Don’t Look Back

A lot of people assume things when they hear you’ve had weight loss surgery. They assume you’ve taken the easy way out. They assume all of your weight loss issues magically disappear. Well guess what?  The weight issues don’t magically disappear. It takes work. Lots of work. It’s a mental, physical and emotional journey that I don’t think will ever really end. As a person that spent most of her life being obese and morbidly obese I still have struggles. Some days my struggles are mental, as in I wake up being thinking I am fat Rachelle that still looks and feels terrible. Sometimes I wake up and I am consumed by the thought of what I can and cannot eat, which is another pattern of the old Rachelle. And then there are days when everything in the world is right and I am just me. I’m not fat or skinny, I’m not thinking about food or what to eat and everything is just calm and peaceful.

 

However everyday I do have to work at being the best possible me. Weather it’s a mini pep talk of you’ve got this or making sure I have my meal plan in place so I don’t have to worry about calories, protein, fat and carbs that day. I have to actively work at my health, my surgery was not a cure all but rather a tool that I am grateful to have. I have to remind myself not to look back at how life use to be but to keep moving forward.

 

What We Found In The Kitchen Update

So I am still working on getting rid of supplies that I have kicking around the kitchen. Here’s the thing I think I’m going to change it up and instead of posting what I ate in a blog post I’ll be posting pictures of everything that I’ve cooked on my Facebook page and my instagram. That way I can actually spend time blogging about other things like new workouts and more about how life is after weight loss surgery…..

Two Year Post Op Bloodwork

On Tuesday I have my two year follow up with the Dr. I was sent a requisition to go get some blood work done before the appointment. I don’t think I will ever get use to how much blood they need to get all of the testing done. I think there was either 8-9 vials that they had to fill. I was able to check some of my results online and I am pretty sure I will be getting some more supplements added to my list of supplements to take. I seem to be suffering from low Iron, Vit D and B12. We will have to figure these issues out and I am pretty sure we will get it all sorted when I see the Dr.

So I had challenged myself not to buy any groceries till we depleted some of our stock that we accumulated in the cupboard and freezers. We have been doing good at that but I did have to go out and get some ingredients. My kids had a socials assignment to try foods from different places around the world. We made some sushi, some vegetable Couscous, greek pita pizza’s and a tropical fruit salad. It was fun for the kids and myself to try some new foods. We really liked making sushi and the fruit salad. The kids loved the pizza but the couscous was definitely not a hit in the house. Here’s some pictures of what we have been eating

What we found in the Kitchen and Sleep

Food was pretty simple yesterday as we had so many leftovers from the weekend.   Breakfast was banana bread bake, lunch was leftover pizza casserole and supper was leftover roast beef dinner. Today’s however I did cook again. Breakfast was a shake for me and the kids had cereal. Lunch was Sammies for the kids and leftover roast beef for me. Supper I am really excited about even thou I haven’t eaten it yet it’s cooked and packed for work. I made some meatloaf in my electric pressure cooked and mashed potatoes. My meatloaf usually takes over an hour to cook but it took about 30 minutes in the pressure cooker. That’s some major time savings for this mama. And the mashed potatoes took 10 minutes! I have to say the more I use my pressure cooker the more I love it!.  Now that that’s out of the way let’s talk about sleep.

 

So I have some off and on insomnia issues that come and go as they see fit. Sadly that means that I can become irritable and fall into some bad habits like watching tv till 3 am and having to be awake again at 7 am. On Sunday night I was exhausted but feared that I would get all comfortable in bed only to lie there wide awake. So I decided to take some melatonin. Now I talked to my doctor about it before taking it so I encourage you to talk to you Dr as well before taking any supplement or sleep aid.  I went to bed around 730 and by 8pm I was out cold and it was wonderful. It was the best sleep I’ve had in months! I woke up feeling rested and ready to take on the day. I was more productive yesterday then I have been in a long time. I was able to catch up on all the laundry including fold and put it away, homeschool the kids, play with the kids and go shopping all before work. And I didn’t even need a nap before going to work. It just goes to show how much our minds and bodies need sleep. Last night I didn’t take anything to help me sleep but I had another great night sleep and another productive day. Here’s to hoping I sleep well again tonight.

What did we find in the kitchen and Harry Potter

Well I’ve been busy living life and I haven’t updated you all in a few days. So here’s what’s been going on.

 

I previously mentioned that I signed up for Beach Body On Demand. I am making good use of this program this time around. My son loves martial arts but they are expensive and with three kids it just wasn’t going to fit in the budget. But thanks to Beach Body me and the littles are doing the Core De Force program and loving it. I love that we can do this workout in our pj’s and all of us together.

 

The other really cool thing I did with the family this weekend was have a Harry Potter day. We are currently reading thru the books with the kids and watching the movies as we got. But this weekend we took it to a whole new level. We decide to to watch the third movie but also make our own wands and theme all our food after magic/ Harry Potter. For breakfast the kids had Cheri Owl( Cheerios) Pixie Puffs ( corn pops) and oatmeal. I had a banana bread breakfast bake since sugary cereal doesn’t agree with me and I wasn’t feeling in the mood for oatmeal. Lunch we had deconstructed pizza casserole. Then supper was suppose to be roast beef, Yorkshire puddings, roasted veggies and gravy but we ran out of time. So instead the kids had ham crackers and cheese and I had some donair chicken meat. We also made some Butter Beer and Rock Cakes!

