Seafood Stir-Fry from Heaven

Here is an easy and healthy recipe. It’s become one of my all-time favorites!


(^^not my picture, but it looks pretty similar^^)

Seafood Stir-Fry from Heaven:

-10 shrimp (if using frozen shrimp, thaw first)

-3 sticks imitation crab meat

-2 cups spinach leaves

-.5 cup baby bella mushrooms

-1.5 tbsp Yoshida’s Gourmet sauce (or any other teriyaki sauce)

-.5 tbsp canola oil

-1 wok or large big pan

Heat half a tablespoon of canola oil in the wok (or large pan). Make sure the oil is covering the sides and bottom of the wok. Let the oil get really hot. Add mushrooms, and let cook for 3 minutes stirring every 30 seconds or so. Add the shrimp and crab meat and let heat up for about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and teriyaki sauce. Let cook for 2-3 minutes stirring every 30 seconds, than serve hot. 

Calories = 268; 30 grams protein; 38 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fat. 

10 shrimp=70 calories

3 sticks imitation crab meat=90 calories

.5 cup baby bella mushrooms=20 calories

2 cups spinach leaves=20 calories

1.5 tbsp Yoshida’s sauce=68 calories

This dish is absolutely delicious! The first time I made it, I wasn’t sure how to feel about the crab meat… but now I love it! If you don’t like imitation crab meat you have many options: you can use real crab meat, lobster, scallops, almost any type of fish, chicken, steak, pretty much anything! This recipe is very versatile. I personally don’t serve with anything else, but you can serve this with virtually anything. 

Hope you enjoy!

Dimand Girl

“This much I know. If you are what you eat, then I only wanna eat the good stuff.”- Remy (Ratatouille)


One Month Come and Gone

Hey everyone! Today I’m going to do an update and a recipe. This recipe is going to be a healthy recipe, so that all my new friends who have also had WLS (love them!!) can try it too!

So far I’ve lost a total of 39 pounds since the pre-op liquid diet. 19 of those pounds were lost (and will never be found) after surgery. Yesterday was my one month post-op appointment. My brother (SO HAPPY HE’S IN TOWN!!!!!!) went with me to the appointment’s. Yes, that was plural. I saw my nutritionist at 11am, and then my brother and I had lunch downtown- and desert- and then my surgeon’s appointment was at 2pm. After I saw my surgeon I saw another nutritionist (my first one is about to go on maternity leave). So I didn’t get home until 5:30pm. It was an all day thing, but turned out to be really good anyway. Both nutritionist’s said I am doing great. They said I need to up my water intake, but in terms of weight-loss I’m doing perfect. The first nutritionist said “you are actually ahead of the curb.” I was SO excited to hear that because I have been concerned that I can eat “too much”. In my blog post Gym Rat I expressed that I can eat way more calories than most people I talk to who have had the same surgery. I found out that this is a good thing!! My nutritionist said she wants me to be getting between 850-1100 calories a day, with 64 ounces of water, and 60-100 grams of protein. She didn’t say anything about fat or carbs, so I take it that water and protein are still my main goals.

I’m working my way up to 64 ounces (I’ve gotten there twice, but can’t seem to do it every day). My nutritionist said it’s normal that I can’t do 64 ounces a day, but to keep adding 2-3 more ounces a day and eventually I’ll be there. Right now I’m getting about 34-50 ounces of water a day, 60-100 grams of protein, and between 700-1000 calories. For a while I felt like I could eat as much as I wanted, but the last week I’ve been feeling major restriction. When I eat a few bites now, I start getting really full. I forgot to ask my surgeon about that, but everyone online says it’s because during the surgery there are some nerve endings being damaged and until they heal it’s normal to not feel full so much. Now I am feeling full a lot, so there’s nothing to worry about in that department.

