2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · beginnings · Exercise · Uncategorized · walking · weight loss · WLS

Crown

I am beginning a Couch to 5K program this morning. I am certain this will kill me. The old me.

I am excited for the future with this program, and the paths it will open for me.

I am not a runner. Never have been. But I want to get back in the habit of exercising. I know that my body isn’t going to like it at first…maybe never…but it will be good for my mind, body and soul.

What things do you do to stay in the healthy mindset? How are your New Year goals going this January?

Blessings!

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Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Hello Fresh · Korean · Meal Prep · Uncategorized · WLS

Hello Fresh Korean Beef BiBimBap

img_9215-1Okay…so we got a discount code for Hello Fresh. To be honest…I wasn’t a big fan of it due to cost, but with the menu selections that were available, I found this recipe for Korean Beef BiBimBap.  I love this recipe, and the ease of preparation presented.img_9216-1I was able to cook to the recipe, and add the amount of spice that was good for me.  I love that!  It was authentic tasting, and perfect for the home cook.Bonus for me:  David is not a fan of Korean food (although, after tasting this, he did agree that is good!), so I ended up making four (4) dishes of this. FOUR! Lunch and dinner with four servings…love my gastric sleeve! And Hello Fresh!!  I now have a good, simple recipe to replicate with my own ingredients (simple ingredients) that I can find at the grocery store.  Have you tried a home delivery package such as Hello Fresh?  Thoughts?

Blessings.

2019 · Affirmations · Autoimmune · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · lupus · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · Uncategorized · weight loss · WLS

Ten Year Challenge

Ya, so I got caught up in this…

First profile picture:

And then December 2018:

I posted that it is a ten year difference, and 115 pounds!!

So incredibly proud of my ten years. I really am in love with my wrinkles. Really!

What do you love about the last ten years? But really? I am so grateful for my weight loss surgery and the gifts it has given me.

I haven’t been well the past couple of days…but I can guarantee that if I didn’t have gastric sleeve I would be much worse now.

I am so thankful for so many things…but especially my surgery.

Blessings.

2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · beginnings · Goals · Uncategorized

Road

dolly quote

I know that I have posted this before…but I needed it again.  Discovering the roads that you want to walk down are the hardest.  Paving one should be easier right since it is your path.

Choices…not just the right way or the wrong way…but every decision begins with a step–down a path—but, is it the path you want to be on is the question.

Blessings.

 

2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · encourage · Friday · Goals · motivation · Uncategorized · WLS

Friday

friday #5 walt

Fridays are typically days for relaxation and reflection….this quote makes me think of something more for a Monday motivation.

So, are you curious for new paths?  Seeking new things?  Trying anything new?  Scared?  Sounds good to me! Ha!

Happy Friday…blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Health · kale · snacks · Uncategorized · WLS

Kale Chips

When Carmen was home last week for Christmas, she brought with her a bag of chopped kale.  She forgot it, and I decided to make some kale chips with it.

I went through the bag (sorted, washed and dried).  Place the kale in the bowl.The secret to baking these chips is using the olive oil sparingly.  Placing about a tablespoon of olive oil in the bowl, then rubbing the leaves with the oil.  You won’t use a lot of oil this way, and each leaf will be thoroughly coated.Place on a baking sheet, bake at 275 degrees for about 15-18 minutes. Some pieces may need longer cooking times, turn those and keep checking on them. These can burn rapidly.

Place the chips in a paper towel and salt immediately.

Store these in a Tupperware or zip lock bag.

I like these. I like the feeling of healthy snacking.  Trying something new…

Blessings!

2019 · accomplishment · amazed · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · family · Instagram · Millionaire · Social Media · Uncategorized · WLS

Top Nine

That bottom part…where I have 1.9k likes in 2018! Crazy. Thank you for all of the love.

My Instagram…I am not nearly as motivated with it as I have been with this blog, and I still garnered 1.9k in likes!!

Ah…social media.

Blessings.

2019 · Affirmations · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · blog · Blogging · Enough · New Year · Passion Planner · Uncategorized · WLS

New Year Plan

For the past two years, I have blogged everyday.  It was a Passion Planner goal, and I was successful at it.  I have gained 241 new followers (began with 7 in January 2017)…thank you.  Crazy for me to think that so many of you actually want to read my crazy writing.

Thank you again!

Most days I love blogging, and coming up with new things to post about.  Most of the time I blog one to two days for the week ahead.  Or I post about things that have been completed or done in the past (like trips or travel).  I am bothered by instant blogging as I don’t think I can do that with my schedule and anxiety.

I am taking a class again this semester towards my AA.  Only one class a semester and if I only do two classes in 2019 I will be okay with that.

What I keep coming back to is that I am enough – right now.  That work, taking classes or stressing over any of those things will not make me a better person.  If I stress over the event itself how does that benefit anyone especially me.

In Oprah’s January 2019 magazine issue, Kacey Musgraves is quoted “Not every pebble is a boulder.  It’s a good reminder, because I can easily sweat the small stuff.”  -as her best piece of advice.

That statement is so true for me.  I sweat the small stuff now, so I don’t need to add any.  But how do I do that?  I have to remind myself daily that I am ENOUGH.  That brings me back to the blog.  I am not sure I will be able to maintain blogging every day.  It is a hope, but not realistic for me.  I will do my best…

I come back to this: MY word for 2019—ENOUGH.  I am enough at work, at school, blogging, as a Mom, friend, wife.  In all things I am enough.

Happy New Year, and many blessings to you and your families.