Bariatric Surgery - My Story · sushi · Uncategorized · WLS


It was National Sushi ūüć£Day yesterday. I saw that it was trending on Twitter and talked David into going to dinner.

It was so good. I ended up eating the sashimi (no rice), and one piece of the California roll.


Affirmations · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Bible verse · college · Depression · Faith · goal · Goals · Uncategorized · WLS



Lately I have been struggling with what others say I don’t have.¬† Today I woke up with what I have accomplished.¬† My positivity came back.¬† I am staying in the direction that I feel God has led me on since the beginning.¬† Just because I don’t like what I am hearing, or what others are saying doesn’t mean that¬†God may lead me to stay the course instead.

College has been hard (for me with working full time).¬† Most of the time it is too much work, that it is too hard.¬† I want to walk away –sometimes (okay most of the time).¬† But I come back to “I am not a quitter.¬† I am a finisher!”¬† ¬†I need to put blinders on and concentrate on the end goal.¬† Just because I won’t finish college in the typical four years doesn’t mean I won’t finish.¬† A seven-and-a-half year college plan is a goal, right?¬† Semester after semester, just to keep plowing way, one class here, maybe two classes there.¬† Then one day, I will wake up and realize I have a degree.¬† But I won’t get there if I quit.

I won’t get to my weight goal if I keep thinking that eating cheese puffs and Chardonnay for dinner is healthy either.¬† I need to put the green, leafy vegetables in my mouth, drink water, and exercise for the plan to work.¬† Again, the goal of weight loss isn’t easy.¬† My gastric sleeve surgery was a tool to help me lose the weight, not for me to gain it back in a year.¬† I didn’t go through surgery to fail.

Every day is a new opportunity to succeed.  I felt deflated yesterday.  I cried yesterday.  Self pity is not pretty, but we all go through it.  Today is a new day.  I am planting new seeds.

Let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.¬†‚ÄĒ Galatians 6:9 ESV

Beginning again.

college · Courage · Depression · Quotes · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · storms · Uncategorized · venting · words


Yesterday afternoon I became deflated.  I am 95 percent of the time a happy, encouraging person.  I try to be that way with others, looking to the glass half full, to be positive.  God has a plan, and I work that plan.  I might not always agree with that plan, but I hang in there whatever the case might be.

And, I believe that He does have a plan.¬† I just feel flat.¬† That everything that I have worked for means nothing without a degree (work).¬† Of course, where I work is a state college, and that degree matters, and I so know that!¬† Don’t get me wrong.¬† It takes courage to say this –I am sad.

I have a technical degree from (an accredited school) thirty years ago that won’t transfer.¬† Again, that is okay.¬† My past brought me here, and I am thankful of my path for it has made me who I am.¬† But I am feeling worthless today.

I will be fine.  I will get through this.  There are much worse things out there, and we are fine!! I am not stating any of this for pity, or attention.  I am stating this for reality.  Because not everyday is bright and shiny.   I treasure every moment, and love my struggles (even algebra).  Oh, and I am still taking classes.  I will get that degree Рit may take me a while Рbut I will get it.

So, no pity. Just needed to vent.  And this too shall pass.

shall pass


grill · Pork · Sauce · Summer · Uncategorized

Pork with Plum Sauce

If you have been following this blog for any length of time – you know that David loves pork.¬† I search the internet, and my cookbooks trying to find new and exciting dishes to try…but in the end I come back to the tried and true recipes.¬† Sometimes the boring ones as well…

I had seen someone use plum jelly to use as a marinade or sauce (it might have been on Food Network somewhere), so I thought I would blend something up.

I used the approximate amounts of the following:

  • 1 Cup Lite Soy Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Maggie
  • 1/4 cup of minced Ginger
  • 1/4 cup of Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 cup of Plum jelly
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix well or until the jelly is dissolved.¬† Place pork chops (or any other meat) in the marinade for at least one hour before grilling.I grilled each side for about 5-6 minutes or until done.¬† Let it rest on a plate, covered with aluminum foil for about 5-8 minutes.I placed the remaining marinade in a sauce pan, and brought it to a boil.¬† Reduced it to a simmer, and reduced the amount by half.¬† When it was reduced, I added about 3 tablespoons of butter.¬† Whisk until blended.I served the bone in pork chop with sauteed mushrooms and roasted asparagus.¬† I tried to make¬†hollandaise sauce for the asparagus, but that did NOT work out (that is another post).¬† But at least the plum sauce turned out. I was super happy with the texture and the flavor.¬† Not sweet, had a nice tang or bite to it.¬† It was good.¬† David really loved it.I will be making the sauce again…and pork.¬† Lord help me…this boy and his pork.


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · cheese · dips · Summer · Uncategorized · WLS

Million Dollar Dip

This dip has been making it around social media lately so I thought I would try it.  I found the original recipe at Home Made Hooplah and made some minor changes.

  • 1 1/2¬†cup¬†mayonnaise. (I only used 1 cup)
  • 1¬†cup¬†shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¬†4¬†green onions¬†chopped small¬†
  • ¬†1/2¬†cup¬†pre-cooked bacon bits (real bacon – chopped)
  • ¬†1/2¬†cup¬†slivered¬†almonds
  • ¬†tortilla chips¬†for dipping (I had Ritz Crackers)

Measure, chopped, and place in a bowl.  Thoroughly blend or mix together.  Serve.  Yes, it is that simple!

I splurged and had three crackers with the dip.  Carmen and David enjoyed it, and I will be making it again.

Super simple, creamy, crunchy and yummy.


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · encourage · motivation · Quotes · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Sunday · Uncategorized · WLS


Yesterday, I posted a quote about being fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.

Today – surround yourself with those that will fan that flame!

Fan your flames-Rumi

Do you think about who surrounds you?  Who encourages you?

Will Smith talked about this, and actually asked to look at your phone to see who the last five text messages were from?  Then, what did they say?  Did they support you and your dreams?  Do you like what you see?

Surround yourself with people that are there for you, and fan those flames!