On the other days here’s a list of foods we ate

yogurt

berries

double chocolate breakfast bakes

chicken parmesan wrap

chicken cordon blue wraps

chicken nuggets

home made pizza bagels and pigs in a blanket

roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and roasted potatoes and carrots and Gravy ( this is a small side plate by the way and I made the Yorkshire puddings mini)

and lots more that I can’t remember at the moment.

We are working our way slowly but surely thru the food that we have in our freezers. But I can tell you for sure that you can eat healthy and have fun themed days without worrying about it. I tried a sip of the butter beer on Saturday which wasn’t good for me since it had carbonation and I did have a rock cake.

 

Working Out Doesn’t Have To Be A Chore

Working out to me isn’t a chore but I know to a lot of people it can be. But guess what it doesn’t have to be. There are people like me that like working out in the gym, but it can be quite expensive. I actually gave up my gym membership a few months ago not because of the cost but because I never seemed to be able to get to the gym.

So what do I do you ask? Well I recently signed up for BeachBody On Demand since I can do the workouts at home. But honestly you don’t have to sign up for any programs to get your workouts. You can go for a walk, a jog or a run if that’s your thing. You can dance your way to a healthier you.  You can play tag with your kids. Or you can do what I did today which was go skating.

Over the years of yo yo dieting I would always try to stick to workout regiments that I hated but thought I had to do to lose weight. It wasn’t until I looked into all my options and really thought about what I liked that I no longer dreaded working out.

I also want to update you on what we ate today

Breakfast: everyone did their own thing I had a graham cracker since my stomach was queasy.

Lunch: Genoa salami and provolone cheese

Supper: I made home made sushi

I’m Only Human

Yesterday seemed for whatever reason to be a challenging day for me. I was hungry but didn’t want to cook. I didn’t want anything cold as I was cold and wanted a warm meal. Protein shakes and bars didn’t seem appealing at all. So what did I do? Well first I reached out to a few groups I’m on and got some great ideas. But when push came to shove last night I caved and got fast food. The kids wanted to eat Whopper Wednesday and since I was so not in the mood to cook anything.

Why am I telling you this? Well because I want you to know that I too am human. There are days when I make bad choices, there are days when I don’t feel like cooking. There are days when I am exhausted. I ate the whopper and it didn’t really do anything for me. It didn’t satisfy my hunger and it didn’t make the tiredness go away. But I can’t spend weeks thinking about this poor food choice, which is what I would have done in the past. What I took away from this is I need to be prepared. I need to have a few freezer meals ready to go for myself and the family. For some reason yesterday I was craving warmth and comfort. So I’m going to start having a few meals in the freezer that my fellow bariatric friends suggested and move on.

Don’t tear yourself down for one bad choice but also don’t keep repeating that same choice over and over again.

What Did We Find In The Kitchen Day 2,3 & 4

Oops I forgot to upload what we ate the past few days so here it is.

On New Year Eve we started the morning off with blueberries with a lemony yogurt (I would love to share this recipe but it’s not mine to share, head over to My Bariatric Kitchen on facebook to find out how you can get the recipes)

For lunch we had some steak with Salad and leftover fajita peppers

And then for supper we ordered sushi

New Years day Menu

For Breakfast I had some Banana Foster Overnight Oatmeal

Lunch I decided to make a healthy Moussaka ( I will post the recipe in another blog)

And Supper was Roasted Lamb with salad that I forgot to take a picture of.

Safe to say we will be having leftovers today since I made big pan of moussaka and the lamb roast.

What Did We Find In The Kitchen Today Day 1

So I mentioned in a previous blog that we have lots of food in the house. I also mentioned that my goal is to clear some of the food from our house and save on our grocery budget. I got to sleep in today so I didn’t take a picture of breakfast but here’s what we had for lunch and supper

Lunch was kind of a mix and mash. We had some hamburger soup left to eat and  the kids wanted pogos ( I didn’t eat any of these) and some frozen berries

For supper we had some sliced and pan fried turkey sausage with frozen fajitas mix that I sauteed and the kids had some Kraft dinner

I would say today was a pretty tasty day but just wait and see what I have tomorrow. Be sure to come back you won’t be disappointed. I will add the recipes for tomorrow’s meals in the blog.

Hamburger soup

Today I’m going to keep it short and sweet and give you my recipe for Hamburger Soup

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

1 lb extra lean ground beef

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped onion

6-8 cups beef broth ( depending if you like a chunkier soup or more liquid)

1- 28oz can diced tomatoes(don’t drain)

1-19 oz can black beans rinced and well drained

3 tbsp tomato pasta

2 tsp Italian seasoning

salt and pepper to taste

3 cups mixed frozen veggies ( I like the carrot, pea, corn mixture instead of the ones with brocoli and cauliflower)

In a medium to large soup pot add oil and heat on medium. Add in the ground beef, celery and onions, cook till ground beef is browned. Then add the remaining ingredients. Bring to boil then turn heat down and simmer 15-20 minutes.

This recipe makes quite a bit of soup so you can either half the recipe or have some containers to freeze leftovers for a busy day.