Creepy but Sweet

Until I got to the point where the legs split, it looked like a pair of legs in a miniskirt, which I admit was pretty odd. 

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SU-bellybuttonSU-posterI like to make things.  I especially like to make unique things when it involves a certain amount of math.  At some point, I decided that a nice gift for my Steven Universe-loving boyfriend would be a stuffed toy of the main character.  So, I bought a pink button and some flesh-colored cotton yarn (I had all the other colors already) and set to work.  Steven Universe is a short chubby child with a rose quartz in his belly button.  Unfortunately, due to my lack of planning and/or knowing what I was really doing, the toy ended up looking more creepy than cute, partially because it was too tall and thin.

Because I wanted my stuffed Steven to have a 3-D belly gem (hence the button purchase) I knew that his shirt would have to be able to be lifted.  Of course, that would be weird if his legs were just pants colored (or so I thought) so I ended up doing more work than necessary, crocheting a sort of naked doll then adding clothes in a way that they cannot actually be removed.

SU-legSU-legsI started with a foot, which I decreased into a leg then made a second, identical one.  On each foot, I sewed a red flip-flop, which was not as easy as I thought it would be, so that came out kind of weird looking – the first of many weirdnesses I would have on this project.  Also, this was the start of my shape problem, I made the legs too long and tried to do everything else to scale.  Then, I stuffed both legs, joined them together, and crocheted around the belly for a bit.  This made Steven’s lower half almost complete.

SU-pantsstartSU-skirtIn order to make the pants in a way that would never fall down, I started them at the waist by chain stitching around with blue yarn then working downward off of that waistband.  Until I got to the point where the legs split, it looked like a pair of legs in a miniskirt, which I admit was pretty odd.  Anyway, it was pretty much the opposite of the process I used to make the legs.  A little before the feet, I switched to lighter color blue in order to represent cuffs.  Also, I sewed the pink button onto the midsection to act as Steven’s gem.

20180205_000935.jpgI continued crocheting around to make the torso, turning the work to go back and forth in order to leave holes at each arm socket, then I picked up stitches around each armhole and worked from there to create limbs which ended in little balls for hands – I was not going to even try fingers!

SU-filledstarI made the shirt separately using a similar process as for the torso but a little bigger so that it would fit over what I had already made.  Then, I stitched a yellow star freehand and filled it in with an awkwardly executed satin stitch. The shirt had to be put on the doll before the head was crocheted because I did not allow for stretch in the neckline.  I forced the arms and neck stub through the shirt holes then started work on the head.

SU-baldThe head was another place I went wrong, I think.  I did the ears and nose as part of the same piece as the head then embroidered on the eyes and mouth.  I tried to make the pupils stars, like Steven gets when he is excited.  I was not able to execute that particularly well.  It was the hair, though, which was the hardest thing to tackle.

SU-hairLike with the pants, I attached the black yarn for hair by using a chain stitch along the edges of the head then I did some varying cluster stitches for Steven’s curls.  That was the real problem with the hair.  There are a couple of big lumps and some other parts that sort of dip in.  At the end of the exercise though, the head was totally covered in hair, which was the main goal.  So, in the end, my crocheted Steven Universe may have turned out more creepy than cute, but I am still reasonable pleased – I think I learned something from the whole process.

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22 Weeks Post Surgery

Although I liked it, it was a lot of work, especially if I include the cleanup, which is always a big job when I have been cutting up cauliflower. 

valentines day 1Obviously, this (and the next several posts) will be published way after the events took place.  I have a day off and am trying to cram in some catch-up work.  I don’t know how successful I will actually be, this is only post two so far today.

valentines day 2Week 22 included Valentine’s Day.  Unfortunately, even though I am dating somebody, I did nothing romantic that day because (a) it occurred mid-week and (b) the weekend after it, I went to visit some family out of town.  Anyway, that is beside the point, I dressed kind of nicely for work that day and like how the photos came out which is the real reason I bring it up, I wanted to post the pictures.22 weeks

Weight:

2/14/18 – 192 lbs

2/15/18 – 192 lbs

2/19/18 – 192 lbs

2/20/18 – 192 lbs

It might have been last week that I made cauliflower grilled cheese, but either way, I will talk about it now.

cauliflower cheese 2-7Basically, I love grilled cheese (who doesn’t?) but bread does not sit great with me anymore.  I could probably do something thin or small but I decided to try making bread out of cauliflower because I keep hearing about it online.  Also, I love cauliflower.  So, I cut half of a head into florets to roast into my favorite garlic delivery device and put the other half into my food processor to make into “bread”.

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I put the riced cauliflower into a bowl and microwaved it although I think I might have done it for too long.  Anyway, I then folded in spices, parmesan cheese, and an egg.  The mixture ended up smaller than I had expected but it was enough to make a sandwich so I formed it into two equal rectangles on a greased baking sheet.

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cauliflower 7I don’t recall how long I baked them for but I did flip them halfway through.  They were delicate but I managed to do it without breaking anything.

cauliflower 9After the “bread” was baked, I put cheese in between them and put the sandwich back in the oven just long enough to melt it.  Of course, I ate it with tomato soup.  Overall, the sandwich was pretty good although, of course, not as great as a traditional grilled cheese with real bread but substitutes rarely are.  Although I liked it, it was a lot of work, especially if I include the cleanup, which is always a big job when I have been cutting up cauliflower.  So, while I may make this again, it probably will not be a common occurrence.

21 Weeks Post Surgery (another catch-up post)

I would recommend trying the Beyond Burger to most people, even if I don’t think it is something I would eat much of in the future, myself. 

So, it’s actually May now and I have not lost any weight in months.  Still, I feel good and my test results show that my cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar are trending downward so I am still calling this surgery a success.  Also, I can wear XL tops from the regular section instead of plus sizes, so that is progress!  Actually, I had to switch to size L leggings, the XL ones are too baggy (yay).

So, I have various pictures of food I have made and/or eaten in the last months.  I will try to organize it in a reasonable manner.21 weeks

Weight (when I remembered to record it):

2/7/18 – 193.8 lbs

2/8/18 – 193.8 lbs

2/10/18 – 192.8 lbs

2/13/18 – 193.8 lbs

beyond burger 2-11When I was at Seva, a wonderful vegetarian restaurant, for my grandma’s birthday, I tried a Beyond Burger which was good (and weird) so when I saw a package on sale at the grocery store, I picked it up and made dinner for two.  I admit that I am not totally sold on the Beyond Burger; if I want something with saturated fat that looks like it is bleeding, I might as well just have a real burger, but it was interesting to try and I would eat it again.

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beyond burger 4The burgers sizzled pretty well in the skillet although they never really brown like meat does.  I think the pink color comes from beet juice so the patty obviously does not act like beef when it cooks.  I followed the recommended instructions though and I think it turned out fine.  I don’t think that vegetarian protein replacements actually need to imitate meat.  I think my favorite veggie burger is still the MorningStar Farms Grillers but the Beyond Burger seems like a good option for carnivores who are afraid of trying something plant-based.

beyond burger 5The outside of the cooked burger was a light color, a little more reminiscent of breaded chicken than a beef patty.  The texture is softer than that of a traditional hamburger, more like bison, I think.  I served the burgers with sandwich thins and a few fixings – lettuce, tomato, mayo, pesto, and cheese (for me – none for my more health-conscious grandmother).

beyond burger 6The inside remains pinkish, even when fully cooked which is a little weird.  Overall, I realize it kind of sounds like I am saying mostly critical things but I would recommend trying the Beyond Burger to most people, even if I don’t think it is something I would eat much of in the future, myself.  I would definitely order it again at Seva, too; they do everything well!

20 Weeks Post Surgery

So, my weight plateaued for a bit then went down and now it seems to be creeping back up, which is disappointing.  I think I should still be in that “honeymoon phase” post surgery where the weight keeps coming off but apparently I have hit a bit of a wall.  I understood it when I was grazing a lot over Christmas but I am not eating poorly (mostly) these days.  I do know that I need to step up my exercise schedule.  I have not been doing super well with that, mostly because I have been stressed at work this past month.  I know that exercise can theoretically help with stress as well but when I leave the office, I am emotionally exhausted (and sometimes physically as well) so it just seems too difficult to drag myself to the gym.  I will try to do better in February.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Weight: 194.2 lbs

Food:

  • Juice
  • Hash browns
  • Egg & cheese breakfast sandwich
  • Tea
  • Tomato soup
  • Chicken caesar salad
  • Orange
  • Tortilla chips
  • Beans
  • Salsa
  • Enchilada
  • Milk

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Weight: 194.4 lbs

Food:salmon dinner

  • Yogurt
  • Tea
  • Peanuts
  • Chili
  • Saltines
  • Orange
  • Salmon
  • Mushrooms, onions, & garlic
  • Juice
  • Quesadilla
  • Chocolate milk

For some reason, I was hungry after dinner today, I just wanted to keep eating food.


Friday, February 2, 2018

Weight: 194.4 lbs

At this point, I seem to have totally stopped keeping track of my food intake.  As my weight fails to decrease in the next month or so, I do regret this a bit.  On the other hand, I don’t know how much good it was really doing.  I tried to keep track of my weight but I did not remember every day.


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Weight: 194.4 lbs


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Weight: 192.8 lbs


Monday, February 5, 2018

Weight: 194.2 lbs


Tuesday, February 6, 201820 weeks

Weight: 193.8 lbs

At least I continued to remember to take my weekly pictures although I did not continue to keep my room clean.

19 Weeks Post Surgery

My weight number may be going up a bit but I think the photos are looking better.

