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Fair Day

Today was a great day to head to the State Fair. It was not too hot, and the rain that was expected held off until late afternoon, and the people watching…so choice!  Today was the Texas-OU game at the Cotton Bowl, which is right in the middle of Fair Park, so all sorts of folks descend upon the Fair for the game.  We wandered the fairgrounds in search of cars, pig races, livestock, arts and crafts and a few food items.

I celebrated a couple of NSVs on our expedition to the Fair.  Each year when we go, we take the light rail down to Fair Park–it is easier and cheaper than parking on the fairgrounds.  Last year when we went, my husband and I could not share a seat on the train.  We had to sit in separate seats because we each took up too much space.  Today, we both fit into one train seat.

Here is a picture of the other one:

Left:  Me, October 2012.  Right:  Me, today.

Left: Me, October 2012. Right: Me, today.

Both photos were taken in the portico outside the Automobile Building on the fairgrounds.  There really is quite a difference between the two–my shoulders are so much more narrow, my upper body is smaller, and I am even carrying my bag differently since there is less of me for it to cross.  I think that’s a win.

I’ll share a few of the photos I took today while we were at the Fair.  As Ice Cube once said, “it was a good day.”
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Friday Five, Texas State Fair Edition

This is me at the auto show at last year's Fair.

This is me at the auto show at last year’s Fair.  I don’t even look like this anymore!

This weekend, my husband and I are going to brave the State Fair.  We happen to live not terribly far from the fairgrounds, so getting to the fair is pretty easy–we just hop the train and in about an hour, it drops us off at the entrance to the Fair, so we don’t pay to park. This year, we decided that we are going to see the car shows, some livestock, the pig races (!) and the Lucha Libre exhibit, among other things.  There is an awful lot to see and do, and the best part really is the people watching:  it is PRIME.

Because our school districts get free tickets from the Fair’s sponsors for teachers, we have our admission taken care of.  Pretty sweet deal, really.  So all we have to worry about paying for is food and drink, games if we want to play, and souvenirs if we want them.  We generally avoid the games–they’re a racket, and who wants a 5 foot long banana with dreads as a prize anyway?   We never buy souvenirs…we have no need for them.  If we buy anything, it’s food and water since we don’t feel like carrying our own in.

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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.


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