Working out is actually fun for me now! The only thing annoying about it, is finding the time to go. Yesterday hubby couldn’t work because of the rain (he works taking video’s and pictures of cars to help sell them so whenever it rains his boss doesn’t have them come in because no one wants a picture of a rained-on car with gloomy skies in the background). So we hung out together and before dinner we went to the gym. We did the treadmill, elliptical, and bike. We each did around 2 miles (1.3 miles was on the treadmill). I loved the bike but it didn’t seem “hard” enough (like it didn’t really get my heart rate up enough). The elliptical on the other hand…. too hard. I’m gonna keep trying it and hoping I get better and better, but for now it’s really hard for me. It hurts my legs and I feel tired super fast. After our workout we did the murderous massage chairs together, and then left. Sophia and I used the massage chairs on our second day working out together. We were cracking up because these chairs are seriously murderous. They punch, chop, and twist in all directions and it HURTS. Even though they are super painful, after you get up and walk away you realize how much looser and better you feel. It’s like a metaphor for working out…. fight through the pain and feel amazing afterwards. Alex loved the intensity of the chairs (he’s always been much better at handling pain than me though).

This week is my last week of summer break. Next week I start school, and terrified doesn’t even begin to express how scared I really am. I made a schedule for this semester, and it’s brutal. I’m taking 6 classes (long story but I kind of have to), watching Autumn all day on my days off, working out 4-6 times a week, cooking dinners for the family, the list goes on an on. I showed Alex the schedule and he is pretty freaked out by it too. My days start at 6am, and my schedule is literally filled every half hour and hour until 11pm. NO FREE TIME! Mind you, my neurotic self even scheduled in showers and packing lunches for the next day. Anyway, I’m just really praying that I get through this semester and do well. It’s very important to me that I maintain my GPA and continue being the best mom to Autumn that I can be. I scheduled in as much family time as I could because it’s the most important thing to me to have Autumn time.

Speaking of Autumn, I think we may be in the terrible two’s LOL (but not really laughing- more like crying). She’s really well behaved (KNOCK ON WOOD) when we go in public, but at home she’s constantly testing us. It’s definitely a difficult time, but with a lot of prayer and hard work we will get through it.

Have a new addition to my “To Do When Healthy” list: Survive and complete a Tough Mudder!!!

Love to all!

Dimand Girl

“It is okay for me to have everything I want.”- Anthony Burrill

“Discipline is choosing between what you want now, and what you want most.”- Augusta F. Kantra

“The expert at anything was once a beginner.”- Helen Hayes


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^^Can’t even go grocery shopping without her teddy bear 🙂 ^^


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^^Autumn and daddy!! And Uncle TeeTee on his phone lol^^

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^^My one month surgery check-up and spending the day with my big brother!^^

Yummy Sweet N Sour Meatballs!

So here’s a small tidbit about me: I love easy recipes. Who doesn’t, right?! Today’s meatball recipe is probably not an original one, but it was taught to me by my dad, and that makes it pretty special to me. It’s made in a crockpot, but I see no reason why you couldn’t use a big ol’ simmering pot/pan. Just make sure you have a lid for whatever you use. 

(^^not my picture, but it looks just like how mine come out^^)

Delicious Sweet N Sour Meatballs:

-1 jar of grape jelly (about 18oz)

-1 jar of chili sauce (12 oz jar) 

-1 bag of frozen meatballs (we use turkey meatballs)

-1 crockpot

So first turn your crockpot on ‘low’. Add all (or most) of the jelly and add all of the chili sauce. Stir really well. Add the whole bag of meatballs (directly out of the freezer). Cover and cook for 3-5 hours on low, stirring occasionally. 

Serve these any way you want! I used to serve them on white rice or wide egg noodles. Eventually when I can have them again, I will serve them over quinoa, couscous, brown rice, or whole wheat noodles to make it a bit healthier. Other then being delicious, they are also great for entertaining guests. You can stick toothpicks in them and serve them at a gathering or potluck. You could also use the same sauce with a different protein like cocktail sausages. 

Eat up and enjoy!!

Dimand Girl

“People who love to eat are always the best people.”- Julia Child


Gym Rat

Hey guys! Today (the 12th) marks my third full week since surgery. There is a lot to talk about, so please bear with me. I know my blogs are typically very lengthy, and I’m sorry about that, but it’s all written with good intentions. I have lost 33 pounds total, starting from my pre-op liquid diet. I have lost 13 pounds since the surgery, so 13 pounds in three weeks. I definitely thought it would fall off faster, but- as my nutritionist keeps telling me- everything is moving at a good pace. 

