Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Euchre

Yesterday marked six weeks since my surgery--which meant I could ditch the compression garment! I woke up at around 6:15 and decided to run on the dreadmill to get my run over with early. I left the garment on while I ran (and I'll probably continue to wear it while I run for about six months). I just did three miles.

After showering, I got dressed without the compression garment--and it felt so weird! When I pulled my shirt on, it felt so strange to be able to feel it drape across my stomach. But it felt very freeing, which was nice!

My kids are doing a holiday camp at a rec center near our house this week. It's Mon-Fri from 8:30-4, and they play lots of sports (kickball, flag football, soccer, ice skating, etc) and games and do crafts. My mom paid for it as a Christmas present for the kids, and she got 50% off from a coupon, so it was only $50 per kid for the week. That's a pretty good deal! Almost eight hours a day for each kid for five days, and only $100.

So I drove them to their camp, and talked to the woman who was in charge (I wanted to make sure I felt comfortable leaving them there). I told her that if they didn't want to stay, just let them call me and I'd pick them up.

I came home and cleaned the house because my friend Sarah and her new husband were coming over (Sarah is the friend whose wedding I was just in in October). I was moving around a LOT and after a few hours, my belly was really swollen. I probably should have taken it easy or just worn the compression garment for another day.

I picked up the boys at 3:45, and Noah kept saying how much fun he had. Eli said he "hated" it, but when I asked him if he wanted to go again tomorrow, he said yes. Eli's kind of pouty, and when something doesn't go his way, he thinks everything is just terrible. I talked to the teacher and she said he was upset because he wanted to play with Noah and ONLY Noah. She asked him over and over if he wanted to call his mom, but he said no. Today he was really excited to go ;)

The boys spent the night at my parents' house last night. Sarah and Ne came over and we ate dinner (chicken taco soup that I made in the slow cooker). Then we played four games of Euchre (a card game). Euchre is definitely a Michigan thing, because most people from out of state have never heard of it. Sarah is from Michigan, so she knew it, but Ne didn't have a clue. (Are any of you Euchre players??)

We taught him how to play, and him and Jerry were teamed up against me and Sarah. Sarah and I were all about strategy, and doing well--but Jerry and Ne kept getting really lucky! And they won the first three games, which was so annoying ;)  We won the fourth game, and then we were satisfied. Sarah and Ne left at around midnight.

I probably should have taken at least one picture last night, but I am kind of a bad blogger  in that sense. When I'm doing something fun with other people, I much prefer to just live in the moment instead of taking pictures of each moment for the blog. So you'll have to use your imagination :)  We moved the dining room table into the living room, and Sarah and I were looking totally pissed every time the boys took another trick by pure luck.

It would have been so easy to overeat last night on snacks alone. I made hummus and I had tortilla chips and veggies to dip; I bought Doritos for the boys, because they like to eat them with Tapatio (a hot sauce). We had chips and pretzels, and I had my Dr. Oz Brownies in the fridge. But I ate a small bowl of chicken taco soup, some veggies and chips dipped in hummus and one brownie. I had one glass of wine, and then a few cups of tea. I went to bed slightly hungry, which meant I didn't eat too much.


Since yesterday marked six weeks post-op, I took some more pictures. There are barely any changes from week to week now, so I'll just start doing monthly comparisons for about a year. Maybe I'll start showing my scar, to see how that changes too.
Before surgery, then post-op weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

Before lower body lift
6 weeks after lower body lift
I really AM going to post the promised post all about the surgery. There are actually two posts, because it is so long! I'll probably be finished in a day or two.

Right now, I'm going to the thrift store to get some new clothes now that I'm out of my compression garment! :)

25 comments:

  1. You look fabulous! I have heard of the game, but never played.

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  2. Yes we have euchere here in Upstate NY Too,, I never heard of it untill I moved here, Liked it at one time,, then played a few winters with friends on a monthly basis,, and now I hate it LOL !!

    Tammy :-)

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  3. I can see a definite difference week to week! I have never heard of Euchre. :)

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  4. Euchre's big in Wisconsin, too! I'm from Milwaukee and we didn't play too much there - but I live in the Madison area now and it's all over here - tournaments in bars, etc. Same thing up north, too. Your night sounds like it was fun! My kind of 'night in' with friends.

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  5. We play Euchre in Illinois too! At least Southern IL. YAY! :)

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  6. No clue on Euchre here. Is it played with a deck of cards?

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  7. We play Euchre in Northern Minnesota (and hopefully I can make it spread down to the cities since I've relocated!) :-) Good luck at the thrift store!!

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  8. I've heard of Euchre, but have never played it! I'm glad you had fun with your friends!!

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  9. I'm a BIG Euchre fan! I think it's a pretty old school game - my parents and grandparents are the ones that got me into it :)

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  10. I'm from Illinois and we all know about Euchre!! My grandmother played it weekly in a club and we all played it during study hall etc in school! We always thought it was an Illinois thing, lol!

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  11. Ha! Euchre is a big thing in my family!!!!! I remember being surprised it wasn't known by everyone when I went to college and talked to non-MI classmates!!!:-)
    Happy New Year Katie!!!!!:-)
    ~Laura

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  12. Love Euchre! My fondest memories at every holiday are of my dad, uncles, and grandfather playing together. I also remember playing it in high school at lunch every day with friends.

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  13. I'm in SW Ontario, Canada(couple hours from Detroit or Port Huron), and we play Euchre here! I agree with a prior comment though, it's definitely 'Old School'..my grama taught me to play when i was little.

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  14. Played Euchre with some northerners :) I'm from TX. You look great btw!

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  15. I play Euchre with my friends quite a bit, but I live in Michigan and have my whole life!

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  16. That is funny here in Indiana i hear all of us 'Hoosiers' calling it the state card game!! You're not a true hoosier if you dont play euchre.. welllllll i guess im not becuase idk how to play!! LOL Not much of a card player but i LOVE spades! so fun.

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  17. Wow you look amazing! Your abs look fantastic. I've only just discovered your blog, and its very inspirational.

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  18. so glad to see a picture of your stomach post surgery - it looks great! i know you removed pictures because people pinned them, but i would have loved to see them. they are so motivational! :)

    glad to find your blog and keep up with your great work!

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  19. WOW the transformation after surgery is amazing! I'm sorry people still pinned your photos after you posted a request not to, but it could have been b/c they didn't see the request. You put the request on the page with a list of links to all your surgery posts, but not on the individual posts themselves. So if someone found one of your posts without seeing the other page first (which is very likely), then they wouldn't have known. I am glad you kept the one photo on this page, so we can still see your amazing results! Your stomach looks a million times better than mine and I've hovered around 125-135 my whole adult life. I am in awe of what you've accomplished!

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  20. I think Euchre might be a Midwest thing because I'm from Ohio and started learning how to play when I was 8 (my parents and grandparents would always play and I just watched and picked up on it). Do you play bid or draw?

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  21. I'm originally from western Ohio and moved to northern Kentucky and we all play euchre.

    You look amazing in your pictures!! You are a great inspiration.

    -chelsea

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  22. I live in north central Ky and we love Euchre here. Very proud of your success, you are an inspiration that's for sure!!!

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  23. I just stumbled across your blog, and I am so incredibly inspired. It's just what I needed to see! I'm having a LBL in three weeks (after 105# loss with diet and exercise), and am at the point where I'm a little scared/nervous/excited all at once. My shape is very similar to your before shape, and I can only hope that my after looks moderately close to yours. Just incredible. Congrats!!

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