I just adore all of your blogs that have been designed by Just Foolin Blog Designs! I totally want a facelift! In order to keep myself in line I'm setting a short term goal of losing 20 more lbs. When I hit
-72 lbs I am going to reward myself with a shiny new blog upgrade!! So if you get a chance just remind me how ugly you think my current page is! TY!!
First let me start by saying I have the absolute funniest best friend I could ever ask for. I thank God for her crazy ass every single night. The things that so effortlessly come out of her mouth make me crack up hours, even days after she says them. She's the inspiration for the title of this blog.
We'll get back to that in a few minutes. So I wouldn't classify myself as a crazy new age, holistic nut ... but I would say that natural remedies and lifestyles to make sense to me.
Last week, my mom asked me what I knew about coconut oil. She has been on cholesterol medicine for some time and she complains that it makes her brain cloudy. I've read plenty of studies that indicate that older people need higher cholesterol for brain function, but I never really looked into it more. She mentioned her brain cloudiness to her doctor and asked him if she may be in an early stage of Alzheimer's. He told her it's the cholesterol medicine and to take two tablespoons of coconut oil in the morning.
Wait. A doctor..... told her what? You might want to start your car early this morning, Satan, because hell is experiencing unusual wintry weather.
The evening after my mom told me about this, I was logging my food in MyFitnessPal and noticed a blog on the right hand side about Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar. So I read it and researched the two for the rest of the night.
So basically what I found is that if you take 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil every day it fuels your brain and has a specific type of fatty acid that your body doesn't break down. When your body gets that fatty acid everyday, it says to itself, "great, I'm getting what I need, so I can let go of these fat stores"
It's says exactly that. Word for word. :) hehe. What intrigued me even more was the information I read about Apple Cider Vinegar. Mixing 2 tablespoons of it with 20 oz of water and drinking it is supposed to work miracles for our bodies. It's supposed to kill bacteria and infection, calm inflammation, ease joint pain, help you lose belly fat, clears acne, plus a bazillion other great things.
The next day I told my bff about this and she said sign me up! She had told me before that she used an apple cider vinegar mix as a toner on her face and it had helped a ton. We agreed that this was some Voodoo shit. So I ran out and bought us some Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother bacteria ... the little cloudy ick at the bottom of the bottle... apparently that's the best) and some organic Coconut Oil. I had to go to two stores to find the coconut oil and I snagged the very last jar at the 2nd place... obviously some others had already gotten the memo.
So I brought my stash back to the office and we stood in the kitchen trying everything out. The apple cider vinegar is tolerable to me. I've only done 1 teaspoon in 20 oz of water and it tastes pretty good with some lemon squeezed in it. We tried the coconut oil, it didn't taste like anything but it had a chapstick consistency. I did fine the first time, but she gagged as soon as she touched the spoon. Which in turn made me start gagging when I tried the second teaspoon.
Well, now I know that you can melt the coconut oil under hot water and add it to protein shakes, so I'll do that from now on. You can also cook with coconut oil, rub it on your skin, and use it in your hair. Pretty good for a little $5 jar.
In addition to that, I have a new found obsession with the steam room at the Y. Apparently that's another century old remedy for removing toxins from your body. It's super hot, you sweat out all the toxins and then rinse them off in a cool shower.
So I have been drinking 1 to 2 teaspoons of vinegar every day in my water for a little less than a week. I've only had the coconut oil twice. And I've used the steam room 4 or 5 times. My skin is noticeably soft and smooth and the horrible adult acne that I have been fighting for years seems to be retreating.
Less than a year ago, after trying handfuls of antibiotics for my acne, my dermatologist recommended Accutane. I told her I'd rather live with the acne than go on that garbage. Who would have thought a little $5 voodoo would do the trick.
I will report back on this in a month to let you know if this really clears up acne or if I'm just wishful thinking. I'll also check in and let you know if I notice anything else with it!