So a day or two after my last post I got a horrible UTI. It was soooo painful! I got on antibiotics, and I’m currently still on them but the pain is pretty much gone. For the UTI, I’m taking two doses a day of Cefuroxime (the antibiotic). For the rash, my doctor is having me take Claritin for a month. Believe it or not, it really is working (KNOCK ON WOOD), because the rash is basically gone, HOORAY!!! I am still off of all diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol medicine! I basically just take my vitamins and the antibiotic and Claritin. 

About the surgery. Life after surgery is honestly a roller coaster. Ultimately I know this surgery was 100% for the best, but there are many struggles that come along with the reward. This surgery is definitely not the easy way out like some people believe. It is one of the hardest things I’ve ever been through. Now to elaborate:

I have been worried as of late that I can eat too much. Today I ate 1,025 calories and yesterday I ate 1,263. I explained this to my nutritionist and she said “Suzy, my 3 year old daughter eats more calories than that!”, and it made me feel a lot better but I still feel like it’s a lot. Everyone I talk to and read about online is all like “I can only eat 400-600 calories a month out of surgery”, and I’m all like “…..I’m hungry.” It has definitely been worrying me, but I’m trying very hard to not let it discourage or bring me down. The mental aspect of this is very difficult. Getting used to my new normal and learning not to compare my journey to other people’s journeys has proven to be very difficult. I really need to work on trusting the process, not comparing, and giving this my all. 

Another extremely difficult part of post-op life is getting enough water and protein. It seems like I can’t do both. On days I do great with water, I lack in the protein department and vice versa. It’s SO hard to get both in. Especially because I really don’t like the protein shakes I have (Body Fortress- Whey Isolate- Chocolate), they are way too sweet. People are like “try this protein powder”, but they aren’t the cheapest of products lol! Another thing is, it seems that on days that I do great on protein (and get between 70-90 grams), my calorie intake is much higher. It sucks because it all feels like a lose-lose. I either get a good amount of protein but not enough water and am too high is calories, or I don’t get enough protein and do great with water. UGH! WLS problems!

By the way— I had my first (and only) throw up experience post-op. And guess what it was over…… AN EGG! What the hell!? I’ve been eating hard-boiled eggs since like 3 days post-op! I must have eaten too fast or something because halfway through the egg I RAN to the bathroom and threw it up. It sucked. I haven’t had a hard-boiled egg since. I’ve been eating egg salad, egg-white omelet’s, and scrambled eggs but no full hard-boiled eggs.  

Bad news update: I have been awful at working out. Tonight was my first night going to the gym even though I said I was going to last week. Good news update: I LOVED THE GYM! I have so much motivation to go back because of how much I loved it! Sophia and I walked over a mile on the treadmill in 20 minutes, and I was going at a really good pace! Then we did some lower-body weights and I loved those too. I literally can’t wait to go back! This week I am going 3 times, but I’m going to keep building up until eventually I’m going 5-6 times a week. I also bought this mp3 player and this armband for it so that I can listen to music while I workout. This goes in the major WIN category 😉

In other news, I start school in two weeks and I’m nervous to go back. I’ll be extremely busy and I’m hoping that I can manage all of it without cracking. I will need to go to school, do my homework (and do it well), workout 4-6 times a week, eat right, maintain family time, maintain a social life, and continue being present and affectionate to Autumn. I can already tell what a struggle it’s going to be, and I pray about it all the time. This sounds horrible, but if I can’t handle it all I’m going to drop school first. My health needs to be #1 on my list of priorities. I don’t plan on that happening though, I truly believe that with some very hard work I can make it through this.

Please continue to send emails, facebook messages, and ask any questions you have!

Love to all!

