As of Now…

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Theresa

Water August 31, 2008

Filed under: Food,Just Me spillin' my guts — lookingforward73 @ 9:28 pm

I know it’s HUGE. But I love this. I took this photo last week while Tim and I went for a 4 mile walk around Boise’s greenbelt. It is so beautiful there. I try to get at least 3 bottles like this in every day.


Today – august 28th August 29, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — lookingforward73 @ 2:02 am

I made my 10,000 steps!! I want to see how many days in a row I can get my pedometer to read 10,000. Maybe more movement will equal more weight loss?? no? what a concept! Ya man, this is WORK. I kind of feel cheated in a way. Maybe since I am considered more of a ‘lightweight’ my body is reacting more like I’m 6 months to a year out from surgery. I have hunger, I have head hunger, my weight loss has slowed. But if I had more weight to lose, then I’m sure it would still be coming off faster. I am about 40 lbs to my goal of 145. My more immediate goal is 175 by the second week of october when I go back to see my surgeon. That’s what he told me to be at. He also told me not to eat more than three times a day. That never happened. That just doesn’t work well for me. This is what I had today –

Coffee with ff milk, ff creamer and 1/2 scoop protein powder
one of my carrot cake bars (recipe here)
2 protein cookies with a tsp of peanut butter mashed inbetween and some watermelon
protein shake with ff milk, scoop of protein, 1 tblspn sf/ff pudding mix and a dash of sf peppermint syrup
spaghetti sauce made with chicken over ricotta cheese and salad

I’ll probably make some hot tea later and hopefully avoid any snacking… well maybe a peach or nectarine. Those damn fruits just call my name…..! Here’s to seeing a number lower than 187 tomorrow morning!

Here’s me and my honey a few weeks ago. Has nothing to do with the above, except that I love him so much and we are together through thick and thin!!


Protein pudding with a surprise guest August 25, 2008

Filed under: Recipes — lookingforward73 @ 11:19 pm

Our garden is still producing lots of yellow squash. So I decided to add some puree to my protein pudding! I also had some bananas that were turning a bit dark. So I pureed two bananas and enough yellow squash to give me about a cup of puree. I added a box of sugar free fat free banana cream pudding mix, two scoops of vanilla protein powder, one cup of fat free milk and a splash of coconut extract. Mixed that up real good, divided it into dessert cups and added chopped walnuts and shredded coconut (no sugar added coconut). These lovelies are chilling in the fridge and I’ll be indulging in one tonight!


Menu Plan Monday

Filed under: Food — lookingforward73 @ 7:56 pm

I thought this sounded like fun and a good way to plan my week of dinners. This menu is all planned with what I have on hand and in the freezer right now. I’ll probably shop mid week for fruit and veggies and what not, but I wanted to plan dinners for this week without depending on a shopping trip.

Monday – Ginger glazed mahi mahi, fresh green beans sauteed in garlic, baby roma tomatoes from our garden, instant mashed potatoes (for everyone but me)

Tuesday – Tuna casserole for them, tuna something for me (not sure yet, but I’m not doing pasta. Maybe I’ll make a version with yellow squash from our garden)

Wednesday – Ground beef soft corn tortilla tacos, mexican rice, black beans (ground beef and black beans for me)

Thursday – Baked eggplant parmesan and green salad (assuming I’ll get to the store for fresh greens) otherwise it’ll be squash and such from the garden

Friday – Spinach feta turkey burgers -no buns and some sort of side, maybe watermelon and corn? (again assuming I get to the store)


Pumpkin Spice protein cookies August 20, 2008

Filed under: Food,Recipes — lookingforward73 @ 3:41 am

I had an urge to bake tonight. Something high in protein, very low in sugar and no white flour. Oh, and it has to taste good too. I found a recipe on that looked good, but it had splenda as an ingredient. I am not totally anti-splenda. I do drink crystal light, some diet teas, sugar free torani syrups and an occasional packet in some hot tea. I draw the line though at purchasing big bags of it to bake with. I would actually like to cut it out all together, but still like and indulge in some sweet stuff with splenda. I’m going for a more natural, healthful whole way of eating. Instead I used agave nectar. Very sweet and very low on the GI. I also am using wheat products very sparingly right now. But I absolutely did not want white flour so I use some whole wheat flour. The soy flour is ok, but I think that when my bag is gone I won’t be getting it again. I just don’t really care for the taste of it. It is high in protein, but I can get that from other sources too. I used Body Fortress brand vanilla protein powder. I get it at walmart for 12 bucks for a big jug. It’s not so great in shakes, but it’s good to put in other stuff. So I took a decent looking recipe and altered it to fit my wants and likes.

1 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup oats ground into flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup soy flour
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tblspn flax meal
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 egg whites
1 whole egg
1/4 cup agave nectar
1 tblspn molasses
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Beat the eggs into the pumpkin and add the agave and molasses. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with the walnuts. I used a cookie scoop to make 31 even cookies. After you get the balls on the sheet, I would smash them down with a fork. Bake for about 6-7 minutes at 350.

They are pretty darn good would make a great on the go high protein snack. And look at these nutritional stats! I think my goal was accomplished.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per cookie:
Calories 71.5
Total Fat 3.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.2 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 64.3 mg
Sodium 25.7 mg
Potassium 89.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 5.9 g
Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
Sugars 0.8 g
Protein 5.6 g


Sunday August 18, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — lookingforward73 @ 4:26 am

I couldn’t leave that last picture on top for any longer. So here’s me yesterday floating the river. It was a blast. Tim wanted suggested a dinner out for our anniversary. But restaurant dining is not really fun for me anymore. Since I can’t really eat a restaurant amount. So I suggested we take the family floating on the river instead. I love my RNY! 😉


This was Six years ago. August 16, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — lookingforward73 @ 5:19 pm

I don’t know how much I weighed, since I wasn’t using a scale at the time. But I think I must have swallowed an umpaloompa. EhGads!!!