Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sleep and food

It’s currently 12:57 Am here.  I wish I could sleep but for some reason my body is having nothing to do with it. Thankfully I have Netflix and a good pair of earphones so I can entertain myself while the rest of the house sleeps peacefully.

Truthfully I have no idea why my sleep is so out of whack yet again. Tomorrow’s plan is to get outdoors with the kids and enjoy a beautiful walk. And to also resist the urge to nap in the afternoon. Hopefully that will solve my sleeping problems and if it doesn’t then I’ll be asking my medical team if I can use some melatonin for a few nights to help me sleep and get a regular sleep patter going.

I’ve also noticed that since my sleep pattern has been off so had my eating. I think I’m just so exhausted that I can’t think of what I can and can’t eat and then since I’m not hungry I decide to keep waiting to eat but I am never hungry. Well besides my head hunger that is. So since I am awake at this ridiculous time of night I have decided that tomorrow I will be making spaghetti squash casserole and a big pot of chilli.

For now I’m off to watch some Netflix and hopefully drift away to sleep 🙂


Finding the balance

I thought once I could add carbs back into my diet that I would have no issues. Well I was wrong trying to find the perfect balance between the proper amount of carbs and the proper amount of proteins is a real struggle. I seem to be able to hit my carb goal and then some no problem but now my protein is lacking.

Thankfully I can fix this. I have my chef’s papers and have been researching some delicious recipes that I’m excited to try and that fits into my allowed foods. This week I want to try a chicken teriyaki recipe and a few others. Now I have made chicken Teriyaki before but now I have to have low sugar foods for the time being so I’m experimenting with Splenda.

Now as I mentioned on my Facebook page I got the ok to slowly start some Zumba. What I didn’t mention was the reason I didn’t get the ok to start lifting weights. Last night was a night like any other where my husband was reading to the kids but my youngest started having a major meltdown. He threw himself at me and then as I was trying to get him to quiet down he jerked back and I instantly got a sharp pain. Ended up spending quite a few hours in the emergency getting looked over to make sure I didn’t cause any damage and ultimately ended up getting some extra strength tylenol. So I can’t lift any weight for at least another month because of this crazy ordeal.

I have to say that for those that have had to deal with medical staff with being overweight or obese don’t expect them to be happy to treat you after weight loss surgery. I went to the closest emergency since there was a wind storm here. The intake nurse was great and congratulated me on becoming healthier. But the nurse I dealt with in the emergency room he was another story. After explaining for the third time what happened he first lectured me on having to discipline my child better and then proceeded to tell me that since I had this surgery I should have stayed away from my kids for three months. Now I don’t know many mom’s that could keep away from their kids for that long. But I also think that for a man who has never met me or my kids he seemed to have a lot of opinions on children and how having weight loss surgery was a waste of time if I wasn’t going to take care of myself. I have been taking care of myself and this was the first incident in 6 weeks that happened. We are all adjusting to the changes. I once met a Dr that I will never forget. I had been having health issues and at the end of my rope when he told me that opinions are like a**holes everyone has one, but only a select few will let their opinions of how you look like, dress or act affect them, the others will get to know you then judge you. So last night I left knowing that I can;t change that nurses opinion but his opinion doesn’t need to affect me.


I can eat a few more things

I had my six week post op appointment with the dietician today.  And just as I was getting use to the way I was eating the plan has changed again lol. I now only need to eat one calcium chew a day instead of two I need to take my vitamin d pills again and she wants me to eat more carbs.

You see I’ve been stuck on this crazy plateau for three weeks and she said it’s probably cause my carb storages are depleted. I now need to eat 50 grams of carbs a day. I need to eat some beans and lentils and more fruits. I can pretty much eat anything except for hard fruit and stringy vegetables 🙂 And the amount of protein I need to eat is now slightly lower as well. I’ve also been given the ok to eat crackers and tortilla bread as long as I toast it in the oven. Still no bread or rice or pasta or doughy foods but I am slowly getting all the foods back.

I loved having this follow up because I thought I was doing  something wrong since my weight loss had stalled but turns out I am doing amazing. I am down 30 lbs since surgery and I am doing great. My clothing are starting to feel a lot looser and everyone says it shows a lot in my face that I’ve lost weight. I still have trouble seeing the progress but apparently it takes 60 lbs or so before we notice a difference in ourselves.

This journey is full of ups and downs and twists and turns but I am enjoying every moment of it and I’m breaking free from my weight. I’m burning my fat 🙂




Getting back in the kitchen

The more I heal the more I find myself wanting to make delicious food for myself and my family. So far this week I’ve tried two knew recipes. I made coconut curry soup with crispy tofu and a strawberry cheesecake smoothies. I could tell you how delicious these recipes are our I could just give you the recipes and let you decide. I have pictures of both these recipes on my facebook page 🙂

Coconut curry soup with Tofu (you can use chicken if you prefer)

Serves 8-10 people

1 tbsp olive oil

1 onion diced

3 gloves of garlic chopped

1 tbsp grated ginger

2 tbsp red curry paste

2 tbsp turmeric

1 tsp salt

28 ounces of coconut milk

3 cups vegetable broth

6 medium potatoes peeled and chopped

24 ounces extra firm tofu cut into small cubes

  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and ginger stir fry until fragrant. Add curry paste, turmeric and salt. Stir fry till fragrant. Add potatoes, broth, coconut milk and simmer till potatoes are soft.
  2. Transfer to blender and blend till smooth.
  3. While blending the soup add a small amount of olive oil to the pot you cooked the soup in and cook tofu till golden and crispy
  4. Serve warm soup topped with crispy tofu and enjoy.

If you like a stronger curry flavour you may need to add more curry paste. I tend to keep things mild for the little ones.


Strawberry Cheesecake smoothie

Make 1 large serving

1/2 cup milk of your choice ( I used skim milk)

1/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries

1/2 tsp lemon extract

1/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese

1/4 cup ice

splenda to taste

Add all ingredients to the blender, blend. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy.




Waiting for normal

I’m almost 6 weeks post surgery and I have to wait that I am still waiting and hoping to get back to my normal life. I’m not talking about my eating but as in everything else. Being able to clean my house, go to the gym. Go out and socialize without feeling completely wiped out are all things I am still dealing with.

I’m also working thru my weight loss plateau. I think I am finally coming out of it but at this point who knows.

The one thing I would have to say about this weight loss surgery is the amount of loneliness I have been experiencing. I am the type of person that tries to be there for everyone and I have some friends that have tried to be there others have just completely fallen off the radar. They warn you about this in my weight loss program but you never really know how things are going to workout till your actually experiencing it. I’ve been left out of plans because people are going out to restaurants and they don’t want to rub it in my face but honestly it would be better to invite me and let me bring a protein shake or something I can eat as opposed to making the decision for me if I would be comfortable or not.

I am getting better everyday and I am looking forward to going back to the gym even if just for cardio after this week. If I can squeeze in a workout this week I might try but my schedule is pretty  packed this week with follow up appointments.

I’m looking forward to getting back to the old me, hopefully soon. Again this doesn’t mean the eating but going to the park with the kids, having playdates, doing their homeschool work and cleaning the house are just a few of the things I miss doing since surgery. I have been doing the homeschooling but I haven’t been at the level of energy I am use to. I am missing that pep in my step……

But once I am fully recovered and have lost more weight one of the perks is I will be able to do things I have been wanting to do for years and play till my heart is content with my kids 🙂  There is light at the end of this lifetime weight loss tunnel