Wednesday, 19 September 2012

I'm back...Been a little while

Been a little out of routine and I am not even sure if I have my faithful followers any more. But there is only one way to find out. If you are reading this, I know you are there, and if you are so willing, please leave a personal note by clicking the arrow on the right side of this message. You know you want to do it. So just do it.
My last entry was mid July and so much has happened since then. I have been to South Africa for a little business and pleasure trip and it was really tremendous to see old friends and make new ones as people try to get to grips with the new me.
On a positive note, I managed to watch my complex diet and I really behaved myself as much as possible. I only ate minimal and after a two and a half week adventure, I lost .5 of a kilogram. I guess I could have lost more, but who can say no to a Horlicks milkshake from the "Doll's House". For those of you who are not familiar with Horlicks or the "Dolls House", you will just have to take my word for it. For those of you who do know what I am talking about, please place your tongues back in your mouths.
So I am finally back in the swing of things. Culturally and physically it was hard getting back into things after returning form South Africa, yet I a back at my school, in the new position of Vice Principal and so far so good. At least I am back to a regular eating pattern and best of all, I am back to exercising on a regular basis.
My last visit to the doctor and dietician showed my that after 6 months, I am starting to even out with regard to weight loss and it seems that this is where I will be for the next while, which is good. I really do not want to lose too much.
So in the words of this advert, and no that is not me or doesn't look like me yet, I am back. My late dad was very fond of the aftershave, so in tribute to him and to let you know that...I have returned

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Hot Hot Hot and then some

It's so hot, I wish I was cool
Perhaps I should go for a dip in the pool
We must limit our current, for a week or two
The electricians in the city don't know what to do
To go  outside now, I must be a fool

How is that for a limerick for you on this "Warm" Saturday morning. The last few days have been sweltering hot and it looks like that will continue for the next few days. The good news is that from Wednesday I am flying to Winter so I will be cool. The bad news is that I am not sure that this world has seen the end of extreme heat. What will we do when the air-conditioners can't cool.
Well gladly this is not the topic of my blog and I return to healthy eating issues. I had my monthly checkup and I have lost 62% of my excess weight. (Ha didn't know I had excess weight). Anyway I have lost around 24kg. (53 pounds)  Can't find them anywhere. And happily so. The dietician was very pleased with me. The menu stays the same, with little additions here and there.
Excited for my trip to South Africa. I am not sure what kind of Internet I will have there if at all. So bear with me of I only update in a week or two.
Looking forward to cooler weather and as for now...a dip in the pool.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

A funny thing happened

I was out with my staff the other night and one of the husbands of a teacher that I have been working with for years didn't recognize me. He thought I was a younger teacher's husband. Ha that was a very nice compliment. The last few days have been hard to keep a routine with the food and the heat has not been easy on me. I need to drink at least two litres a day and some days it just is near to impossible to reach that limit. If I was asked what is a negative of this operation I would clearly say that I can't take a glass of water and gulp it down. That is probably not healthy to do so anyway, but still, I miss it and to drink two liters in small sips is very difficult. My son is away at a camp this week so we went to visit him today and he is doing very well. So I am as I wore his pants today to visit him. Not to show off, but more to wear some pants that didn't fall off me. I am going on Tuesday to the dietician to get updates and weighed. Will keep you posted?
Remember the gulping days?

Maybe it's better that I don't remember those days. Sip glorious sip

Sunday, 1 July 2012

It's official...I've been promoted

Today I was called to the Ministry of Education as I applied for a promotion. The school's inspector and principal called me in to interview me. To cut a long story short, I have been appointed as the Vice Principal of the best primary school in the whole world. The school that has been my home for the last twenty years. I am honored to serve the staff and principal as the her vice.
I love it when a plan comes together.

And of course, thank you to all the people that continue to shower me with praises and encouragement. It all helps, believe you me.
So I am very proud of myself. I do not mean to blow my own trumpet but I can be proud of me.

Friday, 29 June 2012

3 month surgiversary

Not sure what you call it but yesterday Jen brought my attention to the fact that it was exactly three months. Three brilliant months where life has showered me with positiveness and I have lapped it up. Sure, I have been looking for positives all over and I have found them. I cannot believe that I have had only had this changing body for three months, yet it has had such an amazing affect on my life and I am truly blessed right now.
Since the op I have lost 24-25 kilos, lost my diabetes and all the dependencies on medicine to combat diabetes and that is the main reason for doing the op. I have arrived at a situation that I only dreamed about, a situation where I can sit at a restaurant, order food and have a little something to eat. One doesn't need to have a three course meal every time. So we are certainly saving money by not frequenting restaurants like we used to and our monthly grocery bill is a lot less.
Tomorrow, being holidays and all, I am gonna sit back and read my blog after the past three months and I am sure I will glow with pride at my achievements. (which will include updating a blog on a semi regular basis)
So for the first time in my life, I salute myself on a job well done and I look forward to the next few months to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
And for those of you who do not know how to do it properly, here is an instructional video.
Have a good weekend

Saturday, 23 June 2012

End of the financial year

I remember my late father would say that he is very busy now as it is the end of the financial year. What it meant exactly I didn't know then yet I knew that I should stay clear as Dad was busy. Well I use this analogy as it is the end of the school year and boy am I busy. End of year plays, graduation ceremonies, parties, reports and the list is endless. So to celebrate this part of the blog and the fact that I have over 3000 hits in under three months, I want to share with you a clip my son produced. He wrote the song and adapted the music. He is mocking his Russian sports teacher in a good way.

Winding down has its benefits and one of them is certainly the holidays are just around the corner. I am going to South Africa for business and hope to have a bit of p(leisure) there as well.
Quite excited for that.
On the health front, in light of current weather, I have not been walking daily, it has been too hot. The good news is that I have lost around 22 kilos and it goes to show that I was just to big. I was carrying over 20 kilo's just like that. I feel so much better for it all and I only hope and pray that I can keep these amazing habits that I am trying to get used to.
I was offered cake and biscuits a few times this week and I blatantly said that as much as I could physically eat those things, I just do not want to fall back into those habits. I will succeed. I have to succeed.
Finally, thank you to all the people that continue to leave real live messages by clicking on the link on the right side of the page. It means a lot to me.
Have a great week

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Am I still married?