Dimand Girl



What I Bought VS. What I Actually Use

When I was doing research about what to buy before surgery, I found many…..many…….many suggestions. While all of the suggestions are great ones, I wanted to make a blog about all the things I bought, and which ones I actually use. Some of them I definitely bought (accidentally) for no reason. I will be using pics from the internet because it’s easier then gathering up every single thing I bought, but they are the exact products I bought (color, flavor, etc). So here goes.

✔️Nalgene Water Bottle, 32 Oz. Clear #Zts

Nalgene Water Bottle, 32 Oz. Clear- I literally use this every day! 

✔️Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Insulated Dual-Compartment Lunchbox Tote, Black/Blue (C810w-blkblu) by Amazon,

Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Insulated Dual-Compartment Lunchbox Tote, Black/Blue—- Haven’t used yet but I will definitely be using regularly during school and work days (when I have a job eventually). 

✔️Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Bento Lunch Box with BPA-Free, Leak-proof Containers, Black/Pink (L600-blkpnk),

Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Bento Lunch Box with BPA-Free, Leak-proof Containers, Black/Pink—— Same as above.

✔️Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Bento Buddies, 4 BPA-free Lunchbox Containers with Leak-proof Lids, Pink (B650w-pink),

Laptop Lunches Bento-ware Bento Buddies, 4 BPA-free Lunchbox Containers with Leak-proof Lids, Pink—– Same as above. 

Portion Control Baggies—- Haven’t bought these yet, but will DEFINITELY be using them for packing snacks to go out. They perfectly measure out how much snacks to bring with you. Holds a cup. 

✔️CLICK Espresso Protein Drink, Mocha (14-Servings), 15.8-Ounce Canister,

CLICK Espresso Protein Drink, Mocha—- Haven’t used yet but will soon. 

✔️Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Isolate - Chocolate - 2lbs

Body Fortress Super Advanced Whey Isolate – Chocolate – 2lbs—- It’s very cheap and it tastes okay, just VERY sweet. Too sweet honestly. 

✔️Nature's Best Isopure Unflavored (Zero Carb), 3-Pound Tub,

Nature’s Best Isopure Unflavored (Zero Carb), 3-Pound Tub—- Haven’t tried yet but will. 

✔️Norpro 260 Porcelain Ramekins, Set of 4,

Norpro 260 Porcelain Ramekins—- Use all the time, perfect for measuring out a cup.

Portion help plates

10 Strawberry Street 7.5″ Round Dessert Plates, Set of 12—- Haven’t gotten in the mail yet, but I will be using these ALL the time. MUCH smaller then normal plates. 

✔️To organize all the vitamins

Vitamin Organizer—- Use all the time for vitamins.

✔️Spring Valley Sublingual B12 Microlozenges, 500mcg, 200 count******used for right after surgery when it's hard to swallow hard pills.

Spring Valley Sublingual B12 Microlozenges, 500mcg, 200 count—- I use these all the time but they’re kind of gross. I would recommend just sticking with the swallow ones.

✔️Natures Way Alive Multivitamin Gummies For Children 90 Gummies   Natural Cherry, Grape  Orange Flavors GLUTEN FREE********** used for right after surgery when it's hard to swallow hard pills.

Alive Multivitamin Gummies For Children—- Use these all the time, same as above. They are a little gross so I would stick with the swallowables.

✔️Citracal Calcium Gummies - 60 Count used for right after surgery when it's hard to swallow hard pills.

Citracal Calcium Gummies – 60 Count—- Misheard my nutritionist and bought for no reason. Haven’t/won’t even have one of these probably. 


Gas-X Extra Strength Chewables—- Used once the day after surgery, haven’t needed them since. Feels a little like an unnecessary purchase, but it might be good to have them around just in case. 


Pepto Bismol—- Only needed once so far, but Pepto ALWAYS works for me so I’m glad to always have this on hand. 

Instant Milk Powder for Added Calcium—– Haven’t used once. Not really necessary if you can find foods to fill your protein and calcium “quota”. 

✔️ $11--- Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter and PB2 with Premium Chocolate, 6.5 Ounce (Pack of 2),

Bell Plantation PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter and PB2 with Premium Chocolate, 6.5 Ounce (Pack of 2)—– Haven’t used once but definitely will. Just waiting until I think I’m 100% ready for the consistency of peanut butter. 