I'm not talking about babies, people. These little lasagnas (inspired by pinterest) were so delicious. I could eat a whole pan of lasagna if left alone. The portion control by using a muffin tin allowed me to only make enough for dinner tonight and tomorrow's lunches Here's what you need:
- Won Ton wrappers
- Red Sauce
- 1 or 2 Meatballs, sliced -OR- any cooked ground meat/soy product
- Sliced Mozzarella
- Ricotta (Kraft Simply is the closest thing I've found to fresh - use fresh if you have access to it. Or you can use my sister's recipe found here)
Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and stack in the following order:
1 wonton wrapper
Tiny dollop of ricotta
2 meatball slices
teaspoon of sauce
1/2 slice of mozzarella (cut the slices into quarters they fit perfectly)
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.
Each of mine were a little over 3 oz. 179 cals and 13 proteins. Leaves just enough room for a little spinach salad! Yum!!!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend! Mine has been pretty good! I'm struggling with a lot of head hunger this week. I think that it has to do with vacation and really being able to eat anything. My fill is great, lots of restriction, no hunger. It's just my head I'm dealing with. I want to eat any and everything. If anyone has any advice on how you deal with your own head hunger issues please share. I'm feeling down about it.
The good news is that by an act of God, I have hit -50lbs!!!! YAY! I think that I probably lost the weight from walking so much on vacation. It just didn't show on the scale right away because we ate a lot of bad foods. I would imagine that it took a couple of days on the liquid diet to shed all the garbage that my body was holding onto.
After working out at the Y Friday night, we decided to get MS a membership there as well. The price is around $46 a month plus $110 for a joining fee, but we both think it's well worth it. Lately I've started hitting the steam room and sauna after a workout at the Y and I really like it. I'm hoping that the steam might help with the acne on my chin. I've been dealing with that for almost 10 years and I'm about over it!
Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday and new week!
Vacation was wonderful! My sister and I have been taking trips to Disney for a long time and we just had the best group of people this time. My husband was so excited to be there and loves hitting every ride. My sister brought her hilarious friend that I just adored. We all had a really great time.
About 2 days before we left, I knew I needed a fill something fierce but I wasn't scheduled to go in until a week later (which was today) I had perfect restriction for the entire month and then BAM flood gates opened.
At first MS and I shared meals at the parks. Even half of the meals were way more than what we normally ate but we were ok with that. Well of course, sharing meals with someone gets old after a while. You don't always want the same things so towards the end we started ordering on our own.
We ate way too much. I started feeling guilty on one of our last nights when I ordered a lobster roll. I planned on eating the lobster salad with a fork and leaving the bread. But after my first bite of the super soft bread going down with no problem, it was very hard to stop.
The good news is, we ate like crap, but we walked about 50 miles over the entire week, so I came back and lost 1 lb.
It's crazy to me that you have to walk THAT much just to burn what we ate. I will say that even though I ate a lot, I still didn't eat half as much as I have on past trips!
The good news is that we were both scheduled for our 2nd fills today! We both were ready for her to shut it down! If you are a normal reader I"m sure you remember my first drama filled adjustment.
Well today, MS went first and he reported back that he didn't pass out and everything went fine. I took the atavan pill 30 minutes before I went to the doctor's office as directed. When I got there, she told me that MS had done great, and she actually had done quite a bit of research after our last visits to better understand our reaction the last time (When doctors say things like that I instantly fall in love. I have so much respect for a doctor that does continuous research and doesn't just sit on his/her heels acting like he/she is the end all be all.)
Anyways - she explained that there are nerves that go from our brains down and are on each side of our stomach. We both have an issue of sensitivity with that nerve. Some people don't have that issue, some people do. For me, when she fills my band, that nerve gets aggravated and causes me to pass out.
So today, I was standing up, she located the port with the fluoroscope and marked it on my belly. She inserted the needle and that hurt a little more than last time. But still no big deal.
As soon as she started filling the band I had the same feeling as last time, but I remained in control and didn't panic. I told her I was getting light headed but I was still ok, she acknowledged that I was starting to lose color but she kept going. Every few seconds I told her how I was feeling and then she was done.
