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In Need of a Hobby

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

I have decided that I need some hobbies in addition to my volunteer work at the Library. I need something to take up the time I used to spend on eating. I used to plan my entire day around food, and now I need something to fill those spaces. I also need to find hobbies that are going to get me to be more active.

I have decided that going to the gym is a hobby. Of course, I aim to do this on most days. When I work on weekends, exercise is almost impossible. That is only every other weekend though. I have a good system of packing along my clothes, going to the gym, and then coming to work to get ready. That is one awesome thing about working for a large trucking company. We have awesome facilities available to use. I will take a private shower room over the gym any day!

I have also decided that I am going to try my hand at growing some things. I am going to get some cherry tomato plants and some herbs and start a little pot garden. I can't till up a space in my yard, but I am able to work it using some pots. I will give it a try, and if they do well, then I will expand the following year.

I go to my support group once a month, and have plans to attend another support group with a friend of mine. That would be two meetings a month. I recognize that there is a need for me to attend these groups.

I need to find another hobby besides spending money... that is for sure!!

I think that is all for now

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RADAZZLE 6/4/2012 12:32AM

    Sounds like a plan! emoticon

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KMIRANDA2000 5/29/2012 4:55PM

    How about more volunteerism!! Always makes you feel better and takes you away from whatever is bothering you.

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Pretty bummed out...

Monday, May 28, 2012

This is the first week since I have had surgery that I have not lost a significant amount of weight. I went from 220.8 to 220.6. I am wondering what is going on? Or if nothing is really going on, and it is just normal?

I am taking a close look at my logs to see if there is anything that needs to be changed, but that is hard since my medical team won't give me a calorie/carb/fat range to work with. They only give me a protein range, which isn't very helpful.

I then worry if my Implanon might have caused it.

I guess the only thing I can do is continue to follow my diet, track my food and exercise. I realize I need to drink more fluid... It is just something I am bad at. I always have been. I am not a big drinker.

If I don't lose next week, I am going to make an appointment with the RD to go over things, or at least I will fax her my food logs and she can look at them and get back to me.

It is seriously bothering me... I mean, I didn't gain anything, but I can't understand why I didn't lose weight. Like I said, we will see what happens next week, and go from there.

I know there are going to be weeks when I don't lose. I know that there are going to be weeks when I might even gain some, but I didn't think it would happen this early out...


well, time to exercise, the gym is closed, so I am going to do a Walk Away the Pounds DVD, then I am going to get ready for work.

That is all for now

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BRIGHTEYES86 6/5/2012 8:31PM

    Don't get discouraged.. you are doing a great job with the weight loss. Seeing you succeed makes me want to try harder. emoticon

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PANDAS10 6/4/2012 5:14PM

    Try not to get too down... looking at your food tracker, you seem to be doing very well. Just remember that weight loss in and of itself isn't the best indicator of health... even if the weight loss hasn't shown up on the scale, it will, and in the meantime you will still be healthier than you were 6 months ago.
Just remember that while gastric bypass can be a great tool, it isn't the only thing that will determine your outcome - learning to cope with these issues will make you stronger (mentally and emotionally) as you go through recovery and will help you to maintain your success for the longterm.
Although this is not something I would choose for myself, I'm always 100% behind those that do choose it.... Just stick with your plans, follow up with your doctor or RD as needed... if they think things are fine, then keep doing what you're doing while learning to accept all that comes with the process. You will be successful!

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BABARR67 6/3/2012 10:24PM

    Don't worry, Sweet. Your body needs time to adjust. After surgery I had weeks where I lost 5 lbs and weeks when I didn't lose anything... after 100 some pounds off I'm struggling with the last 5 to get my "free" WW. LOL. The point is to keep eating healthy. The weight loss is a byproduct of the healthy behavior. My bad thing recently has been lack of exercise. I stopped for awhile due to some minor varicose vein surgery and haven't gotten back into the swing. I need to start swingin' Gonna go write a blog on that topic. LOL. HUGS and try not to worry. As for hobbies... the more physical stuff you can think of, the better. I got back into horseback riding after 20 yrs. I just got a groupon for rock climbing. I did a couch to 5k thing that totally took off pounds and made me feel amazing bc I didn't really believe I could do it, til I did it. HUGS, BEV

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SETAGOAL1 5/28/2012 8:29PM

    You have not given up on yourself. You now know you are the only one that can make it happen for you.

You have the power to succeed or fail.

You have chosen to succeed.

Few baby steps complete a long journey

Writing is progress!!!

Janet- emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATTYR81 5/28/2012 2:34PM

    You've made it through the major milestone: actually having the WLS surgery- YAY! CONGRATS to you!!! You have clearly had awesome courage, determination and perseverence to get to this point.

I think you've got the right mindset: keep on sticking to your program and persevering some more. I am the Queen of wanting things now, so totally understand your point of view.

Hang in there! You are doing GREAT!

