Thursday, May 24, 2012
Remember when you were in school, and there was always that one kid who brought a "weird" lunch? Either their parents were old hippies, or in my case, since I lived in middle of nowhere Pennsylvania, they were old farmers.
There was one girl who used to bring her lunch on homemade bread, and instead of a hostess cake, she always had some weird muffin her mother made. Looking back on it now, I wish my lunch had been on homemade bread and not store bought white... I wish I would have had a delicious homemade muffin instead of a twinkie... but I guess as kids, you don't think about that. Of course, I wasn't always the kid with the cool lunch either. My mom used to pack me a thermos with cream of mushroom soup in it... apparently, cream of mushroom isn't as cool as chicken noodle...
Anyway, now that I am older, I find myself being the kid with the weird lunch. I take my lunch to work in little containers, in a nifty little box.
This is my "lunch" - Actually, it is my lunch, dinner and snack... I work a 12 hour shift, so, I eat 2 meals a day at my desk.
This is what I had yesterday and will have tomorrow. Tonight, we are "ordering out". Since I have been released to my final stage on my diet, I am DYING for a chicken salad. We are ordering from a mom and pop pizza shop, and I know the owner very well. He will prepare my food to my specifications. I also figure his small salad will be enough to last me for several meals. He will also make me a special dressing out of red wine vinegar. He makes mine extra tart because he knows that is how I prefer it.
Anyway, the magic lunch box contains...
1oz of shredded chicken w/ 1/2 of an egg white and 1 tablespoon of light mayo
1 serving of whole wheat crackers (last time I only ate 3, but I take an entire serving in case. If I don't eat them, I give them to my desk buddy)
1/2 cup of chicken corn chowder (Healthy Request - low fat. My little pouch LOVES soup. My little pouch wants soup all of the time!)
1 tablespoon of Greek Ranch Dip (made w/nonfat greek yogurt and ranch seasoning)
Then my yummy cottage cheese fluff. Basically, I blended cottage cheese, fruit and sugar free jello powder. Viola... It is high in protein, has a nice desert feel, and helps me get in a serving of fruit.
If anyone who reads this wants the recipe, drop me a line!
Like I said, I have been cleared to eat "anything I want" - but we all know what that means... of course it isn't anything I want, but I can have things like salad, and raw veggies, and most importantly... fruit. I had 1/2 of a banana this morning w/ 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and it was heaven!! I also bought some apples, which I am going to use as snacks as well. She also told me I could have whole wheat pretzels (must be paired w/ a protein) and air popped popcorn. I am also allowed things like almonds, which I am a little leery of since they are so high in calories and fat... I know if it good fats, but still. She said the main focus is of course protein, but she said that she wants me to have some balance in there. She also said whole wheat crackers w/ a protein would be great.
I am very excited to get back to "normal"
I think that is all for now
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Today I had my 6 week follow up with my surgeon. I actually didn't meet with him, but I met with his PA, Mike. He is really nice, and I like him a lot. He advanced me to the final stage of my diet. He also noted that I am above the curve in weight loss, and he is very happy with my progress.
I want to note that my Chiropractor had to cancel on me, and it is horrible. My rib is so far out of place, that depending on how I sit, I can feel it when I breathe. Not fun! I need to reschedule, but the problem is, a 45 min drive each way. Bottom line is, I need to find a closer Chiropractor!
I really enjoyed the support group with my friend. It is amazing the difference in programs between two hospitals. Her program is nothing like mine at all. The people in her group are really nice. I really enjoyed my time with them, and I hope to go back next month to join them.
After group we went to bingo at the Knights of Columbus, which was an awesome time. I didn't win anything, but I had a good time with my friends. I can't wait to go back again next month.
I started my volunteer work at the library yesterday, and I think I am really going to like it. It is very fun. I got to work the front desk and check out books. There were not a lot of people who came in and out, but I think it is going to be a very rewarding experience for me. After I was done there, I went to the gym and did my cardio.
I have to work tonight, so I am going to go to the gym, then get ready at work. The OBGYN said I can re-start strength training today. They wanted me to wait a week because of my implant, but I am still wondering if it is the best thing. I still feel like it is poking me when I lift things. I guess I can try it, and if it hurts stop. That is the only way to know I suppose.
