Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fish in the Pan

We had our first taste of winter today…even though winter is not officially here. The snow is beautiful in its own way though and I can take it as long as I can stay warm. And warm I did stay…indoors…knitting, baking and spending time with my family.

I have really been feeling anxious these past few days and the thought of not wanting to have the surgery keeps flooding my mind. I know…for me…it is probably the best decision. I know even if I lose 50 pounds prior to surgery I still need to go through with it to help me get to a healthy weight, it is just this waiting game here, plying mind trips with me.

For those who have had surgery, did you go through this too?

It’s really driving me a bit nutzo.

ok, so onto other matters. I grew up in the south and fried catfish was one of my faves. Now I have not had it in YEARS! A few weeks ago though at my local Walgreens, yes Walgreens, I found bags of them for $1.49!! 4 fillets to a bag, plain, for just $1.49!! Tonight I made them…only not fried but rather oven “fried” so they were a bit healthier, but the taste was not hindered in anyway at all.

Wanna know how I made them? Of course you do!

I poured about 1/2c skim milk into a shallow bowl.

Then in another bowl I poured in:

  •  1 c. Corn Meal
  • 1T Paprika
  • 2t. Onion Powder
  • 2t. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2t Chipotle Powder
  • 1/2t. Sea Salt .

I preheated my oven to 425 and lined a Baking Sheet with aluminum foil that I sprayed with cooking spray.

Each fillet was dipped in the milk, dredged in the cornmeal and placed on the baking sheet then sprayed with cooking spray.

They are cooked in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.

Then enjoy!!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

Taco Soup


  • 2-15oz cans pinto beans, drained/rinsed
  • 15oz can black beans, drained/rinsed
  • 15oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3/4c shredded carrots
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2c mushrooms, chopped
  • 4c veggie broth
  • 4c water
  • 1T chili powder
  • 1T cumin
  • 1t smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2c dry pasta
  • 4c fresh spinach
  • 1c nutritional yeast

Add first 13 ingredients to 6qt crock pot. Cook on low for 9 hours.

Add spinach and yeast to crockpot at end and mix well.
Garnish with chips and vegan cheese if desired. (not in NI)  

Makes 16/1c servings

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 112
  • Total Fat: .8g
  • Total Carbs: 22g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 2g 
  • Protein: 7g


Friday, October 14, 2011

Surgeon Visit

Hi everyone. Today was my first visit with my surgeon, Dr. Toder and it went...

Well you'll have to watch my video to see!!

Have a great day!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Vegan Stuffed Peppers


  • 6 bell peppers, large
  • 1c tomato sauce
  • 1-15oz can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1c corn
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2c cooked brown rice
  • 3/4c shredded carrots
  • 1c diced mushrooms
  • 1t cumin
  • 1/2t smoked paprika
  • 1t ground coriander
  • 1c nutritional yeast

1.Cut tops off each pepper reserving the tops. Remove the seeds and membranes from each pepper.

2.In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients plus the usable parts of the pepper tops diced. mix well.

3.Fill each Pepper with stuffing mixture.

4.Pour about 1/2c water into crock pot. Arrange peppers in crock pot.

5.Cook on high for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high.
Serve with cornbread and coleslaw if desired. ( not in NI).

6 Servings… 1 Pepper each

    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 247.2
    • Total Fat: 1.8g 
    • Total Carbs: 49g
    • Dietary Fiber: 13g
    • Sugar: 8g 
    • Protein: 13.2g

    This was a first try making stuffed peppers and I really liked them quite a bit. I will probably tweak the spices a bit more and will update when I do.

    If you try this, please come back and let me know what you thought and should you tweak it, let me know what you do as well.

    Until next time...


  • Monday, October 10, 2011

    Pretty Random

    It was an awesome weekend and continues today as the kids are off school and Hubs is off to work.

    Things here are still pretty tight money wise as we are STILL fighting Hubs short term disability claim from back in May and June!! Ugh insurance companies, how they twist things so to find any reason not to pay!

    Anyway I'm frugal by nature, hate paying full price for anything if I can help it. I just read "Personal Money Saving Strategies" from my good friend Sonja and loved it. She has some great strategies for saving money.

