September 16, 2012

Diva Challenge Winner!

The winner of the Diva Challenge is Karen M.  Here is her entry.

"I'm taking care of my inner diva both inside and out. Healthy meals, vitamins and exercise. I also mediate and pray daily for the wisdom and strength to do the right thing. The outer diva gets cute clothes and pedicures. When you look good, you feel good!

Karen is the winner of the The winner will receive a 6 sample pack of Big Train Frappe protein powder, a Blender Bottle, one bottle of sugar-free Torani Caramel syrup.  I will contact Karen via email shortly to verify her email and obtain her mailing information.

Congratulations "Diva Karen"!  Thanks for joining me on the Diva Challenge.

September 14, 2012

Diva Challenge Ending Soon - Be Sure to Enter!

Countdown to the lifeline of the Diva Challenge.  Post your entries tomorrow before midnight to win the prize. Prize includes sampler pack of Big Train Frappe Protein, Shaker bottle, and tub of Click! Mocha Coffee Protein.  Winner will be contacted via email and should be a member of this site and the facebook page.  Best wishes!

September 10, 2012

Five days until the end of the challenge! Let's see some posts! 

September 4, 2012

Post Iron Quest Update

Good Afternoon Divas and Divos!

I hope all of you are well and that you enjoyed your long holiday weekend. I am reporting that today is my first day back to work and while I am under a deluge of email, the days has progressed pretty well.  I also wanted to report my progress on exercise, vitamins, and eating.

I am back to the gym with full force and have revved up my cardio program.  I have to tell you what strides I have made and exactly how far I have come since last year.  I hadn't worked out for almost a full year since I didn't really I have the energy or strength, but since the transfusions, etc, I am proud to say I have been doing 45 minutes of the recumbent bike for about 15 miles and 35 minutes of brisk walking/running on the treadmill at 3.4/mph.  Saturday, I will have you know I did 25 minutes on the elliptical machine which was huge for me since the last time I tried that thing I could only withstand 5 minutes, and I was tired. But 25 minutes, OMG!!!  I was so elated with myself -- I was just giddy!  If I had everyone's Twitter account, they would've gotten a tweet about me on the elliptical!  So I was beside myself and I just felt so strong and full of accomplishment!

Sunday, was another story. I began the dreaded menstrual cycle and you would be amazed what a little iron and blood transfusion does for you.  Man, did I have some major cramps, body aches, pains, you name it.  I apologize to my Divos here, but I said I was going to update you on the progress and that includes the good, the bad, and the feminine!  So I am guessing that while my iron and hemoglobin were low, I wouldn't get the cramping, etc;  Now that I am back to full form, body look out!  I will not be deterred though. I will be back at the gym this evening to get my cardio in the mix.  I have to start incorporating some strength training too.  Do any of you know of any good workouts for arms, abs, and lower body? My lower body is very strong, but I need help on my core.  I was thinking of a trainer for a little while, but wanted to find out what others were using.

Please leave me some feedback about what you are doing to tone it up and keep it off.  I will give you more updates later this week.  I will also talk about my lack of appetite now, and the food aversions I have been having.  Keep the peace.


August 28, 2012

Challenge Announcement - Diva Challenge!

Hi Divas and Divos!

I hope all of you had a fantastic weekend! I wanted to come back to you with a challenge today that would encompass what I have been trying to achieve on my site by encouraging each of you to express your inner diva in a positive way.  With that in mind, here is the challenge!  I want to see how each of you is building, maintaining, creating, nurturing, jumpstarting, or growing your inner diva.  In the comments section please leave a message in 250 words or less on how you are living your "inner diva". You know we all have one that is trying to get out. How are you caring for or creating your diva?

The challenge will last for two weeks.  I will read all of entries, and choose a winner. The winner will receive a 6 sample pack of Big Train Frappe protein powder, a Blender Bottle, one bottle of sugar-free Torani Caramel syrup.

