Sunday, March 29, 2009

Obituary and last pic taken of him

Wayne L. Smith, 65, Buchtel, passed away Thursday March 26, 2009, at his residence. Born in Mason, West Virginia, he was the son of the late George and Clarabelle Badgley Smith. He was a 1962 graduate of Rutland High School,he served 17 years in Marine Corp. and 10 years in Army National Guard. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth Barrows Smith, children Wayne Jr. of Batavia, Robert of Florida, and Chris Hodge of Batavia; step children Travis Carr of Jacksonville, Trevor Carr and James Gambill of The Plains, and Shavona Gambill of Buchtel, 5 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, 5 step-grandchildren; and a sister Mary of Florida. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers Charles and Robert. Memorial services will be held April 4, 2009 at 2 PM at Bigony-Jordan Funeral Home with Pastor Dave Cogar officiating, and military services will be held. You may sign the register book or leave a condolence for the family at

Friday, March 27, 2009

More Photos of My Love As Requested

Wayne doing his favorite thing, eating! If you notice the pics labeled Lawrence, that is his middle name and what he was known by in school. These ones are from a friend of his from back then, Larry Rupe. The skinny kid insert pic, was Wayne's graduation pic.

At my son's wedding last November

Christmas 07 after he mooned everyone, see that rotten look on his face?

A neighbor boy after interviewing Wayne for a report on Veterans for Veterans Day.

Proud of our new car

I have lost my hero

My husband the ol' goat Jarhead passed away between 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm Thursday afternoon. He went to take a nap, asking me to awaken him at 6pm so that he could watch the news. What I found was not pleasant.

My husband apparently had a heart attack in his sleep.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Two More Weeks

I just realized last night, I only have 2 weeks from today until my surgery. Yes, that has brought on a case of the jitters! I keep thinking, "OK LIZ! Take a deep breath and relax!"
I have been wanting this for so long. It's going to be a huge huge change in lifestyle.

Goodbye to the days of running to the fridge for comfort food when I am stressed.
Goodbye to the nights when Wayne and I sit around watching tv, eating chips or ice cream or chocolate.

Hello to being able to walk through the grocery without breathing hard.
Hello to being able to clean my house without taking a break every 10 minutes.
Hello to exercise.
Hello to a healthier me.

These are just some of my thoughts for today.

Until next time

Thursday, March 19, 2009

My Under The Weather Soup

We have both been feeling pretty crappy for a few days, so tonight we wanted something light for dinner. We considered chicken noodle soup in the can. Then I thought, yuck! Too much sodium.

I had some leftover Taco-Salsa Chicken ( ) from the other night that I made when my son came over. So, I decided to rinse off the salsa and some of the spices. I then diced it up, cooked it in some of my home canned chicken stock,( ) added a can of no salt added mixed veggies and some whole wheat spaghetti noodles and now we have a semi homemade chunky chicken noodle soup. No extra salt or preservatives this way. Just comfort food at the healthiest I could do it, considering the way I feel.

Hubby gave his burp of Approval!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

St Patrick's Day Treat

I wanted to create a treat for the ol' goat for St Patty's Day. I also wanted to thank him for waiting on me for 6 hours today while I went through all my pre-op testing.
I knew I had this in the pantry. So I thought, "Hmmm, chocolate dipped strawberries? How about white chocolate dipped strawberries? Oh better yet, green dipped strawberries!!"
So I melted the white chocolate melts with just a bit of water to loosen it up and added some green food coloring.

This is my finished product. Hey, I am no fancy smancy chef here! They might be a bit rustic looking but my hubby was tickled "green" to get them!

Monday, March 16, 2009


Is April 6th, my surgery date. It's getting closer and I am getting more nervous.
However, I know that I have made the right decision. I have chosen to begin a new healthy lifestyle for myself and for my family.

Tomorrow I spend most of my day at the hospital doing all of my pre-op testing.
I have to have a history and physical exam, blood work, chest x-rays, an EKG, and a gallbladder scan. I then go to a class for Bariatric Pre-Op patients.

I have a pre-op appointment with my surgeon on April 3rd. To go over test results, final plans for surgery, etc.

Then its the day!

In the midst of all this, Baby Lily is due to make her arrival around the 4th of April! Hopefully Baby Aaron will stay put until closer to his due date of May 8th.

