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So after a 115 pound weight loss:

Apparently per my rheumatologist I am no longer bone on bone with my knees!  I am to take it easy with exercise, and to build up the muscle around my knees, but for the most part, I can start doing things I want to do as long as my body allows it.

Dancing, yoga, jogging—really anything I want to try.

2 Years ago yesterday…was my gastric sleeve surgery and while I am not at my lowest weight I am no where near my heaviest! I have had some regain but no guilt. I am so very grateful for my path here.

So…blessings today and always!

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · frustration · goal · weight loss · WLS


I believe that I have always been an open book.  Probably tell more than I should, but  accepting that this is where I am today and holding myself accountable.  So…I have gained 7 pounds and back to 192.4 lbs. UGH! 

I know what I have done to get here. I am not going back to where I was…stopping it now before it gets out of hand. 

Falling, but getting back up again.  Right?!


Asian · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Chicken · Recipes · Uncategorized · weight loss · WLS

Honey Garlic Chicken

David found this recipe, and I am a big believer in someone other than myself can figure out what to have for dinner.  You can find the original recipe here at The Recipe Critic.  She has a lot of yummy sounding foods to try, and I think I will be trying the slow cooker Mongolian beef next.

Made the sauce…

Sautéed the chicken thighs…

Stir together and serve. My plate. Tangy, sweet, a yummy dish that we will be making again.

David’s plate…with rice.



Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Meal Prep · Uncategorized · weight loss · WLS

Meal Prep

I am not the best at meal prep. 

The past couple of weeks however I have made an effort to cook enough for lunch and dinner to get us through the week. 

Dinner tonight with leftover kraut, brats cooked in cider and boiled potatoes. 

David’s plate. 

Chicken salad with sugared pecans for lunch for the week. 

Trying. Right? 


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · family · husband · share · thoughts · Uncategorized · weight loss · WLS

Guest Posts

In the next week or so, David (hubby), will be guest posting on his perspective on my weight loss journey and our new life. Obviously the changes we make affect the people around us, so I thought it might be good to hear from someone affected by my changes.

Hopefully, we will all be able to learn something about others touched by the weight loss journey.


Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Chicken · Recipes · Uncategorized · weight loss · WLS

Dijon Chicken

The day ended like it started, crazy.  So getting dinner on the table was really a miracle for me.  I didn’t take pictures of before or during—completely forgot.  At least I got pictures of the final product.

4 Boneless/skinless chicken thighs
1/4 cup of Dijon mustard
2 T of red wine vinegar
1-2 T Olive Oil
1 T of dried parsley (fresh would be better)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Pat the chicken dry.  Mix together the rest of the ingredients and coat the chicken.  Heat oil in pan, and sear until done.  These could have browned a bit more.  The vinegar added a nice tang with the mustard, and not heavy in taste.


My plate, with sauteed spinach (my favorite, of course).

I made these again last night, but cooked them in my iron skillet.  They browned a bit more, and flavor was better with that searing.

I made a pan sauce from the dripping by adding some wine and butter (1/3 cup wine, 3 pats of unsalted butter), and reduced it by half.  It was really nice over rice (again a standard in our house for the family).



Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Recipes · Thanksgiving · Uncategorized · weight loss

WLS and Thanksgiving

I received this from Dawn at NO MORE REGAIN… and would like to remind myself that the holiday is okay to eat, but not everything.

So…Dawn says:

The holidays can be fun, full of laughter & memories, but stressful, and exhausting. The good news is they don’t have to get you off track. Follow these simple strategies to stay focused:

  • Don’t skip breakfast, make a plan so that you eat first thing.   Have an egg or a green protein smoothie to balance blood sugars and keep cravings in control.
  • Take a dish you know is safe
  • Fill 75% of your plate with veggies
  • Sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes, this will prevent blood sugar spikes which will send you seeking for sugar
  • Enjoy the turkey or ham, perfect way to get good quality protein
  • Avoid all bread, rolls, noodles, and pasta
  • Avoid sugar, it is addictive and can take you down the wrong track.  Take a dessert that is made from fruit, like baked pear halves with chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey and a dash of cinnamon or try these Pecan Pie Lara Bars or any of the 20 copy-cat recipes.

Remember, if you want different results you can’t continue doing things the same.   Make Thanksgiving about the people, laugh a lot, play a game, take some pictures and get filled up with love by giving love away.

Thanks Dawn!

I am making roasted vegetables this year, and having both ham and turkey (will post recipes soon) so planning my day not to fail or just plain overeat.

Happy Thanksgiving week—we can do this!


Jerry Ann

diet · lifestyle change · Prism Diet · Weigh in · weight loss

Prism – 6 Weeks

Today marked my six weeks accomplished (I have used that word more in the past 4 days) with continuing in the program.

You can opt out of weighing, but I decided to get on the scale.  I am 11.5 lbs lighter.  I haven’t done the measurements, and need to as my clothes are much looser.  Any pound that is gone from me is one I will not miss. So I am thrilled with the results.  Almost 2 pounds a week for a loss.  Great!

I have struggled, been tempted to cheat, not continue, and just give up several times.  I have had encouraging friends and family to keep me going.  My goal is to be a healthy me.  Whatever that weight is, I know that it is much less of me now.

So, God is in control of my habits.  Trying to get a handle on letting go when I give things to God.  I am good with giving Him everything, but then take it back when He doesn’t answer when I want him to, or how I want Him to answer.


Another day.


Blessings abound.

Jerry Ann