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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Super Excited About this Giveaway!

The World According to Eggface is having another awesome weight loss surgery giveaway! I'd really love to win this one! Check it out at http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2012/09/eggface-back-to-bariatric-basics.html. Her blog is where I also get a lot of the recipes I link to in my posts, so her page probably looks familiar, lol! So while you're over there, check out her healthy pizzas, casseroles, donuts and ice cream--not kidding! :)

Monday, August 20, 2012

Weekend and First Day of School

Nat and I had a great weekend. Friday we went to a Kansas City Royals game. I've never been to a sports game above the high school level, so it was pretty exciting for me. We had a great time and got to hang out with one of his co-workers and his wife which we really like. :) Here's us, cheesing it up:


Saturday we did all our grocery shopping, and afterward we rented The Hunger Games. Well, I rented it and Nat tolerated it. ;) He actually liked it more than either one of us thought he would. I was never into the books or saw the movie when it was in theaters, but when I was working summer school one of the teachers was telling me how good the books are. Recently I finished reading the trilogy so I was anxious to see the movie when it came out on DVD. :) After that we watched Stephen King's Misery, which was Nat's pick. We are both Stephen King fans but had never read the book or seen the movie. It did not disappoint, and Kathy Bates is a CREEEEPER! :) 

Sunday we just hung out around the house. I cooked pasta and meatballs and divided them out for Nat's lunches for the week and made Taco Casserole and boiled eggs to have on hand. Later we went for dinner at 54th St Bar and Grill. I had the Gyro with no bread and 3 waffle fries with cheese dip. :)

Today was the first day back for our kids at the high school. I am an Instructional Assistant in the Special Education Department so it was my first Monday back at work after 7 weeks off. It went well, a lot better than I thought it would, actually. But boy am I tired. I couldn't sleep at all last night. I kept tossing and turning. I think the last time I looked at the clock it was 2 and I got up at 5. :( Its going to be an early night tonight.

I'm glad to be back on my regular schedule. When I hang around the house I tend to eat too much. Working and keeping myself busy really helps me stay on track with my eating. Also, since I'm up walking around and standing, my job helps me stay more active during the day.

Tomorrow the fall semester of college starts. I'm taking 12 credits while working full time, which should be entertaining, lol. One of the classes requires so many classroom observation hours so I'm hoping that I can count my job for those hours. Pretty much what I do is "observe" classrooms all day while doing my job anyway. That class meets 6 Saturdays for actual class time, then my other 3 classes are all online. I really like online classes and I've gotten a lot better at being more disciplined. I am really looking forward to getting my Elementary Education degree completed. The wage I make as an Instructional Assistant is pretty much a joke, and I would really like to work at the Elementary level.

Anyway, that was my weekend and some things I'm doing to stay on track. What helps you stay on track when you get busy?


Thursday, August 16, 2012

What's In My Belly?

I decided to do a post that details what I eat in a typical day. I have a lot of people ask me what kinds of things I eat, what I don't eat, etc. I hope to do more of these posts in the future, and I hope this gives people who are considering weight loss surgery or those who have had it some ideas of what to expect, recipe ideas, etc. Let me first say, if you've never read my blog before, that I am 20 months out from Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. What someone can eat in the first 6 mos or even the first year after surgery will vary greatly from what I eat now, just as someone who is, say, 5 years out from surgery will vary as well in what they eat. Also, different programs require different things, and different people tolerate certain foods differently. This is just what *I* eat. This post also details my vitamin supplements, which you should also discuss with your surgeon or PCP. Anyway...

Breakfast was this Cinnamon Bun Protein Oatmeal recipe from Bariatric Foodie. I used a little bit of real butter (less than a teaspoon) instead of butter spray and didn't use sugar-free pancake syrup, since I am not super-sensitive to sugars, and its only a tablespoon in the whole dish. I also used no sweetener since I find most protein powders to be sweet enough, most are overly sweet for me. Here's my bowl:

I also have my morning vitamins here, which include 2 chewable children's multis, 1 chewable 600 mg Calcium, and two 1000 mg vitamin D softgels. I also take liquid sublingual B12, not pictured. This was the first time I had tried this oatmeal recipe, and I liked it so much that I had it again this morning for breakfast! Really good, I thought it was actually better than the high-calorie, high sugar, no discernible-nutritional-value instant crap that comes in a packet. :)

Lunch was leftover meatloaf prepared from one of my favorite recipes. I also add a diced onion, a bell pepper, and 1/2 a package of white mushrooms to the batch to up the nutritional value and give it more yum. :) I sautee the veggies first before adding it to the mix. When I make meatloaf I always make a double batch and freeze one. Making meatloaf is kind of a process and a little messy, so why not get two meals for the effort of one? :) I had a little cheese on top of the meatloaf, and on the side I also had an Aldi blueberry Greek yogurt. I liked they yogurt, but I like the peach variety better. These are only .89, which is a great deal for Greek yogurt. 

