Today feels crappy.

by Christine on June 13th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Today feels crappy. My port site hurts like a mofo (Yes, I called to start the surgery re-scheduling process). I’m contemplating running to the pharmacy to buy an ace bandage to wrap around my stomach to keep the port from turning out, but I’m unsure if it will really work. My tummy feels yucky from eating chocolate cake yesterday. My head hurts because I don’t know whether it’s better to eat a small and reasonable meal to balance that chocolate cake or just to skip eating entirely. Work feels blah today. It’s raining and gloomy outside. I had nightmares last night and didn’t sleep well. Consequently, I’m sleepy at work.  I feel fat and bloated. I feel bad that, for the 10th year in a row, I won’t be with my father on Father’s Day.

Nothing earth-shattering. Just a “Blah” day. Tomorrow will be better, for sure.

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Busted my port (even more)!!

by Christine on June 11th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Gastric Banding Surgery

Dang it! Yesterday I busted my port even more than it already was.

For those that are joining me recently, I have a dislocated port from my gastric banding surgery. You can read more about it by clicking here and scrolling down to “port problems.”  So the port is supposed to be attached to your abdomen by four little hooks on each corner of the plastic thingie. Previously, my port was attached by only two hooks; two hooks came undone, so the port stuck out periodically. It was very noticeable.

Yesterday I was out golfing after work, and man, my back really hurt! So I asked my friend if he would please wrap his arms around me, with the fists of his hand in my back, then squeeze and wiggle me around until my back cracked. He did it, but instead of my back cracking I felt this weird “POP” feeling in my abdomen. It didn’t hurt at all; in fact, it rather felt like cracking your knuckles.  Noticeable, but not painful. Perhaps a little “oogie” weird feeling.

Sure enough, I felt around and I lost yet another attachment, so my port is only being held on with one hook! Darn it!  It sticks out ALL the time now,  and is quite uncomfortable.  My clothes rub against it. When I lean over or lay on my stomach it hurts. When I carry my laundry basket or boxes or anything remotely heavy, it brushes against it and hurts.  It hurts more NOW than it did when it POPPED out of place!

The Bulge again. I'm not making this up.

(above, PREVIOUS port stick-outtage, from May of last year, 2010)

(Above, CURRENT stick-outageness, June 2011)

I need to get that fixed, and ASAP!

“But Christine! Didn’t  you schedule a time to get that fixed?’

Why yes I did, and ironically this weekend I was supposed to have surgery to get the port re-attached. However, the woman that works for my surgeon that was supposed to do the scheduling ended up quitting before she made the arrangements. And I didn’t know she quit until about two weeks ago when I called the doctor to say “Hey, I’m supposed to be having surgery in 2 weeks and I haven’t heard about the pre-admission testing, gotten confirmation that my insurance will pay for this, haven’t heard a PEEP from you guys. What’s up?”

(To which they told me that they didn’t have any record of this, so I’ll have to start from scratch in rescheduling.)

I hope my doctor can get me in soon. I need to get this baby fixed!

In other news, I golfed really well yesterday. Well, I suppose I golfed average overall, but I had a LOT of really stellar shots. Today we went bowling and I got two Personal Best records! I did awesomely!

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Quick Review: Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition

by Christine on June 9th, 2011

filed under General Information

I watched about 2 minutes of the new tv show on Sunday called Extreme Makeove: Weight Loss Edition.

Within seconds I heard one of the most ridiculous things I could hear. They are things I’ve heard a bazillion times before. They are things that kept me FAT and kept me from reaching my weight loss goals.

The trainer was making a big pot of vegetable dumpling soup (seriously, dumpling soup? Any idea how many carbs were on those) and the person said something to the effect of, “You can really load up on vegetables and all for no calories!”

What? No calories? In vegetables?

On what planet? Not on planet Earth. Hells bells, even celery and lettuce have calories. Not a lot, but they have them, and if you learn to just ignore certain calories in your diet, you’re in for a LOAD of trouble.

There was something else the idiot trainer said, but I can’t seem to be able to watch the video repeat to jog my memory.

Either way, unless you’re just looking for some general weight-loss motivation, I recommend avoiding this show.

In other news, I was watching “So You Think You Can Dance” and there is an “overweight” dancer who has made it through all of the first rounds of the show. (I only say “overweight” because everyone else is so skinny! In reality she is probably just “average” sized, but she seems overweight compared to the others.)  Anyway, she’s a very good dancer, and I hope she makes it far in the competition.

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Summertime Foodstuffs

by Christine on June 6th, 2011

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

Foodstuffs

This weekend we bought a new gas grill, and I am so excited about it! Our last grill busted up due to improper maintenance (aka: we left it outside and all the important parts rusted out). This grill is smaller and cheaper, but yowza, I kind of prefer it! It heats up faster and is perfect for grilling for 2-4 people.