    Some other things I do is I try to shop at Sav-A-Lot at least once a month and stock up on can goods and the occasional brand name items they have great deals on coupled with coupons I have.

    I've also learned to shop and meal plan according to what's on sale that week. I only buy my spices in bulk at my local Coop store. I buy clothes, shoes, household items out of season(think 50% or better off).

    My trip to the mall this past Friday reminded me of that. When we lived in SC we had regular trips to the mall to do just that. My kids always had good clothes and shoes that I only paid from under a $1 to no more than $3!! Since living in rural Maine we do not get to the mall hardly at all. I'm going to try and change that, buying out of season for them and then supplement what else we need from GW Boutique (AKA Good Will).

    This Friday I am finally meeting with Dr. Toder, my surgeon, and I'm really apprehensive about it. I've also just realized I'm going to be going alone as it's an early appointment and my youngest will not be on his way to school. So even though Hubs scheduled himself off from work he will need to be here so Robbie will not be alone and get on the bus. UGH! Time to rethink. I will be sure to record it with my iPod so I can review what she says as well as to allow Kevin to hear it as well.

    I'm feeling excited, scared, nervous, anxious!! Seriously overwhelmed. I'm seeing a friend of mine melt away. She had surgery back in August, the 29th I believe and has lost 57 pounds already!! She lost 20 I think prior to surgery, but still 37 pounds in 6 weeks!! Holy cow!!

    How was your weekend? Do anything exciting?


    Saturday, October 8, 2011

    Friday Night & the Kidlets

    I decided I was going to the surgical weight loss support group, despite having the kids. I had emailed Lynn and asked if it would be ok, she just suggested Robbie might not be there only because topics are not censored and that makes total sense to me. So Austin joined me as my support person and Kaitlynn waited in the lobby with Robbie.  They were great and I really appreciated it.

    Before the meeting though I decided to take the kids shopping for Sears. I really liked the customer service there and the prices were surprisingly very good. Let's put it this way. I spent no more than I would have at Wal-mart and got way better quality for my money.

    Robbie was very pleased with his choice. Cars light up sneakers . He liked them so much he actually put them on in the shoe department as soon as I paid for them.

    Kaitlynn was not finding anything. She was disappointed. I was too, I really wanted the kids to get some good sneakers. They were in great need of them.

    Then at the last minute as Robbie was putting his shoes on she found some! Yes! They were perfect for her and at an awesome price too.


    Austin had initially went with us to get some running shoes, he has however put running aside for a bit and decided he wanted to get some clothes more his he did.

    I liked what he got. The best part is HE feels good about it. Self confidence and spunk in your step is such a good thing.

    I really enjoyed the whole day with my kids. It was great to feel I was in the moment with them.  It has been such s long time since I have felt this way. To let the stresses go.

    Even though money was spent that really should not have been, the kids needed sneakers and Austin paid for his own, it helped relieve some stress at the same time. We walked around the mall, kids goofing trying on hats and such, laughing and enjoying each other as well.

    Laughter is such a healing tool and after the long hard summer with depression we really needed that.

    I look forward to more days like today. Makes all the stresses melt away and really brings home what is portent in life. People...not things.


    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    Six Pounds

    After such an early start to my day I am really tired. BUT I had a great appointment with my dietician.

    I lost another 6 pounds this past month, crazy since my scale did not show it but that could mean it's time to change the batteries.

    Nonetheless I was thrilled with that. Lacey was really happy too especially after she found out I was hitting the gym hard, building muscle. I had measured myself a little less than a month ago and then this morning before I left. I have also lost 7 1/2 inches from my neck, chest, waist, arm, hips and thigh.

    That is progress and I am so happy to see it. Now to see if it is enough in Dr. Toder's "book". That we shall see next Friday.

    With regards to my pumpkin soup...

    I need to tweak it a bit more. The flavor was good, but I was not happy with the texture of it. It was too "soupy". I like it a bit thicker than soup consistency so we shall see.

    Back to my appointment today. I was supposed to hive up straws... I did. I was supposed to increase my exercise... I did. I was supposed to meal plan and make better choices... I did.

