June 15, 2011

16 Months since surgery

No change in my weight this month (well other than a lot of up a few / down a few throughout the month), but a bit of redistribution throughout my body - this process is still a bit of a mystery to me, but the good news is, I am continuing to shrink a bit, especially my back and belly. I find  since my legs have slimmed down, that in profile my body shape is similar to an egg on toothpicks! Not the prettiest arrangement, but a big improvement from where I started out!

This has been a fairly eventful and somewhat stressful month - all good stress, but stress nonetheless! I defended the proposal for my dissertation - NOT the actual dissertation which has not yet been written - just my plan and justification for the research. Even though it was just a proposal defense, it still involved a presentation to my committee and an external examiner, an hour and a half of oral questioning, and then a nerve-wracking wait outside of the examining room while the committee discussed the quality and content of the proposal.

At the end of it all the proposal passed, with no revisions required - the best outcome I could have hoped for. Now I "just" need to research and write the dang thing!

We also undertook a search for a home to purchase this month. In rapid succession we found a place, made an offer, negotiated the offer, had the place inspected, re-negotiated the offer and entered into the contract. Since then, I have been busy finding contractors and suppliers for new flooring and kitchen cabinets and picking out paint colours. It has been fun but busy! We don't take possession until the end of July, so once my contractors are lined up and materials have been ordered, there won't be much to do besides the preliminary packing that can be done ahead of time.

It is very easy when I am stressed, excited, and distracted to make poor choices about eating - especially now that I am pretty far out and can tolerate pretty much anything. What works for me is to have a few go-to items ALWAYS on hand at home, in my purse, and at the office. This way, the path of least resistance is to eat stuff that I have planned out. While I don't happen to believe that it is the end of the world if I have three or four chicken nuggets for lunch once in a while (50 calories each, BTW), I KNOW that doing this more than very occassionally is not the way to sustain my health or weight loss. So I make up two protein coffees or shakes every morning (LOVING my mocha protein slushies these days) along with two 20 ounce Crystal Lights - and pack these along with my vitamins. I keep ostrich jerky and nuts in my  purse and desk, and usually have a protein bar available in case I am unable to get to solid food when I need it. My weight loss is not spectacular these days and I could stand to drop another 10 or so - but I am maintaining an almost 120 pound loss pretty effortlessly - and I am happy with how I look and feel!

It looks like spring may actually arrive here in BC, possibly even before the beginning of summer next week... hope it is sunny and lovely wherever you all are too!