Um, so I may have eaten half the slice of meatloaf before I remembered to take a picture...oops. 

My afternoon snack was an apple with peanut butter. I figured you guys knew what that looked like, so no pic. :)

Dinner was leftovers from El Maguey Mexican Restaurant (they don't have a website, but I linked to their menu), where we ate dinner the night before. Mexican restaurants, like anything, can be weight loss surgery- friendly or not, you just have to know the right choices to make. This meal, for instance, typically comes with rice and tortillas. I had them give me all beans, no rice, and brought the tortillas home for Nat to eat with fajitas later in the week.  As for my leftovers, I ate all the Chili Verde with pork and half the refried beans and cheese.

The picture doesn't do it justice. It was DELICIOUS, ay yay yay! 

Dessert was some fluff stuff from an Eggface recipe. I skip the Torani syrup since I don't think it adds much. This variety was made with cherry gelatin and blueberries, topped with cool whip and more blueberries:
 I know you cant see the dessert very well under the cool whip, but check out the link, she has a better pic.

Later I was feeling munchy so I had two Aldi spreadable cheese wedges (think Laughing cow, only $1.29 and not $4) with a few pretzels. 

Before bed I had my evening vitamins, which consist of two children's chewable multis, two 600 mg chewable Calcium, two 1000 mg vitamin D softgels, one 5000 mcg Biotin softgel, one chewable Iron, one 500 mg chewable C, and sublingual B12, which I remembered to take a picture of. 



It was a delicious day that clocked in at 99 grams of protein. :)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Why Do I Fight It?

I have no idea why I fight blogging. I like to write, I'm good at it, so what is the problem? I read blogs all the time, why do I have a problem writing in my own? Its almost like I get some sort of anxiety when it comes to writing in my blog. Probably because I feel like, since this blog was started to track my weight loss journey, that I have to write about weight loss. But its my blog, right? And not like I have tons of loyal followers that are going to be pissed to read a post that doesn't relate to weight loss or bariatric surgery, right? So why when I get on the internet, even with the intention of writing a blog, do I do most anything other than write a damn blog post?

Anyway, here's where I'm at weight-wise: I now weigh 266 lbs. I have lost a total of 177 lbs since December 2010. That is a lot of weight. However, I would still like to lose another 91 lbs. I wouIld like to be under 200 lbs at my goal. I know I will probably never be less than 175, and I'm ok with that. However, all this means that I am 19 mos out from my surgery and still 91 lbs from my goal weight. That's what many people start out wanting to lose, lol. Its funny, when I see people on weight loss forums saying that they are at their goal weight, having lost 100 lbs I tend to think "Aw, look how cute they are, with their little '100 lb' avatar!" LOL! Not that I really think that 100 lbs isnt a big deal, but being 23 lbs away from the 200 lb lost mark changes your perspective. But seriously, even to realize that I am 91 lbs from my goal weight is amazing. I know it will be harder, with it being my last bit of weight to lose, but my goal actually seems attainable now, for the first time ever.

My weight loss has slowed considerably since I started. That is due, in part, to my stomach healing and being able to eat more food, and weighing less so I naturally dont lose it as fast. However, it is also due to me eating too much crap. Yes, its true. I dont have dumping syndrome like other post-ops do. I have it somewhat, but really it takes A LOT for me to dump. In some ways this is good--some post-ops dump just from eating something like oatmeal--but in other ways it allows me to eat things I shouldnt, and eat too much of them. Recently I've taken back control and started tracking my food again. I use myfitnesspal.com on my iPhone and its great. It also allows me to track my protein and fiber for the day.

I am trying to get 100 grams of protein a day and keep my calories to 1500/day. But I feel bad if I go over 1500, even by only 100 calories or so. Typically when I go over its because I am genuinely hungry. I have to constantly remind myself that I will still lose weight eating even 2000 calories/day (which I never even come close to). But its strange, I feel like I can eat a lot more than other post-ops. I read somewhere that the pouch size that the surgeon will give you can vary widely based on your surgeon. Before this, I was always under the impression that we all had relatively the same size pouch. So I'm wondering if, because I was bigger than the typical gastric bypass patient when I started, if my surgeon gave me a bigger pouch. I have always felt I could eat more than other post-ops (well, post-ops that are towing the line, that is).

