Sunday, August 29, 2010

On why I cannot keep (even sugar-free) pudding mix in the house ...

... because pudding is a binge food for me, and I can have pudding in FIVE MINUTES FLAT if I have the mix and milk (which I always have) on hand. 

If recovery and growth is about honesty, well this is the honest truth.  I can't keep even the "guiltless" versions of these things in my house yet.  Maybe someday, but not today.

How do I know this? 

Two bowls of pudding yesterday, kids.  An additional six hundred or so calories, which in and of itself isn't the problem, so much as the fact that I chose to eat instead of dealing with my feelings.  Weekend feelings, which are some of the hardest for me.

Can anybody else relate to the "weekend feelings" phenomenon?  When the hustle and jostle and routine of the week are absent and there is suddenly a lack of structure and routine to distract?

It's an issue. 

And issues gotta be dealt with.  (Damn!)


Saturday, August 28, 2010

This time it's serious.

Well, I knew the pink cloud was going to dissolve eventually.  Nearly four weeks out from my surgery, it has definitely disappeared.

I ate it.

Now, without the fog of food, I am faced with all the stuff I was eating over.  All the stuff that was eating me.  It's up in my face, and I want to eat. 

So I've eaten.
And eaten.
Ane eaten.

Even without any restriction (still waiting for my first fill), there really is only so much I can eat without feeling sick.  MUCH less than I used to be able to eat, and before the band I wouldn't really get sick, per se.  I'd just get so full and fogged out that all I could do was sleep.

Yep, food drunk.  It's a real thing, and it isn't pretty.

So far I haven't ventured into any bread or pasta products, having heard such horror stories about them getting stuck (or worse, coming back up).   Luckily I haven't experienced a single episode of anything coming up ... it all stays down, though if I've taken in too much my stomach will hurt as though it's been stretched. 

The food is down but my "stuff" is up. 

A couple of people who care greatly for me have told me that I need to stop looking backwards, because the would-a, could-a, should-a's are not helpful, and in fact are downright nasty.  I've been advised to take the rear view mirror and break it.

"Caution, memories in mirror are closer than they appear" ...

And more dangerous, too.

Repeat to self, as many times as necessary:  I'm on a learning curve.  Things won't happen overnight.  There is no such thing as an overnight success.  Success takes time, effort and patience.

Ah, patience -- that's what I crave most of all!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Oh, shit.



I gained 1.5 pounds in the past two weeks.  That's right, I GAINED weight on a diet of protein shakes and (not a lot of) pureed food.




I'm perturbed!
I'm disturbed!
I don't get it!

My clothes are all fitting me more loosely than they did two weeks ago.  People tell me they can see the loss in my face, neck and abdomen.  I am feeling so much lighter ...

... or at least I was.

What GIVES?

On the brighter side, tonight's support session on "Changing Relationships" was helpful.  What a terrific program they have at my hospital.  Truly outstanding!

I'm resolved to get more exercise.  I've been fooling myself into thinking that so long as I don't eat much, I can get away without exercising regularly.  When they told me to exercise religiously, that it would be absolutely necessary for me to lose the weight, I didn't really believe them.


 
Silly rabbit!  Mind tricks are for kids.

After polishing off a six pack of sugar-free pudding cups (which solved absolutely nothing), I am ready for a night's sleep to wipe this day clean.

Yay, sleep!


Bariatric TV

I've become a regular watcher of the weekly "episodes" (10 minutes and under) on bariatrictv.com. They're fun (if a little dorky sometimes) and informative.


Here's the latest one; sorry it's so HUGE but I don't know HTML and can't re-size it.





Meet my motivation.



This photo of Scottish actor James McAvoy is the wallpaper on my PC.




When my mind wanders off into potato chip territory, I turn to Mssr. McAvoy, look deeply into his eyes, and imagine him saying "Do you want THAT or do you want ME?  Because if you have that, then darlin' you can't have me."

