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Date Night, Shiftcon and More…

Life has been pretty good over the last few weeks, but this has been one of the best weeks I’ve had in quite a while.

domenica-new-orleansTuesday night Michael and I went out for an early dinner at my favorite restaurant, which is located in the Roosevelt Hotel near my home. The food was delicious! I used to eat the majority of their thin pizza, but that night I was able to eat a small slice.

After dinner we walked into the lobby of the hotel because it’s always decorated beautifully at Christmas, and there were old-fashioned Christmas carolers singing all of my favorite tunes.

I also met Santa Claus that night, which was the highlight of the tree lighting! I’m pretty sure he was the real Santa too because he definitely looked the part.

santa-clausAfter the tree-lighting ceremony we walked back to my place to put our leftovers in the fridge, then we walked down to the Riverwalk. It’s only a few blocks from home too, so we stroll over there from time to time.

We stopped at the Riverwalk outlet mall and shopped. Okay, no…I shopped while Michael played Pokemon Go, and I was able to find the perfect Christmas gift for my dad.

It was also a healthy week for me, which makes me feel good. After hearing my primary doctor tell me that she’s “never seen anyone do so poorly” after weight-loss surgery I dropped another 6 pounds. I’ve added two since then, which brings me to 52 pounds lost since in the last 10 weeks. I’m not losing weight as quickly as I thought I would (or as quickly as others have lost,) but I’m losing. I’m not seeing it on the scale, but I’m feeling it in my clothes.

I bought a shirt last month that I couldn’t button yet hoping that it would fit by Christmas, but it fits now. I could wear it, but I have to drive an hour each way back to The Avenue because they forgot to remove the sensor. I’m glad I kept my receipt!

Now it’s the end of the week, and I spent the day at Shiftcon. I’ve been struggling to consume enough protein lately, but I resorted to drinking things that I don’t like. Thankfully, when I arrived at Shiftcon this morning I learned about a product called Vital Proteins, and it’s going to be a game changer for me.

The awesome folks at Vital Proteins sent me home with lots of unflavored protein that I can add to my coffee and most other things I consume, and it’s such a relief to know that I’ll have enough protein by the day’s end (without continuing to drink stuff that I find appalling.

There are so many awesome people and products at Shiftcon that I’m still a bit overwhelmed by it all (in a good way.) It was so nice to see my long time pal, Alyssa, and my fierce friend, Kia. We were Twitter partying together, which we’ll be doing again tomorrow at 4 pm. You should join us if you can to win some cool prizes!


Now I’m heading out again to have coffee with my friend, Amanda. I’m not ready for beignets, but it’s a great night for a warm and cozy drink.

I can’t wait to head back to Shiftcon tomorrow. I’m so glad it’s right here in my neighborhood because change is happening right in my backyard.

I’m feeling better than I have in months, maybe years. I feel smaller, healthier and lighter on my feet, and I’m starting to feel like this whole weight-loss surgery thing is working. I’m also working on exercising more, and this week I’ve really enjoyed it. (That’s a relief!)




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    December 2, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    Hi Kenlie! Don’t you worry about that silly doctor. Mine said the SAME thing on my 6 month appt & i wanted to cry. She said i was on the slow end of losing. After beating myself up over it, i dusted myself off & patted myself on the back for losing as much as i did! You are doing great & im happy your week has been so good.

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      December 3, 2016 at 12:20 am

      That’s good to hear, Heidi. I’ve dropped 8 pounds since I saw her, which is nice. I’m definitely feeling the changes even if the scale doesn’t want to show them.

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    December 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Sounds like you are doing great! Keep up the good work!

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      December 3, 2016 at 12:20 am

      I’m feeling pretty great, which is a nice! Thank you, Lori!

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    December 3, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Have you seen this blog? she had weight loss surgery and she is always blogging about how she eats to get enough protein in …. glad you are doing/feeling better


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    December 3, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Kenlie, you inspire me! I’m scheduled to have my gastric bypass surgery on the 21st in Las Vegas. I’m so glad you didn’t let that doc get you down. The scale is just a number and it really is about how you feel. I just started my liver-shrinking diet on Thursday–two protein shakes (usually breakfast and lunch for me) and then a lean protein and a green or brightly colored vegetable for dinner. I’m with you on the protein shakes–I hate the taste the sorbitol leaves in my mouth ALL DAY. I will definitely will be checking out Vital Proteins. I live in a remote part of eastern Montana so I have to mail-order almost everything. I am anxious/nervous/excited to have my surgery. Surgery on the 21st, Christmas on the 25th, my birthday on the 26th–what a great gift I’m giving myself and those I love!!

    I have rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, polycystic ovary syndrome and adrenal fatigue. I know that all of these will be eased by my weight loss. I keep telling my counselor, “just imagine, in six months I’ll have my life back!”

    Thank you for sharing so freely, openly and honestly. I know I’ll be referring to your blog as I move along my journey.

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    Lea Goossen
    December 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Wow, that doctor was thoughtless. Way to knock wind out of your sails!
    I’d say 50ish pounds in 10ish weeks is pretty amazing!!!! (I got those numbers based off your more recent post).
    Glad you’re feeling better!

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