I have not been doing well these past few weeks.  My weight has been trending down, but just barely.

I ran out of the “gentle iron” supplement I was taking [28 mg Iron (as Ferrous Bis-Glycinate), 8 mcg Vitamin B12, 400 mcg Folic Acid, & 8 mg Vitamin C] and have replaced it with a regular iron supplement which is notably cheaper although the volume is higher; 65 mg Iron (from 325 mg Ferrous Sulfate).  I have no idea whether the type of iron will make a difference.  I guess only time will tell.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Weight: 194.2 lbs

Food:

  • Tea
  • Apple
  • Crackers
  • Chicken tender
  • Potato wedges
  • Ranch dressing
  • Roast beef sandwich
  • Milk
  • Juice

I apparently forgot to log my food for almost a week so I am trying to remember what I ate after the fact.  I think I will be mostly accurate although I may mix up a few days.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Weight: 194.2 lbs

Food:

  • Tea
  • Yogurt
  • Apple
  • Roast Beef sandwich
  • Water
  • Steak
  • Milk

Huh, this was a beefy day, I guess.


Friday, January 26, 2018

Weight: 194.2 lbs

Food:

  • Chocolate milk
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Palak paneer
  • Apple
  • French onion soup
  • Salad
  • Water
  • Orange

The salad was actually a small amount of two salads from Panera – Fuji apple with chicken and Ancient grain arugula with chicken.  My grandma and I like to mix and match sometimes since we like some of the same things.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Weight: 193.6 lbs

Food:

  • Milk
  • Apple
  • Palak paneer
  • Tea
  • Refried beans
  • Chicken enchilada
  • Tea

I made chicken & steak enchiladas but mixed them up so I didn’t know what I would get!  I probably would have picked chicken anyway because I ate a lot of beef this week (well, a lot for me).


Sunday, January 28, 2018

Weight: 193.62 lbs

Food:

  • Water
  • Scrambled eggs
  • French toast
  • Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Melon
  • Pineapple
  • Quesadilla
  • Refried beans

I have found that if I eat half a slice of bread – toast, french toast, sandwich, whatever, I am fine.  Any more, and my stomach may start to hurt.


Monday, January 29, 2018

Weight: 192 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Apple
  • Chicken curry
  • Rice
  • Yogurt
  • Juice
  • Peanuts
  • Enchilada
  • Milk

I forgot my mug at home so I couldn’t have tea at work today!  This is especially annoying because I just got a lemon ginger tea that I was eager to try.

I have been taking the new iron pills for a couple of days now – I do not like them as much.  I haven’t noticed that they are hard on my stomach or anything but there is an aftertaste that I don’t remember being present with the other kind.  Eh, as long as it is a taste only thing, I can handle it and will just plan to spring for the fancier iron  next time around 🙂


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Weight: 193.6 lbs19 weeks

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Orange
  • Tea
  • Chicken wrap
  • Water
  • Peanuts
  • Salmon
  • Mushrooms, onions, & garlic
  • Milk
  • Popcorn

We ordered in for lunch today but the restaurant has wraps so it was a little easier than usual to minimize my bread intake.

My weight number may be going up a bit but I think the photos are looking better.  Of course they would look even better if I cleaned my room, but that is a separate issue!

18 Weeks Post Surgery (four months out)

So, this week includes the four month mark (on Friday) although I don’t have another check-up until March.  I only get those every three months at this point.  I believe that I am doing well.  I had a hiccup around Christmas but my weight is dropping again and I mostly feel good.  Not drinking while I eat is still a struggle for me.  I want to so badly and it seems so natural.  I am sure I will get used to this but it isn’t exactly a switch I can turn off.


Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Weight: 194.2 lbs

Food:

  • Juice
  • Yogurt
  • Tea
  • Stir fry (tempeh & vegetables)
  • Apple
  • Chocolate
  • Chickpeas
  • Milk
  • Quesadilla

My hair is falling out!  I don’t know if it is really happening that much more than it was but it certainly feels like it.  I am taking a multi-vitamin and biotin daily (and a B-12 gummy when I remember) but apparently it isn’t quite doing what I need it to do.  My head doesn’t have bald spots or anything but I definitely think my hair is thinner than it was six months ago.  For years now, my hair has been way thinner than back when I was a teenager but I just kind of expect that.  Okay, maybe not expect it but I was not too worried.  At this point, though, I worry that it is malnutrition and could get bad.  I had better step up my nutrition game.


Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Weight: 195.2

Food:

  • Chocolate milk
  • Tea
  • Cookie
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Apple
  • Milk
  • Bean burrito
  • Juice
  • Orange

Today was not a great day for me, number-wise.  My weight went up (although not by too much) and my blood sugar was high.