She had me lie down and she tilted the table back. As soon as I laid down I was fine. I never actually passed out this time so I recovered much quicker.
She explained that next time she'll fill the band in even smaller increments until we can get it so the nerve doesn't react. I'm ok with the fact that this is just something I'll have to deal with on a monthly basis.
She said that she'd see me in a month and I explained what happened last week (flood gates) and she said it is perfectly ok for me to come in a week early if I'd like. Because she does this with the fluoroscope every time she will never over fill me and cause issues.
If you have not had this surgery yet and are just in the research phase I would highly recommend choosing a doctor that uses a Fluoroscope for every fill. It gives the doctor the ability to see the fill and give you perfect restriction every month. From what I've read, it hurts a lot less because the doctor doesn't have to dig around for the port. Also, everyone has talked about finding the green zone and how hard it is to get there. I believe I was in the green zone for 3 full weeks last month and I'm positive that it was because of the fluoroscope.
Well, I should get back to work. I'm a little tired from that atavan pill, but I have lots to do today. I really missed everyone while I was on vacation and I can't wait to catch up on all of your blogs!
Having the fitbit to track my steps today was worth the $99 I paid for it. How cool to see this!
We split chicken nuggets and fries for lunch today at Hollywood Studios which I'm guessing still ran us about 800 calories a piece.
For Dinner we split a Rotisserie Chicken plate with green beans and mashed potatoes.
Throughout the day we both had a protein bar and a couple of snacks
All in all about 1700 calories total
Tomorrow I'm going to cut down my meal portions. Even though we are splitting one meal, it's still a heck of a lot more than 4 ounces. I know I'll be ok with a little more food, but I really want to be strict with myself so I don't get myself into a rut.
Hi :) holy crap I have had a horrible week. I feel so out of the loop and really miss all of the banded beauties in blog land!
I started off the weekend fired up because my boss pissed me off on Friday and over the weekend. MS and I spent a good part of Sunday moving me out of one office and into another.
Monday morning I woke up only to realize that my work computer and projector had been stolen from my car. The only thing worse than someone breaking into your car.... Is someone opening your unlocked car door and helping themselves to items that you have been trusted with by your employer. How embarrassing.
To add to the mess i had 7 new hires start on Monday, I missed 2 chiropractor appointments, and I stayed at the office for 12 hours the past 2 days. Thank God for the backup agent I didn't even know was running on my computer. Also thank goodness for IT guys who take care of shit ASAP. I had a replacement with All of my files A day later.
Wooooooosahhh. It's over. Vacation starts tomorrow at 430 am. Hopefully this raging headache will go away by the time I wake up!
On the band front I had something crazy happen this week. I have had amazing restriction since my last fill. Literally couldn't eat much at all and was rarely hungry. I was worried because I'm scheduled for an adjustment next Thursday. I didn't want More restriction!
Welp, nothing to worry about now because yesterday the flood gates opened and I am hungrier than I have ever been in my life!
This morning I made a shake that had close to 400 cals and tons of protein just to try and hold me over. I had another protein shake for lunch. Was starving mid afternoon, starving when I got home and I'm laying in bed ready to gnaw my arm off!! Fill me up!! This is NOT fun!!
I guess it will be ok because I'll be walking so much at Disney that I'll probably won't gain any weight. The good thing is I can't eat a large quantity of food in a setting, I just have this ravenous hunger in between meals.
Ok sorry for the rant! What a week!!!
Still thankful for all my blessings. Can't wait to catch back up on all of your blogs!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I definitely had a nice one.
Crazy about Whitney huh? Definitely had one of those unbelievable technology moments last night. We have a movie theatre close by that serves dinner during the show, so Ms and I went there last night. While we were waiting in the lobby, he told me that Whitney Houston had died. I asked how and he said, there were no details yet because the news had just broke about 9 minutes ago. I swear to you not even 10 minutes later, the movie before ours let out and people were literally talking about Whitney Houston while they were walking OUT OF THE theatre. Isn't that crazy?! I can't believe that people knew about it so quickly. I can't even imagine what the world will be like in 10 years. Maybe we'll have a news ticker feed on the bottom of our contacts or something. Plasma contact lenses in 1080p. Ha!
