I Can’t Think of a Clever Blog Title

Hey guys! Not too much to say today but I wanted to check in anyway so that I don’t go another three weeks with no posts. I’ve got a lot of support from y’all this month! I’ve been replying to messages as fast as possible. If you message me on facebook I tend to be a little slower replying than if you were to email me directly. I only use facebook on my iPhone and now with the new facebook messenger app…. I just don’t really check my facebook messages as often. But still, thank you guys so much for the love! Getting feedback in any capacity (even if it’s just questions) makes me feel great! Keep the emails coming!

I’ve been planning for Autumn’s 3rd Birthday party in two weeks! I’m super excited but it required a lot of planning and I’m still not even done. We’re doing a Mickey Mouse and Friends theme because Autumn loves everything Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

I finally stepped back into the gym yesterday. Hubby has been telling me to for weeks but I had zero motivation. Until yesterday when hubby offered to go with me and help push me along. I love this man! Even after a long day of standing on his feet and chasing 5 year old’s around (for 7 hours at a time) he is still willing to go to the gym just to motivate me. By the way, in case I never told y’all he is a paraeducator (or teachers assistant) for a special education class. He works with 5 and 6 year old children and he loves his job! So much that he is now considering getting his master’s degree in early childhood education. It’s really a blessing that he loves his job because for the last seven years (before his current job) he has hated his jobs so much.

I’m actually feeling much more motivated lately for everything. I keep coming back to the realization that I don’t need to stress myself out so much over this process. Instead of calorie counting, protein tracking, water tracking, etc I’ve decided to just be more aware of all of that. For example, I’m not recording my water intake, but I have been making a conscious effort to drink as much water as possible. And not to be TMI but it must be working because my pee is clear. And I’m not recording my calories or protein, but I am making sure that my meals are centered around protein. I eat chicken, shrimp, scallops, etc. as the base of my meal and then I have either spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles to accompany the protein. I avoid complex carbs at every turn. I haven’t had rice in over a month (and it was in sushi- I haven’t had rice on it’s own in 6 months). I will eat bites of pasta here and there but I never have a whole serving. I’ll have a couple bites of pasta salad or mac n cheese but I haven’t had a full serving of pasta since before surgery. And I eat about one slice of whole wheat bread once a month (if that). And the honest-to-goodness truth is that I don’t miss those things. Pasta is the only thing I still crave from time to time, but I don’t miss being able to binge eat carbs all day. This new tool rocks!

I guess lately I’ve been really aware that the outcome is solely dependent on me, and I’m not going to fail myself. I started this journey for Autumn. I continue every day because I need her to grow up happy and healthy. I need to be able to keep up with her. I need to help her develop healthy eating habits that will make her live a long and healthy life. The only way to lead is by example, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I want to spend another 80 years with my beautiful family. I want to have wheelchair races with Timur, and gross all the youngsters out when Alex and I kiss at 90 years old. I want to witness Autumn getting married, and the birth of her children… my grandchildren. I need to be healthy.

Love and Good Health to All,

Dimand Girl

HW: 330

SW: 310

CW: 253

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”- Henry Ford

“How to make anything happen… Act as if it already has, and never look back.”- Mike Dooley

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^^So this picture is pretty random, but last night Timur took a picture of Alex and I kissing in the snow and when he showed it to me I realized something. I kind of look like a normal person here! I don’t look skinny by any means, but I look like a normal person. I now love this photo! Please excuse Autumn’s hilarious face!^^

Recipe’s and NSV’s (Rhyme Intended)

I know you are all probably wondering “what did we do to be so lucky that she’s posting TWICE today!?” At least I hope that’s what you’re wondering! My second post was given away in the title. First I am posting recipe’s, and then I am posting a small list of NSV’s. For those of that don’t know an NSV is a non-scale victory. Any victory that does not have anything to do with stepping on the scale (i.e. being able to cross my legs… more to come).

First up on the chopping block… I have a couple awesome recipes for you guys! Full disclosure: I’m a seafood addict. Not fish really (I’m actually kind of sick of fish), but scallops, shrimp, lobster, crab…. YUM! Lately since scallops are out of season I have really set my sites on shrimp. In the last month I’ve probably made over 15 recipes for shrimp. Today I am giving you guys my two favorites. Both super easy, quick, and absolutely delicious! Plus an awesome source of protein. Now keep in mind that I don’t eat starches very often so I don’t really know what to pair these with. I usually eat them alone or with zucchini noodles, broccoli, or another vegetable. It takes about 15-20 (small) shrimp to fill me, but the nutritional value still is awesome.

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

Delicious Bang Bang Shrimp:

-15 to 20 shrimp

-oil

-cornstarch

-1/4 cup thai sweet chili sauce

-1.5 teaspoon sriracha

-1/4 cup lite mayo

-slotted spoon

-small pot

Thaw the shrimp. De-tail them and pat them down with a paper towel to dry. Heat up oil of choice in the pot. Just enough oil to properly fry the shrimp. Dredge shrimp in cornstarch. When the oil heats to 375 degrees (if you don’t have a thermometer wait for it to crackle a bit), throw the shrimp in and let it sit for about 1-3 minutes. While they are frying combine the mayo, sriracha and thai sweet chili sauce and stir well. The sauce will be redish orange. When the shrimp have browned a little, use the slotted spoon to take them out and place them on a paper towel. Once they cool a little bit (about 3 minutes) throw them into the sauce mixture and mix until fully coated. There will probably be sauce leftover which is fine because the sauce is delicious on everything! They might need to be thrown in the microwave for 20 seconds because the sauce sometimes makes them cool down too much (keep in mind I like my food hot). This sauce is lick the bowl good! You will want to make this all the time, trust me!!

Easy-Garlic-Butter-Shrimp

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

Shrimp and Parsley:

-15 to 20 shrimp

-salt

-pepper

-parsley flakes

Thaw the shrimp, de-tail them, and pat dry with a paper towel. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with pam or crisco and lay on the shrimp in even lines without touching each other. Sprinkle the shrimp with salt, pepper, and parsley. Throw in the oven for 8-10 minutes and done. Super delicious! 

Now it’s time for my list of NSV’s!! I’m very excited for this because I’ve never actually said any of them out loud so it’s fun to think about my accomplishments without a scale number attached.

Dimand Girl’s 6 Month NSV’s:

-Crossing my legs comfortably (most of the way)

-More energy

-More stamina

-Better sleep

-Being able to keep up with people (especially Autumn)

-All the new friends I’ve made through the WLS community

-Tons of space between the steering wheel and my belly

-Not afraid to try new strenuous things

-Fitting in smaller sizes means more clothing options

There’s many many many more but those are the ones that pop out at me. Thanks for reading everyone!

Dimand Girl

“You only live once, lick the bowl.”- Unknown

“We believe in celebrations both big and small.”- Kate Spade

“Small victories are better than none.”- Neal Shusterman

“Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.”- Kara Goucher

6 Month Post Op!

Hey guys! Once again I went too long without blogging. It’s getting a little more difficult because I have less and less surgery related updates as I get further out.

In two days I will be celebrating my six month surgiversary. Crazy! It’s amazing how fast time flies when you’re having fun! So first things first, here’s all my 6 month out info. I am currently stalled at 256. I deserve to be stalled because I have been severely slacking. I haven’t seen the inside of a gym in 3+ weeks. I stopped protein tracking, water tracking, and calorie counting completely. I have been cooking and trying to eat healthy foods and make healthy choices but I could (and should) be putting in more effort. I’ve also picked up a nasty craving for chocolate. I blame my in laws (not really, but it’s easier to blame them than to take responsibility). For the holidays they bought us two boxes of Fannie May Mint Meltaway chocolates and lets just say no one else in my house has eaten a piece. In one month I have eaten two boxes to myself. Shit :O

For a long time I was upset by what a “slow loser” I am. After talking to a lot of people (through my facebook group, bariatric pal, and people who have found my blog), I have learned that this is normal. Everyone loses differently. I know some people that have dropped 100+ pounds in 6 months, and I know some people who are 6 months out and have lost 20 pounds. Everyone’s different and that is OKAY. I know it doesn’t feel that way when you’re a slower loser but it honestly is. I had a long talk to my nutritionist yesterday and she gave me so much valuable advice. She said that it can be good to lose slowly for a lot of reasons. She said for starters it’s typically easier for “slow losers” to maintain weightloss. She also said when you lose really fast you are much more likely to encounter sickness (such as kidney stones, gallbladder removal, etc). She made me realize the biggest mistake that I’ve been making in my thinking: this is NOT a race! There is no rush to the finish line. The whole process is just about learning how to be a healthier human being and I can say with 100% of my confidence that I have done that! I cook 6 out of 7 nights a week. I haven’t had potatoes in weeks, I cut out rice and pasta, and I eat things I never thought in a million years I would be eating (like cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles, tomatoes, and loads of veggies). I can honestly say that I eat healthy 75-80% of the time. Eventually I would like that to be 90-95% of the time but I’m working on it (especially since I used to eat healthy 0% of the time). My nutritionist finally smacked some sense into me. I need to forget the number and focus on my new life and my new habits. She also said that she knows many patients who lost at a slower pace and still hit goal within 16 months or so. So instead of worrying about the scale I just want to focus on getting better habits. I want to start tracking my water, calories and protein and start going to the gym more (or at least working out at home). I know I can do it.

