GRANT_ME_WINGS's SparkPeople Blog GRANT_ME_WINGS's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community 5 Weeks after surgery I would say that my recovery from the abdominoplasty has been going perfectly. The skin was cut off, the scar is in an anatomically correct place, not too high or low. My belly button is a bit off to the left, and there are dog ears on both sides that might need revisions. The incision is closed up except for a 1/2 cm spot where there was a stitch sticking out for a while and I didn't know I could pull it. I am still very swollen; my waist is 5 inches bigger than it was before surgery. ... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 11:23:21 EST Abdominoplasty, here I come! I'm having the extra skin on my stomach removed on December 7th! I write a lot more about it on my weight loss blog on livejournal, so if you want to read about the journey, it's all posted there! <BR> <BR><BR>g/surgery <BR> <BR> I'm nervous and excited about it, but I'll finally be able to wear sexy panties, bikinis, and most pants rather than maybe one very very high cut pair that I find occasionally. And also to be able to look at my stomach a... Fri, 20 Nov 2009 11:20:16 EST Tonight's episode of Vegan Iron Chef! Can I manage to turn the random assortment of veggies left over from the end of my farm share into a tasty dinner? This is what I had: <BR> -1 stalk Brussels sprouts <BR> -Dark green long skinny kale <BR> -Curly kale <BR> -Broccoli raab that is starting to change colors for the fall <BR> -Tatsoi <BR> -Leeks <BR> -Orange peppers <BR> (and all the standard things in my kitchen) <BR> <BR> I ended up making a variation on Beans 'n Greens, sauteed the onion and leeks, added the greens and some ... Sat, 15 Nov 2008 21:52:11 EST Another Race Report: first 4.2 miler! Ran my first 4.2 mile Charles River Run last night! I was rather nervous about it because I had to bike to the race site (6-7 miles) and then bike home after the race (5-6 miles) . <BR> <BR> I biked there, it was a little windy but ok. Milled around nervously before the race, then lined up and ran. It was kinda funny how they had a little fence with a 4-5 person wide opening that everyone had to go through... and we ended up going around it and running on the lawn that the fences were ob... Fri, 30 May 2008 15:01:57 EST Someone quoted this today... And I had to share because it's so true! <BR> <BR> "Life is an all-you-can-eat buffet. Get your money's worth." <BR> <BR> That's how I learned to live in med school, when free time snuck up on you, and if you wanted to enjoy life, you had to be ready to make the most of the moment. Thu, 8 May 2008 00:14:06 EST Race Report! Sometimes when you're running you get music stuck in your head... this time it was "Still Alive" from Portal stuck in my head for the whole race... so I suppose the first few lines are even appropriate to post here. <BR> <BR> This was a triumph. <BR> I'm making a note here: <BR> HUGE SUCCESS. <BR> It's hard to overstate <BR> my satisfaction. <BR> <BR> My chip time was 33:09! I RAN 3.1 miles in 33:09! WOOOO! <BR> <BR> (I ran this race, by the way: ) <B... Thu, 20 Mar 2008 22:39:12 EST My first 5K! I'm running my first 5K in two weeks! I signed up for the race on Saturday, and had a moment of panic ... what if I can't run it! To prove to myself that I could, I ran 5K on the treadmill yesterday, and I'm fine today. The plan is to run long runs all this week and the beginning of next... hopefully going for longer than 5K so I can think to myself that I've run further. <BR> <BR> Race is the day before St. Patrick's day... and my long sleeve athletic shirt is green! I think it will b... Mon, 3 Mar 2008 23:11:01 EST State of the Jane! I guess this is a sort of ad-hoc experiment to see whether eating randomly (ie not as planned out as usual) will lead to weight loss. We're working on a grant in the lab, things are kinda stressful and sometimes I feel like eating sweeter things. I also haven't been having as much time to cook (although I did make a lot of tomato sauce and soup last week). I've been playing around with what I've been eating to indulge my tastes in hopefully a productive way. I've been eating when hungry. ... Sat, 27 Oct 2007 15:09:57 EST 10 things... We were discussing this in my LJ weightloss community and I think it's a good list and I want to share it over here too! <BR> <BR> Top 10 things that I TOTALLY wasn't expecting weight loss to change about me: <BR> <BR> 1. Clothing. I never really cared about it before. Now I kinda like it because it accents my smaller body. I might even enjoy shopping, and I actually wore a DRESS of my own volition once. I sometimes even go out of my way to dress up nicely and look good! <BR> <BR> 2... Mon, 3 Sep 2007 14:29:38 EST Sunlight It's so beautiful at the lab today with the sunlight streaming through the windows and lighting up the leaves of all my plants. I love sunlight through leaves so much, it really makes me happy! (At the lab I have many plants... peppers and tomatoes and squash and snow peas and ivy and jade and a spider plant and another vine...) <BR> <BR> The sky is the most perfect color blue and there are no clouds in sight. It's quiet here; I'm the only one here for several bays. <BR> <BR> I don't k... Sat, 4 Aug 2007 18:53:40 EST Running! I guess it's official that I run now. I like it. And when I can't run I get unhappy, like something is missing from my life. (I don't think I can go back to a life without fitness... it feels so good!) <BR> <BR> I ran 5K for the first time about 2 weeks ago. I need to sign up to run an actual 5K race, outside, with people! I also need to get used to running outside, currently all of my adventures in running have been on the treadmill. (But somehow, running outside is a big step.) <BR>... Wed, 18 Jul 2007 12:13:26 EST Stairs Why do I always take the elevator when it takes me only 4 minutes to walk up the stairs? That's about 40 calories. If I walked up the stairs once every day, I'd lose a pound in 3 months just for doing that. It also would get easier, and I'd feel so buff walking up 9 double flights of stairs and barely being out of breath. <BR> <BR> Just a random thought... Thu, 24 May 2007 22:50:50 EST My first journal entry on LJ, November 5, 2005 There is a special feeling of freedom that I feel when I have my sail rigged *just so* and the wind gusts behind me and catches in the sail and we fly over the water. It's not only the flying, but the knowing that I'm the captain of my own boat, that I may go where I wish ... explore my bit of the Charles River freely. That I learned how to sail for myself, for my own pleasure; that I took time from my studies to go outside and savor being under the wide open sky, so close to the water... <BR... Fri, 11 Aug 2006 23:32:12 EST Posties posties! These days I find that I'm replying to other posts more than I'm writing in here. Which means I'm procrastinating, but how can doing things for weight loss be bad? <BR> <BR> This past week has had a lot of cake in it. Festive, perhaps, but I'm getting tired of it. I think I've had enough cake for now. Fortunately it'll be either stale or gone by Monday, so no more cake-worries for me. There was something intriguing about the slight raspberry taste in Albert's Thesis cake. Chocolate, chocolat... Fri, 11 Aug 2006 23:21:32 EST Procrastinatory joy and hot chicken soup... (It's colder than before...) <BR> <BR> So I decided to make a big pot of chicken soup to warm up, since we have no heat at this moment, and I needed an excuse to have the stove on. <BR> <BR> Mmm. <BR> <BR> I feel like I'm getting a lot better at reading papers... especially since the bedroom is too cold to hang out in, and most of my computer-sitting happens there. I've read two and a half papers so far, and hopefully I'll be able to finish the one I started. It feels good to be maki... Sun, 4 Jun 2006 19:45:53 EST