Anyways! Our fitbits came in a few days ago! They are so motivating it makes me laugh a little. On the fitbit dashboard there are these stupid little badges that you get for certain number of steps or stairs you take. You better believe that my 30 year old ass walked up stairs, walked back down, and then walked back up to do my laundry today just for that badge. haha I know that's ridiculous, but I did it! I also shopped my ass off today. literally. I walked almost 7 miles, it's so fun knowing that stuff. And it's super fun buying smaller clothes!
I need some help. I'm having a head struggle. Any thoughts or advise is welcome!
At our first post-op appointment with the dietitian she explained that we need to keep our meals to 4 oz. That hasn't been a problem at all. I'm always pretty full when I finish off my 4 oz of food and sometimes at night I just can't eat anything (that only happens once in a while) She also said something like this, "You should aim for about 800 calories a day, but I don't want you to worry about calories right now, just get your protein in."
No problem. Now that we have progressed onto normal foods, I've been trying to keep my calories between 800 and 1000. Every once in a while when I really feel like a huge cheater I still only get to about 1,200 that's happened just a couple of times.
On the fitness front, I'm working out 3 mornings a week @ the Y. I normally do 30 minutes on the elliptical and I'm always trying to increase the intensity. On the off days I go to planet fitness with MS. I'm really digging the curves style work out they have. I normally take 1 full day off from working out every week. I know that's a lot and I'll only go as far as my body lets me go. But I've been enjoying it and I find great reward in seeing the calories burned on Myfitnesspal.
Those two variables have been great so far. The weight is really coming off and I've been fine, energy wise. A couple of times in the past week I've been a little tired after the gym in the morning and I'll have a yerba mate tea and feel great. I got over the fact that Myfitnesspal always gives me the starvation warning. It bothered me for a while, but hell, I'm doing what I was told and I trust the team we're working with.
So yesterday I read a blog on eating too few calories and shutting off your metabolism, blah blah blah ... and of course today I feel tired. I've eaten 570 calories but with my exercise I've only netted 140 cals. I want to eat something, but I'm having one of those nights that the thought of food is making me ill. I even turned on the food channel to try to get hungry! Nothing.
Am I over dramatizing this in my head? Should I ask my dietitian if it's ok to limit my calories that much? I have 2 weeks until my next band adjustment, and I can't even fathom having MORE restriction than I have now. Maybe I need to read more than just 1 article about it! AHHHH! I don't know.
Oh my gosh. Thank you so much for posting this, Jen & Drazil. I'm at work and I'm ready to knock people out today. If I had to write my own blog post it would be nothing but hateful ranting right now... ha! Breathe in ... Breathe out..... ok here it goes:
It’s Friday and that means it’s time for BYOC! Bring Your Own Crazy! We answer 5
questions in an effort to get to know each other better and to give our blogging
brains a break. Copy to your own blog if you wish and ENJOY!
1. Name a Valentine gift you
would NOT want to receive.
chocolate. because at the current frame of mind I'm in I would smash the whole box in less than 5 minutes.
2. What’s your
vacation personality? Do you act/eat/talk/do things differently or completely
opposite from when you are not on vacation?
I have been an avid traveler since I was very young. I don't think I act different when I vacation, but I am very aware of my surroundings and I just try to blend in.
3. Describe yourself in 5 POSITIVE
omg positivity today is tough! haha
confident, happy, motivated, laid back
4. Do you have any
phobias or irrational fears or dislikes?
I really get creeped out by the monster sized wolf spiders in north carolina. I also really dislike people who freak out about the dumbest things.
5. Repeat question: Summarize
your week in blog land and in real life.
Real life has been good. I'm moving into a new position at work that I am really happy about and proud of. I feel like this is one of those career moves that lines up with goals I set a long time ago for myself. I've made it a habit to always pray that whatever is supposed to happen, happens. Because it always seems to work out better than what I asked for in the first place.