    I'm still taking my vitamins in the morning and my calcium with lunch and dinner, eating slow...taking 30 minutes to eat a meal, no liquids with meals, no carbonated beverages, no alcohol and listening to my internal hunger cues.

    Moving forward for sure. I also found out I can have no sugar added fudgesickles!!! Oh this was so awesome nugget of news. Something to have as a treat now and again. Woo hoo.

    So that is that.

    One last going I made an Asian peanut butter chicken last night that the family absolutely raved about. I, however, did not have any as the caloric content was a bit much for me. I will however share it for this without a need to watch their calorie intake. It had healthy ingredients do was pleased to serve it to my family and will happily serve it again.

    Be looking for it coming soon.

    Until next time...


    Can You Smell It?

    Good morning.

    Boy it cooled off here quite a bit yesterday and this morning I actually had to put the heat on. It was FREEZING in here.

    Oh and did I mention I woke at 3?

    Yes that is 3AM!

    I have not woken this early in a long time. Not crazy about it either because then I am dragging badly in the afternoon. As a matter of fact I've not had an early morning like this since stopping caffeine, so not entirely sure how this day will go. Having to drive an hour away for my dietician appointment, going alone concerns me a wee bit. My oldest does not go into work until 5 and I asked last night if he wanted to go with me. To my surprise he said he wanted to stay home and finish his schoolwork.

    Surprised AND happy to hear it, do not want to try to change his mind either so we shall see as the morning progresses.

    It is nice though in one aspect of being up this early and that is I can actually be alone with my thoughts. It's been a long time since I've been able to enjoy a cup of coffee in quiet and just listen to my surroundings and think.

    I've also already got dinner on. I love fall.

    Did you know that?

    Mmm all the smells.

    Speaking of smells and back to dinner. I'm making pumpkin soup. Oh how I truly love pumpkin!

    Pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cake, pumpkin pie, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin soup!!

    I'll share the recipe after I've tested it to be sure it tastes good. It already smells amazing though.

    Being it is still early I'm off to plan my day and what else I'll do while in Bangor. Need to make the trip count you know. Gas is not cheap!!

    Hope your day is a great and prosperous One!!


    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    Black Bean & Chicken Soup

    Today has been good despite a hovering headache I have. I am currently sitting at the chiropractors office hoping an adjustment will do me good.

    I really have some great recipes I have been working on. The family has been enjoying them as well. I have as well because fall is here, you can finally feel it in the air and all of a sudden I feel so alive. I love cooking in the fall and all the smells of fall.

    Are you with me?

    Fall definitely is my favorite season and now that it's here, I'm at the gym full force, my eating is in check, I feel like I'm on top of the world!!

    I love this feeling.

    So want a recipe to give a try?

    How about...

    Black Bean and Chicken Soup

    • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
    • 2 cans(15 oz) black beans drained and rinsed
    • 1 c corn
    • 16 oz salsa
    • 1c Sliced mushrooms
    • 4c chicken bouillon
    • 1 1/2T Cumin
    • 2t paprika
    • 2T chili powder
    • 1/2c fat free sour cream

    Place all ingredients in crockpot except the sour cream and mix well.

    Cook on low 8 hours, or on high 4 hours. Use an immersion blender to thicken soup and then add sour cream.

    Serve with some chips, cheese, guacamole and sour cream on top if desired. ( not in NI)

    Nutritional Info

    • Servings Per Recipe: 12
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 122
    • Total Fat: 1.21 g
    • Total Carbs: 16.03 g
    • Dietary Fiber: 2.89 g
    • Sugar: 4.23 g 
    • Protein: 14.6 g

    If you try this please be sure to pop on back by and let me know what you thought ok? Thanks.

    Tomorrow I meet with Lacey, my dietician. I'm afraid I'm not going to show any loss on the scale so I will be sure to bring my measurements too. I'm do to measure anyway do it's good timing.

    Had a fantastic workout this morning with my son. He spiked a headache unfortunately so he was following me around as I was finishing. I selfishly love it when he does because he will push me harder than I do myself. It's hard to push and motivate yourself, at least I feel it's hard for me to push myself. I really wish I could afford a personal trainer. But that's unfortunately definitely not in the budget. So I will continue working on pushing myself harder and harder.

    Have a simply amazing day!