Sunday, July 24, 2011

Fightin' tools

I can remember as a child, my father asking for fightin' tools.  He was referring to fork, spoon and knife. :) 
Well, the psychiatrist told me to get smaller utensils and child's divided plate.  I am trying to keep this fun, as you can see in the photo.  The best find yet are the forks.  I didn't just want a child's set.  Then I discovered these cake forks.  Yes, that is what I said, cake forks.  Now WHO eats cake with a little fork (besides bansters that is)  I have never heard of them.  I have heard of a salad fork, but never a cake fork.

All I know, is they are so cute and I am tickled to death with them.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Baby steps

A concept I am trying to learn.

I have this mind set that if you are going to do something, then go all the way.  This isn't always possible, which is why I give up so often.

Exercise being one of them.  I either go full force, just about killing myself, or none at all.  My nutritionist told me, "little steps".  "10 minutes a day is all I ask in the beginning".  I can't seem to wrap my mind around that.  I hear others say, "Ah, 10 minutes, that isn't gonna do a thing for you!"  And I listen to them!  I wasn't getting the picture that the 10 minutes was to work on getting me up to 15 mins...then 20 and so forth.  (whew, I'm bright) lol

So today I started this new regiment.   First, it's hotter then 40 hells here in the south.  Walking around outside right now is out of the question.   I am sure I would resemble Scarlett O'hara after working in the field.  Not a good image (or smell) for my work environment.  So I had another one of my brilliant ideas. :) We have 3 stairs cases in our building.  One on each end and then one center way.  Soooo, I go down stair case 1 on one end, up stair case 2 on the other end, down the middle case, up stair case 1, down stair case 2 and back up the middle case.  :)  Took a little less then 10 mins.  We have two 15 min breaks a day, so I am going to do this on each break.  It was tough today.....whew.  (and I have only done the rounds once today....ha ha)  I figure as I can speed up, I might go for 2 rounds on each break.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Sunday in the south

Ah, all is quiet.  Just me and the cat this morning (and a cup of coffee of course).  This is my quiet time.  Preparing breakfast for my family before we head to church.

I am also taking the time to sample some samples the nutritionist gave me.  So far, I liked the Unjury chocolate splendor.  It was fine with skim milk and then I upped the taste by adding a little ice and tablespoon of peanut butter.  mmmmm, it was quite tasty.  I tried a Muscle Milk protein bar recently and it was a big NEGATIVE.  whew, it turned my stomach against me. I was able to pick up some Muscle Milk protein drinks at a discount store.  Whew, now I know why they were at the discount store.  OMG, whew.  Not sure what I could do to disguise the taste of the protein.

I just tried a Calcet Lemon bite and it was quite tasty.  I think it might be rather pricey too.  I think I will get the chocolate bites from my local pharmacy.  I think it is a month and a half worth for $10.  Also, I just tried a Celebrate chewable multi-vitamin.  Not too bad.  A little tangy.  I need to check the prices there as well. I saw that Centrum has a chewable and I wish I could get a hold of a sample of that to try.  I hate to buy a bottle of 90 only to find out I can't stomach them.

While at the discount store, I also found some soups and broth for a good price (I pray they taste ok.  I better have some back ups just in case.)  Here is a pic of a few items.

Not sure how they will taste, but I am thinking I can doctor them up.....hopefully.

I have a sample of Unjury Chicken soup that I haven't tried.  While the above soups only have like 2 or 4 grams of protein, the Unjury soup has 21.  I wonder if I can mix the Unjury with some of the above. hmmmm

Well, off to have breakfast and get ready for church.

Monday, July 11, 2011


Well, on my doctor supervised diet, I have managed to gain 3 lbs.  Hmmmm, you think I NEED the lap band.  Whew.  My husband said, "if you lose weight on the lap band as quick as you gain weight normally, then you will do quite well."  ha ha, that I would.  It is true though, I can gain weight so very easy.  It's pretty crazy.

I told the doc I will try to get more structured exercise and eat lots from our garden (hubby brought in a PILE of cucumbers...yeah!!!) 

2 more months and I get to submit it all to the insurance company.  Oh, time, please fly by. :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the largest one of all OR a pictures worth a 1000 lbs.

Typical to anyone getting the band, doubts run thru your mind.  Can I do it on my own? I did it in my 20's. Should I do this?  The answer is a resounding YES.   I take time to reflect on all my MANY attempts at weight loss over the past years and know that I need this tool to help me on this journey.

I had the pleasure of visiting family in Delaware this past week and now have some family visiting me from Alaska and Delaware.  We ventured off to see an old Civil War fort and when I looked at the picture of myself, I was at a loss for words.  Why is it, I see one thing in the mirror and another in pictures.  This picture will help to keep me grounded in my decision to get the band.

(oh, and I do have two legs.)  :)
This picture definitly opened my eyes.

As I mentioned, I was able to visit family.  I had told two of my sisters and was taking this time to share my news with the other.  I explained the procedure to her to eliminate any fears she may have.  She saw my excitement and was on board immediately. Also, my oldest sister shared my news with her children (grown children).  My niece wrote me the sweetest letter telling me how proud she is of me and how not to look at this as a failure or weakness (as many view it), but as success and strength.  Needless to say, I cried.  Oh how blessed I am to have this support group.  My cup overruneth. :)