Funny, I sit here and I try to think of a suitable title, inspirational at least but nothing comes to mind. That was yesterday. I decided not to carry on and hence (although you do not know this) I am carrying on today.
So this is a funny story. I arrived at school to find that my wedding ring was missing. I thought that maybe my loss of weight meant that the ring just fell off. I was a bit worried but my wife found it at home, next to my bed when she came back from school. I vaguely remember subconsciously taking it off during my sleep. Weird!!!!
So yes I have lost a lot of weight but not enough to have my ring fall off with out me knowing.
So the sms read as follows...."We are still married...I found the ring". What a relief. Must be careful. If it happens again, I may be sleeping on the couch.
Had some friends over for the weekend and it was nice catching up on past times. For me it's doubly nice when someone sees the new me as opposed to the old me.
Yesterday  I added more running and last walking to my exercise and man it felt good. Today is 36-40 outside so no walking for me.
So the diet and the life is going according to plan. Looking very forward to the holiday that is due in the next few weeks.

Here is the pic of the day for today.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Decisions Decisions Decisions

I can't say too much but I can say that just when you think you have it made and all is working for the good, another positive attractive offer comes along and throws a spanner in the works. I know this sounds negative but all is positive. Now I am basing my "discussion" that everything happens for the good, it just seems to be that so much is being thrown my way. I am blessed. Not only was the op a complete success and I am feeling better than ever, but I have many a job offer coming my way. Could it be related to the the fact that I have regained control of my life, or just a combination of good things happening for a reason, coupled with the fact that I do believe I have progressed professionally this year?
I won a prize this week. Little speakers from Google, powerful. I won a YouTube quiz competition. Here is a pic where you can see I have 5/5 answers correct.

 I am awaiting the official pic taken by the official photographer.
The reason I was there, was that there was a Google Education Symposium and it was very interesting.
So as you can see, things are really good at the moment and I am slowly getting back into the exercise regime again after a little break and it all feels wonderful.
Here's to the last few weeks of school and to the we deserved holiday that comes thereafter

Thursday, 7 June 2012

We will have a full house tomorrow

Been a while that I can say that we have a full house. The last few weeks have seen part of us hardly here for dinner on Friday night. But I am glad to say that tomorrow we will have a full house and I am really looking forward to that. I had a two month check up this week and the doc and dietician are mighty proud of me. I am pretty proud of myself as well. Been doing well. This week I caught up on my sleep so that tomorrow I am going back to exercising. Been out of sync lately and I really want to get back to it. I have lost about 45 percent of my excess body weight. My BMI is about thirty and I am nearly overweight. Ha that sounds funny, but I am very soon no longer obese. That is a real milestone. I still cannot believe myself in pictures, it is very weird when I have to glance again to say that is me. There are some pics where I really remind myself of my late father. Food wise I am eating pretty normally now in terms of types of food, but still small portions and slow intake. I hope that can continue for a long time. I am due to be in South Africa in July and I am really looking forward to that. Every now and again a song catches my mind and I sing it for days on end. Here is today's song. I chose it because somebody told me that I look ten years younger. Well I feel it. Have a great weekend.

Monday, 4 June 2012

I am back

Here I am this is me...I am back from a "heavy" ten days of intense work and it was a great ten days. The hardest part was keeping to an eating schedule but I seemed to have managed. I didn't do anything I shouldn't have with regard to food, just was hard to eat regularly like I said. What an amazing inter cultural experience it was. Thank you to all the people concerned for an excellent week. Now it is back to the normal grindstone, finishing the year at my regular job and looking forward to a lovely and I do believe well deserved holiday in about a month. I was sitting and pondering today that essentially I have only had this new body look for two months, yet it seems so much more. I am still loving the feeling and the healthy look. Nothing much more going on here. It is late and I am going to bed. So to all of you that are reading this now...g'night. I promise a more juicy, tender report in a few days time

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Out of sync out of mind

Before the op, I never really thought that I would be up and running so quickly. But I am happy to report that I am doing just that. Yet the busier I am, doesn't really mean I should forget about stopping the routine to eat. I have been trying to eat as regularly as possible. I physically cannot eat quickly and or drink quickly. Yesterday I was very thirsty and I tried to sip a lot of water and I felt really nauseous. But I quickly rectified that and returned to taking small sips. Tried to be clever and learnt. Just that I was rather thirsty. The last few days have been so hot. At least the pool is open and is rather refreshing to swim om my new Speedo. And no, they are not Speedo scants, rather Speedo briefs and I look damn fine in them. I have put the running and walking on slow burner because I am doing that anyway on a smaller scale and it is just too hot.
So it looks like I am going to study next year. I am going to do a Masters in Education connected to technology at the Seminar Hakibbutzim. I am sending my forms in tomorrow. I am just waiting for one last document from the Ministry of Education.
I have my three months check up next week and I hope my diary will be changed a little. I am interested to see what the next stage will bring.
You are probably asking how come I have time to write... Well the English group is on a hike for two days, I miss them yet it gives me time to catch up on my regular life. So it is on this day that I end off with some British Humour. 

