Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Rant...

It's enough to make you crazy!

So I get a few magazines at home. I don't generally buy them, but one of my kiddos was selling them for a school fundraiser.

I think I get 3. This month they are all full of Holiday recipes and decorating ideas. You know they are "healthy living" type magazines cause my life revolves around that...we've had that discussion. Anyway, I'm reading these magazines and find similar stories in each of the 3. By the time I finish the second magazine I am full-blown P.O'd. I can't believe smart, educated women fall for this crap.

One page had a woman talking about her 70 pound weight loss. She credited eating on smaller plates and a low-cal version of pumpkin pie.

Seriously, why didn't I think of that?

The next article was supposed secrets of women who are Naturally thin.

Secret Weapon #1 was "Comfy Shoes".....wait this gets better.
#3 was "Great knife skills" the implication is that she chops and dices to whip up healthy food.
#5 was "a great pair of jeans". Naturally thin women apparently keep themselves in check by using their jeans as a litmus test. If they get tight, they know to cut back.

I hope I'm not the only one to find these suggestions down right RIDICULOUS! As if I am fat because I don't have the right shoes or jeans. This is completely insulting to women who have "real" situations to deal with.

Anyway, the magazines did offer a few reasonable suggestions but there is no way anyone can fix their weight issues by reading this crap.

K, I'm over it. :)


Friday, December 4, 2009

I'm Back

I went back to work this week. Bittersweet. I was soo dreading it, but after 3 days there, I realize that I LOVE my job. I LOVE my co-workers and I LOVE the work I do. I guess a step back can give some new perspective. I have really been blessed with my career. I have been at Driscoll for 17 years! I have strayed a few times to follow my crazy ideas, but all in all it's actually a pretty good family to be in. :)

The Thanksgiving holidays were great. At the last minute, the fam and I decided to go to Lubbock. Trey has family there that we don't get to see very often. It was really nice catching up with them and having the traditional holiday festivities with extended family.

I was exactly 4 weeks post op on Thanksgiving. It was so nice to just eat like a normal person and not be mentally obsessed with this:

~did I eat too much?
~will people look at me funny if I get seconds?
~I want to have a piece of ALL of the pies.
~can anyone tell I just unbuttoned my pants?
~am I gonna be able to eat leftovers later?

These are the voices that used to taunt me. They would encourage me to stuff, stuff, stuff, then beat me up for it. These voices were the most unhealthy relationship I have ever been involved with!

The best thing about my band is that the discussion with those voices is GONE. I mean GONE! It's not that I am stronger than I was. It's not that I have more willpower. It's not a matter that I will become ill if I eat those foods. I think Dr. Griffin excised those voices during surgery. Honestly, it's the only explanation.

When I have a more scientific explanation, I'll be sure to let you all know.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Jenny got a Fill.....

My first fill was last Tuesday. I am super excited to start on the "adjustable" part of this Band journey. To be honest though, I was kind of scared.

To say it was easy would be an understatement. Dr. G had me lay on my back and he felt around. He had me lift my head off the table in order to flex my belly. Once he decided he had found the port he injected a little lidocaine. That was the only thing I felt. It was like a sting that only lasted 3 seconds or so. He put the needle in the port and pulled back all he could.

There was about 1cc in my band from surgery. He added an additional 1cc and we were done. I have 2cc's in my 10cc band. 4 weeks til my next appointment.

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy.