Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bicyclist are crazy!

I try to bike at least 12 mi. every weekend. This weekend it was scheduled to rain. So I didn't bike on Saturday, thinking I'd get caught in the rain. When it didn't really rain that much, after all, I decided to take a chance and go biking on Sunday.

Except as soon as I got out there, I realized I was biking into a headwind. No matter, I thought, that means I'll have a tailwind on the way back. So I biked down to the Alvarado Creek Regional Trail, which is a slab of asphalt that runs along Alvarado Creek. On the way, I see some bicyclists. On the trail I see bicyclists. Most of the families and joggers and walkers that you normally see on the trail are all smart enough to stay home. But not us bikers -- we're crazy!

Then, I start to feel some drops. It doesn't look like the skies are going to open up right then and there, so I keep going. The next thing I know, the headwind is a side wind. Then it starts raining. I keep biking. The few joggers and walkers have all disappeared, but I'm out there. And so are other bikers! What's wrong with these bikers -- are they crazy? It's raining and windy!

Eventually the rain goes away and so does the wind and the joggers and walkers come back. As well as more bicylists. I have no tailwind to aid me on the way back, but I still made good time, much better than last week -- when I couldn't figure out my derailers and also got a bit lost.

I had a blast, by the way. If you need more proof that bicyclists are crazy.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Chicken Florentine Egg Bites

I blame WLS and a woman named June Cleaver and another named Eggface for my recent obsession with cooking.

I have never been much into it. For one thing, there are all these terms I don't know and ingredients I've never heard of, so at every step I felt incompetent. I don't like that feeling! Also, it just seemed like too much work for too little reward.

But something has changed and now I see it as a big challenge. Not only am I obsessed with cooking, but with creating my own recipes.

So here is my first one. It's still not quite perfect yet, but it's close:

Chicken Florentine Egg Bites



Ingredients:

5 eggs
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
5 green onions
4 chopped mushrooms
1/3 c. chopped tomatoes
1/3 c. cooked spinach (I use frozen)
1/2 c. 2% milk Italian Blend shredded cheese
1/2 c. grilled chicken
1 tsp. Italian Spices
1/2 tsp. Oregano Leaves (Dried)

Prep:

Pre-heat oven to 350 ° F

Chop mushrooms in big chunks (about twice bite sized)
Chop 3 green onions (all the white and the green up until it starts to get hollow)
Mince garlic cloves
Grill chicken, if you aren't using leftovers

Melt 1 tsp of butter in a skillet and saute garlic, onions, mushrooms and chicken until the mushrooms are about half done

Add spinach and continue sauteing until the moisture is gone and the mushrooms are done.

Set aside sauteed mixture to cool

Grease 24 mini-muffin cups (2 - 12 cup pans or 1 - 24 cup pan). I use olive oil.

Chop tomatoes if using fresh (but canned diced are fine)
Chop remaining 2 green onions

Mix eggs in a medium mixing bowl

Add tomatoes, onions, shredded cheese and spices and mix thoroughly

By now the sauteed mixture should have cooled off enough. Add it to the mixture and scoop in the mini-muffin cups. I use a gravy ladle.

Bake for 30 min. or until centers are firm.

Once out of the oven, you can eat some right then and put the rest in the fridge for later. You can freeze them too.

I find they make great lunches to take to work.

I reheat in the microwave, but Eggface says to reheat in the toaster oven. (Eggface created the original "bites" recipe.) She's probably right, but we don't have a toaster oven either at home or at work and the microwave works fine for 1 reheat. Two would be too much, I think.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Three Month Check-up

I had trouble getting in to see Dr. Awesome for my Three Month Follow-up visit. He actually wanted to see me in early Dec. because of the whole ER thing. But I already had an appointment for Dec. 19th, so he said to go with that.

But the Monday before, I got a call confirming my appointment and saying it was all the way out in Sacramento! It seems the office schedule has changed and it's no longer Friday clinic in SF. I adore Dr. Awesome, as you all know, but not enough to drive all the way out to Sacramento from work! I rescheduled for early Jan.

In the meantime, I had had labs done to see if my protein and potassium issues had been resolved. My labs were great! Okay, except for protein which was still low and magnesium which was as low as it could be and still be normal. As soon as I got the labs back, I started pushing protein more.

Dr. Awesome had told me to get 100 g a day and I just hadn't been able to do that. I was doing around 90 g a day, up from 80 g. So I just started pushing protein like crazy. I was eating a lot at night and it was just too much food so I wasn't happy about it. My potassium prescription was set to run out the day of my appointment too. So I was really looking forward to it so we could talk about these things.

