Friday, September 2, 2011

Shenanigins, Tomfoolery and... complete and total B*llshit

I'm determined not to become an absentee blogger!

Sorry I fell off the face of the world there... I was on holidays in B.C, and then I came back to a bit of a disaster.

I have a high stress job... yeah, I know everyone says that, but I really do. I'm responsible for investigating and determining root cause of personnel and process related safety incidents for a large oil and gas company. It's the kind of job middle aged, highly educated men get. I'm a 23 year old female with a technical school diploma. So anyway, the pressure is always on, and I desperately needed an escape. So I took 10 days holidays and took off to B.C. I floated around on a houseboat in the Shuswaps and drank in excess for 4 days... it was great. There we costumes and fake boobs... very much like floating Vegas. Then I came home.

The plan was to spend the next 5 days riding my ATV out in the west country... not quite the mountains, but working on getting there. I just bought a new quad this year... her name is Bella and she's a beauty. She replaced Beaskly, who was not  a beauty, but was very rugged. TFG came out to join us Thursday after work and we all went for one last tear before tucking into the vodka for the night.

TFG was in an accident when we were almost back to the road. His quad rolled unexpectedly and landed on him. It was single handedly the most horrible thing I've ever seen and I'm pretty sure I'll always see it as slow motion milli second by milli second action when I think of it. He was injured pretty badly, his jaw was broken in 2 places and he was bleeding from a pretty nasty gash on his head. Once we rescued him from the bush (that's a story for another day)  he spent 3 days waiting for surgery in the local hospital... gotta love Alberta Healthcare.

Anyway, he's home now and doing much better. I returned to work in the middle of a Corporate Audit, which made the last 3 days suck too. I started my pre-op detox today. It's 2 weeks long and pretty much all you can eat is egg whites and cottage cheese... it's gonna be a rough 2 weeks. TFG is also on an involuntary jaw-wired-shut diet, so we will be on liquids together as of Sept 16th.

I'm not as scared as I thought I would be to have surgery. Mostly, I'm afraid that this desperate, last ditch attempt to get healthy and escape the diet rollar coaster will fail too. I'm terrified that there is no solution and I will be fat and unhappy forever, except now I'll be fat and unhappy with a foriegn object installed in me. Pleasant thoughts, eh? I'm not normally such a downer but I think the last week has gotten the better of me. Between the broke jaw, the in-laws, and the corporate audit I want to stick my head in a tub of Ben and Jerry's and never surface again. Invisible Ice Cream Ostrich Power. 

Anyways, have a great long weekend everyone! Hopefully this detox won't cause me to committ a homicide or anything like that, and the next time we chat I'll be a bandster! Oh, and to all you ladies headed off to Chicago have a BLAST! It looks like a great time :)


  1. I want to spend some time in BC before I die (and go to Fiji) so it was nice to hear about your time there. Do you have any photos of Bella (cute how you name your ATV) - I would love to see 'her'. Sorry to hear about TFG ... that sounds terrible ... remember, it's only a job ... don't let the stress get to you !(oh so much easier said than done !)

  2. Wow- sorry to hear about TFG.
    I hesitate to say "we all"- but "I" certianly- had the same fears about the band not working for me. If you put in the effort, it will work.
    I failed at every diet attempt before but this is different. You can do it; you will be so happy you took the chance.

  3. Can't believe I missed this post in my Reader, Jenine! I'm so happy to see you blogging - it's getting close to your surgery date now!! So glad you had a great vacay in the Shushwap - what an amazing place. I am BEYOND sorry to hear about TFG's accident, though - holy crap! I hope he's ok. I echo Robyn's sentiment above - the closer I got to the surgery, the more scared I was that I was going to go through all this and it wasn't going to work...but I have resolved that it WILL work...once you can get yourself to the place of believing its IN YOU to do it, then this amazing mental transformation begins to least for me, it has. I feel in control of my eating, and I attribute alot of that to the band, yes. But I'm still making the right choices, because I don't want to eff it up!! I'm thinking of you gurl, and if you ever need or want to chat, hit me up on my email, ok? Talk soon!!

  4. Wow, 2 week pre-op diet, that's rough! I'm sorry about TFG (not sure who that is, I guess I need to do some back reading! lol)... I hope he gets to feeling better soon.

    And the band is what you make of it, if you're positive and exercise and eat right - you will be a success. :)