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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I know I have been MIA lately, and I am sorry for that. I have had so much going on and it all came to a head when I found out that I have to have a hysterectomy April 1st. I am not nervous about the surgery... I am actually looking forward to an end to all of the problems that have been plaguing me for years. What I am nervous about is the recovery.

My husband will be taking 3 days off of work. he would take more, but my mom will be here to help me. My mom and step dad were planning to come March 21 for a visit and once they found out I have to have surgery extended their trip until April 15. It is nice that they will be here for a week before - we can do all of the fun stuff we had planned to do, and my mom can go with me to my pre-op stuff. It will be a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE help that they are here for 2 weeks after.

Of course, food is an issue. My mom is an amazing cook, but she cooks like Paula Deen. "Let's have some butter with our mayo with our bacon fat!" type cooking. Two weeks of that will kill me. (Although, from what I have read, my tummy issues may go away after the surgery. **Fingers Crossed**) I am going to have to rely on everyone for everything (helping me stand up, bringing me food, walking with me, etc.) so I don't want them to have to worry about meals, too. I am afraid of becoming a burden. emoticon To help solve the problem, I am making ahead some meals for the post-op freezer.

I was told it would be a minimum of 6 weeks before I could cook, so I am aiming for at least 5 of each meal. (My family doesn't care if they eat the same thing every week for a few weeks.)

So far, I have:
8 meals of pulled pork - A huge package of pork butt from Sam's club. Only $23 for the whole thing! I used Tyler Florence's rub recipe and will premake and freeze eight sauce packet. (I didn't want to freeze the meat and sauce together, because Marty said that while it was defrosting the meat would break down and possibly get soggy.) The sauce is super simple... Mix ketchup, honey and Worcestershire sauce to taste. (Usually 1 cup, 1/4 cup and 1-2 teaspoons.) I know I will be asked to pack up and move away from Mississippi for saying this emoticon but we like sweet bbq sauce over vinegar sauce.

5 meals of taco meat - 90/10 ground meat from Sams, browned, rinsed and mixed with taco seasoning. Just add shredded romaine, shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and diced tomatoes and I will be happy. The boys like their taco salad with tortilla chips, but I never bother.

6 meals of turkey pot pie filling - The turkey was roasted today and it will be made in to pot pie filling tomorrow. Just defrost, toss in to a pan and add drop biscuits on top. Yum!

I plan to make:
Grilled chicken breasts - Sam's will mark some of their breasts down soon, and I will grab a few packs. (Each pack is *I think* 16 breasts.) I will season and grill all of them and then slice some for salads, quesidillas etc. and leave some whole for bbq chicken sandwiches, etc.

Valeria's sauce - Valeria is a friend of ours (Italian but living in Germany) who showed me hoe to make the easiest, best tasting sauce you will ever have! In fact, it is the only sauce two of my boys will eat.
Here it is with meat and here it is without. Either way, it is good!

Hamburgers - I will just buy the preformed fresh burgers from sam's and FoodSaver them. We don't like frozen burgers (too much fat and a weird taste and texture) but these freeze well. Add some beef gravy and you have Salisbury steak, one of my step dad's favorites.

Greek Chicken - Toss in a pita with some shredded romaine and tzatziki and I am a happy camper!

So far, that is all. I will let you know what else I make! If you have any suggestions for meals that freeze well, I would love to hear them!

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REINOVPH 3/7/2009 9:04PM

    Wow, you have really been busy with the planning for your surgery. Sorry to hear that you have had problems. You have my thoughts and prayers for a easy surgery and a speedy recovery! The fact that you are eating healthier WILL help you to recover more quickly, though. Again, may God bless you and your family!

Paula emoticon

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BUN3KIN 3/5/2009 9:48AM

    Thanks Debbie. I will keep you updated. emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/4/2009 11:56PM

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Be sure to keep in touch.

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I am still here!

Friday, February 06, 2009

It seems like forever since I posted. I am still here and still sparking, I promise!

Since I am unable to workout I decided to stop weighing myself. It was just upsetting me. emoticon I am still watching what I eat, though.

My feet are about 97% better right now. I am hoping that within the next week I will be able to start working out again. I am kind of bummed that all of the progress I made with Turbo Jam might be out the window, but at least I will have the opportunity to learn again!

Anyway, I am still here and still reading the team boards when I can.

Have a great day!


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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/7/2009 1:41AM

    Good to hear you are still here.
When you start working out begin slowly. no fast ahrd stuff.
You willb enefit more that way.

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Short Term Goals

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

I have decided to change my goal a little bit. I am still planning to lose 100lbs total (maybe a smidge more... we will see when I get closer) but I have decided that staring that such a large number is just a little overwhelming, so I am aiming for 199.

If I lose 2 lbs a week, it would take me 23 weeks to get there. But, since I am laid up right now, I am going to set the goal to be at 199 6 months from whenever I am given the all clear to exercise again.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/28/2009 8:14PM

    I really hope you don't come to 3 month plateaus like I ahve. Those really suck.

Good luck!


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MOMMA48 1/28/2009 6:58PM

    Shorter goals are so much better for the soul and the attitude. The sooner you can achieve one goal, you move on to the next. Good idea and good luck!!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Well, we have tried both Barilla Plus and Ronzoni Smart Taste and still can't decide which one to use.

The kids liked both and didn't even notice a difference between them and "real" pasta. (But teenage boys aren't the most observant people on earth, so I'm not surprised.)

I looked up the nutrition information, and I think it just comes down to what you are looking for. The Barilla has 20 more calories per serving, but also more protein and sodium. The Ronzoni has 2.25g more fiber but 5g more carbs.

Barilla Plus-
200 calories
1g fat
0 cholesterol
25 mg sodium
38g carbs
4g fiber
1g sugar
10g protein

180 calories
1g fat
0 cholesterol
5mg sodium
43g carbs
6.25 fiber
1g sugar
6 g protein
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BUN3KIN 1/28/2009 4:31PM

    Sure thing! I hope it helps!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/27/2009 9:40PM

    Sounds good. thanks for the info.


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Monday, January 26, 2009

Today I was waaaaaay below my calories for the day by dinner time. I eat the same breakfast every day (1 serving oatmeal, brown sugar, pecans and a fruit) and eat about the same thing for lunch every day... what the heck was the difference?

Snacks. I didn't snack today like I usually do. I just wasn't hungry during the day. Now, even with eating a Paczki (Polish Mardi Gras donut) I am still below my calorie count for the day!

So now, I have to find a happy medium. I need to snack enough that I am not hungry throughout the day, don't go over my calorie range, but still meet my caloric needs for the day.
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BUN3KIN 1/27/2009 11:05AM

    I am getting enough food... at least I think I am. I am not hungry, so I think I am? emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/26/2009 11:28PM

    fruit and pecans/walnuts/cashews/almonds.

You need variety. How's the weight loss coming along? I say no brown sugar on the aotmeal unless it is the splenda brown sugar. You need meals with protein. I hope you are getting enough foods.


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EMMAKATE218 1/26/2009 9:54PM

    I'm struggling with the same problem! Boo!

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