Sunday, August 22, 2010
Went to a friends BBQ party yesterday and I was PREPARED! I poured over spark recipes the night before to find something to bring. I decided on a layered bean dip (fat free beans and sour cream, 2% cheese, lettuce,olives, tomotoes, green onions and green chile's) and Baked Chips. I also made a Lemon diet soda cake in a Bundt pan) with fresh strawberries all over and a light frosting glaze. I took a pack of 97% Beef Hebrew National Hot dogs. I went for a walk in the morning and ate lightly for Breakfast and Lunch.
So that was my plan.
When we got there, I immediatly was met with snacks that I love: Onion dip, cheese and salami and crackers and various other yummy things. So what did I do with all my preparation???
I got a plate and put a serving of my bean dip and chips on it and I went and sat my ass down. I ate it and talked to some friends and made it last. Round 1: Jan!
People were bringing in bowls of things etc so of couse, I had to go over and see what was in them. Fruit salad with watermelon and strawberries and cantaloupe? Heck ya!!! Round 2: Jan!
I had 2 Captain and Diet Pepsi's very early on since I would be the designated driver later, then switched to water. Round 3: Jan!
I was talking to some folks that I see occasionally and they told me I look great, what am I doing, what is a typical day of food, so I spent about 20 minutes talking about spark and recounting my PLANE Changes blog about fitting on the plane and all the places we want to go see and visit.
One of my friends is working out like crazy, no carbs, no wheat flour, impossible to maintain diet. My (24 year old) daughter says " I like my mom's diet. she can eat what she wants and she is losing weight and not suffering". LOL, I was happy it came from someone else. MY other friend (Male)is working out with a trainer, eating every 2 hours and doing great and being fairly sensible about it. Round 4: Jan
Then Dinner: I could see and smell the BBQ going, cooking hamburgers, chili etc. so I gave my buddy my hot dogs and he cooked them for me. I ate 1 hot dog, some salad (thank you whoever brought that!) and a stuffed mushroom that was delicious! I stayed away from the mayonnaisy salads and anything I couldnt identify.. Round 5: Jan
I was still kind of hungry so I waited for about 20 minutes then I went for it. The desert section: Carrot cake, pumpkin roll, german chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered strawberries and my lovely Lemon cake. I told a few people how it was made and wanted them to try it and I cut myself a peice with some strawberries. I sat down and enjoyed every bite and then, I told myself, "You are done eating now. That's it." Round 6: Jan
The Band was playing some sort of Blues, rock, classic mix and when they played "Mustang Sally" I felt a hand on me and there was my hubby, asking me to dance. So we did, then others joined us and we danced for about 5 or 6 songs. What was cool, was our friend who was badly injured in a quad riding accident 4 years ago, danced with his wife for the first time in years. PRICELESS! Round 7: Jan
Us gals gabbed while the guys were being silly and then it was time to leave. Getting hubby to admit he had enough and it was time to leave was a bit of a challenge but ultimatly? Round 8: JAN!!
We get in the car and he is hungry so I say I can drive him through somewhere to eat but nothing was close so he told me to let's just go home so we did. He had cereal and I had....nothing! And went to bed! Round 9: Jan
After the cats and the dogs finally settled down and I pee'd like every 20 minutes for 2 hours, I finally went to sleep Round 10: Jan Knockout!
I beat the heck out of that BBQ party! Preparation is key, people! You gotta train for that stuff and stick to the plan! I have lived to fight another day!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
My fingers are pretty amazing. I have really noticed this since I began my journey here. With my fingers, I can type a message, lend a hand, send a message,give a thumbs up or down, pat myself on the back, point one at myself, shut the fridge, slice some fruit, make some healthy meals,wear my wedding ring, take some pictures and hold my dog's leash.
One thing I didn't expect was how sensitive my fingers would become!
Example: I can now feel my collar bones, a few ribs, and some muscle underneath the fat! Oh wait...maybe my fingers didn't get super powers, they are just confirming the changes.
Oh yea, my fingers can also come together for a clap and a high five!
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
If you are interested in what Razor riding in Marysvale Utah looks like, here ya go. It cant possibly show how beautiful it really is tho...
Monday, August 16, 2010
So. I flew to Utah. I dont like to fly, it scares me, but what the heck. It beat a 18 our drive!! In the past, I have sat down, tried to buckle the seat belt and have discreetly asked for the belt extender. On the plane ride there, I walked through the aisles with my hubby and found our seat, 14th row, middle seat, next to a lady at the window. I thought, oh god, she is probably thinking, "please dont sit next to me!" but when I met her eyes, she kinda just smiled and I sat down next to her. Not ON her, next to her. No part of my was overflowing. Then I put the seat belt on. It clicked and I had to pull the little end to make it tighter!! What the heck just happened????????
So I am pretty happy right now but just keeping it to myself like a little present. When Frank sat down, I nudged him and showed him the seat belt and he totally got what I was showing him. He smiled, told me good job and gave me a squeeze. GREAT FLIGHT!!
So flight home: We get on the plane and I see we are on a wayyyyyy smaller plane. 2 rows of 2 seats, instead of 2 rows of 3. I am having to walk sideways down the aisle so I dont rub on people sitting on the aisle. We are all the way to the back. You know those seats, least amount of room, no seat going back cause you are against the wall. Anxiety alert!!!
So I get in first up against the wall, sit down,and pull the seat belt out. I pulled it all the way out then clicked it into place. It did click but it was sooo much smaller. I said to Frank, "wow, good thing I recently lost 40 pounds of I wouldnt have fit!". The lady sitting in front of me turns around and asked me how I did it, so I told her about Sparkpeople. She was very intersted and wrote it down. So I got to spread the spark. It was not a comfortable flight but I had a good book so I just pretended I was not on a place.
Now, while we were waiting to board, I saw a very large lady wearing pink in a wheel chair, and they boarded her first. She met nobody's eye, weighed probably over 500 pounds and was obviously unable to walk and was alone. When we got on the plane, She was in the first row with a very uncomfortable woman sitting in the seat next to her, looking absolutely distressed. The Lady in Pink, was trying to sit as far to the other side as possible but there was nothing she could do. I could imagine how she felt. It made me so sad for her. On our way out, she was the last to leave the plane. As I passed I smiled at her and she just looked at me. She seemed to be unaccustomed to kindness and I sooo wanted to say something to her. I was forced to keep going and to tell myself that it is her journey to take and I sooo hope she finds Sparkpeople or someone to show her that she can do it, too. This does not have to be her life or her death sentence. She, too, could be writing this blog about the difference in that trip vs, the one where her seat belt buckled.
I am thinking about making some business cards with my spark name on it and the website for sparkpeople. I can just pass it on in those situations where it isnt really possible to have a conversation. I could put something on it like "I lost ___pounds with the support at www.sparkpeople.com" and then if they joined, they would automatically have a friend already. What do you think? Is it presumptuous? Helpful? What would you have thought if someone handed you a card like that?
I think if a "big girl" like me handed me a card like that, I would have checked it out at least.
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