The days go by way too fast!

by Christine on January 9th, 2011

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Good morning Revolutionists!

You know, I had half a post written on Friday, then I was off and running to different events. I was going to sit down and finish writing that post on Saturday, but I ran out of time.  Now it’s Sunday and pretty much everything I had written is irrelevant, so I need to start over from scratch! Needless to say it has been a busy couple of days.

Friday I sat down with my boss & coworker to detail my plan for updating all of our marketing materials. I hope that meeting went over well–it’s a little hard to tell with both players. Then I ran off to a marketing/schmoozing event. It was with a bunch of people and clients I have not seen in about 2 years, when I had my surgery. I was hoping I would get a lot of “wow” reactions and they did not disappoint me! Everyone was very complementary about my weight loss and how I look now, so that was very nice. It’s a monthly event and like most networking events I will be going to, it involves free open bar for hours and hours. I restrained and just had diet soda, so yay for me.

Friday night my hubby’s company had their holiday dinner. We went to a wonderful restaurant called Wheatfields. We ordered a bunch of appetizers to share, and I had a few calamari which had a little bit of a spicy sauce on them. They were delicious…I had about 5 little calamaris.  I skipped the salads/soup before the meal (ordered a glass of white wine instead), and it was a good thing I did because those salads were big enough to be a meal!! I would have filled up too much and never had my entree. I ordered the salmon (I have had it before there) and it was absolutely delicious! It came with an asparagus risotto that was positively divine, but I only had one tiny taste of that and left the rest. (Risotto is not on ANYBODY’S dieting menu, and it would get caught in my bad terribly. Too bad because it was delicious!)  I actually ordered dessert…cannoli….and that was only so-so. I only had half of my dessert portion and shared a little with the boss’ wife. The tiramisu looked amazing, and perhaps next time we go to this restaurant I will order that dessert.

My hubby works for a super wonderful company that is always flexible, kind, and generous with its employees.  Last year his boss got us a 70-something inch tv and a Sonos speaker system for a holiday present!  This year his boss got all the employees ipads to play with. They are a technology company so they are all about new, fun gadgets. Hubby has been playing with his ipad ever since!

Yesterday I watched a Dexter marathon with a friend. We got through SEVEN episodes of Season 3 of Dexter. That’s a fun show, but oh that was a lot of TV watching! I made a funny soup for lunch (chicken bullion with spices, just a little rice and tuna fish in it) and had my leftover canolli.  For dinner we ordered Mexican food and I ate about one-third of my order. Yesterday was a lazy day, but I really needed that!

Today is another lazy day. I need to pay bills, and I SHOULD do some errands, but I don’t feel like it. We might have dinner with my in-laws, but we will see about that.  Laundry is definitely on the to-do list.

Have a good day everyone!

(Below: Me at a marketing event 2 years ago, versus me now!)


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First day at a new job!

by Christine on January 4th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Today was my first day at a new job! I’m a new Director of Marketing for a small engineering firm. Today was easy-peasy: just meeting my co-workers, reading some old proposals, talking to senior staff people to find out their priorities for my marketing department. I’m formulating some ideas and plans and to-do items, but I have plenty of time to work all the details out and finalize my game plan for the coming months. Overall, I’m THRILLED with the new job! They are so flexible and down-to-earth. I think I am going to be really happy there.  The pay is good, the benefits are good, there is a lot of trust and respect and enthusiasm for me and the marketing department.  I have a large, windowless office that I can play music in and work to my heart’s content. I had plenty of visitors in my office, so I won’t be lonely like I was in my last job. I still need to sit down with the President and Vice-President to ensure that they have reasonable expectations of me (I know my direct boss does, but I want to make sure the senior staff people know that I can’t start bringing $12 million worth of work in the first year) but that will come in due time.  I’m very happy!

I still have to figure out what my game plan is going to be regarding food and eating at my new job. Today I was so busy I did not get a time for a mid-morning  OR afternoon snack, which is very bad.  They are flexible about my hours, so I’m free to take a longer lunch if I want to, which is nice. Today I went to a local diner for lunch and had part of a bowl of chili, maybe 150-200 calories worth. (I thought it was a little strange that nobody offered to go to lunch with me today, but maybe *I* just have strange expectations? What do you think?)  There is a large kitchen with a big microwave so I can certainly bring in some food to heat up and eat at my desk. There is also a vending machine with a bunch of junk in it, and I’m trying very hard not to even NOTICE that monstrosity taking up room in the kitchen.