Plus Wayne has decided to have the guys come in and re landscape the yard. And I have a chest cold or something that I am fighting.

No wonder I feel like I am going nuts!!!


I don't know about you, but this does not sound like fun to me!

Dumping syndrome occurs in many gastric bypass patients when sweet foods like juice, soda, sugar sweetened beverages, cakes, cookies and pies are eaten. The food passes too quickly into the small intestine and causes symptoms such as: nausea or queasiness, a sense of fullness accompanied by discomfort, cramping, diarrhea, general weakness, profuse sweating, vomiting, and heart palpitations (an increase in heart rate).

Most patients experience a combination of these symptoms. Usually the symptoms will subside in about an hour. Most patients find the symptoms are alleviated after they lie down for a while. Dumping syndrome is not dangerous, but it is quite unpleasant.

Some patients “eat through” the dumping syndrome and they are eventually able to tolerate calorie dense foods in smaller quantities. Given this is a lifestyle change, it is important to avoid these calorie dense foods from the beginning and develop healthier alternatives to eating.

Stage 1 Clear Liquids

This will be my first step after my surgery. This information is from, as is the photo.
This is why I have been making and canning my own beef and chicken stocks.
I know what is in them so I know what I am putting into my body.
I will be avoiding sugars and sugar alcohols as they can cause "dumping syndrome". I will explain this in my next post.
In this article you will notice the mention of whey protein powders and other protein containing items. Protein is essential for healing and prevention of hair loss. Since I won't be able to get my protein by eating, a substitute is needed.

The First Post-op ‘Eating’ Stage

In the first stage after surgery patients should drink clear liquids; defined as liquids that one can see through. Doctors require anywhere from a few days up to even two weeks of clear fluids after surgery to minimize need for digestion, and lessen production of solid waste; allowing your gastrointestinal system to heal.

Liquids should be sipped slowly; gulping can cause pain. Do not use a straw as it will trap air in the stomach pouch; this trapped gas can be very uncomfortable.

Immediately after surgery you must drink enough fluids to keep hydrated. There is a small percentage of post-ops who are re-hospitalized because of dehydration, so it is important to sip fluids constantly throughout the day. Start slowly from 4 to 6 cups of liquid a day and increase as tolerated to at least two quarts a day. If your urine has become dark or concentrated you are not drinking enough water or fluids. You should have a cup or glass near you at all times and sip, sip, sip.

Most of us can drink plain water without difficulty after our bariatric procedure. Others find that water irritates their pouch. Warm drinks are often soothing as the heat relaxes the muscles and tissues in the pouch. In contrast, 'ice cold' sometimes 'clenches' the pouch and restricts flow of liquids. There are clear type proteins that can be blended with Crystal Light or used solo in this stage that will help your body to heal. If a Nectar protein or New Whey Protein Bullet or even Crystal Light tastes too sweet USE MORE WATER or add crushed ice to dilute it to your taste. Very little, if anything will taste good at this point and you will not necessarily be happy with your choices; you still have to drink water and move through this stage.

This is purposely a very limited diet so hang in there and do not progress to next stage until you are told to.
The following are allowable clear liquids:
-Crystal Light or Sugar Free Kool Aid - use 2 to 3 times as much water as usual
-Sugar Free Jell-O-Herbal tea, Celestial Seasonings flavors are very soothing
-Sugar Free Popsicles
-Broth or Boullion, heat then blend in a spoonful of Any Whey instantized protein
New Whey Protein Bullets, Grape, Orange, Fruit Punch
Nectar fruit juice-type protein to blend into Crystal Light
Zero carb Isopure, glass bottles - Green Tea and Grape Frost are delicious.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Preparing Article

I have been spending the last few days studying up and reading many different articles to help me prepare for my upcoming surgery. April 6th, is getting closer and closer. Yikes!!
This is one I found today on

Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Weight loss surgery is a life-altering event that is both empowering and stressful. Taking certain steps before your procedure can help you prepare for your life post-surgery, and make your transition into a new way of living must easier.
Before having weight loss surgery, you should learn as much as you can about the risks and benefits of different bariatric procedures, such as Roux en-Y gastric bypass surgery, and gastric banding (Lap-Band) surgery. Just as the doctors prepare your body prior to surgery, you can prepare mentally, as well. A myriad of medical websites include detailed information about different bariatric procedures, the physiological changes involved, and the research supporting their effectiveness.