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Been so busy

So I have been so busy with my English guests I haven't had a minute to blog. That doesn't mean I don't think about blogging. I miss the regular days where I had time to sit and reflect through this lovely blog. I shouldn't complain. If I didn't enjoy it, I wouldn't do it. I don't just enjoy it, I love it. It is so nice to bridge communities and here we are bridging children of 11 years old and it is a lot of fun. The kids are getting along so well and it is a pleasure and a joy to see them interacting and enjoying their time together. This is only for ten days and then I can get back to an eating routine and exercise regiment. I have been unable to do this as my time has been irregular.
I am blessed in that I enjoy what I do and I get up everyday with a purpose, be it to fulfill my tasks for the day (work) or fulfill my culinary project (my new being).
Everyday people that haven't seen me in a while comment on how different I look and how great I am looking. I really feel great and I guess I must be doing something right.
It is still strange when I see myself in a video and I do not recognize my new body or I glance at myself in the mirror and I am positively shocked at the change.
I have to get up early to climb a mountain tomorrow, so that is all from me now.
Will post some pics next time.
I feel I deserve a bit of Frankie here. Shavuot Sameach

Monday, 21 May 2012

I can see them and you can't

Howdy folks. Well without a doubt the nicest comments come from the people that haven't seen me for ages, since before the op. I had a woman walk right past me today and then scream in a controllable manner that she didn't recognize me at all.
Another funny thing happened today. I arrived at school to be told that I look good in white. I had another teacher tell me that ever since I lost weight, I look pale in white. So I decided that I will ignore both comments and dress for me. I get dressed in the morning, look in the mirror and get dressed for me, and of course heed the comments of the loving wife. She knows best.
So what is the title of today's blog all about...the comments left on my special comments page. You cannot believe how happy it makes me to read the comments that you leave me. The comments are private and really beneficial. It is the only way I know who is reading my blog and what you think. So keep it up. Just follow the arrow to the tick on the right side of the page and leave your remark there.
 I can't reply to you, but know that I read it, over and over again and it is really nice.
So for those of you who know me well know, that at this time of the year I am very busy hosting a group of young kids from England. So if my updates are a little sporadic, please understand that I am doing what I love to do, I am busy, I am being and staying healthy and I will write whenever I get the chance.
Can you believe that the year is nearly over and the summer is nearly upon us.
The pool on out Kibbutz is opening this week. Now I can show off my Speedo.
Tomorrow we are expecting a heatwave - What joy!!
Have a great evening.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Not acceptable for an English Teacher

I just realized their is a spelling mistake in a certain picture. I won't bring your attention to it because you may have missed it, but it is there and too much of a hassle to change. Had an amazing weekend, decided last minute to go camping with friends to a beach way up North. Best decision we could have made. You may ask what is the connection to my blog. Well it was full of firsts.
1) First time I am swimming since the operation (not that it should be a problem)
2) First time I was away from home for a full day at least which meant specific dietary requirements like at home. This worked well without a hitch.
3) First time I bought a bathing costume (suit). I deserve to be fashionable.
4) First time I don't have to take diabetic related medicines with me and make the whole weekend about that.

So it was a very successful weekend for all 4 "firsts".
The other day I was filmed in a video at school. I normally do the videoing but this time I was in front of the camera. The camera filmed me in action and I have to say that I didn't recognize me at first. How weird is that?
The best news of this last week is that the doctor told me whatever you do, do not give up the exercise. He said that the exercise is very NB. So tomorrow it's back to basics with the exercise. I am excited about that. Jogging up and down the beach today was fun. Felt like I was in Baywatch, and no, not the beached whale in the background. Thanks Jen and friends for a wonderful weekend. Looking forward to the next one

Clearer updated pic and a surreal pic of me on the beach.

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The time is right - before and after pics



Still the same person, yet very different outlook, The shirt and pants are borrowed as I change my weight weekly. Feeling great and really makes a difference. We went out to a restaurant to celebrate the PIL's anniversary. (PIL = Parents in law). It was a pleasant evening and I ordered Shakshuka. As my daughter said, with all due respect, you can't order anything else. So Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoeschili peppersonions, often spiced with cumin.  It is believed to have Algerian and Tunisian origins. So all that I could stomach,  is now in my stomach and it was very delicious. We finished the meal and concluded that there was a time where we would eat starters, fizzy drinks, main course and dessert. That is how I got to the before picture. I want to be at the after picture for the rest of my life. One really does not have to eat so much to survive, and even more to stay healthy. One has to eat correctly. Here is to good culinary choices and a happy anniversary to the PILS

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Past the 2000 mark

Over 2000 page views. I am a somewhat celeb. Or maybe just people are interested in what I have to say. I know it would be an invasion of privacy, but sometimes I would just like to know that real people are looking at my pages and not page views generated by same search bot. Well yesterday a friend of mine kindly brought this from Canada. 
 And if I tell you, I am in heaven. I was told by my dietician that peanut butter is too oily. Well this is powdered peanuts, salt and sugar and I just add water. best be careful becasue the sugar content is high. But if I have a wee little bit I am sure it is OK. It is really the bees knees. Wonder why something should be compared to a knee of a bee...
Anway, that interpretative dance that I put in my last post was a part of an improvisation program called Fast and Loose by the creator of Whose Line is it Anyway - Dan Patterson. Well I have been watching full episodes and they are very funny, very very funny indeed.
As with me, life goes on and still receiving comments and new nicknames. I am still fitting into clothes my children wear for baggy wear.
Life is good and once upon a time I said change was good. Well, so far so good.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

I just had to do it

So last night, we celebrated with the nation by lighting a huge bonfire and sat around (from a distance) and watched as the sparks grew and the potatoes cooked. It was a lot of fun to be outside, with friends and eat freshly cooked potatoes from the fire. And then I just had to it. I had to go for a rulk. You may ask what a rulk is. The spell checker has no idea.. It is a run and walk. The nutritionist said to cool it but I cannot. It just makes me feel so good and healthy. Can't be something wrong with that. So I am losing weight still ,yet I am feeling so great. Don't stop me know!!! I'm having such a good time...La la la
So I did it and do you know what else. I am down to two digits. Ain't that grand. So it is off to have some mid morning cheese and tomato on crackers. I will try and continue this blog later. In the mean time, and if you have time, look up interpretative dancing on Youtube. There are some funny guys out there.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Me and my Shadow: Even my shadow has lost weight

