Friday, October 24, 2008

I'm Back

I'm back with a little update.

The 3.5 hour drive to the hospital was nice. It was sunny and the leaves are turning colors, and the toddler slept part of the time, so it was not bad! We got into the city and took a hike around the zoo for 2 hours, which was very enjoyable. I got in lots of walking and pushing her in the stroller, and just loved the peaceful setting and fall weather.

The hospital visit went okay as well, although it is no fun waking up a 3-year-old at 5:30am to try and get her to eat breakfast because she can't have food after 6am due to sedation for procedures. And it's no fun telling your child they can't eat from 6am to 2pm, either. But we distracted her in the hospital playroom with Play Doh, dolls, and games. And of course, since she couldn't eat, neither did I.

The ultrasounds went fine, but when it came time for sedation and the "big event," they found some issues and had to cancel at the very last minute. I am frustrated but relieved in a way... but not so much relieved since now we have to make another trip back in December to try again. At least she did not have to go through anything traumatic this time. But now it's another waiting game, another trip, another day of not letting her eat when we do have to go back. The doctor was very reassuring though, so I am less stressed about the whole situation and feel that surgery at this time is quite unlikely to be necessary. So thank you all for your prayers! My girly is feeling fine (except for a bit of a cold) and we are off the hook, so to speak, for another 2 months!

As for me, I did well with my eating. The hotel had one of those donut/muffin/sugar cereal/juice buffets for breakfast but I had a packet of instant oatmeal, part of a small yogurt, and some tea. We went to Olive Garden for dinner and I got the Venetian Apricot Chicken which is low fat: chicken breast in apricot sauce with steamed broccoli and asparagus (no pasta). See, I got my veggies in! No dessert... and I had ONE bread stick which I thoroughly enjoyed with my salad. On the way home we stopped at a roadside diner which had very few healthy choices. I chose a club-type sandwich which came with 3 slices of toast, tomatoes, avocado, bacon, lettuce, Swiss cheese, and mayo. I asked for mayo on the side, and chose 12-grain bread. When it came, I removed the center piece of toast so I was left with a thick sandwich on 2 slices of bread. I tasted the Swiss and it was processed and not very good, so I took that off too and put about a teaspoon of mayo on. It was a great sandwich that way. It came with a cup of soup, and I chose vegetable soup, which was FULL of veggies and had some ground beef in it. It was so yummy that I am going to make some later today. I drank water. It was a perfectly filling meal.

This morning I weighed in at 231... which is one pound less than when I left. I'll call it a success.

So keep eating your veggies, folks. I am focusing on that, while continuing to drink lots of water and get moving. I will ride my bike and lift weights today. I have some cool news to post soon and a great Healthy Habit for Monday, along with some awesome giveaways, so check back Monday for info! I will probably post this weekend as well.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!


~TMcGee~ said...

Glad to hear the visit went well even if you do have to reschedule for Dec. Hopefully, they will get the tests done then and the best possible outcome will happen.

Good job on making great choices for the day. That is especially admirable considering the stress you were under and the fact that it is hard to find healthy things sometimes while at restaurants.


MizFit said...

DEFINITELY CALL IT A SUCCESS..and in no small part to your efforts/preplanning.

have a great weekend...even with all the stress in your world right now.


ryry the adventurous said...

I am SO GLAD the little one is doing okay and that your doctor gave you good news. And one pound down even while travelling under all that stress... you are so AWESOME!

Once Upon A Dieter said...

Welcome back. I'm glad your "girly" is feeling okay. I will hope for a miracle that will remove the need for any trauma of the surgical sort.

The P

Anonymous said...

Lyn, glad you don't have to worry about the test again for a while and that the doctor was able to reassure you some. Good job making the best possible choices and making the best of a not-so-great day.

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love your blog! Two books that have opened my eyes to how and what we eat (and in turn helped me lose weight) are "In Defense of Food" and "The Ethics of What We Eat". I thought they would be really preachy, but they surprisingly weren't and instead had some good information about food. Now when I go to eat I think about some of what I learned in the books and it helps keep me on track. Continued success to you!

Pubsgal said...

Glad everything went okay with the trip, and I'd sure call it a success. Continuing healing throughts and prayers until things get resolved. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Vickie said...

glad everything went well. I was thinking about you.

Karyn said...

I'm glad the doctor was able to relieve some of your worry...I'm praying that things will go well next time and the doctor(s) will see what they need to see and make the right decisions.

And WTG on the food choices while away!!! Losing a pound in those circumstances is terrific! You are deffinately back!

BTW, those squash look and sound wonderful....I'm going to look for them next time i'm at the store.

Ceres said...

Great job on controlling your eating, Lyn! And I hope all goes well for the little one!