I started taking a new Multivitamin today because I ran out of the old ones.  They are CostCo’s private brand and claim to be “specially formulated” but since they do not have a unique focus, I do not know what is special about them other than their huge size but I don’t tend to have trouble swallowing pills, so that is okay.  I was going to do a highlighting thing where I point out what it has more vs. less of but the units are different for some vitamins (mg or mcg vs. IU) but it does have more of most things with a notable exception in calcium.  I don’t worry about calcium very much though because I drink a reasonable amount of milk (well, chocolate milk now that I have discovered Nestle Quik without sugar) and I eat yogurt most days.  Anyway, I got a giant bottle of Kirkland Signature vitamins with 500 tablets on sale for $11, so I am pretty pleased with myself.  The Supplement facts are as follow:

  • Vitamin A, 897 mcg (17% as Beta-Carotene)
  • Vitamin C, 90 mg
  • Vitamin D3, 10 mcg / 400 IU
  • Vitamin E, 13 mg
  • Vitamin K, 25 mcg
  • Thamin (Vitamin B-1), 1.5 mg
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), 1.7 mg
  • Niacin, 20 mg
  • Vitamin B6, 2 mg
  • Folate, 850 mcg DFE (500 mcg Folic Acid)
  • Vitamin B12, 6 mcg
  • Biotin, 30 mcg
  • Pantothenic Acid, 10 mg
  • Calcium, 200 mg
  • Iron, 18 mg
  • Phosphorus, 109 mg
  • Iodine, 150 mcg
  • Magnesium, 100 mg
  • Zinc, 11 mg
  • Selenium, 55 mg
  • Copper, 0.9 mg
  • Manganese, 2.3 mg
  • Chromium, 35 mcg
  • Molybdenum, 45 mcg
  • Chloride, 72 mg
  • Potassium, 80 mg
  • Silicon, 2 mg
  • Lycopene, 300 mcg
  • Lutein, 250 mcg
  • Boron, 150 mcg
  • Vanadium, 10 mcg
  • Nickel, 5 mcg

Blood sugar: 137 (6 am)


Friday, January 19th, 2018 (four months!)

Weight: 194.2 lbs

Food:

  • Cookie
  • Tea
  • Yogurt
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Apple
  • Tomato mozzarella salad
  • Light lemonade
  • Steak burrito
  • Milk
  • Juice

belly 4 monthsMy stomach scars are doing well, I think.  I really should look at these pictures in comparison to those right after surgery to be sure, but they do seem to have healed well and be fading despite my tendency toward hyper-pigmentation.  Obviously the one where my stomach was taken out is the biggest splotch but even that is getting more minimal by the day, so I feel pretty decent about this progress at four months.


Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Weight: 194.2 lbs

Food:

  • Eggs
  • Chocolate milk
  • Basmati rice
  • Yogurt
  • Palak Paneer
  • Chicken Curry
  • Tea

I made two kinds of curry today!  As always, I kind of overcooked the chicken but it still reminded me of my childhood and made me want pappu (dal).  Maybe I will make some of that next week.


Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Weight: 194.2 lbs (with some clothes on)

Food:

  • Eggs
  • French Toast
  • Hash browns
  • Bacon
  • Melon
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes
  • Strawberry
  • Crystal Light
  • Pickles
  • Chili
  • Chicken Curry

I have never really liked pig meats (well, that sounds harsher than I mean it to).  I have recently decided though that bacon is okay in small amounts.  For example, on loaded potato soup.  In this case, I crumbled up about half a piece and mixed in in with my hash browns – it really adds something.  I don’t see myself ever eating a lot of the stuff but like egg yolks, I have decided it can enhance taste in small amounts.


Monday, January 22nd, 2018

Weight: 192.8 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Orange
  • Tea
  • Chili
  • Saltines
  • Chocolate milk
  • Beef burrito
  • Lemonade
  • Chips

Yay, my weight went down again!  It seemed to be stuck for a while, so I am glad whenever I see movement (well, movement in the right direction, at least).

Blood sugar: 116 (6 am)


Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

Weight: 194.2 lbs18 weeks

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Tea
  • Hummus
  • Crackers
  • Chili
  • Saltines
  • Milk
  • Roast beef sandwich
  • Pickles
  • Juice

I knew I should not get excited about my weight going down.  I also should not have eaten a handful of tortilla chips yesterday.

17 Weeks Post Surgery

If I had junk food lying around, I would definitely have shoved it in my mouth. 

This was a bad week for me, emotionally.  What that makes me want to do is shove food in my face and self-destruct but I mostly managed to avoid that, thanks in part to the fact that tons of terrible food won’t actually fit in my new stomach.  For the record, this week was not bad because of slight weight gains or anything, those don’t discourage me too much anymore (okay, they discourage me a little but they do not really upset me).  It was bad because of stress and work stuff.  Those things do happen, though, and I have to be able to deal with them in a healthy manner, I know.


Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Weight: 196.8 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Orange
  • Tea
  • Turkey & cheese sandwich (one slice of bread)
  • Pickle
  • Water
  • Chips
  • Salsa
  • Low-cal lemonade
  • Chicken Burrito
  • Chocolate milk

Today was a horrible day.  If I had junk food lying around, I would definitely have shoved it in my mouth.  I did eat a few chips from Moe’s when I went there for dinner but it wasn’t really a huge thing.  Mostly, I ate my child size chicken burrito without rice in it.  The reasons today was horrible are not really relevant – bad things happened at work and my grandma fell down and hurt her ankle (it turned out to be fine) but it did make me realize how I have long looked at food as an emotional crutch.  I have been doing pretty well lately, emotionally speaking (as demonstrated by my reduced antidepressant dose) so I would call this one of my first real challenges in regards to emotional eating since my surgery.suit

In slightly better news, due to the thing at work (that turned out to be horrible) I decided to dress in a suit and look professional.  I managed to fit in a suit that I bought like ten years ago when I lost some weight but which was pretty tight back then (until I outgrew it).  The suit fit pretty well today.  It felt slightly snug across my shoulders although not enough to keep me from moving how I needed to or make me fear a tear.  Maybe that is how things should fit to look tailored?  Anyway, I am calling that tiny thing a win, at least.  I needed one today!


Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Weight: 197.6 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Orange
  • Tea
  • Vegetable beef soup
  • Triscuits
  • Cheese
  • Water
  • Chocolate
  • Salmon
  • Butter
  • Onions, garlic, & mushrooms
  • Chocolate milk

My grandma’s ankle is fine, or will be, so that stressor is off my mind.  The work thing though, is still there.  I had some horrible meetings today about everything I do wrong which gave me almost a panic attack once I was able to get away from people.  Again, my first instinct was to eat something delicious and terrible for me but I did not have anything on hand.  I did eat a chocolate heart later in the day but it wasn’t very big so I do not feel too guilty about it.  I did cook my salmon with butter instead of olive oil tonight.  It tasted delicious.

I have also been kind of constipated again, so clearly I need to drink more water.  It is kind of an expected reminder I have these days but particularly unwelcome today.  Another upsetting thing that happened today is that I spilled my soup in the microwave at work – the whole bowl of it!  Fortunately, I had more soup but I had to run and get a bunch of paper towels then wait again while that heated up, it was just not what I needed today.


Friday, January 12th, 2018

Weight: 195.4 lbs

Food:

  • Egg & cheese breakfast sandwich
  • Juice
  • Orange
  • Vegetable beef soup
  • Triscuits
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate Milk
  • Diet limeade
  • Chili cheese tots
  • Popcorn chicken

I am so ready for this week to be over!


Saturday, January 13th, 2018

Weight: 196.6 lbs

Food:tempeh stir fry

  • Water
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Potatoes
  • French toast
  • Butter
  • Melon
  • Pineapple
  • Grapes
  • Cheeseburger (minus a bun)
  • Pickles
  • Crystal light
  • Milk
  • Brown rice with kale
  • Stir fry (tempeh & vegetables)
  • Chocolate milk

I had a breakfast buffet today – the first time I have had a buffet since my surgery.  I did basically clean my plate but I did not go back for seconds.  I guess I am getting better at gauging what I can eat.

I made dinner for my grandma and myself using food that we both had leftover / lying around.  It turned out pretty well and only made about one extra meal for each of us (maybe one and a half for me).  I shall call it a success.


Sunday, January 14th, 2018

Weight: 196.4 lbstofu with side

Food:

  • Milk
  • Orange
  • Tofu
  • Mushrooms & onions & garlic
  • Juice
  • Bean burrito

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Weight: 195 lbs

Food:

  • Chocolate milk
  • Yogurt
  • Orange
  • Beef vegetable soup
  • Triscuits
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Bean burrito
  • Crystal Light

I need to do some dishes so that I can cook again!  For now, I have some leftover bits that I can make into meals but it will be way easier to eat well when I have an empty sink and clean cookware.

Blood sugar: 94 (6 am)


Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Weight: 195 lbs17 weeks

Food:

  • Juice
  • Egg & cheese breakfast sandwich
  • Tea
  • Apple
  • Muffin
  • Tea
  • Turkey & cheese sandwich
  • Juice
  • Stir fry (tempeh & vegetables)
  • Milk

I bought new underwear some time ago because my size 8 boyshorts were too big – particularly in the butt and thigh.  Anyway, I got size 7 and those are a little too small, not enough to preclude wearing them but enough that they do not fit at all like they should, thanks to my lowest stomach roll.  I have always bought cotton underwear – Hanes or Jockey or the like but last week, I decided to try a different kind.  I was at Walmart, where I do not often shop, to spend a gift card, and stumbled upon a package of size 7 boyshorts on clearance ($6 for 5 pairs).  They are polyester and spandex but seem to breathe well so I decided to give them a try and I really like how they fit!  Time will tell whether the material is really suited to me but so far they feel good and fit well, so I am going to call it a win for now.

