Sweet(?) September

September is a weird month for me. It starts out sad, and ends very sweet. September 3rd is the day my mom passed away (four years ago). The day is kind of surreal to me. It doesn’t really make me sad, but it makes me think about her even more than usual. September 20th is her birthday, and that day is very sad for me.

But then the month takes a turn for the better. September 22nd is Alex and my anniversary. Yesterday was our 6 year anniversary of being together, and our 2nd anniversary of being married (we wanted our wedding day to be on the same day we got together). Alex worked yesterday so we celebrated on Sunday instead. We went to Sybaris (one of our new favorite places) and then went out to dinner with Timur and Autumn. It was an incredible day! I had champagne for the first time since surgery, and it went down fine! By the way, Sybaris is a romantic pool suite for couples. Our room had a master bed, a kitchen, a HUGE pool and waterfall in the pool, a hot tub, a Jacuzzi, etc. The rooms are freakin incredible!

September 22nd was also my two month surgiversary! Stats are in: I have lost a total (from my highest weight before surgery) of 50 pounds! Since the day of surgery I have lost 30. My nutritionist told me I am ahead of the average weight loss for my age and weight group! I am very happy with the changes. The number on the scale doesn’t show how much energy I have and how every article of clothing has become huge on me. I showed Alex the other day that I can pull my jeans out super far from my stomach. I ALWAYS have to wear a belt really tight to keep my pants on now. It’s absolutely incredible how much energy I have now, too.

I went to the gym 4 times last week so that’s good. I was supposed to go to the gym last night but I got my period and had a terrible headache so I didn’t. I’m gonna have to make up for that though. When Sophia and I went to the gym on Friday we did much better on the Arc (see blog here if you have no idea what I’m talking about). It’s still very hard but we are making progress slowly. We just need to take small 10 second breaks when we get exhausted from it. Small note about my time of the month… after I had Autumn I got the Mirena IUD. Once I got my IUD, I didn’t get my period for two years. After the surgery, my cycle has started back up. I can’t tell whether I’m happy or sad about this. I’m happy because it’s oddly nice to have the monthly feminine gift from mother nature (I know how crazy that probably sounds). But it’s bad because the cramps and bleeding sucks. Not to mention as I said before it also usually causes me to have headaches.

Haven’t cooked anything new lately. Been eating seafood a lot. I’ve been making my delicious Pan Seared Sea Scallops two or three times a week (still not sick of them!). On other nights I’m eating crab legs, honey soy tilapia, and sometimes steak. Depends what’s on sale at the store. I want to try a new recipe this weekend, so I will let y’all know what I pick and how it goes. Any suggestions? Let me know.

Until next time,

Dimand Girl

“You can love someone so much… but you can never love people as much as you can miss them.”- John Green

Pan Seared Sea Scallops

Hey guys! Today’s recipe is a little piece of Heaven from the sea’s….. scallops.

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

Pan Seared Sea Scallops:

-1 pound of sea scallops

-1 tablespoon of salt

-1 tablespoon of pepper 

-2-3 tablespoons of butter

-1 tablespoon of olive oil

-1 grill pan or pan used for searing (if you have a cast-iron, use it)

Wash the scallops and pat dry thoroughly. Season all the scallops with salt and pepper (each side of the scallops). Put the olive oil and butter in the pan and put on high heat. When the butter has melted and starts crackling, add the scallops. Keep on high heat the whole time. Leave the scallops for 2 minutes untouched. After two minutes flip and leave for another two or so minutes. You want the scallops to still be soft in the middle but not so soft that they fall apart. 

These are heavenly! I have been serving them with a small baked potato with lite sour cream, and a vegetable. SO GOOD!!! You definitely want to serve right away so that they are hot. You don’t want these babies sitting around getting cold on the counter. I’m including the real picture below, but I’m no professional photographer! Sorry for the mess and the blurriness!

Happy Cooking Y’all!

Dimand Girl

“Cooking with love provides food for the soul.”- Lily and Val

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^^I also had a small bowl of spinach on the side, but I didn’t take a pic^^

The Devil Machine

Hola everyone! Everything’s going really well by me. I made scallops for the up the recipe for them today. Last night I made them, but I messed them up really bad. I added lemon juice (just to try it out) and it turned out horribly. I also put wayyyyy to much pepper. I was so disappointed but at least the boys like ’em! They were just too over-seasoned for my liking. I definitely learned a lesson for next time though… less pepper and no lemon juice.

