Sunday, January 31, 2010

Setting limits

I've been working at lot this past month. (We have a big deadline on Monday. I was at work when I started this even though it's a Sunday.) I had to miss some workouts due to work, too. This did not make me happy. I know it's the nature of my industry (software development) to have these period of craziness as a deadline approaches. But what I have learned over the years is that the job will take as much as you are willing to give it and it is often a stingy lover that doesn't give much back.

I also have my family that I need to pay attention to and I have my Ironman that I'm training for. Those are important too -- dare I say out loud and in public, more important than whether or not some version of some yet to be announced product has ten new features instead of nine? Well, I've said it and it may come back to haunt me, but so be it.

So I have decided to set some limits so I don't go insane this season or suffer another injury. Here are my rules for 2010:

-Get home by 10 pm and go to bed by midnight every night no matter what is left undone

-Do my scheduled workouts unless something with a definite time deadline comes up (i.e., "this needs to be done by 10am tomorrow" not "we're behind schedule"). If I have to come back to work afterwards, that's okay, but I'm still going to leave and do them

-No regular morning workouts that require getting up before 7:30 am so that I get my full 7.5 hours of sleep a night. An occasional early morning workout is okay, but regular ones just took too much out of me last season.

If I can get this going, I'll start making bedtime earlier so I can get up earlier, but I'm still working on getting to bed by midnight so it's too soon to think about the 10:00 pm bedtime that I tried for last year and failed at achieving. Plus, I am so not a morning person and I think it's time to stop trying to be one.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Energy Bars - A recipe

I have been experimenting with an energy bar recipe. This one isn't necessarily "bariatric friendly" as it is is designed as a workout food and has a fair amount of sugar if you make it with dried fruit as I do. But it's tasty and has more protein than something like Powerbar's Energy Bites.

After lots of tinkering, I think I finally got it -- my "bars" came out the best I've tasted and I think I'm done fiddling. So here you go:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Over the hump

And not just because it's Thursday either.

I'm talking about my calf injury that has been driving me crazy since October. For the past week, I've been pushing it as much as I can and I've found that pretty much anything I've done has not kept me from working out the next day. I even did a brick! (Well, sort of.)

I still can't run very much. But I can run and every time I try, I can run more and faster. Also, it feels better when I work out than when I don't, which is always a good sign.

So the end is in sight, at least.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Carnie Wilson - My turn to pile on

So the weight loss surgery community has been buzzing about Carnie Wilson's new show (Carnie Wilson Unstapled). I haven't actually seen it, but I have seen her various interviews pimping out the show and, as usual, I have an opinion.

First of all, some of my fellow WLS peep can be really harsh and judgmental. Okay, I guess that's a universal truth that extends beyond those of us who are surgically altered. But, let's face it, regain scares the shit out of us.

So when someone is going through it -- especially someone who has put herself out there and is (essentially) making a living off being a WLS patient, a certain amount of backlash is inevitable. Those other people obviously didn't follow "the rules" or they aren't disciplined or they expected the surgery to be a magic cure.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Regain? Settling in? Off-season?

So I've been struggling with trying not to gain weight during the off season which is also corresponds to what I refer to as "The Eating Season" a.k.a. The Holidays. I wasn't entirely successful and it's been stressing me out.

I ended up about three pounds, but what bothers me the most is that my muscle mass has gone down and my fat percentage has gone up. I know this is from lack of exercise due to my injury and I can't really help it, but it's still frustrating. Plus, to be honest, even if I wasn't injured, I definitely would have cut back a bit ... I needed the break.

Monday, January 18, 2010

New blogging gig

I've got another blogging gig. I'm going to write some articles for the GOTRIbal site. They aren't quite ready for this feature yet, but I'm too excited to wait to mention it.

I think I might write my first article ahead of time.

I've done a few more for Melting Mama too, but never ended up linking them on here. So here they are:

The Pissy Period

What I can eat

I also posted the pix from the above article on my new Fan Page for this blog. Join us at:

Fatty Fights Back on Facebook

I'm going to put stuff there that doesn't quite fit here and also I expect that page to be more interactive. I just started a discussion topic, for example.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Being "good" doesn't show up on the scale

For some reason, threads on internet message boards come in clusters. So for the past four days I have read thread after thread were someone was complaining that either they had been very good and the next day the scale didn't reflect it or that they were very bad and the next day the scale didn't reflect it.

These threads tend to drive me a bit mad, to be honest. I take this as a sign that I've been on the internet too long ... I'm now at the point where 90% of the discussions are not new to me and I am intolerant of repetition. But I digress. I do have a point to make and it is this:

Scales don't reflect whether or not you are good or bad. You can eat only healthy food and exercise all the time, but, if your calories in are greater than your calories out, you will gain weight. Likewise, you can eat crap food all the time and never exercise and, if your calories in are less than your calories out, you will lose. Of course, someone who eats crap food and doesn't exercise will eventually have other problems and the person who eats healthy foods and exercise gets other benefits from it. That's why it's not all about the scale.

But, still, this bears repeating: scales don't tell you how good you are.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fluid - My first sponsor

I'm so excited because I am now a Fluid Silver Elite team member!

We had a presentation at my triathlon club on how to get sponsorships. One way is to sign up on so I did that and got a bunch of offers from Boarder/Skater companies whose stuff I'd never used. (Can you picture me in hot pants and $150 sunglasses? Hee.)

But then I got an offer from Fluid, a company I know and even use their products! How cool is that?

Monday, January 4, 2010

An Eggface New Year

We used to have an Open House every year for the holidays, but since we moved into the new place -- remodeled to be perfect for entertaining -- we found ourselves not in a position to do that. So this year I decided to break the cycle and force ourselves to entertain.

But what to serve? I went to The World According to Eggface to find a few recipes and ended up making most of the food from ideas on her blog. We had her Pizza Meatloaf and I made some egg bites -- my own recipe, but I got the original idea for egg bites from her -- plus some homemade candy, some candied popcorn, a pine cone cheese ball and some antipasto skewers. Then I added in my usual protein muffins and cookies and figured out how to make a vegan blondie. Everything else was store-bought.