I say this because I didn't recognize my shadow today. I said that is not me. I still behave like a fat person. I sit with my arms crossed over my stomach and I sit down gently into a plastic chair for fear that something may happen, you never know what. I remember breaking a chair on one of my dates. Highly embarrassing. My date (and her parents) obviously forgave me as she is now my wife and they are my pils...(Parents in law). But it takes time to get over those kind of habits. So for those of you have been asking, I have lost about 15-16 kg's. That is a lot even if I say so myself. And...I am feeling great. Haven't exercised for two days and I am missing it lots. So tomorrow I will be at it again. My doctors will have to think of another plan. I enjoy the exercise. They will have to think of some other idea if they think I am losing too quickly.
Other then that, I am moving forward towards my half Sabbatical next year. Went for an interview today and I like the idea that I will be studying par time next year. Exciting.
So have a great day, night or any time that this blog entry catches you.
I leave you with this lovely little video

Friday, 4 May 2012

Say what? I don't understand

I am a little confused. I went to see the dietitian this week and she told me that I am doing very well. I have lost about 35 percent of my body weight which amounts to 16 odd kg's. So I asked her if that is not too much in one month. She tended to agree with me. Then she mentioned (which is the confusing part) that I should not exercise so rigorously. Say what? For years I have been told to exercise and do sport. Now that I am fully into it, you tell me to cool it. I an confused. So much so that since then I have not exercised. I await the doctor's orders. I am meeting the doc in a month and I will speak to him about out. On the forum I asked if one could lose too quickly and the general answer was that I will lose at my own pace and eventually level out.
So the good news is that she told me I could start eating chicken legs with my puree or rice. The bad news is that I tried to eat a chicken leg today. Let's just say it didn't make it all the way down. The least said the better.
So I will will not rush into chicken legs just yet. I will stick with my meatballs for a while. Truth is I have enough in the freezer for a few weeks.
Check out this cool calender application

I do not know any of these people. I just copied the application. So to sum up this blog, I am going to continue exercising and eating properly because that is what makes me feel great about myself. It also means I get to walk with my wife and we spend quality time together. So na na na na to the advice I was given. I am gonna follow the doctor's orders. There...I am less confused. 
P.S. For the people that are reading this blog for the first time...You know who you are...Well I hope you enjoyed this post and please remember to check back every so often. You never know. There may be a few more surprises for you.
Have a great weekend...just relax, and keep your cool

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

I am apologizing for the break. I know that some of you are regulars. I have been busy at work and I haven't got round to blogging. It is a good thing because I don't think about the sleeve 24/7. I have been handling the eating plan very well and I have added to my cooking expertise. I have successfully mastered Tuna Mousse and I made a killer cottage pie on the weekend. (Killer in taste and not in calories). Mostly due to the fabulous spices that I have recently acquired from South Africa. Thanks to my brother for organizing that.
So tomorrow I have another dietitian appointment and I hope that my menu will become more solid and less liquid. Although I cannot complain as I am really enjoying eating and the foods that I am eating are really good, soft and tasty. I still find it hard to digest eggs in any form. I would imagine raw egg would be easy to digest, but there is no way I am even gonna try that.
The vitamins are being taken as ordered by the dietitian and the huge pill that I had trouble with before is now swallowed with ease.
I missed my walk today for two reasons.
1) I fell asleep this afternoon as I went to bed late last night. I was watching the end of a TV series and it was a double episode (Breakout Kings)
2) I wanted to get up tomorrow and walk so I didn't want to overdue it. My body was tired and I had a hard day at work. Please forgive me body?
So things are under control and I am slowly losing weight. I have been through three scales. I unfortunately bought a cheap model and returned it two weeks later because the *&*%^*&(% thing stopped working. And it is not because I am overweight. This happened three times. So last night I took the *&^*&( scale back, added a bit more money and invested in a more expensive machine. Lets hope I can get through the next few weeks without replacing it.
So have a great day, a great week.

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Topless - with pictures

Now that I have your attention - check this out. Yesterday I delivered about twenty shirts to the second hand store. Unbelievably, some of the shirts I had worn just once.
Here is the stack

Some of the shirts are pretty new. Quite liberating actually. The second hand shop owner was pleased. I then bumped a friend who has also lost kilos, and he offered me to look at his stash. Needless to say it was a very fruitful day and completely free. I took a large portion of his hand-me-downs and I look all the better for it.

I have come to a conclusion that if I could put my finger on something negative throughout this whole process is the feeling I have when I am in big crowds and everyone is eating. I don't the miss the big portions, I just miss being able to eat a little of what I used to eat. I am coming to the realization that a bit is enough. I am also coming the realization that carbs are of less good to me and should be kept to a minimum.

Last week I thought I was hungry so I put some tuna mousse on a cracker, and I at the whole thing. Not realizing that I have to eat it slowly. Went down quiet well. Came back for a visit. So there is another learning experience for me. Take time when you eat. It's not that I didn't know that, it's just that I forgot.

So I am down a few sizes and looking good. Still exercising daily and feeling good about that too. Some of the uppers in my life at the moment are my work, my family and my exercise. The rest is just falling into place.
This creates an overall general well being and this is good.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Just before the party...

It isn't everyday that your country has a birthday and today is definitely the day. Today is the day that our kibbutz has a fun park for little kids and then we take out the barbecues and start firing and eating. We have been invited out and I have decided to take a few carbs with me, so that what ever is on the barbecue, I will try and digest. Not all of it...Just a nibble here and there.
Overall, things are good, not sure if I told you all but I have started to take Vitamins and it seems to be helping. Not sure what they are supposed to do, but all is good and well. There is one pill that my son strongly believes is made up of dog food. It is a huge pill and I made the mistake of cutting it up the first few times thinking I couldn't handle the size. Note to self: Some pills should not be cut. Cut pills mean pills can be tasted. That was my mistake. So to cut a long story short, and I don't want to bring any other subject up (if you know what I mean) I now swallow the darn thing whole. Seems to be successful. The other three supplements are bearable.

