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KathyBlue - Sunday Jul 31, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Good morning, Girls !

How are you today? This is my last weekend BEFORE the surgery - the sun is shining, the weather is perfect. And ... guess what, we're going to spend this perfect day at grandma's... AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH. Terrible, horrible, awful! Man's aunt celebrates her b-day, so we have to attend. And there will be a newborn girl there so everyone will be drooling around/on her, makes me sick...!!!  I love babies but I'm not this type of person and they will comment it... I'm not Latin, I don't have the temper. I like to respect privacy of every individual, and I expect the same towards me. We had an other "hot" conversation(?) over the "visiting me in the hospital" subject. I still don't want visitors, and it seems to be something incomprehensible for my man. Well, patience! I still think this upcoming surgery is something personal, private and stressful enough not to turn it into a social/family event. And, guilty me, I don't feel most people's preoccupation as something genuine! I think most of them "care" because of some morbid interest - just like when you read about other people's misery in the local newspaper. Or about a death of a celebrity ... It's news, it gives people something to talk about, in their ordinary and uneventful lives, and it has a short lifespan, then when news are not news anymore, nobody cares, nobody knocks on the door or calls you about how you feel. Man says I'm being awful. Well, maybe. He says his family loves me. I don't believe it. Why do they love me? I don't "love" them either. I like them, but I don't know them to such detail, and they don't know me either. Some of them think I'm a strange, foreign bug. Others like to have short conversations with me. Others added me on Facebook. But I don't have their phone numbers. Do you get the general idea?

Well, other topic! I visited the endo/diet doctor. He gave me a plastic surgeon's contact and he was confident we would be able to find a way to get the insurance cover my plastic surgeries at least for the belly (not the arms, sniff...). This doctor happens to be at the same hospital where I have the surgery so maybe I can ask them to arrange a visit while staying there. That would be cool. Also, Dr. Francisco sent me back to the gyno doctor because of the period (still no sign of this). He prescribed some hormone tests to be made before going there, and I'm thinking I could do these while staying at the hospital, too. LOL, I'm filled with plans but I'm stocking up on books, easy literature in English and Hungarian. I also have some books here in the flat so I can entertain myself while being at home.

I'm terrified... I've changed so much since 2009, I became restless! I am so unable to support sitting, quiet for longer periods of time, and now I'll be forced to be laid down for a month. How scary is that?! I hope I won't sabotage myself, and I hope my diet will be adequate for a temporary  sedentary life. 1400 kcals. That was the value the test gave in 2010 - the calories I have to consume to keep up my body functions and not to gain weight. Any additional movements counted. Now I have these ruled out temporarily, so I guess I'll need to get back to 1400 kcals to maintain while in bed, at home. SCARY!!!! Add this to the fact that who's cooking here is my man so I will still have a fight over this, guaranteed...

Well, gotta go... I hope my essay today won't ruin your day... Being rather negative, huh?!

xoxo!!! Send me love and caring - nothing else matters.

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 07/31/2011:
You are just being honest which is what this forum is for. Just a thought- you may change your mind about having visitors so maybe leave it as you will let people know when you are ready & that way they won't come unless you invite them. Just a thought. At least with the baby at the event today there will be less talk about your surgery. ( just thinking positive) Hope your surgery goes well.

Em17 on 07/31/2011:
I get what your saying about his family. My bfs family is like the same way. Me and his mom bump heads a lot. I hope your week goes well before your surgery and that your surgery goes great. =) Stay positive!

hollybelle on 07/31/2011:
Interesting information about differences in outlooks about hospital visitations, etc. My family is very "don't come to visit unless you call first" type and I am not. Mark's family is not - they are very huggy and kissy and my family is not. I am middle of the way between - I'm not like my family but not quite like his, either. I don't mind if someone comes to see me, but be prepared to take what you get and to be told(kindly) that it's not a good time, if it, indeed, is not! If I were to be in the hospital. I definitely wouldn't want a lot of company. I think I'd rather have some company and HELP when I came home from the hospital - now I am saying all this just trying to put myself in your place. Each person to suit their own "notions" as my grandmother used to say....she means we should all suit ourselves and no one should be critical of what another's wishes are. She was a WIsE woman! LOL! I saw you told Umpqua that man is all set with posting information for when you are in hospital and recooperating. I will be watching with anxious eyes. I loved how you said you had changed so much since 2009! You said you had become restless. It is wonderful that you have become like this, it will be an inconvenience while you have recover from the surgery, but how wonderful that you are like this now! When you say you must lay down for a month - do you mean lay down flat or will you get to sit up some? What books have you set aside to read while recovering? I am thinking how READY you will be to get back to exercise and on to better things when this is over. Good news, too that insurance is likely to cover some tummy revision surgery. As for the arms, perhaps that will work out, too or you can finance it yourself eventually. There is so much to look forward to......hang in there, dear Kat!