And then the Monday before I got another call from the office. It seems I had been scheduled for a time when Dr. Awesome was flying to Hawaii to do clinic there. So they wanted me to reschedule. Again.

At this point, I was pretty pissed. I didn't feel like the protein or potassium issues could wait. So I emailed Dr. Awesome and he had the office call me and set up a phone appointment. We went over my labs (which he agreed looked good), talked about the protein, (Yes, I still have to do 100 g a day minimum --rats!) and some other stuff.

He was really happy with my weight loss and said not to worry so much about carbs and stuff since what I'm doing is working. Of course, what I'm doing is limiting carbs whenever my weight loss slows down, so I guess I still have to worry about them after all. He think, if I keep going like this, I'll be down to 116 by the end of the year. I'm not sure I believe I can go that low. But I'm willing to give it a shot.

At this point, I still have my appointment for next week, but I also have permission to cancel it, if I need to. I haven't decided yet. I still haven't gotten my eStore order since I never went into SF. If they'll send it down to San Jose (where I had to schedule my appointment to avoid waiting even longer), I may show up for it after all. I do have a list of questions as long as my arm, though most of them are generic and could even be asked at the support meeting. I also could have asked them over the phone, but they just weren't important enough at the time.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Three month pix and stats and stuff

I bet you were wondering where these were. My three month anniversary was Dec. 24th so, as you might imagine, I was a bit busy. I did actually get some pictures taken and even did my measurements. But then I did nothing with them.





Not bad. (Though I look better now -- just wait for the 4 month shots!)

But, trust me on this one, I'm at the point where I look much better naked. For one thing, you can tell I have collarbones and ribs. Yes, ribs! (Okay, I have to lay down for you to see the ribs. But they are there.) Also, the middle looks less thick without clothes.

Maybe I should have done these shots in my workout clothes instead, but I made a conscious decision to use street clothes as that's how most people see me most of the time.

Here are my measurements:

Bust: 41 " - down 1 "
Chset 33 " - down 1.5 "
Waist: 34 " - down 2 "
Stomach - 47 " - down 1 "
Hips: 44 " - down 1 "
Thigh: 21 " - down 1"
Calf: 15 " - UP 1/2 " (It's muscle, too. I have muscles in my legs and arms!)
Arm: 12 " - down 1/2 "

Friday, January 9, 2009

Drinking (Protein) and Driving Don't Mix

I have gotten in the habit of drinking a protein shake on my way to work. At least, I start it in the car and finish it at work. Even then it takes me until 11:00 am to finish the darn things.

Anyway, on my way to work Wed, I'm chugging along, reach for my shake in it's Magic Bullet "party" cup and ... disater strikes! Somehow I fumble and the entire cup flips in the air and lands -- upside down, of course -- in the space between my seat and the console. Protein slop is everywhere.

I think about going back to the house for a towel, but it would make me late for a meeting - a meeting I run, so my absence would be noted. So I pull over, grab a box of tissues from the glove compartment and start mopping up. I get everything I can and then continue on to work.

Yes, I'm late for the meeting, but I called first and someone else ran it until I got there. Then I immediately have another meeting. So it's close to 11 am before I can get back to the car to finish mopping up.

At this point the car smells like Chike Orange Dream. I also discover that I had missed a big blob and it had melted into the carpet under my chair. But I go at it with a sponge and paper towels and a cup of water and get up everything I can.

It's two days later and my car still smells like a Dreamsicle. I think I'm going to have to get it detailed and soon before the carpet starts rotting away.

To make matter worse, today I decide to try putting the shake into an adult sippy cup (those cups for drinking coffee or tea while driving). But it's too thick to come out. So I try to put it back into the party cup and ... disater strikes. Yes, again.

There is now Chike Banana Magic shake all over my kitchen floor. Not to mention my favorite sneakers and the pants I want to wear to work. Again, I mop it up as best as I can and go to work. At least this time I wasn't late for the meeting. And the kitchen doesn't smell like a banana as far as I can tell.

I'm kind of dreading what will happen next though.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

12P pants and they FIT

Usually I don't buy things that don't fit me, even when dieting, because I figure just because I'll be that size someday doesn't mean this particular article of clothing is going to fit well or be flattering on me when the time comes.

But with Mervyn's going out of business and advertising 70% off and my size 14 tops getting loose, I made an exception and bought a pair of 12P pants. That was a month ago and today I tried them on and they fit!

They don't look too bad either. They are gray with pinstripes made out of some shiny thread kind of like some of the threads in my RocketDog sneakers. Which are also gray. Yes, I wear sneakers with dress pants and a suit jacket. Hey, I'm a Software Engineer -- I have to be a little geeky or everyone will think I'm a Pointy Haired Boss.

So it all worked out. However, I don't think I'll do this again as I managed to get a pair with no pockets and with cuffs. I would have figured that out if I'd been able to try them on. Well, at least I would have figured out the cuffs. I don't always catch the no pockets thing. And what is it with women's clothing not having pockets? Where am I supposed to put my iPhone, for goodness sake!

But that's not the important part. The important part is that I'm in size 12! Not just on top but on the bottom too. The middle part seems to be the last to leave me so this 12P pants thing has been a long time coming.

It's just so awesome to not be forced to wear saggy butt pants just so I can button them at the waist!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Out of obesity

Okay, that should probably read "I'm no longer obese!!!!!!!!" and add a few girlie squeals in there for good measure and maybe some smilie faces and LOLZ. But I decided to go for the sophisticated pun headline instead. After all, I can't end all my blog titles with !! even if I'm feeling very !!! these days.

Today, I finally broke under 159, which means I am no longer clinically obese. I feel as good about this as if I was no longer fat, probably because the word "obese" is a really gross word, for some reason. Say it outloud... O-BEEEssz. Even if you didn't know what the word meant, just from the sound of it, you'd know it wasn't a good thing.

Granted, it's not as bad as morbidly obese which has the grossness of the word obese coupled with DEATH, but it's still not a pretty word.

And I no longer have to use it to describe myself. Or, if I do, I can put the word "formerly" in front of it.

I think I'll still use "fat" though. As you can tell from the title of my blog, the word "fat" doesn't phase me. After all, you need fat to cushion your organs and make your skin soft. Plus it makes food taste good. Not to mention, at 156 (whee!), I am still fat with a BMI in the overweight range.

Which leads to the thought... will I always self-identify as a fat person? I remember being in High School and being 110 and having lots of guys chasing me and still feeling like I was SO FAT and if I only lost 10 lb. life would all be different. Somehow.

Thank god for some perspective.

But not forgetting where you came from is good too. So I think I will try to always remember that standing behind this thinner body is the ghost of much thicker version.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Look at my new baby

My mom sent me some money for Christmas. So I used to buy this:

My New Bike

(If you get to the front page, click on "USA" and then you'll be passed through to the correct page.)

Isn't she a beauty? I did get the red color too. Of course.

Now I need to decide what kind of pedals to get and pick up some bike shorts. I used to have some. They stopped fitting me and eventually I got rid of them. Ironically they are exactly the size I would need now. Maybe I should practice being more of a pack rat.

2009 Goals

I am not a big believer in New Year's Resolutions. In fact, back in Jan. of 1984 I made a New Year's resolution not to make any more New Year's resolutions. I managed to keep it, too, for a long time. But these past few years, it's been harder. This year, since I'm constantly re-evaluating where I'm at, it was particularly hard not to make any. I did update my running list of goals that I set at the beginning of deciding to get Weight Loss Surgery.

But they are not, I repeat, not New Year's Resolutions! (Yeah, I don't know who I'm fooling either.)

  1. To give my inner "skinny bitch" a body that matches, just like she deserves.
  2. To live into my 90s as one of those cantakerous little old ladies with 10x as much energy as the youngsters I run circles around
  3. To get off my BP meds (completed)
  4. To go swimming with my daughter and stop making excuses every time she asks because I don't want to deal with appearing in a bathing suit in public (I've done it once, but it's winter. Let's see what happens when summer comes.)
  5. To start ballroom dancing, get a partner and compete on the amateur circuit To complete a Sprint Triathlon
  6. To get rid of my plantar fasciitis once and for all (looking good, but won't know for sure until I stop using the inserts)
  7. To be at least a size 10, maybe smaller, and to shop in regular stores and not just the fat old lady department at Macys (second half has happened, still working on the first half)
  8. To get rid of my GERD (completed)
  9. To get down to 175 (completed)
  10. To no longer be clinically obese (oh so close)
  11. To get down to 155
  12. To get down to 1350 (possible goal weight?)
  13. To walk 10,000 steps a day at least 4 days a week (completed)