✔️Carnation Instant Breakfast No Sugar Added, Variety Pack, 8pk - chocolate

Carnation Instant Breakfast No Sugar Added—- Only tried the chocolate and it’s really good! Tastes like chocolate milk. Only problem is I’m not liking sweet drinks very much right now, so I haven’t been using this very much. 

Sweet Drops Artificial Sweetener—- Haven’t used one time. Totally unnecessary purchase. 

✔️Great for getting in electrolytes

Freezer Pops with Electrolytes—- Haven’t tried these yet, but I’m definitely going to. It’s important to get in electrolytes and this is a good way to do that. 


Popsicle Sticks to Make Frozen Yogurt Pops—- Haven’t done yet, but I’m going to very soon. 

✔️ $11--- BlenderBottle SportMixer, Black/Pink,20 Oz,

BlenderBottle SportMixer, Black/Pink, 20 Oz—- Totally necessary. Perfect for protein shakes. 

BlenderBottle® Classic 20-ounce Black Sundesa

BlenderBottle Classic 20-ounce—- I bought another just in case one is dirty.

✔️ $8--- Good Living Silicone Mini Ice Cube Tray, assorted colors,

Good Living Silicone Mini Ice Cube Tray for Chocolate Protein Drops—- Haven’t used yet but definitely will. 

✔️ $10--- Jokari Healthy Steps Portion Control Pasta Basket,

Jokari Healthy Steps Portion Control Pasta Basket—– Totally unnecessary. Huge waste of money seeing as I can’t have ANY pasta. And even if I could I wouldn’t even be able to eat half that portion. 

✔️ $12--- Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Green - Set of 6,

Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Green – Set of 6 for Protein Popsicles—- Haven’t used yet but definitely will. 

✔️ $16--- Meal Measure - Manage Your Weight, One Portion At a Time - 2 Pack,

Meal Measure Portion Control Plate- Red—- Another gigantic waste of money. Never use and never will. The portions on here are WAY too big for my new stomach. 


Farberware Single Serve Blender—– Haven’t used but DEFINITELY will. As soon as I’m allowed to have fruit again. 

$26--- Hemingweigh® Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat,

Hemingweigh Extra Thick Foam Exercise Mat—- Perfect for home workouts, definitely necessary. 

✔️ $30--- Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band Carrying Case,

Black Mountain Products Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, Exercise Chart, and Resistance Band Carrying Case—– Same as above. Glad I bought these!

✔️ $15--- Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant Black,

Ozeri Pronto Digital Multifunction Kitchen and Food Scale, Elegant Black—- I use this ALL THE TIME to measure out food. Definitely necessary. 

✔️ $30--- EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale w/ Extra Large Lighted Display, 400 lb. Capacity and "Step-On" Technology [2013 VERSION] - 10,000+ Reviews EatSmart Guaranteed Accurate,

EatSmart Precision Digital Bathroom Scale w/ Extra Large Lighted Display—- Definitely necessary, and I love this one. It’s very nice and has lots of usable features. 


If I remember anything I left out on this list, I will come back and add it soon. Hope this helps!


Eating Post-Op

Hey guys! Sorry it’s been a week since I’ve updated. I have been responding to your emails/questions/comments and will continue to do so between my blogs so keep sending them my way! I definitely have felt a lot of love and support since I started this blog, and I am really grateful for that. As I said before, I just want to help people.

Life has been great on my end! The first few days (pretty much the first week) is DEFINITELY the hardest. The pain got better every day, but there are a lot of emotional and physical changes that take place the first week. It’s a struggle, but well worth it! Last time I updated I was only 6 days out, so I was still in the hardest part. Now that I’m on day 13, I have a much better grasp on the changes.