Tomorrow I will go and test my blood pressure. I am on some pills to lower blood pressure but I think that they are lowering my pressure a little too much. I think that these meds were necessary pre op. I am not sure they are necessary now. Have to check that out.
As for me, I am going to PARTAY (said in the right accent...PARTE'). Israel is 64 and here, yes over here, we are gonna celebrate. 

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

4 more days until my 1month sleeve-a-versary

Weird. The spell checker doesn't accept sleeve-a-versary as a real word. And there I was thinking that...Never mind. So its been one amazing month of self realization, of perseverance and mostly of learning. Like teaching a baby how to handle food. That has been me over the past few weeks. I am feeling so at one with the whole process that I have gone through and will keep on going through. An amazing and worthwhile change.
I would love to say I recommend it, but here I have to say that this change, operation and life changing is not simple and it needs to be a conscious and comprehensive decision. And whatever you do, do not go into this process unprepared. A large part of my success I feel is that I have been working on this process for nearly a year and a half. I spoke to a lot of people and I investigated a lot. I am writing like this as I am part of a forum, and I thunk that several people visit my blog that are considering the op. So in my opinion, it is definitely worth it but just BE PREPARED.
I must have learnt that in my days as a cub scout.
So today we mourn the soldiers that have fallen whilst protecting our country. With two soldiers in the army at present, this day takes on a new meaning and I pray that in the future years to come the whole Middle East will live in peace.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Don't you hate it when...

Today a few people asked me if I am feeling OK? Until then I was feeling 100%. But then you start asking yourself, do I feel OK. Maybe there is a reason that people are asking. SO I check in the mirror and I didn't get any answers. So I begin to think. Yes I am different, I haven't lost my sense of humour and I am certainly not down in the dumps. I am feeling so liberated and in charge of myself;f and what I am doing. Before the op, I felt I had lost control with regard to eating habits and now I feel the exact opposite. So do I not feel well, hell no. I feel great. Yet I am preoccupied with eating well and properly and maybe I am not the life of the party at the mo. But ol me was the life of a party, maybe to hide something. Maybe hiding behind my huge tree trunk. I would joke that I was comfortable with my weight. Was I really or was that a pretense. Now I am REALLY comfortable with my weight. My face might look a little sullen but it is certainly not the feeling inside. Since I started the process I have lost 12 kg. That is about a year and half of finding out about the op. The main drop of weight has occurred over the last few months. I feel terrific and people can see that. So please forgive me if I want to be quiet every so often. Just venting here a little.
Thanks for just being there and listening. I am really fine and I intend to stay that way.

Friday, 20 April 2012

I just couldn't keep away

What did I say. The Israeli page view situation has doubled and I am impressed to say that you are in the lead. This is the second time I am commenting on page views and probably the last time because I really do not think it interests anyone.
So I love it when I make a note to self and complete the task. We have a second hand clothes shop on the Kibbutz and I find myself looking for clothes today.
It works on a give and take system. So I gave old clothes (bigger ones) to the shop and found smaller ones. I have gone down two sizes. Which is grand!!!. I forgot to tell you that at the last meeting with my dietician she told me that I had lost some 20 percent of my body fat. Holy Hell. How did I do that?
OK I have been walking, running and eating minimal.
So my BMI is down to 33 and I am all the better for it.
It is still great to be greeted by friends who haven't seen you around for a while and to hear the gasp and see their tonsils. That is before they cover their mouths.
What amazing weather we have been having despite Wednesdays heatwave that rocked this country with a few tragic events. Not going to go into detail here but it was a sad day with heatwave and wind related accidents that resulted in a few deaths.
If you have a moment and are looking for things to do, watch "Britain's got talent" on YouTube. There are some talented people out there.

So enjoy the weekend and if you live out of Israel, enjoy your Sunday... Singing us out is Geroge W

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

South Africa beat Israel by 1

I am looking at the amount of people that read my blog on average. As of today, South Africa is on 45 and Israel is on 44. Well done my peeps in SA. Thanks for the page visits and thanks for all the encouragement.
It's due to you and your encouragement that makes it just that much easier. So I was walking around the Kibbutz where I live and my jeans literally fell down. I am happy that no-one saw but my wife (Jenny) but it was rather funny. NOTE TO SELF: Go and check out Winter Sales and get some cheap clothing. Or at least new underwear, as the way it's going, people are going to be seeing a lot of my underwear. I could just tighten my belt. Ha ha, I look at the humorous side of it all.
So I sticking to my diet plan and I managed to eat meatball and mash. It was delicious and filling. I am not hungry and it is not difficult to finish 100 grams of cottage cheese in half an hour. It is nearly impossible and I really have to sit for long periods of time and practice the eating process for long periods of time. (it's not like I need to rush for anything)

Now that I am in a routine and back at work, I have decided that from tomorrow I will be writing every so often and not everyday. I promise you that if there is something exciting, I will post it.
So tomorrow we are off to look for cheap clothing.

Today we remember the 6 million Jews that were annihilated in the Holocaust.  

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

To buy or not to buy, that is the question

My pants keep falling down and my belt is at a limit. Now the question is if I buy now, I may need to buy again in a few weeks again. So maybe I should just wait it out for a bit longer. The truth is, it is warming up here and that means a change of clothing anyway. So I need to put the winter stuff away..some of the clothes for good it would seem.
I knew I would be investing a new wardrobe, but not every month. So I guess I am answering my own question. I will stall the buying process until I get to a size that I will stay for a while.
For those of you who are asking, I have lost around ten kilograms since the start of the process.
Feeling very good. Oh I almost forgot, I started soft solids today. White cheese and crushed tomato never tasted so good.
It is late today and I am a little tired. Had a hard day at work today, so today is gonna be a little shorter than usual
Have a good evening / morning

I don't mean to offend

I like going to the obesity department at the hospital. It makes me look small. I met some fellow patients today at the doctor and it was good to compare notes. All three of us are doing well and that was good to see. There are still so many people that are hugely overweight and I am happy that is  behind me. OK, granted I saw some people that are bigger than I ever was, but the fact that they are at the obesity clinic means they are doing something about it and for that I am impressed and I have respect.
The doctor was impressed with my progress and the dietitian has given me a fuller menu that I need to stick to.
I can now eat meatballs and puree for lunch. I am not going to invite you over yet, as my one meatball and three spoons of mash needs to be eaten over 40 minutes. So while you, yes you, are eating your full platers, I will be digesting my food SLOWLY. All is good and it is another stepping stone in the corrective eating plan.