KathyBlue - Saturday Jul 30, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Hi girls!

Weekend, again, finally...

Last day at the Sport's Complex, at least for this season... They reopen on the 1st October, hopefully with me as a member, again, for my third healthy, sporty, crazy year! I'm confident that 2012 will be better for me, and as I'm turning into 30 in August (12th), there's a new stage of life waiting for me out there. But then, why to wait until 2012, if I can start building for the better right now, today? POSITIVE MINDSET!

I bought a lovely sleepwear for the hospital, with Marie the cat (Disney). Yes, it's for adults, lol... and it says "Sweetheart" on the back with huge pink letters, so the doctors, nurses will be able to identify me while checking/changing the bandage on the wounds, hahaha...

Well, gotta go, have a train to catch!!! xoxo, girls, have fun, I will have for sure!


Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/30/2011:
Great choice on the sleepwear! I always loved the Pepe LePew cartoons. He was such a confident little skunk! Ha! Can't wait to see pictures with you in it! Ah, you'll post 'em won't you??? LOL! Just kidding! So the sports center closes for two months-August and September? Open in October, maybe right around the time you'll be recovered and through some PT etc. Now, are you going to turn 30 in a month or next year in August? We will have a DD celebration on your birthday, anyway! You will be through with your surgery and on to bigger and better things by the 12th! YAY! Have a good day, Kat!

Umpqua on 07/30/2011:
The sleepwear sounds cute, I also loved Pepe despite his stalking tendencies. I'm glad you are feeling positive, and what great timing on the sports complex. Gives you time to recuperate and you'll be ready to go when they re-open!

chidogs on 07/30/2011:
I love the Disney Cats! Nice choice. I have marked August 2 on my calender and will be thinking of you all day. I'm sure I would be anxious too. Just look past it and towards when you will be up and healthy again! Hugs.

sweetpea1977 on 07/30/2011:
Your pajamas sound sooo cute!

Yes, I will definitely post updates for you!

Lisbon, Portugal is 5 hours ahead of Atlanta, GA (where I live). If your surgery goes to plan (no last minute delays), it will still be August 2nd when your surgery is over. Anyway, this website should help clear things up for ya! http://24timezones.com/

Umpqua on 07/30/2011:
^^Yep, you're ahead of us timewise and either me or Sweetpea will post your updates as we receive them. We've got you covered!

biscottibody59 on 07/30/2011:
I guess a cat on your pajamas is a pretty good distraction:-)

moogy on 07/30/2011:
Well you are a sweetheart so that is appropriate. You are right about the time zones, I am the only one who is a day ahead!! Of course!!!! LOL

KathyBlue - Friday Jul 29, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

Hello, Ladies!

Yesterday ended up at 3000-3500 kcals.  I had a stressful evening, apparently I had no reason to feel stressed but I felt it. So we pigged out on sweets....
Really, I'm being a nightmare for everyone around me, colleagues, family ... then, they say they understand but they don't. In addition they don't have the patience. And me, I am lacking it lately, too... DEEP BREATH... IT WILL BE OVER SOON...

Tomorrow is the last day of the contract with the Sports complex. I'll be there from 9h00 to 13h for sure. Today was the last tennis training - it was great...! :-) BTW, I have a plan:

AUGUST - surgery & recover;
SEPTEMBER - fisioteraphy;
OCTOBER --> Sports complex reopens and I will do: swimming, gym, aquafitness and I am going to enroll to tennis twice a week, and will join when feeling physically prepared.

