The brownies have been amazing....
I am interested to see how the cheesecake turns out. Cheesecake is fairly easy to make sugar free and it's naturally low carb but not low calorie. Using pumpkin does cut back on the calories some. Will let you know the verdict.
Recovery OK. Decided needed to give myself more rest the last 2 days to heal... as hard as that is to believe as it seems like I am doing nothing. 3 weeks today. ½ way done with my brace
Good morning. Two more days to my vacation, yay!!!
Qotd: my husband is really hard to buy for and is a Colorado University fan. There was a game in the early 90s between CU and Michigan State that was going badly for CU. He turned it off in the last five minutes. Of course, CU threw a Hail Mary pass and won at the last second and he missed it. Years later, I was able to track down a copy of the game on the internet and give it to him for Christmas. He pulls it out still and watches the whole game.
L shredded chicken, cucumber
S greek yogurt, cashews
D chicken with feta and olives
S almond butter
Water and vits on track. Feeling pretty much back to normal after that bug and can't wait to start exercising again.
SW: 270 CW: 181.4 GW: 165
BE NOT AFRAID JPII
Menu: B: tuna/broccoli/cauliflower/cottage cheese thing that I've been making for a week or two. It's a little weird, but seems to be agreeing with me at breakfast.
MS/AS: 1/2 cup ff greek, 2 oz fresh raspberry/blackberry mixed.
L: chicken noodle soup from yesterday that my wife made. I went for lunch yesterday with my folks, and had a mango almond salad with feta cheese and some sort of vinaigrette dressing. Amazing.
S: Unknown but likely the soup again before I teach drums at 6.
ES: Decaf while teaching, and decaf after. Last night I had some peanuts with my decaf while relaxing with my wife, but otherwise I'm doing OK with nothing after supper but drinks. Lately I have been very prone to falling asleep around 9-10pm on our overly-comfortable couch, with a warm drink in my belly, blanket on, fireplace on, and I've biked or walked 11-15km that day......I'm just gone. LOL It's the only time my wife and I get to really hang out together and I go and fall asleep. Hahaha
QOTD: I'm not really sure, but I'd have to say a gift I gave to my wife for Christmas in '06. Our first daughter was just born, and she was 11-6oz. After 10+ hours of trying for natural childbirth, they went for a C-section (thank God, I'm told). It was particularly hard on her, so I wanted to get her something nice. Here's a funny story with this gift. I was a fuel truck driver at the time, often covered in diesel and grease at the end of a 16 hour shift. This day I had fueled trains all day, and also fueled up fishing boats, so I had THAT smell on top of me too. I stopped in to this salon/spa before it closed, as it was a few blocks from the fishery. There I was, head to to PPE, reeked of all sorts of interesting things, dirty, exhausted. I asked the girl at the front desk for $200 worth of gift cards for a massage/pampering day for my wife. A well-to-do old lady was sitting there with her husband in the foyer. She looked at me, looked at the rattle-trap of a truck making all the noise in the parking lot (I left it running), smelled my distinct aroma and said "Young man, they only serve a certain 'type' of clientele here" and turned up her nose. Her husband buried his face in the paper and just told her to leave me alone. The girl behind the counter turned red in horror. I looked back at her as the girl prepared my gift card, and said "Don't worry ma'am, I'm sure for you, they'll be willing to make an exception".
Honestly, I'm not a nasty person by nature. I was just coming off the 6th consecutive 16 hour shift, it was a particularly hard one and I was dead exhausted. Dragging a 300 lb fuel hose around will do that to you. I stunk. I was hungry. I hadn't had a coffee break in about 8 hours. I had a newborn baby at home, so sleep was ridiculous to begin with (my wife couldn't get up from the C-section surgery). The old man was laughing into his newspaper as the old lady just looked like I lobbed a grenade at her. The girl at the desk had to go to the back to stifle her laughter, and the girls at the back could be heard snickering. It just fell out of my mouth before I knew what I was saying. I apologized as I walked out. The old man had a little smirk but disguised it as a cough.
In the parking lot, the manager met me and thanked me for dropping that lady down a peg or two, because she was a miserable person all the time she was in there, and gave me a hug.
In the truck, there was an extra $50 on that gift card.
Liz 5'3" HW: 219 (BMI 38.8) SW: 185 GW: 125 CW: 115-118 (BMI 20.4-20.9) - TT and facelift 1/11/2017.
WL: Pre-op: -34 M1: -17 M2: -12 M3: -11 M4: -7 M5: -7 M6: -5.5 M7: -3.3 M8: -3.3 M9: -2.5 UNDER GOAL! Average calories in maintenance around 1350 (including coffee creamer and calcium chews which I typically do not track)
Good morning! EGD checked off my list! Everything went smoothly this morning until the full panel lab draw. 3 techs, 7 needle pokes, and 2 blown veins later, the vampires got all they needed and I'm going to look like I've been brawling tomorrow. My left hand is super tender, since they had the IV in my wrist and 2 of the pokes and one blown vein are on the back of that hand. I'm generally difficult but this was a circus.
QotD: my dad is notoriously hard to shop for but one year I made him a scrapbook of my brother and my baby/childhood photos. My parents divorced when we were very young and he didn't have many baby photos of us. He cried, which means I won Christmas that year! ;)
breakfast/brunch: having a steak omelette at IHOP since I was ravenous after my hospital ordeal.
Dinner: maybe chicken or whatever I pull from the freezer, and broccoli.
Pre-Op evaluation, month 5 of 6
Surgeon: Dr. Kalyana Nandipati (Omaha, NE)
HW: 340 CW: 309
Glad that's off your checklist. The last time I went for blood work they had to take 14 vials of blood and my veins decided to stop giving a few times. They always have a hard time getting a good vein. I ended up getting 6 needle pokes. I was black & blue all over my arms!
5'5" HW: 484, SW: 455, CW: 354
Surgeon, Darren Tishler