Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mmmmmmm steak

Early post-op when I was first learning to re-eat meats... I tried steak.  Sadly, it did not settle well in my pouch and it ended up in the toilet.  It just felt so heavy in my stomach and it physically hurt.  I knew then that I'd probably not be able to tollerate steak again.  Seriously, I was devestated.  I love a really good, medium rare, juice, sirlon steak.  Oh... with lots of garic.  Yes please.  So, I cried at this revelation and moved on. 

About a month ago, my family and I went out for dinner to a steak restaurant and I ordered a steak.  I had been doing well at 7 months out with solid foods... eating slow... and keeping things down and thought I'd give it a whirl.  Worst case scenario: I end up in the bathroom before the night was over. 

I get my steak, cut into the juicy tenderness and take a bite.  I am reminded right away why I love steak so much.   And now, if this can stay down.... it's so high in protein, I would want to eat steak all the time!  

Chew... chew... chew.... chew.... seriously, I spent a minute at least chewing the first bite of steak.  Swallow.  Then wait.  

Wait some more... then, it hits me!  My tummy isn't freaking out.  Let's try another piece!  This went on for a good 45 minutes.  Bite, chew, chew, chew, swallow, wait... until I had eaten about 5oz of steak.  

Not once did my stomach feel upset.  Not once did I feel like I had over ate.  Not once did my stomach feel anything but good!!  Horrray! Had I hopped over this hurdle of not being able to try steak?  I sure hoped so!! Steak is so high in protein and so delicious! 

I decided I needed to test out eating steak again and again.  So far, I've had it three times in the last month or so and each time.... I eat about 5-6 oz over an hour or so and I keep it all down...  no pain! 

I am so darn excited about this!!! Last night my hubby and I went out to The Keg and I really ate almost 1/2 a 12oz steak plus some veggies!!  

Yay for steak!!!!! Yay for my pouch being able to handle it!!! 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

Last year on my birthday I weighed 325lbs.  This year on my birthday I weighed 202lbs.

123lb difference!!

I spent the day with my BFF Jen at the Hard Rock Cafe, the same place we went last year! So, of course, I had her take some pictures so I could do a side-by-side comparison of the difference a year can make!

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We tried going up on the roof so I could get the same picture as last year, but it was closed.  So we went out on the street and got this shot for the comparison!

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I'm really looking forward to seeing what the next year brings me!!! Just about 26 days or so until I start my journey with my family to Germany! 

Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 201lbs
Total weight loss: 124bs
Weight loss since surgery: 113lbs

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bras and Boobs

Ok men... you might want to stop reading, cause this one is more of a post the ladies can relate with!! haha

Bras and Boobs!

So, back when I was fat (ha! I love saying that!) and weighed 325lbs... I was a 44C... probably even a 46, but I wouldn't let myself buy that big of a bra. I had a really hard time finding bras that weren't expensive, that were cute and that fit.  I really only had one choice of where to get bras.... Lane Bryant.  Torrid had some, but they always ran a little too small for me.  Lane Bryant bras ran about $35-50 each and sometimes had sales... so I'd get two during their buy one get one half off.

Back in September... I decided it was time to buy new bras.  So, I went to the only place I knew... Lane Bryant... and got sized.  40D.  Huh?  D?  Seriously? I just lost 80lbs... how did my boobs get bigger?  I had the lady measure again and yup... my boobs were BIGGER!!  When I stopped to think about it... it kinda made sense, right?  My body got smaller around, making my cup size bigger?? Or maybe more of what it truly was?? Ugh.   I don't know. So, I bought two new bras for A LOT of money in size 40D.  Fine.  I have bigger boobs.  Whatever.

Yesterday,  my friend Desi took me to Ross to shop for bras.  Ross, I thought, really? They don't have anything that will fit me?  Oh... I was wrong.  They had bras.  TONS of them.  And... get this... for only $5.99!!!  What? GET OUT OF TOWN!!!! Hells yes!!!

Ok, so I'm in the fitting room and I get to tryin' on some of these super cute bras.  38D.  Yup.... got even smaller.  I'm in the land of the 30's now! YEEEAHHHOOOOOO!!!  I even tried on some 38C's but really my boobs just don't fit into them.   So.... D cup I am!  And a 38 at that!  Hecks yeah!!

I don't know if I've ever been a 38 as an adult.  Maybe back in high school... I don't really remember what size I wore back then.  But even then, I was a size 18/20 and now I'm a 14... so I couldn't have been a 38.

So, here they are... my new $5.99 bras.  Great price... even better size.

PS.  Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm going back to the same restaurant that I went to last year and that all my "before" pictures are from.  Yeah, that's me at my highest weight up there in the black and white dress... 325lbs.  I bought a new dress and plan to take some new pictures for a big "One Year Later" blog post!!! Can't wait!!!

Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 202lbs
Total weight loss: 123bs
Weight loss since surgery: 112lbs