All these activities and timelines will be revised and adjusted if needed, of course, with medical consent.

Today's menu:

06H00 - toasted bread leftovers, a cup of LF milk and a MF natural yogurt (350 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (50 kcal)

12H00 - veggie soup (200 kcal), grilled chicken (450 kcal), a LF bifidus yogurt (50 kcal)

19H30 - sushi

Grand total: 2100 kcal

Today I still have to go to a bigger store to buy some proper bed lingerie to use while being at the hospital.

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 07/29/2011:
Your plan sounds great Kat. Maybe just try to meditate a little and clear your head? I know it's difficult not to be stressed out right now but going into the surgery well rested and calm will be better....I know that's not easy. Thinking of you!

biscottibody59 on 07/29/2011:
You have every reason to have your guard up, but don't let it ruin your life for now--takes practice and none of us are in your shoes, to be honest. I'm not a "positive thinking" person, but it costs nothing to visualize the best outcome from the moment you step into the hospital through the whole process. BTW, what exactly are you having done? Will you have those rods implanted? I'm just curious if you care to share any of it, if not I understand:-)

Have a great day!

hollybelle on 07/29/2011:
Good that you have a plan and lots to look forward to. I know we can't totally understand. Just know we love you and are thinking of you.

thinkpositive on 07/29/2011:
Looks like a good plan. It is stressful to anticipate surgery. Don't be too hard on yourself for being stressed out- it's normal.

sweetpea1977 on 07/29/2011:
Your post-op plan sounds wonderful Kat!

Please be emotionally kind with yourself and forget all the negative stuff being said and done. Its normal to be nervous about such a huge life-changing surgery, especially when you don't have anyone to relate to about it. Take lots of deep breaths and remind yourself that this surgery is going to lead you to an even brighter and happier future! I'm so excited for you Kat!!! Love you!!

chidogs on 07/29/2011:
Hi Kathy, even though I am not always around I do read the posts regularly. When is the surgery? I am wishing you the best and a quick recovery!

just42day on 07/29/2011:
I agree that it's understandable to feel stressed. I'm sure you're doing better than you give yourself credit for. DO allow people to do whatever they do to offer to help. You deserve to be pampered and cared for. Lots of positive thoughts are being sent to you across the pond. That's fabulous that you already have plans following your recovery. See - you ARE being positive. Good for you! :)

Em17 on 07/29/2011:
Plan sounds good =). Stress stress get away from Kat. Have a great weekend =)

moogy on 07/29/2011:
Hang in there sweetie, not long to wait now! If ever there was a time when stress eating is allowed, this would be it! Sending love and hugs:)

V on 07/29/2011:
Thinking of you Kat :) Love you!!!

KathyBlue - Thursday Jul 28, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 182.0

" And I dream I'm an eagle
And I dream I can spread my wings
Flyin' high, high, I'm a bird in the sky
I'm an eagle that rides on the breeze
High, high, what a feeling to fly
Over mountains and forests and seas
And to go anywhere that I please
" ABBA - Eagle

Back to work, back to life - cousins are flying home at the moment! OH YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :-)

Tennis was AWESOME today morning .

BTW I received details about the surgery yesterday. I have to appear at the hospital's main reception at 3 PM on the 2nd August, and will be slightly sedated (to calm down the nerves before the full anaesthesia) and wired. Then, the surgery will start around 6 PM, and has a foreseen duration of 4 hours and a half... and I'll be staying at the intensive care unit for the night of course, under higher surveillance.
I'm going to ask my man to send some status reports to the DD YMAIL.COM address because I won't be here for a week, huh...?! The Dr. told my man yesterday that I'll be put on feet right after the surgery, I mean on the following day...

I'm still most worried about the putting me to sleep part, and the awakening part. It's extra creepy that I'm going to wake up first during the night, most probably? ...

