Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Weight Loss Bucket List

Is not your typical bucket list....

Everyone says "Oh I have that on my bucket list!" but when it comes to a weight loss bucket list the items on that list are totally different.  If you've never been over weight you probably take things for granted and not even think anything about them. 

*NOTE:  As I type this Cross Canadian Ragweed's Sick and Tired is playing....appropriate...I think so...*  A couple of years ago ( I believe it was the first time I auditioned for The Biggest Loser)  I started my weight loss bucket list.  Some of the things on it probably seem silly to some but to me (and others) they are HUGE.  A few things on my particular list are things that I have done before but it's been a really, really, REALLY (like the dramatics of the last really :)  long time since I have even thought about doing them.  Hopefully this summer I will be able to cross a few things off of my list.

The List

Go to 6 flags and ride at least 1 roller coaster.-  Now I have been on a roller coaster before but it's been an extremely long time.  Let me just say it was the Judge Roy Scream.....enough said right lol.

Participate in a 5k- One of the things that by wanting to be on The Biggest Loser had made me really want to do is train and participate in a 5k.  The first one my goal is just to finish.  If I have to walk some of it so be it, but I will finish.  After the first one I might work on my time but I just want to finish and say I did it.  I hope it to be a color run :)

Possibly participate in a Mud Run- Now this will take a little training for...I think it would be so much fun doing the 5k in the mud but the thought of having to use a rope to climb a wall has me having flashes back to the 3rd grade in Miss Rex's P.E. class.....the day almost everyone dreaded lol.

No seatbelt extender-  When I arrive on an airplane not having to stop and as the flight attendent for a stupid extender will be AMAZING....

Purchase an outfit from a "regular"store-  I want to walk into a store that does not even offer plus size clothing and be able to purchase an outfit

Take a hike- literally....I want to be able to take off some afternoon and go hiking

I'm not in a hurry to mark them all off my list at once, but slowly but surly I will :)

Friday, October 19, 2012


My baby sister turned the big 30!!

My sister is the type of person that loves to be in control of situations. It's not a bad thing at all (even though we give her grief about it lol)! But we wanted to surprise her for her birthday and that took ALOT of work.

I made arrangements to have a party at her friend Gina's house while Mike got me the invite list. We decided to do an outdoor movie with a concession stand that had hot dogs, nachos, candy, etc. Angela, my mom, & I flew out on her actual birthday to be there when she got there. We helped finish getting everything together and then something I ,for one, had not planned for.....rain. Since it had rained we moved the party inside. All the guests waited on the porch out front for Cymbre to arrive. We stayed in the back so she got her big surprise :). When she got back there she was really shocked to find us! After the surprise everyone (except me lol :) had hot dogs, cake, and all the other fun stuff that we had. She opened her presents and was really shocked to see that my dad had got her a uv light & I had gotten her shellac polish so she could do her own Shellac at home. Then she was surprised by a beautiful necklace with emeralds from my mom & Craig along with a one if a kind cookbook from my mom that we waited for years for (she said we had to wait until we were 30 to receive one lol...we did our time finally :).

We spent the next 2 days hanging out and relaxing with my sister, brother in law, & the kids. It was a great getaway that I always hate coming back from, but it'll be nice to have a couple days to relax at home :)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Soup Of The Weekend Is: Tomato Basil Parmesan

I got this recipe off of Pintrest last week.  And I am so glad I did!! I made a little change by omitting 1 cup of finely diced celery and 1 cup of finely diced carrots.  I left those out since I am not able to have those.  If you choose to add it to your soup, add it with the first step.  It made exactly 12 cups so I portioned them out into 1 cup increments and put into freezer/microwaveable glad ware.  It'll be so nice on a busy day to just pull one out of the freezer and pop in the microwave.  There won't be any worrying about what I can eat in a pinch :)  Here are the nutrition facts for this:

Nutrition Facts 

Serving Size: 1 cup (yields 12 cups)

Amount per Serving 

Calories 161

Calories from Fat 80.6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8.96g
Saturated Fat 3.59g
Cholesterol 4mg
Sodium 1013.87mg
Total Carbohydrate 12g
Dietary Fiber 1.43g
Sugars 5.57g
Protein 7.3g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calories needs.

2 (14 oz) cans diced tomato's, with juice (I used the Hunts 100% natural with oregano and basil with it)
1 cup finely diced onions
1 tsp dried oregano or 1 tbsp fresh oregano
1 tbsp dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil
4 cups chicken broth
1/2 bay leaf
1/2 cup flour
1 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup butter (I used I can't believe it's not butter)
2 cups half and half, warmed (or skim milk (which is what I used) if you're trying to cut some calories)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1.  Add tomato's, chicken broth, onions, oregano, basil, and  bay leaf to a large slow cooker
2.  Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours, until flavors are blended and vegetables are soft.
3.  About 30 minutes before serving prepare a roux.  Melt butter over low heat in a skillet and add flour.  Stir constantly with a whisk for 5-7 minutes. Slowly stir in 1 cup hot soup.  Add another 3 cups and stir until smooth.  Add all back into the slow cooker.  Stir and add the Parmesan cheese, warmed milk, salt , and pepper.  Add addition basil and oregano if needed (the slow cooker does a number on spices and they get bland over time, so don't be afraid to always season to taste at the end).
4.  Cover and cook on low for another 3 minutes or so until ready to serve.

