but I failed.

Let me explain.

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Catching Up: Daily Bites and Navigating Holiday Eating Hell

I’ve been absent from this space for more than usual this week, but as I posted yesterday, work got in the way of life.  And now…I can breathe again.  At least until January 6, when we start spring semester.

I knew going into this final week of the semester, things at work would be challenging, food-wise.  Why? you might ask yourself.

Have you ever been on a high school (or any school, for that matter) campus during the month of December?

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Post-Op Week 23 Progress Report and Less Than 100 To Goal!

Good loss this week. I think my losses are slowing down to a healthy 2-3 pounds a week as I approach the 6-months post-op mark.  I don’t care how long it takes me to get to my goal, just so long as I get there.


Today marks another milestone: I now have less than 100 pounds to lose to get to my weight loss goal. I am less than 50 pounds from my surgeon’s goal.  It is weird to think that I could possibly be at MY goal by the summer.

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Holiday Goals and Meals, Not Seasons

Tomorrow promises to be a fairly busy day, even though I am not really cooking for us.  This morning, we went out and bought what we will eat tomorrow for our Thanksgiving meals from the chef’s case at the grocery store to avoid leftovers and to avoid eating at someone else’s home.

Something someone on the OH VSG forum posted this morning, “Thanksgiving is a meal, not a season” has been rolling around in my head all day today.  How I view special events that revolve around food has changed, and this shift in thinking has influenced how I view eating on days deemed special occasions, like Thanksgiving.

I am planning to treat tomorrow as a one day event, not an excuse to eat whatever, whenever.  It’s how all of us should treat the holidays with regard to eating.  They should be singular events that do not give us free rein to eat just anything in any quantity for an extended period of time with the hollow promise that “oh, I’ll get back on track at New Year’s.”  Because you and I both know that never happens.

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Still Learning My Tummy

Today my husband and I needed to run by the big and tall shop to get him some new skivvies. He has done incredibly well since his surgery in August, and it was finally time for him to get some new chonies as his old ones were starting to look like tennis skirts.  Next to the store is a Weight Watchers office–ever so strategically placed, I’m sure.  Seeing the office there stirred ire in me and I snapped this photo:


F you, Weight Watchers. You failed me multiple times on multiple levels.

I will have to spend some time writing about how much I truly detest the way WW does things, knowing what I know now about my own biology, the complex forces that drive hunger, and how my body handles weight loss.

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Daily Bites and the Waiting Game

The first thing this morning, I had to go have blood drawn for the 3-month labs my PCP ordered. 


Thankfully I only had two tubes of blood taken, so it was a quick trip to the lab.  I find out on Wednesday what the results are so the next few days will be long ones.

We were away from home practically all day today and so today’s eating was all from restaurants.  I think I made good choices though.  Protein content was 82 grams.


I’m coming up on 3 months post-op, and hoping I can hit another 15 pounds gone total.  We’ll see what the scale says in the morning.

Quick Post and Weekend Preview

Great protein day again today: 90 grams.


Today’s food choices, from upper left: one egg omelet with cheese and Applegate Farms uncured ham; grilled chicken with broccoli and cheese; leftover navy bean soup; multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; Trader Joe’s dark chocolate caramel wedges; Trader Joe’s turkey jerky; leftover grilled tilapia, green beans and half a half roasted red skinned potato.

My eating today was pretty good.

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Protips for Social Eating and Daily Bites

Here’s what I ate today:


Today’s food choices, from upper right: multivitamin x2; cheesy barbecue turkey meatloaf mini with broccoli and cheese (not shown); Sargento reduced fat cheddar cheese stick; Boar’s Head maple glazed turkey slices; beef tenderloin from 3 little sandwiches (and a bite of the bread), cheddar cheese slices and grapes; one egg omelet with ham and cheese. Not shown: Trader Joe’s dark chocolate wedges with caramel (I ate 2 pieces, which is one serving).

Today was a stellar day in terms of protein and activity: I got in 91 grams of protein, all from food. No protein drinks needed!  According to Fitbit, I earned 640 calories of activity today from all the walking and standing I did at work and after work today, so I call that a win.

Because I am involved in a couple of organizations that have social functions that often involve food, I find myself attending many receptions and parties where appetizers are passed and where alcohol is served.  Tonight was no exception, as I attended a reception for my alma mater’s new President in the home of a fellow alumni couple, and there were appetizers and alcohol present.  How to navigate situations like this can be a challenge, but they don’t have to be.

I thought I’d share some of the strategies I’ve employed when finding myself in these situations so that if you are also a post-op, these might be useful to you.

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Dining Out Mindfully and The Daily Bite

Today’s food:

Today's food choices, clockwise from upper right:  multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; Panera Power Breakfast Egg White and Roasted Turkey bowl with pesto; homemade lettuce wrap filling; baked mozzarella and ham (a riff on Macaroni Grill's Baked Mozzarella and Prosciutto); Syntrax Matrix Mint Cookie protein powder; grilled shrimp.

Today’s food choices, clockwise from upper right: multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; Panera Power Breakfast Egg White and Roasted Turkey bowl with pesto; homemade lettuce wrap filling; baked mozzarella and ham (a riff on Macaroni Grill’s Baked Mozzarella and Prosciutto appetizer from their Italian tapas menu); Syntrax Matrix Mint Cookie protein powder; grilled shrimp.

Today was a relatively busy day as I was on the go for a good chunk of it, which meant eating meals away from home.   Continue reading