May EOTM – “But I don’t want to look like a man!”

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I can’t even lie, I LOVE a man with a large build (think large football player-type of physique, à la manière de football player Ndamukong Suh, celebrity chef G. Garvin, actor Morris Chestnut, actor/wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and even the late great r&b crooner Gerald Levert). I’m in love with big muscles, especially big arms, shoulders, and a broad chest.   Bigger men have always been my preference.  But as a gal that’s always been on the bigger side her entire life, I don’t want to look like one. Continue reading

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Meal prep week of April 30, 2017 – Chicken crust pizza; Olive Garden leftovers

I’m a little late with this week’s post and was really short on food prep time, so I decided to go easy and make a chicken crust pizza, accompanied with a salad.  I also had some leftovers from Olive Garden, and want to show you my choices.  Continue reading

Repost: So, what is bariatric surgery?

Originally published Jan 5, 2017

I got such a positive response from this article explaining bariatric surgery, I decided to revisit it again for this month.  Enjoy!

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This is the story of four brothers:  Tyrone, Tyreke, Tyrell, and Tymarcus.

Each brother lives in the same neighborhood, in a beautiful house in the suburbs with their wives and children.  Each brother was unemployed, and looking for a job. 

After weeks and weeks of searching, the brothers happened to find employment at the same company on the other side of town.  The four brothers would each be doing the same job.  But there was one difference – how each brother got to work. Continue reading

Meal prep week of 4/9/2017 – General Tso’s tofu; Marinated baked wings in a zesty dry rub; breakfast-stuffed peppers; low-carb muesli

This week I’m prepping for two weeks since next week is Easter, and I will be out-of-town for a few days and don’t want to come back unprepared  Plus, I welcomed back an old friend – cereal!

So, on the menu for this week and next are the following:

  • General Tso’ tofu
  • Marinated baked wings in a zesty dry rub
  • Spring salad with crumbled feta
  • Breakfast-stuffed peppers
  • Low-carb muesli
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NSV – 6 month check-up – 80 lbs down!

 

Top-left :  June 2016; middle-left: April 2016; bottom-left:  June 2013
Top, middle and bottom right: March 2017; bottom right is same skirt as bottom left

 

So this week, on April 3, 2017, marked exactly 6 months for me since I had the sleeve (10/3/2016).  I had my check-up at my doctor’s office, and they showed I was at 83 lbs lost (15 lbs pre-op, and the rest post-op).   Continue reading

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

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