Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
My husband apparently had a heart attack in his sleep.
Monday, March 23, 2009
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
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
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!!!
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.
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.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This is one I found today on weightlosssurgerychannel.com.
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 RenewedReflections.com and ObesityHelp.com 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
Monday, March 9, 2009
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
Total Fat: 1.4g
Total Carbs: 9.4g
Dietary Fiber: 2.3g
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
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
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
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
Aren't these just the cutest little things?
Friday, March 6, 2009
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
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
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 :
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!