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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 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.

 

80/20 rule

Earlier this week I attended a meeting about how to handle eating during the holidays. I had been looking forward to this meeting for quite some time as I was hoping I would get some new information on how to handle the holidays. Sadly that wasn’t the case. The same old information that has been going around for years was regurgitated throughout the session. I left the meeting thinking I might have outgrown the program I am in or I am just more determined to stay on track. Be warned I am about to rant.

One of the things that struck a nerve with me was being told to follow the 80/20 rule. If your not aware of the 80/20 rule let me break it down. You eat healthy 80 % of the time and allow yourself treats 20% of the time. In a perfect world this rule works. In reality with this rule we are feeding the disease we have by giving ourselves permission to eat crap. If you can follow this rule I tip my hat off to you. However in my case if I was able to follow the 80/20 rule I would never have gotten to 274 lbs. I would have been successful on the many diets I tried that told me I shouldn’t deprive myself. But guess what it didn’t work for me. I find with all the information available to us now we shouldn’t be encouraging the 80/20 rule. We should be looking for healthier alternatives. How does that saying go If you do the same thing over and over again and expect different results that’s insanity or something along those lines. This applies to food as well. If you keep allowing yourself to eat cakes laden with sugars and fat and empty calories and then step on the scale and gain weight that’s pretty much to be expected. But what if you found a healthy dessert that was high in protein, low in sugar, low in carbs and healthy for you. Guess what craving is satisfied and you are fuelling your body properly.

Do you follow the 80/20 rule? How is it working for you? Have you found alternatives to your favourites? How are you handling the holidays?

As you guessed I won’t be following the 80/20 rule. I am making meal plans and figuring out my protein intake and finding healthy alternatives or eliminating certain foods altogether from our spread like mashed potatoes. The holidays can be stressful enough without going thru them feeling bloated and overstuffed. This year make sure to treat your body right.

 

For breakfast tomorrow I wanted to make the kids and myself something we could grab and go  So I made muffins. These muffins below are what I baked. There’s no added sugar, there’s no refined flour and they taste amazing! If we are serious about our weight loss journeys and wanting to be healthy, we need to put extra work and effort into it. We didn’t get obese by eating one piece of cake or one treat meal but clearly we need to change our ways it we want to be healthy.

Ingredients:

2 cups quick oats ground in food processor

2 medium bananas mashed

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup applesauce(unsweetened)

1/2 cup plain 0% greek yogurt

1 egg

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 scoop protein powder ( I used GNC ISO BURST french vanilla)

1/2 cup no sugar added chocolate chips

What to do

preheat oven to 400.

Mash bananas. Stir in yogurt, applesauce, extract and milk. Once that’s mixed together add ground oats, baking powder, protein powder and cinnamon. Fold in chocolate chips. Let rest for a couple minutes then divided into 12 cup muffin pan and bake till toothpick comes out clean. I baked these for 22 minutes.

Hope you enjoy the recipe and I look forward to hearing how you are going to handle eating during the holidays.

Two Year Surgery Anniversary

Two years ago today I got my life back! This is what I looked like on the day of my surgery January 28th 2016. This picture actually stirs up a lot of emotions for me. This picture reminds me of a time in my life where I was sad, depressed, controlled by food, obsessed with losing weight, tired, in pain and just really struggling. You can actually see the defeat in my face and the emotional exhaustion I am fighting in this picture. I had tried everything I could have over the years to lose the weight on my own. I had dumped hundreds of dollars into everything from WW to diet pills. Dieticians to personal trainers. I went to bed nightly praying and asking that I would wake up the next day to be able to see my children and my children’s children. That tomorrow my mind would stop thinking about what I could and couldn’t eat. That I would wake up at peace and not riddled with anxiety over my weight.

Here I am one year post op:

Again this picture is telling the story of a 1000 words. Here you can see the stress is washed away, the anxiety is at bay, the sheer joy of getting up every morning and not being in pain, spending hours running around with the kids and playing. Not having to say a prayer nightly that I will wake up the next day to see my children grow up. Not being controlled by food. And most of all comfortable in my own skin for the first time in years. Finally having confidence in myself and not worrying what others though of me.

And this is me Today

Enjoying life to the fullest. Rewarding myself this year with not food but a membership to beach body on demand. Receiving a gift visa and instead of thinking where are we going out to eat thinking I wonder what workout gear I can get with this. My life has done a complete 360 and every day I am grateful that I am able to live my life to the fullest.

 

My Thoughts on Everything In Moderation

Since having my gastric sleeve almost two years ago(it will be two years in January) I have joined many Facebook support groups. Although these support groups can sometimes be very helpful in not making you feel lonely there is tons of misinformation you have to sift thru. I know that we don’t all get a great program like the one that I had the privilege of being a part of and all our dieticians etc give us different guidelines. However with the holidays coming up I am finding these groups are giving us almost permission to slip up on our eating habits. I have scrolled past many post and not left comments but I feel like I have this platform that I want to use here to voice my concerns which I hope don’t come across as judgemental to some of you. And this is my point of view based on my life and I can’t say it will be true in your life. Anyways here we go….

With the holidays approaching us I have seen tons of Facebook posts  about can I eat this or can I eat that  and there is always a few people that say this surgery isn’t about deprivation it’s about everything in moderation. These comments really get to me. Why? Because 1. You shouldn’t be feeling deprived and if you are maybe it’s time to evaluate your relationship with food, I have found tons of bariatric friendly recipes that are delicious treats and desserts and that meet our nutritional requirements. 2. If everything in moderation really worked for us would we really have needed the surgery in the first place?  Wouldn’t the countless diets we have put ourselves thru have worked?  The fact is for some reason certain foods do trigger us. The sooner we accept that the sooner we can enjoy having food freedom.

