Tuesday, August 28, 2012
OK, you are probably wondering about this blog and what it is all about. I'll try to keep this as "ungross" as possible....
Rewind to last Wednesday. My DW and I decided we wanted Mexican food for dinner, so we went to one of our favorite restaurants, and I ordered their Texas fajitas, which is a combo of steak, chicken, shrimp, onions and peppers. They brought out flour tortillas, but I decided to eat eat them "naked" (no tortillas).
OK, so this is where it gets a little gross. One of the good things about the lapband is that you HAVE to eat small bites of food, else food can get "stuck, which then the body tries to fix by producing LOTS of saliva towards the "stuck" food. Most of the time this works, but not last Wednesday! Spent a good deal of time in the restaurant bathroom, quickly got out of there with just about 90% of my dinner in a to-go box, then hung out in my home bathroom for a few more hours until the offending food got "unstuck" (it was not pretty!).
Fast forward to my lunch today. I decided I was not going to let the fajitas beat me, so carefully measured out some steak/chicken/shrimp + the pepper/onions (about an ounce) + 1/2 cup of refried beans, added it all into a Santa Fe WW tortilla, then topped it off with a dollop of green chile, sour cream, and a cut up tomato. Guess what? Nothing got "stuck"!!
So I have evened the score with the fajitas, but really I fell like I won on this one. Would have been easy to write off fajitas, but I just have to remember to eat small bites, eat slower, and maybe have one or two of those flour tortillas to help slow down.
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Stopped at one our local department stores this morning after breakfast (for those of you in PA/NJ/DE/MD, it was Boscovs), as I had two goals to accomplish:
1) Get a new wedding band (I'll explain in a minute)
2) Get some new jeans for the fall
OK, let's start with the wedding band. My original wedding band, a very nice gold one with diamonds embedded in the edge, had just gotten way too loose, so I was having to take it off for workouts or yard work, as I was afraid it was going to fall off. Well, one time I forgot it at the YMCA, and thought for sure it was gone, but thankfully I went back and found it. So, my DW and I decided it was going in the safe for now and we would find an inexpensive band, which we did. Unfortunately, I kept feeling as if I had to remove for workouts, and I cannot find it. Spent much of the past few weeks looking, and intensely looked up in my office this weekend, but with no luck. So....we bought another one today, definitely more snug, and I am NOT going to take it off!
Went also looking for jeans, as they were on sale. Primary goal was a pair of black jeans, as the pair I had were now WAY too big (oh that is fun to say that!). Went in thinking size 34 waist, relaxed fit, but after trying that size on, decided to make a leap and try a size 32 waist, regular fit (Lee) And guess what: THEY FIT!!!!
OK, so I was on a role, so decided to to try on a pair of Levi regular fit, size 32 waist. I have found in the past that Levi's can run a little smaller than Lee, but lo and behold, THEY FIT TOO!!
I nearly shed a tear of joy. A year ago I was POURING into size 42 waist jeans (my waist size was really 46!), now I am easily and comfortable wearing jeans 10 inches less! Almost (but not quite!) speechless!
Not much else to say, except WOW!!
Friday, August 24, 2012
As some of you may know, I enjoy cooking, and especially breakfast! My normal routine is to cook my DW and I breakfast on Thursday mornings. However, I was still in recovery mode yesterday morning from a battle Wednesday evening between me and some fajitas (the fajitas won!), so as much as I wanted to stay in routine, my DW advised against it.
Fast forward to this morning...now I am REALLY ready to cook! For me: 2 eggs, over easy, topped with my homemade green chile, 4 slices of bacon (vey thin), homemade oven baked potatoes (3 oz), and a Thomas WW Bagel Thin. My DW was the same except no potatoes and no green chile (she has never acquired the taste for it!). It tasted SOOOO good! Not quite routine (Friday), but it made it even more exciting!
Saturday, August 18, 2012
August 18, 2012 has been a significant day for a few reasons, both exciting:
1) My DW and I traded in our 2005 Toyota Sienna for a 2012 Chrysler Town and Country (both minivans)
2) I FINALLY crossed the 100 pound weight loss mark on SP!!
I remember the time frame well. End of 2006 / beginning of 2007, we were vacationing in St Lucia, I got stuck in a center seat for a 5+ hour flight, etc. I remember when we got home that I HAD to do something, and SP is where I started. I believe the date was January 5, 2007, and the scale tipped at 287!!
I looked for pictures from that vacation, and man, can I tell I was a VERY heavy boy:
So fast forward to today, with the scale at 186.4:
So, as the title of this blog states, that is what 100 pounds looks like! Not pretty, and I have NO intention of ever going back there again!
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Went out to dinner with our best friends last evening. Sadly, they are moving to Oklahoma and we are already missing them! They are responsible for introducing my wife and I on a blind date over 12 years ago, so we are very close!
I was taken back a little by a comment the wife of the couple made. She has been working in Oklahoma the past few months so she had not seen me since Memorial Day weekend, so I'm 10 pounds lighter and have a clean shaven head!
Anyway, after hugs, she said she was jealous of how I looked (that one I am OK with), but then said "you are too skinny now!", which then my DW jumped and agreed as well, making a point to mention that there are others who think that!
I didn't give it too much thought until this morning, but of course now I am. My measurements tell me I am not too skinny -- in fact my BMI is still in the "overweight" category (26), and that has been one of my key guides.
I clearly do not consider myself "too skinny". Maybe when others like my friends and DW look back in their memory banks when I tipped the scale at 287 (BMI was 40 then - morbidly obese!), then I guess I can see how I might now appear to be "too skinny", but it's scary to think we Americans (I personally think this is a US issue, but those of you from other countries can comment) have conditioned our visual senses to look at someone like me and think that is too skinny!
Well, as they say, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But mine is what counts the most and I am determined to reach the goal I set for myself -- to be "normal" on the BMI scale.
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