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Project Ramona: A Day in the Life of My Tiny Tummy

If you decide to have weight loss surgery and decide to go public with that decision I can pretty much guarantee you that watching what you eat will become a sport of sorts for the people around you.  Get used to questions like, "can you eat that?" and "is that all you're gonna eat?"  Then there are statements like, "I didn't know you could eat all that," "be careful you don't eat too much!"  Some days I wish people would just ignore what's on my plate, but I realize this is a learning process for lots of people.  Some are considering weight loss surgery.  Some are concerned about my health.  Some are just nosey.  As a radio and TV personality who feeds people a steady diet of celebrity gossip that includes who has lost weight and who has lost too much weight, I figure it's just Karma.

What do I eat?  On a typical day like today:

Breakfast:  1/2 cup of trail mix (almonds, raisins, sunflower seeds and cashews) OR a Smoothie (banana, protein mix, 2% lactaid milk, 2 packets of Splenda)

Coffee: Coffee (lightened with Glucerna)

Snack:  Atkins bar (at least 10 grams of protein) OR I'll chow down on a few almonds or pistachios

Lunch: 1/2 serving of roasted chicken bites OR 3/4 of a bean burrito OR 1/2 of a salad w/ protein on top

Coffee: (lightened with Glucerna)

Dinner: serving of protein (about the size of my palm) and some veggies

Snack:  Edy's sugar free popsicle OR 5-8 grapes 

I take vitamins every day and I've committed to taking vitamins every day for the rest of my life.  My mom worries that I'm not eating enough, but I'm so full that I sometimes worry that I'm eating too much.  When I have questions I simply call Lynn, the dietician at Catawba Valley Medical Center.  I have a Bari-bites cookbook that offers lots of recipe variety so I don't get bored.  When I eat out, the big difference is I don't try to eat all the bread in sight and my tiny tummy tells me when to call it quits.  I'm a really cheap date.

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