May 16, 2010

3 Month Report

Here is an excerpt from the report I sent to my doctor for my three-month post op check in...

I lost a total of 9 pounds this month, despite a 16 day stall. Today my weight is 227, from a high of 282 (weight on day of surgery = 269), for a total of 55 pounds lost!

Measurements - Since surgery I have lost a total of:
6 inches from my bust (0 this month),
9 inches from my waist (1 this month)
9.5 inches from my hips (2.5 this month)
11 inches from my ribcage (2 this month)
9 inches from my thighs (0 this month)
Plus forearms, calves etc have all lost as well...

BMI has dropped from 42.9 to 34.5.

Average nutrition for this month
Average daily calories: 722.8
Fat: 32.1g / 38.9% of daily calories
Fiber: 7.2g
Carbohydrate: 30.5g / 16% of daily calories
Protein: 85.4g / 45.4% of daily calories

Flew to Southern California to see my dad last week and 1) fit easily into airplane seat, with extra room in the seatbelt;   2) spent 10 hours walking all over Disneyland with no fatigue and minimally sore feet - NO arthritis pain!; and 3) lost weight on vacation (three pounds in a week). Pretty cool!

Still walking and swimming. Have decided to buy 5 sessions with a personal trainer as my reward for 50 pounds lost. My arms and thighs are looking REALLY flabby!

I will have my bloodwork scheduled this week and will send a scanned copy of results when I receive them. I'll be in touch if there are any concerns!

May 13, 2010

Back from Vacation

I'm back! My daughter and I just spent a fantastic week in Los Angeles with my Dad and his wife. We went to Universal Studios and to Disneyland, and spent a lot of time just hanging around with the family. It was very relaxing and I managed to lose a couple of pounds, despite being on vacation and spending days at theme parks.

A few achievements: First, for the first time in memory, I fit comfortably in the airplane seat, with plenty of extra room in the seatbelt. Woohoo! NO more travel angst! Then, I spent 10 hours walking all over Disneyland, with very little fatigue and minimal soreness - and no arthritis pain in my knees and feet. This is fantastic for me!

Finally, I did splurge a little bit in terms of my eating (some Dole Pineapple Whip at Disney, a couple of slivers of birthday cake during the week - both of which I enjoyed thoroughly), but it was great to feel that I was in control of the food decisions I made and to not feel obsessive and funky about eating.

Anyway, it's good to be home again and to not have a bunch of assignments hanging over my head for school. Today I got out to the grocery store and the garden shop, worked a bit in the garden and made this delicious halibut dinner: Walnut Crusted Halibut, Roasted Asparagus, Pureed Cauliflower with Parmesan and Roasted Garlic. Recipes below:

Walnut Crusted Halibut

Halibut fillet - enough to serve desired number of guests
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups walnuts, finely chopped
Olive Oil, to saute halibut

Remove (or have your fishmonger remove) the skin from the halibut, sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper
Beat eggs until thoroughly combined
Dip halibut into egg until coated, then into walnuts, pressing walnuts against fish so they adhere

Saute in olive oil over medium heat until fish is cooked through, but still tender and moist, turning once during cooking.

(Note: this doesn't look NEARLY as good as it tasted - the heat was a little high and it was overbrowned a bit - but the flavor was really rich and delicious!)

Pureed Cauliflower with Parmesan and Roasted Garlic

2 Tbsp Olive oil
4 Cloves garlic, peelef
1/2 head of cauliflower, trimmed and broken into florets
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Greek yogurt - or you could use plain yogurt, sour cream, heavy cream, or half and half
Salt and Pepper to taste

In small saute pan, slowly cook garlic cloves over medium low heat, turning each clove occasionally, until the garlic is a deep golden brown all over. Remove from heat, and set aside

Meanwhile, cook cauliflower over steamer, or in boiling water, or in microwave until very tender.
Drain cauliflower very well and return to cooking pot

Add garlic, along with the oil in which it was cooked, the Parmesan cheese, the Greek yogurt and either mash with a potato masher, puree with a stick blender, or chuck the whole lot into a food processor and blend. (The food processor does the best job of producing an extremely smooth puree, but I am lazy and don't want to haul it out and wash it, so I use my immersion blender.)

Taste and add salt and or pepper if you think the puree needs it.

My husband, who is not on a low carb diet - but actually on more of a "See" food diet - LOVES this stuff!

This is my husband's plate of food - I ate about 2 ounces of the fish and a few bites of the cauliflower and was done - so the leftover asparagus will make a re-appearance in an omelet or frittata this weekend.

I'll be three months post-op on  Saturday and will post photos and stats then! 

May 4, 2010

So Busy Lately!

Sorry for the lack of recipes lately! I have been in the process of wrapping up my spring term at school, which means I have had a huge paper to write (theory - ugh) and a bunch of papers to grade (34!) - I have also had a cold, so have been eating pretty simply.

I just went through a stall of about 2 1/2 weeks - which, looking back, doesn't seem very long - but throughout it felt very long indeed. I know it's not sensible to panic when I stop losing, but I do it anyway, and I also know that I am not alone in this, at least judging from what I read on the boards! Anyway, during this period I actually gained 2 pounds at one point, and over the past couple of days the extra pounds, plus a couple more, have dropped off. The big news is, I am down 50 pounds today from my high weight last summer!

Today I was on campus to attend a PhD defense and saw my adviser for the first time in about a month, along with a few other colleagues, and it felt so great to hear supportive feedback from them - two people said that they didn't recognize me from a distance at all! To me, the change doesn't seem as drastic and the whole process seems really slow - but to everyone else it is really significant. Anyway - this felt really positive to me after a few weeks of feeling slightly depressed and pessimistic about the whole process.

So, what am I gonna do to celebrate? I'm going to Disneyland! This trip was planned a while ago - I'm taking my daughter to visit with family in L.A. and we'll go to Universal and to Disney while we are down there. It should be fun - the flight should be WAY more comfortable, and I know I'll fit more comfortably into the rides. I'll enjoy the So Cal sunshine too!

I also need to think of some non-food reward to celebrate my lost 50 pounds - any suggestions??? 

At 25 pounds down I celebrated by getting my eyebrows threaded at Bombay Brow Bar and making a promise to myself that I will return every month or so to have it done again - they did a fabulous job and, in my opinion, it really makes a difference in the overall look of the face.

Anyway - will post pics soon, and stay tuned for more recipes!