Celebrate with me!

by Christine on December 16th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Gastric Banding Surgery

(Yes, I’m a dork.)

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When will I stop wanting to change myself?

by Christine on December 15th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Well, last night’s outing to Dinosaur BBQ was a fun time. Because the restaurant is new to town, there was a long wait. Fortunately, we found a seat in the bar area, so we sat down right away and got our food much earlier than we anticipated! I ended up ordering a sampler platter (1/4 of a chicken, 2 ribs, and a few slices of brisket, all in BBQ sauce) with two sides: cheesy beer soup and a side salad. Now, this is a very unhealthy choice and not one that I would recommend to any dieters out there. However, because I eat so little, I knew that this meal would feed me for three additional meals.  Last night I ate all the soup (I figured that wouldn’t travel home well) and a few bites of chicken.  For lunch today I had the side salad and the rest of the chicken. I still have ribs and brisket left.  So…while the meal was a calorie nightmare, you can still indulge in yummy food so long as you keep your portion sizes in mind!

This morning I was stranded at home (hubby still hasn’t fixed my car), so I’ve been watching some old movies. I should enjoy this opportunity to relax and watch movies, but I’m really getting antsy and anxious and bored. I can’t wait to start my new job! It can’t come fast enough.

I was standing in front of the mirror looking at my face this morning, and I was thinking how strange perception can be. While I know that I’ve lost 99 pounds, and my face has gone through a drastic evolution (I love my “new” chin, and my eyes since getting laser eye surgery), but there’s another half of my brain that was seeing fat, areas for improvement, things I would like changed. I don’t quite understand why it is that I look so much better now, thinner, but I can still feel fat some days, or ugly, or that I need a complete overhaul. I think this is normal, but it seems unsatisfactory. At what point do the self-improvements, changes, and goal-settings come to an end? Will I ever be 100% happy with how I look?  As I get older, will all of this become less important to me?  Is it healthy to want to constantly improve your image, or is it unhealthy?  Is there a line in the sand somewhere between healthy and unhealthy?

Lots of questions, and I guess time will only tell the answers…

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Car troubles & more of the same

by Christine on December 14th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Today I had car troubles. My car wouldn’t start. I managed to give my own car a jump-start, let it run for 20 minutes, then turned it off. It started up just fine, so I think the problem is the battery, not the alternator. I managed to get to Napa Auto Parts and donate $99 towards a new battery, although I’m having second thoughts about whether my battery is really a problem or not.

Because of the car problems I had to cancel lunch plans with a friend. I had even researched the restaurant and had picked out a healthy, affordable option. Bummer!  Also, because of the car problems I canceled my resume critique with the Department of Labor. The appointment is in a very bad part of town, quite unsafe. The last thing I wanted was to have to ask someone for a  jump or to call AAA while standing outside on those street corners. Fortunately the woman was very understanding, and we rescheduled for another day.

Tonight we are going to Dinasaur BBQ. (Read the online menu here.) This is a famous Syracuse-based restaurant that just opened a restaurant near us. The food is delicious! I need to do some research to figure out what I am going to order. After all, a little pre-planning can keep a fun outing with friends from being a total calorie-disaster.  I’m considering the soup of the day, catfish dish, small salad with pulled pork on it, or the peel-and-eat shrimp.  Hmmmm….decisions decisions.

Weight this morning was 126.0.

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Blogger needs support…

by Christine on December 13th, 2010

filed under General Information

One of my favorite bloggers, Heather from “Am I Actually Doing This?” experienced a terrible tragedy recently. Please take a moment to visit her blog (here) and give her some love and support.

You’re in my thoughts, Heather.

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Disappointing day

by Christine on December 12th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Today was my big weigh-in, and the title of this blog post may have tipped you off: I didn’t make my goal weight. My goal is 125, but this morning I weighed in at 126.4. I was very close, but didn’t make it. I am very disappointed because I really hoped that today would be the day, but it wasn’t meant to be. I will continue to work towards my goal, though, eating well and exercising, trying to make healthy choices for myself. Eventually I’ll get there…right?

This weekend we went down south of Albany, to New Paltz, New York. New Paltz is a quaint, small town that has fun boutique stores, several bars, and a decent college population to give the town a little atmosphere. On Friday night we found our way to a little restaurant where we had dinner (fish) and a bottle of beer.

Holy crow’s feet, batman! When did I start looking so old?

The next day we woke up and decided to hit a few wineries. We saw a link to the Shawangunk Wine Trail and noticed that there were a few wineries on the list that I had never been to before. Well, before we knew it, we were doing the entire wine trail! We didn’t even intend to. Plus, apparently there was “An Event” going  on along the wine trail…people pay one flat fee for tastings, then get food, wreathes, ornaments, and goodies at the wineries. We didn’t sign up for “The Event” (and they wouldn’t sell us the tickets the day of) but we did the wine trail with a group of total strangers.  The vineyards we ended up at included:

  • Robiero Family Vineyards (A beautiful venue & overlook, but very “young” wines.)
  • Adair Vineyard (their peach wine was yummy if not sugary)
  • Applewood Vineyard (this vineyard was my favorite of all of them. They had a delicious selection of wines, some great reds, some not-too-sweet desert wines. My favorite was the International Red.)
  • Baldwin Vineyard (The merlot was fantastic)
  • Benmarl Winery (I want to say the Traminette was my favorite here.)
  • Brimstone Hill Vineyard (The Cabernet Franc was the best.)
  • Brotherhood Winery (America’s oldest winery! It’s a fantastic venue to visit, well worth the trip. Their mulled wine blew me away!)
  • Glorie Farm Winery (Funny names of their wines. The Leon Millet was my favorite here.)
  • Palaia Vineyard (This place was in a fun location, on the top floor of an old barn. They have live music here often, worth checking out!)
  • Stoutridge Winery (Great new building. The elderly gentleman that gave us a tour of the cask room had me laughing so hard I almost peed myself. He was freaking adorable.)
  • Warwick Valley Winery (The guy at the front desk was kind of a jerk, but the girl pouring the wine was nice. The wines were only so-so. I’m sad that we didn’t have time to sample the beer.)
  • Whitecliff Winery (Another great merlot!)

That’s 12 wineries in one day! That’s quite a feat. I don’t recommend doing a big, grand tour like that if you’ve never gone wine tasting before. At each place you get to sample five or more wines. By the end of the day…that’s a lot.

At the end of the day, we were joking around with that group of strangers that we kept following all day long. We decided we would all grab dinner together, which was fantastic!  We ended up at the Crystal Inn in Warwick, NY. I had some baked fish dish that was yummy, but I tasted someone’s crab cakes and they were really delicious.  I would definitely go back there again if I end up in the area. The unexpected company was a bright spot in the day, and I’m very grateful for the fun new friends we made that day!

Today we raced home so I could do my weigh-in, which was disappointing. I’m sure the vast sums of alcohol yesterday did not help my weigh-in at all.  Then two girlfriends came over and we scrapbooked for a few hours. Now, I feel so tired, drained, bug-eyed, and exhausted that I can barely keep my eyes open. I can’t believe it’s only 5:30 pm!!!

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