Yay! Thank you secret Santa!! More goodies!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
So the Halloween candy has been dangerous ... I cannot yet be trusted with it in the house. I did however still manage to get down to 168 lbs!! Yay!!
Took my first airplane trip since surgery. I drank lots of water specificly ice water. Had no trouble with my band so I was happy. I was worried about that but it all went well. Packed plenty of protein bars and shakes just incase. So now I'm in Denver visiting my parents. They have not seen me in about 2 years and this is the first time since surgery .. mom and dad are impressed with how much weight I have lost but I think its a little shocking for them to see how little I eat now. I wanted to get out today to try to workout but the snow has kept me in... ah well.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Today I had my pumpkin yogurt again, a chai tea latte, 4 flatbread crackers with 2 oz roasted chicken (deli) and some cream cheese, and jimmy johns unwich. Dinner will be more chili. the 4 flatbread crackers and meat stuffed me as did the jimmy johns, I'm kind of surprised I was able to eat it. I think this level of restriction feels okay so far. We'll see how it does as I move back to chicken and steak and such.
My back has been hurting pretty bad so my working out is a little off, but I'm hoping it's better after the weekend. Hubby wanted me to go hiking with him and the dog but my back hurts to much so I decided to stay home and rest and work on balancing the bank accounts. go figure, that's why I'm blogging instead! LOL
So the scale this morning (After breakfast) was 171. Tomorrow is my official weigh in day so I'm excited to see where I am!! I told hubby I want to go shopping this weekend!!
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Okay, I've been hooked on greek yogurt with fresh peaches or pears and some sort of nut and honey or maple syrup for some time now. It's been my breakfast of choice, delicious I tell you! Delicious! And then, starbucks had to remind me that it's that season again for the pumpkin spice latte... Ahhh how I love the flavor of pumpkin, but not the calories in my latte! So.... I decided to try mixing pumpkin in my greek yogurt, OMG!! It's delicious with nuts OR with graham crackers (teddy grahams?) and topped with a bit of cool whip, I'd say it's a healthy pumpkin "pie." Delicious!!!
Monday, September 26, 2011
I'm on vacation this week and then next week I start at my new job - same company, new position! Yay for the promotion I've been working hard to get!!
So excited!!! In the weight loss world - I'm at a plateau. Crazy hours and stress do not help and just when I thought I was going to be nicely in the green zone, nooooope. I need a fill... bad...... So I have an appointment to get one October 5th! yay!! Go me. I can make it until then, I know i can!!
Over all though I'm in the 170s so that's not bad. I got down to 172 then I've hovered between 172 and 175 i think. I've been avoiding the scale like it's the plague! LOL
Workouts are going well and I'm seeing a chiropractor that is just AWESOME!!! He's teamed up with my personal trainer so it's fantastic!
Well off to get some food. Breakfast was greek yogurt with a drizzle of maple syrup and topped with dried cherries and sliced almonds. Then I had a (gasp) Non-fat white chocolate mocha after my workout while I was grocery shopping. Time for some chicken and baked sweet potatoe fries!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Any way. We are moved in to the new house,yay!! Still have a little unpacking to do like finish the office and my craft room, but other than that, it's just projects projects projects. Clean the gutters, stain the deck, etc.
I'm working on my promotion at work, yay, I've been invited to apply for the management training program. I'm currently an assistant manager working to become a branch manager, woo hoo!! So within the next week I should get the official I'm in word! yay!!! Fingers crossed!!!
Now on to the great news - I ran my first 5k in over 2 years. Last 5 k I ran was before hubby and I moved to WA. I rocked it! I set a goal of finishing in less than 40 minutes and I did!! 38 minutes, 53 seconds! Heck yeah!!! Although, hubby was a little concerned, my HR monitor shows me hitting max heart rate... he didn't like that, but it was at the end when I gave it the last finish strong push. I'm feeling pretty good. it was hard to figure out how to balance eating and drinking this morning in prep for the run and after the run. I still do not drink liquids 30 minutes before or after a meal as my DR suggested so I woke up so that I had 15 minutes to drink liquids, wait 30, eat a high protein breakfast and then I waited 30 more before drinking more protein and letting that settle before the run. They only had one water stop so when I finished the run I drank more water and ended up drinking some juice and tea as I didn't bring any protein shakes with me for after. Then after feeling hydrated, I was 30 minutes and hubby and I went out to lunch. Overall it was a great run and day, but it took more careful planning than it did before surgery. So happy I did this!!! I have run two 5ks in the past, one in October 2008 and finished somewhere around 38 minutes and then in May 2009 was my last one finished in 33 minutes, so that's why I figured on less than 40 for this one!