The contest will end September 15, 2012 at 12:00 am Midnight.  I will post the name of the winner and will contact you via email in order to get your address to mail your prize.  Your email should be valid and only one entry per person will be accepted.  If I am unable to contact the winner after three days, I will choose another entry that meets the requirements.

How to Enter:  1.  You must subscribe to this blog and leave your entry in comments below.  Please be sure to leave your name and email address so I can contact you if you win.   2.  "Like" Atlanta WLS Diva on Facebook.  3.  Follw me on Twitter and tweet about the challenge, "Hey everyone, I just joined the Inner Diva Challenge at Come on over and explore YOUR Inner Diva!"

If you have a blog, blog about the challenge on your site and send me the link so I can read it as well, also grab my button and post it on your site.

I hope you will also encourage your friends to join the challenge.  I look forward to reading your entries and wish all of you the best of luck with your entries.


August 24, 2012

Back to Le Grinde!

I am counting down my last days of freedom leave and I will return to work after Labor Day.  While the circumstances behind my exodus from the work world really sucked, it gave me a lot of perspective on my life and things in general.

What I have decided is I will continue to pursue higher education for my future and I will be looking into starting Grad school within the next few months. I am studying to complete my PMP certification and I will pass that darn test soon.  I will no longer allow others to interrupt my flow, my game, or as Emperor Cuzco called it my "Groove".  I am important if to no one else other than me and I matter!  I choose to be happy and I will not compromise my happiness for other people.

I have been kicking around some other ideas in my head that relate to some of the passions I dropped.  I want to start sewing again so I will break out the old sewing machine and get busy with the needle and thread.  I also love to cook!  I especially love food with flavors and spices.  I am a Diva and Divas don't like the mundane so my cooking incorporates flavor and fusion.  I love to create meals that come from the cuisine of other countries like India, and the Caribbean, so I will be looking to create healthy meals and recipes for the family that blend fusion with flavor.  I will also be looking into taking a class in painting as I love working with color and I will get back to my scrapbooking and photography habit.  Lastly, I will be back in the gym 4-5 days a week with my newly found energy. I would appreciate your encourage on that part -- go Faith, go!!  Go!  Go!! Go!!!  Throw me some pom pons over her!

One idea that has stuck out in my mind for years and I never acted on it because I never thought I knew how or never had the resources is to start my own line of clothing.  I think Big Girls and Boys are still under-represented in their selection of clothing.  Clothes are either really expensive or really cheap looking and they don't often fit correctly.  Then, there are those clothes that just because they come in your size, you really shouldn't wear them!  You know who you are!  I think we need to start with a line of basics including underwear, shoes, and ready-to-wear garments.  Next, there needs to be a line of suits specifically for the plus size woman.  When I go shopping, I rarely see suits in some of the plus size chain stores.  Plus size woman need suits!  We go on job interviews and dress up too, ya'll!  I look dayum good in a suit!  I think all of these needs could be met by me, I want to find the right people and designers and put everything together.

If you have any ideas or leads for me, please email me at  I would love to speak with you.  Leave a comment if you are interested in encouraging me.  I think we should do a Diva Challenge and get all of the divas/divos together to commit to a weightloss/exercise challenge.  I am going to think about it, and I will announce the challenge next week.  Stay tuned, my lovelies, for more news!


August 21, 2012

Life apres WLS - Addressing Happiness

In search of happiness!
Happiness, or the pursuit thereof, is one topic that gets much attention from the media, self-help gurus, and even Twitter Philosophers, such as myself!  I think a lot of people miss the boat on what happiness is and how to really achieve it, though.  From what I know, happiness, true happiness, is the joy you can get from seeing others happy.  It is the "aha!" moment that you have when you have finally figured out the solution to the riddle in your life.  It is the joy you feel when you have come out of darkness and into the new "light" in your life. 

So many of us perceive happiness, myself included, and I can only talk about this subject after having gone through it myself, as "stuff".  "Stuff", as in how much I can buy or how much I can eat, or how much I can hoard, or how frugal I can be.  Stuff in this universe gets piled up higher and higher, but it brings no more happiness to the recipient as another grain of sand on the beach.  So you should be asking, "where do I find happiness then"?

