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Happy V-Day!!

Valentine’s Day isn’t one that we really celebrate. I personally think that it’s highly overrated!!  I do believe in love and romance and all that it entails.  Therefore, I want to wish all my readers and followers a….

Happy V-Day

More so, I believe in Saint Valentine and all that he was from the history that is know about him.  Thus, we celebrate the man as well….

St Valentine - 14 February

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At a Loss

Yes, I’m at a loss, but not about life or anything like that.  I lost weight today!!

I’m so happy that I can say I’m finally moving past the plateau.  For weigh-in today, I lost 1.8 pounds.  That’s the most that I’ve lost in a week since June.  I just can’t help but to feel that I’m headed in the right direction again.  It’s a good feeling!!

I had ever intention of getting back to a regular daily exercise routine, but I haven’t been able to get that far yet.  I’m just so busy.  I have been exercising, but not like my 30 minute daily routine.  It’s most important that I don’t just skip it though. Also, eating at home really helps!!  I don’t think people realize how bad eating out really is for them.  My entire family can tell the difference.

The most important thing with this fill is that I’ve had to learn how to eat all over again.  I really haven’t had this experience before.  My first fills were right after surgery.  Then, it was too much and caused me to vomit.  Because of that, I had some removed.  I had to watch what I ate, but it was still easy to get it down.  This time, it’s really closed it up, but still lets the food pass.  I have to totally wait at least 4 hours and sometimes 6 hours.  It all depends on what my previous meal was.  The more course the food is, the longer it takes to settle.

I have to say, I’m enjoying this new feeling!!  Oh, and hubby says he can see the weight loss.  I think he’s crazy, but you know at this point, it all counts!!

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Diabetic….NO MORE!!

So as many of you know, things have been pretty busy around here.  I’m happy to say that we’re slowing down and that we’re pretty much back to “normal”.  We had so many appointments, it was starting to drive me mad!!  The only one I have left is next week for my pancake exam….and of course, there’s always my monthly fill check in a couple weeks.

One of the doc appointments that I had last week was my 6-month diabetic check.  The blood drawn for that was done right after race weekend, me drinking sweet tea, and having birthday cake.  Hey, I do get to celebrate now and then!!  Anyway, even after all that, my blood tests were in the “safe” range.  That means that I’m officially off my diabetic meds!!  WooHoo  I haven’t really taken then since after surgery because I watch my numbers at home.  However, having the doc say this makes it official.  Now we’ll see if I can get off the high bp meds too.  I don’t have too much hope in that with family history, but anything is possible.  Also, my cholesterol is good and he lowered my dose to half on that.  This is mainly a precaution since I can’t take my low dose aspirin everyday because it deteriorates the lap-band.

There was no weight loss this week.  More importantly, there was no weight gain either!!  I’m almost down another full size.  It all depends on who makes the clothes and where I got them from.  I’m about ready to say “good bye” to plus size and “hello” permanently to regular misses sizes!!  Plus size stuff now tends to just….fall off.  I think my top half will always be a plus size, except for full cut regular sizes.  The chest has gone no place, even with this weight loss!!  HEHE  Back to more regular exercise with the schedule calming down and I’m actually looking forward to it.  The weight loss will resume and balance out again then!!

Tomorrow night is the last night for religious education.  I want to use summer to really revamp my curriculum and add some new materials.  Hopefully I’ll have another class as crafty as this one was.  They finished up their Fruits of the Holy Spirit mobiles last week and they were a huge hit.  Even the parents commented!! 

So tell me….how are all of you, my readers and followers??  Can you believe that today is the first day of yet another month??  It just shouldn’t be May already!!

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At One Month

No, I haven’t fallen off the face of Earth. I’m just taking full advantage of every day and now that I feel so good, I’m even more busy than I ever was before.

So now I’m at one month post-op.  I go in tomorrow for my first fill.  I’m a little nervous about the needle, but I know it’ll be alright.  At my one week appointment, I’d lost a total of 20 pounds between the liquid diet and the surgery.  Over the next 3 weeks, I put on 3 pounds and got very frustrated because I wasn’t losing anything.  I knew in my head that I had to give it time, but my heart was breaking.  Today when I weighed myself, I’d lost all 3 of the pounds that I gained, just this week!!  I’m so happy and I can see where I’m going now and what it’s going to take.

I eat about 4 ounces of food at 3 meals and I generally have one small snack.  I never eat more than the 4 oz., but I sometimes do have less.  If I’m really not hungry, I’ll revert back to something on the liquid diet so that I do have some protein intake. 

