Seem to have hit another plateau of sorts


I have noticed over the years that I seem to have a problem every fall.  I call it my “Bear Gene”.  My body tells me that I MUST EAT EAT EAT.  I am always hungry and eating and sleeping are both always on my mind or sitting on the fringe of my thoughts waiting to jump back to the fore front.   Is there a scientific explanation to this?  I don’t know – what I do know is it IS real and it does happen to me EVERY single year for as long as I can remember.    Add into this equation that I have been battling a cold/sinus infection for the last 2 weeks, and you can easily see that the weight loss has stopped.  I actually gained back 2 pounds.    It came to mind this morning that maybe it is my body’s way of trying to maintain temperature since the temperature outdoors is dropping.   Perhaps I should drink more warm things, decaf coffee and herbal teas – things of that sort.  I do love a good coffee with some of the flavored creamer in the mornings.  Does anyone have suggestions of herbal teas that are good?  I’ve never been a hot tea drinker, after all I was raised and live in Alabama – home of Sweet Iced Tea.  *wink*




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Happy Hump day

Need a pick me up to make it to Friday?










You’re Welcome!

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I’ve been spending quite a bit of time there lately.  Discovered an app for my phone and kindle which sometimes helped the long hours go by when we were at the hospital with my Father in Law who just passed away.   I pinned a TON of recipes and thought I would share a few here with you that I thought might be useful to ‘banders’.


Protein Ranch Dressing: (Serves 4)
1 Cup Cottage Cheese (Watch your label, sometimes low fat doesn’t mean low calories and the regular cottage cheese is only a few cal. more)
3-4 tsp. Buttermilk Ranch Dressing mix
1/4 C. water (or milk if you prefer: Milk will add more calories) add more water if the consistency is too thick for your liking.

Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. (About 3 min.) Enjoy!



Chicken Ranch Tacos:

3 cups cooked chicken, cut up
1 pkt. taco seasoning (chicken or beef)
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
taco shells
Ranch dressing

Heat a skillet over med-high heat. Add chicken & warm it for a few minutes. Sprinkle on the dry taco seasoning. Do not add any water! Heat for 5-7 minuted until all heated through & powder is stuck to the chicken.

Add Ranch dressing, heat an additional 2-3 minutes to warm through.

Serve in taco shells with all the fixings you love – plus an extra squirt of Ranch!




I’m also exploring freezer to crockpot meals and have put quite a few bags of these in the freezer.  Today’s selection (closed my eyes and grabbed one!) is Pork and apples.   I’ll let you know how it turns out.  I am planning to make some mashed potatoes for Chris and some green beans for the side.






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A few more gone

The funniest thing….   I know that I have lost weight,   BUT I didn’t realize just how much I have lost.     Before surgery size 18-20 was getting tight.  Hell, who am I kidding?  Before surgery I was close to popping some of my clothes,  and lately everything seems to have gotten REALLY big on me…..   but I’m too cheap thrifty to buy more clothes.   I Was OH SO SURPRISED last week when I went clothes shopping.   I checked out Cato’s selection of dressy type fall things, and picked several size 16 and XL’s to try on.   Ummmm – NO.  They were too big.  I ended up with size 14’s fitting a little loose on bottom, a couple of large size tops and 1 XL that is made to be more fitted.    Seems that the girls aren’t going anywhere fast (dang it!), but the rest of me seems to be shrinking.

As far as how the band is going, I have had good days and bad days.  I have discovered that mornings are NOT good for eating.  Warm liquids are best (coffee with flavored cream please!),  a protein shake – either Atkins or Ensure,  followed by nuts around 10 am ( love Wasabi Almonds and Dill Pickle sunflower seeds – don’t knock them till you try them!).  Lunch is usually some  fruit or tuna or egg salad – depends on how my tummy feels and how hungry I am.  Afternoon snack of more nuts or jerky.  By about 5 or 6 I’m ready to eat in the more traditional sense.  I try to get a lot of protein in during the evening.  The band seems looser in the later hours of the day – not sure why that is, I’m sure there is a medical explanation.

Anyway, that’s where I am right now.  For the past week or so I’m dropping an average of 3/4 to 1.5 pound a day.  I’ll take it!



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Oh dear….

I haven’t been here in like forever…..  I apologize for my lack of participation in the cyber blogging/writing world.  Life has been extremely busy for me and sometimes I honestly expect to meet myself coming around a corner!

The good news is that since my last visit to Dr Schmitt’s office on Feb 6, I have lost a total of 8 lbs.  Not too shabby I suppose.  I have been REALLY trying to eat right.  So I guess it is working.  I begged the nurse to give me just a little more fluid but she said if it ain’t broke she isn’t fixing it…….  grrrrrrr……  I’m gonna have to work a LOT harder if I’m going to get into a shorts or swimsuit body by summer.    *sigh*   I guess the best things in life are worth working for, eh?

I am eating a lot more fruit and raw veggies.  I haven’t had beef in – well I don’t remember the last time I had beef – I have been substituting ground turkey for ground beef in our veggie soup.  I have been eating chicken, and an occasional egg, sometimes a little fish or shrimp.  I had fish tacos at a local restaurant a few weeks back and LOVED LOVED LOVED them.   I am not eating bread any more with the exception of some cracker things called Wasa bread.  One or two of those a day is satisfying my carb craving.  Lunch every day is a green salad with cubed grilled chicken and fruit.  Oh yeah, I’ve been eating blue berries every day too.  I expect any morning to get up and see my skin turning Smurf blue!

The bad news is that I’ve now lost enough that my underwear is starting to sag on me and I go around pulling up my jeans.  It is terribly irritating, and I can’t ever think to put a belt on.  Of course I could get some thongs and be in style with my pants drooping past my butt!


Errrr, maybe NOT!!!!!


It won’t be long and I’ll be looking for another size smaller clothes – I guess that’s a good thing, lol


Anyway, peace love and healthy living to you all!



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Fill number 2….

Got the second fill today.  I now have 7 cc of liquid in my band.  Came home and made some soup for dinner.  I didn’t really follow a recipe, but here’s what I did:

cubed up 1 lb of chicken breast and 1 large onion – saute in butter

In another pot,

1 box of chicken broth

1 can of diced chiles

1 can of tomato paste

1 jar of home canned tomatoes

1 can of black beans

1 can of white beans

1 can of hominy

1 can of mexi corn

2 chicken bullion cubes

1 cilantro cube

taco seasoning to taste

bring to boil and add browned chicken and onion  – simmer 15 minutes

I also took about 1/2 package of low carb tortillas, cubed and browned in butter before adding to the soup.


I had about a cup of it and was full.   Just a few minutes ago, I was thinking that I want something sweet so I got a banana muffin.  WRONG choice.  I managed to eat about half of it before I got that familiar feeling of – UH OH – Houston we have a problem!!  I tried stretching my chin to the ceiling, standing up, twisting around, jumping up and down…….   Needless to say, it would NOT go down.  Oh well.   Guess that’s the end of my bread/muffin eating days.  🙂

Oh yeah, and I’ve lost 4 lbs since last visit.  I’m hoping that this little bit of extra will get me really rolling.

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Stress and comfort food

I’ve spent the past 20 hours or so at the hospital with my Mom who we believe had a mini stroke.  In the past 24 hours, I haven’t eaten exactly the best of foods.  Hospital cafeteria food is ‘ok’ I guess, although not too much flavor there.  I didn’t keep my liquid intake up because of the issue of having to go down the hall to use a bathroom – nothing like going to the toilet when you can hear everything through paper thin walls…..   When I got home this evening to take a nap and rest, I was craving pasta big time.  Made a pasta salad and basically ate until I was almost sick feeling.  It was SO good.  I don’t allow myself pasta often, in fact almost never these days.  Hopefully that will settle my nerves and comfort me for a long time.

In an hour or so I’ll be off to bed for hopefully a restful night of sleep.  Tomorrow I’ll go to work for a couple of hours and then back to the hospital to take back the bedside vigil.  My Mom is one of my reasons I am on this journey.  I don’t want to reach her age and be in the same physical shape.  She is a diabetic and refuses to take the medication.  She is very obese and can’t/won’t lose the weight.  She has become very sedentary over the past couple of years.  And I am terrified for her.  I just hope that this will be a wake up call and she will open her eyes to see that her lifestyle is shortening her life by years……

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Going to get out of the house for the weekend

Leaving in just a few minutes to go horse camping with friends.  This will be my first time back camping since pre surgery and I am so excited that I’m almost beside myself.   I have been going nuts trying to make sure I remember to pack everything I need to take.  See, before my surgery, I stripped out my trailer and unpacked everything that I usually leave in there and put everything away.  Now I’m having to remember it all again and the places I stored it…..  Not such a great thing when you sometimes wonder if you have the beginning of Alzheimer’s or dementia.   LOL

Anyway, I’ve dropped another pound this week.  I’ve been really diligent about the carbs, so I think that is helping.  Total down is now 19 lbs.  Doesn’t seem like much when I think about it, but hey, I’ll take it!  That’s 19 less pounds on my feet and I can tell ya that they certainly appreciate that.