There really is no contest.  I mean look at those eyes.  Those eyes are talkin', and what they're saying isn't fit for polite company.

Not that I'm going for polite.

ahem.



Fun with protein shakes: lemon cheesecake!



Everytime I figure out a new way to glamour-up a protein shake, I want to share it with the world.  But since the world isn't tuning in to my puny little blog, I will share it with you, my faithful readers!

To eight ounces of vanilla protein powder, add a good shake of sugar-free, fat-free Jello pudding mix in lemon and cheesecake flavors.  (Not the entire packet, maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the packet). 

I like to include an ice cube or two to make the whole thing colder, and a bit of water to make the whole thing last just a little bit longer.  If I remember to do it, I'll throw in some sugar-free fiber powder too, to up the ante.

Result?  Lemon cheesecake flavored protein shake.
It is yum with a capital Y!


Where the boys are ...



Tonight I'm attending a support group tonight for bariatric surgery patients on "Changing Relationships", and it can't come a moment too soon.

I've just entered the "Visibility Zone".  By which I mean I am no longer completely invisible to all men, everywhere.  Some men -- admittedly a small percentage -- are actually starting to regard me as worth a second look, a checking out, a lingering glance.

At some point, some men might actually pick up the phone and call me.  Haley's Comet comes around more frequently than men calling me (if you don't count the telemarketers).

(Eeeeeek!)



image:  vintagerotaryphone.com


Now, if it were the young Elvis -- and he was a perfect gentleman (ha!) -- I wouldn't mind.  But the net drags in a lot of interesting catches, none of whom have ever been remotely Elvis-like.  Well, maybe they fanced themselves as Elvis-like, but really ... delusional.

I'm not saying looks are what it's all about, though of course they do matter.  It's my own looks are the game changer, here.  As my looks change for the better, the invisibility cloak begins to fade and I feel ... vulnerable.  Even though I could still give the Pillsbury Doughboy a run for his money, I feel the change afoot.

How many times have I sat by the phone wondering, waiting, asking why?
Why isn't he calling?
Why can't I call him?
Nice girls don't call ... do they?



"Is the phone working?  Because ____ might've tried and couldn't get through!"

It's been more than 15 years since anybody with a male chromosome has asked me out on anything but a friendly date.  "Friendly" meaning no kissin', no huggin', no nuthin' at the end of the night.  Which I settled for because I was a B.F.G. (Big Fat Girl), and I believed with all my heart that this meant nobody would want even a casual kiss and cuddle with me, unless they were kids below the age of five, or my cats. 

I was married for a while.  But after a too-short time there was precious little carnal knowledge, most of which I had to pursue.  Wait for it ... can you hear the far-off sound of self-esteem ratching down another few notches?

My point -- and I do have one -- is that the tides are changing beneath my feet, and unless I keep myself on social mothballs, as I've been doing for over a decade, I will have to brave the sticky wicket of men and How Men Are.


There is always staying at home frisking about with my fabulous hair dryer!


They ask out, they put themselves on the line, they express interest (even when they already have someone else they are supposedly very interested in ... as in married, co-habitating, or leaving their toothbrush, toenail clippers and clean skivvies at their girlfriend's place).  How am I supposed to figure out who's safe and sane and who isn't?

I need advice.

I need to learn how to judge and fend for myself.

But most of all, perhaps I need to learn to trust myself and my own instincts, so that I can drop the scaredy-cat armor and actually ENJOY the attention, the opportunity, the fun of being desirable again.  At least to some.

Which is better than none.

Like my blog banner says, this space is all about my "misadventures".  If I can laugh and share them and connect with others around them, I have to believe I'll be OK.  That, and the obligatory visits to the shrinker, will see me through.

Can anybody else relate?

I'd love to hear from you!




Today, I weigh.



I haven't been weighed in for two weeks now, since my first post-op visit with the surgeon on August 10th. 

There's no doubt I've lost additional weight, so why am I nervous about stepping on the scale?