I also exercise 4 days a week for 30 minutes each day.  Lately, I’ve really amped it up and have sweated my butt off.  Kiddo works out right along side of me.  We really have fun.  Then on Wednesday’s, we walk the mall.  There’s a walking route in there and if out walk the outside perameter of the inside of the mall, you’ve walked 7/10 of a mile in one lap.  If you walk one and a half laps, you’ve walked a full mile.  I haven’t made it that far yet, but considering 2 months ago I didn’t even walk, that’s HUGE progress!!  Hubby and I also intend to walk every other Saturday in the mall.  I really enjoy it because I don’t have to worry about weather, dogs, and anything else associated with walking the streets….and here, there’s no sidewalks.  Generally, Saturday and Sunday are my days of rest.

I’ve done a ton of work around the house.  Things that I’d been lacking just because I didn’t have the energy.  I can’t wait to tackle even more projects and I just don’t spend much time at all on the computer any more.  That alone feels great!!

I’ll try not to wait so long before I blog again.  I’d really love to get some of my photography up.  Maybe once I get work in the house done, I can even go out shooting and see what I can get now that I move so much better!!  So, I’ll catch you soon and in the mean time, be healthy!!

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One Week Post-Op

It’s hard to believe that my surgery was already a week ago.  It seems like now that I’ve gone this far, that it’s all a blur.

So my surgery went fine.  I had it on Tuesday morning….early.  By the afternoon, I was up walking around the halls.  Hubby was allowed to spend the night with me.  Wednesday morning, I had to swallow this nasty stuff for an upper gi to make sure that my opening was enough for things to pass through.  I was released Wednesday afternoon.  There was a delay because there was a mix-up with my paperwork.

I literally slept most of the day Thursday.  I walked around the house on my few waking moments, then back to sleep again.  I got so little sleep in the hospital.  They were waking me up for one thing or the other.  It’s been steady progress since then with only one breakdown because I just wanted some warm homey food!!

I had my one week follow-up appointment today and the surgeon said I’m right on schedule and making great progress.  I’m down over 20 pounds already.  Next week, I’ll start my puree diet.  I’ll be on that about 2 weeks.  My incisions are healing and I’m finally starting to sleep on my side a little bit.  Sleep is my biggest issue right now.  I just can’t seem to sleep through the night, no matter how tired I am.  And being on a liquid diet, I have have to get up and potty at least once a night.  However, the past 2 nights I’ve at least stayed in bed and not gone to the couch.

That’s about all that I have for now.  I just thought it was really time for an update for all my readers.  I know that you’ve all been following along and waiting to see how things turn out.  I’ll definitely be posting some updates and hopefully I can get the blog moving along again soon.

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One Week to Go

Well, I’m sort of adjusting to the liquid diet.  I’m almost always hungry.  I don’t care if I ever see broth again.  Cottage cheese is a huge textural issue for me.  Yogurt is my saving grace, but I can only have so much of that.

I finally had a salad tonight.  My paperwork says 1 salad a night for dinner if needed.  I needed it!!  It was small and it was good.  I had some Zesty Italian on it because I can’t have other salad dressings.  I probably shouldn’t even have had that, but oh well.  I’m following all the rules and if that breaks them so be it!!

I can’t believe I only have a week to go.  By this time next week, I’ll be laying in my hospital room alone waiting for morning so that I can go home.  It’s really gone by pretty fast.  Some days are better than others, but that’s to be expected. 

Did get some bad news today.  Hubby will only have the day of and the after my surgery off.  If I don’t go home on Wednesday, I’m up a creek.  I’ll have to wait until he gets off work to go home.  He’s used some of his vacation time for VA appointments and because they told him he had to be under a certain number of hours by November.  Well he did that, then they took time away from him for the company Christmas party, plus a new company has taken over….that left him with just a few days of vacation.  He can only take 2 of them now.  I feel so pressured to leave that hospital on Wednesday.  I wanted to anyhow and that’s when the doc told me I’d leave if all went well.  This just sucks to know that there’s that much of a time restraint. 

The rest of this week is crazy.  We have religion class tomorrow, which I didn’t think we did until New Year’s Day.  Usually, we have a meeting and then go back the following week.  But no, not this year.  So I’m frantically trying to find a lesson because I was all about getting next week’s ready for hubby.  I hate to say it, but tomorrow may just be a “let them run wild” night.  And as hungry as I am that time of night, I can’t focus.  That’s a huge problem for me.  I usually nod off for a nap around then since I started the liquid diet.  Anyway, then Thursday, kiddo and I get our hair cut.  I want easy managible hair for the hospital and mine is really out of shape right now.  Friday is my pre-op and that takes a couple hours.  The weekend, I’ll pack my overnight bag and just relax.  Monday I take the dogs to the vet and have to try to get them re-registered with the city.  The city used to be closed on Monday, so I’m hoping they’ve changed their schedule.  If not, I don’t know how I’ll get them re-registered on time.  Finally it’s Tuesday and the big day!!

