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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Back at it!

Hello my fellow bloggers! I know it's been awhile hasn't it!? Well I ended up having to get a new computer instead of putting anymore money into the old one. Sooooo lets play catch-up!

If you remember I had the gastric bypass October 14, 2013. Since then I have lost 181 pounds!!! I'm so proud of how far I have come and very proud of the person I am becoming, I am now working at Curves. Lane Bryant ended up closing. At the time I didn't understand why God was allowing all of that to happen when things were going so well. All I knew is that He had a good reason for it just like He always does. Its such a blessing working at Curves and I needed to be there anyway!

David has also lost a lot of weight. He has lost 54 pounds and counting! We have a bet going with our weight loss and he is about to win. I'm ok with it though. I just want us both to succeed at this. Combined we have lost over 200 pounds!!! We got this! With the help of God, each other, and the support from our family and friends, we just cant fail!

I know a lot of you are anxious for those new yummy recipes. Well they are coming!!! I promise I will have one up this week, so make sure you look for it!!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

No Dough Pizza!

I am posting this from the library since my computer is on the fritz, so no picture of this yummy goodness so you will just have to try it.  Since my surgery I can not have most types of breads and doughs.  A friend sent this recipes to me and though its not the kind of pizza you would pick up with your hands, it is sooo good, AND it makes the pizza craving go away!  It is both bariatric and diabetic friendly, only one ingredient is not a protein, yet it is yummy, and ooey gooey goodness for ANYONE to enjoy!


1 package cream cheese (room temp)
2 eggs
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (I used a roasted red pepper blend)
pizza sauce
1 package shredded cheese
your favorite pizza toppings (I used turkey pepperoni and turkey sausage)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cream cheese, eggs, garlic, and parm cheese together until cream cheese is well blended.  Pour into greased 9x13 baking pan.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Let sit for 5 minutes.  It should now almost resemble tofu.

Put sauce, cheese, and any toppings on now baked cheese mixture.  Bake for another 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Let sit for a minute and enjoy!

This whole recipe is nothing but protein and would be great for you bariatric patients.  I am one month out and it went down great!  Hope everyone enjoys it!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Back to Work

I went back to work Monday.  I must say even though it was a bit of a rough day, I am so glad to be back.  Boredom had set in and taken completely over my life.  While I was down I not only got all of my thank you cards done, but my Christmas cards are done, AND I started to crochet a blanket! lol
Tuesday went much better.  Not so much pain and a bit more energy.  I think I just needed to get back in the swing of things.  Still sticking to small things like a protein shake or pudding cup at work.  I am so scared of getting sick at work.  I would be so embarrassed if that happened.
I am also down to 394! Its hard for me to think of myself 111 pounds heavier than I am now, but the reality is that I WAS! I have come so far and have so much farther to go.  I cant wait to see myself in one year!

Friday, October 25, 2013

1 Week Post-Op

So its been a bit over a week since surgery and I am feeling pretty good.  I had a pretty rough time at first due to a complication.  The stapler mis-fired and tore my pouch.  Surgery took almost 5 hours instead of just 1 1/2 hours.  I was in the hospital for 5 days and in a HUGE amount of pain.  Things are much better now and I have already lost 18 pounds!  I have graduated up to squishy foods like mashed potatoes and scrambled eggs, and will go back to work in about 1 1/2 weeks.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Big Changes Coming

So there has been so much going on, it has been hard to find time to sit down and write in my blog! I am still working, David now has 2 jobs, he also has PT for his foot, and then I have all of my classes and doctor appointments for the gastric bypass.  All of this using ONE car.  Most days I feel like I live in the car...lol  But it is all worth it in the end.

To catch everyone up, I was approved for surgery!!!!! I go October 14th, which is only 9 days away! Its so surreal at this point.  For years it was something just talked about and even through the classes it wasn't a reality.  But now its here, big, and right in my face.  A bit scary, but so ready for it.  It has brought MANY unaccounted for expenses and I am sure there will be even more.  I have no idea how we are going to pay for things, but God knows what we need before the surgery and He will supply those things.

My plan is to blog often, good or bad, about my surgery and weight loss.  I want it well documented.  Not just for me, but for others as well.  Its overwhelming when you go through this alone and not knowing anything.  I have some wonderful support groups online and at the hospital that help me through understanding all of this.  And a wonderful support system of friends and family.

As you can see, my lily ticker (in the upper left hand corner) has moved again.  I am down 79 pounds!  And I have completed 4 out of 7 goals.  21 pounds until I complete my next goal.  I am so proud of myself.  A lot of people are like, "If you already lost 79 pounds why are you getting the surgery?".  I kind of get tired of explaining it, especially since they still don't get it after I do. I am doing MAINLY for myself, but for my friends and family, and my future family.  I need to be around for them.  I need to be able to do things with them.  When I weighed 505, I couldn't walk 100 feet without a cane and the only time I left the house was to go to church. THAT is not living.  I might as well have already been dead.  And I will be if I don't do this.

Pray for me.  Pray for David. Hes got a lot to deal with in all of this.  Hes scared for his wife, but VERY much supportive. This may be my last blog before the surgery so if it is, Ill see you on the flip side!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Almost Forgot!

I almost forgot to move my weight loss ticker! (in the upper left corner of my blog) I have been doing a 50,000 step challenge with a group on FB the last few weeks and since then I have continued to go down in weight AND inches!  Every day is a challenge for me and I am really feeling motivated.  Some days it seems like I will NEVER get my steps in and then other days it happens without even trying!  I am so thankful with the support I have found in 2 different groups.  My 50,000 step challenge group, and my bariatric support group.  Some of the best support I have ever got and coming from people who were once complete strangers.  And of course I cant forget my family and friends who are continuously there for me!!!!! LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken (Better than Take-Out!!!!)

I LOOOOOOOVE me some Chinese food! Most recipes are a bit difficult though with a million ingredients so I don't bother to make them.  I DO make an egg roll that is baked, not fried, but we will save that for another day! :)

  • 1 pound boneless chicken, (cubed and/or sliced)
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • flour or corn starch to thicken sauce

  • Cube raw chicken, set aside.  Mix all ingredients, EXCEPT flour or corn starch, to make sauce.  Add chicken and marinade for an hour in refrigerator.  
*I put it all in my crock pot and let it chill to save washing dishes.  If you do it that way, make sure you let the pot sit out for ONE HOUR after marinading and before turning it on.  Your crock pot can crack if you heat it when it is that cold.*
  • Pour entire mixture into the crock pot. Cook on high for 2 hours WITHOUT lifting the lid.  Stir the chicken and if the sauce is not thick enough to your liking, add a little flour or corn starch until it is.  Serve over rice.