Many years ago I was visiting Victoria Falls on the Zambian side and as it so happens, at the hotel, there was the Strongest Man of the world Competition. They asked me to take.... No seriously. I am going off the point.
So at the end of the competition, I asked to be filmed next to two of the champions at the time. I must have been quite big at the time. By looking at the photo, you can understand what I felt like today and how great it is to be getting smaller and healthier at the same time.

Today I ran a few hundred meters and I walked a lot more. Wow that is a change!!!
The object sticking out of my side was my camera bag. I have since lost the bag, the beard and the balloon

Sunday, 15 April 2012

If only all days could be like today

This is what I thought I heard today as I returned back to school. Picture this, one of the only males on a full female staff. Cheers and whistles. So I ask, how long will it last. It was really great to hear but I mustn't lose site of what is really impress the ladies at work. Sies Ag no man. (Said in a South African Accent)
No, what is really important is that I keep going forward on this path that I have chosen for myself. 
A path of re-evaluating my life to a healthier lifestyle. 
Some of you may be saying that these are only slogans and wishy washy ideas that won't last. And I say that I am out to prove you wrong. I am out to change and be a different person.
Something happened today which hasn't happened to me in a long time if ever. I went for a blood test this morning to check if all is OK so I didn't go for a walk. Around six o'clock, my body was CRAVING TO MOVE. I cannot remember the last time that happened. SO I filled my water bottle and I set out to walk the neighbourhood. 

I have my first doc appointment and dietitian since the op and these are some of the questions I am going to ask
1) When can I start more solid food?
2) When can I start jogging (yes me, I am going to ask that question)?
3) When can I get back on a bicycle?
4) When can I start swimming?

And finally a little anecdote. I returned back to school after a two week break. I arrived early and put my packet of food: Soup, milkshake, water etc in the fridge. Along came some other teachers and said that the fridge had not been cleaned the whole holiday and proceeded to empty out the fridge. I didn't even manage to say "Archibald from Bulawayo" and they were washing my soup containers like I had brought a container of poison. Not a nice way to come back to work after a two week break.
Yet the cheering and the whistles really made my day
To infinity and beyond I say.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

I'm supposed to go back to work tomorrow

I have made it. I am passed the two weeks since the op, my allowed sick leave has "officially" been used up and I am off to work tomorrow. HOWEVER, I am going to take it easy. On the one hand, staying at home for two weeks has been great and relaxing and I feel fine, yet going back to work is a different ball game and I have to be physically and mentally prepared. I do feel ready, but we will have to see how it goes in the school tomorrow.

Looking back, these last two and a half weeks have been tremendous. I am learning to treat my body anew with health with respect. I am eating very little and feeling fine with that. My diabetes is completely under control and I am managing with that two. Change is good, Life is Good  and we move on to the next milestone.

I know this is corny but it suits the moment.

So tomorrow it is off to work we go. Back to the known and the organized, back to the work force and back to life.
Watch out world, Here I come!!!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Is it cold outside?

Not sure why, and maybe someone has a medical explanation to this but it is a glorious day outside and I am cold. Does the losing weight have an affect on the body temperature? My friends would joke with me that I do not have to worry for cold weather, I have enough "padding" on my stomach to keep me warm. (Then it would be accompanied by a tummy pat). Maybe there is some truth in the humour. Maybe the thinner one is, the colder one is. This is not a rhetorical question.
It could be related to the amount of real food that I am not putting into my body. Maybe when my diet changes, so will my reaction to the weather. Yes I know, it will be a lot hotter then.
With regard to the lifestyle change, all is going well.
I walk everyday and enjoy the good feeling and good hormones that are being created to make me feel well. My blood sugar is completely controlled and being monitored. No more pills and no more INSULIN. Almost went overnight. Have to make sure I keep to this goal as this was my main aim of the operation.
Pessach (Passover) is coming to an end for this year and that means that my family can eat bread again and feel liberated. I say my family, becasue I am not at that stage yet.
Wishing you all a great weekend and enjoy the warm weather, wherever you are.

To be well padded or cold - that is the question?
(The people in the picture are not the people writing this blog!!)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

I am feeling so retro now


Imitative of a style, fashion, or design from the recent past: "retro 60s fashions"                 

I have just come back from watching "21 Jump Street". What a great movie. Not a very
 intelligent movie and a lot of bad language, but just the what the doctor ordered for a
 good, fun night out with my only daughter. We had a lot of fun together and it was nice
 to catch up and just be ourselves together. She is one of a twin and they are turning
 twenty this year. Where have all the years gone. 

I wish I could congratulate the person who is the mystery 1000 hitter.
 I have had over a thousand views on my blogger and I am real proud of us all. 
Me for writing and keeping it up and you for being out there for me.

So in terms of where I am at: I have hit a plateau with the weight and that is really fine.
 Apparently as the body breaks up fat, it goes through stages as the body becomes
 accustomed to its new way of life. I am fine with a little tangent and I await the next weight
 loss that my body will bring.

I am still bursting with energy, exercising and generally loving it all. A friend of mine said
 something very wise and I wish to quote it here..."remember to motivate yourself because 
when u get down to the correct # u will need all the motivation to stay there and people do
 not say anything anymore which is hard I think.”
I believe he is absolutely correct. My motivation needs to be stable and constant as much as
 possible and therefore I agree with the doctor. Quick weight loss is not as effective as slow,
 continous, monitored weight loss. 
So thanks to all the 1000 people that have viewed and shpwed an interest.
Here is to the next millenium.