Happiness is not something that is outside of our reaches, but it is something that is within each of us. We are born with innate happiness, but we forget what it is like through our use of fear, worry, and sadness.  Our happiness is not dependent upon other people and how they see us, but rather on how we see ourselves.  Did that shock you, yet?  That right there took me forever to understand!  I don't depend on others to make me happy, but I make my own happiness right here and right now.

Start by deciding that you want to be happy and take great care to start to smile a little more.  If someone asks you how you're doing, you know they are only being polite, and they really don't want to know that you're drowning in bills, or that you really don't feel well.  All they want you to do is to acknowledge your being in their lives for that moment. 

Find some small way to make yourself happy like walking an extra lap, or finishing the project you've had overdue, or even giving the puppy a bath.  Or find happiness in helping someone else. Volunteer with the Girl Scouts, The Links, your sorority or fraternity, and do something for someone else.  Go out there and mentor someone.  Show someone else the goodness in your life through the works that you do.  It is through our works that we achieve true happiness.

August 20, 2012

Iron Quest - The Final Day

Well Divas and Divos,

I had my last iron infusion today.  I can't say that I will miss the ol' Iron, but I can say that I do feel a little more energetic and strong.  Yesterday, I noticed that even from walking at the mall and carrying packages, I wasn't tired or sore.  Imagine that???

After my infusion, the nurse told me I may not feel the overall effects of the iron for another six weeks.  I told her I typically felt tired right after the infusion, and before she came by to remove the IV, she caught me catnapping. After I was all done, I have to admit that I felt pretty good.

So where does this leave me now?  I have a follow-up with the hematologist in six weeks, and a follow-up with my Bariatric surgeon in two weeks.  I also have to see the Gastroenterologist for a follow-up as well.  At this point, though, I have to concentrate on three things, eating iron rich foods, taking my vitamin supplements, and exercise.  I feel like I can do it too! For the first time in years, and did I say years, I feel like I can go to the gym and work out the way I should.  I am happy for the extra energy.  The GI doctor wanted me to concentrate on eating "clean" -- no refined carbs, sodas (I don't drink those anymore anyway), no junk foods, plenty of water, fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats, etc, and lots of exercise.  He also mentioned something about looking for another job in order to find my sanity again.

All of these things I am certain I can do, but I need your help and support.  I need you to help keep me motivated and accountable for what I need to do. Please leave me a comment to let me know if you will be willing to cheer me on in my new "journey" toward a healthier and less stressful lifestyle.  Leave me a message and let me know you following me and supporting my journey and that I can count on you for your encouragement me.  Let me know you'll be there!


August 17, 2012

Iron Quest Update

Not much going on today other than another iron transfusion. I swear when I have one of those things, I feel like a lead weight fell on my head. I feel two things immediately:  insatiable hunger, and an overwhelming urge to sleep right then and there. So much for energy right now.

The nurse had to use another vein in the opposite arm as she'd been sticking me in much the same spot. The other arm that usually has a monga vein, as I affectionately call it, hurt like I don't know what! I had to bear it though because nursey-kins started eying the veins in my forehand and I wasn't going for that!

So after the IV was set up and flowing, I chatted for a few minutes and then it was time to go.  My husband drove me down and after the transfusion we ran up to Alpharetta for a few minutes.  By the time we'd turned out of the parking lot, I was fast asleep.  I couldn't believe it.  He finished his errand and when we got home, I went straight for the bed.  As soon as I was getting into REM, my mom, who lives with us, opens the door to the bedroom, and I was immediately awakened.  I didn't get back to sleep after that.  That was literally a rude awakening.

She asked me if I was okay because I just came home and went to sleep.  I told her I needed to rest and that she woke me up by opening the door.  She has been doing this every day since I have been home.  Some days, I slept so soundly I didn't hear her enter, other days, she woke me up just as today.  I finally told her never to open my door if I was asleep.  I know this she does on purpose. She is one of those people who spoils everyone's fun if she isn't having fun.  She doesn't understand that I haven't been well.  She never does; she only understands when she is sick and why no one caters to her whims.

