NSV – Crossing my legs in a narrow space

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It really is the little things that mean the most!

Some things that might seem like a pretty mindless, insignificant gesture to others – crossing your legs and wearing a pair of heels – meant alot to me.  Not being able to do something that all the women around me can do made me feel less beautiful and less ladylike.  Less like “me”.  Those were two things I never really thought about, until I was at my highest weight and unable to actually do it.   Continue reading

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Meal prep week of 4/2/2017 – Lower carb low country boil packets; marinated chicken with a spring salad; turkey sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches

Welcome back for another week of meal prep!

This week’s menu consists of the following:

  • Lower carb low country boil
  • Marinated chicken with a spring salad topped with feta and toasted sliced almonds
  • Turkey and egg breakfast sandwiches

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Which bariatric surgery is best for you?

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Graphic depiction of weight loss surgeries (from left to right:  gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, roux-en-y gastric bypass and bibliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.  Source:  International Journal of Obesity

On many weight loss surgery forums I look at from time to time, some people have asked, “Which is the best surgery to have?  Which one will help me lose the most weight?”  That’s a little difficult to answer, because all of us are different. Continue reading

April EOTM – “I’ve already messed up today, so might as well…”

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It’s Monday, Day 1 of your diet.  You’re really going to do it this time.  And the day is starting off great because before work you ate a light, healthy breakfast – a cup of “Good Times” oatmeal (you know, that plain old-fashioned oatmeal with no sugar and no flavor),  a slice of whole grain toast with the consistency of cardboard, and a glass of water.

It’s now 10am, and your stomach starts talking.   Continue reading

Meal prep week of 3/19/2017 – Snacks for the road; Broccoli, mushroom, and turkey sausage casserole

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So it looks like I’ll be hitting the road again this week, this time heading to Chicago to see my nephew graduate from the Naval Academy.  So this will be another abbreviated week of meal prep.  Of course, I had to get my snacks prepared for the trip too. Continue reading

Meal prep week of 3/12/2017 – Caprese stuffed portobella mushrooms with steamed broccoli; spinach and ricotta zucchini cannelloni with oven roasted sweet potatoes; turkey sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches

After a week with lots and lots of shakes, it’s back to regular meal prep for this week.  So for this week, I have the following:

  • Caprese stuffed portobella mushrooms served with steamed broccoli
  • Spinach and ricotta zucchini cannelloni with oven roasted sweet potatoes
  • Turkey sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches

And of course, I have some snacks prepared, but I wanted to show the results of this recipe I found online for Quest cookies. Continue reading

Meal prep week of 3/5/2017 – prepping healthy snacks for a road trip and return to post-op diet for the week

This past weekend I took a road trip out of town for a few days, and wanted to share my prep work for the snacks that I took on the road.  .

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March EOTM – “I’m having a hard time staying motivated to eat right and exercise because he/she/it/they made me feel (insert emotion here).”

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One night I was walking around the Strip on Myrtle Beach, SC.  It was my first visit there.  It was a cool summer evening, humid with a little breeze in the air and a clear, starry night.  The weather was just perfect.  I was gazing around in an oversized t-shirt, shorts, and flip flops, and looking at all the young people out and about partying and having a good time.  Girls in their bikini tops and short shorts; guys going shirtless and sporting their best kicks.  Cars would cruise by with their tops down and making a loud rumbling sound whenever they revved up their engines.  The street was packed with people going in and out of the clubs.  Lights were flashing, enticing the cheerful bustling crowds to come to their bar for 2 for 1 shots and mixed drinks.  And loud, pumping music could be heard everywhere.  I was just taking it all in.

“FAT BITCH!”

Huh???  It rang out, loud and clear, louder than the blaring music.  I looked around, startled. Who said that?  Why?  What’s going on?   Continue reading

Meal prep week of 2/26/2017 – Breakfast casserole, low-carb Everything English muffins

I’m going out of town this week, so since I had so much of the 13-bean soup leftover from last week, I decided only to make another breakfast and shop for a few snacks.  After searching on Pinterest, I saw two great recipes – one for a breakfast casserole with kale, sausage and sweet potato and another for English muffins. Continue reading