Weight Loss Progress

Friday, October 7, 2011

What I Have Been Cooking

As for food, yeah I have been eating, I have been trying to make it fun and protein oriented like always. Yet I have been experimenting with Spaghetti Squash (yum), making food in bulk for the week and freezing (Chili, White Chicken Chili, Beef Stew, Buffalo Chicken Tenders, and Bison Chili), and working with butternut squash and pumpkin (pumpkin ricotta mix- yummy!).

Pumpkin with Ricotta Cheese, Truvia, and Pumpkin Pie Spice w/ four  pecans
I have always loved Pumpkin Pie, especially around the fall! But with the whole no sugar and no carbs thing that made my usual purchase of half a pumpkin pie at Stop and Shop a no-no. So, I did what any good LapBander would do- I made an alternative. I mixed 1/2 cup fat free ricotta cheese, with 1 tbsp Truvia, and 1/4 cup canned  organic pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix, just pumpkin) with pumpkin pie spice (to taste) and chopped up four pecans. OMG it was delicious and cured my craving for pie.

Spaghetti Squash with my White Chicken Chili
I have started making food in bulk on Saturday night and freezing it(I know, I love the Night Life, LOL!) for the week. This way dinner is always quick and easy and I don't even have to worry about lunches or anything. Just take something out of the freezer and "bam" it's done!

I made white chicken chili with 8 chicken thighs, two cans of white beans, two packets of McCormick White Chicken Chili Mix, and two cups of water. It is pretty good. I made this recipe twice once with breasts and once with thighs and like both the same. Just this week I had thighs, not breasts. I have been putting it over spaghetti squash and it is delicious.  I really like spaghetti squash it is easy to cook (375 for an hour, make certain to wash and stab the squash often before cooking) and it really is like eating pasta. Amazing what nature can provide!

Cottage Cheese 2.0

At the monthly visit with Tamara the Nutritionist at Norwalk Hospital we talked about me taking Metamucil and how I have to chug it. Tamara asked why I took Metamucil and I have her the "why do you think I am taking a fiber supplement" look and she said "why don't you just eat some Fiber One?" Apparently, Fiber One has insoluble fiber (14grams) which is the better fiber, whereas Metamucil has soluble fiber (why I have to chug it down or it becomes sludge in the cup). 

So, now I have created Cottage Cheese 2.0. Half a cup of low fat cottage cheese, two strawberries, two pieces of pineapple (finally chopped), and 1/2 cup of Fiber One. I have to say I like the taste of it and I never would have liked Fiber One or the cottage cheese before Lapband. It is amazing how your tastes and perceptions change. 

Well, that is a quick sonopsous of what I have been eating over the past two weeks. You can throw in the occasional home made frozen yogurt (high protein Greek), the occasional Pinkberry, Mexican food (yes, I even had some tortilla chips!!!), and my new Planter's Bone Density & Energy Nuts Mix (one tablespoon of each with a Laughing Cow wedge) for a snack. 

That is how this LapBander is eating.



Thursday, October 6, 2011

Meetup Group for CT WLS Peeps!

Hello Everyone!

Over the past few weeks I have been thinking about ways that I can create a community of Weight Loss Surgery people. I have heard about Meetup before from coworkers and I have even gone to the site looking for Meetups. There are none for Weight Loss Surgery or Bariatric Surgery in Connecticut! The hell you say?! Yup, none! The closest is in Massachusetts. WTF!

With this I have decided that in a way to give back to the weight loss surgery lifestyle that has given me so very much and improved my overall quality of life so much in the six months that I have had it that I am going to be the jackass to start the WLS Meetup Group for Connecticut. And guess what? I did!

CT Weight Loss Surgery Activity & Support Group

I am going to link this to my Facebook account and as I get home and can access Facebook. I have already linked this to my blog (look at links to the side). I am in the process of making business cards <need to find a colored printer> and will be working on some fliers to hang up at the Doctor's offices and hospitals (hopefully they will let me). I will also contact my co-workers who I know have had WLS and get this shit rolling.

I have decided that for now we will try to meet twice per month on Saturdays (1st and 3rd) with the first official Meetup of the CT Weight Loss Surgery Activity & Support Group being on October 22, 2011 (LOL, I know it is not the first or the third Saturday, but heh I had to get this going). The first meetup will be a hike to at least the Tower at Sleepy Giant State Park in Hamden and then a coffee/tea run at Starbucks. I love me my Caffe Mistos, which I just realized are not special to Starbucks but are actually a skim milk Caffe Au Lait! I'm a real jackass!

Had to throw in one pic for the entry! lol!

Anywhoozle, the Meetup Group is official. We have our first meeting date and everything. I can't wait to share tips, healthy habits, cooking tips, recipes, favorite activities, and just my life with other like-minded WLS people. Yes, when I go to WW meetings it is supportive and I know I need the meetings, but when I go to my monthly support group with other WLS people we understand each other more. Our struggles are understood better, because while similar to any healthy lifestyle the WLS person is physically a little different and usually dealing with far greater emotional issues with food and lifestyles changes than most other dieters.

I want to help my WLS community and hope that I have more of a turnout than just Josie and myself for the 22nd. And I hope that I make some nice WLS friends who are interested in changing themselves for the better like I am.

If you know anyone or are someone who has WLS and live in the CT area please give them or go to the link above and join my Meetup Group and RSVP for my event.

Thank you!


100 Pound Club!

Hello Everyone!

It has been official for one week now, I have officially lost 100 pounds since starting the Pre-Op Diet on April 7, 2011!! That is 100 pounds lost in less than six months, without a fill, just me and my minimally restrictive LapBand named Bob!

I am so very excited! I am down to 184 pounds, which not only is the 100 pound mark but also officially puts me in the OVERWEIGHT category for BMI and to think that just six short months ago I was not just obese but rather I was Morbidly Obese - and that just even sounds ugly "morbidly obese"!

184= 100lbs lost= officially overweight

What a day and what an adventure the past six months have held for me. To think that all of this started from attending a Doctors Appointment with Josie and Dr. Pal saying that she would recommend WLS for the both of us if we want to be healthy for our kids in the future. If it wasn't for that appointment who knows if I would have had the spark lit under my ass! Who knows if whatever finally clicked inside of me would have clicked?!

All I do know is that I went to the seminar and took the fast track in planning the surgery, no time for backing out this time around. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a reason - and it did!

I am so happy! I walk now and enjoy the feeling of my muscles stretching. I am taking Yoga, Power Yoga, and Spin classes. I get in physical activity every day of the week. I am energized and feel great! I have a much healthier relationship with both food and my body and mind. I am working on being the best overall Ashley that I can be.

I would not give one moment of this new lifestyle up, I love it! And finally at 28 years old I am really beginning to meet the real Ashley. And did you know the real Ashley has ribs and a hip bone?! The other day I thought I felt a growth on my side, it was just my hip bone, lol!

And yes, my humor is here forever! Some parts of me will never change while the other parts seem to just be improving!

Thank you all for your support! <3

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