so this past weekend and monday i ate candy and sugar like it was my job. fortunately this time last year i was fresh out of surgery and wasn’t even considering eating sugar, i was having dreams of how great it would be to eat cottage cheese.. my how times have changed.. anyway. i’ve discovered that in the moment i can handle consuming sugar, it doesn’t affect me till hours (or more) later. well. i’m at “later” right now and have been here for the last 2 days. i’m a hazard to other peoples airspace. i sincerely apologize to anyone within smelling distance of my cube, to my friends and anyone else at Kitty Hoynes tonight, to my pets.. i honestly wouldn’t be surprised if someone calls national grid on me.
i wonder when i will learn not to eat sugar. i was literally disappointed when i ate sugar for the first time and didn’t have immediate dumping like some RNY patients do.
tomorrow is halloween. i waited until tonight to buy a pumpkin. as you can probably imagine my choices were slim. the only normal sized pumpkins were all bumpy. so i opted not to get one. i’ll have to “carve” some paper bags.
tomorrow i have bloodwork taken for my annual health assessment at work. i’m excited to know how my bloodwork looks. i’ve also lost close to 100 lbs since my last assessment, so i’m interested to see how that manifests itself too.
so a whole year has come and gone. as i re-read some of my early entries and think back to what i was doing and how i was feeling a year ago i realize just how far i’ve come, and how major my surgery was. i made some notes this month of things that are major differences.
i remember not too long ago getting up from my desk at work and feeling like i was 90 years old, being stiff from sitting still for an hour or two. that doesn’t happen anymore.
i’ve discovered that i actually have bones. some of them you an even see! the most notable bones i have are collar bones, or clavicles. my knee caps actually touch and can be uncomfortable when i lay on my side while i’m sleeping. if i’m laying down, i can feel a pelvis. :) it’s quite exciting to actually feel bones inside my skin. someday i’ll be able to see my wrist bones. that’s been a goal of mine since figure drawing in college.
this last check up with my surgeon the nurse told me that my bmi was 37 and if i were to apply for surgery right now, i probably wouldn’t even qualify. that’s unbelievably exciting news. when i started this whole thing my bmi was 55..
recently i had a dentist appointment and always dreaded when they would want me to spit, it was really hard to sit up from a reclining position.. this last time, no problem! i kinda wanted to mention it to the hygienist. sorta like i wanted to tell my seatmate on the airplane i last flew in that my seatbelt fit without needing a seatbelt extender. these little victories are so minor to average people, but they are thrilling when they happen, they make me giddy with excitement.
one downside i’ve noticed is the toxic flatulence that i experience anytime i consume sugar. it’s room clearingly bad. i should probably be thankful that i don’t really experience the traditional dumping symptoms of nausea, dizziness, sweating.. but hours later i have unspeakable gas.
another thing that i haven’t really experienced is an aversion or taste difference to some foods pre and post surgery.
so over the course of a year i’ve lost 95 lbs. pretty incredible, and my doctor thinks i will probably continue to lose for another 6 months, “cause i’m short”. :) let’s hope so.
here are some animations, and the side by sides..
it’s unbelievable that it’s been 11 months since my surgery.
one thing i am astounded at every week is how much less i HATE mowing my lawn this year. it is nowhere near as hard to mow this year as it was to mow last year. this afternoon i almost didn’t even sweat!
i’m soo sooo soooo close to triple digit weight loss. i lost 3 pounds last month.. so as of sunday i’m at 94 pounds lost. i’m really hoping i can pull off 6 lbs this month and reach 100…
next months side by sides will be from the beginning of the year to date, and i hope to do an animation of them.
as i checked in to the airport this morning foursquare reminded me that it has been a whole year since i’ve been to the hancock airport. (love the free wifi, btw) a lot has happened in that year. i’m most looking forward to fitting more comfortably in the airplane seat, and also not needing a seatbelt extender… *fingers crossed*.
i am here an hour + early. but honestly i’d rather be here an hour early than miss my flight like i did a couple years ago. of course today there was no line at security..
this week in colorado should be super fun and jam packed with good times, i can’t wait!
the seatbelt fit with room to spare on the first leg. i was so excited i almost said something to my seatmate. :) speaking of seatmate, he was very chatty. he was middle aged, heading to the gulf side of florida (not disney, i asked). he told me he had never been to colorado but was very curious about the new marijuana laws. good thing i had studied up and could answer his questions.
i’ve been freezing cold all day, i hope that its just a plane and airport thing and colorado is significantly warmer than it is here in Carolyn’s favorite, the city of brotherly love.
i’m once again loving the free wifi here in Philly.
damn i just saw on the screen that this flight is full and there is a standby list, and there are 22 people on the upgrade to first list. :( it does however say we are getting inflight breakfast food. what?! the weather in denver right now is 57 degrees. jesus. i think i brought one long sleeved shirt.
so i placed the below item up for sale on craigslist recently, and what follows is an example of some of the crazies that you *can* encounter on craigslist… this is the actual unedited email exchange (save for the phone number and email address redaction).
ps. artograph is still available in case anyone is interested. :)
Sal from rochester: Monday 8:30am
Wonder if you still have the Artograph?
Sal from rochester: Monday 8:31am
Still have it?
Me: Monday 8:48am
yes i still have it. would you like to come take a look at it?
Sal from rochester: Monday 12:12pm
Yes interested in it can you give me a call to ask some questions? my number or yours?
My number is 585-XXX-5453 if you want to give me a call or yours if you wish either way.
Sal from rochester: Tuesday 8:10am
Don’t know if you received my email on the autograph asking for you to give me a call as to asking a few questions on it as I am interested in it, so again can you give me a buzz at 585-XXX-5453 as it would be appreciated so maybe we can deal.
Have a nice day.
Sal from rochester: Tuesday 8:26am
Are you getting my email on the artograph?
Sal from rochester: Tuesday 8:26am
Are you getting my email on the artograph?
Me: Tuesday 8:48am
what kind of questions do you have? i acquired this projector from a friend and to be honest have never even turned it on..
Sal from rochester: Tuesday 7:40pm
Would like to know if you want to sell that ARTOGRAPH that you have listed on Craiglist? I have emailed you as to purchasing it but I hear nothing as to you even answering my email, if you have sold it already you could have at least say that it was sold I asked nicely to give me a call but heard nothing so please tell me is it still for sale yes or no as I will stop emailing you I am not trying to be rude but you have it listed for sale and I did answer as to the add that you said for sale.
Have a great day,,
Me: Tuesday 7:52pm
the artograph is still for sale. what is your email address?
Sal from rochester: Tuesday 8:20pm
I wonder are you receiving my email as to the artograph that I have been trying to buy as I have heard no answer as all the emails that I have send to you ,do you still have it?? if so can you call me at 585-XXX-5453 or I can call you if you like but would need a number either way.
Me: Tuesday 8:24 PM
hey sal, i do still have it, what is your email address?
Sal from rochester: Wednesday 7:38am
Rebbeca the email is. XXX@frontiernet.net Better yet give me a call at 585-XXX-5453
Sal from rochester: Wednesday 8:20am
The email is XXX@frontiernet.net
why don’t you give me a call that would be better
we just cant make it on email, I am interested autograph.
Me: Wednesday 9:14 AM
so you are getting my emails..
what are the questions you have. i really dislike talking on the phone to strangers.
ps. i have 2 other people interested in this projector.
Sal from rochester: Wednesday 9:38am
Well Rebbeca if you have 2 other people interested in it thats great as to not like talking on the phone why do you have one? like I said before my email was screwed up and the big question was I live in Rochester and I wanted to know if you would have shipped it to me as I would pay for the shipping but after all the confusion I really dont want it its not worth all the hassle like I always say if you buy a item on Graigs list make sure its located in Rochester and not out of town where people do talk on thier phones so Rebbeca I thank you for your time and good luck on the others people that are interested in your item.
You have a nice day.