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Office Goodies

I have mentioned in a few posts that I started a new job this week and I went from working at home to working in an office.  This has caused several pretty great changes in my life.  I am getting out of the house more, walking more, seeing people more.  I have had a great week.

I only worked from home for a year, but I quickly forgot how much food played an important part in office socializing and fun.  I found myself having to explain to a whole new crop of people why I cannot eat certain things.  The process of doing this was very interesting.  My first two days, I was taken out to lunch twice.  The first day, my team took me out.  That was a great way to meet the people I will be working with and learn a little bit about them.

The restaurant we went to is right next to the office.  The restaurant apparently has great sweet potato fries.  Everyone delighted in telling me how great the fries were at this place specifically and how great the fries are in general.  I certainly participated in the conversation agreeing that sweet potato fries are awesome.  I even told them that one place I go with some of my writer’s group friends, an Irish Pub in Clarendon called Ri Ra, changed their sweet potato fries to sweet potater-tots which are so good.  I even took a picture of them the first time they served them to me.

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This was obviously pre-surgery because even though I do love sweet potato fries, I cannot eat them right now because of the surgery and weight loss.

So, everyone at the table ordered some kind of sandwich with the beloved sweet potato fries except me.  I ordered a salad with chicken on it.  And because I cannot eat and drink at the same time, I did not order anything to drink.  Everyone was surprised.  “You’re not even going to try the fries here?”

I had to explain that I could not and then I told them why.  I was kind of sad not to be able to eat my favorite fries, but it was fine.  I had my salad, of which I ate maybe a third, and spent some time getting to know my new co-workers, which was the real point to the luncheon.

The next day, my new work “buddy” took me out to lunch.  My new company pairs all of the new employees with a buddy to help them assimilate.  I think that’s kind of nice.  Well, me and my buddy went to a Chinese restaurant.  I love Chinese food.  OK, really I just love food, but I am particularly fond of Chinese food.  Some of my favorite Chinese dishes however, are mostly meat.  If there is a vegetable, the meat is breaded and deep friend.  It’s crazy.  I must have protein and vegetables or fruit at every meal and I cannot have any starchy foods yet.  So, I end up getting Kung Pao chicken with no peanuts, no rice, and add string beans, please.  The people at the restaurant must think I’m nuts and of course my buddy finds my choice of food interesting.  There’s another person I have to explain things to.

Then one of the Vice President’s comes to one of our meetings and brings another one of my co-workers Godiva chocolates as a thank you for something.  So, now there are yummy chocolates sitting next to my desk all day.  Then another person brought in homemade chocolate truffles.  Later in the week, another person brought in homemade chocolate chip cookies.

All of this, and it’s only my first week!

Food is an easy way to give people a treat at work, whether you are making cookies for your co-worker, or a manager looking for a way to thank your employees for a good job. I have done it myself.  I make my special chicken wings and sauce, or my famous truffles.  Food makes people happy.  Taking your employees out to a nice restaurant, having a catered luncheon, buying special expensive chocolates are an easy and fun way to show our appreciation and make your employees feel valued.  And the employees and/or co-workers love it.  But when you have a serious dietary restriction of some kind, it can also be problematic.  So many people these days have an intolerance to gluten, allergy to peanut, milk, eggs, etc., vegetarians, vegans, kosher.  And now, gastric by-pass patients.  What a complicated world we live in.

I have to say, I managed to avoid eating all of the junky food very well.  I have no choice.  If I eat the candies and the cookies, I will get dumping syndrome and make myself sick.  I cannot be doing that.  I am glad that I worked from home for a year while I prepared for the surgery and the first few months since the surgery to kind of get used to my new way of eating.  It has been a big change and I think for the most part, I have managed quite well.  Now I need to learn a new way to navigate all of the goodies that are a huge part of working in an office.

A New Milestone

So, since the surgery, I have been wearing the same clothes I was wearing before the surgery.  Before the surgery, I mostly wore a size 28/30, depending on the style.

Well, today I am wearing a size 26 blouse that I have not been able to wear for quite a while.  I also tried on a couple of size 24 blouses I have hanging in my closet.  I was able to button all of them.  I tried them on before the surgery, and I could not.  A couple were still quite snug once buttoned, but more than one fit me pretty well after being buttoned.  I’m not sure that I am ready to wear them just yet.

When I tried the blouses on, I was not wearing the binder that I still have to wear.  I have been wearing a support garment since the surgery.  The binder is a bit bulky and I still need a little extra room under my clothing for now.  Once I get the clearance from the surgeon to stop wearing the binder, I will probably still wear something under my clothing for support.  I have a pair of Spanx, and I will probably buy a couple more.  The support is actually kind of helpful as my muscles continue to heal.  I’ve noticed that if I take the binder off for a couple of hours, my muscles in my abdomen and back start to hurt.

It was nice to try on the size 24 blouses and button them.  I know that before surgery, I could not even do that much.  I know that probably in the next few weeks, I will be wearing them.  I’m not ready get rid of my size 28-30 clothing yet, especially while I’m wearing the support garment.  I still feel that I can wear them comfortably without feeling as if they are ridiculously too big for me yet.  Once I move from the binding garment to Spanx or some other kind of support garment, I probably will be ready to toss that clothing.

On another note, I did go to the surgeon’s office this week.  I met with the nurse about my progress so far.  I told her all of my ups and downs with the diet, drinking fluids, taking vitamins, etc.  She is so wonderful.  She had the surgery herself 17 years ago, so she really knows first hand some of the things I’m going through.

She was happy to hear I had a menstrual cycle.  She did tell me they may become more frequent now that I am losing weight.  She’s told me this before, so I was not surprised.  I told her about some constipation I’ve been having.  She is convinced that I am not getting enough fluids.  I think she is probably right.  So, I’ve spent the past two days just drinking water like crazy.  The other day I was up until almost 1:00am to make sure I met the daily water requirements.  I have to say, it has really helped.  I will spare you all the details, but I am feeling much better.

Overall, the nurse felt that I am right on track.  I’ve lost 40 pounds.  I look much better.  I feel much better.  I’m walking a lot.  I can walk much, much farther than I have been able to in the past couple of years.  My back feels better.  My breathing has improved.  So many good things.  She really commented on how I looked.  She said that my face has really opened up.

Well, I guess now is a good time to post a current picture of me.  Just as a reminder, this is what I looked like before the surgery.  This is a picture of me and my baby sister at her wedding.

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Here is me today:

 

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I just took this on my laptop, so this is as recent as we can get.  My hair is still a little wet, and obviously I need a haircut.  Not to mention, I’d like to get my hair colored again.  The grey is getting crazy.

What do you think?  Do you see any difference?