F - orgettable?
I - rritated
V - ictory
E - xtracurricular
***Close your eyes and imagine for a moment going to an inspiring and invigorating week long work event (Yes! They exist! But if that’s hard for you, just imagine a big gathering of friends). This event gathers close to 2,000 like-minded individuals in one location for a grand sharing of ideas, networking and merry making. It happens every two years and while some attending you may have seen earlier in the year, others you only get to see every two years. These are your people! New friends, old friends, mentors, former colleagues, those you have not seen since you started a new job and received a new and life changing promotion! Imagine how excited and thrilled you are to be immersed in their presence. Excited to reconnect and get talking about the topics you love. Now imagine you are walking through the event space and you see a more recent acquaintance, you feel your face light up and you start to raise your hand to waive….when they pass right by you. Maybe that wasn’t him? Does he have a doppelganger? SO embarrassing. It’s like when you think someone is talking to you but they have a Bluetooth in their ear. But NO! we are all wearing nametags, that can’t be. I guess he didn’t remember the great conversation you had just a few short months ago. You start to doubt your memory. Your ability to have meaningful conversations with others. Your value to this wonderful group of people!! (dramatic much?)
So goes the ENTIRE gathering. I continued to walk past people that I had met at least once previously and there was no recognition. I was starting to get a complex. Wasn’t that such-and-such who offered to help me with a project? Didn’t he and I work together on a project a few years ago? Only when I was standing with a close friend as a man approached me who I had within the past year had had a few conversations with did it click. He walked up and introduced himself, and I laughingly called him out: “Joe, I know you. We talked a few month ago. You were really interested in my work and offered to send me some information!” He stuttered and my close friend said: “You’ve changed A LOT! It’s the hair and everything!” Wow! Enough change had happen that I was unrecognizable, not forgettable! I think that’s pretty d*mn cool.
Pretty much all I got to see of Rhode Island during the trip
***Eating irritates me. Seriously. No appetite, I am a faithful MyFitnessPal tracker so I know I’m getting my protein. I am annoyed at having to intake food at all. I am also irritated that my stressors at work have impacted me to the extent that I am having gastro-intestinal distress when I eat dairy. Grrr….
(Left) A photo of my Thanksgiving plate: Carmelized greek yogurt dip, herbed goat cheese on radish coins, crispy brussel sprouts, homemade cranberry sauce on a small salad plate (I need even smaller plates!).
(Right) A better use of the table for game time.
***Victory = 100+ pounds and 44# inches gone. G.O.N.E. I suppose that explains the unrecognizable bit. I celebrated by donating 100lbs of food to the local food pantry (all proteins since I know that is what my local pantry needs the most and is a bit poetic considering that’s mainly what I eat).
***Extracurricular (Activities) Is anyone else here dating? A month prior to my surgery, I ended a long-term relationship with a man I love. I won’t bore you with the details, just know good decision, difficult timing. But here I am six months later and I have been put back into the dating scene. This is NOT easy. I am a closeted sleever (meaning I am not open with the fact that I had bariatric surgery) and I eat no carbs or meat. What’s this ovo-lacto vegetarian to do? My approach has basically been to front load the date day with lots of protein so that I can ‘afford’ to not eat as much protein at the date time. Ordering a salad is second nature to me. But some dates are just happy hour drinks and it’s just weird if you don’t get a drink or if you nurse it. And a 600- calorie day, plus a martini? LOL I am figuring out this whole dating thing all over anyway – it was a long relationship and I am out of practice! – but this certainly adds a new twist! Trying to figure out a way to strap down my saggy skin to cute in date clothes has been challenging but I accept the challenge! If anyone else out there in TT land has any words of wisdom for dating, please share!
The holiday season doesn't start with the arrival of Santa at the end of the Macy's parade. It starts once I see this.
What's this vegetarian eating? Oh Yeah! Blueberry Cobbler & Maple Donut, Quest Protein Chips, egg drop soup with a scoop of Genepro unflavored protein
What I'm not eating? Premiere Protein caramel shakes - not until I shake this lacto-intolerance, although the supplements above have a mild influence on me too.
What I wish I wasn't eating? Any of it.