I have the world’s worst scale, but according to it, I’ve lost 10 pounds.  I guess going through this, I really should get a new one.  I’m going to need it for accurate records.  I can believe it though.  Nothing but liquids for a week.  It’s possible!!  I’ll find out for sure during the pre-op because I was weighed on that scale in November when I had the scope done.  My sugar is doing great too!!

Alright, that’s my update for now and I’m off…..


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Liquid Diet on Day 2

I have to say that this is probably one of the hardest things that I’ve ever done!!  I know that it’s going to be worth it in the end.  I just have to get past this hardest part.  I can say for certain that I don’t like liquid diets and I really dislike broth!!

I think that if I ever had to do this again, I’d wean myself off of food.  I had a good Christmas and didn’t even fully enjoy the leftovers when I had to start this on Wednesday.  So, knowing what I know now, I’d make my meals smaller and smaller and start to supplement food with liquid so the adjustment isn’t so hard.  I mean you don’t have to be an “eater” for this to be a rough change.  Liquid 24 hours a day and nothing but sucks!!

I can have yogurt, cottage cheese, 1 cup of milk, sugar-free drinks (like Kool-Aid, Crystal Light, and similar) , Jell-o, Popsicles, Fudgesicles, and things like that.  Oh yes, and lots of broth….any flavor!!  There’s also a notation that I can have one “small salad” for dinner each night.  That’s a small lettuce salad with maybe some shaved carrots and something like light Italian dressing.  I’d prefer ranch or Catalina or something like that, but I can deal with it. 

So that’s where things stand 2 days into this.  I forgot to weigh myself and kiddo is going to take a picture tomorrow.  I really want to track my progress, but I refuse to become obsessed about it.  I just will check often enough that I know where I’m at and approximately how much is to go.  I do hope that I can show that surgeon up and lose some weight before my actual surgery.  He doesn’t think that I can or will!!

I’ll keep you posted, as it won’t be long now!!



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Scope, Biopsy, and a Date

After a busy weekend and a visit from my parents, the week started off just as busy!!  Monday, I had my follow-up appointment after my scope almost 3 weeks ago.  I was nervous going in because well, I don’t think anyone is ever excited about text results.

My test results came back as a mixed batch.  The doctor informed me that I didn’t have just 3 polyps, but that he tested 3 of them.  In reality, there was 12-20 polyps of various types.  Two of them came back benign and there’s no problem with them.  Half of the ones he saw were this same type.  The other one, I didn’t fully understand.  It’s not cancerous, but it could be.  There’s no defined results….that I understand.  The best I get is that they could go either way and there’s several of them in my stomach as well.  He sees no reason why having the surgery would cause any harm.

My appointment ended that way with a possible surgery date.  I figured it’d be a week or so before I know for sure which way the doctor was going to go.  Then I got the call this morning…..

My lap band surgery is scheduled for 10 January!!  My pre-op is shortly before that.  Right after Christmas, I’ll start the total liquid diet.  So now the final countdown begins.  I’m half excited and half scared.  I know this is the best thing for me and I’m going to benefit from it.  Best of all, my health and my wonderful family will benefit for having a healthier me.

I guess my apprehension comes from the doctor himself.  He doesn’t think I’m a good candidate for the lap band because I haven’t lost any weight since the whole process started.  I told him that in fact, I’d lost 10 lbs. and unfortunately put it back on.  I explained about our family work-outs and how I’m now eating 3 small meals a day instead of just one and how small my portions are.  He acted like he didn’t believe me and kept telling me that for the lap-band to work, it was going to take true dedication from me.  Well, I think….no, I know….that I have that dedication.  The weight coming back on is exactly what I battle all the time.  It’s what my meds do to me and I want off the meds, or at least lower doses that aren’t going to mess with my body so much.  It’s too bad he doesn’t understand that, but at the same time, I can understand him not wanting to do the surgery and seeing it fail.  I’m sure he sees cases of that often.

But I’m determined and I know this is for the best.  I may continue to fight my weight and constantly have to work-out, but I can do it for better health and to have more time with my family!!  Miss K has already called my parents and asked them if she could postpone her holiday trip to see them by a week.  She wants to be home with me when I have the surgery.  She wants to tend to Momma!!  God love that child….she’s awesome!!

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I have to say that my nutrition appointment went well today.  I was really nervous about it because of what the dietitian told us at the meeting, but it was fine.  It went really smooth.