Today's menu:

06H30 - toast w/ LF milk and coffee (350 kcal)

07H00 - a LF yogurt (100 kcal)

10H00 - LF milk w/ coffee (50 kcal)

12H00 - carrot soup, 250 gr grilled chicken, watermelon (YAYYY) (700 kcal)

16H00 - an apple, LF yogurt, some salt&water whole grain biscuits (350 kcal)

17H00 - gelatine (50 kcal)

21H00 - veggie soup (200 kcal)

Grand total: 1800 kcal

AHHH, weighed in at the endo Dr. yesterday (went there to report my missing TOM and he redirected me to the gyno.... SNIFF...) - 182 lbs. Not bad, I'm happy with it. I saw 178 only once, in May, it might have been some temporary weight. Or, I gained some 6-8 lbs since then, out of stress and stupid huge quantities eating, but still it doesn't look that bad. I most probably lose this over the week in the hospital... I cannot get stressed over this. Next time I meet the scale will be in September!

Progress as of today: 144.2 lbs lost so far, only 37 lbs to go!

thinkpositive on 07/28/2011:
If it's light sedation I think that means that you'll be awake right after the operation. Anaesthesia ( SP?) has improved greatly over the years. Good luck with the surgery and will be looking for updates.

mysterywoman100 on 07/28/2011:
after my surgery I woke up for a few min the 1st evening but slept basically 24 hrs until the next morning because of the pain meds. The 2nd day I remember bits and pieces but wasnt until the 3rd day that they took me off the morphine and I woke up. And the pain was never bad in fact less than I had before. I hope everything will goes as good for you as it has me. I go to my surgeon Aug 3rd and I am hoping he sets the date for my new left knee.

V on 07/28/2011:
YIPPEEEE!! I missed you :) Are you throwing your private Bon Voyage party for you cousin??? LOL ;) Welcome back my friend :)

sweetpea1977 on 07/28/2011:
lol at the comment you left me. I actually do quite a bit of overhead lifts with Mason for arm exercises. It doesnt take long to feel the burn lifting his little 14lb body. :)

Thanks for the heads up on your man emailing the dd email address. Do you want me to copy and paste his updates in my DD entries for you? Let me know, ok?

Umpqua on 07/28/2011:
I'll be sure to check the email for updates! Is your BF going in with you before the surgery? I had to wait several hours while they did tests and poked me before the sedation/anesthesia, and it was good to have someone there with me. It sounds like you have a very positive attitude about this whole business!

Umpqua on 07/28/2011:
I felt the same way as you before I went in, I was anxious and nervous, but I also knew deep down that the surgery was going to improve my quality of life, my overall health and my attitude. And it sure did and I don't regret it for a single moment! I think this will really be a positive experience for you and you're young, you'll bounce right back :)

moogy on 07/28/2011:
It is nice to be sleepy before the op and of course the next thing you know you are awake again. I am sure that you will be in good hands and with your attitude will excell at all your recuperation exercises. I will be thinking of you and am sending a big hug and best wishes:)

just42day on 07/28/2011:
I'm sure you'll do great with the surgery! I think everyone gets nervous about anesthesia. Just keep in mind that you're in the hands of professionals who do this everyday. That'd be great if your man can pass on updates as we'll be thinking of you!

hollybelle on 07/28/2011:
Kat - I'm sorry I haven't commented on your diary much lately (or anyone else's either) - but I have been thinking about you and have the date of your surgery on my calendar and will be looking for the posts from man. Tell him to try and be detailed as we won't rest well until we hear how you are doing! I think like Laura above - the anticipation is mostly the worst. I think they will keep you sedatd and you'll sleep mostly through the night, maybe?? You just know there are people all the way all the way around the world who will be thinking of you all the while. <3 <3

KathyBlue - Monday Jul 25, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 178.3

Hello, girls!

I have nothing to report - just the bad news that I'm sick. We went on a horrible ride yesterday on a cabrio-bus (has 2 floors and the upper level has no cover) to Freeport, an Outlet market. I bought some clothes (wouldn't be me...), a tennis skirt (YAY), two shorts (YAYY) and some tee's (YAYYYYYYY).

The wind was too strong, the sun was too strong - and the consequences: unfortunately I threw up during the night and I'm not a bit better today. I went to tennis, but the coach didn't show up (GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR....) , I made 25 mins on the elliptical but had to give up exercising. I spent 2 hours in the showers, sitting on the bench trying to recover, gain some energy to leave the building.
But, at least I managed to handle some issues in relationship with the upcoming surgery...

No photos have been taken lately.

Progress as of today: 147.9 lbs lost so far, only 33.3 lbs to go!

Umpqua on 07/25/2011:
Sorry you're not feeling well, the heat and the sun are killers - we really had to take it easy a couple of days on our trip because it was SO hot. Sorry about your slacker tennis coach, but good deal on your new clothes!

sweetpea1977 on 07/25/2011:
Yay for new clothes!

I hope you feel better soon. Please take it easy out in the heat!!

thinkpositive on 07/25/2011:
Sorry you are sick. You are a trooper to get on the elliptical while still feeling sick. Hope you are feeling better soon.

panda22 on 07/26/2011:
Oh Kathy, i hope you feel better, that sounds like a brutal day! I am thinking about you with your upcoming procedure, hang in there girl! Double yippeee for new clothes! Always feels good to buy them when you are smaller than you were last time you did ;) i cant wait to have my new clothing shopping trip! Love ya!

panda22 on 07/26/2011:
Ps, i love your last entry....beautiful photos and funny stories as usual. I cant believe your fam chose fast food over fresh...ugh thats sadly how our food culture around the world has been ruined by 'cheap and easy' takeout. Really is a shame. Im glad you got to get away and have fun on your own though! ...just wanted to add that note in even though its not on your current entry :)

V on 07/26/2011:
I hope you are better Kat !!

liza36 on 07/26/2011:
I'm so sorry you're not feeling well. I hope you recover soon!

Maria7 on 07/26/2011:
Hope you are feeling better today. :-)

hackersdiet on 07/27/2011:
Oh, you are so strong to go and work out even though you were sick the night before! What willpower! I am proud of you. Try to get some rest and get well soon.

sweetpea1977 on 07/27/2011:
Just stopping by to check on you. Keeping ya in my thoughts!

mcwoo40 on 07/27/2011:
Just passing to say hello :)

V on 07/27/2011:
Checking in to see how you are Love you!!

KathyBlue - Saturday Jul 23, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 178.3

Hello, Girlies!

It's been a while... 2 days, huh?! LOL... We're back to Lisbon. YAY. My man changed the kitchen cupboard's doors and shelves, yayy. Looks good!

Back to town means back to normal life, means back to normal eating.  I am so sure I was having too much calories during vacations. But, I had good foods, really. Ice-creams were my daily sin but I tried to choose diet ice-creams and fruit-based, sorbets, without creams/milk. So, my conscience is clean!

I'm going to invite my cousin & co. to eat in the Wok World restaurant today. That has typical Portuguese food, some extra fish plates (which I'm absolutely positive they won't touch but that's life...) and the safe Chinese food tasting equal everywhere. LOL. My cousin & co. are so damn picky. I was drooling over the seafood menus down there (Algarve), grilled salmon, swordfish, sardines, octopus, squid... YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY ... and them!!! They bought pizzas, McDo's food, prepared lasagna from the lousy supermarket... Sigh. Really! I was so out of patience that I escaped from them on the last two days. One full day on my own, my spirit was so high, I felt so... FREE! I went to Silves (photos below!), spent a hot day there, and saw Portimão also (nothing special here, the city is a bigger holiday destination with fancy houses and a port).

Then yesterday we had a half day so I went to town alone while the others stayed at the beach, WITHOUT TROUSERS b/c I forgot to get them on... ahahah... Well, I had a tee and a swimming suit so... and I looked like, and actually WAS a damned tourist, so what?! 

As we went to the beach rather early, we had a glimpse of the fishermen's everyday life. We saw a fishing boat arriving with a flock of seagulls following them, then we could see them sorting out the fish into different plastic transport boxes. (see the last 3 photos).
Then I saw them on sale on the local food market. I absolutely LOVE local markets. I love to notice how the old folks try to cheat with prices (trying to sell 2 eur a kg instead of 1,5 eur as marked), or "forgetting the change" ("Oh lady, old age!!")... Yeah... old folks! LOL...


Progress as of today: 147.9 lbs lost so far, only 33.3 lbs to go!

V on 07/23/2011:
Welcome home!!! Thanks for taking all of us on vacation with you <3 Great move with sneaking some time to yourself ;) Have a good day!!

biscottibody59 on 07/23/2011:
All the pics are just lovely--thank you! I think "The Miaus" was too funny--but exceptionally Meowy--haha!

Glad you got away for your own little vacation time!

moogy on 07/23/2011:
I have been keeping track of you via fb with your beautiful pictures. An almost new kitchen eh!! Nice!! to come home to. Back to the real world, it will be a shock to the system, but I think you will be glad to get your last few days of exercise in before your op. Welcome home Kat:)

hollybelle on 07/24/2011:
What no trousers! ? ! I say - so what, too! Good for you - vacation is good! Beautiful pics - and good eating. I am always surprised, too how badly others eat - McDs pizza every other day, etc. I am one to notice what others are buying in the supermarket. Especially at the checkout line. I think it's interesting that if you look at the cart and at the person - they usually will "match". Healthier looking people have healthier stuff in their cart. No secret, is it? Send some pics of the new cabinets if you get a chance. I love kitchens. If mines ever clean I'll send a pic of it!

sweetpea1977 on 07/25/2011:
Welcome home!

Thanks for sharing your vacation photos with us. So fun and breathtaking!

selina on 07/25/2011:
Beautiful photos, Kathy! Glad to hear you went independent for a while...

KathyBlue - Wednesday Jul 20, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 178.3

Good morning, Girlies!

Here comes my photo-report of yesterday's excursion. FIESA (Feira International de Esculturas em Areia - aka. International Exhibition of Sand Sculptures) is constant but changes its theme every year. I was able to catch a photo of a sculptor, working!!! The entry fee is a bit high (around 11-12 dollars (8 eur)?) but the exhibtion is lovely. I shot lots of photos!

My cousins are too lazy for my taste, anyway. I'd love to have my own car at the moment, and it costs me to confess such thing as I'm an anti-car person. We've had only two of the three plans done yesterday, and the last one, to see the town of Silves and the moorish castle, has gone astray. My cousin wanted to come back, she was tired. OK, again, she's pregnant... I should, again, give her a break... but these are not ideal holidays for me, you know I like actively enjoying and I try to see as much as I can. And I love to shoot photos because of you, Ladies, because I know you are anxiously waiting to see them, hehehehe....

An other issue I'm having here is that I think I'm becoming a professional dishwasher. I don't think I have washed so many dishes in my life, actually. OK, I'm exagerating but then again, I'm keeping the apartment clean, and the others contribute just to make me work to do...

 I bought a pair of beach rackets yesterday with a rubber ball, so I surely get my exercise in today! HIHI... I should collect all sorts of rackets and balls. I really want to buy me a set of speedminton (http://www.speedminton.com) !!!!

Progress as of today: 147.9 lbs lost so far, only 33.3 lbs to go!

hollybelle on 07/19/2011:
Sand sculptures facinating! Baby precious.....

V on 07/19/2011:
It seems in Lagos us lions rule!!! I love it!! It sure looks like your trip has been breathtaking, relaxing and peaceful <3

sweetpea1977 on 07/20/2011:
Awesome sand sculptures! I wish I was that talented! Thanks for sharing their masterpieces with us!

I dont mind the occasional lazy day while on vacation (laying in the sun and catching up on a book while sipping a frozen drink or cruising in a boat or car through beautiful scenery), but I prefer to be active most of the time! Im so glad you're not letting them slow you down!

selina on 07/20/2011:
Fantastic photos, KathyBlue! YOu know which ones are my favorites.... Have a great day!

geevee on 07/20/2011:
Unbelievable! I really enjoyed your photos. Thanks!

thinkpositive on 07/20/2011:
Loved the pictures. It's hard to vacation with a mixed group but hopefully you'll be able to get more site seeing in.( Let someone else participate in the dish washing!) And also loved the beach pictures. Lovely setting.

greengirl on 07/21/2011:
Great pictures Kat :-)

KathyBlue - Tuesday Jul 19, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 178.3

Good morning, Girlies!