100 grams of protein is hard to do with only eating 1500 calories, but I do it in a couple different ways. First, protein has to be the priority at all times. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks--anything you put in your mouth has to be about protein. It also is pretty hard to maintain without protein shakes. I have been having a protein shake for breakfast along with some other food (I cant just have a shake for breakfast, I need FOOD in the mornings). Typically this will include a hard-boiled egg or a couple slices of turkey bacon. Sometimes both, if I am super hungry like I am this morning. For lunch I usually have some kind of leftovers like meatloaf, chicken enchiladas, mini crustless quiches (www.theworldaccordingtoeggface and search "bites"--she's got a million recipes and they all freeze beautifully), snacks will be string cheese, cheese and a few triscuits, a hard boiled egg, nuts, etc. Dinner is usually a recipe I make or leftovers. I dont eat a lot of convenience or processed food. I know a lot of post-ops rely heavily on protein bars, pre-made shakes, pre-made protein snacks, etc, but I find its so much cheaper and healthier to just make the stuff on your own. Anyway, after dinner if I've done well on protein for the day I'll have some fruit or vegetables if I'm hungry later. Otherwise its another protein shake or snack like Greek yogurt.

I'm trying to get 100 grams or protein in because I have been losing my hair again. This time it seems to be happening a little more rapidly than it did when I lost it after I had surgery. No one has been able to tell me why since my bloodwork is all stellar, and my surgeon just told me to increase my protein and use a protein-enriched shampoo. That is one of the drawbacks to being so far away from my surgeon (I had surgery 200 miles from home). I cant just pop in for an appt with him anytime, so most of the stuff I need from him is done over the phone. I do know this, if my hair loss doesnt get better then I will be seeing a dermatologist. I've already lost a lot of hair, its very noticeable to me, but thankfully since I started out with a lot of hair it is not that noticeable to others. In fact, my husband Nat says he can only see it in once place, and that was when I pointed it out. Anyway, we'll see how it goes.

I'll sign off with, yet again, another promise to write more often. I really want to start doing this again for myself.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Awesome giveaway for post-ops!

Go here: http://theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.com/2011/12/stocking-full-of-samples-giveaway.html and enter The World According to Eggface giveaway! She's giving away a stocking full of samples of her favorite bariatric-friendly products. Take a look around her site too, she has some GREAT recipes, articles, and just reflections on life that I always enjoy. Good luck!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Back On Track

Its been forever since I posted! I really need to start writing in my blog more. We've been on mandatory overtime every week since I started my job in April. :( I am dealing with it and getting routines in place, but it has definitely taken a while for me to come to where working all these hours feels normal.

I have lost 143 lbs since December 14th. I am thrilled that I have lost all this weight, but in looking at my weigh-ins I noticed I have only lost 6 lbs in 2 mos. I knew it has slowed down quite a bit, but I didn't realize that. That was all it took, and I am back on track this week. I had gotten off track and was not tracking my food or really watching what I ate. My stomach is small enough and I was still eating mostly protein and not eating any pasta, bread, tortillas, rice, etc so I wasn't gaining and was still losing a little, but I need to get back on the horse. I'm excited to see what my weigh-in will be tomorrow. I like to weigh on Fridays instead of Mondays. 

There is another rule of gastric bypass that I am embarrassed to say I had not been following. After surgery you are not to drink 30 min before or an hour after eating. Doing so flushes the food thru the stomach and makes you hungry faster. One feature of the surgery is that the stomach empties slower, but not so if you drink water so closely afterward. In the beginning I was losing weight so quickly it didn't matter, but lately I have noticed that I seem to be hungry a lot. Most bariatrics talk about eating like 1200 calories a day, but I was having to eat like 1700 calories a day to feel satisfied. I am now doing around 1300-1400 calories, just by not drinking 30 min before or an hour after eating. I still cant do 1200 calories a day, that is just not feasible for me. In the beginning I ate around 800-1000 calories a day, but now that my stomach isn't so swollen and the hunger is back (you don't really feel hungry for about the first 6 mos after surgery), I cant do it. I was feeling abnormal or badly about eating "so much", but I have come to terms with that being just what my body needs. Its true that I am bigger than many bariatric patients I know. I am 300 lbs now and that is what many patients start at or around. And even 1500 calories a day isn't that much! Someone my weight could eat 2500 calories a day and still lose weight!

