Tuesday, July 31, 2012

What I am Loving Right Now

Hello. Hello. Hello.

I have a daily goal of getting in between 40 and 70g. of protein.

To find things high in protein and not horrendous in calories or size can be difficult unless you know where to look.

I have liked Chobani Greek yogurt for sometime now but did not realize the protein punch it carries! Fifteen grams of fiber in this package! That for me is awesome!

Click! Oh how I love thee! Even though I can only have decaf for now, I still enjoy each and every last drop and with 15grams in 2 scoops it makes it that much sweeter for me!

Now there is…TUNA!! MMMMM. I looked forward so much to having tuna salad again and I do have it almost everyday! It IS that good. I add Kraft low-fat mayo or Newman’s pineapple salsa to it. Either way it is delish! Sixteen grams of protein goodness here.

Oh and PB2! Yowsers! I add this to a chocolate protein shake and it is just like a PB cup in a jar!!! MMMM

I love peanut butter BUT it is high in fat. Now as an occasional treat I use this. Though low in fat it does only have 5 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons so it is not a protein powerhouse BUT it is a great addition to a protein shake for not too much added calories or fat.

My numbers from yesterday are…

82g. protein!

96oz  water!

Pretty good if I say so myself!

Tell me …what are some things YOU are loving right now?

Until next time…


Monday, July 30, 2012

The Fog

Good morning!

It is a great morning.

I began my morning walking today. It was VERY foggy...

But it felt great.

This past weekend we took the kids to see...

The latest Ice Age movie. They had a good time, enjoyed the movie. They had some friends meet us there. I, however, had another learning experience.

I. Must. Chew. My. Food. Well!

Yep, right in the theatre I lost my lunch. Thankfully I eat like 1/3 of a cup of food AND my husband finished his drink or it could have been a lot worse. No one knew it happened, except hubs because I needed his cup.

So another lesson learned here along my journey. Eat slow. Chew well!

Yes we...I...was told this, but until you...I...go through this it did not sink in completely...with me. Actually both times I thought I WAS eating slow enough AND chewing enough.

After the movie I decided I needed to walk. I asked hubs to go meet me at the footbridge...That's actually where I walked this morning...because I wanted to walk to the water, along Front St. and to the footbridge. It was a nice walk, about a mile. I proud of myself.

I am wanting and needing to get more active and know I still have limitations. I can't lift over 10 pounds still. I'm not a fan of walking, find it on the boring side, but am looking for places that I may enjoy walking.

I'd like to eventually get back into a gym too. Just not sure when that will happen. Until then I'm looking for home workouts I can do and am open for suggestions and ideas. I've got to keep it new or I get bored. I know I'm difficult. But that's me. Take it or leave it.

Been doing fairly good with protein and water.

Yesterday's numbers were:

64oz. Water

60g. Protein

I FINALLY took my measurements this morning and left the measuring tape in my bathroom next to the scale. This way I will remember to do that regularly as well.

Do you find it beneficial to measure along with weighing yourself?

Thank you to all of you for following my journey. It helps having others along the way.

Until next time...


Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Hi everyone.

Hope you are all doing well.

So I'm a bit on the frustrated side this morning. I got on the scale. It has NOT moved. What's the deal?!

I'm not just frustrated, but mad and irritated and a bit scared. I mean I am only approaching 3 weeks since surgery so is this normal? Or am I already hitting a point where my body is saying "um nope no more losing, you are done". It can't be. I can't be done. I'm sooooo far from where I need to be.


Ok rant over.

What did the numbers look like yesterday?

58g. Protein
64oz. Water
Those numbers look good at least.

I'm going to email my dietician today and get her input. Just need to check and make sure I'm doing what I should be. Make sure my numbers are where they should be.

Thank you for listening to me gripe this morning. I really needed to vent. You are great and I appreciate your continued support and encouragement. It really helps... A lot!

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Hey everyone.

Oh I learned a hard lesson yesterday.

I. Need. To. Eat.


At dinner I was in a hurry and the kids were clamoring as kids will do and I ate way to quick. The results were not pretty and I'm still feeling it a bit today.
I do not ever want to feel that way again. Ever. It was painful and my body quickly let me know I had done something very wrong.

How did my numbers turn out?
54g. Protein
56oz. Water

I think I actually had more water than that but forgot to track it so I will go with what I tracked.

Food was pretty similar to the day before.

Still working on getting my steps up. I find some days are good, others I am more tired. Today is a day where I am feeling really tired.

Short and sweet today.

Thank you for stopping by and supporting me during this journey. I really really appreciate it and all of you.