After all, "a wise woman can read her romantic future in a bathroom scale".  (See above for this tidbit of timeless wisdom).

Maybe I'm just still a little freaked out by being asked out yesterday ... by a senior gentleman with one good eye and too much aftershave.  If I keep losing lbs., will there be more of his kind in my "romantic future"?

I'd really prefer somebody like Scottish actor James McAvoy ...


 
... I'd like to order up a six pack of THAT, honey.

Yesiree!

Monday, August 23, 2010

I was just asked out for the first time in over a decade ...



... by a sixty-something guy who has one good eye and too much aftershave.

oh.
my.
God!



He may have had only one good eye, but he was certainly using it shamelessly.  Up and down and all around, thank you very much.

Should I count this as a Non-Scale Victory? I did get asked out, after all, and this is a huge step from complete (and ironic) invisibility to men.


Excuse me while I go wash the aftershave and heebie-jeebies off!


p.s. I didn't say yes or no, I simply said "yeah, I'm sure I'll see you around again sometime".

Which I think is a nice no ...


Pepto a-bis-mol ...


Kids, don't try this at home!

I've tried the experiment twice now, and each time the result was the same.







Another weekend, another illicit rendezvous with instant mashed potatoes. 

I bought a smaller package this time, telling myself "Oh, it's less than half of what I had before, and I'm eating so little nowadays, it won't be a problem."

Ha!  Bold faced liar!

There are some foods I absolutely cannot have in my pantry without eating The Whole Thing Right Away.  Especially if they are simple carbs, even better if I can easily get them down through my (still-not-filled) band. 

So that whole bowl of very buttered-and-salted mashed potatoes has stretched my stomach and left me nauseous.  This a-bis-mol state of affairs for a five minute episode of mashed potatoes.

Not worth it.
Not worth it.
Not worth it!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The scaled down version of me.



I don't have a scale at home.  As I've previously mentioned, I have no self-control around a bathroom scale.  I am, in short, a "scale ho".



If the number is down, I'm up.  If the number is up, I'm down.  My moods are random enough already ... having an evil scale in the house will just give me one more thing to obsess over, try to avoid even as I can think of little else, and use as an excuse to eat or not eat, or overeat and swear I'll do it all differently tomorrow.

Ah yes, the perpetual, magical tomorrow!

I have had decades of tomorrows, and mostly they led to more eating, more weight and more misery.  Tomorrows always came, and with them the consequences of what I had or hadn't done the day before.

The scale was a favorite tool of mine in that war of attrition, until I gave up even keeping one in the house because I just didn't want to know what I weighed anymore.

Now I don't keep one in the house because I want to know what I weigh, I just want to know too MUCH!  Better to weigh in every other week at the doctor's office and be done with it. 

It's nice when there are simple solutions to pain in the patootie problems.




 

Dahling, you look MAH-velous!



I suppose this is a second NSV for me ...



I saw a dear friend from my college days recently, someone I've remained close to since then but whom I rarely get to see, and he told me I looked marvelous.

That he could see the "old me" coming back!

OK, I'll take that! I've still got over 100 pounds to lose (give or take) but if it's that obvious already ... s'MARveLouS!

And it almost makes up for the lingering lumbar agonies of having danced way, WAY too much on Friday night.

Oh well ... such is the life of a "loser".


Saturday, August 21, 2010

First Non-Scale Victory!


I went to a B-52's concert last night and shook my honeybuns to every single song!



Even Rock Lobster. 




Now THAT's progress!

Woo-oooo!


Friday, August 20, 2010

Bite me.


OK, so maybe I've become a wee bit obsessed of late with "plus size supermodel" Crystal Renn (who by the way is a size 12) and her story of having gone from a too-thin-to-just-right body.





The plain and simple fact is that this woman looks waaaaaaay finer now than she did when she was a size two or, er, zero ...

... thereby planting the suggestion in my thirty-years-of-reading-fashion-magazine-addled mind that I too can -- and will -- look waaaaaay finer at size twelve than at a two.

