It's been a month

Monday, February 09, 2009

One month today since I was banded. I meant to have hubby take my picture to show my progress - 22 lbs in this month, 30 all together, but he was not feeling well and we did not get it done. Hopefully tomorrow. I hope that I look close to the picture on my sparkpage, which is 12 lbs lighter than what I am at now. I look forward to going back to the Pampered Chef national conference to have another picture taken and it looking better, though I do get a lot of compliments on this picture.
I'm on real food now and it's going pretty well, but I get the munchies at about 5:00 which is before we eat dinner, so I find myself grabbing a small handfull of crackers or croutons. I log them in and am still staying in my calorie range, but I worry that as healing continues, my capcity for eating at one setting will grow, and then I won't stay in my range. I need to not cook when I'm hungry. This also leads to not chewing enough as I experienced this evening taking a bite of carrot while cooking. I did not chew enough and had a feeling of heartburn for a little while.
I am proud of myself for friday evening. I hosted Bunco for our monthly group, and made really good light food - Smashed Potato Soup that I pumped up the protien with by adding greek yogurt instead of sour cream and I put ham in it, and I also made my chili which is really light - just tomato sauce and cut up round steak and seasonings. I don't like beans, so none of those in my chili. I had salad for the girls and made a Greek dressing out of the greek yogurt, I could not eat it though, the nutritionist said no salad yet, I had veggies and dip for them and chips and con queso, but I did not touch. I also told the girls I would only have one pitcher of my famous Chocolate Martini's available as I could not have any, and that I was not purchasing any wine for the evening. They were welcome to bring it in, but they had to take any left home or I would pour it down the drain. I purchased 4 bottles of soda and sent two of them home with a friend. I kept the 2 bottles of diet for my kids, but the 2 bottles of regular are not in the house. I made grape crystal light and drank it out of my adorable Dots wine glass and felt sophisticated doing that.
Sunday was my first foray eating at a resturant. I was with a group of girls from the childcare at the gym I work at. I warned them ahead of time that I would be difficult. It was an italian restaraunt, famous for their pizzas. All of the chicken had heavy sauces on it or was grilled. I have heard that grilled food can be heard to eat with a band sometimes, so I wanted to stay away from that for now. I asked the server if they could do something like the chicken fingers, but without the breading. He said they could. However, they killed it. Out of the 6 or so oz on my plate, I barely had 3 that I could eat, it was so dry and over cooked. But luckily, I was full. This morning was another foray into a restaurant. Denny's was doing Free Grand Slam's last week, well ours was so crowded that they gave rainchecks. This worked out nice because instead of just my son going, I was able to take Hubby and daughter as well. I did not order one, I just ate the eggs off of son's plate - which I had made with egg beaters and a little cheese. Then I just had water to drink. I did eat one of my daughter's sausage, but made sure to put it on my food tracker.
Tomorrow will be another tricky day. I have an all day Pampered chef meeting, they are providing lunch and I have no idea what it will be. Plus I have to leave much earlier in the morning than I normally do. I'm thinking I would be better off bringing my own.
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    Just checking in to see how you are doing? I am 3 weeks out from surgery and the days are d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g and I want this weight off yesterday LOL. All in due time, I know.
    4389 days ago
    You are a busy lady! It is definitely so hard when you have your family and friends around you that I are enjoying foods that are just not the right choices for us right now! Maybe even ever!!! I really admire you for staying strong and trudging through it. The tricky days will get easier... that's what I am hoping for!

    I am glad that you are recovering well from your surgery.

    Take care,
    4476 days ago
    You are doing great!!

    Keep going, you will reach your goal!

    4477 days ago
    emoticon You are doing great. My only thought is about the drinking before and after meals. I have to be very careful with that. Even water. What has your surgeon suggested?
    4479 days ago
  • DINA:-)
    hi mel! sounds like you are doing great with your band and eating sold foods. you made a lot of great choices and you should be proud! i always carry a protein bar and/or some protein shake powder in my purse just in case i get stranded with food i can't eat (however that is very rare- usually there is something i can eat).

    congrats on all your progress!
    4480 days ago
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