Nevertheless, I got out of bed, dressed, and went back out to do some light shopping.  Bought some new undies, and some necklaces as Charming Charlie's was having the "bomb" clearance sale.  I tried to eat something, but I wasn't hungry.  I settled for a cup of iced coffee and made my way back home after a long drive.  I found some cute things that will be a nice edition to my wardrobe.

So not much going on here, just chillaxin' and trying to figure out what to do this weekend. I had the urge to take the dog and my son out for a long walk tomorrow morning.  If it doesn't rain in the AM, I will let you know what I decide. Something exciting has to be out there for me to get into an doggone it, I'm gonna find it!


August 16, 2012

New News, Not So Much News

Hi Divas and, of course, my Divos!

I wanted to check in with you to let you know my progress with my Iron Quest!  Yes, Iron Quest is the name of my new adventure.  Instead of making things sound dreary, we'll dress it up and give it a great name -- "Iron Quest"!

Well, Iron Quest makes me feel sleepy and I have been having headaches.  All of which have been noted as side effects of the transfusions.  I think I mentioned earlier that my hemotologist said the bone marrow in my body may not grab the iron for a couple of weeks to get it working.  Until that time, I am taking an iron supplement and eating lots of iron enriched foods like Kale.  I had some sauteed Kale just the other day.  It was yummy!  Nom, nom...

Today, I decided it was going to be about me so I went and had a massage, facial, and a mani/pedi.  Never before have I pampered myself like this, and this will not be the last time that I do this for myself.  Today, I affirm that I make myself happy. 

The massage was good, but boy am I sore.  The masseuse said I was very tense which I can attribute to stress and anxiety.   Massages should feel good, but you know you have too much going on with stress if the pressure of the massage hurts the muscles.  I decided I was going to have a massage every two weeks for the next couple of months to see if I can get the kinks worked out.

I have two more sessions in Iron Quest, one tomorrow and the last one on Monday.  I took a leave of absence from work in order to have all of these procedures done, and to afford the time to be able to get through Iron Quest.  I felt it was entirely too stressful, to try and work, endure all of the procedures, appointments, and transfusions, so I felt like I needed some time off in which to do these things.  The doctor concurred, so here I am.  After my last Iron fix on Monday, I will probably have labs done again to check my hemoglobin, and then some follow up a few weeks later to check to see how I feel.

I will be following up with the Bariatric Surgeon as well to discuss my progress and prognosis.  There are still some other appointments I need to make like with the Gynecologist so I can get checked out under the hood, and then a good physical.  I do think I am going to change my primary care doctor though, since he wasn't responsible enough to coordinate my care for this entire ordeal.  His office assistant called me with my results, and told me to "get to a GI doctor".  WTF???  And when I asked to speak with the doctor, he wouldn't speak with me.  Time for a change of venues, doctors, nurses, etc.  If the doctor is to inept to care about my overall care, then time to move on to someone who does.  My advice to all of you is to find a doctor who will work closely with your surgeon regarding your pre-op and post-op care.  It's very important so don't shirk your responsibility in scouting out the doctors who do work together.  Ask a million questions, too because ultimately you are paying a hefty price for this surgery and your health is in the ballast.

I'll chat with all of you some time this weekend.  I haven't seen any comments from anyone and would enjoy your feedback if you are enjoying what I am saying or if you are getting much from this.  If I can help one other person, it makes all of this worthwhile.  Please leave a comment.


August 10, 2012

I'm Not Popeye, But I Have Lots of Iron in Me!

I had my first of five iron transfusions today.  I tell you it was an interesting experience since when you get infused at an oncologist's office, you're there in a room with many other people whose outlook are more grave than yours.  I am so grateful that I have this chance to turn my health around.