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
The poor dog is stressing out - I don't think she likes this and we have not yet even started packing. The fence guy will be out this week and movers to give me an estimate. We were going to move everything but the heavy stuff by ourselves, but we have decided we will do the packing and let someone else do the lifting! yay!!!
I am also thinking of hiring someone to do the move out cleaning for me so I don't have to deal with it.
So as for the title of my post - the pain.. please make it go away. On Monday I started having a weird pain right above my pelvic bone on my left side. first it hurt but I didn't think anything of it, until the pain started hurting a lot more. then i started to freak because that is the side my port is on but my port is much higher. then on wednesday I thought the pain was getting better. Thursday proved me wrong as it was much worse. everytime I took a step it hurt!! when I was sitting though I was fine. So, decided to go to my primary care doc. she did an exam and came to the conclusion that I'm not pregnant, LOL, and that it is not a bladder/kidney infection. She sent me for blood work and will call me on Monday with those results. She thinks I either pulled some random, deep ab muscle or it's an ovarian cyst. Booo!
So, weight dropped to 184!! yay!!! I know I would do better if I didn't let the stress get to me! I have not been doing horrible, but I have not been packing my lunch or snacks either, so that makes huge difference! I will try to do better this week!!
Monday, July 4, 2011
I'm sitting 186. Minor stall - been there about a week now.. :( I think it is all the stress, hopefully soon that keeps moving downward.
Measurements with my trainer today before our workout and then back to painting after my workout!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Then, we were shopping at Costco and he sees a HR monitor that he bought me. I am normally a Polar girl, but this is a New Balance HRM. We'll see if I like it, I hope I do!
And last week we signed the paperwork and get the keys to our new house on TUESDAY!! Yay!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
On another note - the stress of work and getting ready to buy our first house is getting to me and I've been a grumpy wife to my husband lately and a little on the sad side. I didn't want to do anything this weekend. I just wanted ME time... I got some, so it's a little better but I did totally break down and cry at one point.
Weight this morning - 189
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Hubby and I took our dog to the park today - serious allergy season has started for me I think because almost immediately I felt awful! I still do. Someone needs to turn off the faucet that is my nose! and the sneezing, my goodness!! The itchy, watery eyes. blah. Plus I think I got a sunburn so i feel warm too. ugh!! let's just hope it's only allergies. I dug out my claritin reditabs and we shall see.
Tuesday is my next fill so i really do not want to be getting sick....
Monday, May 30, 2011
Weight loss is going soooo slooooow... I guess this is norming for being 3-4 months out. I'm not yet at my sweet spot. i can tell my current fill helps keep me from getting hungry between meals, but I can eat anything I want. Although, I have avoided eating most breads and all pasta and rice. That's a plus. I went a little overboard at happy hour the other day - it's been my first real social event. I've gone out with hubby or with a friend, but not a group since surgery until of course Saturday. I ordered the guacamole at Cheescake factory.. I was not real hungry and I didn't want anything that could cause issues, so I stuck with something "safe"... hahaha not so safe, I ate WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY tooo much and then followed with a banana creme cheesecake slice.. To die for! So good. I did not finish it all though - i stopped like a good girl. And then tried to feed it to the others! hahahahaha
I'm getting really bored with breakfasts though. What do you guys eat typically for breakfast? For awhile I was doing really well with scrambled eggs or hardboiled eggs, but that got BORING. SO I switched to Peanut Butter on graham crackers. Not very healthy though, but I need something fast. I'm up at 4:30 to walk the dog, by 5:15 or 5:30 I'm eating breakfast and by 6 I'm at the gym for an hour workout. I don't do well with anything heavy before working out and protein shakes don't sit well with me before a workout either.