In the summertime, I’ll be able to walk at lunchtime, which is nice. There’s a cute pond outside the building (great for picnics!) and a sidewalk for safe pedestrian walking. The sidewalk ends at a Wendy’s, so perhaps I’ll try to find a few healthy menu options there and walk to get my lunch. There’s a recreational path along the Mohawk River that is located within just a few blocks of my work, so I can rollerblade or ride my bike after work, too.  Since I have flexible hours, when the weather gets nice I can come into work early/leave early and get a few miles in on my bicycle while soaking in the view of the river. I’m really excited about it!

My job is going to involve, to some extent, schmoozing clients. The types of clients we serve (government agencies, highway superintendents, university planners, private businesses, contractors, builders, miners, and construction crew) are a brawny, rowdy bunch that enjoy good food and lots of drink. That type of job will be dangerous to someone looking to lose or maintain their weight, so I will need to come up with a plan for handling these events when they begin to arise.

Today was a good day. I hope today is a good day as well.

Happy Tuesday, Revolutionists!

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Thanksgiving Eve

by Christine on November 24th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

I think I’m the only person out there that isn’t afraid of Thanksgiving approaching. Will I eat? Sure. Will I overdo it? Probably not. See, THIS is why I’m infinately thankful for my gastric band. I know that I simply cannot overeat. Furthermore, my gastric band just won’t allow me to indulge in the high-carb goodies like rolls, potatoes, stuffing, etc. (Actually, my mother in law is making her twice baked potatoes which are amazing, and I’m fully anticipating eating two forkfuls of them.)  Instead I plan on indulging in a LOT of turkey, my homemade cranberry sauce (my favorite), fresh fruit salad, corn, and perhaps a desert later on.  I know that I’m going to be just FINE with my eating, and I’m feeling very fortunate that I don’t have to stress out about my food this year.

I started a lovely Thanksgiving tradition a few years ago that I am looking forward to now!  After we are done eating, I bring out some markers and construction paper and we write down a list of all the things we are most thankful for this year. Then I roll up the list, tie it up in a pretty bow, and put it in our Christmas stockings. Because that list is our real gifts, not all the materialistic stuff. And sometimes I lose sight of the REAL STUFF on Christmas day, so it’s nice to have a little reminder. I look forward to doing our tradition again this year, for the 3rd or 4th year in a row now!

I slept in today and I really needed it. I had a busy day yesterday, including a visit to my new employer! I got to see the office as well as my future office. It’s windowless but it’s HUGE and I have my own office door for privacy. I met a few co-workers and said hello. I just have a really good feeling about this overall! We set my start date for January 3, so that gives me a whole month to finish up some writing, do some scrapbooking, get my geneology charts in order like I have been wanting to, etc. Then my new adventure will start!

Food yesterday:
Breakfast: Coffee (90)
Lunch: Paneras Black Bean Soup (170 calories) and a diet coke
Snack: Almonds (90)
Snack: Crackers (120)
Dinner: broiled steak, maybe 1 oz (53) and two bites of a baked potato with butter (50), coffee with Baileys (120)
Snack: A few more bites of leftover steak (30)
Total:  723

Today I’m off to the gym to get in a little practice before December 5th “Walk Run or Crawl Half Marathon” Day!  Wahoo! Then I need to shower up and run to the grocery store to make my cranberry sauce yumminess.

My Cranberry Sauce Family Recipe
2 cans of cranberry sauce, any brand will be fine
1 bag of frozen strawberries, thawed overnight and drained on your counter top. Store brand is just fine.
1 big (normal-sized) can of crushed pineapple (drained)
1 small bag of walnuts, crushed up (maybe 1-2 cups worth, to taste)

Mix all together and serve! It’s like dessert….SO YUMMY!!! My favorite!

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Job crap!

by Christine on October 27th, 2010

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

What a tumultuous couple of hours!

Immediately after I posted that last post, I got a call (voicemail) that an employer wants me to come in for a job interview!  I can’t decide if this is a good thing or bad. I am enjoying not working, of course, and I am enjoying writing.  This job description is right up my alley description-wise, but the organization itself sounds like the jerkoff agency that I just left in many ways. It makes me cringe to think of stepping into the same crappy job that I just left, but I won’t know about the organization until I meet with them, of course. It’s not fair to them to place judgement on the job without knowing more about it.