This is a new thought for me.

Size two, BITE ME!



Thursday, August 19, 2010

Quote, unquote.



"I've been skinny.  It's fucking boring".

-- Kate Winslet


 
I want this blog -- and my journey -- to be less about losing weight and more about gaining a life.

Sure, at 277 pounds I'm well aware I need to lose weight.  But if I grow obsessive about what I eat, what I "can" and "can't" have, planning out precise portions and counting every calorie, what kind of life am I going to have?  Is it really going to be better than the one I have right now?   

Or will I (still) be obsessed with food and eating?

I don't want to believe the myth -- as I have for years -- that if I am skinny all will be perfect.  I was skinny once, I wasn't fat at all 'til my early 20's, and my existence was far from perfect. 

Very, very far.
 
Could it be that I'm searching for balance?
Peace of mind?
Renewal?
 
If I keep writing, I'll find out.
 
 

FOOD!


Have you ever felt like this?




I have.  Very recently, in fact.
It's hard staying on limited portions of pureed foods!  Hard because a) my brain wasn't banded and b) my band isn't restricting enough.  Or at all, apparently.

I start on solids a week from tomorrow.

Let's hope my inner Cookie Monster doesn't rise up and devour everything in sight.

First fill ... you can't arrive soon enough!


Hmmmm, mocha milkshake ... bariatric style!






My protein shake this morning:

8 oz. 1% milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
A few good squeezes of the Hershey's sugar-free chocolate sauce
1 teaspoon of decaf instant coffee
1 ice cube

+

SHAKE it UP!

=  

MOCHA MILKSHAKE!



Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oh shut up, skinny bitches.



As someone who has known life (I use the term loosely) as a 350 pound woman, I can safely say that the whining of size twelve women who are dying to be an eight or a six sounds like so many mosquitoes on crack.

(In other words, annoying).




How has our culture coerced us into this hive-mind type of mentality where if we are not underweight we are grossly overweight? 

(I'm pointing the finger at you, Vogue.  As long as I have loved you, you are a skinny bitch and it's SO over between us).

If your bone structure and genes dictate that you are healthiest at size twelve, for example, then dieting and exercising to stay at a setpoint below that is working against nature.

(And it's probably making you bitchier to be around, too!   Nobody wants to say it to your face, but it may well be true).

If you are at a ten or a twelve and not of a clinically anorexic mindset, I'd be happy to share my size 26/28 castoffs so you can step inside of them and realize how InSaNe it is to think that size twelve is "big".

to wit:

Crystal Renn, Size 12 supermodel!

Read the New York Times article "Triumph of the Size 12s", 1/13/2010

If and when I ever get back into a size twelve, I hope to God I don't sound like a skeeter, but if I do would somebody please tell me to knock it off?


The devil made me do it.



I decided for myself that it was OK to try non-pureed food today.  (Oh no wait, the devil decided it, and then he persuaded me.  He's wily like that).





Come to find out, there's a reason why you aren't supposed to advance yourself to the next phase of the diet without being given the OK to do so. 

The truth is that no matter how fine a paste I think I have mashed that chicken to in my mouth, it's not as smooth as it would have been pureed.  So it's just sitting unhappily in my stomach.  Sure, it went down fine.  But I'm finding out that just because something goes down fine past the band doesn't mean it's going to be good for me once it hits my "second" stomach.

Feels like a golf ball is banging around down there!  How I would know what a golf ball banging around in my belly feels like I can't say, but it does.

And it sucks.

Now I have to wait longer to take my walk, because if I start doing my walking with this discomfort, it's going to turn to crampy pain. 

I hope I learn something from these little rebellions.  Otherwise they're just another form of beating myself up, and I don't need any help in that department!


the fine print:  I am PMS-ing, which exhausts me and makes me testy.  Maybe I was just too lazy to clean my blender and throw the chicken in there?