The scale is being good to both my husband and I this week and we're getting excited about heading down to Florida next week.
Oh! On a band related topic, we received our first bills from the surgery. My bill is a lot higher than my husbands but as a total right now, we owe about 3K for the surgery. There will probably be a little more that pops up in a few weeks, but even if we pay an average of $2000 per person, the surgery has already paid us back. We're pretty sure that MS has completely kicked Type 2 diabetes and its been just under 8 weeks. He had slight sleep apnea before the surgery and he barely snores anymore. We're both sleeping better. My chiropractor mentioned that my back and neck are in wonderful condition from the work outs. Plus we've already saved most of that money in groceries. I could keep typing, but you get the idea.
Blog land is always wonderful. I love keeping up with everyone. Even though I've been a little uninspired with writing blogs this week, I still get so happy to read comments and to read the blogs I follow.
Thanks again for posting this, I really needed to take my brain off of the office for a second so I didn't scream in someones face ;)
I pulled every pair of size 22 and 20 pants out my closet today and tried each of them on! I came out with 1 pair To wear tomorrow and two more that fit, but give me a slight muffin top. Should be good by next week!
The rest of the pants are stacked from the biggest waist band down, I'm hoping our trip to Disney World next week will help me add a few more pairs to the rotation.
It feels good to finally have some more pants to wear. I can't believe I had to lose 43 lbs to drop a pant size.
Meanwhile, in man land, my hubby told me that he had his first stuck/pb occurrence over the weekend. He said he was eating a piece of ham and wasn't paying attention. He said he knew it was happening as soon as it went down. He walked around for a few minutes and went to the bathroom and literally burped and coughed it into a napkin. Yikes!!!
Also, MS has sworn off the scale until the end of the week because he is very very close to dropping below 300lbs.
Hopefully I'll have good news to report by the weekend!
Listen to THIS crazy story! I went to the Y this morning but had to go to the chiropractor after work, so my hubby went to Planet Fitness himself tonight right after work.
He said when he was working out on the elliptical tons of pizzas were delivered to the gym. They set up plates and paper towels and everyone at the gym was walking in and walking out eating tons of pizza. Then the pizzas just kept coming.
WHAT THE? MS said he had to kind of walk himself off the ledge and talk himself out of grabbing a slice on the way out of the gym. He said that he figured he could just eat the cheese and pepperoni, but he talked himself out of it, because he knew if he ate it he probably wouldn't be able to eat dinner tonight.
Why on earth would a gym do that?! I don't know about you, but every time I jumped off the diet wagon it got harder and harder for me to get back on! I don't know maybe it's just me and the fact that I've had an unhealthy relationship with food my whole life but that just blows my mind!
I love that she has millions of recipes for snacks that would normally be shunned, like donuts and ice cream.
Lately I've been craving chocolate and/or ice cream something fierce. The other day I grabbed one of those tiny Hershey's Dark Chocolate bars at work. No big deal right? It's smaller than my pinky finger. 40 calories. When I'm eating 800 calories a day, 40 calories is too much. Especially for something that offers me about 30 seconds of enjoyment. So I decided to give the protein ice cream a whirl.
I whisked 2 cups of Hood Chocolate Milk with 4 scoops of Body Fortress Chocolate Peanut Butter and threw it in my ice cream maker.We took a few extra large spoonfuls to taste test just now and it was great.
I can't wait to have some later. I'm going to top it with a bit of whip cream later and have a little sundae. When I get a chance to go to the store I'll try some of eggface's ice cream recipes because they all sound delish.
Definitely sad about swearing off diet coke for good, but it's probably a really good thing.
Wanted to recommend a substitute in case anyone else out there wants the taste once in a while.
The Sodastream is another one of those halfway cool kitchen gadgets you really don't need. The actual machine carbonates a bottle of tap water and then you mix in one of their concentrates to make a much cheaper version of your fav.
