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It's been a month

Monday, February 09, 2009

One month today since I was banded. I meant to have hubby take my picture to show my progress - 22 lbs in this month, 30 all together, but he was not feeling well and we did not get it done. Hopefully tomorrow. I hope that I look close to the picture on my sparkpage, which is 12 lbs lighter than what I am at now. I look forward to going back to the Pampered Chef national conference to have another picture taken and it looking better, though I do get a lot of compliments on this picture.
I'm on real food now and it's going pretty well, but I get the munchies at about 5:00 which is before we eat dinner, so I find myself grabbing a small handfull of crackers or croutons. I log them in and am still staying in my calorie range, but I worry that as healing continues, my capcity for eating at one setting will grow, and then I won't stay in my range. I need to not cook when I'm hungry. This also leads to not chewing enough as I experienced this evening taking a bite of carrot while cooking. I did not chew enough and had a feeling of heartburn for a little while.
I am proud of myself for friday evening. I hosted Bunco for our monthly group, and made really good light food - Smashed Potato Soup that I pumped up the protien with by adding greek yogurt instead of sour cream and I put ham in it, and I also made my chili which is really light - just tomato sauce and cut up round steak and seasonings. I don't like beans, so none of those in my chili. I had salad for the girls and made a Greek dressing out of the greek yogurt, I could not eat it though, the nutritionist said no salad yet, I had veggies and dip for them and chips and con queso, but I did not touch. I also told the girls I would only have one pitcher of my famous Chocolate Martini's available as I could not have any, and that I was not purchasing any wine for the evening. They were welcome to bring it in, but they had to take any left home or I would pour it down the drain. I purchased 4 bottles of soda and sent two of them home with a friend. I kept the 2 bottles of diet for my kids, but the 2 bottles of regular are not in the house. I made grape crystal light and drank it out of my adorable Dots wine glass and felt sophisticated doing that.
Sunday was my first foray eating at a resturant. I was with a group of girls from the childcare at the gym I work at. I warned them ahead of time that I would be difficult. It was an italian restaraunt, famous for their pizzas. All of the chicken had heavy sauces on it or was grilled. I have heard that grilled food can be heard to eat with a band sometimes, so I wanted to stay away from that for now. I asked the server if they could do something like the chicken fingers, but without the breading. He said they could. However, they killed it. Out of the 6 or so oz on my plate, I barely had 3 that I could eat, it was so dry and over cooked. But luckily, I was full. This morning was another foray into a restaurant. Denny's was doing Free Grand Slam's last week, well ours was so crowded that they gave rainchecks. This worked out nice because instead of just my son going, I was able to take Hubby and daughter as well. I did not order one, I just ate the eggs off of son's plate - which I had made with egg beaters and a little cheese. Then I just had water to drink. I did eat one of my daughter's sausage, but made sure to put it on my food tracker.
Tomorrow will be another tricky day. I have an all day Pampered chef meeting, they are providing lunch and I have no idea what it will be. Plus I have to leave much earlier in the morning than I normally do. I'm thinking I would be better off bringing my own.
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BANDSTERGAL 5/11/2009 10:37AM

    Just checking in to see how you are doing? I am 3 weeks out from surgery and the days are d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g and I want this weight off yesterday LOL. All in due time, I know.

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ANAMOLY85 2/13/2009 11:44AM

    You are a busy lady! It is definitely so hard when you have your family and friends around you that I are enjoying foods that are just not the right choices for us right now! Maybe even ever!!! I really admire you for staying strong and trudging through it. The tricky days will get easier... that's what I am hoping for!

I am glad that you are recovering well from your surgery.

Take care,
Juliana

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/12/2009 8:30PM

    You are doing great!!

Keep going, you will reach your goal!



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HPLANDER 2/10/2009 11:32AM

    emoticon You are doing great. My only thought is about the drinking before and after meals. I have to be very careful with that. Even water. What has your surgeon suggested?

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DINA:-) 2/9/2009 11:27PM

    hi mel! sounds like you are doing great with your band and eating sold foods. you made a lot of great choices and you should be proud! i always carry a protein bar and/or some protein shake powder in my purse just in case i get stranded with food i can't eat (however that is very rare- usually there is something i can eat).

congrats on all your progress!

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