Nah, that couldn't be it ...


Ah, the smell of sarcasm in the morning!





image:  cafepress.com



Supplements n' stuff.






image:  allposters.com


Visited the apothecary (fancy talk for drug store, I feel fancy this morning) yesterday.  Ended up spending what would have been the week's grocery money on fiber powder, Biotin and Citracal + D petites. 

Works out fine, since all I'm buying grocery-wise this week is milk, milk and more milk!  I've got protein powder to last me 'til Groundhog Day next year, and the five cans of food I bought last week are still feeding me.  I guess that's the way it is when you eat tablespoons-full versus gigantic soup ladles-full of foods.

I'm not weighing in again 'til next Tuesday (I refuse to keep a scale in my home ... I know I'd be a "scale ho") and although I know I continue to lose weight, I have to fess up to being afraid of finding out just HOW much I've lost.

(Insert explanation here:  ___________).

One of my neighbors has started calling me "droopy pants" because my formerly tight legging type pants (black, of course) are starting to bag around the butt and belly.

I think she means it as a compliment, but damn it I am sensitive to the word "droopy".  Dippy and daffy are fine, "droopy" not so much!

Lesson #1:  I cannot control other peoples' reactions to my weight loss.


Rats.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

This chaps my plus-sized ass.



OK, so instead of having bariatric surgery I could simply have washed the fat away?  Along with "years of age".

And nobody told me this WHY?




 
If I'd have known, I would already be 125 pounds and look like I did at eighteen, without all the bothersome protein shakes and pureeing, to say nothing of being poked in the belly by the doctors with their voodoo sticks.

Methinks there is a conspiracy!



But I WANNA!!!



Today I've got some bad cravings.  





I wanna EAT my face off.  I'm having (gasp) emotions and I don't care to feel them.  They are scary!  Food is easier.

So says the addled brain of an obesity patient.

Mentally, right now I'm about two.  As in years.  Two and toddler-pissed because I cannot have my way.  Or I could, but what I want is wrong for me. 

Wrong.
Wrong.
Wrong.


 
Alternatives to a toddler tantrum (though it's a little too late)?

Napping.
Walking.
Drinking.
Reading.
Talking.
Meditating.


ok FINE.  I wanna but I won't-a!
And I refuse to like it.

So there.



(More) potty talk.



Last night I bested my own record for number of times roused out of a deep sleep by my own bladder.


(Eight times).


This haggard look on my face? 
Blame it on the pee.

On the bright side ... FAT FLUSH!

Monday, August 16, 2010

We have lift off!

Recipe for a successful "launch sequence":


2 tablespoons of Milk of Magnesia

+

2 tablespoons of Benefiber

+

2 sets of walking laps around the entire apartment building

= lift off!

Oh crap.

Still no fire in the hole! 

Just left a message with my surgeon's office re:  whatever shall I do about the problems in the waste management division?

(In plain English:  I'm just not going, Gladys.  Not in three days, now).

Aside from the Instant Mashed Potates Incident, I have been eating and drinking nothing but protein shakes and a little bit of pureed food for the past couple of days. 

The unopened bottle of Milk of Magnesia taunts me.  "You're gonna need me, missy, just you wait and see" it hisses, in that Wicked Witch of the West tone of voice.


Did you know that you used to be able to get Milk of Magnesia in chewing gum form?






Beech-Nut's Oralgene was "the only chewing gum containing dehydrated Milk of Magnesia."

Yup, those were the good old days!

Bananarama!

Unlike some bandsters, I really don't mind the protein shakes, having found a brand I like (Body Fortress). 

They do get boring after a while, though.

Enter stage right:  Jell-O's sugar free, fat free banana cream pie pudding mix.  Cue the choirs of angels!




One third of a packet (equalling 1/3rd of the 25 calorie total -- you do the math) added to either a vanilla or unflavored (Unjury) protein powder makes a virtual party in my pouch.

It's lip smackingly lovely. 

In the words of famed foodie Emeril Lagasse, BAM!

The "Normalizer"!




Why wasn't I told I could have simply IRONED OUT my fat? 




image:  vintageadbrowser.com


"Simple!  Safe!  Invigorating!"

I feel duped.  Duped, I tell you.







B.O.O.B.S.

Cool site alert!

Band of Outrageous Babes.

B.O.O.B.S. brings the funny.

Check it out!





The constipation conversation.

It was bound to happen eventually.

While the body is still adjusting to life post-lap-banding, things in the downstairs department aren't exactly status quo for a while. 

Of course, it doesn't help when you throw an entire box of instant mashed potatoes into your body in the course of two days.  (See earlier post).

No siree, that doesn't help at all.

Although they tasted mighty good (and were COMPLETELY off my food plan, in case anybody gets any bright ideas), there has been no movement in the bowel department in as many days. 

Not a squeak, a rumble or a warning of things to come.  Dead silence, down there. Does this mean I'm all "binded up"?  Have the potatoes cemented into a beastly bowel blockage? 

More importantly, am I going to DIE?

I'd have thought today's walk would have jostled things up, but no.  Added Benefiber to my shakes and Crystal Light today and still nothing. 

There is a big, obnoxious, medicinally blue bottle of Milk of Magnesia sitting on my bathroom counter.  I'd hoped the thing would sit unopened gathering dust, but if tomorrow morning comes and there's still no sign of life where there should be, I'm breaking it open.

Blech!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Walk it off.



It had been a couple of days since I got any exercise, so earlier today I decided to go out for a walk in the neighborhood.  At noon, I set out with my trusty bottle of flavored water and just enough determination to make it out the door (49% of me wanted to stay on the La-Z-Boy, 51% knew I'd feel like crap by the end of the day if I didn't go).

Although I live in sort of a dicey neighborhood, at a five minute walk from my doorstep the real estate values go up exponentially.  Five minutes' walk away is literally the best part of town.  There's a huge boulevard lined with historic homes, many Victorian era, set down in perfectly manicured yards. 

It was the first time since I've been in this apartment (eight-plus months) that I've actually fulfilled the vision I had of walking that street.  Score one for me! 

Huzzah!

In this state of (relative) excitement, I walked and walked and walked ... 'til I got sick.  I'd been fooled by the cloudy skies and slight breeze into thinking that the heat wasn't going to be an issue.  At a high seventy-something, the temperature was very different from what we've seen a lot of in these parts this Summer (90's, humid, not my cup of noodles). 

The fact that I was wearing a light "hoodie" on top of a short sleeved shirt didn't help.  But I HAD to wear a  hoodie because you know, a bright fuschia hoodie fools people into thinking you are less heavy. 

Why, it's downright transformative!






Just like the right bathing suit with matching booties.  It's magic!

The long and short of the story? 

Walking back home, up hills I hadn't even realized were there on the outbound, I realized that I didn't give a whit what anybody thought about my weight.  That people weren't driving off the road in horror-stricken reactions at my girth.  That the single most important thing at that point was to get home before I crapped my pants.

Which I did.

Next time I'm not going to OVER DO it.  And I'm leaving the hoodie at home.



Is it chili in here, or is it me?

I was interested to read over at Melting Mama that chili (pureed, of course) is commonly a first choice foray back into the land of solid food for post-WLS patients.  

It's got lots of protein, packs a flavorful punch (depending on how zesty you like it -- or not), and purees up real nice.  

Yes, you're welcome to say "reeeaaal niiiiiice" with a Southern accent, like I do. 

Plus, it's economical!  If you're eating just a few tablespoons at a time, you'll get several meals out of it.  Your friends and family will be green with envy.

So -- it's 4:35 in the afternoon and I've just had some.  Now I'm dying for some water.  Of course. 

Aside from my protein shakes, it's all the food I've had today.   Giving the old and new stomachs a rest after yesterday's Titanically sized portions of instant mashed potatoes, which amazingly did no apparent damage beyond stretching my old stomach to the point of soreness. 

