Rocked it out! (plus…gazpacho + excess skin)

by Christine on August 11th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Yup, major score. It went great. I was prepared. I had good answers. I think I said the things that she wanted to hear. The job as she described it was different than I imaged; it apparently involves a lot more business development and client management than editing. That’s all good with me. Plus, it involves some really fun travel. She said she just got back from a trade show in Alaska.  Could this be my dream job? Needless to say, I’m totally excited about it, and I definitely look forward to learning more at my in-person interview on Thursday.

I felt so good about the phone interview that I was blasted with some serious energy afterwards!  I dove into the kitchen and tried my hand at making homemade gazpacho. It turned out really yummy, but the recipe needs to be tweaked; it was way more olive oily than I would have liked.  But the soup was close, really close.  I was a little clueless about how to guesstimate the calories. Aside from the olive oil, it’s all fresh veggies, so it must be very low in calories. I blended 3/4 of the veggies in the blender, then put the veggies through a seive and eliminated the pulp, leaving a really light, watery broth. (Delicious, too!)  What are the calories, in say one tomato or one cucumber, if you eliminate all the pulp? The sugar and juice is still there. I can’t figure out if it would still keep a substantial amount of its calories or if it would be substantially reduced in calories; I can make an argument either way. Hmmm. It looks a little something like this, but not quite as chunky and more watery… (EDIT TO ADD: My Ph.D. scientist replied to my question above about the calories in juice-not-pulp. He says that you’d lose half of the calories, if not more, by juicing the fruit/vegetables, even considering the residual sugars. So if a tomato has 30 calories, assume that by juicing in you’re only consuming 15 calories.  Limitations of this analysis: my friend a stem cell researcher and not a dietitian, but he did ask around the hospital for me to ask about this question.)

I’ll post the recipe when I work out the ingredients properly!

Then I went on a cleaning frenzy. I scrubbed my laundry room from top to bottom, until the floor was gleaming and the washer/dryer (oh my, they are so old!!) were sparkling. It felt fantastic to make that room so shiny and new!

Then our honeymooning friends called to say that they were back in town, and did we want to get some ice cream? Hells yes I wanted some ice cream! I went, and I indulged. I had way, WAY more than I should have (I ordered a small and ate it ALL — normally I’d eat a third and stick the leftovers in the freezer), but it was hot out and the ice cream was delicious.  What a treat! Now, I need someone to remind me of this ice cream if, in a week from now, I start bitching about the scale not moving.  No shit sherlock. It might have something to do with your eating choices.  I don’t think it’ll be a major problem, especially if I can make it to the gym tonight, but I also need to take responsibility for my actions and own up to them, you know? In this case it was worth it, but I also don’t indulge like that very often.

Now onto my last point for the day: skin excess.  This is what has been bothering me for the last few weeks. My husband is bothered a lot by my droopy boobs (he brings it up several times a week and tells me he wants me to get plastic surgery on them), but it seems that I’ve been far more pre-occupied by this leg-skin. This isn’t fat people, this is excess skin. I’m THRILLED to have lost almost 90 pounds, and I wouldn’t take it back for anything in the world. But this is one of the consequences that I either need to live with or deal with.  If anyone is out there that has had surgery to tighten up skin…is this “serious” enough that insurance might pay for it, or no? (Sorry everyone…I would have taken a pic of my droopy boobs but I didn’t want to horrify you guys more than I already have.)

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  • Laurie

    Hi Christine, unfortunately, thighs are rarely if never covered, and if so, it’s extreme cases where people lose a few hundred pounds. Same with boobs.. If you get back aches or really bad rashes, it MAY be covered, but usually isn’t. I’ve heard of tummies getting covered most often because of rashes, and if you could ever get that covered, you could combine the surgeries where you would only have to pay extra for the thigh surgery, but not the anesthesia, hospital fees, etc.

    My skin bothers me terribly, but it’s not bad enough to be covered by surgery… DAMN!

  • Band Groupie

    Fingers crossed and good vibes coming your way for the job!

  • Lesia Davis

    I have the same issue with my legs and upper arm skin. It really bothers me too. I am so excited about your interview. Good luck on the next one. My concern with the surgery would be the scars from it. Wonder what those are like? Hear that it takes years before the skin tightens after losing so I am going to wait.

  • Allan

    Wow a great opportunity, great soup and Porn… Love your posts.. !!!

  • Freckle on the Nose of Life’s Complexion

    Sounds like you nailed the interview – congrats!! Hope the in-person one goes well tomorrow!

    And that soup sounds delicious! Yummm.

  • Ann

    Insurance won’t cover excess skin removal. They consider it a cosmetic, not medical problem for the most part. Ask a plastic surgeon. I’m sure they’d know for sure. But, I wouldn’t do it unless your at your “goal” for a while. You only want to have to do it once.

  • Ann

    OK. When I said to wait until you’re at your goal, I didn’t mean I thought you were going to gain back the weight! I meant wait until you’ve lost all you plan to lose and maintain there. Let your body, skin included, get used to that weight, THEN have it fixed. Putting weight back on is not an option, right? As far as your husband and the droopy boobs go, get a really sexy push up bra and he’ll forget all about it. Ha ha!

  • Traci

    lol It’s at least worth looking into (excess skin). I know I’ll have to do something about my stomach, but want to lose the weight first. The boobs might have to come second.

  • Amanda

    i am going back through your blog and reading posts i haven’t red since i was on vacation, but as for your question about the excess skin…it’s all cosmetic you have to pay for it yourself; if your boobs were giant and hurting your back you can try (for a really long time) to see if insurance will cover it but typically it doesn’t happen…i’ve looked into it to fix my tummy and boobs after having my daughter

  • Elisabeth

    Yes, surgery is available. It is called a thigh lift. There are also butt lifts. Unfortunately, insurance will not cover this surgery since it is considered cosmetic. Insurance will cover excess skin removal surgery for people who have lost vast amounts of weight and have a pannus that interferes with basic bodily functions or rolls of skin in which infections tend to fester. I guess the upside is that your excess skin is simply cosmetically unappealing (to you) and not causing infections. Maybe when you reach your goal weight, you can think about exploring some options with plastic surgeons.

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