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Kitchen Frustrations

Moving across Canada I knew there would be an adjustment period. What I didn’t think was how frustrated I would get when I went into the kitchen. You see in order to eat healthy and make delicious treats I keep a pretty well stocked kitchen. While by most peoples standards my kitchen is currently well stocked, I don’t find it to be the case. You have no idea how many times I’ve went to try and cook something only to remember I don’t have the right ingredients. While I could go out and spend a crazy amount of money replenishing everything my stuff which is currently in transit and will be here by the end of the month. So I just have to remember to have a bit more patience and breath. I also have to keep things simple till my things get here.

We made it to our new home

I seriously thought I would have more time to update my blog while on the road. Lol what was I thinking? I was travelling across Canada with three kids when did I think this magical time was going to appear.

Anyways the good news is we have made it. We drove from coast to coast and everyone survived. I’m not sure what my weight is at the moment because my scale is packed away in our pod which isn’t here yet. So for now I am going to continue to workout and eat right and face the scale once it gets here.

I knew that moving was going to be hard. In fact we made a big move similar to this about 8 years ago. But I never imagined I would miss all of my meal prepping gadgets and kitchen tools as much as I do. It’s like the whole routine is just slightly off with not being able to do a proper meal prep. I mean as far as ingredients I could go out and buy everything again but once our stuff showed up I would have way to much to use. Hopefully our pod will get here soon and I can really start settling in.

I also don’t have all my workout equipment with me yet but I have still been moving. I’ve been taking walks around the neighbourhood and we now have cable so checking out the on demand workouts I can do without equipment.

Well that’s all the updating I have for now. Talk to you soon.

Moving Coast to Coast

So on Saturday we started our journey to our new home. I swear I thought I had all the time in the world to prepare for our move and then before I knew it bam moving day!

I had plans of cooking while on the road and to be honest it just hasn’t happened. By the time we arrive at our hotels we are exhausted from travelling. Does this mean we are hitting up every fast food restaurant nope. It means we are stopping and buying groceries everyday. Tonight we wanted a warm meal but again I was too tired to cook so we had frozen dinners. I got a chicken fajitas bowl. While the stats aren’t what I would typically eat it was healthy, cheap and filling. It’s not the best I could have done but it is better then what I could have eaten.

So let’s actually chat about what’s been actually going on while on this crazy coast to coast move. Today is day 5 of travelling. Day 1 was a breeze and we only drove 1.5 hours but we had also spent the previous two days packing and cleaning the whole house before the move.

Day 2 was intense, we drove for a total of 12 hours with pee breaks and eating breaks etc by the time we got to our hotel we all dropped and fell asleep rather quickly. We drove from Hope BC all the way to Calgary Alberta. We did see a lot of wildlife. A moose, some deer, some prairie dogs etc.

Day 3 we traveled a short distance so the kids could have more time to just unwind and not be trapped in the car. We went from Calgary Alberta to Medicine Hat Alberta. Medicine Hat is an interesting place. While there’s not much going on we did get to see the worlds largest teepee which was impressive.

Day 4 brought us to Regina Saskatchewan. We had stayed in Regina before and we knew we wanted to go back to the same hotel. Why? Because there’s an indoor water park for the kids. We are travelling a lot of kilometres so we need to keep the kids in mind and let them get some of their energy out. We want this to be something they enjoy and not something we are rushing thru.

And finally today was day 5 of travelling. We left Regina and travelled to North Dakota. There isn’t much to say. We saw fields, lots and lots of fields. Flat fields in Saskatchewan and fields with hills in Montana. But still fields lol. We were glad to get to the hotel relax in the pool and hot tub before I came down to the laundry room to catch up on laundry and catch all of you up on our adventures. Hope your all having a wonderful night and your accomplishing your dreams whatever they may be.

Vacations

We just got home from an amazing vacation a few days ago. It was amazing we drove from BC, Canada to Anaheim, USA. We stopped along the way to see quite a few things like Alcatraz, The Painted Ladies, the Golden Gate bridge, Great Wolf Lodge and Disneyland.

Although we loved every minute of our vacation, it was great to be home again and be able to eat healthy and nutritious foods. While we did eat healthy when we could there was times when it was about treating ourselves to a pineapple whip.

I am proud to report that even thou we did indulge we I only gained 1 lb that was mostly from the salt in the food we were eating.

When we got home I set to making some healthy food. A vegetable tray, overnight oats, protein balls and protein pudding was just a few items I got prepped as soon as we got home.

How do you stay on track while on holidays?

Trying New Things

Last night I tried something new. I went to a yoga studio. I had tried hot yoga previously at the gym and had sworn it off but after going to a yoga studio I’m not so sure anymore. I loved every minute of it even when I thought my legs were going to give out. I think this class was interesting to me because it was 20 minutes of strength training, 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of relation/ stretching.

I left class sweaty, hungry but really calm and energized at the same time. Looks like I may have to revisit some workouts and activities I had previously sworn off.

A nice glow to my skin after hot yoga

No More Coffee

Eight days ago I had my last cup of coffee. I had never been a coffee drinker prior to bariatric surgery but somehow got sucked in to the hype. I’m pretty sure my love for coffee was discovered when I had H Pylori and couldn’t keep any food down but coffee went down smooth for some reason.

Why am I did I quit coffee one might ask? Well for several reasons actually. I was using coffee as a meal replacement for one but also I have been having some stomach issues that aren’t being helped by coffee.