16 Weeks Post Surgery

I no longer have the holiday excuse to graze all day and not go to the gym (not that it was really a valid excuse anyway but it is what happened.

Okay, it is time now to get back on track.  I no longer have the holiday excuse to graze all day and not go to the gym (not that it was really a valid excuse anyway but it is what happened.


Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Weight: 197 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Tea
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Juice
  • French dip
  • Chocolate
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Cheese
  • Milk

We ordered in today at work for a lunch meeting.  I was going to get a salad but it is so cold out that I decided I needed something hot.  I ended up with a French dip sandwich and I only ate one side of the bread (the side with cheese stuck to it).  Still, I over-ate and threw up a little bit after lunch although it wasn’t too bad, really.  I haven’t done that in a while and I thought I had learned better but apparently it is an ongoing lesson for me.

Blood sugar: 125 (6 am)


Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Weight: 197 lbs

Food:

  • Chocolate milk
  • Yogurt
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Chicken tortilla soup
  • Juice
  • Peanuts
  • Tofu
  • Ranch dressing

Apparently it is possible for tofu to be too crispy – or at least too burned.  I did eat it anyway.

Blood sugar: 111 (6 am)


Friday, January 5th, 2018

Weight: 197 lbs

Food:

  • Kefir
  • Tea
  • Peanuts
  • Water
  • Chili
  • Saltines
  • Tea
  • Vegetable soup
  • Seeded crackers
  • Milk

Instead of getting takeout for dinner with my grandma, I bought some soup when I was at CostCo to pick up a prescription.  It is soup season, after all.  It turns out that she had vegetable soup for lunch as well!  That’s okay though, she is a good sport but I did not leave any behind since she had plenty of her own.  It was organic minestrone and was pretty good although could use a little salt.  The one actual issue was the relatively low protein content.  I had some milk tonight but I might add some meat to the leftover soup to make it better suit my diet.


Saturday, January 6th, 2018

Weight: 197 lbs

Food:

  • Eggs
  • Bran muffin
  • Water
  • Tomato
  • Tofu
  • Cheese
  • Pesto
  • Tea
  • Chicken Enchilada
  • Refried Beans

I went out to breakfast today because I had a few things to do in the morning.  I got a peach bran muffin which was pretty good although I could not eat anywhere near the whole thing.


Sunday, January 7th, 2018

Weight: 197 lbs

Food:

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Hash Browns
  • Toast
  • Tomato
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Pesto
  • Milk
  • Vegetable beef soup
  • Milk

I got a small steak at the grocery store today, cut it up, cooked it, and added it to my vegetable soup.  I think it worked pretty well – I plan to pack it for my lunch at work tomorrow as well.


Monday, January 8th, 2018

Weight: 196.2 lbs

Food:

  • Milk
  • Bran muffin
  • Vegetable beef soup
  • Triscuits
  • Juice
  • Salmon
  • Mushrooms, onions, & garlic
  • Chocolate milk
  • Apple

Finally, my weight went down a little!  I know that I brought the plateau on myself by snacking so much over the holidays but it is nice to finally see a bit of movement on the scale after so long.

Blood sugar: 120 (6 am)


Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Weight: 196.8 lbs16 weeks

Food:

  • Kefir
  • Orange
  • Juice
  • Water
  • French dip sandwich (minus some bread)
  • Orange
  • Tea
  • Vegetable beef soup
  • Oyster crackers
  • Chocolate milk
  • Melon

Blood sugar: 114 (6 am)

15 Weeks Post Surgery (Happy New Year)

Whenever I visit my parents, I end up snacking a lot.  It’s not that we have bad food there, in fact most of it is healthy-ish but I constantly graze when I am in Georgia and that is exactly the kind of behavior that is particularly bad for my new smaller stomach.

So, I had most of this week off from work and that turned out to be a bad thing!  Well, sort of, bad for my diet at least.  Whenever I visit my parents, I end up snacking a lot.  It’s not that we have bad food there, in fact most of it is healthy-ish but I constantly graze when I am in Georgia and that is exactly the kind of behavior that is particularly bad for my new smaller stomach.  I also ate more bread than I have been although way less bread than I used to eat when visiting.  I don’t keep it around my apartment anymore so it is pretty easy to avoid at home.  At least I ate small pieces in Georgia even if I did do it a few more times than I ought to have.

While visiting, I tried to note down everything I ate but it is inevitable that I had something else as well which I forgot – maybe nuts or string cheese or fruit but still, undocumented food.  Now that I am back to my routine, I hope to be able to both record my weight again and get back on track with my weight loss.


Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Weight: probably not actually 201 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Jam
  • Apple
  • Cheese
  • Water
  • Chili
  • Cheese
  • Tea
  • Juice
  • Salmon
  • Cauliflower mash
  • Broccoli
  • Bean salad
  • Bread & butter
  • Chocolate milk
  • Grapes
  • Cashews
  • Light Lemonade

I went swimming today and thought I would weigh myself in the locker room.  Of course, when I got there, I had a squirming toddler so by the time I remembered to try the fancy scale (like the kind they used to have in doctors’ offices where you slide the weights along the top) I was dripping wet and wrapped in a towel.  I guess my no-data gap will just get longer.


Thursday, December 28th, 2017

I do not appear to have written down anything that I ate on this day – oops!


Friday, December 29th, 2017

Food:

  • Salmon
  • Beef Wellington with sauce
  • Chocolate milk
  • Dried mango
  • Chicken salad
  • Water
  • Apple cider
  • Bread & butter
  • Fish & tofu & bean taco
  • Tomato mozzarella salad
  • Grapes

I made dinner again tonight – tacos, this time.  I like tacos because they are versatile and can please anybody.  I marinated tofu strips and baked them and lightly breaded and fried tilapia with some seasoning.  It was pretty good although I couldn’t actually finish the last bite or so of my taco – in a corn tortilla even though I like them less because it was smaller.


Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Food:

  • Eggs
  • Spinach
  • Tomato mozzarella salad
  • Juice
  • Chili
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Gelato
  • Black bean casserole
  • Refried beans
  • Cheese
  • Jello salad
  • Chocolate milk

I was theoretically only planning on having a bite or so of gelato but wow, I have missed ice cream!


Sunday, December 31st, 2017

Food:

  • Spinach
  • Tomato mozzarella salad
  • Chicken lunchmeat
  • Water
  • String cheese
  • Chai latte
  • Cookie
  • Juice
  • Burrito
  • Japanese soup with rice cakes
  • Berries
  • Tim-Tam
  • Sparkling cider

Ah, New Year’s Eve, a night for partying!  Okay, I did not party (which is unsurprising) although I was reasonably social.  I had a little sparkling cider at midnight, which was nice and did not feel like it really expanded my stomach.

Before that, I flew home from Georgia where I got a latte at the airport and had a cookie on the airplane, it was definitely not my healthiest day.


Monday, January 1st, 2018

Weight: 198.4 lbs

Food:

  • Water
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Gyro
  • French fries
  • Ketchup
  • Apple
  • Milk
  • Creamed Spinach
  • Tofu
  • Juice

So, I finally weighed myself on my own scale again but the result was discouraging (although not entirely unexpected).  I just have to go back to not grazing so that I can get back on track!


Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Weight: 198 lbs15 weeks

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Chocolate
  • Gyro
  • French fries
  • Ranch dressing
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Creamed spinach
  • Burrito
  • Apple
  • Milk

I had to go back to work today.  I like my job but it was still tough after all that time off!  It will be good though because I won’t have so much time to snack as I did over the holidays.  Also, I am going to try to go back to the gym although it is really cold so I don’t really want to wash my hair then have to go outside.

I had big plans to upgrade my leftover fries with chili and cheese to make them both more delicious and more protein-y but then I did not make chili so I just ate them with ranch dressing instead.  At least the gyro meat is full of protein.  Also, I bought some yogurt that will do me good.

14 Weeks Post Surgery (Merry Christmas)

I have lost more than 30% of my “excess weight” and most of my test results were encouraging – I need to work on getting more Vitamin D and Iron but overall, everything is looking pretty good! 

This week includes my three month checkup and Christmas.  Fortunately, my family is not the stuff ourselves with fatty and sugary treats kind of crowd, so the holidays should not be too hard on me but I guess only time will really tell.

I realize that I had started a thing where I note the exercise I did on a day but then I forgot to keep up with it so it looks like I didn’t go to the gym at all last week instead of the massive two times I actually made it.  I am going to try to go back to that this week but in all honesty, I probably won’t remember.


Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Weight: 198 lbs (6 am at home) / 200 lbs (5 pm at the doctor’s office with some clothes on)

Food:

  • Juice (8 oz)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Apple
  • Tea (8 oz)
  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Coleslaw
  • Beef & bean soft taco
  • Milk (8 oz)

I have been eating some things that are not really allowed prior to my three month appointment but I have been making mostly good decisions and chewing very thoroughly so I have high hopes that there are no problems which will arise from my possibly poor decision making.  My weight did go up a bit today but I am not too worried yet.  I don’t ever want to go north of 200 lbs again but some variation isn’t a big deal (or so I tell myself every time it happens) as long as the general trend is downward, which it is.

weight trend

We had barbecue brought in for lunch today and even though I love the corn muffins, I did not eat one!  I am going to claim that as a personal achievement.