Other than that I don’t have a lot to update y’all on. We went to the Planetarium and Chinatown last week and it was a lot of fun! Autumn loved seeing the planets and playing with kids in the play area. After the museum we went to Chinatown and ate Dim Sum and walked around the shops. It was a really nice day! My fitbit said we walked a total of 5.4 miles and I was fine. In fact, I could have walked more! Autumn’s also been spending a lot of time with her best friend Beni. Beni lives literally two apartments down from us. She’s 3 months older than Autumn and we have been talking to her parents for a long time but they didn’t really have that much interest in playing together when they were younger. Now they are inseparable! They cry when they have to separate. It’s the cutest thing! Oh yeah, on a side note: I’m heartbroken about the Packer’s loss to the Seahawks. The Seahawks are an incredible team so I knew it was a possibility, but still… </3

I don’t usually commemorate people on here but yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day and I had to say something about it. He was such a courageous human being. That’s what I want to become. A courageous person. Someone who is never afraid to stand up for what I believe in. Someone who’s not afraid to make changes in my life that will benefit my future and the future of my family and my loved ones. I just want to be more courageous. When I think of what he went through for change, it absolutely dumbfounds me. It makes everything I’m going through seem somewhat small. It puts every thing in perspective. That inspires me. He inspires me. R.I.P. you genius, courageous man.

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“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

“Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

Until next time,

Dimand Girl

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^^Planetarium and Chinatown^^

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^^Autumn and Beni^^ ♥

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^^6 month difference^^

Weight Loss Surgery and the Holidays

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been a couple weeks since I updated. Last time I updated and didn’t have that much to say but this time I’m overwhelmed with topics!

First of all, how was everyone’s holidays?!

My holidays were great but- to be honest- I’m glad for them to be over! The holiday season is a very busy time for everyone. Now that it’s all over I’m just relaxing, kicking back my feet, and enjoying some free time. Ahhhhhhhh.

Chanukah was awesome! Every single night we lit the menorah, said prayers, played dreidel (for gelt [chocolate coins]), and danced to traditional Jewish music. It became a fantastic Chanukah tradition that I intend on keeping every year. We had a blast! On the last couple nights of Chanukah Alex started coughing until he vomited. We found out he had bronchitis and he was put on antibiotics. He’s much better now (finally) but the poor thing was in hell for a few days. I think I’ve already expressed my disdain for Illinois winters, but this is one of the reasons why. I hate that everyone is always sick.

On Christmas day we went to Alex’s parents house and opened gifts. This was our last year doing it as we are raising Autumn Jewish. It’s nothing against Christmas (in fact, I love Christmas lights and Christmas music). It’s just that there are so few Jews in the world and it’s extremely important to me that Autumn grows up in the Jewish faith. We have a Christmas night tradition that I want to keep going every year also. We spend the night getting Chinese food for dinner and when Autumn’s old enough we will also see a movie in theaters.

New Years came in the blink of an eye. It was a lot of fun!! We had some friends over and after Autumn went to bed we had drinks, played drunk charades, and laughed all night. It was a fantastic way to ring in the new year! We also ordered some yummy pizza!

So this month will be my 6 month post op point. I also realized that it’s been one year since I began this process. It was November of 2013 when my sister and I went to the first weight loss surgery meeting at UIC. It was just an information session but I still count it as the beginning of this process. It’s absolutely mind numbing how much can change in a year. An example of that is…. pizza on New Years! I loaded my plate up with three slices and I was convinced that I could eat all three! I was so hungry. Well, after one slice I felt like I would die if I took another bite. Wow. Things have definitely changed. And the next morning I hopped on the scale to discover I lost a pound! Double wow.

After 6 months with my new tool, I’m still trying to figure out what works for me best. My nutritionist said to eat around 800 calories, but that wasn’t working for me. I felt exhausted all the time and after a week I stopped losing weight. I decided to try something new and stopped putting so much pressure on myself. The stress, I am convinced, was actually stopping me from losing weight. I am taking a break from myfitnesspal since I felt it was mainly stressing me out. I stopped counting my water intake also. Instead I just make sure to eat a protein based diet and drink enough water that my urine (sorry to be TMI) is always light. I’m losing weight slowly but surely so I’m just sticking to this for now. Hopefully eventually I’ll find the motivation to start meal tracking/planning and fluid intake tracking. I have also been severely slacking at going to the gym. I think I’ve gone twice all month. I’m embarrassed to even admit that but I have to be honest on this journey. We switched to a new gym (called Zip Fitness) which has a much higher variety of workout machines, but I just never have the desire to go. I need to drop the excuses and get back at it.

This year I’ve learned so much about my body and my brain. I’ve learned about head hunger, healthy habits, and mindless snacking. I’ve learned how to control a lot of my cravings (notice I said a lot- not all). I’ve learned what it takes to become a healthier human being. And I have a lot of work to do. I will always stumble, slip, or fall. But I have learned- most importantly- how to pick myself back up.

Love, peace, happiness and health to all,

Dimand Girl

HW: 330

SW: 310

CW: 256

“We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new ending.”- Zig Ziglar

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”- Brad Paisley

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.”- Oprah Winfrey

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”- Karen Lamb

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^^Chanukah!^^

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^^The in-laws’ Christmas celebration^^

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^^New Years Celebration!!^^