I've thought about yogurt with fruit and granola, but that's normally my post workout snack... Although, I may switch it to breakfast and just do a protein bar for post workout. I've also been enjoying the lunchables cracker combos - the more adult version of a lunchable I guess. It comes with flatbread crackers, chicken or turkey and cream cheese spread. All around 270 calories. for the turkey or chicken. There's another one with roast beef and ham, regular cheese and crackers that's around 360 cals I think. They are pretty nice for a grab and go snack and it keeps me full for so long!
Anyone have any GREAT breakfast ideas though? I also eat leftovers for breakfast sometimes, so I'm not opposed to foods that are not normally "breakfast."
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I'm helping at work at another location, so my drive is a further away than normal, but I get off an hour earlier, so it is kind of nice, but it sure makes me tired! All the stress of that and buying a house. whhew.
I did however find a calcium supplement I like!! Vitafusion calcium is delicious! My doc really wants me to take calcium citrate, but the supplements i tried, I did not really like, so i figured as long as I am taking something, it is a lot better than not taking the one he wants me to take!
Thats all for now. I have a very long day ahead of me. see you later!
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
First off, over the weekend, I worked part of Saturday and then hubby and I went house hunting again. Found another ADORABLE house! We're making an offer! yay!! But, the best part of Saturday was after a day of work and then house hunting, hubby and I decided to go to a little hike/walk. We used to go do this exact hike/walk maybe twice a month last spring/summer. I ALWAYS complained. I hated it, I would find every reason to not want to go, but in the end I always went. It's a beautiful place, but just so dang tough on my lungs! ugh!! So, we went this past weekend. It was tough, but all of a sudden just when I was pointing out to hubbs that this hike is always tough on his legs but he can breathe and my legs can handle the hike, but my poor lungs are on fire I realized HELLO, we were at the top of the hill and done. Well, that was amazing. I felt so proud. Sure, it was tough, my lungs burned a little, but I thought we still had one more turn and big hill to go! That was a fantastic feeling.
So, made an offer on another house, because the first house we did an offer on was rejected. Boohoo!
And this week at work, I found out some exciting news. I'm going to another branch to help them out! I'm working on getting promoted and this will be a great opportunity for me. My husband calls it a promotion project! Woot Woot!!! :) :) :)
On the band front - I'm doing fine with fill #2. I can already tell though that I will need fill #3 in June. I have my restriction - some days I don't even feel hungry and my 1/2 c serving for sure fills me up, but I'm still noticing that I'm not always as careful as I should be and I'm not always taking my time. No major issues with that yet, (thank goodness, I really don't want to PB) however I'm worried that I am not being careful enough! So, gotta work on that! Went out to dinner last night and had an awesome chicken marsala, it was even better this morning reheated for breakfast! hahahahahah
I skipped my workouts both Monday and Tuesday, but i was at the gym today and will be back there tomorrow, friday and saturday. Go me! :)
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Worked an extra day at a different branch this week so I ended up with 6 days of work. Ugh! only day off is tomorrow. We also still have not heard anything on the house we put in an offer on. All I can think is good things come to those who wait. Hopefully we get the house, it's awesome!! My eating has been okay, but not great. I did get 5 workouts in this week though! Monday, Wednesday and Thursday were strength training with my trainer, she's awesome! Tuesday I jogged on the treadmill and Friday was Spin!! Once I hit 180 lbs (an equivalent loss of the weight of my dog about 60 lbs!) hubby says I can buy cycling shoes for spin class if I would like!!! Exciting! I'm also finding all kinds of my clothes are waaaaaaaaaaaaay too big now and pulling out the smaller items from the closet is showing me they fit now!! Woohooo!! Soon I will need to go shopping for stuff that fits again!
Monday, April 25, 2011
In other news, we put an offer in on a house! They have multiple offers, so fingers crossed we get good news today or tomorrow!!
Saturday hubby and I headed out of town for the night to go check out the Tulip Festival! So pretty!! It was my first overnight trip somewhere since surgery. I packed like 4 water bottles and some Peanut Butter and graham crackers just in case, but had no issues finding good food. We had dinner at Outback Steakhouse and they let me order of the kid's menu, so I had the kid's grilled chicken with mashed potatoes. I couldn't even eat it all. In the morning we had the hotel breakfast - they have cheese omelets, so I had that with half a slice of wheat toast. Then we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant - we ordered a chicken quesadilla with rice and beans on the side. I ate 1 slice of the quesadilla and the beans. The only bad part was the chips and salsa... I was mindlessly eating those. Ugh!!! I should know better!