The full liquid diet was very difficult because I was so sick of liquids. At day 6 I got the “ok” to start experimenting a little more. She (my nutritionist) said to start with pureed (or very easy to chew) foods. The suggestions on the packet my surgeon gave me was thinly shaved deli meat, low fat cheese, scrambled egg whites, etc. So from day 6 until day 12 my day was predictably as follows: 2oz egg salad with light mayo, deli meat roll-up (1 slice of turkey and 1 slice of low-fat colby jack cheese rolled together), and fudgesicles. My days would alternate between these 3 things (sometimes I would have a protein shake, a hard boiled egg instead of egg salad, etc, but it was mostly just those 3 things).

At day 12 I got the “ok” to move onto soft foods. That night I had a little over 1 cup of Rice Krispies cereal with 1 cup of fat free milk (and 1 sweet n low packet sprinkled on top). It was soooooo good! Problem is I’m not sure if I ate too fast or ate too much but I felt very sick afterwords. I didn’t throw up, but I just felt miserable. I had the “gurgles” (those who have had WLS will probably understand this) and I just felt so weak and awful. I actually passed out after 20 minutes or so. After taking a small nap I felt a lot better though, so that was good.

Since the cereal adventure I have been slightly scared to try new things, but I’ve been fine as long as I proceed with caution. I have had crab legs, scallops, and meat sauce (obviously with no pasta). I have handled those really well! I got the scallops and crab legs from Red Lobster. The scallops didn’t make me sick but they weren’t that good either so I won’t be getting them again. The crab legs though….. heaven! I only eat about 3-4 legs for a meal, but it’s so delicious and full of protein. Two nights ago I made my mom’s meat sauce recipe (the absolute BEST) which included ground beef. I can only eat a little bit at a time (it’s very filling), but it hasn’t bothered my tummy at all.

I admit that I’m still very scared to try different things. I don’t want to throw up or experience dumping syndrome. My nutritionist said that all patients have to learn “the hard way” (meaning you have to experiment to figure out what you can and cannot handle), but I’m still trying to be as cautious as possible. I will continue to update y’all on foods I add into my diet.

I have been pretty good at getting enough water in though. I get between 40-60 ounces of water every day. It’s gotten a LOT easier. I am still struggling getting in a healthy amount of protein. I need to be getting 60 grams of protein or more (preferably more), but that’s easier said than done. I really don’t like protein shakes. They are way too sweet! I know there are other flavors out there like soup flavored, juice flavored, etc but I don’t want to spend money experimenting with them when I can just stick to getting protein through food. With the hard boiled eggs, crab legs, and meat sauce I am getting enough protein. When I can add “harder” soft foods (chicken and whatever else), I think it will be a bit easier.

Personal updates. I am OFF ALL MEDICINE!!!!! I am no longer diabetic, hypertensive, and I don’t have high cholesterol!! I now only take vitamins. Words can’t begin to explain how happy that makes me. I also have felt healthier and more energetic then ever! On Friday we built a fort for Autumn, and we all sat in it and hung out. Of course Autumn was the one who stayed in it the shortest, but Alex and I loved lounging around in our fort! Later that night Timur watched Autumn and Alex and I saw Guardians of the Galaxy. I LOVED IT!!!!! It was so good, I can’t wait to buy it on DVD 🙂 On Saturday we went to Starved Rock (a huge state park with waterfalls, trails, and so many gorgeous sights to see), and then we walked around Ottawa (where Abraham Lincoln had his first debate (I think lol)). There was a book fair, an art fair, a farmers market, and a carnival. We spent the rest of the day walking around the different fairs and festivals, and it was a blast! Side note, I didn’t run out of energy until the very end of the day! It felt so good to be active.

Sophia and I are starting to work out tonight. I’m excited and nervous, but more excited. Now that I am already feeling better, I just want to keep getting healthier and healthier. I feel extremely excited and motivated for what’s to come and it’s an incredible feeling! I was already unbelievably happy, but now I’m adding healthy into my already enormous bag of blessings. God is good!

On my next blog I will update on my diet progress and how exercising is going.

Love, happiness, and health to all!

Dimand Girl

“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”- Andrew Murphy

“Nothing we do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.”- Ashleigh Brilliant

“If you change nothing, nothing will change.”- Unknown


^^The fort we built!^^


^^Starved Rock and Downtown Ottawa Festivals!^^