He went over a lot again about what I can and can’t eat after surgery.  He stated it’s all about chewing.  Overall, it was a very short appointment and I’m on my way.  After the madness this weekend, I can schedule my appointment with the surgeon and see approximately when it’s going to happen.  I’ll also have to do blood work and a stress test.

Oh….and I officially lost 10 pounds!!  Not much, but just forcing myself to eat 3 meals a day and have some snacks has helped that much.  Now for regular exercise and getting off these meds!!

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Nutrition Session

Today was my first nutrition counseling. This one was a group session.  Before that though, I attended my first bariatric support group meeting.  This was a small turn-out with only 4 of us attending.  It was nice though.  It was a nice opportunity for all of us to just talk and tell our stories.

The nutrition counseling was very informative.  As with all nutritionists, she tried to convince us that nutrition was the way to go and not surgery.  They’re not supposed to try to talk us out of the surgery, but this was really borderline.  In fact, it almost crossed the line!!

They want us to start the nutrition portion of the surgery right away.  They said that we need to get used to the amount of food we can intake, the size of the portions, and other things related to the surgery.  We also have intake as much protein as possible.  Some of us need to get with our doctors and check on getting our meds in liquid form.  Otherwise, I’m going to have to grind up all of my meds!!  Not what I call fun. 

I was surprised they wanted us on 1200 calorie diets.  That just doesn’t seem like much at all to me.  I mean, I don’t each much now and that’s hardly anything and it has to be tiny portions throughout the day.  Tons of water, so we don’t dehydrate.  That’s a must now with my diabetes, but more with the surgery. 

The liquid diet pre-surgery and post-surgery won’t be as bad as I thought.  The clear liquid diet will be horrible for the week of the surgery!!  However, they have yogurt, popsicles, jello, and other things like that on the liquid diet.  Then it’s on to a puree diet.  They said if it can be sucked up a straw, we can attempt to eat it.  Doesn’t sound appetizing!!  HAHA  They said the most important thing is that things we loved to eat before, we might not any longer be able to eat.  We might even find out there’s new things for us to eat.  I don’t see that, but I sure hope I don’t lose my taste for steak.  I don’t care if it’s 2 whole tiny bites….I love my beef!!

All in all, I’d say it was a good day.  I got quite a bit of useful information.  I found out there was several things available on post for the fitness and personal trainers.  I’m not that far yet, but with the nutrition tips, I will be soon!!



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Foto Finish: Things That Are Hot

Foto Finish

Today, the theme for Foto Finish is “things that are hot”.  This instantly lead me to think of this hot OK sun that we’ve had this summer.  We’re over 40+ days now of 100+ degree days.  Then, I realized that was just too easy!!

I’ve decided to go with a photo of my pico de gallo.  I made my own homemade for the first time a few weeks ago.  I’d always bought it and was happy with that.  I decided it was time to branch out on my own!!  It turned out so delicious.  I’m determined to keep some in the refrigerator at all times because it makes such a tasty addition to so many dishes.

So why have I gone with this as my “things that are hot”??  Well, if you’ve ever tasted pico, you know that it can be mighty hot.  If you leave the seeds in the jalapenos, it can definitely set your mouth on fire!!

Here’s my Foto Finish  (click to enlarge)….

Do you have any photos of “things that are hot” ??   If you do, just post your photos and click the button above to join in on Foto Finish !!

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In the Crockpot: Chicken in Sour Cream Sauce

I know it’s been forever since I posted a crockpot recipe.  However, I made something Wednesday night that was to die for!!  In the crockpot, I had Chicken in Sour Cream Sauce.  This recipe originally came from More Slow Cooker Classics by Taste of Home.  However, I had to tweak it my way.

And, here it is (loaded up with mushrooms)….

Here’s MY version of the recipe….

1 1/2 teaspoons salt            1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon paprika            1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning

4 boneless chicken breasts            1 cup (8 0z.) sour cream

1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted

parsley, lemon-pepper seasoning, and paprika to taste

1/2 cup chicken broth            2 cans (small) mushroom pieces

In a small bowl, combine the first 4 ingredient; rub over chicken.  Place in crockpot.  In a large bowl combine the soup, sour cream, chicken broth, and seasonings; stir in mushrooms.  Pour over chicken.

Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Cook rice or egg noodles (what I used) on the stove.  Place rice or noodles on plate and over with chicken and sauce.


I promise you that you won’t be disappointed with this one!!  The chicken is so tender and loaded with flavor.  I chose to season the mixture with the same seasonings as the chicken to carry the flavor through the dish, but it didn’t take much seasoning at all.  I hope that you and your family enjoy this as much as we did!!

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