In other news, I’m being much better about the gym. I’ve already gone 3 times this week, and I’m planning on going 1-2 times this weekend. On Wednesday Sophia and I met with a trainer through the gym. He’s not the type of trainer who stands with you (unfortunately), but he’s free with the gym membership so it’s just free help for us. He gave us a lot of valuable tips and pointed us in the right direction. He told us to start using this machine called The Arc. ITS SO HARD!! I mean, seriously. We were panting, sweating, grizzly when we were done. And we only did 10 minutes!! The workout felt amazing though. We actually liked the machine even though it kicked our butts.

Keeping this one short… for once! 😉

Have a great weekend y’all!!!!

Dimand Girl

“Difficult doesn’t mean impossible, it simply means that you have to work hard.”- Unknown

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^^Devil machine/The Arc^^

Drag Me To The Gym

Seriously, drag me! I was sooooooo bad last week! A- I only went once! ONE TIME!!!! B- I was super sluggish when I went. I was/am very disappointed in myself, which is why this will never happen again. The sad part is, the week before last I did amazing! I worked out 5 times that week, and all 5 times it was intense workouts. This week I am going to get back on track and do much better. I want to go 4-5 times this week. On Wednesday night I am meeting with a trainer that works at the gym. I’m hoping he can give me some more direction. I’ve only been doing cardio, but I’m doing about 2-3 miles a night (combining the bike, elliptical, and treadmill). I haven’t started weight training yet, but I want to now which is what the trainer will help me with.

I’ve been cooking more! I’ve been eating a lot of seafood and it’s glorious! I cooked crab legs for the first time a few days ago (recipe coming soon) and they were absolutely to die for. Tasted literally just as good as restaurant cooked if not better. Not to mention very low cal, low carbs, and high protein. PERFECT! Tonight I am having my first go with scallops. Hoping they turn out easier (and yummier) than I expect so that they can be added to my weekly dinner rotation.

My dad is home from the hospital! GOD IS GOOD!! He’s still in a lot of pain and he’s tired a lot but he’s super happy to be home. He was miserable at the hospital and who can blame him. Yesterday hubby, Timur, my brother and I went to visit my dad and Helen. Autumn loves going to Grandpa and Helen’s house! We sat outside in the field on a blanket, danced, and just hung out. Then we had dinner and Uncle Josh fed her. To be honest, it’s nice having a small break from taking care of her lol!

Will update soon about my scallop cooking attempt!

Peace and love to all,

Dimand Girl

“It’s not about having enough time, it’s about making enough time.”- Rachael Bermingham

“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

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^^Spending the day with my awesome family 🙂 ^^

Honey Soy Tilapia

Normally I’m not a big fan of tilapia. My experience of it is that it’s usually bland. That being said, I went on a pin-venture (adventure in Pinterest-land) to find a tilapia recipe I like because it’s such a healthy food and I REALLY want to like it. I spent about three weeks trying a million recipes, and only two stuck. But the two that stuck are amazing!!! Now tilapia has become part of my weekly grind. I admit, I’m a little over fish right now (I over did tilapia and salmon so much that I need a break), but this is one of my go-to recipes for tilapia when I’m ready to start my relationship with fish up again. I’ll eventually post the second tilapia recipe that I love as well.

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

Honey Soy Tilapia:

-2 tilapia filet’s 

-3 tbsp of honey

-3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

-3 tbsp of soy sauce 

-1 or 2 garlic cloves minced really fine

-baking dish or pan

Butter a baking dish or pan and lay the filet’s side by side in it. Whisk everything else together for the sauce. When it’s mixed well, pour the marinade on top of the filet’s. Put in the fridge for 20 minutes to an hour, turning half way through. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When the fish is done marinating, take it out of the fridge and bake it for 15-20 minutes. 

This tilapia is delicious!!! Not to mention easy and healthy. It can be served with anything but I usually serve it with sauteed mushrooms, brown rice, and asparagus. I guarantee when you try this once, it will become part of your weekly grind as well!

Happy Cooking!

Dimand Girl

“I never met a meal I didn’t like.”- Miss Piggy (The Muppets)

Free Falling

Hey everyone!!! Just to quickly clear this up, the blog title “Free Falling” has nothing to do with this post. I watched Jerry Maguire a few days ago (love that movie!), and I can’t get the song/scene out of my head when Tom Cruise sings “Free Falling” in his car. Again, love that movie!