My experience began this morning with being hooked up to an IV where a bag of iron was hung on the infuser.  It didn't take the nurse too long to find a good vein either.  This was a great thing because I had just explained to her how hard it was to find my veins and how much of a wuss I am.  We were both glad to land on that huge, whopper vein in the fold of my arm... although she was eying one in my hand.  I had to tell her THAT wasn't happening.  I'm tired of the whole human pin cushion thing this week, but I digress.

The liquid hung on the infuser was as brown as chocolate and I wish I could tell you that it tasted as as luscious as deep, dark chocolate, but alas, the iron was unflavored to my knowledge.  So drip, drip, drip went the iron, and I sat quietly, ignoring the process, lost in my own space.

The iron drip lasted about 30 minutes, during which time, I played on my iPad, reading my mail, and watching new makeup videos from my favorite YouTube makeup gurus.  Shout out to Namaisa Hunswijk from Holland!  She's one of my favorite YouTube gurus because she knows her stuff and keeps it real.

The alarm sounded, another nurse hurried back over to me, unhooked me, bandaged me up, and I was on my way home.  She gave me a few disclaimers and symptoms of the iron, headache, and maybe allergic reaction, and said that my bone marrow may take two weeks to grab the iron and start producing more on its own.  Until then I would continue to feel tired.  When I left the doctor's office, I really did start to feel tired and quite flush a few hours later. I rested the remainder of the day and just kind of chilled out with my daughter.

I'll be sure to update you more this coming week.  I still have five more days of iron therapy.  Let me some good thoughts and feedback.  Smooches!

August 9, 2012

Labs Tests to Have via Vitagarten

Check your labs!
Check out WLS Vitagarten for the full list of all of the labs you need to have done after your weightloss surgery.  Don't overlook this stuff.  Your health is too important to shirk this important step!

Atlanta WLS Diva Medical Alert!
So my last post, I asked all of you when you last had your blood drawn.  Blood tests should be a part of the standard routine for any post WLS patient, and I know this.  I guess I thought that if I felt okay then I would BE okay.  Things didn't work out in quite that manner.

I developed Bronchitis about two weeks ago and since I had yet to have any blood work done after my 2010 surgery, I figured I'd have the Bariatric work up to include iron, protein, B-12, calcium, etc.  my doctor said I should get I letter in a couple of days. What I got was a phone call that quickly hurled me into oncoming traffic without anti-lock brakes, seat belt, helmet, or any other safety device.

Two days after my blood work, I got a call from the doctor's nurse saying my "level's" were low and that I needed to "get ME to a GI doctor right away!" So I went to my Bariatric surgeon who took one look at my hemoglobin, and told me I had to have a blood transfusion !  All I did was just shake my head in disbelief.  I found myself checked-into the hospital within the hour where I received 4 units of blood.

You see, the average hemoglobin   is 12--  mine was 5.2. I really let myself get very unhealthy by not taking care of and paying attention to my health. I choose to be healthy, so it is up to me and my team of doctors to get me back on track to health and continued wholeness.

I am going through some procedures now to determine why I am so anemic, but I will continue to post my progress for all of you.  Meanwhile, I am taking iron and will receive several rounds of transfused iron, as well.  

Stay tuned and leave me some well wishes and positive feedback!


Atlanta WLS Diva

July 28, 2012

I had my bariatric blood work up today and a B-12 shot!  How many of you have had your blood drawn since your surgery?  It's time to man-up and get the blood work done.  Let me know your results.  Post your comments here!

July 11, 2012

In Search of... New Protein Powder -- Chocolate

I can't find anyone who is locally selling the Ultimate Protein Powder by SEI Pharmaceuticals.  Can anyone recommend a protein powder that tastes awesome in Chocolate?

How to Know When You Are Nutrient Deficient

by Katie Jay, MSW, Certified Wellness Coach,
Director, National Association for Weight Loss Surgery

This is a repost of a recent article from Katie Jay's newsletter.  Please read and educate yourself.  I have to admit that I, too, have some type of deficiency. We owe it to ourselves to get our labs done and get educated on our bodies and our personal situations.  Keep reading and leave me some feedback!

