Summertime Cold!

by Christine on August 2nd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition, Gastric Banding Surgery

I don’t remember the last time I got a cold in the summertime, but yikes! I sure have one now!  I’m sneezing so much I feel like my brains are going to leak out of my head. And ugh, I’m sniffly and congested too. Tomorrow I have to give a presentation to a State Agency and I don’t know how I’m going to be able to mask my cold. I hope a decent dosage of Dayquil will make me presentable!

Yesterday I had a meeting with a client, which involved lunch-on-the-road. We stopped at a restaurant where I had a cup of soup (vegetables in some kind of clear broth) and a grilled chicken salad and a light raspberry dressing. Last night we had a long dinner at a restaurant, out with friends. I enjoyed a cosmo and “fish and chips” (but only 1 or 2 french fries).  I would have prefered grilled fish, but that wasn’t an option, and I figured fried fish was better than a cheesy quesadilla or a burger. I was so tired when we got home, I fell right asleep!

I feel like my food/intake has been pretty good overall… I’m mostly making healthy food choices when I can, although my weight hasn’t budged at all. I think I’m eating too much at too few meals. When I was losing weight, I was eating 150 calories at any given sitting, 5 times a day.  I’m still only eating about 1000 calories a day, but it’s only in 2 meals. I think I need to spread out the eating throughout the day a little bit better. I actually have some fresh veggies in my fridge that I can use a snack…green bell pepper from my garden, cucumbers, tomatoes that I can dip in light ranch dressing. Or a little bit of brie cheese on rosemary crackers with fresh herbs from my garden.  Today I tried doing small snacks, so we will see if that helps.

Overall, my weight is mostly-stable: 132 pounds, which is up 7 pounds from my Low/Goal Weight….not ideal, but not too bad after being in “Maintenance Mode” for 7 months. I would like to lose those 7 pounds, of course, which is what I’m working on. However I feel like those 7 pounds have really shifted itself on my body. In the last 2 weeks I’ve noticed all my pants feel very tight on me in my thighs and butt; my legs look bigger to me, too. I wonder if it’s possible for weight to shift and transfer itself on one’s body, or if it’s all in my head? Curious.

Anyhew, that’s what’s going on with me today. Cross your fingers that my cold melts away in the night and I wake up tomorrow feeling refreshed and ready to kick some public-speaking butt at my presentation tomorrow!


Titilating Tuesday!

by Christine on August 31st, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Okay just ignore the title there. I wanted something alliterative, and this is all I could come up with.

Still sick. Getting better, definitely not going to die from this little cold. I went to bed around 8 p.m. last night. The sleep felt fantastic. I probably could use a little extra sleep now and then.

Yesterday I finally called my surgeon’s office and made an appointment with him. First of all, I want to get my port looked at.  I told my hubby that he has to come with me. What will happen is Dr. P will say, “Ah, Christine, that port is fine. Looks normal,” to which I’ll be a pussy and say, “Oh. Okay. It doesn’t seem ok to me, but whatever you say Dr. P, you’re the expert.”  Instead, hubby will be there to say, “Expert or not, this shit is NOT NORMAL and you WILL FIX IT. She does NOT want to go through life with this alien port getting in the way all the F-ing time. It’s broken. Fix it.”  See, I can’t seem to utter those words myself, so I need to bring in the reinforcements.

I’ve given it some thought, and I think I want a small fill as well. I’ve been eating more than I normally would, and things like bread are going down just fine, and they shouldn’t be. (DO NOT ask why I even KNOW that bread is going down. Why am I eating bread at all? Why go there??)  Anyway, a little tweak, and I should be fine. The weight loss should continue. It’ll be a challenge to convince Dr. P to trust me on this one when I know he’ll see my weight loss since my last doctor’s visit and claim that I’m doing just fine where I’m at.  I guess I’ll jump that hurdle when I get to it. My appointment isn’t for another three weeks anyway.

Hubby has never sat through a “fill” appointment before. I am secretly eager to see the look on his face when the doc pulls out the Mega Needle and jabs me with it. Ha.

Oh, the grand adventures in lap-band-land.

Yesterday’s intake:

8 a.m.: 3/4 cup cereal (100) plus skim milk (25), Dayquil (100)
10 a.m.: Almonds (45)
Noon: Homemade gazpacho soup (100 at most)
1 p.m.: Almonds (45)
3 p.m.: Crackers (60) and peanut butter (120)
7 p.m.:  Tyson chicken patty (180)  plus less than one slice bread (40), diet pepsi, Nyquil (100)

Total Cals: 915


Friday Update & Doctor’s Visit

by Christine on July 23rd, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

Happy rainy Friday to you, Revolutionists!

Here’s a general update on my food and my life.  Yesterday it was purely painful to sit through work, not just because it’s a pretty painful job, but because I felt miserable. For breakfast I had a handful of almonds (100 calories). I had some orange juice that I sipped on all day (120 calories). For lunch I had some chicken noodle soup (120 calories).

After work I went over to a friend’s house. My head was stuffy and congested, and I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open! I begged him to let me take a nap before having dinner. I probably should have gone home and canceled my plans, but I have a big problem overextending myself saying no and canceling when I’ve committed to a plan.  He graciously said yes, and was patient as I zonked out. I don’t even remember laying down.