But the main reason is pretty simple. As bariatric patients we aren’t suppose to be drinking coffee. As delicious as coffee is it can wreak some having on our little tummies. It can increase stomach acids, irritate the lining of our stomachs and actually prohibit the absorption of the vitamins and minerals we need as bariatric patients.

Was it easy giving up coffee? Ummm heck no. You don’t realize how dependant you get on coffee. How you go into auto pilot and start the coffee machine before doing anything else in the morning. I have to say day 1 was a walk in the park. Day 2 and 3 a slight but manageable headache kicked in. Day 4-5 I seemed to be ok but extremely tired. And days 6-7 were the worse, I was craving coffee so bad and become a little bit of a cranky monster.

So here’s to hoping I can stay off coffee now and find a better alternative.

Three Years Post Op

I often get asked how I stick to a bariatric lifestyle. For me it was really simple because of my love of cooking. I started finding alternatives to most if not all most of my favourite foods. I also didn’t focus on what I couldn’t eat anymore. There is such a variety of food out there that there really isn’t a reason for me to stray back to my old habits. Of course I am human and I will get the cravings for fast food just like anyone else, but most of the time the smell of the fast food is enough to stop me from actually eating it.

Last night I got in the kitchen to set myself up for a successful week. After three years of meal planning I’ve realized most of the time I like to prepare my meals when I am about to eat them but my snacks I seem to really scramble to find something if I am not organized. This week I prepared some zucchini cake, banana foster overnight oats, mocha donuts and chocolate cheesecake puddings. And guess what all of these recipes are bariatric friendly. So I can have my cake and eat it after all lol.

So if you’ve just started your journey and are struggling because of the foods you can no longer eat, I encourage you to find a bariatric meal plan or find a youtube channel to inspire you. If you don’t like to cook team up with a fellow bariatric patient and split the cost of ingredients. But I can tell you for sure that this lifestyle is completely doable and you can succeed.

Book Studies

Anyone that knows me knows I have a love of reading. So this month I decided to participate in not 1 but 2 online book studies. One of the books is a lighter read and I’m honestly having trouble staying focused. But the second book, well it is not only keeping my attention but also making me think really hard.

You see the book I’m reading is about our mindset not only our mindset but our mindset as bariatric patients and how it affects pretty much everything in our life. As if that isn’t enough the author wants you to think about your past, present and future. She wants you to dig deep and figure out who are now. Who you were when you started gaining weight. She wants you to relive some moments that most of us probably want to put in a box lock it up and throw away the key. She wants us to speak to the little girl that was teased for being fat. How that little girl felt and how it translated into the rest of the years leading up to the present. But the most touching thing she has said so far is to write a thank you note to the past you thanking them for being there for you, for getting you through the hard times and the good and telling her she did everything she could have.

You see this part has definitely hit a chord with me. Because as much as we look back and think about being teased and harassed over our weight, nothing comes even close to the thoughts that the past me was telling me. There was no one meaner to me then myself. Sure little Johnny could call me whatever name he wanted to on that particular day but what little Johnny doesn’t know is that anything he could tell me I was already thinking and then some. So my assignment is to write “my story” and I have tried to start writing my story quite a few times in the past week. But honestly it’s going to take some time. So in the mean time I will keep reading my book, watching my live facebook videos in the book study group and hope that one day the words can just flow freely and I can thank that little girl that was me.

Meal Prep

I know it’s only the second day in the new year. I also know a lot of people have made resolutions to be healthier, tighten the budget and eat and home or simply to cook more. Before you go and get yourself overwhelmed with all the information available, I want to share with you how simple it can be to meal prep.

Today I got in the kitchen and set myself up for the next few days. I made some hard boiled eggs, a yogurt treat and I cooked a ham. I can already hear some of you saying. I can already here you saying, wait a minute if that’s all she cooked how can she be ready for the next few days? Let me explain. I am not a traditional meal preper. I don’t spend a whole day or hours on end in the kitchen. From a previous meal prep session I already had some frozen leftovers, frozen baked oatmeal, frozen protein balls and frozen protein cookies. If your making something that freezes well make 2 batches. It won’t take you anymore time but might save you when your in a pinch on a busy morning or something happens to throw off the schedule. The ham I cooked will last me quite a few meals for me and the family. I can make western omelettes, home made lunchables, quiche etc. The boiled eggs can become devilled eggs or an egg salad or I can just grab one and start snacking.

Other things I keep on hand for an easy meal plan prep session is beef jerky, cheese, yogurt, pork rinds. What I am trying to tell you is it can be simple to eat healthy and meal prep. So if your embarking on a healthier eating lifestyle or trying to trim the budget. Keep it simple. Chances are you will stick to it if it’s easy.

It’s 2019!!!

Wow 2018 flew by. Although I didn’t blog much last year lots happened. I’m ready to dive back into the online world of blogging and hoping to make a post at least once a week.

I think my start to 2019 was pretty awesome. I got a workout in. I cleared a space in the family room to be able to workout and I even managed to get a few breakfasts prepped for the week. Tomorrow I’ll focus on prepping some lunches. Our suppers are mostly taken care of due to a gift card my husband received.

We got a Fresh Prep gift card and although I never though I would enjoy this type of thing, I really am enjoying it. Every Wednesday I get three meals delivered to the house that we picked the previous week. It gives me a chance to try some new foods I wouldn’t normally. Also since the foods are a little fancier. My husband and I keep them for date night! That’s right no more getting a babysitter and paying to sit in a crowded restaurant. While the kids peacefully sleep we can eat our meal after preparing it together. Here’s a picture of just one of the meals we made. I do highly recommend you try a meal prep service at least once even if just to try some new foods.