November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving (and jeans)

I woke up bright and early at 4:00 AM. That is becoming the norm lately. I wish I could sleep! I just laid in bed and watched a movie on On Demand. It was actually really funny--it's called "Going the Distance" or something like that with Drew Barrymore. She usually plays such a "cute" character, so I loved how vulgar she was in this movie. I laughed out loud numerous times.

It wasn't at all fun being home alone all morning and part of the afternoon. Jerry wasn't here to wait on me like he has been after my surgery, so I had to do everything, which was actually really tiring. That is actually the biggest thing I've noticed about this surgery--it's not so much painful as it is EXHAUSTING. Just taking a shower leaves me breathless and feeling like I'm going to pass out. It's getting a little better, but I don't know how I'll ever run again if I get so tired from doing everyday things!

I went to my mom's house at 3:00 for dinner. I had one small plate of food--turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, cranberry sauce, a roll, stuffing, and sweet potato casserole (my favorite). I left a couple of bites of everything except for the sweet potatoes, which I had seconds of  ;)  In all, it was about half the amount of food that I'm used to eating, but ever since my body lift, I get full much faster. I think it's because my abdomen feels so tight that it's like wearing a tight pair of pants while eating.

So after eating the dinner, I was too full for dessert. I took a piece of pecan pie and a piece of pumpkin pie home with me for dessert later. I didn't take any leftovers home with me. The only food that is really tempting to me on Thanksgiving is the sweet potato casserole--it's loaded with butter and sugar! I probably had about 1/3 cup total though, so it shouldn't be too bad.

A couple people asked me about how my protein/carb ratio has been since surgery, because I somehow lost 9 pounds last week. I haven't been tracking my food, but I tracked it yesterday (after the fact) just to see how it breaks down. It was a "typical" post-op day, and it ended up being a little over 1,600 calories. Nutrient breakdown was like this:

Fat: 29%
Carbs: 40%
Protein: 31.1%

Almost a perfect 40-30-30 ratio, without even trying.  Normally (meaning when I'm not just post-surgery), I probably have more like 55% carbs, 30% fat, 15% protein. I feel much better when I have higher carbs, but I'm following doctor's orders for the protein right now.

I tried on some jeans yesterday, and I was AMAZED at the difference in how they look on me!! I've always HATED how my excess skin would make my jeans look very pouched out at the front. Let me see if I can find a picture to show you what I'm talking about...

See how it sticks out in front, almost like I have a butt there?  Well now it's completely FLAT. From hip bone to hip bone. After I get this stupid drain out, I'll take a lot of pictures, including some in jeans, so you can see what I'm talking about.  For now, this one that I took myself will have to do:

 I have one pair of "goal jeans" that I only wore once--when I was at my low of 128 pounds--so I'm dying to wear those! I tried them on pre-op and took a picture; they didn't even go up to my hips. Then I tried them on over my compression garment, and they went all the way up, but are about 1 inch from buttoning. I'm hoping once my swelling goes down, I'll be able to wear them--and look GOOD in them. When I can wear those goal jeans, I'll consider myself AT goal--no matter what the number on the scale is!


  1. I am so excited for your report on the goal jeans. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and you have a good evening.

  2. Keeping my fingers crossed that the goal jeans will fit! :) I can't believe you were up dancing when you have social anxiety! You would never catch me doing that.

  3. So interesting that you said you feel better when you eat more carbs than protein. My dad is dying and on hospice and his docs want him to eat a lot of protein but when he does, he has no appetite. Like he has to struggle to get it down and it seems to wear his body out to digest it. Like he's totally exhausted and barely gets out of bed. But on days when he eats more carbs than protein, he has more energy and a better appetite. Hmmmm. Sorry to go on and on about that. I just find it interesting that you mentioned this on the same day we realized that about my dad.

    Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you can get into those goal jeans comfortably soon.

  4. Look how tiny you are! I am glad you are recovering well. I am not surprised at how tired you are. Healing is exhausting and you did undergo a major surgery :D

    I actually do better with more protein. If my diet gets too high in carbs, I get really bad cravings and eat too much.

  5. I kinda ate like I was going to the electric chair yesterday and my body had a very hard time handling it. I felt like I was going to toss my cookies. I also had 2 glasses of Moscato, (my new favorite!) so that did not help how I'm feeling this morning. But, I'll be heading to the gym soon to getback into the swing of things. We're having a girl's night in with the girls of my family tonight at my house, so there will be more food involved, but I'm the hostess and I rarely eat a lot when I'm running around attending to everyone else.

    Have a great day! No Black Friday shopping for me!

  6. @michellechristine

    Michelle, I'm actually TERRIFIED of dancing in public, and I have to be--well, drunk. ;) You can read about my fear of dancing more here:

    That was the first time I danced!

  7. You are looking trim Katie!!!!!!! I bet it won't take too long to fit in those goal jeans!!!!!
    I have to laugh at your ads, they are related to what your blogs are about, today's had post-op shapewear!!!!!!


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