T - raining
H – appy Birthday!
R - evel
E - go
E – tra Large!!
This past month brought my birthday (see this blog entry) and a ramping up of activity at work, which involved some double takes that were good for my ego (see this other blog entry). I volunteered at an Ironman and added more weight training to my workout routine. This training also has involved consultations with the colleague I met at work who did my body fat analysis and supplied some additional guidance on focus areas. I broke into TWO TOWN (woot woot!) and have lost over 28” and over 70 lbs. Today I am wearing a size XL tshirt I got at the LanternFest and Men’s size XL athletic pants. I was on the boat today and after extending the PFD band to its widest setting, found I had plenty of room to spare. I removed the extension on the BCD cummerbund and retired more clothes. Let me just stop and revel in the Scale and Non-Scale Victories for a second.
A BCD (scuba diving jacket) The finish area at the Swim with other volunteers XL, say what??
Eating wise I have tried some cucumber-avocado sushi (meh), veggie burrito (meh) and a few more caprese salads (fresh!). I have one more month of the Africa medication and the nausea is wearing on my soul. I am now at Expert Level for finding and identifying all trash cans within each room I enter. No matter where I am and what type of meeting or event I am attending, my first concern is, “If I’m going to spew, where is the least embarrassing place?” But interestingly enough, I have yet to actually throw up. That is probably from force of will rather than the true need – I HATE throwing up. The other side effect is lack of sense of taste and appetite. This means that eating is a really big pain in the a**. I NEVER thought I would ever say that about eating but I have become a slave to My Fitness Pal and the protein count. My goal is to get to 100g every day and I find myself relying mostly on protein supplements (powders, prepared shakes, bars, my gummies).
Thumbs up from the Doctor (note: not actually my Dr
I almost canceled my 3 month surgeon check-up appointment because of the disappointment of the last visit but the new me knew I should go no matter what. That avoidance of doctors was a pre-surgery coping strategy and I am confident in how well I am doing to cope with what came my way. Imagine my surprise with the nurse apologized for the incorrect weight previously and the surgeon gave me a Congrats! I asked about my frequent menstruation and he said he had never heard of that and to ask my gyno, which I had already done (she said she was not familiar with bariatric patients). Yet another area where the literature is lacking. Overall I’m not really worried about the frequent menstruation right now, just irritated. What I did become worried about was my surgeon’s very excited statement when he entered the room that he had been talking about me. I was disturbed to find out that he was talking about me to another patient that works at the same place I do. I have to hope that he didn’t mention any defining characteristics about where specifically I work or what I do. I was so shocked that he would say something, I didn’t reply but it is now an annoying thought in my head that my surgeon may have “outed” me. Has anyone else had the experience of outing? I suppose this is another reason to be open about it but I want it on MY terms.
This next month brings a visit from a friend who lives in Seattle and some intense, cold outdoor work in the water at the end of the month. Thank goodness that wetsuit that has been haunting me from my closet now fits!
My new obsession is running a marathon, triathlon, Ironman... My fitness consultant doesn't advise me to run just yet because of my knee injury but some blogs I've found show I'm not alone:
What's this vegetarian eating? Decaf iced tea, pumpkin spice coffee, cottage cheese, protein gummy bears, protein powders, protein bars, Mull of Kintyre Extra Mature Cheese
What I'm not eating? Vegan protein. The never ending tub won and I pitched the whole d*mn thing. Best. Day. Ever.
What foods I miss? None. I have zero appetite so no cravings. Occasionally I will have the opportunity to eat some fresh fruit and veggies – which is LOVELY. Most of the time, my sleeve will only allow me to get in enough protein so there is no space for zero protein foods. If mangos or steamed broccoli had protein, I would be golden.