Hope you enjoy this as much as I did! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Poor Girl Cheese Soup

We all have "those" kind of recipe's :)

After I moved out of my townhouse with my sister and moved into my own apartment there were days between pay day that I just looked in my fridge & said "What can I do with this?" Lol. We've all been there! Well I came up with this recipe and I still love it to this day!

Today I really wanted something that was familiar to me so I started racking my brain as to what I could make that I could eat. I just got to add a few things to my eating & the soup popped in my head! As much as I want to move away from processed foods more than likely it will still be a part of my life a little bit. I had to alter my recipe a little bit but it tasted just the same.

Poor Girl Cheese Soup(original version)

3 Cups water
1 chicken breast
1-2 potato's
1/2 lb velveeta
Pinch of salt
1/2 tbsp black pepper

Put water into a pot & begin heating to boil. As the water is warming cube chicken breast & potato's & add to the water. Also add salt & pepper. When chicken is done and potato's are tender, cube Velveeta and add to the water with the chicken & potato's. Once the Velveeta is melted, taste to make sure you don't need any more of that or salt/pepper. Let simmer for 15 minutes and then serve :)

Now the version I made tonight is the exact same except no chicken & instead of 3 cups of water I used 2 cups of chicken broth & 1 cup of water.

It was so nice having something familiar to eat. I'm not sure I should've had the potato's but I made sure they were super soft before I ate them. This recipe is fast and great on a cold day when you're in a hurry :)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

And the magic number is......


Since September 22nd ( my last appointment before the big surgery) I have lost 31 pounds!! 1 week post surgery I have lost 13.  I am so excited!! 

I went for my 1 week follow up to have my staples out and I was kinda sad cause that was pretty much the whole appointment.  I did get to chat with the practitioner that was doing my appointment and from the sounds of things I'm doing everything right :)  I got to move to cream soups yesterday......I know...exciting right ;)?  Nan went with me to my appointment and afterwards we went to Souper Salad and I wasn't sure what exactly I wanted to eat so I got a bowl of chicken enchilada and a bowl of potato.  The chicken enchilada is the one that sounded really good to me so I tried that one first.  I took a couple of bites and oh my gosh...I started feeling nauseous.  I took a drink of my water and tried the potato.  I had a much better reaction to it and it was really good!  There were a few chunks of potato in it but I just ate around them.  This was also the first time I had been in a restaurant since September 22nd.  I did very well and I was very proud of myself. 

This weekend I plan on making some really healthy soups in my crock pot to put into containers to freeze so I can just pull them out and warm them up.  I've found a few recipe's I'm wanting to try but I may have to make a few adjustments to some of them.  I'll post pictures and recipe's when I'm finished.

The only problem that is reoccurring is about 5 pm I want to go grab something for dinner or I start thinking about different foods.  And it's not that I'm hungry at all, it's just habit I assume.  Today when I got off work (yep went back today :) I wanted to go grab something but I didn't for obvious reasons.  When I got to my house I got a Popsicle and ate it and that helped a lot.  I waited about an hour and then fixed me a tomato soup I had in the cabinet.  I know it will get easier in time and I just need to be patient.  Which I am :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Challenge: Accepted

Challenge: Won!

Today was kind of a difficult day. Not in the body healing aspect but more of in the mind healing aspect.

I've been pretty strong since the very beginning & continued to be strong through the surgery. Today was tough. I am still off work and I'm loving being able to have a couple of days to adjust, but I have got to keep busy. I was watching tv earlier this morning and started having cravings. Cravings for peanut butter. I am obsessed with peanut butter lol. I love pb by itself with a big glass of milk, pb crackers, pb milkshakes, pb & j sandwiches...I just LOVE pb! So I had gotten through that craving and have figured a way to incorporate it in my protein shakes. But then tonight my cravings moved to cheeseburgers & Italian food. If I saw one more Wendy's or Olive Garden commercial I feel like I could have turned into a binge eater. It looked so good! But luckily I had self control for the fact I could have done MAJOR damage to my stomach and all that I have worked for to have the surgery.

So when I started to feel like I really wanted one if those things I would get a water & focus on getting in my fluids for the day. That helped so much! I have always loved water by itself, but I love Crystal Light Raspberry Ice so I've been adding that in the mix as well. I also have found at my favorite grocery store HEB their version of CL but it being raspberry green tea and it is awesome! When I purchased it I only hit one box because I didn't want a bunch left over if I didn't like it. I need to go get more :)

I knew there were going to be days like this and I'm so thankful God has made me strong to resist & see the signs that I need to get up and do something to preoccupy my mind.

