No pizza, no pasta, and no wine! This may not have been the wisest choice in places to visit nine weeks after WLS. There are 100 Italian restaurants to one of any other type; Italians don’t quite get the concept of diversity when it comes to eating. I think I am the only tourist in the history of Italy who visited and ate mostly soup!
Venice … just as gorgeous as you can imagine, but check out the blonde on the left who has legs that go on forever, and of course her thighs have probably never touched! (What does she eat???)
Our first night in Venice we went to a very charming, local, small, family-owned Italian (what else?) restaurant. Watching the people who worked there and the locals who came in was like watching a scene out of the movie The Godfather. Attention all casting agents: just have a cappuccino here and you will have all the characters you need for your next project! Another thing about restaurants here, if you don’t order vino with your meal, they look at you suspiciously. So when I ordered a pizza (scraping off the top again) and nothing to drink, and we didn’t eat the bread they brought, and I only ate one slice of this huge pizza, I’m sure they thought we were odd indeed. The proprietor asked (looking genuinely concerned) in his heavy Italian accent, “Wassamatta? You no-a like-a my pizza?” So another lie to just say I wasn’t feeling well.
When I find things I can eat that also taste good, I’m so happy. Because I have so little control over what the restaurant is going to bring me, it’s like playing roulette twice a day – you just don’t know what you’re going to get. So when it’s good, it’s very special, especially because we are traveling in very expensive cities and I can’t just stop at fast food place. It kills me to pay $40 for a lunch I can’t eat; or worse, my husband has to eat it after he eats his!
I have been very tired this week. Traveling is exciting, but it’s hard to eat the right things and get all your water in, and I don’t even want to think about how little protein I am eating. And although I’m doing better with my supplements, I’m not at 100 percent yet. We are in Rome now and I took today off and stayed in my room. I walked to a grocery store and bought some turkey (I think it was turkey), cheese, protein bars, and cranberry juice (damn bladder infection just won’t go away). But it felt good to just lie low for a day. We still have another ten days in Italy, so hopefully I will perk up and start feeling more energetic.
I’m still loving feeling thinner, and when I think I took a harder path by doing this while not living in one place and being able to control my environment, I think about all the people who had to go right back to work, or those who have small children at home. Wow, I have it easy!