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Wonderful Rainy Sunday (photos)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Today turned out to be a productive day. After a yummy breakfast of an egg, 1/2 piece of whole wheat toast and 1/4 cup of mango (sorry, I didn't take a picture of it) I went to the gym. I did 60 mins of cardio. 30 of it I spent on the bike working through a weight loss setting, which varies resistance. Then I did 10 mins on the elliptical. I was very pleased with myself for that. It has been a long time since I have been on it, and I was happy that I could do 10 mins. Then I upped my game on the treadmill, taking my 22 min mile down to a 20 min mile. I was also very pleased with that.

After my workout, I was totally craving/jonesing an iced coffee. Since the nearest Starbucks is about 15 miles away, I decided to get one from Sheetz. I had to stop at Sheetz anyway because I was out of milk. I was hoping they had a quart of skim since I just threw almost an entire 1/2 gallon out, but they didn't so I ended up buying a 1/2 gallon, which I am sure will get wasted.

I took a nice sip of it, and it tasted very sweet to me. I had it made with skim milk (decaf espresso of course) but didn't really think much about it. My taste buds are a little off anyway since surgery. When I came home, I needed to look up the stats online so I could record it in my tracker. The small that I got was 184 calories. That was pretty puzzling to me since skim milk has about 80 calories a cup and espresso has none... I did the breakdown of nutrition by ingredient and came to find out that they used "espresso extract" which was 90 calories and 20g of sugar. No wonder it tasted so sweet to me!!! Needless to say, I tracked what I drank (about 1/2 of it) and threw out the rest. It didn't adversely affect me, but I still don't want to be drinking all of those empty calories and sugar. Next time I will either make mine at home, or just wait until I can go to Starbucks where they use straight up brewed espresso and skim milk.

For lunch I had a wonderful salad. I am so happy I can eat salad again.
1/2c of greens
1 oz of chicken
1 tablespoon reduced fat blue cheese
1 tablespoon of dried cranberries
1 tablespoon of Strawberry Balsamic dressing

I also made a salad for Monday and Tuesday for work

I then decided I wanted Turkey Meatloaf, so I made one. Holy crap! It was HUGE! I got 12 servings of 2oz each out of it. I am having 1/4 cup of carrots and 2 tablespoons of mashed sweet potatoes with it.
Dinner for the next 3 days

and of course... who could forget snack? Greek yogurt and fruit cocktail!

I am going to spend the rest of the night relaxing after I finish cleaning the kitchen and putting away the laundry.

I think that is all.


My new herb garden (photos)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I got a new mini herb garden at Lowe's tonight. I really hope it grows! I am a little worried because I can't keep it anywhere in direct sunlight... there really isn't anywhere in my house that gets it, and I am not sure about outside... I guess we will see

Ohhh, and why can't I live in a country where women don't shave? Seriously... I hate shaving. Of course, when I was a hippie chick in high school, I didn't shave.... but you know...

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KMIRANDA2000 5/27/2012 3:49PM

    Ugh...not a fan of shaving either, but being of Mediterreanean heritage, I'm afraid if I don't shave I'll be put on display in a circus.

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ERIN1957 5/27/2012 2:59PM

    that is a really a cute idea, gosh I hope it does well for you!

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HIPPIECHIC68 5/27/2012 12:14AM

    I am a hippiechic here in the good ole USA and I don't shave...of course I never wear shorts or short skirts either, lol! I much prefer soft hair to stubble, myself!

Love your garden...I want some more herbs in my kitchen...

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Orange Dream Desert (photo and recipe included)

Friday, May 25, 2012

I am going to my grandmother's for a cook out tomorrow, and I volunteered to make a desert to bring along. Obviously, my choices for deserts are very limited, so I wanted to make something that everyone (including myself) can enjoy

1 16oz container of 2% cottage cheese
1 box of sugar free jello (orange - but you can use any flavor you like)
1/2 a container of sugar free cool whip thawed
1 can of mandrin oranges

blend cottage cheese in food processor until smooth, then transfer to bowl. Add jello powder and mix together using electric mixer. Once it is mixed, add the cool whip and continue to mix until everything is mixed well. Drain oranges and fold them in.

I am not sure of the exact calories or anything since my serving size is very small. My taste buds (and more importantly my little pouch) enjoy this desert. Since it is made with cottage cheese, it helps get in some extra protein.

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JAMER123 5/26/2012 12:18AM

    This is a good recipe. I have made it before as well but I don't blend/process the cottage cheese. It has a good texture when you don't. I also use fat free cottage cheese and it works as well. Thanks for posting and get me thinking of a new salad for the weekend!! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 5/25/2012 3:17PM

    I have made this before but it has been a long time. Thank you for reminding me and sharing it with us. Have a wonderful celebration with your family and a great weekend.

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CHICKYBEE 5/25/2012 3:02PM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I love all those ingredients, and you have made one of my favorite dessert types -- jello/fruit/coolwhip combos -- possible for me enjoy again. This is a great substitute for something more fattening, and it is so easy to prepare. emoticon

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