2019 · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Depression · family · friends · Grief · Random Stuff · Random Thoughts · thoughts · Uncategorized · WLS

There

Trying to stay in the moment. Shari is the one in the middle, and Hank’s precious wife. I love these women. Yesterday was a hard day, but glorious in the way Hank touched so many lives. I am thankful for being his friend.

What I don’t like is how I look in this picture. I feel as though I am huge. I know that I shouldn’t even be thinking this but when I first saw this I immediately thought about my size.

There. We were there when we needed to be. I will be there when I need to be for Shari and her family. I need to just to not obsess about this. Ugh!

Struggling.

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Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Dinner · Health · Uncategorized · Vegetables · WLS

Green Beans and Mushrooms

Last weekend, I went to our local farmers market.  I picked up some great items, one of which, I used in this recipe.img_9378I got some amazing green beans, and cucumbers.  I ended up cleaning the green beans, by snapping the ends off, then rinsing them. img_9396I par-boiled 3/4’s of the beans for about 6-7 minutes.  Plunged them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.Chopped two shallots, and sauteed until translucent in a bit of olive oil and salt.Once the shallots are almost clear, add mushrooms.  I used baby portbella’s.After about five minutes of sauteing the mushrooms, I added the green beans.  Seasoned with salt and pepper as well.  You may need to add more oil.  Again, after 5 minutes of cooking all of it together, add about a half of a cup of Sherry.Cook for about three minutes so that the alcohol can be cooked out.  Earlier in the day, I had roasted a bulb of garlic.  I chopped two cloves, and added it to the pan.img_9418.jpgimg_9417.jpgFor the finishing, I added two tablespoons of butter (unsalted).  img_9418.jpgContinue to cook until the Sherry is reduced as this doesn’t have much of a sauce. img_9423.jpgI cheated and served this with a rotisserie chicken.  I loved the freshness of the green beans, and the earthiness of the mushrooms.  It was a very hearty side dish that made me feel less guilty of not making the roast chicken.My plate (still using a small salad plate as my serving plate).  And, David liked it as well.

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Uncategorized · WLS

Black Rice

When I did The Daniel Plan, they recommended eating Black Rice instead of white or even brown. To me, it is in between brown rice and wild rice.

Cool per the directions (2 cups water-1 cup rice ratio), and I added salt and unsalted butter.  We cook our rice in the microwave, as we have a tendency to burn or have the rice stick to the bottom of the pan when we cook it on the stove top.It has a nutty flavor, and a nice chew or bite. I really liked it but David was eh about it.  I served it with roasted Brussels Sprouts, and bake salmon with cherry sauce.  I really felt like I was cheating on my plan (having rice).  I loved the richness of the taste, and absolutely loved the colors on my plate.

Blessings.

2019 · Affirmations · Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Goals · Uncategorized · WLS

Be

This was  a carmel chocolate candy wrapper.  It spoke to me.  I really haven’t ever thought I would be someone anyone would want to look up to.  But why not?  Why wouldn’t others want to be me?! Ha.  But really?  Why don’t I look up to me?  Goals?

Blessings.

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!

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 · 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.