Until next time...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

It’s Celtic….Boogie Woogie

Howdy!! What a beautiful weekend we have had!!


It has been an amazing weekend. The weather could not have been more perfect to go to a festival. I'll share pics soon.

I did overdue it a bit yesterday though and paid for it last night. I was so not feeling well. I learned from it and paced myself when we returned to the festival today.

Yesterday's numbers look like this:

50 g. Protein
56 oz. water

I definitely did not drink enough water yesterday with all the walking we did so I know that was a contributor to me not feeling all that great. Lesson learned.

How did the meals go?


1/2 small banana and 2 T. natural peanut butter.


High protein egg salad, carrots and a viactiv chew.


A Boca burger, beets, carrots and a viactiv chew.

It's time I boost my steps so I am trying to remember to add my steps each day and I will add that to my numbers daily as well.

A beautiful end to a perfect weekend.

Thank you for stopping by. You are the best!

Until next time...

Saturday, July 21, 2012


Ah the weekend is here! Good morning!!

It's a bad hair day here. Oh well. :-) Moving on.

Right into yesterday's numbers:

56oz. Water
63g. Protein

Wow. For some reason I thought I was a lot lower there with protein. Awesome.

Here is what I ate...

A scrambled egg with a tablespoon of shredded cheese and 2T. fruit cocktail.

Part of my morning fluids(but not counted in water number) I had a decaf Click Mocha. Mmmm.

Iced of course.


1 oz. ham and 1oz. swiss rolled with beets.


Boca burger with swiss, carrots and beets. My viactiv chew for "dessert".

Relearning hunger/thirsty/full cues is pretty interesting. My eyes definitely betray me. To look at my plate I think I can eat that and more. I can't. This is pretty hard, but I'm working on listening more to what my body is telling me.

I was also given green light to get my buttay out there and walk. Soooo that is my plan. To walk, walk and walk some more!

You guys are the best. I appreciate all the support. Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time...

Friday, July 20, 2012

First Transition

Happy Friday morning!!

Ahh the taste of food is sooo good. I enjoyed tuna salad for lunch and lobster for dinner along with carrots, applesauce and beets. My taste buds are thanking me!!

Let's get right into numbers:

42oz. Water
42g. Protein
Hmm that is weird. Same number for both. Ok do was a little down with both numbers yesterday but I'm ok with that. I'm transitioning over to food.

This weekend, actually beginning tonight, we have a local celebration...The Celtic Festival. There is a 5K associated with it and I'm making it a goal to race it next year. This year I'm though I'm going to walk around it and enjoy the going ons withy kiddos and hubs. My daughter says she's looking forward to some fried dough. Me? Nope. I'm looking forward to the music and seeing the sights.

This transition has been going really well and I'm so thankful for that. I'm also thankful for the support and encouragement from everyone. It feels good. Thank you.

Until next time...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

2 Weeks Post Op WLS

I am officially 2 weeks out from surgery with Dr. Toder at EMMC.

Had my 2 week follow appointments with my dietician and surgeon today.

Thanks for your support and encouragement! You guys are just awesome!

Until next time…


Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Good afternoon all.

Been busy this morning. I am love being busy too. Before I used to dread it. Not anymore. In fact the busier the better!

Another thing I am noticing too is I used to DREAD having to go back upstairs for anything. Mainly because my knees hurt sooooooo bad. I am finding my knees do not hurt hardly at all in its getting much easier to take those stairs. A definite NONscale victory for me!!

You know there are so many ways to lose weight. Count calories or carbs, go to a facility such as Nutri System, there is Weight Watchers and the list goes on and on. On that ginormous list is also weight loss surgery.

I have tried soooo many of ways. I have lost. I have plateaued. I have gained. I have lost again. I have tried too many years and I am not getting any younger.

I looked into bariatric surgery very skeptical. I went in with the intent this was NOT going to be for me. It's funny how we THINK we know about something...until we actually begin to research it.

Research I did!! A lot of it.

I asked questions.

I attended weight loss support meetings where they shared very candidly the good, bad and ugly.

I learned a lot.

I saw amazing transformations.

I heard some REALLY scary stories of complications.

I only heard 1 person state they regretted the surgery...she was 1week post-op.

I guess what I'm trying to say is if losing weight were as easy as just eating less, well the weight loss industry would not be multi-billion dollar industry.

I truly admire anyone that looses matter how they do it because there is truly no easy way to do it. It's hard work. And yes even having weight loss surgery is hard. It certainly is NOT the easy way out. It's a tool and we can choose to use it or abuse it just like any other tool.