So last week I did my 3 strength training sessions with the trainer, plus spin class. The goal this week is my 3 sessions with the trainer, 1 day of running, and 1 spin class. I can do it, I did it the week before last, so I can do it again even though right this minute I would rather still be sleeping......
Friday, April 15, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Breakfast - 1 hardboiled egg and 1/2 bananna.
snack - chobani champions yogurt (yes. this is the kids one!)
lunch - 2 oz ground beef, 1/4 c refried beans
snack - 1/4 c cottage cheese, 1/4 c diced pears
dinner - 1/2 c beef stew or 2 oz chicken with 1/4 c potatoes and a couple bites veggies.
Lots of water and the occasional glass of apple juice or a nonfat latte.
Remember, I am only 2 months out from surgery and have not yet tried rice, pasta, or breads!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
I'm terribly bored with chicken and beans for lunch, so I'm doing taco seasoned ground beef and refried beans for lunch this week to switch things up a little and ooooh I'm going to try beef stew tonight. I was told to stick with ground meats, chicken and pork until I was comfy enough to try adding others in. I think since the meat will me so moist and tender it should be okay. Fingers crossed!!
In other news, hubby and I are looking at houses! yay!! We got pre-approved today and going to reach out to the Realtor and see what we can find!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Tomorrow, I see my personal trainer. I have not seen her since before surgery, so I'm super excited to see her again and to start working out again!! Yay!!
The past week has been busy for me at work hence the lack of updates, but food wise, I'm doing okay! I'm still pretty much eating the exact same thing every day, but I did add some triscuts and laughing cow cheese as a snack. Also found some delicious chocolate covered banana slices at trader joes... this could be a bad thing... someone take them away!! No really though they are good, but I don't have time to eat them so I'll be okay. once in awhile though they work as a sweet treat.
Tonight for dinner it's meatballs... Don't know what I'll have on the side yet since I'm not supposed to do pasta yet.. Maybe mashed potatoes. But I made mashed sweet potatoes last night. ugh! I don't know!
Gotta cook my chicken for lunch too. it's marinating right now. Then i gotta get my gym back and lunch ready for the morning. my workout session is 6 am!!
Ahhhh I must say at this point, only 25 days or so after surgery, I'm very happy and thankful for my band and I know still that this is the best decision I could have made! Yay!!!!!!!
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
So today we took Tippie to the dog park and of course it rained while we were there, of well, she had fun anyway. I made sure to take a snack with me so I could have it because I knew we were going to drive and look at some houses, which we did. Found a new neighborhood that looks nice, but maybe a little pricey especially since it would mean having to buy a 2nd car. We'll see, we just started looking. We spent a little too much time out and I started getting hungry again. So we stopped at our fave Greek place. I was looking at the menu and couldnt figure out what would be safe to eat that didn't have a ton of fresh veggies which are off limits right now or rice and pita, so finally, it dawned on me! Hello! They have lentil soup! I know soups are not the best for us since they go right through, but with the cold and rain outside and no other easy choice that's what I got! I don't know how much I ate, but it was delicious and I brought home left overs! YUM! Still trying to figure out dinner. I'm using yesterday's leftovers for lunches at work, so I took out some ground beef. Hubby was going to grill it into hamburger patties but the weather isn't going to allow that. I'm thinking meatballs maybe, but I can't have pasta yet so not sure what I'll do with them.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
The most amazing this happened at dinner that made me feel WONDERFUL.. Let's start with background - the FIRST time hubby and I went to this place BEFORE my band - they brought us a free shrimp cocktail appetizer. Hubby does not eat shrimp and I normally only eat it fried... Not a big seafood fan, but none the less, I ate the entire shrimp cocktail, my salad, some bread, my steak, baked potato, mushrooms, and veggies.
Looking back, I don't know how in the heck I ate all that, but again, that was before band. So fast forward to last night. I was a little worried since this was my first solid meal and I'm worried about getting stuck, especially trying out a new food. So after some thought on if I should order a chicken dish and get a to go box for left overs or an app and share some of hubbies potatoes and veggies, I decided on the shrimp cocktail!
