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04-13-13 - 1-1/2 wks after RNY Gastric Bypass surgery! I feel like a million!

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Member Since: 2/11/2009

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After being a yo-yo dieter and having a life long struggle with obesity, I chose Gastric Bypass surgery. I am no longer on HBP or chloresterol medications and am no longer Type-2 diabetic!!! Still use APAP. Have not been back to pulmonary doctor for new sleep study since surgery. Will go when I hit my goal of 149#.

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Journal what I eat! Eat organic whole foods... no grains, no sugar, no dairy except my own kifer. Daily meditation and activity.

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My name is Cathy. I live in Denver. Born and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, but moved here in 1978 and fell in love with Colorado. Northern Minnesota is beautiful, too, and I still have lots of family back there, so I try to visit once a year. I recently bought a small very efficient condo in a 55+ golf course community. The golf course is my front yard :) I have wonderful walking paths right out my front door and incredible amenities; indoor and outdoor swim pools, hot tub, sauna, tennis courts, horse shoe pit, exercise classes and every kind of activity you could imagine. I plan to take advantage of all my new community has to offer! My community is adjacent to Cherry Creek Reservior State Park which has an awesome network of paths for walking or biking. I have one daughter who has given me the son (in law) I never had and two wonderful teenage grandchildren who are awesome athletes. Much of my free time is spent watching their games!

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Would love to communicate with members from all over the world, so please write me! I love to travel! I love all kinds of crafts: scrapbooking, hand-made rubber stamped cards, beading & jewelry making, sewing, quilting, crocheting, stained glass, mosaics. I have an aquarium. I love to garden, to read, to play cards. I miss having pets. I LOVE to cook, just do it differently! Love local farmers markets, local festivals, free concerts in the parks, wine tastings, movies, the theater... I have replaced my unhealthy, over-eating, inactive lifesyle with a new healthy, active lifestyle and incorporate all these things I love!

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    ALDI's has a good price on quinoa; don't know that it is organic however (it might be, I just don't remember).

    Have you experienced any positives since going grain-free? Has it been 8 weeks yet (the gurus say it takes a full 8 wks to get gluten out of your system)?

    I'm on a similar path but have not gone grain free. Yet.

    The single thing that would help me the most and make the biggest difference in my life and health, is EATING MUCH LESS. Somehow, I continue to struggle with practicing that simplistic truth . . .

    In BS2, everything makes a difference. By that I mean, all of the "little" things added up together, is what Dave calls the passion or the emotion or the 'gazelle intensity', and it is what will get the ball rolling faster. Becoming a home economist (learning to practice frugality at all times in every area, learning and conquering one new area at a time) as well as the 2nd job, packing lunches to work, batchcooking at home so you have homemade burritos (rice & beans, ha ha!) in the freezer, etc etc. I used to get stuff ready for a crockpot at night before bed, get stuff ready for breakfast before bed, and pack 2 lunches with my keys. In the morning I'd eat breakfast, put the stuff in the crockpot and turn it on, and take the lunches with me (keys were so I couldn't leave w/o remembering the lunches). One I'd eat at lunch; the other I'd eat on the way to job #2. When I got home, I'd empty the crockpot into containers and label & date them, and put 1/2 in fridge and 1/2 in freezer. Everything goes on sale in (normal) (not Sam's) grocery stores every 8 - 12 weeks. All of the weekly grocery sales flyers are online; so if you need ____ this week, you can go online, pull up the flyers of your local stores, and see who has the best price on ________.

    I used to clean out the fridge one day per week, shop the weekly grocery sales flyers online that day, menu plan off of the sales + what's on hand, and put things I "found" when I cleaned out the the fridge into the crockpot, and plug it in the next morning. That was my routine for Fridge Cleanout Day, the day before Grocery Day.

    The following day was Grocery Day & Produce Prep day. Never enough time not to mention energy, to cook from scratch as well as grocery shop too on the same day, so that's why I always had a crockpot meal ready so I didn't have to cook on Grocery Day.

    The groceries were easy to put away b/c the fridge was cleaned out and had space waiting. Then I prepped the veggies so I'd actually eat them w/o wasting them; I made crudite platters, salad in Tupperware, chopped and diced and peeled and washed the stuff on my menu plan, soaked dried beans overnight and made homemade chicken broth in the crockpot if called for, etc.

    The day after Grocery Day was Batchcooking Day. By that time I already had the menu plan, the groceries in the house, the dried beans ready to use, the produce prepped, etc, so could make alot of food from scratch in a short amount of time.

    After living this way intentionally for a few short weeks, it's easy to have a well-stocked freezer and fridge with all home-made, unprocessed food, which was all bought at the "deepest sale", most frugal prices.

    Eventually I changed to grocery shopping and meal planning every two weeks instead of weekly.

    And as time went on, eventually, not right away but eventually, I only grocery shopped, meal planned, and batchcooked once a month.

    When you get to that point, you can wait for chicken breast (or the whatever) to go on sale at it's deepest sale price, and stockpile it in the freezer for cooking later. When I got to that point, I'd get weekly produce, plus whatever was the deepest sales price if I didn't already have some, and that was it. Spent very, VERY little money, weekly, on groceries at that point.

    I look forward to returning to those days, as soon as I get gainful employment so I can have my own apt again.

    Dave says you can make far more money working for those around you, than you can at most 2nd jobs. He's talking about house cleaning, car washing, grass cutting, pet walking, etc etc. I'm looking forward to that, too, as soon as I have a place to call my own & neighbors. I'm going to print business cards with just my name and number, and put housecleaning, dog walking, painting, etc on the top and bottom borders in fine print, with name & number in the front and center.

    Currently job hunting is my full-time job. I'm also working 30 - 40hrs a week at a fast food job, which is really hard for me at 53. Thank God I found Dave Ramsey first, before my professional job & world crashed; and got out of debt, and now know EXACTLY what to do when I get a real job again. I'm soooo ready . . .

    Dave has helped literally millions, LITERALLY millions, of people get out of debt, and you can do it too. Just follow the babysteps like a prescription. Also I attended Financial Peace University (FPU), 3 times at 3 different churches, while I was learning the debt-free lifestyle ala Dave's way. I became debt free in the first few weeks of the 3rd class. The personal support and personal encouragement was exceptional, and unexpected; and seeing and listening to Dave on DVD every week was wonderful, too. I cannot put a value on how wonderful FPU was for me. It's free for life, after the first time. I'll probably go again just for the support, when I get my real job and home of my own again. Highly, Highly, HIGHLY recommend FPU.
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    emoticon i added you as a spark friend as we have so much in common .. age (i will be 58 in July) & especially all our different crafting loves, gardening , etc etc .. you wrote me an spark mail a while back about it (that is how i found you) but i had just joined two new clubs and it got buried under all the 'welcome to the so & so club' mails .. so, anyway, i hope you add me as a friend too, but if not, i will still look in on you from time to time .. hope you had a great week, and wishing for you a great weekend and a great "meeting your goals' for June .. hugs emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1118 days ago
    thank you for ur post ! i look forward to talking to you more. Please take care of yourself. And if you find yourself coming to Paris, please let me know, and I will treat you to a café ,or wine.
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    1423 days ago
    Cathy, I just saw your news about the bipass. I pray you are healing quickly and that this works perfectly for you. I am going to check and see if you wrote a blog yet.
    1532 days ago
    Thank you for adding me as a friend GRMACAT!
    I would love to be friends and share this journey with you.
    Bless you
    1536 days ago
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