A year has come and gone

and I am now down 43 pounds.  I have been on another plateau of sorts for a while, but it is ok.  I have finally figured out that this is going to be a long journey and although I may stick around at a number a while, I won’t be there for ever.  I am officially off ALL meds with the exception of my allergy tablet that I take nightly.   My gynecologist was very happy about the weight loss at my yearly check up.   I started out wearing a TIGHT size 20 jeans.  I am now in a 12-14 depending on the maker and the cut.  (yay!)    I want to get down to at least a 10.

Some questions that I have been asked recently that I thought you might like to see the answers to:

1. Was it worth it?   Unequivocally YES.  I would do it again tomorrow.  I know that 43 lbs is not the huge amount of weight that I had hoped to lose by this time, but it is still a significant amount of weight.  I have SO much more energy now, and to be honest am saving a TON of money on not only food but also on medicine co payments every month!  It took me 15 years to gain to over 250 lbs, so I suppose that taking a couple of years to get rid of it isn’t such a bad deal.

2. Is it easy?  NO – I still struggle every day with the head hunger.  I am getting better – I think my mind is finally accepting that bread, potatoes, rice and other assorted starches will not be tolerated.  I know pretty much the things that I probably will never eat again.  And it’s ok.  I am finding things that take the place of those foods and I’m healthier for the substitutions.

3. Will I ever have the band removed?  NO, the only thing that could convince me to remove it is if something goes horribly wrong – which I do NOT expect to ever happen.  This baby will be in there until the end.

4. Do you still have problems with the band?  Yes and no.  The problems I have are from not listening to my body.  IF I try to eat in a hurry, too early in the day, don’t chew properly, or eat things that I know good and well won’t go down, I end up in the bathroom.

My band is as tight as my MD will allow.  I have 9.5 cc in a 11 cc band.  I did this for a couple of reasons.  The major one being that  I push the limits with what I can eat.  This is my way of keeping myself from eating the starches and carbs.  With the band this tight, they will NOT go through.  If I order chicken fingers, I have to pick the breading off or I can’t eat them.   So now I just get grilled chicken and I’m good.   When I hit goal weight I *may* have a tiny bit taken out, but I don’t expect to make any changes for a long time.

If YOU have any questions – please comment or email them to me at and I’ll try to post the answers here.

My journey so far in photos – yes I realize nearly every one is me riding.  Evidently that is the only time anyone can take a photo of me cause I usually run from the camera!  LOL

Sept 2011

Oct 2011

Jan 23, 2012

March 11, 2012

May 2012

August 2012

Sept 30, 2012

sept 30 2012

Oct 3, 2012


November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Dec 9, 2012

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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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Hooo Boy….

I can tell a BIG difference with that little 2 cc of liquid added.  I got a bit stuck at lunch today and it seemed to take ….f-o-r-e-v-e-r….  for the bite of grilled chicken to finally go on down.   I only managed to eat about 1/3 of the grilled chicken salad from TJ’s in Albertville.  It was really good – I asked them to dunk the chicken in Teriyaki sauce.  mmmmmm

Seems that I’m a slow learner because I got stuck again at dinner.  I made sort of a breakfast casserole type thing. – Crumbled and cooked a pound of sausage, added about 1/2 pound of hash browns, cook until taters are done, top with well beaten eggs (I only had 5 and would have added 8 if I had 3 more).  Turn heat off and keep stirring until the eggs are cooked.  Topped with shredded gouda cheese and enjoy.  I had a bit of light sour cream, guacamole and salsa with mine.     Really good stuff.  At about the 5th bite, I was stuck.  Darn it.   After being patient for about 2 minutes, the clog finally cleared.  The time that I’m stuck seems to go so slowly.   I simply MUST learn to take teeny tiny bites and eat much slower.

I forgot to mention, I got baby chickens yesterday.

Blue laced red Wyandottes

And Golden Laced Wyandottes

I figured I may as well grow my own eggs since we’re eating so many of them these days.  And if we have extra, I’ll either give them away to family or sell them.   I can’t wait.  The babies are only 2 days old now and it will be probably late summer before I see any eggs, but that’s ok.

I intend to get some Silver Laced Wyandottes later on – they are a bit rare and the hatchery won’t have any to sell until mid summer.

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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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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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Tofu anyone?

As I mentioned this morning (I think I did anyhow), I made a new recipe for dinner tonight.  Lasagna Rollups – found the recipe on




I changed the recipe up a bit by adding garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, basil and chives to the cheese mixture.  Plus I opened a second jar of sauce and used about 3/4 of that to completely cover the rolls. I also bought low fat cheeses, I’m sure that changed some of the nutritional values too.    I really like it.  Chris said it was pretty good but needed “something” (I think he was missing the meat).  Kyle hated it.      I will cook it again, probably saute some veggies and add those or maybe some chicken to bump up the flavor and protein count.  I will definitely find some whole wheat noodles to use too.  This won’t be an ‘every day’ kind of dish but maybe once a week when I REALLY want some pasta.

I had one roll and it more than filled me up.  YUM

Nutritional Information  – as recipe is written

Lasagna Roll Ups

Servings Per Recipe: 12

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 455

  • Total Fat: 18.7g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg
  • Sodium: 775mg
  • Total Carbs: 42.2g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 4.5g
  • Protein: 31.3g
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Good news to report

The fill seems to be working.  So far I’m back down to 237, so that is 4 lbs in the past week.  Not too shabby.  🙂  I’ve also been concentrating more on getting good sources of protein.  I’ve been having an Atkins shake for breakfast and some sort of salad with meat for lunch.   I had crab salad from Yum Yum tree three times last week.  mmmmmmm  it is SO good.  Paired up with a nice garden salad and it makes an awesome meal.

I am definitely having to really slow down when eating.  Nothing has gotten completely stuck yet or had to come back up, but a couple of times I’ve had to stop, put the fork down and concentrate on relaxing so it would go on down.   When I eat with Chris this is difficult because he is a FAST eater, and I find myself subconsciously trying to keep up with him and getting almost stuck.  I keep telling him that HE needs to slow down too for his own health, but so far it hasn’t worked.





I picked up two packages of firm tofu at the grocery last week and I’m going to try them out tonight.  I found this recipe for Lasagna Roll ups that I will make.  I’ll let you know how that turns out.  Chris is a big fan of Lasagna.   He’s having some trouble with gout and one of the things that can trigger an attack is red meat.  I’ve been looking for recipes that will give ME the protein I need, but cut out the red meat and still be palatable to him.  (Mr Meat and Potatoes)   It is going to be hard to find the right balance, so I picked up several new things to try this week.   I just hope he doesn’t go find a lawyer and divorce me over what I’m planning to feed him!  LOL


If ANY one out there has recipes to share, I’d LOVE to see them.  Whether they are your own, or just a link on the net, I don’t care.  Help me find healthy food that Chris will eat without grumbling so much.


Happy Monday!




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