It's all about one day at a time and I'm so glad today is done and pray for a better tomorrow :)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Between Then and Now

It's defiantly been a ride since my last blog....

On my 1 day until surgery day was a great one.  One of my friends put together a really neat thing for me.  He had messages sent to a lot of my friends to flood my Facebook page with love.  Leaving a comment or a picture of them with the number 1.  I was overwhelmed with the response!  Another neat thing was the people that didn't even get messaged about it jumping on board :)  After working that day and all the fun pictures/posts, it was time for me to go to MAF and get on a plane and fly to Dallas.

The day of the surgery was good.  I did start to get a little nervous lol.  My mom's response to me when I said that was "Finally!".  We had to be at the hospital at 6 am and then I went through all the preop fun stuff.  I said my name, birthday, and what kind of surgery I was having probably about 30 times.  And answered the same sets of questions about the same amount.  My surgeon was running late and when they finally came to take me back that was that.  I remember them putting the fun stuff in my IV in the pre op room, once in recovery, and then waking up for a second in my room.  They gave me some great stuff! lol.  I could not stay awake that day.  I fell asleep on a lot of people that came in the talk to me lol.  I feel bad but I could not keep my eyes open.  I took so many naps that day and the next.  Finally by the 3rd day I was more awake.  I'm not sure if it was the anaesthesia or what it was but I seriously couldn't keep my eyes open!  Back to the first day, I got sick about 3 times.  Nothing came up because I didn't have anything on my stomach to throw up.  It was just dry heaves and well know how much fun those are when we haven't had our stomach just operated on lol.  Sorry for the that gross part but hey, it's part of the process :).  A couple of people that I had talked to that have had the sleeve or the bypass said to get up and walk as soon as possible.  And they are so right.  It makes the soreness go away and it helps brake up the gas that they had to pump in you for the surgery go away.  I didn't walk much but I did get up and walk up and down the hallway once at least every hour.  Sometimes twice.  And also when they say to take sips....take sips!  It's the weirdest feeling because you can feel it going down your throat and hitting your stomach.  If you do take a big gulp because you forgot (speaking from experience lol)  it's hurts as if it went down the wrong way.  You defiantly are more conscious of this as the days go on.  We got to fly home on Friday and let me tell you.  That was an experience.  Not for the surgery part at all but we put my medicines I was prescribed on the plane with us with a couple of bottles of protein water that had not been opened.  One would think the narcotics I had would be a red flag....oh no...the protein water cause such a controversy.  I told them I didn't want it, throw it away, it was just stupid protein water from the hospital and the supervisor said that I was now flagged as well.  I went and sat down and this really nice security woman came over and was chatting and I started crying cause I was so mad lol.  So after checking it out  for about 10 minutes I was able to leave for the gate.  It was pretty ridiculous.  I stayed at my mom's that night and went straight to bed.  I was exhausted.  The next day I felt way better and decided to come home.  Nothing feels better than your own bed :)  I have decided that I don't need to sit on my couch for a week or two.  It hurts to get up after sitting on it.  Kinda like a staple is pinching me on my stomach.  So I shall sit on a dining room chair until then. 

 Today's day is 5 for me and I feel like I'm drinking more normal and will be able to get the required about of fluids in.  On day 1 it did not seem possible.  I'm defiantly not hungry at all and I think my taste buds have changed.  I LOVE coffee....or I should say I DID love coffee.  I had a cup at the hospital and it was disgusting lol.  BUT...it was probably decaf (yuck) and all I had was splenda to put in it.  Now I'm a true coffee drinker where I don't have to have the fancy coffee's from the coffee shops.  When I'm at home I have my Folgers medium roast and put 2 tbsp of french vanilla creamer in it.  No sweetener or any other creamers.  So this morning when I made my cup like I normally do, I kinda got nauseous.  It was over by the time the coffee was made though and I sipped it and it was pretty good :).  I changed to sugar free french vanilla creamer right now.  The only problem I have with it that it's powder...lol I know I'm stupid.  

I have off until about Wednesday or Thursday depending on when I can get my staples out.  I'm looking forward to my mini vacation lol.  I'll be able to heal a little more before going back.  Can't wait to be farther in this process and be able to have at least Greek yogurt.  Love me some Greek yogurt :) 

Well until tomorrow or something else fabulous happens today....

Monday, October 1, 2012

Are we there yet? Are we there? Are we there yet?

As of right now I have 1 day left...

Today was kinda hard. At least not until tonight. I worked at the salon until about 8:30 & the old me wanted to go get a burger or chicken from next door lol. Even though the chicken is sometimes gross it smelt good today lol. But I resisted. I got in my car and went & did the things I needed to do before going home. Once I got home I kept myself preoccupied. I am so proud of myself because I still have not cheated once! Not even a taste of something.

Everyone keeps asking if I'm nervous or scared. And I would love to say no, but every once in a while I catch myself getting nervous. I'm just really ready to have it over with so I can stop preparing and start living. I'm ready to be in my new routine.

Well...one more day of work then were Dallas bound....