As of Now…

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

I *HEART* the seventies!! September 23, 2008

Filed under: Food,Recipes — lookingforward73 @ 6:39 pm

Yesterday I weighed in at 179!  woohoo!  Today I weighed in at 180.  HA!  It’s like the scale was saying – SIKE!

 

Anyway, I made a fun fall protein drink this morning.  A cup of vanilla soy milk, scoop of vanilla protein powder, 1/4 c pure pumpkin puree, a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a dash of sf carmel syrup.  Blend it up and drizzle some smuckers sf carmel sauce on the sides of a pretty glass, pour in your shake and drizzle more carmel on top and add another sprinkle of nutmeg.  Yum! and so filling.

 

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Saturday September 14, 2008

Filed under: Food,Recipes — lookingforward73 @ 2:29 am

The scale gave me a nice surprise this morning. I was 184 all week long. Today, I was 182.5 ! Wahoo!

Today’s eats:

protein coffee
Michelle’s spinach quiche (whole family LOVED it)
turkey, cheese, laughing cow rolled up in carb control tortilla (ate half) with a pickle
4 sugar free chocolate almonds
protein coffee
chicken and salad

A few days ago I made these individual quiches. They turned out yummy and reheated so well.

Mix eggs, ricotta cheese, cream, spinach, tomatoes, green onions, and some seasonings.

Divide the mixture into four little baking cups, put them in a dish and fill that half way with hot water.

Bake until firm in the middle.


 

 

70 pounds September 10, 2008

Filed under: Food,Just Me spillin' my guts — lookingforward73 @ 3:35 am

That’s how much I’ve lost since July 07. Today I weighed 184. Down from 254. I’m amazed. I’ve never been able to say that I’ve lost that much weight. Nice feeling to have since I’ve been bummed about staying the same weight.

I haven’t been very hungry the last couple of days. I have my protein coffee first thing in the morning. Then around 9-10 am I figure I’d better eat breakfast. Today it was 1/3 cup cottage cheese (I really do like cottage cheese!) topped with peaches that I diced and cooked with sf torani vanilla syrup, pecans, and cinnamon. Tastes like a peach cobbler. Then around 12:30 I made some roasted eggplant spread. I used a fajita sized mission carb balance tortilla, topped it with the eggplant spread and mozzarella cheese and toasted it. I ate a little more than half. And then I get really hungry around 3:30 – 4 pm each day! So I had the rest of my little pizza, a little protein brownie that I made last week and some Fage topped with the peaches! Funny, I can barely eat half the pizza for lunch, but then I can eat all that in the afternoon. For dinner I had a veggie and bean salad with chicken breast and a few mini rice cakes. That’s my day. When I figure it out, it seems that I’m getting about 1000 calories a day. Some might say that’s high for a 5 month post op, but I feel good at this amount. I may not be dropping weight like crazy, but at least I don’t feel like I’m going to drop dead from exhaustion or weakness. I try to concentrate on healthy, high protein foods that taste GOOD.

 

Menu Monday September 8, 2008

Filed under: Food — lookingforward73 @ 4:40 am

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Week 3 of menu planning! This week I wrote all the dinners on my refridge chalkboard. Everyone here loves looking at a weeks worth of dinners to look forward to.

Monday – pork tacos on corn tortillas, black beans, avocado (took some bone in pork chops from the freezer and cooked them in the crockpot today – tomorrow I’ll shred it and season with taco seasoning) For me – shredded pork, beans, avacado

Tuesday – tuna melts and tomato soup. For me – cold chicken breast with tomato and cucumber

Wednesday – meatloaf, real mashed potatoes, some type of veggie. For me – meatloaf and veggies

Thursday – Beef and black bean crockpot stew (I was going to make this last week, but had a change of plans)

Friday – Grilled rosemary ranch chicken, rice and veggies. For me – chicken and veggies

Here’s some garden goodness. I work really hard not to let any of it go to waste. Last week most of this stash went into a turkey chili. I’ve pureed squash to freeze, diced tomatoes to freeze, and cooked some awesome eats!

A pizza I had for lunch today. Eggface gave me the idea to use mission low carb tortillas. So I topped it with some pizza sauce, torn basil leaves, sliced tomato, turkey pepperoni and cheese. I ate 3/4 of it. YUM! This week I’m going to make some eggplant spread and that will probably end up on a pizza too.

 

questions questions September 7, 2008

Filed under: Just Me spillin' my guts — lookingforward73 @ 5:53 pm


All week I have bounced from 186.5 to 186. It’s so very frustrating!!! Especially since I have a goal to reach 175 by OCT 7 , which is only a month away! UGH. I don’t think it’s gonna happen, but I have to stay positive that it COULD happen. What to do? I don’t know. I still struggle with knowing if I’m eating the right things or not. There’s no hard and fast rules post WLS. All surgeons have their own rules. Mine doesn’t have very strict rules. Then you throw in all the differences of what other people are doing and what works for them. Then you try and figure out what works for YOU. Carbs or no carbs? Low fat or full fat? moderation eating or no no foods? decaf or full leaded? straws or no straws? 6 small meals or 3 meals? I don’t know. I feel like I’m still finding my way. Is that ok? Or should I know what I’m doing now that I’m 5 months post op and the weight loss has slowed to crawl? Will the loss pick up again? Or will it be a major struggle for each oz lost? Is this a race or a way of life? If I stop losing now will I start gaining? Does it have to be loss or gain? Or can I maintain? Why is taking care of myself such a hard job?????? LOL! oh so many questions…..

 

Garden salad September 3, 2008

Filed under: Food,Recipes — lookingforward73 @ 3:31 am

Lunch today. I LOVE tomato and cucumber salad. I went out to my garden this afternoon and picked me one giant cucumber (it was well hidden), some vine ripened tomatoes, basil, and chives. Chopped it all up, drizzled some olive oil, salt and pepper, garlic powder and balsamic vinegar and tossed it up. Course, no RNY patients meal is complete without the prerequisite protein. A few oz of chicken breast. This may look like a large amount, but the plate is actually a tea cup saucer. I’ll be sad when my garden dies out, but I’ve already started prepping and freezing with the extras. That will give me warm fuzzies all fall and winter when I cook with my garden stash.

 

Garden tomato pizza September 1, 2008

Filed under: Recipes — lookingforward73 @ 9:58 pm

I’ve always said that it isn’t really summer without homegrown deep red ripe tomatoes. So here’s an idea for a pizza of sorts. Slice a big round tomato, top with some pesto sauce, turkey pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Broil in the toaster oven or regular oven till brown and bubbly. mmmmm…… Between the pepperoni and cheese there are 11 grams of protein here.