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Lobster Fest! with picture

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I went to Red Lobster with my co-workers today for lunch. I got the Lobster Lover's Dream. It was sooooo yummy! I also thought it was very reasonable in terms of calories. 730 for the entire meal, and I actually got 2 meals out of it. I ate the two lobster tails there. They also serve a salad, which I ate a little of, but honestly, I wanted to save all the room I could for the lobster. I ate a few bites of the pasta that is served with the dish, but ended up bringing it and the broccoli home.

I then went to Boscov's and bought my friend Katie a wine glass for her birthday. I also bought a 1.5 qt crocpot. I am not 100% sure what I am going to do with the crocpot. It was on sale for $4.99. For that price, I couldn't pass it up.

My birthday has gone pretty well. I got carded at the restaurant, so that made me super happy. I still don't feel 32 years old though.

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-POOKIE- 3/23/2012 9:33AM

    Ive never had real lobster, I have had rock-lobster which was lovely, I would like to try the real deal!

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EXOTEC 3/22/2012 10:08PM

    Happy Birthday!
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Yes, Red Lobster is one of my favorites, too! I love just the lobster and crab legs. I can't do pasta, alas. But I do love that shellfish! yum

If you sign up on their website, they send you newsletters that usually have coupons! I've got two of them now, $4 and $5 off lunch and dinner entrees when you buy two. I'm hooked!

I love your crockpot buy! You're going to find so many uses for it. I love mine. Yummy stuff and it seems to almost cook itself. Have fun finding recipes you can't live without!

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KMIRANDA2000 3/22/2012 10:04PM

    Just licked the screen!!

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JUSTBIRDY 3/22/2012 9:38PM

    happy birthday!!! emoticon

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JESSYVIRGINY 3/22/2012 9:16PM

    lobster for your Bday lunch, now that's great. Happy Bday emoticon

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SUZZQ4LIFE 3/22/2012 6:56PM

    Oh, happy birthday first of all! Yes, lobster is the most delicious meal you could possibly order! Good for you for bringing home parts of the meal. I would have eaten the whole meal (maybe). The last time I was at Red Lobster I ordered a salad and I certainly felt deprived. I missed the lobster. You were wise to eat the lobster and enjoy for the special day with your friend. These are days you need to celebrate with friends and try to make the right decisions. You did your best and was happy to spend the day with a friend. Good for you. emoticon

Comment edited on: 3/22/2012 6:57:54 PM

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GAELA-I-CAN 3/22/2012 6:49PM

    Wow, I love lobster. What a fantastic choice! emoticon emoticon

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UMBILICAL 3/22/2012 6:48PM

  Oh, I love lobster.

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Laptop Lunches

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I want a laptop lunch box... in the worst possible kind of way. I think it would be great to have post-op because it allows me to pack small portions that aren't touching in nifty little containers.

The major issue I am having with this is... the cost. The one I want is $32.99 + shipping. It is very hard to justify spending almost $40 on a lunch box. Even if it is the coolest freaking lunch box out there.

You have to admit, that is pretty awesome looking.

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PATTYR81 3/26/2012 11:46AM

    Good for you!!! Your post made me smile!!

It reminds me of how important it is that we take care of ourselves...

Happy Day! Happy Lunch Box!

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CORTNEY-LEE 3/22/2012 8:26PM

    I bought it, and an extra set of inner containers!

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PATTYR81 3/22/2012 12:05PM

    I think you should invest in the lunch box. Get 2 if you need them. They will be something you use every day for one of the most important purposes in life - feeding yourself. It sounds like this lunch box is perfect to you and will give you joy and use every day.

Go for it! You are worth it!!!

Still hesitant? Think about how much has been spent on junk/fast foods.... At the end of the day, you will remember how great the lunch box is in your life - not the $ spent.

Also, I've learned in these situations, that if I don't make the investment while the item is available, when I do make the decision to get it, often it's discontinued and I totally regret not getting it....another reason to beat myself up

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JBINAUSTIN 3/20/2012 12:44AM

    I can't imagine paying $40 for a lunch box, but I agree that it's really, really cool!

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I take 2 lunch boxes...

Monday, March 19, 2012

Yes, that is correct. I take 2 lunch boxes to work.


First, I have a weird thing about food touching, so everything has to be in separate containers. When it comes down to it, you really can't fit a lot of containers into a lunch bag. At least I can't because my lunch boxes are not very big.

Second, I eat 2 meals a day at work, plus snacks. I work 12 hour days. So, I do the majority of my eating at work. I only eat breakfast at home.

Today for lunch is a chicken salad with dried cranberries, blue cheese and raspberry dressing. Tonight for dinner is lemon pepper tuna. For snacks I have cantaloupe and a banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter. I will also be taking extra lope and an extra banana to give to my co-worker who is pregnant. I read somewhere a long time ago that pregnant women should eat bananas. I don't know if that is true, but it can't really hurt.