The video today is for my daughter, who never saw the original "21 Jump Street"


Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Warning: Note to self

When one speaks to me about anorexia, I wave it off. Are you kidding? Me! Look at me! I mention this because in today's paper there a very sad story of a woman who was my initial weight, decided to diet. She went on a stringent diet with all the goodness in her heart. Yet she lost too much and eventually after losing over 90kg she had a heart attack and died.
Now I really do not want to bore you with the morbid details, but there are a few lessons to be learnt here.
Hence the note to self
1) Don't mess around with your health
2) The doctor told me today to be careful not to lose weight too quickly. I heard him and I need to internalize that. The longer the weight loss, the better in the long run. That way I will be able to study and teach my body how to eat.
3) Watch what you eat and be under constant supervision. Don't diss blood tests, don't miss dietitians appointments and don't think you can control what needs to be controlled when you are out of control.
4) Listen to the people that love you and care for you. It's because they love and care for you that they have a valid opinion
5) Love to live and live to Love. Love Life. You only get one chance at it. (Well for the meantime anyway)

Often I use this blog to vent issues that I need to be telling myself, and any other "sleevers" that are reading my blog.

So on the body front, my skin staples were removed today and now I can rub my shrinking tummy without getting caught on staples.
The doctor was pleased with my overall progress. Sunday morning I have blood tests and Monday morning I am due for my two week post surgery check up.
Holding Thumbs - You never know. Still feeling good and very energetic.
Tomorrow my daughter and I are going on a date. Have a good day

Best leave you with a nice video. This is one of my favourite songs of all times. I heard it on the TV today and therefore I thought I would share it with you.

Monday, 9 April 2012

First full day outta house

Yesterday was my first full day out of the house. It was really refreshing to be active all day. Can't say I didn't get tired. Had to remind myself to drink every minute so as not to dehydrate. The old me would have downed a small bottle every so often. It seems so much more logical and healthy in the long run to be drinking small, consistent sips. Well I didn't dehydrate and no headache so I must have been doing it right.
Funny how the head is the big player here. I was out all day at a barbeque where in the past I would so fill myself up on rubbish (chips and fizzy drinks and meat). Yet yesterday I brought my mincemeat shake and that is all I ate. It was plenty and filling. So, I went to my first of many public barbecues and I survived. Should make a T-Shirt - I had VSG and I survived.
You guys that are reading this don't know but I have people from all over the wrorld that view my pages. It is really heartwarming and extremely encouraging. Great to know this. So I have included a picture of th eworld and my following. Keep it up guys. You are in this map...

It would seem that most of the readers are from North America. That is because the the map is tiny and very difficult to spot Israel, the tiny oasis in the Middle East. Israel boasts the most amount of followers: - over 34. Well done guys - Keep it up.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

This my be premature...but it is how I feel

I have been thinking about this video that I watched many years ago. It is an excellent portrayal of what I am feeling right now. No one does it better then Eddy Murphy. Now, a little bit about the video. The movie was a family movie but taken out of context it may be offensive to some and for that I apologize.
Having said this, I suggest you watch until 0:32. For those of you who just can't hold back, watch the whole clip, it is really funny. I tried editing but the internet gave me "The computer says no!"
So, to sum up a good weekend, things are really going well and as I told people today, far better than I ever expected. I even slipped in a quarter spoon of chopped herring today. Ok that is my week point. I did not have an Matzah and I am really behaving myself.
Guess what else, without saying too much, I drank a cup of Prune Juice. Hopefully we will be successful tomorrow. I sure you get the just.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Great News X 2

I am not sure if you can all relate. About two years ago I bought some shirts that were on special. I bought them a size or two smaller so that at the time I promised myself I would lose weight. |Well needless to say, the shirts remained untouched in my cupboard with the price tag on...UNTIL TODAY! What an amazing feeling when I tried the shirt on and all of me fitted in. I imagine this is only the beginning of good things to come (and a new wardrobe). That is the first good news.
Second good news is that I sat through the whole Passover Seder with one cup of soup. I brought my own packet and filled up my cup while everybody were filling their plates at the buffet.
So why is this good news you may ask...Well it was easier than I thought to watch my whole family partaking in a feast and I ate my soup. And the good news is that I really felt comfortable with it.
Got home to find my sugar levels were quite low and I decided to have a little bit of drinking yoghurt with a little sugar.
So hope you had an amazing feast and if it is Passover or Easter that you are celebrating this weekend...Enjoy.
Here is a jazzed version of Who Knows one in Hebrew.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Oh it's good to be the King rat - ooh lah lah

And how did I become a King...I had a movement, an uprising and a revolution all in one. And yes, I am not full of shit anymore. And oh Life is good.
Back to reality. Life is also good.
It seems that the "hunger" hormone has been replaced by the "get up and do things hormone" and I am so active. I walk twice a day around my neighbourhood and I visit people that I haven't seen in ages.
1) So I can see them because I have missed them
2) So they can say, Wow you are looking good. Have you lost weight?  Duh...
It's really nice to get the compliments and feel really good about oneself.
So for those that are celebrating Passover, please enjoy eating the Matzah. Sadly I will not be able to eat Matzah this year. My stomach would not handle it.
Hopefully you are enjoying the Spring if you live where I live in the Northern Hemisphere.
Back to Operation VSG: I have an appointment with the doctor and the dietitian for mid April which is about two weeks after the op. I am excited for that as I will be able to eat thicker food.
Wishing you all a splendid day /night

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

So much energy today

I walk around my Kibbutz where I live and people cannot believe how active I am after the major op. We chat a little and exchange pleasantries and then I lift my shirt to show my minute wounds. It really is an amazing operation. Today, a week ago, I was the night before, and there was no way I would have believed you if you would have chanted, that by this time next week, you will be going into the local town to see a movie and have lunch.
Let me explain: We went to see "Hunger Games". A great movie.. (No that is not the game I am playing since the op!) And then we went out for lunch. I ordered soup because that is all I am allowed and I have a few sips and that was it for me. My family kept asking me, aren't you hungry and don't you want a bite.
Here is the truth. I am still early stages but this is how it stands at the moment. last week this time, I could have devoured booth the Chinese and the Hamburger. That is not what I did the op for and not what I am about any more.
Now we are in a different time. My long term goal is to be able to go out, order the hamburger and eat a bite or two and that it is. I want the food to be my friend and not my guilt.
So I have a great amount of energy and whenever I have a quiet moment that I would have normally stuffed my face, I now make time to do other things like walking around the neighbourhood and playing music or meditating to the music.
Life has changed and so far so good. As I said in one of the former posts... Change is Good.
What can I surprise you with today:
P.S. I promise you that when there is a bowel guys will know if not hear me...

