Monthly Archives: May 2016

I’m a foodie

I’m a foodie. But since surgery I really have to find ways to keep my foodie happy. I don’t think I will ever regret the decision to have weight loss surgery as it’s made my life a lot better. Somedays I do struggle that I can’t eat meals like I use to. In my near future there isn’t any big meals. I often take more food then I can physically finish on my plate but never force myself to clear my plate.ย So how am I keeping my inner foodie happy? I am cooking foods I really and truly enjoy. If it’s not tasty I don’t finish it and I am not tempted by foods and controlled by them like I use to.

Last night I went to an event and I had no interest at all in the food that was spread out. I’ve realized that my portions are small so I need to make them count and be satisfying. My foodie had been satisfied before I went and I drank some iced tea instead of eating.

The one thing I am missing now that the weather is getting warmer is salad. Since my stomach is so small I can’t handle salads in the volume that I use to. If I get two or three mouthfuls of salad I’m lucky. The thing is I know that I need the variety from the leafy greens in my diet. So I am giving greens a go. I am hoping I can hide then into my protein shakes and they will taste delicious. Do you use greens? What brand do you buy? Have you tried a protein powder that has greens mixed into it? Give me some of your feedback

I am a new person

I have realized I have changed a lot since surgery. For the best that is. I have a lot more energy and I am taking every chance I can to be fit and active. I did something recently I never though I would do, I signed up for a 5 K and I am really excited about it. I’m so excited that I decided to sign up for a second 5 K and take advantage of the early bird pricing ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be participating in the Night Nation Run as well as the Colour Run in August and September ๐Ÿ™‚

I also realized that I’ve change a lot by our weekend activities. Usually a long weekend was for lounging around and being home but this long weekend was packed full of active activities. We started our Saturday with a 5 k walk with some friends in Steveston . Saturday we spent all day walking at the aquarium. But my favourite day was Sunday we went to Capilano Suspension Bridge and walked for hours then had a nice meal out as a family. Normally after a day out like this I would be exhausted and struggling to stay awake but instead when I got home I saw the lawn needed to be mowed and I knew this week was full of activities so I cut the grass. We have a decent size yard to cut it takes about an hour to get it done. I would never have done both of those activities in the same day before. Not only did I do both those activities but I wasn’t struggling to stay awake after I still have some energy ๐Ÿ™‚

Everyday I am amazed at how much more I can do now that I have taken control of my health ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m off since it’s a busy day but I hope you have dayย a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Why I refuse to get beach body ready!

So we have all seen the magazines and the tabloids lately about getting your beach body ready. These articles usually have some sort of meal and or workout plan included in them that are slightly ridiculous. But I want to tell you why I refuse to read these articles and give in to the temptation or diving into another fad diet.

I refuse to believe that there are only certain times or the year where I should get my body in shape. I have the same body 365 days a year. So I will love myself enough to take care of my body all year long. I won’t let a magazine dictate to me when I should be taking care of myself. We have one body that’s it there’s no getting a second one.

So if you want to have the best body ever I have some tips for you. There’s no magic pill, there’s no fad diet. I did have weight loss surgery so I will add that in right now but it is a tool to help me it hasn’t made my work to lose weight and be healthier any easier. The tip to having a healthy body is to fuel your body with good food and to make sure to move everyday. I would also add to be healthy you need to love yourself for who you are, don’t compete with anyone but yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

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Baking!

Let’s face it I have always loved cooking and baking every since I can remember. So since I’m staying at my parents I have been baking a lot with my sister in law. To some baking is stressful to me it’s a whole adventure. Getting the texture to be just right and seeing other people enjoy what you worked hard for can be so rewarding.

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So far since being here we have made some rice pudding, an apple pie, four loaves of banana bread and today we are making an cinnamon loaf as desserts and we have made countless meals. Like sweet potato carbonara, chilli, roasts and much much more. I’m finding it’s great to cook since we can chat and cook. We are preparing enough food at every meal for between 9-15 plus people a meal. I love gathering everyone around and enjoy the conversations around the dinner table. It will be an adjustment when I go home to cooking for 5 lol. I love that I am cooking healthy meals to show my family and friends that healthy food isn’t boring or flavourless but it’s actually delicious.

How do you get your family together? What are some of your favourite sit down family meals?

15 weeks Post Op

Wow I can’t believe I am already almost 15 weeks post op! Time flies, I remember thinking I would never have surgery and kept waiting for the call but now it is just zooming.

It’s been quite ย awhile since I updated all of you so I have quite a bit of catching up to do with all of you. Let’s get the scale numbers out of the way. When I started this whole thing I was 274 lbs and today I am 210 lbs! I am amazed at how fast I am losing the weight but don’t be fooled I need to have a good eating balance on days when I don’t eat enough I actually gain weight so I have to stay on top of things. I also need to workout for the scale to move in the right direction.

But one of the things I am amazed at is the way clothing is fitting me. I’m currently on vacation with my youngest visiting my parents and I have had to actually go out and buy some clothing while here. I have gone from a size 22 to a size 16 and even those are getting to be lose on me and I only bought them a week ago. I have gone from wearing 3 x shirts and having very limited choices in clothing to walking into a store and just buying something. I don’t have a Giant Tiger close to my house so I have been checking out what they have to offer here in Ontario and I am actually really pleased with the selection of clothing. I have been able to buy myself some size Large clothing. I almost cried in the change room when I realized that I am almost out of plus sizes. I say almost because some stores are make their clothing bigger while others make them smaller. I can’t even remember the last time I was in a size large or size 16 pants.

Now let’s talk about vacationing after weight loss surgery. The first thing I would have to say is it takes a lot more planning. There’s no more just going with the flow and eating out if your too tired to cook. Also airlines don’t have the healthiest snacks available on their flights, add to that the fact that my youngest has a severe nut allergy the only thing they could offer us was pretzels that were but free lol. So I will be packing my little one some nut free snacks for our travels home.

The second thing I would say is forget your normal routine you can’t implement your routine when you are staying with family members. You think you will have all this time to workout and read etc but the truth is your busy. Your busy planing your meals, shopping for your meals and of course visiting with your family ๐Ÿ™‚

The last thing I would say depending on how far out you are is plan to have some extra cash on hand for when your clothing does start to be droopy and you have to buy a few new outfits.

This vacation is fun but I am looking forward to going back home to see my husband and my two older children.

Well that’s it for tonight I’m struggling to stay awake but I will keep posting ๐Ÿ™‚