Learning the Inside Scoop

You may find it helpful to talk with others who have undergone weight loss surgery. If you don’t know anyone personally who has had weight loss surgery, you can check out different message boards on the Internet for guidance. Websites such as and have forums where thousands of people discuss issues associated with weight loss surgery, from the physical effects to how it can affect their self-esteem and relationships. In addition, talking with family and friends about your surgery can help them understand the reason for your decision and what you will be facing, so they can offer the support and encouragement you need.

Getting Your Mind Right

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing event, and for that reason, bariatric specialists require that patients undergo a psychological assessment before surgery. Your doctor will likely send you to a counselor trained to work with bariatric patients. During your first meeting, you will discuss your personal and psychiatric history. The counselor will ask you questions to determine whether you are mentally and emotionally ready to handle the responsibilities that come with weight loss surgery. Patients with drug or alcohol problems, untreated depression and other mental disorders may not be the best candidates for weight loss surgery, or may need additional pre-surgery counseling before they qualify for the procedure.

Getting Your Body Right

You will also need to begin a diet and exercise program before surgery. Your doctor will provide you with guidelines designed specifically for your individual needs, and you must follow the plan closely to qualify for surgery and ensure your long-term success. This is just a precursor to the significant lifestyle changes to come. In addition, if you’re a smoker, your doctors will probably ask you to stop smoking for at least eight weeks prior to surgery. Other common changes include drinking more water, avoiding caffeine, keeping a food diary, and beginning a regular walking or exercise program.
Weight loss surgery requires significant preparation, both physical and mental. To have lasting success, you need to prepare both your mind and your body before surgery, and also ensure that you have a strong support system in place with your family and friends. Most important, you need to follow your doctor’s recommendations and trust the experts to provide you the best possible guidance and care so you can live a long, healthy and happy life after surgery.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Baby Shower

The Baby Shower turned out well.

We had a motley crew show up. They all surrounded me in my chair, even Muchacho!
Yes, that is a guy in the front. It is Anita's little brother. He was very brave putting up with all of us women folk. He was pretty red faced most of the time!

This is a side view of Anita's 7 month pregnant belly, ain't she cute?

This is the cake that my other pregnant daughter in law, Jammie, made for the shower.
Jammie is my little cake decorator. I tried to get a picture of her 8 month pregnant belly, but she would not cooperate!

Monday, March 9, 2009


This is my daughter- in- law Joanie's dog. She and Travis went to New Jersey and I am dog sitting for a few days. My cat, Sushi, is not a happy camper. She is not very good at sharing her space, and Muchacho has decided that he loves his "Granny". He has decided that no one can come close to me. He is my new tiny little body guard!


This was dinner tonight.

My Shake-N-Bake Cloned Pork Chops
Roasted Potato and Asparagus
Splenda Blend Glazed Carrots
Cinnamon Applesauce

Recipes are posted for these dishes.
Try them!

Splenda Blend Glazed Carrots

2 cups sliced carrots, cooked
1 tbs lite margarine (I use Country Crock Lite)
1 tbs Splenda Brown Sugar Blend

Cook 2 cups sliced carrots until tender
Add Brown Sugar and margarine, coat well

Number of Servings: 4

Nutritional Info

Calories: 54.8g
Total Fat: 1.4g
Cholesterol: 0
Sodium: 66.5g
Total Carbs: 9.4g
Dietary Fiber: 2.3g
Protein: 0.6g

Roasted Potato and Asparagus

4 small red potatoes chunked into small pieces
1 onion chunked
asparagus, about a cup and a half, fresh or frozen, cut in pieces
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Cut veggies into small chunks and drizzle with olive oil
Coat with Parmesan and garlic powder salt and pepper
Place ingredients in foil and fold over to make a packet
Bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes until potatoes are tender
Makes 4 servings

Nutritional Info
Calories: 216.0
Total Fat: 5.6 g
Cholesterol: 4.9 mg
Sodium: 172.9 mg
Total Carbs: 35.2 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.5 g
Protein: 7.6 g

My Shake-N-Bake Cloned Pork Chops

1/2 tablespoon crushed Wheaties Cereal
2 teaspoon Whole Wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
1/4 teaspoon Splenda
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
4 extra lean boneless pork loin chops