"As I've often said, traveling around the country meeting weightloss surgery (WLS) patients has been one of the most gratifying aspects of my job.

I enjoy a lot of email correspondence, but there is nothing like looking into the eyes of another survivor -- another person who has taken the plunge into the radically new way of life offered to us with WLS.

Most of the time, it is a purely silly exchange of stories about slips falling off in public and shopping misfires, like trying on clothes that look too small only to find they hang like drapes on a now-small frame.

Every time I meet with a group of WLS patients, however, I encounter at least one person who looks almost desperate. I hear the signs of deficiencies, like:

'I feel obsessed with chewing. I can't stop eating ice.'

'When does the energy come back?  I am two years out and I still feel horrible.'

'I feel so foggy and my memory is shot. My boss is getting fed up with me.'

The anxious faces are heartbreaking, because I know that one of the most likely reasons for these problems is nutritional deficiency.

Correct Knowledge Is Power

While most surgeons educate their patients about the nutritional aspect of their surgery, the information can be misunderstood, lacking, or outdated. And for laypeople there is often no way for them to assess the quality of the information they are receiving.

The potential for misunderstanding or misinformation is why it is critical for all WLS patients to take responsibility for and completely understand their nutritional, vitamin, and supplement needs.

It's All About the Lab Work
Ideally, a WLS patient will get every possible, relevant type of lab work done before surgery. Doing this allows you to have a baseline, partly so that you can correct any deficiencies before you even have surgery.

After WLS, the Lab Work Becomes Essential
Don't assume that just because your lab numbers are in the normal range you are okay. Be aware that sometimes shortages will not show up immediately. Even when a lab value is in the normal range, it can be trending downward. If you just interpret that the lab test is "normal," you may not even realize you're headed for trouble.

You Have to Compare Results

Many times I have heard people say to me, "I don't need all that stuff [meaning supplements]. I feel good and my labs are fine."  Your iron can drop 30 points and still be in the normal range. Your B12 can drop 100s of points and still be in the normal range. The trend in your lab work is where you need to focus. Many people use an excel spreadsheet to track their lab work. It's simple to do, and will allow you to identify a negative trend before you become dangerously depleted and get permanent damage.

Some Common Deficiencies
Protein, iron, calcium, zinc, B1 (Thiamin), B12 and the vitamins A, D, and E, commonly can show a downward trend.  People are starting to report other deficiencies as well, so staying current on research about weight loss surgery is critical.  It's best to acknowledge you are at risk for deficiencies and look for them before they become critical.

Reposted from Katie Jay of NAWLS

July 6, 2012

Masala Dosa with Sambhar
I am looking for a good recipe for zucchini and potato curry.  I am trying to find something that is tasty, but doesn't have the tomato as I find the tomato can make the curry bitter.  If you have any recipes, please leave me a comment.

I will be in search of a protein packed Dosa so if you know of anything I can try to make my Dosa with protein, you know what to do?  What is a good substitute for the rice in the dosa that is high protein? 

June 21, 2012

I just paused from watching the Heat beat up the Thunder and I entered Shelly's birthday/surgiversary celebration giveaway on "The World According to Eggface"!  woo hoo!  If any of you have read Shelly's "Eggface" blog, then you know the blog is packed with creative recipes, great anecdotes, and a whole lot of personality.  Her protein recipes have even won notoriety in cooking and blogging circles.  Congrats to Shelly, aka "Eggface" on her 29th birthday and the 6 year surgiversary of her RNY.  She is truly an inspiration to all of us pre-ops, post-ops and those considering WLS.

Make sure to head over to The World According to Eggface and enter the "Eggface Goody Bag Giveaway"! There are several ways to enter, but you MUST enter to win!  Leave a comment and tell Shelly happy birthday and congratulations on her accomplishment of six years post-op!

Leave me a comment and let me know if you entered! Smooches!

