November 30, 2011

Graham crackers for dinner

My drain output has been decreasing quite a bit since I put on the smaller compression garment--which is good news!  I just hope it's low enough by tomorrow for my surgeon to take it out. I have a post-op appointment tomorrow. It's annoying trying to hide it when I go out. Today I went to Aldi, and this is what it looked like under my shirt:

I had it hanging from a chain around my neck. Then I put a sweatshirt over it, but the sweatshirt still bulged out in front from the drain. (And no, that is NOT a cardboard cut-out, haha--it was funny how many people commented on that last time!)

ETA: Since there appears to be some confusion whether this is my front or my back (lol) the pic is cut off just underneath my bra. So no boobs in this pic ;)

I did my Wednesday Weigh-In today, and I was very happy to see that I lost a pound this week!

Lost 1 pound from last week

And I took my body fat percentage--I forgot to do this last week, so I don't know how it compares. But it's definitely down quite a bit from recently!

Down 3% body fat since Nov. 2nd
I'm still hesitant to call this weight loss "permanent", but for now, it makes me happy!

My little brother Nathan called today (the one that was in the Army, not the pilot in Minnesota). He had two tickets to the Red Wings game tonight, but he said he had to go to a funeral, so he asked if Jerry wanted to go with my older brother (the pilot). Jerry was thrilled, and I told him of course he should go! I asked Nathan whose funeral he was going to, and he said that one of his co-workers took his own life.

It always makes me so sad when I hear about suicide. It makes me wonder if someone had done something differently or treated him differently, would the outcome be the same? Nathan said the guy was only about 30 years old, and he never gave any indication that something was wrong. I think about the people in my life (including all of you!) and I would be so devastated if something like that happened.

I can totally empathize with the feeling of being completely hopeless, because I've been there. But, even during my worst bouts of depression, I'm able to keep in mind that it's not forever, and I'll feel better. I just wish that Nathan's co-worker would have known that it would get better for him, too.

Anyways, I didn't want to make this a depressing entry... so guess what I had for dinner?!

Graham crackers with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips
Since it's just going to be me and the kids for dinner, I made a frozen pizza for them, and I had something that just sounded really damn good.  I've been eating SO.MUCH.PROTEIN. lately, at the request of my surgeon, that I just wanted something that would make my soul happy ;)  I had two salmon fillets for lunch, and a protein shake for breakfast, so I'm sure I got in enough protein today.

It's actually been a LONG time since I've allowed graham crackers in the house. They are a big binge food for me, and I've avoided buying them for that reason. But I'm in a very good place right now, and I am determined not to binge on them. I haven't binged at all since before my surgery--hence the 10 pounds I've lost post-op :)

I'm SO HAPPY to be in the 130's again, that I will do whatever I can to stay here. I'm only 5 pounds away from my goal weight of 133!

We finally put up our Christmas tree, and Eli loved putting on the decorations. Noah had no interest in it.
I absolutely LOVE the kids handmade ornaments--like the gingerbread man you can see. My mom saved all of mine when I was a kid, and I'm so glad that she did. I'd rather have a homely tree full of handmade ornaments than a pretty tree any day! ;)

The cats immediately picked out their spots:
Can you spot Estelle??  This is 3/4 of the way up the tree.
Chandler and Paolo haven't moved from their spots
Phoebe wasn't interested. Typical.


  1. Ok I have to ask..where are your boobs in the compression garment? Initially I thought I was looking at the back of you until I saw your jeans.

    Yay for your pound!! ((hugs))

  2. I was thinking the same as Losing Lindy! It looks like your back from the waist up, until I looked at your jeans and the zipper is in the front!

  3. @Losing Lindy

    Sorry, but I am NOT posting my boobies on here! lol

    The compression garment goes up to just under where my bra strap would be. Right at the bottom of my rib cage. So in the pic, you're just seeing from my rib cage down. :)

  4. Your cats crack me up. How can those tree limbs be comfortable? I love seeing their hiding spots.

  5. I am surprised your tree is not falling over with a cat in it. My dog constantly is under the tree shaking it.
    I have to admit I thought the picture was of your back too, lol. Your torso just looks so long and lean, think of it that way.
    Those graham crackers look good. I would totally settle on that for dinner tonight!