The food intake for the weekend will be as follows : Atkins shakes for breakfast, along with some protein bars just in case that doesn’t fill me up – but it usually does until lunch.  I’m taking turkey, spinach, gouda cheese and low carb tortillas to make roll ups for lunch each day.  Dinner tonight will be tuna salad.  Tomorrow night, Debi is cooking chicken and Melanie is bringing a veg, plus I have a salad.  I’ve also got some apples and string cheese, some low carb nut mix packets and some sesame crackers with 10 carbs in 8 crackers.    I think I’m set.   I was going to boil some eggs but I think that above will be more than enough.

Happy Weekend Peeps!  Get out and move your body.  🙂

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The latest on moi….

Yes, I’m still alive out here.  I realize that I’ve been neglecting not only this, but also my life and photography blogs as well.  Good Grief, how self-centered can I be to have 3 blogs???  Well actually it’s because I like to compartmentalize everything, slightly OCD that way ya know?   Plus, I don’t know if everybody wants to read the ups and downs of my weight struggles – or about the farm – or even see my photo of the day on the 365 blog.   Make any sense?  Probably not….

Anyhow, No real news to report other than I’m back to the lowest weight and holding there.  My appetite has  decreased since the fill, but I’m completely aware that it’s gonna take a good bit more to get me in the Sweet Spot.  I’m happy right now, finally got over the frustration and just enjoying the ride if you will.  Saying good-bye along the way to foods that I’ll soon abandon for good.  (bread, pasta, etc)  Teaching my taste buds to LIKE protein and veggies more than carbs – yeah that’s fun.   I wanted a hot fresh Krispy Creme Cream filled doughnut the other day so bad I could almost taste it.  Crazy thing is, there’s not a Krispy Creme within a good 60 miles of here, and I only remember ONE time ever having one fresh like that.   Stupid mind games the body plays.     I am trying to learn the sensation of being pleasantly satiated with food but NOT full – and how to stop eating at that point – you know the place where hunger goes away but before your mind thinks you’re done?


I picked up some grapes at the grocery store yesterday at lunch.  Thought that would be a nice snack since it was almost 70* here in January.  (Yes the weather is INSANE this year!)  Grapes have always been a summer time go-to food for me.  I have to eat them very carefully now though.  After another fill or two, they may go to the off limits list because of going down issues.  I also picked up some Ambrosia apples.  Oh dear me those things deserve their name!  So yummy sweet and just slightly tart but oh so crispy.  mmmmm  I also got a 3 pack of single serving albacore tuna cans and some salad greens for lunch a few days.  I’m about tired of soups and heavy stuff.  I am SO ready for summer time and fresh garden veggies.   What I wouldn’t do for a still warm from the sunshine – fresh off the vine – red ripe tomato right now……

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This has been a YUMMY week

Last night I made White Chicken Chili – recipe here:

First time I’ve ever had a chicken chili and it was a hit.  Good counts on protein and carbs, and it felt like I was indulging.  🙂  Had a small bowl of leftover for lunch today.   Breakfast was a Cafe Caramel Atkins shake.

Dinner tonight was Tasty Eggs for Two :

The recipe made WAY more than we could eat.  The only changes I made were the addition of about 3/4 cup of white cheese sauce that was left over in the fridge from the weekend, and afterward I sprinkled more dill over the servings.  ( I LOVE dill weed on eggs!)   I also browned the veggies well to bring out the flavor and I think that really helped, even slightly browned the broccoli.  mmmmmm

It was beyond good and VERY filling.   I’ll make this again and again.  Will be one of my favorite recipes I’m sure.

Haven’t been on the scale in a few days, I’m trying to quit torturing myself with the numbers and just eat correctly and exercise.

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