Friday Update & Doctor’s Visit

by Christine on July 23rd, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Happy rainy Friday to you, Revolutionists!

Here’s a general update on my food and my life.  Yesterday it was purely painful to sit through work, not just because it’s a pretty painful job, but because I felt miserable. For breakfast I had a handful of almonds (100 calories). I had some orange juice that I sipped on all day (120 calories). For lunch I had some chicken noodle soup (120 calories).

After work I went over to a friend’s house. My head was stuffy and congested, and I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open! I begged him to let me take a nap before having dinner. I probably should have gone home and canceled my plans, but I have a big problem overextending myself saying no and canceling when I’ve committed to a plan.  He graciously said yes, and was patient as I zonked out. I don’t even remember laying down.

When I woke up, we made homemade crab cakes. I wish I had thought to look up the calories of the ingredients as we were cooking, but I was really out of it.  Normally I would take a mental tally of everything! We used: canned crab meat, lowfat mayo, and spices. Then we lightly breaded the cakes and fried then in EVOO. The cakes were pretty small, but because of the oil I’ll guesstimate the crabcakes at perhaps 200 calories, but really it was probably less than that. We made some cous cous (75 calories) and a side leafy green salad with light cesar dressing (60 calories).  I was stuffed, and the crab cakes were wonderful!  It was lovely to have dinner with a good friend, and we always have so much fun making homemade food.

Yesterday’s calories rang in at: 675. Much lower than normal, probably because I didn’t have a mid-afternoon snack.

Today I woke up and still felt miserable.  I was talking to my co-worker about this lingering cold, and he recommended that I call my doctor. Because I have some underlying health issues that may be contributing to this cold feeling worse than normal, I thought, what the heck? So I called my fantastic, awesome, amazing doctor and she said, “YES COME IN RIGHT AWAY.”  Oh boy!   I hope she gives me some meds to feel better soon! I have lots of questions for her about my underlying health issue, so this is actually very good, very productive to see her. Also, I haven’t seen her in many months, and she’s going to be blown away by how much weight I’ve lost! She’s the one that suggested the gastric banding surgery in the first place, so I am going to be happy to show her how successful I’ve been with the surgery. I owe much of my healthy, happier life to her. She believed in me when so many other doctors completely gave up on me.

Eating when you’re sick is difficult, I’ve learned, when you’re a normal-weighted person. As a fat person, I’d eat all the time, no matter what. “Loss of appetite, what is that?” But now I understand!  NOTHING sounds good to me. I crave nothing, and actually the idea of food pretty much repels me. Isn’t that funny how a body’s physiology changes?  To ensure I eat enough today, I’ve planned some of my food out:

Breakfast was some cheerios without milk (50 calories).  Mid-morning snack was almonds (100).  Lunch will be Healthy Harvest soup (180).  Mid-afternoon snack will be cheerios with skim milk (120).  Dinner will be out, since I have last-minute shopping to do. I suspect I will get soup of some kind, or perhaps a salad. I don’t feel up for any meat. I’ll guesstimate (250  calories) for my meal. Plus lots of water, all day, for the PEWC challenge! That makes 700 calories….a little low for me. Maybe I’ll throw in an evening treat of some kind to push that number to 800.

Here’s a fun note from my archives! A year ago today I heard John Williams conduct the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, for his annual Film Night. I love John Williams! He’s a god!!  Here’s a photo of me, from that night, with a photo of me, today at work:

Sorry for the “Pretty-girl, ‘facebook'” pose there. I often do not have anyone to take photos of me, so I have to take the pictures myself. It’s not a matter of me trying to look like a “hot girl” — I’m 32 years old and married for Christ’s sake! — but it’s a matter of convenience. I recently read a blog where the author was slamming the use of this “hot-girl pose” (aka: taking a picture of yourself, by yourself) but for me, it’s a matter of convenience. Just so we’re all on the same page.

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  • Allan

    Why cant you be proud and have a hot girl pose ? You do !!

  • Allan

    Why cant you be proud and have a hot girl pose ? You do !!

  • http://amandakiska.blogspot.com Amanda

    You have the most beautiful eyes!

    Feel better!

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Awe, thank you Amanda! I appreciate it! And I’m feeling much better now, thank you!

  • http://amandakiska.blogspot.com Amanda

    You have the most beautiful eyes!

    Feel better!

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Awe, thank you Amanda! I appreciate it! And I’m feeling much better now, thank you!

  • http://freckleonthenose.blogspot.com freckleonthenose

    Girl, take as many pictures of yourself as you want! You look fab!

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Awe aren’t you cute, Feckles? Thank you!

  • http://freckleonthenose.blogspot.com freckleonthenose

    Girl, take as many pictures of yourself as you want! You look fab!

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Awe aren’t you cute, Feckles? Thank you!

  • http://responsibility199.blogspot.com/ Patrick

    MMm, avocado on a burger, I admit to liking that too. Oh and Mr. Goodbar, how did I forget that master piece? Your picture from the concert a year ago vs today, doesn’t that make you smile wider than any book most politicians have ever read? Awesome awesome year you have had!

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Thanks Patrick! I always like your visits to my blog, so thank you! But yes, Avocado on the burger. Serious yum alert. I actually have a perfectly-ripe avocado in my fridge…I believe I will make a small hamburger patty for dinner and put some guac on top!

  • http://responsibility199.blogspot.com/ Patrick

    MMm, avocado on a burger, I admit to liking that too. Oh and Mr. Goodbar, how did I forget that master piece? Your picture from the concert a year ago vs today, doesn’t that make you smile wider than any book most politicians have ever read? Awesome awesome year you have had!

    • http://www.phoenixrevolution.net Christine

      Thanks Patrick! I always like your visits to my blog, so thank you! But yes, Avocado on the burger. Serious yum alert. I actually have a perfectly-ripe avocado in my fridge…I believe I will make a small hamburger patty for dinner and put some guac on top!