With all of these people feeling deprived I kind of want to start a blog series on the Holidays. I don’t want to do the typical posts about how to avoid food pushers and eat before you go to the party etc type blogs but blogs with recipes to help all of us see that we are not missing out on anything by not going back to bad food habits. I know that high fat pumpkin pie is your favourite and it’s only once a year but what if you could eat a pumpkin pie that didn’t make you dump or feel terrible after you ate it? And let’s be honest it starts with one holiday and then there’s birthdays and a night out and a friend is getting married and before we know it we are back in the same traps we were before surgery.

So here’s the thing I can scroll past the posts but let’s help each other in a constructive way instead of enabling ourselves to self destruct.

 

 

Working Out

Previously I had a personal trainer which I loved, sadly they cost an arm and a leg to keep so I no longer have one. I tried finding a gym that had daycare for the littles and they were either way to expensive or too far of a drive. I have gotten use to working out a lot so not having anything wasn’t an option. But I liked the idea of being in my house to workout. So I am doing a few things I join as many challenges online as I can. You can find them on Facebook or myfitnesspal or Pinterest or even make your own like this one that I found online.

get-fit-january

Another way I’m staying active is I bought the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution DVD’s and I became a member of BeachBody on Demand.  Now you don’t need all of these things to stay active you can pick one or even just walk but like I said I like to really challenge myself and get a good sweat on. I also like that the kids can join in on the fun or do their own thing to the music while I workout. I’m a firm believer in leading by example.

How do you get your sweat on? Any programs, classes or even youtube video’s I should look into?

 

One Year Post OP

This year has been full of ups and downs. I got away from blogging for a while not because I wanted to but because life became a little overwhelming. I am ready to come back now that I’ve landed back on my feet.

A year ago today I was a completely different person. I was always sore, tired and I was extremely overweight. I was battling my food and weight issues and trying everything I could to lose the weight and be healthy. I had been trying to lose the weight for years and just couldn’t shed all the weight I wanted to lose. Then I had my sleeve gastrectomy and my whole world changed.

I went from being someone that was consumed with thinking about how to lose weight, what I could eat, what I couldn’t eat, when I could eat and how much I could eat to not being hungry at all. This was so freeing to me it was like the shackles had been unlocked and taken off I was no longer a prisoner of my mind and body. The hunger is now starting to come back at 1 year post op but I am in control of the hunger the hunger is no longer in control of me. On top of that I changed as a person, I went from wanting to sit and watch tv to wanting to hike, camp, kayak and enjoy all the scenery around me. I went from having trouble walking around the block to walking and running 5K’s.

Something I learned through this process is there is a lot of misinformation out there about weight loss surgery so this year I want to get this blog up and running again. I want to show all of you how I live. I want to share with you how I eat to maintain my weight. What my favourite workouts are. How I am beating cravings and dealing with things like trips. Speaking of trips I am going to Mexico in a few weeks. I am going to be conquering some new adventures while I am there. I’m going to go snorkling for the first time and I can’t wait to share the pictures with all of you but for now I want to leave you with a picture of me a year ago and a picture of me today 🙂

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Protein I put that S*** in everything

I am seriously starting to feel like the old lady in the Franks Red Hot sauce commercials, except instead of hot sauce it’s protein lol. My newest protein product is protein ice cream. With the weather getting warmer and warmer finally I want a healthy treat that will still get me to meet my protein goals. I am hoping to record and upload a vlog about all the products I’ve been trying. But here’s a list for those of you interested in my favourite protein products and it’s quite the list.

Atkins lift water (got mine at walmart)

Atkins Indulgence Bars(for when I want a chocolate bar also bought at walmart)

Syntrax comes in tons of flavours but I prefer Twisted Cherry and Fuzzy Peach  it makes a great protein juice or popscicles   ( got mine at a specialty shop but you can order from Amazon)

Vega chocolate protein powder with greens ( from walmart)

Premier protein protein bars especially the salted caramel one from Walmart

Premier protein shakes my favourite at the moment is the new bananas and cream ( I get them at walmart or costco)

Atkins Cookies and cream shake for when I want a milkshake type treat (got mine at walmart)

Those are just a few products so you can see why I feel like the lady from the commercial lol.

protein

I also want to share my numbers with you since it’s been a few weeks.

Current weight 188 lbs!!!!

Highest weight 274 lbs

If you’ve read up to this point thanks for bearing with me I’m a little scattered but I want to talk with you about some struggles since having weight loss surgery. Some would think it’ a blessing to never be hungry and to not realize you are skipping meals till it’s the end of the day. At first I was one of those people. I was grateful that for once in my life I wasn’t thinking about food and what I could eat and couldn’t eat. But now that I’m almost 6 months out and I am skipping 2 sometimes 3 of my 6 meals I am getting concerned. I am trying to be more respectful of my body and treat it properly which means I need to fuel it to avoid having deficiencies or getting malnourished. Thankfully I am part of a bunch of weight loss support groups and they have been helping me. I have my Fitbit set up to go off at regular intervals so that I eat and over the past few days that has helped me a lot. So I will keep that up and hope it becomes a habit 🙂

Also here’s a link to the video if you have no idea who the old lady is with the hot sauce 🙂