This morning the NYS Department of Labor called with my unemployment claim. My former employer originally lied and said that I quit, but I had proof in the form of a Letter of Discharge that this was not true. Now the former employer is saying that I was let go because I did not live up to their job performance standards. When I got off the phone with the lady when it occurred to me: I have a performance evaluation from ONE WEEK prior to being let go that shows all satisfactory marks!! So I try calling back to tell my claims representative this, but I don’t remember her extension number, and the idiots at the Dept. of Labor refuse to transfer me to her because of some ridiculous policy of theirs. So now I have to fax the information over to them and just HOPE that they forward the information to this claims lady.  It’s so frustrating it makes me want to scream! Talk about ridiculous red tape, and it’s all compounded by the fact that my former employer is jerking me & the State around with their ridiculous claims and lies. And now I have to run to Staples and pay for the fax…

I’m supposed to call this potential employer back this morning, but I’m unhinged by this ridiculous run-around, so I want to wait an hour or two to calm down before I make the phonecall to schedule an interview. I don’t want to come across as negative or pissy at ALL, you know what I mean?

My in-laws want to take me out to lunch today….to the Cheesecake Factory! The Cheesecake Factory is, of course, known for their ridiculously high calorie menu, so it’s imperative that I do a little research prior to going to the restaurant to find out what’s safe to eat or not. Some thoughts:

  • Pot stickers – 377 calories
  • Ahi carpaccio — 260 calories
  • Edamame – 323 calories (I’m not a big edamame fan though)
  • Tossed green salad – 189 calories

There honestly isn’t very much on the menu that is a good calorie value. I don’t eat much, so I don’t want to order a large meal and have a fridge full of leftovers, either. I’ll probably go with the Ahi Carpaccio. I’ve had it before and it’s delicious AND a good calorie value.

If you haven’t signed up for my half-marathon “Walk, run, or crawl,” then check it out here! So far I have a few takers: Shane, Patrick, and Libby!! I’m so excited that you three are going to support me in this challenge, and I can’t wait to support you guys, too!! Wahoo!

Also, if you haven’t seen my “Holiday Planning” post, you should check it out!

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First chapter down!

by Christine on October 5th, 2010

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

I have received the sweetest, most supportive messages with my last post that I’m taking the plunge and trying my hand at writing! Thank you all so much for your kind words. They definitely encourage me and made me write with a smile on my face yesterday, feeling confident that I am making the right move.  After all, this is what I’ve always wanted to do, and right now…I’m doing it.

Yesterday I managed to put down on paper the first chapter of my book, 8 pages in total. Not bad for one day (7 nonstop hours) worth of work. I don’t imagine for a minute that I’ll be able to whip out an entire book in a week. I know that this will be relatively painstainking because I’m writing about real places, real historical events, and real people that existed. That involves a great deal of research, and fortunately I have done a lot of the background research needed over the last two years.  More research will be needed, too, as I delve into this book, so I will need to factor in some hands-on research into my timeframe for getting this book written.  It’ll all work out; I feel really good about this.

When I got home last night, I gave my chapter to my hubby to read. He is by far one of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and while I can’t say that he’s a well-rounded reader, he’s a voracious reader and has read more books than everyone else that I have ever met, combined. He can read two regular novels per day. I think he swallows the books whole and spits them out, and somehow in the digestive process the words sink into his head.  At any rate, my hubby read my chapter and said that it was good, that I wasn’t wasting my time, and that I need to keep on going. (He suggested that I start adding some action and plot, pronto. Then again, he’s a plot-driven kind of guy.)  This encouraged me!  I sent the chapter to my friend Peter, and he said, “I think you can do well with this.”  Hmm!

Today, I am back at the library for another 7 hours of writing time.

I digress! This is a dieting/wellness/fitness/weight loss blog, is it not?! So, how am I doing on that front?  While I think my swelling from my last fill is going down, I also can’t eat as much as I should be.  Food yesterday was:

9 a.m.: 1 glass of skim milk (120 calories)
11 a.m.: Crackers and cheese (150 calories), a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee (100)
2 p.m.: Almonds (100)
7 p.m.: More skim milk (120) and half a thin-sliced chicken breast (with cheese on top) (60); barfed perhaps two bites of that up.
9 p.m.: More skim milk (120) (hey, it sounded good)
Total calories:  770, which is on target, but too much milk and NO veggies = unhealthy combination.

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