I have received a plethora of support regarding my dad’s health scare (and I posted that blog only 3 days ago!!). I’ve received a bunch of emails from people reading this blog, and I am feeling the love and support SO MUCH lately! All of your good wishes, prayers, and positive thoughts have helped! My dad’s kidney’s are starting to look better, and dialysis (at least for now) is off the table! Though my dad is still in a lot of pain (mostly from the broken ribs), he’s doing better by the day! God is incredible and so are you guys!!!

Last week I had an amazing workout week, and this week… not so much. I’m upset with myself about being bad this week, so I’m going to start going tonight and through the weekend. I’ve also been kind of stalled lately, and I think it’s because I’m not going to the gym as much. So I gotta kick it into gear!

In terms of eating, I’m still scared of chicken (the only chicken that seems to work is grilled chicken in salads). Since it’s made me sick three times, I am feeling like I need to stay away for a few months. Alex and I went shopping last night, and I bought a bunch of meal foods so that I can start cooking again. Crab legs were on sale $6 for a pound (!) so I got some. My meal foods included: a pound of frozen sea scallops, a pound of crab legs, frozen shrimp, and top sirloin steak. I usually eat brunch because I don’t like eating breakfast when I first wake up (I never feel hungry that early so I just drink some water). My brunches are pretty predictable though. I have 1-2 eggs (depending how hungry I am but I usually have 1) and some fruit. All summer I’ve been eating egg(s) and some watermelon on the side, but now that watermelon is out of season I will probably have a clementine or berries on the side.

I made a dinner meal plan for next week:

Monday- Salad with fat free dressing and grilled chicken strips with fruit on the side.

Tuesday- Steak, small russet potato with light sour cream, and spinach side salad with fat free dressing.

Wednesday- Stir fry with shrimp, spinach, corn, and 1/4 a cup of brown rice.

Thursday- Scallops, 1/4 a cup of mashed potatoes, spinach, and corn.

Friday- Dinner out.

Saturday- Try a new recipe each week from Pinterest.

Sunday- Crab legs, small russet potato with light sour cream, and spinach.

It seems that my biggest struggle post-op is snacking. My meals are all pretty healthy, but I feel the urge to snack a lot. Even if it’s small snacks, it adds up quickly throughout the day and night. I’m thinking that I need to implement a new rule that my sister introduced me to but I haven’t actually tried yet: no eating after BLANK pm. Since I go to sleep somewhat late, my kitchen would be closed at 9pm, and then NO MORE FOOD/SNACKING!

Wish me luck on cooking crab legs and scallops for the first time! I’m hoping I don’t mess them up (over cook, under cook, or too bland). I’ll let you guys know how it goes!

Dimand Girl

“A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.”- Thomas Keller

“Slow progress is better than no progress.”- Unknown

Dad and Food Woe’s

Hey guys! For those of you that don’t know what woe means (don’t worry, I had to look it up myself!): “Great sorrow or distress.”

I got an email yesterday that was very special to me. It was from a woman who is considering having the same surgery that I had. She found my blog on the “BariatricPal” app for smart phones (I posted it on a forum there). She said “I absolutely love your blog! Its so honest and i can relate to you compltely! your blog has truly helped me muster the courage to go through with this process. So thank you! and keep blogging!” There was a little more, like her email address and such, but for privacy reasons I won’t post the rest. It was incredible receiving this though. Now this blog has ALREADY served it’s purpose!!

Life is much less hectic now that I dropped 3 of the 6 classes I was taking. I worked out five times last week! I took Autumn outside almost every day at least once. This is my second time blogging in a five day time frame. I feel much more accomplished. The only thing I want to start doing now is cooking more. The problem is chicken has made me sick a few times, and I’m sick of fish. That pretty much leaves scallops, lobster, crab legs, and steak (of the foods I like and haven’t made me sick in any way). I’m feeling extremely frustrated about this because all of the foods that are agreeing with me are very expensive and I can’t afford to live off of “5 star foods” every night of the week. I think this week I’m going to try making a meal plan for the week and really stick to it. I’ll let y’all know how that goes. 

On a very sad note, my dad is not doing well. He fell on Thursday and broke four ribs. He also started to bleed internally and damaged one of his kidneys badly. They are now considering doing dialysis for a while in order to help his kidney. I’m really worried about him. Timur, Alex, and I visited him yesterday and it was really nice to spend some time with him but he was very out of it and in a lot pain. It was hard to see. I am praying he get’s through this okay, because even the thought of losing him send me into a horrible sadness. Please pray for him and- if you don’t pray- send positive thoughts his way. 

Peace, love, and health to all,

Dimand Girl

“To her the name of father was another name for love.”- Fanny Fern

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^^Love this man^^