Health · lupus · pain · Uncategorized

Patches

Most days I am okay…some days I need help. My pain in my back and shoulder is manageable, with pain patches.  I wear these most recently two times a week.  It helps with pain management, and coping with day to day movement.

Lupus and the pain associated with it sometimes kicks my bootie. Detox baths help with my lower body, but these help with my back and shoulders.

Tomorrow is always another day!!

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Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Chicken · cruise · Health · Home Chef · onions · Uncategorized · WLS

French Onion Chicken

One of the things that David ordered every night on the cruise was French Onion soup.  So I thought I would try to find recipes with the same type flavors to cook for him once we got home.  I found this recipe at Home Chef and decided to give it a try.  We didn’t make the salad, but I copied the recipe completely from their site for your information.  Our pictures are at the bottom.

Ingredients: (for 2)

  • 2 fl. oz. Sherry Wine
  • ¼ fl. oz. Sherry Vinegar
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 3 Thyme Sprigs
  • 4 oz. Grape Tomatoes
  • 12 oz. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  •  1 cup Panko Breadcrumbs
  •  1½ oz. Swiss Cheese Slices
  • 4 oz. Baby Arugula
  • Nutrition (per serving)  (note this is for the complete meal)

  • Calories

    594

  • Carbohydrates

    27g

  • Fat

    32g

  • Protein

    43g

  • Sodium

    1393mg

Recipe Steps:

You Will Need: Olive Oil  Salt Pepper

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Both sherry wine and sherry vinegar are used in this meal. Make sure to use the correct one: Sherry wine helps caramelize onions, and sherry vinegar is added to vinaigrette.

    Peel and halve onion. Slice onion into thin strips. Stem thyme. Halve tomatoes. Pat chicken breasts dry, and season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper.

    Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tsp. olive oil and onion to hot pan and spread into a thin layer. Reduce heat to medium and cook undisturbed, 3-4 minutes. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir often until onions are a deep golden brown, 5 minutes. Add thyme and sherry wine (not vinegar). Cook until wine is evaporated, 2-3 minutes. Transfer onion to a plate and set aside. Wipe pan clean and reserve. While onion caramelizes, make vinaigrette.

    Mix panko and ½ tsp. salt on a plate. Add a chicken breast to panko and coat completely, pressing firmly to adhere. Shake gently to remove excess breading. Repeat with second chicken breast. Place a medium oven-safe non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and chicken breasts to hot pan. Sear on one side, 2-3 minutes.

    Flip chicken, and place pan in oven. Roast until chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 9-11 minutes per side. Carefully, divide onions between chicken breasts and cover each with cheese. Return to oven and roast until cheese melts, 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven and rest 5 minutes.

    Combine sherry vinegar and 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a mixing bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add arugula and tomatoes to mixing bowl with vinaigrette and toss to coat completely. Plate dish as pictured on front of card. Bon appétit!

Ours:

Chicken breasts (they were huge, so we cut them up, patted dry, coated in panko) seared in some oil.Caramelized the onion (only used one large yellow onion – will use more next time).Followed the instructions for the chicken, the covered the chicken with the onion, the the cheese.Baked until the cheese was melted, and gooey.This was really good.  The flavor was spot on, although we both think it needs more salt and pepper —we both loved it.

Blessings!

2018 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · blog · Blogging · goal · Goals · Health · new habits · Uncategorized · walking · WLS

2018 Goals

I have decided to continue blogging daily.  I never really thought I would be able to do it every day in 2017 but I did.  I had help from family, and lots of encouragement from friends.  I pre-scheduled most of my posts throughout the week and as I would have time to write on the weekend.

I have also decided that this is the year for me to conquer six college classes, and to continue to my goal weight.  It will be busy starting back to work on today (and Carmen goes back to LSU).  Planning will be the key for homework, meals, and exercise.  My Passion Planner is ready to help, I just have to use it.

Apparently, it can take 18-254 days to form a habit.  Hoping that I can kick into gear and accomplished another 20-30 pounds down this year.  Really not wanting it to take forever, but healthy habits would be a good thing. Regain is thing.  I know that I am not perfect, and can’t do everything. But wanting to be better than where I am.

So goals:

Blog daily–again!

Classes – take 6 this year, and increase my gpa.  Will be okay with “C’s” but…

Weight – get back on track and lose 20-30 – hit goal weight!

Walk – Four 5k’s (beat my time of 54:35)!

Meal plan – plan to succeed—right?

Stay organized, and not become overwhelmed.  Anxiety will not control me this year!

What are you goals for the year?  How are you planning on succeeding?

Blessings for today, and for 2018!

Health · HIV National Test Day · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized

HIV Testing Day

Today is HIV National Testing Day.

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) was first observed on June 27, 1995.

The 2017 federal theme is “Test Your Way. Do It Today”.

I have spoken before about how old I am (50), and growing up in the 1980’s HIV wasn’t really known.  I am a big believer in health checks.  Mammograms are vital in catching breast cancer. Pap smears if you are sexually active, and HIV testing.

Click here for more links to where to test, and more in general about HIV testing.

You are your own advocate!

Blessings.