May 13, 2012

How about a Recipe Swap?

I have been in some crafty circles where we took our favorite recipes and sent them to other people, nicely typed up and ready to be placed in a recipe book.

Would any of you be interested in a recipe swap?  It entails creating a nice piece of paper with any type of embellishment you would like, including your recipe, and the title.  Depending on the number of people, you would prepare one page for each person, and then send the recipe to the leader of the swap, who would collect them and send them out to everyone in the group.  What you come up with is a collection of priceless recipes that you can then share with your friends and family.

Let me know if you like to participate!

What's Up with Me?

What's up with this Diva has been work, work, and more work.  Balance is something eluding me, but I swear, I am going to find that she-devil and I am gonna work it out!  I am steadily maintaining my weightloss, but still fighting to get in my protein and water. 

I told a lady at the gym that I had a hard time trying to drink a lot of water and she gave me this, "yeah, right" look.  So I called her on it and I said, "you gave me this look like you don't believe I have trouble getting in eight glasses of water of day"?  She said, "well, yeah, you shouldn't have any trouble".  I had to explain to her that my stomach was the size of a medium-sized banana because I had surgery for weightloss.  A light bulb suddenly went off in her head and we were both on the same sheet of music at that point.  She could now understand my dilemma, and suggest a smaller water bottle or even a straw -- music to my ears!  Why hadn't I thought of an even smaller water bottle so as to not make the task of drinking all of that water so mundane or daunting.  I swear I make my own battles.

Tried the smaller bottle and that works well to trick your body into thinking that it has to take in yet another huge ounce of water from a big jug!  I love the little things that I can learn from other people.

Now, I am going to master the art of meditation!  Are any of you divas out there in diva-land into meditation or even prayer to center yourselves?  If you are or know of someone who practices, please leave me some feedback and let me know how they began and how they keep the motivation.  I wold love to hear from all of you.  Leave me some love!

I Am Passionate

Indian Cuisine
I have found that the more the cook, the more I love to cook, and that one of true passions is cooking.  I don't necessarily cook from recipes, and mind you, I don't bake because it is too precise.  I just love cooking fast, and easy, tasty meals.  I love the chopping, and the grating, and the marinating of the meats or veggies and just seeing what I concoct for the days meal.

I've been doing a lot of Caribbean and Southern Indian cooking for the past couple of months because I have been on a veggie kick.  There is nothing like a good curry to spice up your veggies, literally.  Although, I can't take the full heat, I find that just a pinch is just fine for me.  I've been eating a lot of cucumbers, cauliflower, squash, tomatoes, okra, and eggplant and have found some great recipes like Aloo Gobi, or cauliflower and potatoes, or Daal Fry are just fabulous.

The recipes for curries are rich in heritage, culture, and many of the even the most simple recipes for beans, or Dal, are chocked full of flavor or protein.  I cannot recommend trying something new in your repetoire if you feel your Weight-Loss friendly meals have become bland or boring.  There is nothing like a new spice or herb to take your dishes to the next level.  Step out of boring kitchen and into a whole new world of cooking!

February 4, 2012

CLICK! Alert!!! Superbowl Recipe

Here is a great "grown-up" protein drink just in time for Superbowl Sunday!

CLICKatini (adults only)
2 oz. Vanilla Vodka
3 – 4 oz. chilled CLICK
Cinnamon and cocoa
Chocolate covered espresso bean
  • Make a 6-8 oz. CLICK in shaker and chill (enough for second CLICKatinis)
  • Pour 2 oz. Vanilla Vodka and 3-4 oz. of chilled CLICK into shaker
  • Shake until blended
  • Add ice to shaker and shake again.
  • Line the rim of martini or cocktail glass with cinnamon and cocoa
  • Pour into glass
  • Throw in a chocolate covered espresso bean for good luck, and CLICK On
Head on over to the CLICK! website for more information and great recipes!

