New Years Pictures

by Christine on January 2nd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

I finally retrieved my camera! Here are some cute pictures of the night.

I ate very very little that night. But I drank a lot, a lot, a lot!!! Today the scale was up three pounds, but I can work that off easily…it’s mostly just salt-bloat.

GO STEELERS TODAY!!!

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Saturday Excitement!

by Christine on August 21st, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Happy Saturday Morning Revolutionists!!

I am thrilled that the scale this morning is holding steady at 137.4.  It’s been awfully good to me considering I had a few slipups this week. Thank you body. I’m grateful to you (for once!)!

Last night we went over to my hubby’s game-playing friend’s house where they were having a “reunion” or sorts. All the friends were there, along with their girlfriends and fiancees. It was a really nice gathering. Do you guys watch the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” Well, first of all, I’m married to Sheldon. (Well, Sheldon, except with a very sweet outgoing personality. But the always-right, type A personality is dead on!) Imagine going to a party with the whole Big Bang Theory cast! That’s what it was like! I stepped into the bathroom at one point and had a two-minute giggle fit over it at one point.

It was going to be a late night, I could tell. (Hubby didn’t get home until 2 a.m.)  I said, “Self, you can either stay here all night long and play board games with them. **OR** you can go home now — 11 p.m. — and get a decent night’s sleep AND get up early in the morning to go to the gym.”  I decided that the gym was far more important to me. So I bid everyone adieu and went home and went to bed. (Hubby caught a ride home with a friend.)

What a great decision! I woke up at 7:30 this morning and got a great workout in, not a rushed workout or anything like that.  400 calories burned, 200 situps, good good.

Today we have a wedding and reception to attend. Then the last symphony performance. Then a late night of bar-hopping. It’s going to be a challenge to eat well and not overdo the drinking, but I’m feeling strong and confident. I’ve got this, today!

Have a great Saturday everyone! Be strong and make good choices!

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138.8 pounds (86.2 pounds lost): Bachelorette Party #2

by Christine on July 26th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

Good morning Revolutionists!

I apologize for not writing over the weekend, but what a busy weekend it was! I had my second bachelorette party to attend, and it was down in NYC. I had lots to pack and plan for!

On Friday I left work early to go to the doctor’s office. I didn’t get to see my super-amazing Dr. M, but her co-doctor in the office is a really nice guy. He told me (1) that I was cleared to go to NYC, because (2) I wasn’t contageious. (3) As for my underlying condition, if I still feel gross by the end of this week, then call him again.

(4) While he was making me cough and breathe and take my temperature, he was pressing on my abs and said, “Yikes, is that your port site?” He said he has several patients that have had the gastric banding surgery, and not a single one has a port site that wiggles around and sticks out like mine. He told me to call my surgeon and get it fixed. I really need to get on that, don’t I?  He also said that of all the patients, he’s never had one as “enormously successful as you.” He said he would never guess by looking at me that I’ve had weight-loss surgery!

Saturday I woke up bright and early. We picked up Danielle (the bride-to-be) and Sue, because we’re all neighbors and live in the same street. My hubby took us to the train station to catch the MegaBus down to NYC. ($40 tickets…much cheaper than taking the train. And Megabus often has $1 tickets!)  Most of the ladies slept on the bus, so I got to read my book.

Checking into the hotel

We checked into our hotel at the Midtown Hilton, which was nice and spacious by NYC standards, but perhaps a little more run-down than I thought it would be. Maybe I just have high standards, I don’t know. We wandered down the street to a little Irish pub for some food. I had a bowl of French Onion Soup and a diet coke.  Not the healthiest choice, but I knew I couldn’t finish a whole plate of food, and I didn’t want to take leftovers home. Nor did I want to dish out $15 for a healthier meal option that I wouldn’t finish.

We walked around a little bit, to digest lunch. We wandered over to Rockefeller Plaza. Holy smokes it was hot and humid out! One thing about Rockefeller Plaza: once you’ve seen it, you’ve pretty much seen what there is to see.  I’ve been there maybe four times now. (Snore!)  But there’s a lovely swiss chocolate store there, so I took Danielle in and bought us each a chocolate with Dom Perignon champagne inside of it! Decadant, and well worth the treat! I only bought one candy piece for us, a piece, rather than a box of them. Built-in portion control!

Ha ha, the feathers were so silly!

(Debi from “Hawaii Bound Bandster”…check it out! Diana Gabaldon’s “Dragonfly in Amber” is on the desk behind me!)