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
Line baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray
Combine all dry ingredients in a ziplock bag , mix well
Place moistened pork chops in individually and coat each one well
Place on baking sheet
Bake 30 minutes or until cooked through.
Number of Servings: 4

Nutritional Info
Calories: 212.8
Total Fat: 12.5 g
Cholesterol: 53.3 mg
Sodium: 332.8 mg
Total Carbs: 4.3 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.7 g
Protein: 19.9 g

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Baby Shower Favors Part 2


I promised to show you the other baby shower party favor I was working on. It is called a candy pacifier. My pictures are not the greatest, so please bear with me. My camera batteries were trying to die out on me. Note to self: "Charge batteries before Sunday, Dummy!"

My list of ingredients:
Wintergreen Lifesavers (or peppermint, if you prefer)
Jelly Beans ( I used Jelly Bellies because they are small)
White cookie or cake icing
You will also need a rack or something similar to the one that I used, to let candies dry on.
Ribbon (I ran out, so a trip to the store is in my near future)
Start by unwrapping your lifesavers, darn individually wrapped ones anyway!
Place a pea-size amount of frosting in the lifesaver hole and around it.
Position a jelly bean standing up-right in the frosting.
I placed these on a plate in the fridge for a couple of hours to let them set up.
Place lifesavers jelly bean side down on a wire rack with jelly beans between the wires,
Carefully place another pea-size amount of frosting on the lifesaver,
Position a Life Saver on edge in the frosting. Let stand for at least 1 day to dry. Tie a ribbon through each Life Saver.

Aren't these just the cutest little things?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Baby Shower Favors Part 1

Anita is due May 8th, so my other pregnant daughter in law, Jammie, (who is due April 4th) and I are throwing her a baby shower on Sunday at my house. I have found lots of cute ideas.

My friend Brenda gave me a very cute idea for a party favor. She gave me a cute little poem, which I printed on the bottom of this photo of my Son Bub and Anita. I love this picture!
A little seed for you to sow
A little earth will make it grow
A little hole, a little pat
A little sun and then a Flower!
Thanks for coming
to Anita's shower!
Then you take a packet of flower seeds and roll it up inside and tie with a ribbon. It will look like a diploma. Like this:They are a cute little party favor. Your guests can plant the seeds at home and each time they see them they will think of you!

I am working on another cute party favor also. If it turns out the way I want it to, I will share it with you soon.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Quick Surgery Update!

I got my paperwork from my surgeons office today. They moved my surgery date up a week, now it is going to be done on April 6th instead of the 13th.

Yes, I am getting more nervous! However, I am going to be busy until then. I have my pre-op testing and Bariatric class on March 17th. Then I see Dr Price, my surgeon for my pre-op appointment and test results on April 3rd, all in Columbus, Ohio. Which is about an hour and a half to 2 hour drive from home. Plus, lots of other appointments and things in between. Not to mention that my first grand daughter Lily is due to be born around April 4th!

Oh my Oh my!! What have I gone and done?

I'm turning into a Scaredy Cat!!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Swiss Steak, My Way

Wayne requested Swiss steak for dinner. I looked at different recipes and their ingredients, not really finding it made the way I wanted it, so, I played around and came up with this version.


5 cubed steaks

1 large onion, minced

1 bell pepper, minced

1 celery stalk, minced

1 large carrot, minced

A little flour, salt and pepper


Mince all your veggies and set aside
Make your Tomato Gravy aka Creamed Tomatoes, mix in minced veggies and set aside.Mix flour, salt and pepper, dredge meat in flour mixture coating well, brown meat in a little oil and butter.

Place cube steaks in crock pot. Top with tomato gravy/veggie mixture Cook for 2 to 4 hours or until the meat is as tender as you prefer. Makes about 5 servings

Approximate Nutrition Facts :
Calories 240.5
Total Fat 8.5 g Saturated Fat 4.2 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g Monounsaturated Fat 2.8g
Cholesterol 65.1 mg
Sodium 144.3 mg
Potassium 664.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 16.7 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g Sugars 4.6 g Protein 24.1 g

I served this with Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Biscuits and Cantaloupe on the side. It satisfied his craving for Swiss Steak and my need to increase the nutritional value and decrease the fats a little.

Try it and let me know what you think!