The purchase of this new gas grill is going to help me a LOT with my diet. For starters, I’ll be eating at home a lot more now instead of going out to eat. Considering I eat maybe 80% of my meals outside of home, any amount of eating at home is really an improvement.

With my lapband, I eat a lot of meats. Granted, I don’t eat a lot of meat (2-3 ounces works just fine) but meat is still the staple of my meals. Grilling out is healthy and delicious!

We also went to the grocery store this weekend, which was a Big Deal. We average going to the grocery store once every month, can you believe that? That’s mostly because, again, we eat most of our meals out, but hopefully that will change now.

Also, I have a boatload of veggies growing in my garden. In just a few weeks I’ll have more food than I could possibly hope to eat. It’s going to be a wonderful, healthy summertime eating fiesta at my house!

Weight Update

This morning I weighed in at 128.0, so the weight is slowing coming back down after a temporary increase. I hope to keep this momentum up, just a wee bit. It makes me feel a lot better to be within my maintenance range though.

Weekend Update

I live in Upstate New York, and you know, we don’t get very many perfect days. I’m talking mid-80 degrees, low humidity, lots of sunshine. I call them “San Diego days.”  Well, Saturday and Sunday were Perfect Days, so what did I do? I spent my Saturday at work, indoors! BOOHOO!  Oddly enough I wasn’t too upset about this though, and I realized it is because I love my new job. I’m happy here, and so it isn’t too bothersome to spend my weekend catching up on work that needed to get done.

The rest of the weekend was spent doing household chores, cleaning, maintenace, landscaping, etc. I planted more veggies and weeded some gardens. We fixed the outdoor hose/spigot. We put together our new grill. I cleaned the garage. We did errands. I paid bills & sorted the paperwork on the counter. I went through the mountains of tupperware and threw out anything that didn’t have an associated lid (or threw out lids without an associated container). We watched a few movies, played a few games, read a book. I went for a bicycle ride, hauled bags of dirt around. That’s a lot of stuff considering I worked for 6 hours on Saturday!

Today is another Perfect Day, except it is a little humid. For my lunch break I went rollerblading. It was awesome.

Here’s a new post from Emily!

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Adorable Blog Award!

by Christine on June 3rd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Patrick over at Responsibility 199 gave me an Adorable Blog Award! Thank you Patrick!!!

I feel like Patrick and I have a lot in common, despite some pretty obvious differences between us. First and most importantly, we share an unyielding love of Eeyores, and we both have a rather stunning amount of Eeyore paraphernalia as adults.  Secondly, Patrick lives close to my hometown, so I feel a bit of a kinship with him, kind of like he must get where I’m coming from, if for nothing else than because he IS where I came from, literally. Anyway, I do adore me some Patrick, and if you haven’t checked out his blog yet you should. CLICK HERE!

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Rules of the Award
*Thank the person who gave you this award, and link back to them in your post.
*Tell us 10 things about yourself.
*Nominate your bloggers.
*Contact these bloggers, and let them know they received this award.

Okey doke. So onto 10 things about me:
1. I’m trying to stop biting my nails. I’ve gone about a month without biting them, which might be the longest time ever. I’ve tried to stop before, but they are always so weak and tear off, which is 10 times more painful than mere biting, so I end up going back to my old habits. Hopefully this time will be the break I need!
2. I don’t remember the last time I went to the grocery store. 2 weeks ago? 4? I’m starting to eat all the canned stuff in my cabinet that has been sitting there for a really long time.
3. I’m terribly crowd-a-phobic. In Vegas I ran into an enormous crowd in the MGM Casino. I ended up crouched against a wall hyperventilating until I worked up enough courage to fight the crowds and get the hell out of there. My problem is when people infringe on my personal space.
4. I’m afraid of my own cleavage.
5. I enjoy silence and solitude.
6. Amelie is one of my favorite movies, and I love quirky little things, like running your fingers through a bag of beans, or twirling in circles until you feel dizzy.
7. I drink my milk with ice.
8. I hate books and movies that have “happy endings” that end with someone having a baby. Drives me nuts.
9. I really like my NOOK, even though I swore up and down that I’d never get an E-reader, much less USE it or ENJOY it.
10. There’s a drug in marijuana that triggers your brain and gives you the munchies. I never understood why they couldn’t create a drug that just reverses that process, triggering the same part of your brain so you’re not hungry?

And now to pass on the blog award to a few other people! I’ve discovered a few new blogs recently and have really enjoyed getting to know some new faces. Please take a moment to check out these new bloggers, too!

I’m always looking for new blogs to read and follow, so if you’re reading this now, please link me up to your blog! Put the URL in your comment! (I can’t always find it by going through your blogger profile and whatnot.)

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