DRAGON-CHICK's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=DRAGON%2DCHICK DRAGON-CHICK's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ What do you REALLY want? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6461738 Ok, what do I really want? <BR> <BR> I want to be a normal size; I don't need to be skinny. <BR> I want to wear fun clothes and not pick clothes that just fit. <BR> I want to have energy to do anything I want. <BR> I want to be healthy, and not worry about diabetes. <BR> I want to be proud of myself. <BR> <BR> Sadly I have opposing desires. <BR> <BR> I want to sit on my couch and watch TV. Or take a nap. <BR> I want to eat and drink whatever I feel like. <BR> <BR> Guess who's winning? ... Sat, 10 Feb 2018 17:02:55 EST How do you handle regain? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6460603 Now I know you don't have this issue. Not me either. Of course. <BR> I'm talking about the friend of a distant cousin's neighbor's school chum. <BR> <BR> It goes like this: <BR> <BR> - Lose weight. <BR> - Gain some back. <BR> - Lose again. <BR> - Gain again. Maybe just a little. Maybe even more. <BR> <BR> Okay, okay... you get the idea. <BR> <BR> So the issue is being overwhelmed by a soul crushing and demoralizing sense of self betrayal leading to self hatred and the belief... Wed, 7 Feb 2018 11:00:46 EST Installing cabinet drawers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459997 Well, this didn't count as cardio, but it sure felt like a workout! <BR> <BR> One of the steps in the Beck Diet Solution is to prep your house. Well, it is helpful for any lifestyle change, right? <BR> <BR> Aside from getting rid of trigger foods, I wanted my home to be a bit more user friendly. <BR> So to start, I bought some drawers for my base cabinets on Amazon, trying to get my kitchen to be more convenient to actually cook in. <BR> <BR> The instructions said it should take 30 minute... Mon, 5 Feb 2018 18:51:44 EST Have you read The Beck Diet Solution? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459406 I'm just starting to read this great book: The Beck Diet Solution. <BR> It's not a diet. It's a way of thinking about your lifestyle, and making a plan work for you. <BR> The idea is to embrace it, adding a new practice every day, so you're not overwhelmed by everything all at once. And it works with any diet or lifestyle. <BR> <BR> I think if I'm able to follow the suggestions, it will really work for me. <BR> If you're struggling, it might help you, too. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://ph... Sun, 4 Feb 2018 09:36:19 EST Is anybody out there? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6459155 Hi there! <BR> <BR> I can't even believe it's been almost TWO years since my last blog. <BR> Wondering if any of my old friends are still around? Or newbies? <BR> <BR> I intend to start blogging again, and I hope you'll join me on my journey. Feel free to comment, or not, if you don't feel comfortable... <BR> <BR> It's time for me to get back on track, and I plan to start recording parts of my plan and my journey here. Maybe I'll write about other things too! <BR> <BR> I am into, in no... Sat, 3 Feb 2018 13:50:12 EST Happy St Pat's! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6121421 <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/41bfc43d-1420-4b66-bb6e-ab24d0fcbdf0.gif"> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 12:30:46 EST What is Cloud Bread? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6114225 Cloud bread is a soft and fluffy bread replacement! <BR> <BR> I used the recipe from this site because it called for baking powder instead of cream of tartar which I didn't have on hand. <BR> <BR> <link>thebigapplemama.com/2016/01/no-carb-<BR>cloud-bread.html </link> <BR> <BR> It's very easy to make! <BR> - 3 eggs, separated <BR> - 3 Tablespoons cream cheese <BR> - 1/4 teaspoon baking powder (or cream of tartar) <BR> - Optional: 1 tablespoon Honey or some natural sweetener, salt, g... Tue, 8 Mar 2016 10:44:51 EST I love coffee, but... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6104428 Continuing my WLS blog series ... <BR> <BR> I wrote about attending a support session and discussing coffee. Let's face it, most of us LOVE coffee! Yes, some people hate it, and I wish I were one of them. <BR> <BR> So... There was this conversation about coffee. It's not a good idea to drink it. But it's so difficult to give up! No kidding! <BR> <BR> Of course there is the caffeine jitters and keeping me up all night, but that's just a given, right? <BR> <BR> Caffeine is a diuretic... Thu, 25 Feb 2016 08:41:20 EST WLS support is so important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6103523 Continuing my WLS blog series... <BR> <BR> I recently attended a WLS support session. <BR> <BR> The room was filled with of all kinds of people. Some were still trying to decide to have the surgery, some had their WLS years ago, and some were at every stage in between; every weight range, a large age range, many ethnicities; some shy, some outspoken. It was a great group. <BR> <BR> People talked about the New Year, and recommitting to their new food and fitness lifestyles. <BR> <BR> ... Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:24:26 EST Guilt is a wasted emotion http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6102640 I'm taking a break from my WLS blogs because I'm tired and feeling guilty for feeling so selfish. <BR> <BR> "Guilt is a wasted emotion" my friend quotes her mother. And it's so true. <BR> <BR> If you've done something, or neglected to do something, that you feel guilty about.. try to fix it, or just get past it, and move on! Right? <BR> <BR> This could be something as minor as going off a diet or skipping a workout. <BR> <BR> In my case, I have a couple of elderly relatives who need hel... Tue, 23 Feb 2016 07:13:38 EST WLS recipe - Mini Fritattas http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6101855 Since having WLS, portion controlled recipes, like those made in muffin tins, have been life savers! <BR> <BR> I love making little egg bites, loosely based on the great recipes I've found on The World According to Egg Face - Check it out! <BR> <BR> <link>theworldaccordingtoeggface.blogspot.<BR>com/2009/10/party-time-confetti-bites.<BR>html </link> <BR> <BR> Egg bites <BR> <BR> 1 1/4c Egg Beaters <BR> 1 c. Sauteed, chopped peppers and onions and/or mushrooms <BR> or fine... Mon, 22 Feb 2016 08:19:22 EST Back to "normal" http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6098760 Continuing my WSL blog series... <BR> <BR> What is normal? <BR> I'm not sure I can answer that easily - yet. <BR> <BR> I can suggest a few things I don't feel are normal: <BR> - bingeing <BR> - eating only a few foods <BR> - eating mindlessly <BR> <BR> Ok, so I don't exactly feel like I'm eating normally yet. Not sure I will ever get there automatically, but I am trying. <BR> <BR> Since my WLS, I've been eating very limited foods, in very limited quantities. I'm not sure I've had a... Thu, 18 Feb 2016 06:11:36 EST Baked Ricotta http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097946 The first thing that I "cooked" after WLS was baked ricotta. <BR> Lasagna has got to be my favorite food, so when this was a suggestion of something easy to eat, I was quite pleased. <BR> <BR> It was just some part skim ricotta, topped with a little smooth tomato sauce and topped with shredded mozzarella, and baked in the smallest ramekin I could find, until the cheese on top melted. Yum! <BR> <BR> I could only eat half of it in the early days, but that was okay. It was so nice to have some... Wed, 17 Feb 2016 07:57:06 EST My epic fail in the kitchen http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6097100 I don't consider myself to be either a great cook, or a disaster in the kitchen; I'm not sure where I went wrong. <BR> Someday I may try it again, or a similar recipe. <BR> <BR> Please, if you've had success with this, I'd love to hear about it. For me it was an EPIC FAIL! It smelled dreadful, and felt like lead. Maybe I used a lousy protein powder? I wonder if it would be good with chocolate protein powder? <BR> <BR> What it SHOULD look like is this. I'm sorry I didn't take a pic of ... Tue, 16 Feb 2016 07:47:56 EST Thank you for your support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6093546 Continuing my WLS blog series... <BR> <BR> I've been writing these blogs partly to help myself stay on track, and partly to share what I know (or think I know?) about weight loss surgery. <BR> <BR> This time I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has taken the time to read my blogs, even if you didn't reply. That's totally okay. Thanks for stopping by. <BR> <BR> And for those who have supported me during all of this, offering my kind words and encouragement, or just a cute emoti... Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:39:56 EST WLS support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6091557 It is very important to have plenty of support during the WLS journey. I really don't think success is likely without it. I don't mean this as an insult to anyone. I mean that WLS is basically just making the stomach smaller. And really, how many people over eat from physical hunger? No one I know. <BR> <BR> What kind of support is needed? At least these: <BR> <BR> - Educational <BR> - Physical <BR> - Emotional <BR> <BR> EDUCATIONAL <BR> <BR> You need books or resources to learn... Tue, 9 Feb 2016 07:06:44 EST Post-op eating? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6090667 Continuing my WLS blog series... <BR> <BR> So how am I doing with food? Depends on the day. <BR> <BR> I have one protein shake for breakfast. Every day. <BR> There are some shakes that have 30 or 32 grams of protein. I like those because I know that's half of my minimum requirement for the day. I need 60 to 80 grams. <BR> <BR> I find myself eating lots of protein. Some easy ones are eggs and cheese. Cheese especially, because it's so portable. But it can be binding, so I am careful... Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:25:18 EST Post-op diet, stage 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6088252 Continuing my WLS blog series... <BR> <BR> After day 45 on my program, Stage 4 begins. Gradually. <BR> <BR> 1000 Calorie Meal Plan - slowly work towards <BR> - 8 protein servings <BR> - 2 vegetable servings <BR> - 2 fruit servings <BR> - 1 dairy serving <BR> - 2 fat servings <BR> - 3 starch servings <BR> <BR> - NO SODA! <BR> No carbonation; it can swell in the stomach and cause damage. I do know of some people that have added it in slowly, but I'd rather not risk it. <BR> <BR... Fri, 5 Feb 2016 05:42:57 EST Post-op Exercise http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6087464 Continuing my WLS blog series... <BR> <BR> Time to move! <BR> <BR> The day after surgery, while still in the hospital, tethered to an IV pole, they encourage walking. Not only does it help with gas pain, it increases circulation and aids healing. <BR> <BR> It was suggested I get up and walk a little every hour. <BR> And I have to say it felt good to do it. I think it reinforced that I was totally fine after surgery. <BR> <BR> Once I got home, I tried to overcome my natural laziness and ... Thu, 4 Feb 2016 08:38:19 EST Incisions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6086499 Ok, this blog may be a big gruesome, but I suspect there are people out there that want to know when the incisions are like. So I'm surprising myself by posting a pic of my belly right after surgery, and another more recent one. <BR> <BR> The first picture was taken a few days post-op, at home. I had no bandages or stitches to worry about. There was a clear coating over the incisions. They fell off on their own, one at a time. <BR> <BR> I wasn't allowed to wash my belly for several days, ... Wed, 3 Feb 2016 06:36:54 EST Post-op diet, stage 3b http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6085548 After three weeks post-op, I was excited to start stage 3b. That's when more textures were introduced. <BR> <BR> Here's what my instructions were: <BR> <BR> Protein - 8 SERVINGS (1 serving = 7 grams of protein) <BR> - 1 oz chicken/turkey (dark meat is fine) <BR> - 1 oz 93% lean ground chicken/turkey (dark meat is fine) <BR> - 1 oz fish (tuna, cod, haddock, salmon, tilapia) <BR> - 3 oz fat-free Greek yogurt (without fruit chunks) <BR> - 1 egg or 2 egg whites or ¼ cup egg beaters <BR> -... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 06:51:52 EST Post-op diet, stage 3a http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6084543 After two weeks of clear liquids and protein shakes, I was thrilled to finally start eating "soft texture" foods. <BR> <BR> The following is from the Stage 3 handout: <BR> <BR> This stage gradually re-introduces soft foods to your system. You will still rely on protein shakes but will start experimenting with new textures. <BR> <BR> Fluid Goal: Aim for 48-64 ounces daily <BR> Protein Goal: 60-70 grams/day <BR> Protein Shakes: Aim for 2-3 protein shakes daily <BR> <BR> Soft Texture Food... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 06:54:28 EST Post-op diet, stages 1 and 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6082092 Continuing my WLS blog series... <BR> <BR> Post-op diet, stage 1 is very short: Day One, the day of surgery. It's officially clear liquids; no sugar, caffeine, dairy, carbonation, etc. I was in the hospital, and only sucking on a sponge, and stealing ice chips anyhow. Not sure why they even bother calling it a stage. I was glad it was such a short one. <BR> <BR> Post-op diet, stage 2. It starts on Day Two, and runs for two weeks. <BR> <BR> - Sip throughout the day. <BR> - Aim for 48-... Fri, 29 Jan 2016 06:54:26 EST WLS: the big day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6081236 Finally! October 20! <BR> <BR> I was so excited! <BR> <BR> <em>30</em> <em>41</em> <em>213</em> <em>104</em> <em>224</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> One of my dearest friends took me to Brigham and Women's Hospital, and stayed with me until they took me into the operating room. I was so grateful for the company because I was starting to get anxious. Not about the decision, or the risk, or the surgery, or the healing afterwards. It was the dratted needles! Having the IV ... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 06:51:36 EST Pre-op diet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6080303 Continuing my WLS blog series... <BR> <BR> Like I said yesterday, I had to lose some weight before I'd even be given a surgery date. I was very motivated to stick to a diet to get this surgery, otherwise I'm not sure I could have maintained it. <BR> <BR> In mid-August I started eating like a WLS patient. Well, portions were larger than they are now, but I was trying, and still leaning. Most of my days were like this: <BR> <BR> - 1 protein shake a day, trying as many as I could find <BR> ... Wed, 27 Jan 2016 04:52:13 EST Pre-op stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6079372 Continuing my WLS series... <BR> <BR> While waiting to get approval and a date for surgery, I had lots of appointments, plus all that reading. <BR> <BR> Bottom line, I had one thing to do: my surgeon said I needed to lose 10-20% before he'd give me a surgery date. <BR> <BR> So I got to work! <BR> <BR> Now you will probably ask - I know I sure did - if I can lose the weight before surgery, why don't I just continue that, and skip the surgery? <BR> <BR> The answer is simple. I don't beli... Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:06:14 EST Assuming I'd have WLS http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6078468 At some point I assumed I would go through with weight loss surgery. I was still looking for reasons not to; it's such a drastic irreversible step! <BR> <BR> So I kept reading kindle books and blog on what others have experienced. Of course I also assumed that most of these were written by people having good luck with WLS. Those that were not successful would hardly publish or blog about failure or bad experiences, right? More reason to stay open minded. <BR> <BR> I attended the mandato... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 07:04:03 EST Preparing for WLS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6076019 Even not yet decided, I wanted to be prepared. Living as if? Partly to see what the lifestyle would be like, if I could do it. <BR> <BR> Over the summer, I gave up coffee and caffeine. I started by slowly switching to decaf, then I stopped altogether in July. I missed my iced coffee! I missed the morning routine. But I didn't really need it. <BR> <BR> Next, I researched post-op recipes, and found a bunch to be cooked in muffin pans for portion control. And I tried some of them. Prett... Fri, 22 Jan 2016 06:42:35 EST Why am I blogging about WLS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6075198 Why am I writing these blogs about weight loss surgery? <BR> <BR> * I am not trying to convince anyone to have it done. * <BR> <BR> WLS is not a good choice for everyone! <BR> <BR> I just want to share information. Some people have asked me casually about it, and it's hard to give a simple explanation. What do I say? I failed at decades of diets, so I have my stomach made smaller to force me to diet? <BR> <BR> For people who want to know more, I want to share information. <BR> <BR> I... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 08:22:33 EST WLS: Researching in earnest http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6074262 After I attended the WLS info session, I was determined to do as much research as I could. Don't get me wrong, I was really excited and hopeful. But WLS is a serious choice. It's body altering, and not reversible. (Ok the band is reversible, but I didn't want that.) <BR> <BR> I talked to the people I knew who had the surgery, or had a significant other who did. They all encouraged me to do it, saying their only regret was waiting so long. But I repeat myself. <BR> <BR> I do know of on... Wed, 20 Jan 2016 06:39:33 EST WLS Intro Info Session http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6073438 I went with my BFF to a local medical center, a satellite of the nearby hospital, I think. The surgeons were also affiliated with Brigham and Women's Hospital, a great Boston hospital. <BR> <BR> There were all kinds of people here, all ages and weight ranges. Some had brought someone for support. <BR> <BR> We heard from surgeons and nurses and dieticians. <BR> <BR> They explained the WLS options, and their pros and cons. <BR> There were many hospital options, and insurance could be either ... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 08:23:27 EST WLS? Why I shouldn't! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6072469 I've been enthusiastically expounding on the benefits of weight loss surgery, but I've barely mentioned the down sides. <BR> <BR> Weight loss surgery is not for everyone. <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> My basic arguments against: <BR> - You need to have a BMI of 40 or more. <BR> - Or BMI of 35 or more with comorbidities. <BR> - Any surgery has risks. Including the risk of deat... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 08:33:48 EST WLS? Why?!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069939 Yesterday I admitted to having had weight loss surgery. <BR> <BR> I am not entirely sure why I feel like it's a guilty confession. But I do. A prejudice in my own mind, I'm sure. Maybe it's the less than enthusiastic feedback I'd gotten before? <BR> <BR> I think that I am ashamed that I couldn't do it on my own. <BR> <BR> And I couldn't. OMG, I tried for years, and only made things worse. <BR> <BR> I tried nearly every diet out there. For the most part I had some initial success, ... Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:19:04 EST Decided! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6069091 I had one last question for WLS patients: Regrets? <BR> <BR> The response was overwhelming. The only regret was not doing it ten years ago. In fact, most people said exactly those words. People were delighted by the dietary changes their bodies forced them to make, the health improvements, and the drastic and exciting changes in their bodies. <BR> <BR> So, as I wrote earlier, I did a ton of research and finally decided to go forward with weight loss surgery, and I chose to have the sleeve ... Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:26:10 EST Post-op expectations? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6068222 I've heard that WLS patients take off work, anywhere from one week to three weeks. (Actually, I know someone who took six weeks off, but I think he had a ton of time on the books anyhow.) <BR> <BR> Remember, these blogs are just comments on things I've read online, or in books, or heard from people I know who have been through it. <BR> <BR> General healing <BR> <BR> Assuming the procedure is done laparoscopically, movement is unrestricted after a few days, except there is a restriction... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 06:36:44 EST What should a WLS patient expect before surgery? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6067398 Last week I wrote a little about the pros and cons, and the differences between the procedures. Today I'd like to write a bit about the expectations I've read about, and heard about, in general, before and after the surgery. <BR> <BR> Making it official <BR> <BR> Well, once you've found the perfect hospital and the perfect surgical and support teams, you need the OK from your insurance. Some insurance companies are quicker to grant coverage than others, so start early. <BR> <BR> Some p... Tue, 12 Jan 2016 07:36:25 EST What WLS does http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6063853 I wrote yesterday that weight loss surgery is only a tool. It will not cure anyone of the emotional reasons for eating. <BR> <BR> And there are side effects and possible complications. <BR> Band users need to go back for regular adjustments, bypass patients risk the dumping syndrome, both the bypass and sleeve patients must take supplements for life. All of them must stay on restrictive diets to continue or maintain their weight loss. <BR> <BR> So what's the point? Why do it? <BR> <BR> W... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 08:37:21 EST WLS is only a tool http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6062855 I've blogged a bit about the different weight loss surgery options, and some of their pros and cons. Really, I just scratched the surface. There's so much info out there. I spent almost all my free time for months reading about it and talking to people about their experiences. And I've only talked about the surgery options so far. <BR> <BR> *** WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY IS NOT A CURE *** <BR> <BR> One thing I keep hearing over and over again is: weight loss surgery is only a tool. It is no... Thu, 7 Jan 2016 07:45:32 EST More on WLS choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061995 Yesterday I wrote briefly about the 3 main choices in weight loss surgery: Bypass, Sleeve and Band <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/761f0cbf-6aeb-41b0-bcb7-51ff3c1c5fcf.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Of course any surgery is serious. Especially when they knock you out with anesthetics. Complications are always possible. <BR> <BR> The Adjustable Gastric Band, aka Lap Band is touted to have the least risk, since there is no cutting of the stomach or intestines. On the down sid... Wed, 6 Jan 2016 09:56:08 EST WLS options http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6061086 Apparently not all weight loss surgery is the same. <BR> <BR> All of these are now usually done laparoscopically. This means there are a few (4 or 5) tiny incisions (half inch or so) around the perimeter of the stomach area. <BR> <BR> Rarely will they need to cut someone open to do this, but the surgeon may reserve the right to, in case of complications. <BR> <BR> There are three primary operations: <BR> <BR> - AGB, Adjustable Gastric Band, aka Lap band <BR> - RYGB, Gastric Bypass, aka... Tue, 5 Jan 2016 12:31:21 EST Decided http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6060103 I blogged last year about considering whether or not to have weight loss surgery. <BR> <BR> Yes, I did a ton of research. I compared options, and talked to several people who have had it done, friends whose family members have had it done, and family members in the medical industry. <BR> <BR> I bought (and read) several books on the subject, plus I subscribed to various blogs and websites devoted to supporting WLS patients. <BR> <BR> Using all that information, I weighed the pros and cons... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:00:19 EST Day 3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6058679 Day 3 and so far so good. <BR> <BR> I ate as I should have, I did some work around the house, and I worked on a story plot hole. Oh, and I took a nap. Bonus! <BR> <BR> Today I finally hit 50 pounds lost! Finally! <BR> <BR> <em>4</em> <em>43</em> <em>9</em> <em>224</em> <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Today I hope to put more of Christmas away. Not my tree! But I have wrapping and other miscellany to be put in their proper places. ie, not on every flat surface in my home. <BR>... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 08:24:40 EST No Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6057703 <em>412</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <BR> <BR> I know I've said before that I don't make resolutions. <BR> <BR> Is it that I don't want to set myself up to fail? <BR> I've heard that most people break theirs within the first two weeks of January. <BR> <BR> Yikes! <BR> <BR> Well, I am determined to lose weight and work on my overall health. And I think I'm well on my way to that goal. <BR> <BR> I'd also like to spend more time writing. I don... Sat, 2 Jan 2016 07:30:18 EST Happy New Year! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6056586 2016 is going to be a great year! <BR> <BR> <em>408</em> <em>411</em> <em>412</em> <em>411</em> <em>408</em> <BR> <BR> Happy New Year everyone! <BR> Fri, 1 Jan 2016 06:45:19 EST I miss coffee! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6007247 I gave up coffee over the summer. In June, I cut back to decaf, and then just stopped all together. No coffee as of July 1st! <BR> <BR> Ok, I did have the random cup, maybe 3 times since then, but I didn't enjoy it and didn't finish it. So I thought the love affair was over. <BR> <BR> But now it's getting colder out. Especially with today being so rainy, I really miss my nice warm soothing cup o' joe! <BR> <BR> I may try tea, but I don't enjoy it as much. And I really don't like herba... Thu, 1 Oct 2015 08:14:59 EST Changing my mind? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=6000431 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I've been overweight my whole life. Well, since I was twelve. I've tried almost every diet I could find. <BR> <BR> One thing I always refused to consider was weight loss surgery. Way too drastic and permanent. Plus, I really hate needles! A lot! <BR> <BR> But since the trauma of being the maid of honor in a giant strapless dress, I've started to think about ... Sat, 19 Sep 2015 20:11:13 EST Cauliflower Bread??? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5996222 <em>4</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Maybe I should just stop trying new recipes? <BR> <BR> I thought this would be good. <BR> Boy was I wrong! But I think I messed it up. <BR> I made muffins instead of a loaf. <BR> <BR> <link>fromfriestofit.com/from-my-kitchen-t<BR>o-yours-new-sweet-and-savory-recipes-v<BR>anilla-protein-pound-cake-healthy-baba<BR>-ganoush/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photosaws.sparkpeople.com/guid/334c1a69-33e6-493c-8e7d-9a32d99f3da1.jpg"> ... Sat, 12 Sep 2015 20:28:38 EST Chia Pudding? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5988145 <em>4</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> So I tried to make Chia Pudding. <BR> <BR> You know where this is going, right? <BR> <BR> I used this recipe: <BR> <link>ImPerfectLife.net/chocolate-pudding </link> <BR> Combine 1 single serving sized container of Premier Pre-Mixed Chocolate Protein with 3 tablespoons of Chia Seeds in a sealable container. Refrigerate for a couple of hours. <BR> <BR> Ok, so I used Pure Protein instead, since that's what I had on hand. Is it reall... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:17:16 EST Depressing, or a relief? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5987441 <em>4</em> <em>15</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> A friend of mine forwarded a link to an article about how difficult it is to lose weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> I've had mixed feelings about it. Part of me feels that all is lost, there is no hope. Another part of me is relieved to have some explanation of why I've been doing so poorly, even when I know I'm not really eating THAT much. Yet another part of me thinks the article is total baloney. <BR> <BR> So now I ... Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:51:48 EST Need an attitude adjustment! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5928102 <em>4</em> <em>29</em> <em>15</em> <em>40</em> <em>2</em> <em>39</em> <em>198</em> <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Some of you know that I was recently in a wedding. I was the maid of honor for my sister. I'm overweight, and was obliged to wear a strapless satin gown. *shudder* <BR> <BR> I'm also an amateur photographer , and an avid scrapbooker, so I love going through pictures and designing album pages. <BR> <BR> Immediately after the wedding, I looked at the pics tak... Thu, 14 May 2015 13:12:09 EST