We had a nice and calm day yesterday. We went to the Camilo beach (those on facebook's DD group are way ahead with knowing this news, and already seen some fotos! BTW I'm going to post the "Best of" below, as always. FB has only a sampling, a few of these.), then visited "Ponta da Piedade" and at the end came home to lunch. In the afternoon we went downtown but the others didn't want to stay so I opted to stay alone. I got some walking in, an hour or so, after which felt great. I didn't come to be at the apartment all the time, lying on the bed! Gosh, we're living the life of a 9-months toddler - which is not a problem of course, but I'd like to be more active. And the kid, too!!! The kid wants to stroll around, he has a genuine interest in everything surrounding... but they become tired quickly and put the kid away to his travelling carriage. Ahh, I'm easy talking of course, it must be tiring to have a kid and be prepared to his needs 24 hours a day. But then again, resposibilities need to be set and known when one decides to have children.

About the foods, I'm good in it. I still have this problem of eating a lot but I eat healthy food. I discovered this italian ice-cream shop where the fruit ice-cream can be bought and they state fruit ice-creams have 11 kcals a scoop. I'm rather sceptic about this value but, I had 3 scoops because they are so tasty. From today on, no ice-creams though. It was just enough. The rest, my plates are based on plants (soups and fresh salads) and whole grain, fruits and yogurts. I have to be careful because this visit of my cousins' is being very stressful to me on many levels.

For the ladies who are willing/can dream and visit me!: http://www.virtualtourist.com/travel/Europe/Portugal/Algarve/TravelGuide-Algarve.html


Seriously!!!!!, if you want to come anytime to visit me, you're so welcome! I live in Lisbon (capital of Portugal) but I offer my help to anyone who wants to visit the south (Costa Vicentina) or the north, any place around here in this beautiful country.

Plans for today: Visit Pêra, the International Sand Sculpture Festival, then Armação de Pêra, which is a beautiful beach (LOL, what else is new), then we'll see Silves, a pretty town with its Moorish castle. So, tomorrow there'll be more pics! 

And now, the pics!:


Progress as of today: 147.9 lbs lost so far, only 33.3 lbs to go!

just42day on 07/19/2011:
Incredible pics. So glad you're making the most of your trip and not just staying in the apt. Great job on getting a nice walk in too. It must be wonderful to walk and see such great sights!

Umpqua on 07/19/2011:
That beach looks like paradise! 9 months is a tough age. Now, we are living the lives of 3 and 4-year-olds on this vacation, which means we don't stop moving except for a short siesta in the afternoon. It's good though, especially with the extra treats we're eating!

V on 07/19/2011:
Beautiful pics Kat!!! Especially the one of YOU :) You look happy and healthy!!!

mysterywoman100 on 07/19/2011:
The pictures are beautiful and you look awesome. I wonder what I will look like when I lose weight? Did you ever wonder?

sweetpea1977 on 07/19/2011:
Lovely! I love the one of you! You look vibrant and beautiful!!

KathyBlue - Monday Jul 18, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 178.3

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Good morning, Girlies!

 I didn't get the running in today morning. The others were already woken up, with a raving baby. I'm going to get a huge walk in, around the afternoon hours I guess, while the others are resting. The weather is cool but too windy.

We tried the Meia Praia ("Half Beach") yesterday two times, but it was cloudy first, then became way too windy to enjoy, sand crystals were all over in our eyes, mouth and skin and we didn't want to stay there with the baby and without proper equipement (beach tents)...

I shot only a few with my camera. Today will be different!!! 

xoxo, see ya later

Progress as of today: 147.9 lbs lost so far, only 33.3 lbs to go!

just42day on 07/18/2011:
Beautiful pics!

hollybelle on 07/18/2011:
Sorry about the cryin' baby and the wind and sand. Beautiful beach, though. Hoping for sunshine and only a gentle breeze for you today. Hoping your plan for a run or walk pans out. :o)

tangalyn on 07/18/2011:
wow kat GORGEOUS pics!!

umpqua on 07/18/2011:
Absolutely gorgeous!

V on 07/18/2011:
Beautiful pics :) Hey have you convinced your cousin to let you have Kristof yet??? I am sure you can do it!!!

selina on 07/18/2011:
very cool pics!

sweetpea1977 on 07/18/2011:
Wow, very pretty!!!

KathyBlue - Sunday Jul 17, 2011
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 178.3

Good morning, girlies! :-)

Another nerve-testing day ahead... Yesterday morning I went to run. It was so funny, they looked so confused and puzzled by the fact... I just gained courage from their negative talking and showed them, YAY!!! 

