Still in a happy place with band level. Today marks 4 weeks since my last fill, the time at which I was advised to “evaluate my fill level” to determine if I need to come in for a top off, and I honestly think I’m ok right now. I’m actually NOT always hungry for my between meal snacks which is making it slightly challenging (emphasis on the word “slightly”) to get 1200 calories in during the day. This is pretty much the perfect place to be if you ask me. As an example of how things are going…today I had only ½ of my 1 cup serving of Irish oatmeal for breakfast. The rest is sitting here…waiting for me to be hungry again. Since I haven’t been hungry, I have now also missed my 10am snack of 5 mini-crackers and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese for 70 calories. I’m excited about my lunch of lasagna and a pudding…but if I successfully finish those things I’ll still be 140 calories behind for my day. Such a dilemma! LOL!!! The rest of the day’s plan includes a mid-day snack of my protein shake, a dinner of a SmartOnes Spinach and Ricotta pasta dish (a new favorite!) and a cheese-stick for after my workout tonight. All these should fit in perfectly…but what about the 140 calories that are getting pushed back? I guess we’ll see what happens.
Incidentally, I have this issue less on the weekends only because I tend to eat higher calorie meals on occasion….like Saturday morning, where I couldn’t wait to have the chicken parmesan that was left-over from Friday’s dinner for Breakfast. Yeah…yummy! I don’t need traditional breakfast foods…I’m good with whatever sounds delicious…which is calorically unfortunate sometimes.
Speaking of Friday night dinner…I had a date. Don’t get excited…I only went on this date to get the guy to quit calling me. Oy…this is how it happens in my world. The ones I DON’T want attention from won’t leave me alone…the ones I do…well…you know. Anyway…it’s a long story that starts in 2005…when we last dated…which he has apparently completely forgotten. Yep….I’m utterly forgettable. How do you forget a girl who has a massive scar down her chest and walks with a crutch? WTH? Really? Anyway, after telling him that we already had gone out 6 years ago, he continued to call me and text me DAILY for the last two weeks…which I didn’t respond to. Finally I responded to him via text message that said “I don’t think it’s worth it for you to call. Whatever happened 6 years ago, obviously we didn’t click. And since I never heard from you again after having sex with you last time, if we did go out this time there would definitely be no sex…so what’s the point? Sorry…but good luck in your search”…to which he replied that he just wanted to take me to dinner. I finally relented in hopes of at least getting a free meal and a good story out of it.
So we met up at BJ’s for dinner on Friday afternoon. He wanted me to order the works….appetizer, meal, desert…and oh how I wanted to just to be a witch…but I didn’t. I ordered the Chicken Parmesan which once delivered to the table I IMMEDIATELY asked for a box. I think there were TWO chicken breasts on my plate! The portion was MASSIVE. I ate about 1/3rd of the chicken and put the rest in the to-go container so that I would quit picking at it. It was so damn good though…I ate another 3rd of it later that night and the last third for breakfast the next morning. I’m so ordering this again.
I was home from the date by 6:30…and then waited for the emotion-stirring ex to come over to spend the remainder of the evening with me…because I enjoy torturing myself. We had an AMAZING evening….of course…talking and laughing and “stuff” till 4am. He even effing sang a little song to me…if I wasn’t so hell-bent on trying to NOT fall for him again, that would have completely sent me over the edge. But…I’m on a mission not to fall…and I’m almost succeeding.
Saturday I got up, ate my leftovers, and then proceeded to do a hardcore hour long workout (probably partially trying to wipe the memory of Mr. X singing “Rainbow Connection” in his best Kermit voice while we laid in bed) where I generated a good, hearty sweat and maxed out some muscles. During my workout , the clouds actually parted in the sky and the sun emerged…for the FIRST time since last summer. It was GORGEOUS out. So…on a whim…I did something I’ve never done in the 7 years I have owned a house across the street from a large city park…I decided to go for a walk. I grabbed my dog’s leash and we went for a 25 minute stroll. It was incredible to feel liberated enough to do this! It helps immensely that the recent park renovation included finally putting handicap ramps on the sidewalks in front of my house (I literally could not get off my own sidewalk for 6 years!) and handy cement walking trails around the entire park. Without these things, I still would have never gone for this walk….but I did. And I did it again on Sunday!
Also on Sunday I got up and did 40 minutes on the elliptical and then I went to see Fast 5 with my movie buddy Alan…at the most awesomest theater…EVER! They have removed all the old-school theatre seats and replaced them with fully reclining electric leather seats. OMG…I’m never going to another theatre again. Seriously. I intentionally only ate a cheese stick, a twizzler (not a pack…a single twizzler) and 3 kernels of popcorn because I knew we were going to my favorite Mexican restaurant for lunch and I wanted there to be room for tortilla chip calories.
|Me in my comfy movie seat with a twizzler. No worries...Alan ate the entire rest of the package. :)|
Something annoying happened at the restaurant though…and I can’t decide if I should write a note to the manager or not, especially since the manager was involved. This is my favorite restaurant. I adore their salsa…have even bought some JUST to take it home. I also adore their tortilla soup…which is what inspired me to find an authentic recipe to make for myself. Mine tastes nothing like theirs…but they both are delicious in their own right.
Anyway, the “chip girl” brought our chips and said that “Kim” would be our waitress…but then proceeded to take our drink order. She then delivered the drinks and proceeded to take our meal order. Still no Kim. This is all fine…but the chip girl didn’t speak English real well and it became painfully obvious when we were ordering. In any case, I ordered a “CUP of tortilla soup” as opposed to the BOWL of tortilla soup, which is what I ALWAYS ordered even PRE-band because the cup is the perfect quantity. Of course…the HUGE BOWL gets delivered…again…by the chip girl. So as she puts it in front of me I said “I’m sorry, I ordered a cup of soup. There is no way I can eat this amount as I’ve had stomach surgery”…so she offered to take the bowl back so they could fix me a cup. Here is where I apparently erred…I thought that it was silly for them to take the whole bowl back and DUMP IT just to make me a cup of soup…so I said “just leave it but I would like to only be charged for a cup since that is what I ordered. I won’t be able to eat all of this”. I thought I was being less wasteful doing it this way…it’s not like they could serve the soup again, right?
Well…of course, the bill comes and I’ve been charged for a bowl. The whole meal we only see Kim at our table ONCE…solely to bus Alan’s dish. I now have to deal with the chip girl AGAIN to deal with the bill issue. I ask for the adjustment (and I would like to note I could only eat ¼ of the bowl of soup, just as I had suspected!) and then over-hear in the back that a customer has requested to see a manager. Can’t be me…I didn’t request the manager. But…sure enough…manager shows up at my table. “Why didn’t you let her take the bowl of soup back?” she asked. “Because it seemed silly to me for you to have to throw it away and re-make it for me. I was trying to be helpful”. “Well that is our policy in these situations” she said. Really? REALLY? Is it just me or is this getting retarded?
By the way, this lady knows us. Alan is in there ONCE A WEEK and pre surgery, so was I…so WTH? Why is such a stink being made when I was trying to be less wasteful but did not want to be billed for something I didn’t order??? Am I wrong here?
Seriously…it annoys me enough to not want to go back there…which is really upsetting because I really love this freakin soup and their salsa! UGH!
So do I write the manager a note? Do I never go back? I don’t know what to do…it’s disappointing.
To wrap things up, one final picture for my calendar for the month of April, where I had only 6, yes SIX rest days. I’m so proud of myself and my exercise groove! WOHOO!!!
I plan on posting measurement updates soon. :)
Oh...and my current weight is 227.8