Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wow! I RULE!

Tomorrow is my 4-week surgiversary, so naturally I had my 3-week nutrition class.*  Now prepare yourself for me to gloat on how awesome I am:

1.  I have lost almost 50 lbs since my pre-op appointment.  That's right.  "The Biggest Loser" can cover THAT in syrup and shove it down their pie-holes!**  The week of ice-chips and the Valentine's Day ER trip for a stricture may have something to do with the fact that I lost more weight than anyone else in the class--including the men.  But I'm takin' credit for it!

2.  Even though I feel as thought I don't know what I'm doing post-surgery, I knew way more than anyone else in the nutrition class (except, of course, the nutritionist).  I knew all the answers to the questions she asked us, and I knew most of the answers to the questions that the other patient's asked.  I even was able to give tips on how to make a hot protein shake (like a cappucino or hot chocolate) without having it get gritty (hint: it involves making a slurry).  I guess I'm getting better at this than I realized.

3.  I parked far away from the office and walked there, without my supplemental oxygen.  By myself.  Uphill.  In snow (well, melted snow, but you get the idea).

4.  I had plans to go shopping after the class, but I had already drank all the water I had brought and I hadn't had protein in about 3 hours.  So I had to decide:  go shopping and pay for it later because I'm dehydrated and hungy?  or do what I should and go home and take care of myself.  Now, if you knew me before, you would know that I would jump on that shopping trip like Kathy Griffin on a Gay Pride float.***  I would have paid for it later by being really sick, but I've always been more about fun than consequences.  This time, however, I made the smart decision and actually went home to take care of myself.

5.  I decided my reward for all the proceeding fabulousness was to use my Borders gift card from Christmas and blow all $25 on an array of useless but beautiful magazines (which I love!).  I didn't even consider a food reward (which has always been my go-to).  So I'm heading out there later this evening.

Folks, in our society, we are very rarely allowed to toot our own horns.  I know that women especially are taught not to brag because it is unlady-like.  And I generally feel like I should keep my big mouth shut because of these unwritten rules.  But I have to say that it feels really good to have things going well at this point.  So here I am unashamedly (yet metaphorically) leaning my head out the window and yelling "TOOT TOOT" at the top of my lungs. 

Go me!

*Math portions of this post brought to you by the letter C, as in the grade I got in math class in 7th grade.
**Writer of this blog does not espouse any sort of forced or involuntary pie-hole-shoving, whether or not it is covered in syrup.
***...not that there's anything wrong with that.  I love me some Kathy Griffin.  And Gay Pride.  Please don't be offended by my similes.


  1. Good grief, you rock! I've been noticing every time I see "50" any where (i.e. buy now and get 50% off) that I think of you and how those 50 pounds are gone. As in, never to be seen again.

    I'm so happy that you're happy with your progress! WAY TO GO! :)