Monday, 2 April 2012

I'm tired and I wanna go to bed

Today is day 5 since the op and I am full of shit. Literally and physically. Literally, well so I am told. Physically, because I ain't got no bowel movement.
This reminds me of the children's story of pulling the carrot out of the ground. Each day someone else comes to help the poor farmer pull the large carrot out of the ground. Well if there is anyone out there that has suggestions...NO NEED TO COME AND PULL! Just if you have something that could ease the "carrot out of the ground" if you know what I mean. I could ask Robin Williams, he seems to know his stuff in "Fisher King"

Thank you Robin. Please advise how you got to that situation in the first place.
 Funnily I have so much more energy than usual. I t may be not connected but today I was more tired than usual. Strange... I must remember that a few days ago (not more than five) I was in the hospital for surgery.
Note to self: Howie, please remember that you have two weeks off to relax and relax and get healthy
Tomorrow I am going to see a movie in the morning. Will let you know how that works out. Just so you know how the thought processes differ.

Old Howie
I will buy popcorn and a diet drink. I will probably take the family out for lunch, hamburger, chips and a diet drink.

New Howie
I will take food with me, whatever I can eat (in this case liquids) and I will feel great about it.

 Eat your heart out!!!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It)

Not really sure why this song came into my head. But I think I know why. It's talking about doing things in a certain way and not just doing it for (mossies) as my late Maths teacher would say. You have to do things for a reason. I could just sip soup and yoghurt all day long, or I could do it with a thought behind it. And the thought is, I am drinking to enlarge my tiny tummy for more wholesome food to come. And with more wholesome food comes better eating choices and the ability to "do it" the way I want to do it.
I am starting again and this time doing it right. I made a vegetable soup today and I took out the veggies to make a Puree for next week. The last time I did this was when my children were babies, hence the analogy.
So today was the third day out of hospital and I managed to surpass the 3rd day blues by keeping myself busy. I watched Masterchef from South Africa just for mossies and I decided, if they can cook, so can I. Instead of thinking what food is next (like the old Howie) I decided to get up and make the soup, as opposed to it being made for me. I am doing instead of being "done" upon. I am all about embracing change.

T'ain't What You Do (It's the Way That You Do It) - Enjoy the song

The best news is that I have passed the third day curse...for this round!!!
I almost forgot - April Fools Day! Will get you next year

Saturday, 31 March 2012

Come on...Guess who is home!!!

That is right, I am at home since Friday 30 March and today Saturday 31st March 2012 starts the very first day of my new life. I am fully geared up for it. I have been drinking, walking and even went down to meet people on the Kibbutz today. People couldn't believe that I had just been in hospital and was walking about.
I limited myself to an hour outside, yet the fresh air and the good friends made it all worth it. I feel good!!!
Never thought that plain chicken soup could be so tasty.
So for those of you that have joined my blog a few days ago here is quick rundown of what my last week has been like.

 I had the (VSG) Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy on Wednesday. I was pretty much out of it on Thursday although I made sure to get up and walk around as much as possible. The hardest part was trying to take a leak. Took me three takes over three hours. I guess it was after the nurse said that he would insert a catheter that I made a break for it. A day later I opted for morphene to hide the pain.  The morphene meant no pain but I was barely awake to see all of my visitors. I was discharged yesterday and today I am feeling great. I have been carrying on with the walking and I have been sipping a lot. I have started eating simple liquidized yoghurts and soups. Gotta be careful not to gulp like I used to eat. Bad habits are hard to change and will take time.

So now I am back home and I made a list of things to do after the op. One of them was to invest a lot of time with my family which I intend to do. The other things can wait. Believe it or not I have a two week vacation (I planned it that way) and I intend to do just that. Have a relax, learn my new body and get on with the rest of my live.

Take it away James Brown

Friday, 30 March 2012

This clear chicken soup look alike isn't half bad!

Clear soup of a chicken flavour never tasted better. It's warm, salty and just what the body needs right now and I am managing to sip it without a problem.
 Here is a picture of me outside the hospital. I put the mask on because my face is frowning because of the sun and I am really not feeling that expression. That is why I am hiding it.

When I get home I will take a pic for you again. Let's hope that is today because the room service sucks here. On a good note, the scales say that I have lost over 6 kilos since I started the pre-op diet. Hells Bells that is good, isn't it?

If I don't chat to you again later, then have a peaceful Shabbat and and a lovely and relaxing weekend.

And Jen when you read this, I want everyone to know how supportive you have been and a power of strength by my side. 

Technology is a great thing

For those of you living in Israel, I hope you rememebered to move your clocks forward an hour. Otherwise you will be reading this later than usual. Time now is 7:04 and a realtively peaceful night was had for Jen and I. Only woken a few times to do all sorts of tests. According to the docs etc I am making progress and I can certainly feel that now that I am off the morphine. I'm drinking as much as I can, about a cup an hour and water never tasted better. 
I am using the time here to learn how my new stomach can hold out and how much it can hold. So it is sip sip sip as much as I can. 
For those of you who have commented and encouraged I really appreciate it. It means a lot to me.
And for now, I am going for my walk up the beautifully decorated corridors of Surgery Gimmel.