It feels strange that I am almost a year out and still have a long way to go. I tend to get jealous of those that reached their goal weight in like 6-9 mos. But we all have our own paths to follow, I guess. I wish I could have had the surgery when I first started checking into it, when I weighed about 380.  It should have never taken me 3 years to get thru all the red tape and have the surgery.

I went to Fashion Bug recently and tried on some clothes. I can now wear a 2X at at Fashion Bug which has never happened, lol! I was really proud of myself. Recently we went back to wearing business casual clothes at work (we had been wearing jeans pretty much since I started there) and I feel so much more confident in wearing slacks and more dressed up clothes. People who have never had a weight problem don't understand how much more unforgiving fabrics like cotton and rayon are compared to denim, lol. 

I have been getting a lot of recipes off The World According to Eggface. You should check her out! She has great healthy recipes that anyone would enjoy! I plan to make some of her recipes for Thanksgiving. I cant believe its only 2 weeks away!

Oh, we also got a new puppy back in June! His name is Monte. He was abandoned at our friend's brother's farm and we had been looking to get a miniature dachshund, so we adopted him. He is the sweetest boy. The vet thinks he's about 2. He likes to blog too. ;)




Friday, April 15, 2011

Update!

Sorry its been so long since I've posted, I've had a lot of things going on! On March 16th I realized I was completely out of Unemployment, and therefore completely out of income. I had a job starting April 11th, but I needed something in the meantime. I worked a temporary job for two weeks before my new job started this past Monday.

The temp job was awful, the only thing that made it bearable was knowing it would be over soon, lol! It was an easy job, but the downside was that sitting all day made the lymphedema in my legs pretty bad. My weight loss slowed considerably during this time because of the fluid retention. I gained 2 lbs the first week and stayed the same the next week. :(

This week I started my new job. While I'm still sitting all the time, I've continued to stick to what I'm supposed to be eating and have continued to work out during this time. I knew that at some point it would show on the scale. I knew I was losing because I could tell it in my clothes. Today I weighed and not only did I lose the 2 lbs I had gained two weeks ago, I also lost another 4 lbs for a total of 6 lbs lost this week! Very happy about that. Just about nothing is more upsetting than working your tail off to lose weight and not seeing it on the scale.

I have also had some really cool NSVs (Non-Scale Victories). Those have really helped me thru while the scale was being stupid. I am now down to a size 28 and can wear a lot of the clothes I was wearing before I moved to Missouri. That is a great feeling, to know I'm back down to the size I was 5 years ago. 

Other things I have noticed is that I am able to walk a lot easier now. At my new job we park in a parking garage and walk quite a ways from the parking space to the training room. Before I lost this weight this would have been a huge deal to me. I would have dreaded it every day and would have been in a lot of pain by the time I got to my seat. Now, its really not that big of a deal. In fact, this morning I was running a little late and had to walk quite fast, and I still felt ok. Another thing is that on the first day we had an orientation session. When I walked in the room the first thing I noticed was how narrow the chairs were, with arms on the sides. I was really worried at first, but then I remembered I'm not near as big as I used to be. It was totally ok, I fit in the chairs just fine. Today I went to get some Chinese food for Nat and I (yes, there is a way to do Chinese in a healthy way!). Normally I just stand there while they make the food for me because I was always too big to fit in their small booths there (they are really small, like fast food-size booths). Today I thought I'd give it a try, and I fit just fine! I was pretty happy, I actually called Nat to tell him I was sitting in the booth, lol. Its just things like this that people who have never had a weight problem take for granted. But they are very exciting for me.

Anyway, things have been pretty hectic lately. I haven't been sleeping too well at night, hoping tonight I'll get a good nights sleep. I think I've just been stressed out with planning the wedding since its really coming down to it now, and also starting this new job. The traffic in the morning really stresses me out because I hate the thought of being late. I am starting to make my lunch at night though and considering possibly showering at night instead too so that I can not only sleep a few minutes longer in the morning, but also have some extra time so I'm not so stressed. I've never even come close to being late yet, but since they are such sticklers about being late, it really stresses me out to even risk it.

Well, that's about it for now. I'm going to try to be more diligent about posting blogs, but I really cant guarantee it, lol, especially right now.