At the doctor’s office today, I was told that things are going well.  I have lost more than 30% of my “excess weight” and most of my test results were encouraging – I need to work on getting more Vitamin D and Iron but overall, everything is looking pretty good!  I am allowed to eat anything I want now, at least texture-wise.  Of course, I still have to make good choices and limit the quantities.

Blood pressure: 131/72 (5 pm at the doctor’s office)


Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Weight: 197 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Juice (8 oz)
  • Tea (8 oz)
  • Salad with ranch dressing
  • Chili
  • Water (8 oz)
  • Dove chocolate square
  • Quesadilla
  • Cookie

We ordered in lunch for today because of a customer visit.  In celebration of my official ability to eat raw vegetables again, I asked for a salad – well, a salad and chili because I still need protein and I like chili.  The chili was a little spicy but I suspect it was more the salad that caused me some intestinal distress, I have not had raw carrots or cucumbers in some time.  My stomach didn’t really hurt, exactly.  It was more like unpleasantness but sharp somehow.  Is stabbing discomfort a thing?  Anyway, it went away in like half an hour, so I am not too worried and I have food left to eat for lunch tomorrow.


Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Weight: 197 lbs

Food:

  • Yogurt
  • Tea (8 oz)
  • Chocolate truffle
  • Chili
  • Cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Beef & bean burrito

My boss bought us pizza for lunch today.  It is the easiest thing to do with a large group and is usually popular.  Since I cannot eat pizza (or shouldn’t, at least) I ate my leftover chili along with some cheese and sour cream to help cut the spiciness, it worked out pretty well.

At home, I had my penultimate leftover burrito before leaving town for a week.

Blood sugar: 137 (6 am)


Saturday, December 23rd, 2017

Weight: 197 lbs

Food:

  • Burrito
  • Water
  • Peaches
  • Apple
  • Tomato juice
  • Pretzels
  • Roast beef wrap
  • Orange
  • Water
  • Pasta primavera
  • Almonds
  • Milk

I flew to Georgia today to visit with my parents (and, starting tomorrow, my brother’s family).  Over the next week or so, my food lists may be incomplete and my weight will probably be totally off since I think my parents have an older dial scale and I am not sure how accurate it is.


Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Weight: not actually 194 lbs

Food:

  • Water
  • String cheese
  • Egg white omelet
  • Avocado
  • Roast beef wrap
  • Apple
  • Mushroom brie soup
  • Saltines
  • Crystal Light
  • Almonds
  • Cheese
  • Orange
  • Water
  • Cheddar broccoli soup
  • Tomato mozzarella salad
  • String cheese
  • Orange
  • Light Lemonade

The scale at my parents’ house is like five pounds off (give or take) and I weighed myself while wearing clothes, which I do not do at home.  The number it gave me looked like 194 and I thought maybe I could adjust it later to fill in my data but no, it isn’t really useful so I will just recommence weighing myself when I return to Michigan.

We waited at the airport for a long time, between getting there early and the flight being delayed, so we ended up eating at TGI Friday’s which isn’t ideal but at least had a football game playing for my father to watch.  It is hard to find a place that will suit both my diet, which is meat-heavy these days, and my father’s, which leans vegetarian.  I did snack a lot.


Monday, December 25th, 2017

Food:christmas dinner serving

  • Eggs
  • Almonds
  • Juice
  • Tea
  • Veggie burger
  • Cheese
  • Chocolate milk (no sugar)
  • Cauliflower mash
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Creamed spinach
  • Beef Wellington with sauce
  • Red wine
  • Fruit
  • Cookie
  • Chocolate fondue
  • Hummus
  • Cracker

Ah, Christmas, an excuse to cook fancy food!  I actually quite like cooking fancyish food but never have any reason to do so and so, with the help of my sister-in-law, I set about making an excessive holiday meal.

fondueI have always wanted to make Beef Wellington so I decided to go for it while I had at least four people to eat it.  I made individual Mushroom Wellingtons last year and so decided to go for that again as a vegetarian alternative.  I also made delicious fat-filled creamed spinach and a sauce with garlic, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and red wine.  Roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic were a last minute addition thanks to my mother’s information that she had a whole bag of yellow potatoes with no particular dish in mind.  My sister-in-law made a cauliflower mash and chocolate fondue for dessert.  I don’t remember the last time I had fondue, it was super yummy!  I did have one cookie in addition to mostly fruit dipped in chocolate.  It was good but I actually liked the apples best (even more than the strawberries).


Tuesday, December 26th, 201714 weeks

Food:

  • Apple
  • Creamed spinach
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Beef Wellington and sauce
  • Dried mango
  • Juice
  • Cashews
  • Lasagna
  • Toast
  • Butter
  • Cabbage salad
  • Bean salad
  • Apple
  • Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate

There is a weird decorative mirror in the room I slept in at my parents’ house so there are lines going through my weekly photos.  That’s okay, I feel like the general idea is still valid.  At least I remembered to take the picture!