Big Fat Queer

October 9, 2011

Before and During: Some Progress Starting to Show

In a little more than a week it will be two months since my Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy surgery. I started taking pictures for a time lapse video on August 27. I wish I had started before the surgery because by August 27 I had already lost about 30 pounds. I have lost an additional 33 pounds since then (my recent plateau has ended). To date I have lost 63 pounds since I first decided to do the surgery.

The profile pictures in the time lapse set don’t really show much noticeable difference. It is more apparent in the face forward pictures. I started noticing today, so here is before/during. It is too early to say before/after.

October 2, 2011

I Satisfied a Craving

Last week I passed the sixth week after my weight loss surgery, and one of the things that was added to my approved foods list was pasta. Now, I’m supposed to focus on proteins and minimize carbs, but occasionally I can have some pasta. And now, with the smaller stomach, I can only eat a fraction of what I could before, so it isn’t much pasta at that.

A little over a year ago I saw Scott Conant, the celebrity chef at Scarpetta (among other restaurants), make his famous spaghetti with tomato sauce on the Food Network. I tried it and loved it. In fact I blogged about it.

Tonight I made it again, pictured above, and it satisfied a craving I have had for about a month. I froze enough sauce for two more servings, which I will not have anytime soon because if I eat too much of this I can undo all of my progress. Speaking of which, for those of you who have followed my YouTube postings, you know I have been at a plateau (not losing any weight) for three weeks. Well, over the last four days I lost five pounds, so the plateau seems to have ended. Oddly enough it ended when I increased my caloric intake, which apparently took my body out of starvation mode – or it was coincidence. Hard to know for sure.

The thing about this tomato sauce, is that once you try it you won’t be satisfied with any other tomato based pasta sauce. It is simple, but rich, creamy, unctuous and full of fresh flavor. If you want to make this sauce yourself, follow this link for details.

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