January 18, 2012

Product Review -- Quest Protein Bars

A few weeks ago I was trolling for some new type of protein snack that I could through in my back and take with to work when a shake just wouldn't cut it. I'd heard Shelly, aka Eggface, mention Quest Protein Bars and because I enjoy her recommendations,  I quickly navigated to the Quest site and ordered up a sampler box of their protein bars.   

I received the bars a few days later (shipping was great!) and I was not disappointed by the taste!  I am your not-so-average chocaholic and anything cocoa flavored is my fav.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised by all of the flavor and yummy goodness these bars had.  The Apple Pie and Peanut Butter protein bars are to die for, but the Almond Vanilla bars are really great, too!  I didn't find one of those suckers that I didn't like.

The site touts their protein bars as having no alcohol sugars, gelatin, or soy protein -- and, they are gluten-free. Quest's prices are pretty decent and they do offer an autoship option similar to Amazon prime, if any of you would like to take advantage.  There is a small discount offered, as well.

Try the Quest Protein Bars and let me know what you think of them.  I give them two thumbs up, a hand-wave, and a smile!  I am in no way paid by them for my opinion.  I just thought my readers would enjoy a review and an honest opinion on new protein products on the market.  Thanks.


Yummy, fantabulous, creamy proteiny goodness!
The Bariatric Foodie has updated her blog with some great ways to spruce up the high protein, yet dreaded cottage cheese.  I, for one, love cottage cheese, but I can understand the loathing part for some people as it is not a smooth and creamy treat.  I love it nonetheless and wanted to share some of Nikki's ideas with all of you.  Head on over to Bariatric Foodie and check out the tips, tricks and recipes for her take on cottage cheese.  She has some great stuff on there for "micro-eaters"!  Check out and let me know what you think!

January 9, 2012

New Year -- New You


It has been way too long for me and once I again I find myself apologizing for not keeping you abreast of all of the exciting things happening in my life.  So much has been happening, I can't keep up. Work has been good -- challenging at times, but good.  I can say that I have happened upon new-found confidence in speaking up for myself and in confronting people about things with which I disagree.

Home has been more of a challenge with my daughter in college, my son in Pre-K, my mother being somewhat ill and my husband going through growing pains with his job.  I know things have a way a working themselves out, so a lot of the challenges I was feeling I just had to ride out.  Some things I was able to work through myself, some things I had to wait for Divine Wisdom to show me a path.  One thing I always seem to forget is that I can release things to my higher power.

So with my new found confidence also comes criticism from those closest to me that, of course, I "have change since the surgery".  I am over one year post WLS.  I have dropped over 100 lbs and have become a whole new me.  How could you expect me to be the same person, literally?  I have not changed my attitude per se, I have indeed changed what I will tolerate and what I will not.  This became very evident to me when I finally realized the manipulation tactics of others who used to have some influence on my life and my persona.  I started recognizing the divisiveness of these people and confronted the tactics head on.  I told that person, I was no longer going to give into their manipulation, and seeing they could no longer control me, they said, "she has become such a terrible person since her surgery.  She's just changed too much!"

Much of the latter part of 2011,  I spent contemplating what the new year would bring to me.  The only thing that kept resonating within me was deciding what I was going to tolerate from people and what I was not.  I decided that my newly found self was no longer a doormat, so in that respect, yes, I have changed.  I don't think I understand how people don't think you will change when you go through a life-altering event.  Mind you, it is always those people closest to you who see the change in you.  However, I believe that you cannot see change within someone else unless you recognize that trait within yourself.  Not really profound, but if you think about it, it's the truth.  How can you point out someone's flaws if you don't see them in yourself?  I cannot believe someone to be selfish unless that trait in within me, at some level either consciously or subconsciously.  So yes, I have changed, but that is only because you recognize that the piece of me you tried to manipulate is no longer responsive to your tactics.

Well, I don't want to begin a rant, but remember there will always haters on any journey you may take.  You as a WLSer must be ready physically and mentally to do combat with the negative that accompanies the positive.  Keep the haters at bay and no longer allow the manipulation.

Smooches and best wishes!,