We are all in this together and really shouldn't we just try to encourage each other? No matter how we have decided to go about our journeys. After all it is a personal decision and what might be the right choice for one person will not be for another. Only we can make that decision for ourselves.

Thanks for reading and encouraging me. I appreciate each and everyone of you.
Until next time...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Taking It In Stride


It's so foggy today. But at least the temperature is cooled a bit. For that I'm thankful.

Taking things in stride. The bumps as they come. All is well in my recovery, it's life right now with the whole rental situation, dealing with my 17 almost 18 year old and him spreading his wings and wanting to do more with my kids all around and being penned in a bit. All this will work itself out. I know it will. Thus taking things in stride.

I got the go ahead to add PB2 or 2in. banana to my protein shakes to give me just a little more variety as I await the transition to chewing food. :-)

So with that bit if addition I made myself a awesome tasting shake.

4 oz. almond milk plus

2T PB2

1 scoop Unjury chocolate splendor

I whirled it all in my vitamix adding a few pieces of ice and viola!! A PB cup shake!!!!!

Next up will be a banana concoction. Just enough variety to hold me over until Thursday!!!

Yesterday's numbers:

52oz. Water
54g. Protein
I'm really happy with how I'm doing.

Thank you for following along and all your continued support and cheering on. I appreciate it more than you could ever imagine.

Until next time...

Monday, July 16, 2012


Good morning!!

We have a flea problem!!! Uuggghh all of a sudden. We have had cats for 3 years and have never had any issues with them. Our cats are indoor cats, never go outside. I cannot tell you how frustrated I am about this.


Things in the recovery area are...well doing great! No different, thankfully. Counting my days until Thursday when I see my dietician though. :-)

Intake yesterday was...

64oz. Water

51g. Protein

So I'd say I'm doing really well and I am very thankful for that.

Until next time...

Sunday, July 15, 2012


Good afternoon friends!

Busy morning around here as usual. But that's good because that means we are doing what we should.

Things are going well other than I'm really really getting tired of just drinking shakes. I'm am so ready to taste food again. It's a little weird because I'm not hungry, I'm just wanting new tastes and to chew something.

I hope I NEVER have to do this part ever again. The whole shakes only thing for any reason at all.

I told my husband on Thursday when we go see my dietician that I'm bringing my lunch. I'll bring a shake too just to be on the safe side but I'm making tuna and brining it and applesauce with me! I seriously want to eat!! :-)

Yesterday's numbers look like this...

64oz. Water

78g. Protein

Doing pretty good there. Getting it down, no nausea. I am feeling more awake. Which I'm really happy about. I'm also beginning to feel a lot more energetic, not where I'd like to be but definitely better than I was.

I'm so happy how things are progressing and that they are doing so relatively quick. It makes me excited about what lies ahead.

Thanks for stopping by I really do appreciate it.
Until next time...

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Chew Chew Chew

Its a great day!

So it was a LONG day yesterday. After my doctors appointment the kiddos and I went to Wal-mart to pick up a few things before heading home. It was a nice day though. Hot but that's ok. After all it is summer and I plan on enjoying it as long as I can. Just wish I could go swimming. Soon though.

The bottom line with my surgeons appointment is it is pooled Blood from surgery that's just making its way to the surface. Whew. So glad.

This morning the kids have been running being kids. We have a home to go and look at today BUT it's in a different school district and I'm just not sure I want to change the kids schools. We'll see.

Talking with my surgeon also reassured me that it is awesome that I'm getting all my fluids and protein in. I know I'm crazy to worthy about it.

Nothing else new to report. Although, I DO so look forward to seeing my dietician Thursday. I want to CHEW!

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Until next time...

Friday, July 13, 2012

A Surgeon I Will Go

A fantastic day to you all.

Today I am going to see my surgeon. I've got some red markings around my belly button that are not going away but getting bigger.

I'm sure I'm overreacting and it's just bruising showing up but I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Yesterday I had a bit of a headache all day. I am pretty certain I was not dehydrated but probably not hydrated enough. So today I started out with 16 oz. of water then I'll have my shake breakfast.

My intake yesterday was not bad at all.

40oz. Water

71g. Protein

I was shocked to see all the protein I got in just between 3 shakes.

Other than this mysterious redness another positive day in the life of being a post-op.

I'll update after I get home as to what Dr. Toder has to say.

Thanks so much for following me in this journey. I appreciate each and everyone of you.

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Six Days Already?

Hello world.

I am relaxing. I promise. It's driving me a bit crazy though. I hate feeling lazy and not accomplishing anything.

I have my water.

I'm sipping away.

I have my phone AKA bell...intercom.

That way I can get my children's attention if need be.