  6. I just can't imagine having a stomach that FLAT. You look awesome!! :)

  7. I am totally convinced that Estelle was a super ninja in a past life! Seriously, I have never seen a cat do that. It's kind of awesome, as long as she isn't messing your stuff up in the process. On another note, I am going to the store tomorrow and buying some grahm crackers and chocolate chips (I already have peanut butter) so that I can try your "dinner" for lunch. It looks delicious! Good luck at the Dr. tomorrow! : )

  8. Wow you must be really long in the torso, or my girls are just "annoying"

    Sorry if I was too personal..

  9. Katie
    You are looking fabulous. In a compression garment, my girls would be tucked in and down by my knees. Must be fabulous to be young.
    I love dinners like you had. Having what you want as an occasional treat must have something to do with your success.
    Good luck tomorrow.

  10. Aww it's like the kitties are ornaments and presents!! Marc and I are putting up our tree tomorrow! I can't wait! I'll try to remember to take a picture. Your dinner looks FLY, I could totally rock with that. You look sooo tiny, like a size zero! I am sooo happy for you! I'm going to be you one day! :) :) :)

  11. I love handmade ornaments. I've never understood the theme trees.
    I love the cat in the tree. My 20lb cat used to live in our tree and actually broke one. Now they are confined to a bedroom during the Christmas season.
    Your dinner looked delicious! Keeping my fingers crossed for you and the drain removal!

  12. I had to laugh when I seen your cats under the tree. I had just yelled at mine to move out from under ours. She was stalking the!

    Congrats on the weight loss. Even if it isn't permanent it is a good feeling to know the scale isn't going up. ;)

  13. Erin HabheggerDecember 01, 2011

    I just recently found your blog, and you are amazing. I know you hear this often, but I am also on a weight loss journey and have a LONG ways to go, but seeing you... makes me know it is possible and I can do anything. Thank you for that!!

  14. I have to tether my tree to the wall so that Molly (and the kids I babysit) don't knock it over. I also can't put candy canes on it because Molly LOVES mint! And I wouldn't waste my money on the fruit-flavored ones- BLECH! Maybe this weekend we'll put it up.

    Good luck at the surgeon's today!

  15. ha...our cats don't crawl up the tree but they LOVE being under just like your two our....the down side: then our annoying dog tries to go under too and shakes the whole tree.

    Thank goodness it hasn't fallen down yet.

  16. P.S. I made an awesome mac and cheese recipe last night that I found in Woman's Day. Egg noodles, cream of chicken soup, milk, shredded cheddar easy (and CHEAP!!)! Let me know if you want the recipe!

  17. Yay for another pound! W00t w00t! I love graham crackers with peanut butter and toppings on them! One of my favorites is graham crackers with crunchy peanut butter and raisins, have you ever tried that? Yum! Christmas time always used to drive me nuts with the cats when I was a kid. They would climb up it and end up knocking the tree down. Or knocking off the ornaments and breaking the bulbs. Then I had one that would climb up to the top and sit there and cry until you would try to get him out and then he would scratch the crap out of you! Luckily the past couple of years I've had a lazy cat that just sits at the bottom of the tree now. :)


    OMG, The New Sparkpeople Ad is out. It was awesome to see you in it!!

  19. I am sorry to hear about your brother's co-worker. I work as a 911 Dispatcher in Minnesota and it is very sad to hear about all the depression and issues people have, especially around the holidays. Sometimes people just need a person to listen to them and make them feel that they are not alienated from the world.

    I just recently found your blog and reading about your progress makes me feel very inspired, keep on doing what you're doing :-)

  20. That's so sad about your brother's friend. Suicide is actually a pretty common occurrence in my hometown, where I can name at least 10 people (all guys around my age), just off the top of my head, that I knew personally that have done it. Its a terrible thing, really. Like you, I have had my share of depression, but I could never hurt my loved ones that way. Sad as it may be, I feel it is an act of pure selfishness. On another note, I too am a sucker for PB and graham crackers! I always eat it like a sandwich with a big glass of milk. I'll have to try it with choc chips. And my cats always jack with my tree, too! Every year I find myself a few ornaments short. It doesn't help that my 3-year old keeps taking ornaments off to play with them, either! lol


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