I spent the majority of week 10 worrying about what I was going to do about Thanksgiving.
I know, it’s silly.
I had these moments of panic envisioning myself taking one bite of real food and going completely ape-shit, eating everything in sight, then proceeding to get sick, and then deciding to do it all again over the whole weekend, vowing to “start over” on Monday.
I got a little more realistic and realized that, no matter what, I wouldn’t completely blow it. I would definitely eat something. I made an appointment with the dietician for after my weigh in on Wednesday, and planned out what would make for a sensible and satisfying first meal. She was wonderfully supportive, and heard every last one of my concerns and helped me visualize what a good serving would be. We decided on about 2 ounces of turkey, about 10-12 roasted brussels sprouts (not too many, so my stomach didn’t do crazy things) and a few bites of whatever was for dessert.
Oh, about that weigh in…
FREAKING 40.3 pounds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY HELL!!!!
That gave me the push I needed to keep going with my plan, eat only a small amount of food, and not completely blow it. That’s exactly what I did.
My mom had made some remarkable (really, really amazing) turkey stock which I ate in addition to my 2 ounces of turkey, 10 brussels sprouts, 4 green beans, and bite of mashed sweet potatoes. Dessert was a few bites of pumpkin flan and a pistachio French macaron made by my sister. (Officially can cross that off the cravings list!)
The conversation was wonderful, the company even better, and I was completely satisfied with my choices to eat. The jokes were endless, because after over 10 weeks, I’d nearly forgotten how to use a fork and plate.
A few photos ensued:
(me, my sister, and my mom)
(Me and my sister)
I must confess, later in the weekend at a favorite restaurant during a surprise party, I ate one bite of tuna tartare, and one bite of Peking-style chicken. Totally worth it.
A few non-scale successes:
- Bought a 1X down coat for the upcoming freezing Chicago winter, to replace the size 22 pea coat from last summer.
- My mom bought me boots for Hanukkah. Knee-high boots. That zip all the way up my calf. This is a first.
- Bought off-the-rack jeans from Old Navy in a size I haven’t seen (or worn) in years.
- I had to return an XXL sweater for an XL.
And now, since I’ve been fighting a bad cold since a week ago, I’m going to bed.