Wednesday started out as a PP day.
Daily weight GAIN: 0.7 lb/0.3 kg
Total weight loss: 85.8 lb/39.91 kg
Oh, where to start… I’m probably being WAY harder on myself than I should!
Breakfast in my room: 2 boiled eggs
Lunch: A beautiful bowl of chicken and veggies, lovely presentation, but maybe 1 ounce of thinly sliced chicken, which being a PP day meant all I could have…
Those slivery, garlic looking things are from the lotus plant. I only ate the chicken.
I then taught a 90 minute child birth Ed class and a 60 minute staff development class. This pic is from the staff development class. The little old bitty with the word ‘LOVE’ over her head
wouldn’t shut her pie hole , errr, wouldn’t let me get a word in edge wise when talking about water birth… I asked her, “exactly how many water births have YOU conducted” she said, “none and I will never”. I said, “that’s, OK because the patients prefer midwives to do their deliveries”… She didn’t speak another word :D
I can always tell by body language who is there to learn… The midwives took pics of every slide and 2 of them recorded it. They asked questions for nearly 40 minutes afterwards!
I want to give a shout out to my amazing daughter, Tiffany LeAnn and her hubby, Joey. I use their very intimate pictures from Jose’s birth (with their permission) in my presentations. The 2nd PowerPoint I use is just pics from their birth with the song “I Can Only Imagine” playing. They may not know the words, but the music does its wonder and brings tears to most people’s eyes. Joey and Tiffany… You are contributing tremendously in educating the women and midwives of China in normal birth and water birth… Thank you SO much for allowing me to teach through your experience!
And then my epic fail… OK, epic is an exaggeration… LOL, but it felt epic! We went for Arabic food. Just being in the restaurant made me miss Abu Dhabi… I swear sometimes I miss Abu Dhabi more than home in the States! I’m actually tearing up as I write this… Anyway, the place is run by 2 Arabs a Lebanese guy and a Syrian guy and it was DAMN GOOD ARABIC FOOD!!! My intent was to only eat the Mixed Grill and extra Chicken Shish Taouk, but also had the Lamb Kofta smothered in a sesame sauce and fattoush and hummus. Too much food, but no wheat or sugar… BUT, the Tabbouleh was to DIE FOR… Seems innocuous, but their is bulgur in Tabbouleh. And Bulgur is a wheat product and wheat is like friggin’ HEROIN to me. Not to mention it makes my tummy bloat and hurt and causes lower GI stuff!
Here’s a pic of the dinner… It was glorious, alhamdilallah! Notice the star of the show is the
So, I’m feeling groovy, happy, speaking Arabic with Mohammed our waiter, getting winks from the Syrian co-owner who sends over a heavenly tea pot of yummy mint tea, when it happens… He sends over THE DESSERT PLATE… Nope, not gonna do it, not gonna rmrmrmmaamrm… Sigh, sorry, had chocolate in my mouth… What was I saying?!? EPIC FAIL… And MOONDAY … I totally could have used you whispering your philosophy in my ear, but the
drugs wheat and sugar were talking too loud! I had a piece of chocolate something or other and some rice pudding with coconut and felt guilty about that. Which is GOOD, because it made it a negative event… Not that I shouldn’t EVER enjoy sweets, but I’ve sworn off wheat because of what it does to my body! And it did! I was bloated, my tummy ached AND I WAS DIAPHORETIC!!!
Here’s the shameful sweets dish… Keep in mind I shared all the food with teeny little Chinese girls who ate 3x what I ate… How the hell do they do that??
Afterwards, I did some retail therapy. I was too bloated to try anything on, but I bought a pair of jeans Size 12, 2 pairs of long shorts Size 10. 3 Banana Republic tops in Medium… All for less than $70 USD :D
The jeans are too big!! The shorts fit perfect and so do the tops… I was delighted this morning when I tried them on… It cheered me up about the weight gain. In regard to that… I’m nearly sure the scale will not be my friend tomorrow morning, as it usually takes a day or two for the effects of cheating to show up… I’m doing much better today… Eating the leftover meats and nothing else!
Also didn’t get my run in last night. There are too many people On the sidewalks and no safe place to run…. I’m off to Hong Kong tomorrow and will get a good uphill run in there, then back to Hangzhou on Sunday…
Hope everyone is having a good week!