I ate 2 shrimp, a tablespoon or so of mashed potatoes, and 2 bites of the veggies....... Yup. I was satisfied. I stopped when I didn't feel hungry any more and I stretched all that out to last with how long it took hubby to eat his prime rib and potatoes!
After that I just couldn't believe how I went from eating everything to eating such a small portion. It felt GREAT!!! :)
Friday, February 25, 2011
It depends. Fairly heavy I guess, I cannot hear when my husband gets up and moves around, but sure enough come morning my dog gets me up easily enough when she wants breakfast...
2. If you were made into a professor for a day, what topic would you lecture on?
English Literature!! I love reading and would love to share that passion with others!
3. What’s a skill you’ve always wanted that you don’t currently have?
To FLUENTLY speak a 2nd language. I studied Spanish all through highschool and college and still cannot speak it....
4. Have you ever been in a real cat fight?
5. Repeat question: Summarize your week in real life and in blog land.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
I need to go this week and get my hair cut and colored because I go back to work on Monday! It's crazy, 2 1/2 weeks off I feel like I've missed so much! I get back and 2 days later, I have to start training my newest employee. then the following week another new employee starts. At least I get a little bit of time in between the two. That's kind of nice. But then again, shortly after that, my boss goes on her 2 week vacation leaving me working all the hours. There's only 2 managers, me and her. There always has to be one of us there. So when I'm gone like now, she's working open to close m-saturday and I'll have to do the same while she's gone. I've done it before, it's not that bad, but it can be tiring.
I'm down to 220 lbs! Yay!! I'm also looking forward to starting back up with my trainer! I have not seen her since the Monday before my surgery and I miss her! She's awesome. I'll start back up with her soon! The doctor has cleared me to increase cardio but that's it so far. Well, off to enjoy my last couple of days of having the house to my self all day and being off work. Hubby is off Friday, Saturday, Sunday this week, so I gotta enjoy my peace and quiet while I got it! :)
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Anyway, in other news, we took the dog to the park again, that was nice! She loves the dog park!! Now, she's resting next to me on the couch, the sweetie that she is! After that hubby was hungry, so I told him, he had to pick somewhere that has either mashed potatoes, cream soup or refried beans so I'd be able to eat something. (I did have some applesauce in the car just in case cause I knew we'd be out for awhile.) So, we went to one of our normal lunch spots, a nice little mexican restaurant. Hubby ordered some enchiladas and instead of his black beans that it came with, he asked them to swap it out with refried beans and put them on the side, so that's what I ate. They served it on this oval side plate, so I had no clue how much was there, but I ate about 1/3 of it. I ate slow and listened to my body for when I didn't feel hungry anymore. I think I did okay.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Had some yummy refried beans for lunch. Delicious!!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Today is Day 4!! I'm going to try some yogurt today, hopefully I'll be okay with it. Looking at my incisions, I noticed two things that struck me as a little odd - I seemed to have a reaction to the tape they used and I have a few spots that are incredibly irritated and then one of the incisions, on my left side, I'm guessing my port, is bruised! Everything looks fairly healthy but I thought those two were kind of odd. Anyone else have bruising or reactions to the tape??
Well, I'm going to get out here for now. See ya later!
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Day 3 is today. After the nausea I was really afraid to move off of clear liquids on to full liquids, but I gave it a small try last night with some skim milk. That went down okay, so today for lunch I tried some cream soup - tomato basil. I really only had a couple of spoons before I was full... Hubby asked what was wrong and I just explained that nothing was wrong, the soup was delicious, I was handling it okay, I was just full. Took the dog to the dog park for our walk today, I didn't last very long, but it was better than nothing. I'm not having to take pain meds every 4 hours, although still taking them, and I picked up some GasX to help with all the gassy feelings I'm having, but I can't really tell if it's gas or indigestion or what...
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Sitting up, sitting down, and walking too fast hurt. I just did a 15 minute walk around the block. Deep breaths hurt, but it's all manageable. It's like a really really tough workout!
I'm drinking lots of water and other liquids to stay hydrated. It's a weird feeling when I drink a certain amount at one time I suddenly feel full.
So my stats were 242 when I started pre-op diet. Today I'm 230, so 12 lbs gone on pre-op!!! Yay!!! Let's see what happens now.