Since carbonation could be a cause of erosion, steer clear of the CO2 and just use the concentrate. The taste is just OK. It's like drinking a flat Coke. But if you're really wanting the flavor, mix your favorite with water and serve it over ice.
The Diet Coke is the only one I've tried and it is a good imposter. It's probably full of all the nasty chemicals that the real stuff has. But once in a while it's a decent treat.
A few days ago I posted a blog about how shocked I was by the calories I added to my sauteed mushrooms with olive oil. I know that olive oil has wonderful health benefits, but I make this recipe so much that I wanted to lighten it up.
From the suggestion of Julia Nelson, I decided to sub out the oil for a tiny bit of broth. I am in love with the flavor of the mushrooms tonight, and I cut the calories from 200 per serving to a measly 23.
I've had these broth concentrate packets in my pantry for a while so I gave them a whirl.
Here's the recipe for 2 servings:
2 handfuls of sliced Mushrooms
1 packet of broth concentrate
1 tablespoon of water
2 teaspoons of Worcestshire
2 teaspoons of Dijon Mustard
Put concentrate and water into a hot frying pan and wisk together. Let it get very hot and bubbly. Throw in the mushrooms and toss to coat. All the mushrooms to sautee for a few minutes and add dry seasonings. Continue to toss the mushrooms to mix in the seasoning. When the mushrooms are just about done, add in the worcestshire and dijon and toss until the mustard mixes in and coats all of the mushrooms.
I love some Trader Joe's Turkey Burgers as well. Here are the mushrooms along with 1/2 of a Turkey Burger and a slice of swiss cheese. Definitely one of my favorite meals for only 220 Calories and 18 grams of protein.
Vanilla Bean Torte Protein mixed with 2% milk and ice
Buffalo Chicken Wrap
2 oz of store bought rotisserie chicken
1 wedge of Laughing Cow Light Blue Cheese
1/2 Tumaro Low Carb Multi Grain Tortilla
Less than a tablespoon of Frank's Buffalo Sauce
I put it in the toaster oven at work and melted the cheese. 3 of the guys I work with came in my office while I was eating and were staring at it asking about it. It was like there was a set of boobs sitting on my desk or something.
My lunch was super low in calories, but I ended up getting pretty hungry around 2:00 so I have a Pantry Selections Protein Pudding for a snack. I got it from mybariatricpantry.com. I like it because I can mix it with 4 oz of water in my little blender cup and it has a really nice pudding texture. However, I've had 3 of these so far, Vanilla, Tropical Banana and California Strawberry. Vanilla was great but the other two were ehhh.
I skipped dinner tonight because I'm feeling icky, but here is what MS ate. The enchiladas were made with inspiration from a pinterest recipe. But I actually cut each tortilla in half before I rolled them to cut down the serving size. Once I put the sauce on, each enchilada was about 3 oz or a little more. I'm going to freeze these and I think they will be fab with a little spinach salad for lunches.
The recipe made way too much sauce, so I threw in some random ingredients in the left overs and made a corn and ham chowder with it. MS had 1 enchilada and an ounce of the chowder. Happy Hubby. He's probably already burned off all of the calories he ate from watching American Idol ;)
Please say a prayer for my friend Lisa. She is getting banded tomorrow morning! Send her some love!
How is everyone doing out there?! I am beat! Monday marked 6 weeks of being banded, which also means we are now free to do whatever workout we can. No more restrictions on the core, the stitches around our ports should be healed up nicely! I've been working out twice a day so I can post a big number on the scale this week.
I'm teetering on the -40lb mark and It's driving me crazy. My motivation is the fact that right now I have about 20 pairs of size 22 jeans in my closet, some never worn still with tags. I just don't fit in them yet. grrr.
My size 24's (the size I started with) are getting embarrassingly big. I refuse to buy anything other than a smaller size but I'm just not there yet! DANG IT!
Meanwhile, in man-land, I can hear the weight falling off of MS. Ha! He's going to be down 60 lbs before I drop a size in pants! But I still love him :)
Since I'm completely bored and uninspired today, here's a pic of one of my favorite things in the world .......My Kid: