Happy Monday to one and all!
First, my trip to South Carolina. Whew. I am absolutely exhausted. Instead of feeling like 3 days away, it felt like one really LONG day with several small naps in between events. I went for my brother-in-law's surprise 40th birthday party. He was definitely surprised and it meant a lot to him and my sister that I was there, so I guess it was all worth it. Needless to say, it's taking quite a bit of caffeine to keep myself going this morning. Really wishing I would've taken today off work to recuperate. As for eating...well, I had lots of Carolina BBQ and even had some delicious seafood for lunch Saturday. I think I kept my portions fairly well...I did experience my first "stuck" episode on a piece of tomato. Clearly just a sign that I didn't chew well enough. I also heard my "full" alarm loud and clear while eating some leftover BBQ. I didn't make it through the whole plate before my band said, "One more bite and you're going to regret it." Both of these incidents surprised me as I haven't had my first fill yet. My doctor told me he put 3 cc's in at the time of surgery but I don't even know how big my band is so I figured it's merely a drop in the bucket. I wasn't expecting to have any restriction yet and while I can still definitely eat more than I should, I am feeling signs that my band is there and working. Also, I had a bagel this morning and was full after only 1 1/2 of it...an improvement over the old me. I didn't weigh myself this morning as I don't want to be discouraged by a gain after my trip so I'll face the music tomorrow. My daughter had her first soccer practice on Saturday. She's 5 and has never played before. Somehow she had it in her head that "soccer is for boys" so we signed her up really just to teach her that girls can do anything boys can do. I missed it (and felt so bad about it) but Hubby took pictures and of course, said she was already better than a lot of the other kids there. LOL. He's obviously biased. The good thing is she loved it and is now really excited about soccer.
So on to Lifestyle Change #5. #4 which involved taking the stairs at work went fairly well last week but not perfect. I forgot twice and did not have time to go back and make up for it. I'll keep working on that one. This week, it's about measuring food. I am not one to count calories or weigh/measure my food. I've done these things in the past and lost weight doing it, but it drove me crazy documenting everything. However, when I go for fills, my doctor wants to know how much I'm eating (by volume) and how long before I feel hungry again. I'm so bad about remembering things like this so, for awhile anyway, I'm going to measure my food and document how long after I eat, I feel hungry. This way, when I go to my doc for my first fill, he'll know where I'm at. More importantly, I'LL know where I'm at. So...starting today...I had 1 1/2 a bagel and 1/2 a tall low fat pumpkin spice latte. That was two hours ago and I'm not hungry yet. So far so good, I think.
In other news...I am so incredibly bummed that I'm not going to Chicago. It's hard to explain to people outside of the blogosphere about what BOOBS is all about and how you can actually feel like you know these people you're going to meet. I know you all are going to have a fantastic time and I'll be horribly jealous but I can't wait to read all about it.
Oh! I also found out that I'm receiving an award from work. No monetary reward, just the recognition but I guess the exposure is a good thing. I would much prefer a monetary bonus but I digress. I've also been selected to participate in a focus group with an uppity up from the company which is a really big deal. I'm already embarrassed that I have to attend the ceremony for the award and am nervous about the focus group but hopefully it'll help my argument for a raise come January.
That's it for me. Please pay Paige a visit. She was just banded and is recovering...could probably use all the good advice y'all give. Hope y'all are having a great Monday.