Thursday, December 16, 2010

Book Club.... Cards with Friends...... Birthday Dinner...... Oh MY!

I knew that this past weekend was going to be a small problem.

However....... it turned into a BIG problem.

Starting with: that crazy loss of restriction. WTF? I've never experienced it before. I know some others have mentioned that it's happened to them, but I haven't had that issue. Until last week, when my restriction magically went away. (note: it came back yesterday morning...... bless my band)

I have to wonder if it wasn't Kris Kringle, telling me, that I'd been good so far, but honestly.... how could I possibly get through THREE events that have always been big noshing events, in one weekend??

First off: Book Club

We meet monthly. The name is MDRS: Michigan Drinking and Reading Society. (Heidi.... I've also read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, and loved, loved, LOVED that book! We read "Naked" by David Sedaris for December, in case you're interested) We should probably be called MDRES..... the Michigan Drinking, Reading and EATING society. Whoever is hosting always puts out a nice spread, including a veggie platter with dip, something sweet (m&m's, hershey's kisses...... these evil little pretzel things with a hershey's kiss melted to the middle, and then an m&m pressed into it...... OMG)

Anyway.... I actually had to ask for the crab rangoons to be moved, because I was starting to make a dent on that plate! Normally, at book club, I park my ass next to the veggie platter, and start with the carrots, since they always seem to get stuck. I purposefully eat these, because I can get a "little" stuck.... I call it a "warning" it's slightly uncomfortable, but there's no major sliming, no squeezing sensation, no pain.... just a suddenly full feeling that fills to my throat. Sometimes it can stay that way for 20-30 minutes, which helps me keep my snacking at bay. BUT..... with no restriction, I ate right through the carrots, right over to the bell peppers. I wasn't doing a lot of dipping though :) I did eat a few of those pretzel thingies, a couple of cookies, 1 glass of wine..... and more crab rangoons than I should have.

The next night, we had neighbors over for cards. We haven't had them over in quite a while, however, it's always a food/drink fest. These neighbors are also my BFF, and my husband is tight with that husband too (not sure if hubby has a BFF.... he just has a few select buds) My BFF and I have been known to kill a case of beer by ourselves on a night of cards. AND a pizza.

Anyway, we got the kids some pizza, and we were drinking pomegranate martinis at 75 calories/drink. However, the kids didn't eat the pizza, and the parents started in. I ate THREE pieces of pizza. THREE! Now this is Michigan pizza, not east coast pizza, so it's not huge slices, but still! Add to that at least 4 pomegranate martinis, and then a munch fest on hershey's kisses, jingles cookies, etc. The next morning, I woke up BLOATED.

That afternoon, we went to a restaurant for my husband's birthday...... my parents took us all out. I had a nice dish of chicken vodka (ordered without pasta..... knew I was already bloated up from the pizza..... remember, I have a gluten intolerance, so me + wheat = bloating, potty problems) so I ordered potatoes on the side instead. They were roasted reds, and actually looked kinda oily, so I ignored them. Ate a small piece of bread with dipping oil.... got a warning. I thanked god that my restriction was starting to make a comeback.

We went back to my parent's house, and I had 1-1/2 pieces of ice cream birthday cake. Went home and noshed a bowl of Doritos.... and promptly PB'd those for 1-1/2 hours. NOW the restriction kicks in. OK.... I deserved it.

I went all the way back up to 211 from 198 in 2-1/2 measly days.

I know it's a bloat..... not a true gain. On Sunday, I was weighing every few hours, and it went something like 203, 205, 207, 209, 211. All in the same day!

I was back down to 208 yesterday, and I expect to get back to my 198 within the next week and 1/2.

I had made an appointment for a fill for this past Wednesday, but everthing I ate on Tuesday got stuck (either warnings, or PB's) so  I called and cancelled.

It was a weekend filled with bad choices..... but I let myself make them, and I suffered the wrath of the scale. The only positive (?) thing is that on Monday morning, I finally went to  the bathroom without having to have a long discussion with my colon. Usually, I have to start threatening Milk of Magnesia when it gets to day 4-5-6 of no action on the potty. Because I have that gluten intolerance, I actually went without any problems. Not sure it's worth that 13 pound bloat though......


  1. i will check out the david sedaris book. i stayed up late last night to finish The Help. last month we read 1,000 While Women -- loved it! Today I started A Short History of Women by Kate Walbert. but i need to read Little Bee by Jan 2!

    i didn't remember knowing you were gluten intolerant. me too. but i find i can at least tolerate trace amounts better now with the band.

    glad your restriction decided to wake up! lol.

  2. Ohhh..... 1000 White Women, we read that one too! Loved it!

    Little Bee, haven't heard of it, but interested in hearing about it!

    My January book is Blood Vines by Erica Spindler, I think I'm going to download it to my iPad ;)

    As far as gluten intolerance..... I've had issues with certain types of wheat, it seems. I can have those Arnold (orrowheat) Sandwich Thins in Whole Wheat, and not really have any issues. It seems that it's semolina flour in pasta, and with pizza, the high gluten floursthat cause me the most problems. Mostly, bloating, and if I'm very sensitive that day, it can manifest itself like a flu: aches, pains, malaise, and a general feeling of getting hit by a truck :(

    I can't believe you're gluten intolerant too! Next thing I know, you're going to tell me that you have PCOS too. If that's the case, I will need to speak to my birth-mom about a possibility of you and I being twins! :)

  3. better get your mama on the phone.... pcos -- although after i went on actos, got immediately pregnant, etc never had anymore cysts grow. just the old ones. but now i get a nice big ole fibroid explosion every couple years....

  4. I would suppose that would mean to contact "our" mama :) However, I've got a few years on you..... so unless you hung out in-utero for a few years, twins we ain't. :) However, our similarities can't be denied. Heck, our highest weights are something like 2-3 pounds apart, and we're currently a few pounds apart as well. Not to mention all the other stuff. (gluten, PCOS)

    Interesting note on my PCOS as well..... I was on Metformin for 10 years, and had unresolved diarrhea from it, so I went off it January 2008. I've had every period since..... anywhere in the 31-37 day range, which for me, is incredible. I never, EVER had regular periods. If left alone, I'd have 3-4 periods/year.

    My OB is stunned, my blood work, and trans-vag scans all say "no more PCOS"..... no cysts, no creeping testosterone, no insulin resistance, nothing. She said she'd love to "blame" it on the band, but we both know that this happened 1.5 years earlier than the weight loss. She's got no answers, and just shakes her head when she sees me.

    Crazy PCOS!