When I woke up, we made homemade crab cakes. I wish I had thought to look up the calories of the ingredients as we were cooking, but I was really out of it.  Normally I would take a mental tally of everything! We used: canned crab meat, lowfat mayo, and spices. Then we lightly breaded the cakes and fried then in EVOO. The cakes were pretty small, but because of the oil I’ll guesstimate the crabcakes at perhaps 200 calories, but really it was probably less than that. We made some cous cous (75 calories) and a side leafy green salad with light cesar dressing (60 calories).  I was stuffed, and the crab cakes were wonderful!  It was lovely to have dinner with a good friend, and we always have so much fun making homemade food.

Yesterday’s calories rang in at: 675. Much lower than normal, probably because I didn’t have a mid-afternoon snack.

Today I woke up and still felt miserable.  I was talking to my co-worker about this lingering cold, and he recommended that I call my doctor. Because I have some underlying health issues that may be contributing to this cold feeling worse than normal, I thought, what the heck? So I called my fantastic, awesome, amazing doctor and she said, “YES COME IN RIGHT AWAY.”  Oh boy!   I hope she gives me some meds to feel better soon! I have lots of questions for her about my underlying health issue, so this is actually very good, very productive to see her. Also, I haven’t seen her in many months, and she’s going to be blown away by how much weight I’ve lost! She’s the one that suggested the gastric banding surgery in the first place, so I am going to be happy to show her how successful I’ve been with the surgery. I owe much of my healthy, happier life to her. She believed in me when so many other doctors completely gave up on me.

Eating when you’re sick is difficult, I’ve learned, when you’re a normal-weighted person. As a fat person, I’d eat all the time, no matter what. “Loss of appetite, what is that?” But now I understand!  NOTHING sounds good to me. I crave nothing, and actually the idea of food pretty much repels me. Isn’t that funny how a body’s physiology changes?  To ensure I eat enough today, I’ve planned some of my food out:

Breakfast was some cheerios without milk (50 calories).  Mid-morning snack was almonds (100).  Lunch will be Healthy Harvest soup (180).  Mid-afternoon snack will be cheerios with skim milk (120).  Dinner will be out, since I have last-minute shopping to do. I suspect I will get soup of some kind, or perhaps a salad. I don’t feel up for any meat. I’ll guesstimate (250  calories) for my meal. Plus lots of water, all day, for the PEWC challenge! That makes 700 calories….a little low for me. Maybe I’ll throw in an evening treat of some kind to push that number to 800.

Here’s a fun note from my archives! A year ago today I heard John Williams conduct the Boston Pops at Tanglewood, for his annual Film Night. I love John Williams! He’s a god!!  Here’s a photo of me, from that night, with a photo of me, today at work:

Sorry for the “Pretty-girl, ‘facebook'” pose there. I often do not have anyone to take photos of me, so I have to take the pictures myself. It’s not a matter of me trying to look like a “hot girl” — I’m 32 years old and married for Christ’s sake! — but it’s a matter of convenience. I recently read a blog where the author was slamming the use of this “hot-girl pose” (aka: taking a picture of yourself, by yourself) but for me, it’s a matter of convenience. Just so we’re all on the same page.


139.8 pounds (85.2 lost): MDR!

by Christine on July 22nd, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, General Information

1398Man, this might be the hardest that I have fought for weight loss in the last year! After being stuck on a stinking plateau for, what, a month now, I finally had my middle-digit rollover (MDR)!!  This morning I was 139.8! Wow! I’ve never ever been this thin!

I’m still feeling like crap today, but I can’t afford to take another sick day (not if I want to visit my parents for Christmas, anyway) so I came into work. My sore throat is better, but my cough is worse. Ugh. Just a silly cold, but I think because of some underlying health issues, it makes any little cold feel so much worse. Whatever, get over yourself Christine!

Here’s a picture of me holding my typical lunchtime meal!

Yesterday I found out that a very dear person, a former ex-colleague of mine, is in the hospital. He has battled obesity, depression, blood pressure, diabetes, and a number of other issues for many years. He’s been in the hospital for almost a week now, so whatever he’s in for is serious. I sure hope it wasn’t a heart attack or a stroke.  I hope that this will be the motivation that he needs to get his weight under control, at last. I know he has tried to diet numerous times, but he has a hard time following through with a “plan” for longer than two weeks.   He’s looked into the gastric banding surgery, but he can’t afford all the co-pays needed to go through with the surgery. To make matters worse, he’s lost several pets this week. Mike is older, and he and his (adorable, super-sweet) wife Kathy have no kids. Their pets are truly their family, and oh! how Mike’s eyes light up when he talks about his pet-family! He has photos of them all over his desk. Unfortunately he had to put two of them to sleep the day before he went into the hospital. It’s heartbreaking!

My point with all this? (1) Please keep Mike in your prayers today, even though you don’t really know who he is. He’s a super wonderful man and could use all the prayers you can deliver his way! And (2) please get control of your weight today so you don’t have to worry about serious health crises like this in your future.

Thank you to everyone that stopped by yesterday to wish me to “get well soon!” I appreciate the well-wishes and thoughtfulness!! **big, massive hugs for all**


Home sick!

by Christine on July 21st, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Sorry for the lack of posting today. I’ve decided to stay home from work to rest up. I have a persistent sore throat that won’t go away, plus a little cough.  I’ve opted to stay in and sleep up.  If I feel motivated, perhaps I’ll write something longer later!

I just went for a 2 mile walk, wondering of the sunshine and exercise would make me feel better.


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