Thursday, January 3, 2013

The $32 Hamburger and Making It Through 2012

It was a sight to behold.

It was a massive $32 hamburger at renowned chef Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro Moderne in the theater district just off Times Square and down the street from the Millennium Broadway hotel where we stayed in New York City during the holidays while helping my brother move home to Oklahoma.

The foie gras-stuffed $32 hamburger at DB Bistro Moderne in New York City's theater district.
According to the menu, that big baby was a sirloin burger stuffed with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffles, served on a parmesan bun with pommes frites.

Just for the record, my husband ate it although I did take a tiny bite of the meat.

It was good, but I don't know about $32 good.

I did what I often do and ordered an appetizer and it apparently wasn't notable enough to snap a picture of it. In fact, I don't even remember what I ordered.

The year 2012 was a great one for me, losing almost 80 pounds with my gastric sleeve surgery Dec. 27, 2011. Two of my friends had the surgery last year as well and both are doing great.

To recap:

- I'm down from 273 pounds to 195 pounds dry and unpainted as hubby likes to say. I lost two pounds in New York City despite my best attempts to eat and drink probably too much.

- I'm off all my meds except one blood pressure drug.

- I'm wearing a too-large size 14, down from a size 24.  I'm getting ready to purge a whole bunch of too-big clothes because I know I'll never wear them again.

- I've traveled a lot this year and have also been to Keystone, Colo.; Lagos, Nigeria; Barcelona and Madrid, Spain; San Francisco; Branson, Mo.; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and Houston. Plus I split my time between the north Dallas area and central Oklahoma, where I've watched hubby eat chicken-fried steaks that almost cover your plate. Ordinarily I probably would have gained weight traveling that much, but I lost.

- My favorite dietician Steph told me I could eat anything, just not as much of it. I've taken that to heart although I still concentrate on protein and veggies. I'm back to doing a bit of food writing for our alternative newsweekly, which is fun. And once again, I just bring friends or my darlin' daughter (who has lost about 70 pounds on her own,) and I just take a couple of bites and/or get take out.

- I walked, walked, walked all over New York City and my knees and feet behaved themselves.

It's all good, and my life is definitely better. I still have some more weight to lose and I'm going to work hard to continue my progress by be careful with what I eat and drink, increasing my cardio, continuing my yoga and strength training.


1 comment:

  1. Great news for the new year! Congrats on your accomplishments! Let me know when you start to purge those old clothes!!!!

    PS - $32 for a stinkin' hamburger? Wow...just wow!