Hmmmm ... no restriction there.  Point taken.

I think I may be entering the gates of bandster hell.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Do the "mashed potato" ... or not.

According to Good Housekeeping, Americans consume a total of 66 pounds of frozen and dehydrated potatoes per person in a year.

One year I gained 66 pounds from eating potatoes.








Although it's safe to say I have eaten a lifetime's worth of potatoes in nearly every form, today I decided to do an experiment with my new stomach and some instant potatoes.

(I know.  Not too bright!)

It might've been OK if I'd had two or three tablespoons, like the dietician said.  My "experiment" involved a softball-sized portion and a side of regret. 

Potato flakes?

Just. 
Say. 
Not again.


p.s. I think it's a little bit ironic that the label on this can is reminiscent of the American Red Cross symbol.  Aren't they all about health and safety and such?



If I'm not hungry, why do I want to eat?


I daydream of donuts.






I'm haunted by pizza, cheese steak sandwiches, onion rings dripping with grease, crispy bags of potato chips, chocolate cakes piled high with frosting -- or skipping the cake and just eating the whole can of frosting, like I used to do.

Hello, welcome to the new normal.  It's just like the old normal, except that now I don't get to eat those things.  A horse of an entirely different color. 

I went to a class yesterday on how to transition to Stage 2 eating, a.k.a. pureed foods, a.k.a. "spin cookery"!  (See?  If you can make fun of it, it's not a total drag).  I won't be making a pizza smoothie anytime soon -- ugh, now THAT just turned me off of pizza -- but I can start having things like pureed meats, potatoes, veggies.  All of which is great, but I have to measure these things out in tablespoon-sized portions. 

Excuzay moi?  Tablespoons?  Last night I had an entire two person serving's worth of instant mashed potatoes.  Admittedly a binge food for me, those just-add-water spuds, but still ... two tablespoons at a time?

Really?

(Dramatic pause here while I re-acquaint myself with the facts of the situation).

I am still 277 pounds.
I just had weight loss surgery.
I have the mind of a person who ate her way to 350 pounds.
I haven't had my first fill yet, so for me there is not enough restriction yet.

What's going to work here?  I'm afraid it might be that bugaboo, that thing I too often find myself fighting tooth and nail:  acceptance.

Acceptance of myself as a person with an "obese mind", full of old habits that will take time to change, and will ONLY change as my behaviors change and time passes.

Acceptance of the necessity of eating what they tell me I need to eat ... no more, no less.  My body is fine with this (like I said, no hunger), it's my mind that needs to get in line with it.

Acceptance of my weight as it is:  at 277, I have not attained the finish line.  My mind is trying to convince me that I've attained an "I can live with this for a while" weight, which is coded crazy talk for "I can eat as I like again so leave me alone with my Chips Ahoy".

No.  This is not a resting place.  It is no time for me to sit on my cinnabons -- er, I mean ass.  (See how it creeps in?)  

I can dream of going back to digging my own grave with a knife and fork (or spork!), but I can do something different today.  For this one day at a time, I can do this.




Nobody ever said this was going to be easy.  If they had, I'd have shot them by now and taken their pocket money to the Twisty Treat.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The girls ain't what they used to be.



The boobs. 
The breasts. 
The basoomas. 

They are deflating!

I never had big ones to begin with.  I was probably a 34B, long before I ever started gaining some serious weight in my early twenties. Pin-up material I was not.





















Yeah, I know there are trade-offs to losing major poundage, particularly when you're forty-something.  I realize that I probably won't have the means to finance a breast lift/boob job when all of this is through, unless I win the lottery or attract my own Daddy Warbucks once I've gone bombshell blonde.

(Oh yes, you BET I'm going blonde!)

Do I worry about it now?  Not too much. 

But I might soon be buying stock in the Starlight Bra company ...

Anybody else want in?