I think that is all for now

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KMIRANDA2000 3/19/2012 10:06PM

    Lunch sounded yummy!!

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Farewell to Food...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

I am suffering from what I have learned is called "Last Supper Syndrome" So here is how I have decided to handle it.

I am going to eat the foods that i really enjoy, but I am going to limit them to stay with in my calorie ranges. If I want pizza, I will have it, but I will only have one slice with a large salad. If i want ice cream, I will have a skinny cow portion controlled treat. I figure I will be staring the liver shrink diet in a week, so, while I am not going to go over board on anything I will have a little bit of something. Honestly, I am really craving seafood of all things. I want good, grilled fish, or tuna. I am not craving junk so much. I just want good seafood.

I have decided that for my birthday, I will make that the one meal that won't really count for anything.

I have also decided now is the time to "pig out' and put my beloved hot peppers, hot spices and hot sauce on every food that it can reasonably be paired with. Jalapeno Talpia anyone? Perhaps Jalapeno egg white omelet? Diced peppers in tuna salad... hot sauce on eggs... buffalo chicken breast on salad greens... Pepperoncinis out of the jar and on salads with buffalo chicken breast... mmmmm hot peppers... I figure that those will be out of the question for a while.... and it isn't like they are "bad" for me, so I think having an abundance of them will be ok.

that is all for now

ohhh, i didn't get to get my bike out this weekend... but, my boyfriend and I managed to get all of the stones and other "winter" debris raked out of our yard

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 3/19/2012 12:53AM

    I do the same thing. I still eat all the food I love ( pizza, ice cream etc.) just in moderation. I think it's a great plan. :)

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 3/19/2012 12:16AM

    Sounds like a plan that could lead you to permanent success!

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OOLALA53 3/18/2012 10:30PM

    Eating all the foods you enjoy in moderate or small amounts is basically the road to success. More strict programs have not been shown to be more successful. Good luck! emoticon

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CORTNEY-LEE 3/18/2012 10:13PM

    ohh I know! I want grilled salmon.

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KMIRANDA2000 3/18/2012 10:03PM

    Mmmmmm...a good seafood dinner...Yum!!

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It makes her want to cry? Say what?!?!?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I talked to my grandmother today. Her exact words... "When I see, or think about all of the foods you love that you won't be able to eat anymore, it makes me want to cry"

Excuse me? What?

The fact that I won't be able to eat a bunch of junk food that is slowly killing me makes you want to cry? Say what?!?!

I get that my grandmother isn't really supportive of my surgery. She thinks it is a bad idea. She thinks that all of a sudden, I am going to end up anorexic and wither away to nothing. Well, that and I won't be able to have a proper bowel movement. (Trust me, that is NOT the conversation you want to have with your grandparents) She doesn't understand why I am not happy with being fat, because her and Pap "love me just the way I am" I tried explaining to her that it is not about looks. It is about my health. It is about doing every single thing I can not to end up like her father and sister (had limbs amputated due to diabetes) or to end up like my dad's grandfather (lost his sight die to diabetes) or like her husband who has had several heart surgeries (though to his credit, he is not overweight) - I know that there is not guarantee that I won't get those diseases but knocking fat out of the equation should help a little.

As the days tick away, and my surgery gets closer, I start to get more stressed. I am not stressed about the procedure, I am not really stressed about the diet... I am stressed about my family and the hospital. I want my Mother and my boyfriend there with me on surgery day and that is it. However, try telling my grandmother this. It isn't like I can hide it from her or tell her no. She will hold it over my head and just make me feel horrible about myself, so it isn't really worth the fight. She will take it personally and it will be a disaster. Then, if I piss her off, then my mother will be on my case, and in the end I just hope they shoot me full of drugs. M grandmother actually said to me "I know you don't want anyone there, but we (meaning her and my grandfather) are going to come anyway"

Don't get my wrong. I love my grandmother very, very much. She is a very kind and generous person. However, she has the tendency like no other person I know, to get on my last nerve.

Like I said... I can hope for lots of drugs.

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DIETSAFARI 3/12/2013 7:28AM

    Gotta love em

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OOLALA53 3/15/2012 6:23PM

    You are going to be anesthetized, so you won't know who is there or not. I know it's tough, but I gently suggest you let your grandparents come. Remember, surgery is a serious procedure, and some members may feel better just being close by.

I haven't followed your story so I don't know if you've been attending any classes, but perhaps you could be in touch with others who could help you find some things to say to let your grandmother know why you feel grateful for the chances you are being given.

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KMIRANDA2000 3/15/2012 12:13PM

    I'd suggest that she meet some people that have already had the surgery to see that we are living happier and healthier lives. This surgery saved my life. I'm the same person inside (well, that's not entirely values are the same), but my outside has changed. You'll change a bit too...mostly for the better. I've lived this new life for almost 10 years now and I honestly do not have one regret.

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