I have my laptop.

To keep my mind busy.

Yesterday was not bad. I rested. I walked a bit. I sipped all day.

54oz. of water

60g. of protein

Oh yes!!

Had a follow up call from my nurse and I had been concerned I was getting all my protein in. I mean I have heard and read about so many that cannot. She told me not to worry that it is awesome that I can. Whew!

Crazy right. Worried because I can get my protein AND fluids in.

So I'm happy to report at 6 days post-op I'm doing GREAT!!

Tomorrow I'll be doing a video review/update at a week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing my journey. I love the company.

Until next time...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Little Over the Edge

Good late morning all.

I'm still in bed this morning though have been up to take a shower have my breakfast and have begun sipping my water.

After yesterday's bit of a fiasco with my kiddies all deciding they were going to fight amongst each other not allowing Mom to rest I laid down the law!

Mom MUST be at the top of her priority list to heal. This means you need to work harder at getting along AND stepping up with the chores.

Dad is now on board and the kids will do their best I know.

Emotions here are high as we just found out(while I was in the hospital) our rent in increasing by 25% beginning in September AND in the same notice we received a bill for our portion of the heat for the last 10 months. Would have been great had they billed us monthly as I have no clue what we are going to do about this.

So with this news the kids are upset because we are looking to move. We have been good tenants always paying our rent on time, never complaining when things are not done right... Like our lawn that has not been really adequately done in almost 2 years. We follow up behind them and weed whack. The lawn is included in our rent. So see what not complaining gets us? Do I sound a bit sarcastic??! You bet I am. I am working through it.

So we can't afford the increase. We can't exactly afford to move. This is why emotions are higher than normal.

Ok rant over. I know something will come along.

Back to how I am doing.

I was able to get 48 oz. of water and 46g. of protein in yesterday. Not having to much if an issue there thankfully!!

My daughters cat Mimi has decided to join me in my relaxation...

Of course it seems like she's ALWAYS relaxing!!

Thanks for stopping by and hope your day goes well.

Until next time...

Monday, July 9, 2012

A New Week

Well hello there.

So here we are at a new week.

Yesterday I was able to get in 43g. of protein and 52 oz. of water!!

Today I'm working on my first 16 oz. of water.

For todays concoction I mixed  protein....With 4 oz. of Ocean Spray Cranberry Pomegranate juice.

It was pretty tasty.

No real hunger pain but the head hunger is creeping up on me a little.

I am pretty tired.

I get up to do a little something and I get totally wiped out. I guess that is to be expected though.

My incisions are healing nicely, though the bruising looks horrible. That too will be gone before long.

I've not stepped on the scale and do not plan on it until my 2 week follow up on the 19th. Then we shall see how we are doing.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Going Home

Good morning!!!


I am getting ready to go home today. Dr. Toder said I can advance to phase 2! That is the liquid protein diet I had been on the 2 weeks prior to surgery. Big difference this time around though. That hunger hormone ghrelin is not present so it's just the head hunger I will have to fight with.


So I am sip, sip, sipping. Waiting to be discharged.

And still walking…


Onto the next day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time...


Friday, July 6, 2012


Good morning folks.

All went well with my surgery and I made it through my first day. No food or water for me all day. That was the worst having a parched mouth. Don't worry I did not get dehydrated because I have this...


Hooked up pumping me full of fluids!!!

And I get this…


I got up and was able to walk and walk and walk!

Today I have progressed to one of these...


Every hour. It's still progress right? Absolutely.

I do not have to much pain, mostly gas that I have not yet been able to get rid of. Burping a little but that's about it.

Tomorrow I get to advance to the liquid protein diet I was on the past two weeks.

So all in all I feel pretty good and look forward to each stage progression.

I just have to say before I go, the care here at EMMC has been awesome! The staff is top notch and are right on top of everything.

Thanks for stopping by!!

Until next time...


Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Final Countdown

Yes this is what is currently going through my head. I grew up when Europe was on the radio and this song has been running through my head.

I am now in the final stretch and emotions are going a bit crazy. I have had a slip up each day for the past 2 and I reached out to some online weight loss surgery support groups and they were a great help. Some ideas to cope with this head hunger that is driving me nuts.

So as the day comes to an end and a new week begins tomorrow I am ready to get this show on the road in a manner of speaking.

I think I have all I will need for my stay at the hospital…my other-in-law will be here for our kids so Kevin can be with me at the hospital during surgery and recovery in the hospital.

I am ready to just get through this next week…month to start moving on to working on my goals and getting this weight off and become the more active Mom I know I will be.

Sip sip sip

Until next time…