We went back the hotel and got ready for our evening on the town. We met in the other hotel room (we had 2 rooms, with four people in each room) and had champagne and shots to start off the evening Ole!

The Bachelorette Party

We headed off to our first venue: LIPS, a drag queen show!  It was gaudy and over the top and totally a lot of fun! I ordered a “Buttery Nipple” shot that was pure deliciousness! I need a recipe for that! I also got a frozen cosmo.  For a meal I got the fish dish: filet of sole with crab topping. A side of rice and a side of veggies. I ate about 1/5th of the plate. I didn’t want to over-do it and feel stuffed all night long!

(The absolutely funniest part of the evening was after the show, and all eight of us had to use the bathroom. There was a line a mile long for the lady’s room, so we all decided to use the men’s room. Well, Sue ended up…literally picking up the toilet seat on the men’s room and tried to give poor Karen a halo! We were shrieking at the top of our lungs and nearly peed ourselves from laughing so hard!)

We caught a cab and went to a lovely rooftop bar at on 5th Avenue. There were flowers galore, palm trees, and beautifulness! But holy-expensive-drinks-batman!

From there we wandered off to find a 90s dance club. We took a taxi, but discovered that the club had closed down! We took another taxi to a salsa club, but the Maid of Honor wasn’t keen on the $20 cover charge. We asked the bouncer for a recommendation for an 80’s or 90s club, and he sent us to this club. Another taxi ride there…and the line was ten thousand miles long, wrapping around the block. No way were we going to stand in line! We needed to regroup, so I found a little Irish pub on the corner of the street. We had such a fun time there! It was quiet so we could actually talk, and we found a group of absolutely adorable, genuinely-nice guys to banter with.  Our group separated for a bit. I was in charge of liquoring up the bachelorette (easy-as-pie!) and the other group went off in search of another dance club. They called an hour later and said, “It’s great, come by!”

The Bride and Me!

The Canal Room was pretty awesome! When we got there, the first group had reserved us a VIP table up top, so we had LOADS of room to dance around and not get squished by the floor crowd. The band was great! The 80’s music was terrific! And we danced and danced and danced!  We had to order full bottles of alcohol (1 vodka, 1 rum) plus some mixers. We all got totally trashed. We danced with some guys at the adjacent VIP table. I ended up stealing another table’s Red Bull (they had left, so it wasn’t a terrible theft, I hope) so I could caffinate myself. We danced for maybe 5 hours…I burned off OODLES of calories!

At a little after 4 p.m., we caught some taxis to get back the hotel. By accident “Group B” ended up in a limo, and the driver took us to a pizza place. We bought a whole slab of cheese pizza and took it back to the hotel. I gobbled up the cheese on one slice of pizza (and then promptly puked it all up…ate WAY too fast. I was starving!) Then they all started passing out around the room. I put them all into bed, tucked them in, and took their pictures. I was getting anal retentive about having dirty feet, so I washed my feet in the tub, then curled up to sleep around 5 a.m.

Yesterday everyone was so hung over, but not me! I don’t know how I got out of the hangover. The bus ride home seemed incredibly long. I read my book on the way home and watched over the group.  When I got home, I had half a can of tomato soup, then went to the gym (!!!!) and then took a nap.  For dinner we went out, and I had some kind of weird greek soup (lemon, chicken, orzo in a cream sauce) but I barely had a third of it. I filled up way too fast.

This morning I had lost a pound! 138.8.  Terrific!

NSV this morning at work! One of our Ph.D. students asked me shyly, “Have you lost weight? I mean, a LOT of weight?” I told him that I had, and he said, “I can totally tell. It’s really obvious!”  NSV!

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142 pounds (83 pounds lost): Whirlwind Weekend

by Christine on June 18th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Me todayHappy Friday Afternoon, Revolutionists!
This is going to be a truly action-packed couple of days! For instance, this weekend will involve:

  • Dancing on board a Hudson River boat cruise!
  • Attending a Bridal Shower
  • Going to a PHISH concert
  • Traveling to NYC to meet a lovely friend from Norway!  (Overnight. Dinner. Touristy things. Probably drinking.)
  • Travel back home

Yikes! How will I fit it all in? I can’t — I need to take Monday off from work!  But more importantly: Will my diet and exercise get completely blown out this weekend? I hope not! With careful planning, I can get plenty of exercise in: dancing tonight, gym tomorrow before the bridal shower, dancing at the concert, then LOTS of walking in NYC. Possibly even going to the gym when I return home on Monday.  Consuming a healthy amount of calories: that is indeed going to be a challenge, especially because every day will probably involve drinking. I’m not going to lie: I like to drink. Oh, I’m not an alcoholic — far from it! — but I enjoy the taste of a Cosmo or a Mojito or Sangria. Do I need to drink to have a good time? Absolutely not. I will allow myself to drink and have a good time, but I can adopt some healthy strategies such as:

  • No finger foods. While I can choose to have alcoholic beverages for my fun night(s) out, I don’t feel any urge to partake in finger foods. I tend to eat those more out of boredom or convenience than out of real hunger or desire.  So I will skip those, unless fresh veggies or fresh shrimp are on the menu.
  • I will drink a glass of water in between all of my alcoholic beverages, in order to “slow me down” and cut the calories.
  • I will eat something healthy prior to attending any event (such as the bridal shower). This will mean I will not be hungry and therefore less likely to over-consume calorific foods at the event. I will try to remember to pack healthy snacks in my bag for when I’m walking around NYC, such as an apple, bell pepper slices, or almonds.
  • Because I know I will be drinking unhealthy beverages this weekend, it is even more important that I drink water and not drink soda, even diet soda. I really need to watch getting dehydrated. So if I’m not drinking alcohol, I need to choose water. This is actually the hardest concept in this list for be to adhere to.

Now about this dancing thing tonight on the cruise ship….I really hope I actually dance. I know that sounds so silly. “But Christine, aren’t you going dancing, after all?” I always feel like a complete moron on the dance floor, so I always stand (or sit) off to the side, drink in hand, and watch my friends dance. Oh, I WANT to dance, but I never work up the guts to. I really want to dance tonight, partly for newly found-confidence reasons, and partly to get some good FUN exercise in!  I want to break a sweat!

I’m not a bad dancer, per se. I took 14 years of dancing lessons when I was younger: jazz, tap, and ballet. I was on a competition dance troupe that won a lot of awards and traveled quite extensively. I feel confident doing pirouettes and grand jettes, funky layouts, or the soft shoe. But put me on a dance floor where I get utterly clausterphobic and can’t move around…all you can do is kind of bounce-in-place…and I feel like a complete idiot. Plus, I never know where to look. Do I check out hot guys in the room? Do I watch my friends dancing? Do I smile? Not smile? Stare at my drink? Ack!  See, the whole dancing thing is quite confusing. I really just need to get over myself!

Tubs of clothes ready to be given away!Also: In regards to the clothing giveaway: Please be patient! I hauled up several tubs of clothes from the basement. I need to go through them and take photos to see what everyone would be interested in taking off my hands. However, with my busy weekend, I definitely won’t have time to get to this until next week. I haven’t forgotten!

My gorgeous friend that I finally get to meet!

celeen

My view out of the office today:

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145.5 (79.5 pounds lost) Steering Wheel Gap

by Christine on June 3rd, 2010

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

MedifastToday I woke up and discovered that the scale was down! Hooray! I think I can now safely say that I’ve lost 80 pounds and am working on my 85 pounds-lost-mark!

It’s the little things that I notice — and love — the most about losing weight. Today I noticed that there is  SO MUCH SPACE between my body and the steering wheel in my car. It’s astonishing!!! I feel so far away from my steering wheel, but I can’t move my seat up because the leg length is just right. I have such a big gap between me & the wheel that I could easily bend my knee and put my foot on the seat (kind of like a halfway “perching” on the seat). It’s strange seeing all that room!  As my friend Sandy said, maybe I need to bring a pillow with me in the car to put on my lap to fill that gap? Nahh, I like the space!

I have had ZERO appetite the last few days. Today is no exception. So…I’m doing the Medifast protein shakes for a day. I remember how disgusted I was after my Medifast period, and how much I craved real food. I know I need the calories, but I’m just not hungry for food. The protein shakes will be a good way to ensure that I get the calories I need, yet doesn’t require that I choose food that sounds or tastes good. So yeah….protein shakes for the day. If I’m still feeling “blah” about food tomorrow, I’ll do protein shakes for another day!

The Medifast shakes were required by my surgeon prior to the gastric banding surgery. You can buy them online at http://www.medifast1.com/shopping/shopexd.aspx?id=155.  At only 100 calories per packet/shake, it’s a great low-calorie meal replacement!  The website also has areal food for sale (like Nutrisystem) but I have never had any so I cannot vouch for their effectiveness. My friend Christy has used them though and has lost 30 pounds with the Medifast meals. I had lost 25 pounds in 8 weeks drinking only the Medifast shakes.

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