I think that is all for now
Monday, May 21, 2012
I go to see my Chiropractor at 12:30 today. I am so excited! My back has been in a world of pain since surgery. I have a rib out, and depending on how I am sitting, it hurts to breathe. Dr. Goodbody (not his real name, but he makes your body feel ohhhh so good) will put me back into place.
I weighed myself today, and I am pleased with my progress. I am down about 40 pounds. First, I am losing the weight slowly... which makes me happy. The slower it comes off, the more time I have to combat some of the loose skin. Yes, I know that it is bound to happen, and I am ok with it, however, if there is anything I can do to make it better, I will.
I also think that I didn't get as much of a weight loss this week because of my special Lady times... Thankfully, that is almost over. Hopefully my implant will stop most of that.
I plan on spending the day with friends after I see Dr. Goodbody. My friend Katie and I are going to a Bariatric Support group from 3-4. Then I am hoping my friend Scott wants to go for a power walk. Exercise is a very important part of my life now, so I really have to make sure I am getting it in. I was going to push mow Katie's grass today, but it is raining, so I don't know how that is going to work out. Maybe it will stop and dry off by the time I can get to her house to do it?
After group, we are going to play bingo. I haven't played bingo in years, but I think it will be fun. Maybe I will win?
I think that is all for now
Thursday, May 17, 2012
it is hard to see, but this is what my arm looks like after my implant yesterday
it is kind of hard to see in this picture, but I have a MAJOR bruise and it HURTS!
Today on the treadmill I actually had to hold the rail with my left arm because it hurt to put my arm down!!
We went to my neighbor's memorial service today. I must admit, I am VERY uncomfortable in a church. I don't like being in them at all. It creeps me out beyond belief. However, Steve was a fantastic neighbor, and I felt that I should put my feelings aside and go not only out of respect, but because I was genuinely fond of him, and I wanted to show his wife and family that.
So despite my uncomfortable feelings, we went. I am amazed at the amount of people that are, what I would call, for lack of a better phrase, disrespectful. I mean, I do not subscribe to the Christian doctrine, however, I do show respect when I am in a church. I could not believe the number of people that were there dressed like bums, wearing sunglasses and hats... to me, that is not respectful. I know god doesn't "care what you look like" but to me, it is a sign of respect to show up in decent clothes, and take off your hat and sunglasses.
The service was nice. People got up and spoke. It was nice to see another side of Steve I didn't know.
After that, I had to beat feet to the Library. I had my meeting today with the director. I am the newest volunteer at the Library! I can't wait to start!! I will get to work the front desk, and check out books and do who knows what else!! It is going to be a lot of fun for me. It feels good that I am going to do something positive to help out. Oh and here is a photo of the library
I went to the gym after the Library, but honestly, I didn't really stay that long. I did 20 mins on the bike and 10 mins on the treadmill. I hadn't eaten all day, and my body was saying FEED ME NOW OR I WILL STOP WORKING! Plus I am having a very, very painful TOM. At least I did go and do something. Something is always better than nothing!
Tonight, I am going to wrap change and watch Harry Potter.
That is all for now
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
I was awake before 6am today. I needed to get up by 7, but I guess I was just done sleeping. I had an appointment with my OBGYN today to get my birth control implant. It didn't hurt like I thought it would, but my arm is bruised like you wouldn't believe.
After that, I needed to go to the dealer to get my Jeep serviced. It didn't take too long. I was out of there in less than an hour. After that, a quick run to the grocery store where I bought Vegetarian sloppy Jo mix. It was one of my fave things when I was a vegetarian, so I thought I would give it a whirl now.
I went to another branch of my gym today while I was in Altoona. I rode the bike for 15 mins, but it was a really neat bike. It has a screen on it and I could pick a course and ride it. I had a lot of fun doing it. Then I did 25 mins on the treadmill.
Today was also the first day I ate outside me house at a restaurant. I stopped at Panera Bread and got a cup of Low Fat Chicken Noodle. My pouch really liked it. I didn't eat a lot of it, but what I did it was wonderful and made my tummy feel good.
I also met with my new RD today. She is a very nice lady and is telling me to keep up the good work. She says I am right where I need to be. So, I am happy about that. I can't wait until stage 4 of my diet. I can FINALLY have my raw veggies again!!!
I think that is all for now
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