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Onderland!

Jen581791

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I squeaked in under 200 this morning! 199.6, thank you very much. Whew! I was getting worried that I was going to stall out at 201 forever, but nope, it happened. That also puts me about three pounds above "overweight" BMI, which will be another big milestone. After obsessing about it for so long, I felt like there should have been a balloon drop in the bathroom when it happened, but apparently my husband had not arranged for that. Was a marching band too much to ask? I got a high five, which is OK, I guess.

I spent some quality time at my storage unit this weekend, sifting through the detritus of my nomadic lifestyle, getting ready for another move. I had several boxes of clothes to look through - some of them easy discards (stuff I wore last year, obviously too big now), some of them potential rescues. There was actually stuff in there that I shipped halfway across the world because I could not bear to give it up even though it was too small for me a couple of years ago. Let's focus on that for a moment, shall we? I was so in denial of how big I was getting that it was easier for my ego to pack them up and send them to the other side of the world in a container ship "for later" than to face the face the fact that I couldn't fit into them anymore. Nice work, brain. You are so good at rationalizing :rolleyes:

I was sad to say goodbye to a few of the things, but honestly, it felt so good to be getting rid of them because they were too big that I wasn't that bothered. I'm usually pretty level headed about getting rid of stuff I don't use, but clothing that has become too small is apparently my weak point (You'll ignore the self-evident logic gap here in my claim to be good at getting rid of stuff and my admission that I have a storage unit full of things I haven't used in two years. To be fair, I have been "traveling" for the last year, and I never did really settle down enough in the US to actually get everything out of storage - that should have been a sign, I suppose) On the positive side, I did find several things that now fit that haven't in years, and they can tide me over for a few months, I hope.

This week, I haven't had any shakes or bars to get my protein up. OK, I had one shake, but I was at a hotel and there was nothing healthy for breakfast. I got so sick of them on vacation that I just don't find the idea of them appealing right now. I know I'll go back to them, particularly the shakes, but it's nice to know I can get my protein in without having to consume them. I've been relying pretty heavily on dairy (yogurt and cheese and cottage cheese) to boost up the numbers every day, but I figure that's calcium so it's all right.

I've been for a few longish walks in the last week, and I have discovered that walking is OK even in hot weather and up hills if I am a lot less overweight. It's not totally exhausting! I don't get drenched in sweat! It doesn't feel like punishment! It's like I had totally forgotten that exercise, when you're thinner, actually feels good. When I'm thinner, I enjoy being active. When I am heavier, I do not. It sort of seems like a chicken and egg situation, but I do believe there's a bit stronger evidence behind exercise avoidance after weight gain than exercise avoidance therefore weight gain, at least in my case.

The paperwork for the move is all done and dusted, with a few remaining forms to be filled out for bringing the cat, which aren't terribly complicated. Yes, poor cat has to go on the plane. We have just a few loose ends to tie up before getting on the plane ourselves (sell the car), and just short of a month to get them done. I think we're ready. I've got a couple of likely gyms to check out in Muscat, as well as a GNC for my vitamins and protein stuff (thank goodness for globalization?). That said, there will be several months of above 100 degree temps in store for me when I arrive, so probably not a lot of long walks on the beach...

 




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I am veryyyy excited for you Jen!  I should be joining you in Onderland very soon....  *squeeeee*

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25 minutes ago, TammyP said:

I am veryyyy excited for you Jen!  I should be joining you in Onderland very soon....  *squeeeee*

Ooooh, you're so close! Very exciting!! :D 

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Oh Jen, Onderland, what an absolute thrill!!! Congrats on that hard work paying off big time. So very excited for you! Looking forward to hearing about your move & new job. Well done, you!

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5 minutes ago, Gretta said:

Oh Jen, Onderland, what an absolute thrill!!! Congrats on that hard work paying off big time. So very excited for you! Looking forward to hearing about your move & new job. Well done, you!

Thanks, @Gretta! I'm very pleased :) 

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Congratulations, such an exciting accomplishment and after traveling.  Well you are always traveling but to a super fun place with super yummy food.  Your discipline and focus on goal has paid off!  Next adventure in the works and next goal in sight!

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Congrats @Jen581791!! What an exciting event AND the upcoming BMI category! 

Purging the clutter is one of my favorite tasks. Something cathartic about getting rid of unwanted or unused belongings so that others can use them.

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First Onederland and then Muscat!  Hoping your cat doesn't like khat too very much. Totally curious how a WLS person gets to deal with the pleasantries of formal eating there. CONGRATS!!

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3 hours ago, CoTN said:

Congratulations, such an exciting accomplishment and after traveling.  Well you are always traveling but to a super fun place with super yummy food.  Your discipline and focus on goal has paid off!  Next adventure in the works and next goal in sight!

Thanks, @CoTN! Yes, traveling was a challenge, but I made it through :) Next adventure will be a big one.

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1 hour ago, CurvyMermaid said:

Congrats @Jen581791!! What an exciting event AND the upcoming BMI category! 

Purging the clutter is one of my favorite tasks. Something cathartic about getting rid of unwanted or unused belongings so that others can use them.

@CurvyMermaid, I totally love purging the clutter. It makes me feel free! I also enjoy the feeling of knowing my no longer wanted stuff will be appreciated by someone else - the great karmic wheel of used furniture and clothing rolls along. 

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1 hour ago, BurgundyBoy said:

First Onederland and then Muscat!  Hoping your cat doesn't like khat too very much. Totally curious how a WLS person gets to deal with the pleasantries of formal eating there. CONGRATS!!

My cat could use some khat for the voyage over, that's for sure. 

Yes, I'm interested to see how the food culture will work for me - when I lived in Dubai, I ate a lot of dates and drank a lot of very sweet coffee over the years. I'll have to see if I can handle a date (oh please oh please I just want a nice fat medjool now and again), and the coffee is always small, at least. Students love to bring food gifts, but they're usually presented as a take it and eat it later kind of thing. Maybe Oman will be similar.

Debating whether to plead diabetes. This is unfortunately a well understood disease there :( 

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Post how it goes. Keenly interested. 

Soon enough I will be back in India and Africa and food is the social lubricant. Can't begin to tell you how many times I have convened talks over some good roast goat... used to measuring the meat to be eaten in kilos. Now I will have to think about ounces, like < 100 grams. Oh my! Maybe meetings will all be over tea. Echh. 

Be kind to your (k)cat. Interesting recent articles that over 50% of Ethiopian youth are chewing khat. Hard to see how that will lead to anything being done in the afternoon....

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2 minutes ago, BurgundyBoy said:

Post how it goes. Keenly interested. 

Soon enough I will be back in India and Africa and food is the social lubricant. Can't begin to tell you how many times I have convened talks over some good roast goat... used to measuring the meat to be eaten in kilos. Now I will have to think about ounces, like < 100 grams. Oh my! Maybe meetings will all be over tea. Echh. 

Be kind to your (k)cat. Interesting recent articles that over 50% of Ethiopian youth are chewing khat. Hard to see how that will lead to anything being done in the afternoon....

Yeah, had quite a few uncomfortable moments as a vegetarian in various places... and made some accommodations for that over the years. 

Khat is certainly bad news in Yemen. I don't think it's too widespread in Oman, maybe in the south. Bad news for Ethiopia. Environmentally, too.

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Read this blog post after I mailed you. Congrats on reaching Onederland! 

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1 hour ago, lightenupwoman said:

Congratulations! That's a onederful feeling! LOL. 

 

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