My cousin, on the photo below, is pregnant. She got pregnant very soon, because the baby boy born on the 13th October 2010, and his younger brother is foreseen for the middle of November this year.  I am rather revolted because she has the gastric bypass fully set, and she's eating like a bird. She eats only unhealthy stuff, like ice-creams, puddings, and whenever she decides to get some decent food in, like rice or bread, she vomits afterwards. So, she doesn't get her necessary calories in for sure!!!! And, want to hear the best part - she is very fat now. The bypass worked before the first pregnancy, she got thin, looked good. Then, something happened. Well, articles say people get fat because they get more calories in than they actually burn/need, right? No rocket science. But then, maybe she has screwed up her metabolism already, so much that now she is unable to eat right without getting fat? Or this is what we call starvation mode? She feels full with a small slice of watermelon... oh god. It looks so WRONG to me, on so many levels! And then we are unable to walk more than 30 minutes because she gets tired...


I don't want to go to the beach! I want to move, I want to walk, I want to get indepent! I got so f...ng sunburnt yesterday, I could hardly sleep, I was grumpy, headache, tired, etc... and in addition, I won't run today morning because my legs are burnt and I saw stars trying my pants on. Now I'm sitting here in a tee ...

BTW I wanna keep the baby boy from the photos. I'm trying to convince my cousin that she's already expecting an other boy so she probably wouldn't miss the first one that much, hahahahh... maybe Sweetpea, Umpqua,geevee would disagree??? :-)

This last one is for you ladies to drool over something that is not ice-cream or cupcake... but sweet!!! And negative calories!!! Especially if you think to do some physical activity with this "equipement". LOL....

Progress as of today: 147.9 lbs lost so far, only 33.3 lbs to go!

sweetpea1977 on 07/17/2011:
:( Thats sad about your cousin's health. Unfortunately getting a gastric bypass doesnt teach someone how to eat properly, so a lot of the time folks who get the procedure done gain some or all their weight back. I imagine that she knows this and this is why she chooses to eat like a bird. I do believe that once a body goes into starvation mode, it will immediately store every single calorie that is consumed as fat. A big fat reserve is needed to get through famines and it doesnt matter if the famine is caused by a drought killing off animals and plants or a person forcing themselves into one. The body doesnt know the difference!

Anyway, Im still proud of you for sticking with your plans to stay active! Im sorry you got burned at the beach though. I hope you have access to some aloe vera. That will help soothe some of the pain you're feeling.

Lol, dont feel bad for wanting to take home Kristof! He is a cutie pie! Too bad you dont live closeby, because Im sure you would make a fantastic babysitter! You have such an active lifestyle and would limit/omit sitting around in the house! :)

sweetpea1977 on 07/17/2011:
BTW, I've been doing some taste-tasting ever since we discussed non-dairy alternatives for lattes (milk in coffee). Milk does taste best, but second place goes to unsweetened organic soy milk. It froths up pretty well and gives the coffee the milky flavor/texture that we love. As for unsweetened almond milk, I dont really like it in coffee. Its too watery and doesnt froth very well. If I find a low calorie sweetened almond milk, I will try that next. However, Im sure that unsweetened almond milk would make a great replacement in smoothies/milkshakes. :)

mcwoo40 on 07/17/2011:
great eye candy Kat :)

biscottibody59 on 07/17/2011:
Makes me wonder if any studies have been done on extra nutritional needs of pregnant women who've had gastric bypass. They're doing the surgery on girls and boys as young as 9 or 10 yrs old here in the US--and I just wonder what the long-term consequences are.

The only person I know personally who had the surgery (the one where you end up with a little pouch for stomach contents) gained a lot of her wt back over some years. She probably wasn't a good candidate for it, but if a person has good insurance, my cynical self thinks they'll take anyone who's on the margins.

Your cousin sounds very frustrating for you--but it's good that you got to see "how the other half lives" so to speak. "There but for the grace of God go I," as my late mother would often say.

Perhaps some of your overtly active and joyous ways will stick in her mind for the future:-)

Keep hydrated there!

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