September 4, 2013

Cooking for an Army -- Not!

Do any if you still cook like you're cooking for an army even since you had your procedure?  I still struggle with this. 

I am trying to find a site that can help me cut the recipes to smaller servings.  Any thoughts on this.  My family often won't eat what I am making and even if they do, I still have a lot if leftovers.   We just waste so much food and I can't stand it.

Help a sister out! Thanks!



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September 3, 2013

Shingles Update 9/3/2013

I have posted a few things since my last update and I wanted to let you know how things with me were going, Shingles and out.

I have ventured out of the house a couple if times,  but is still to early for me to wear any constricting garments, at this point.  Any clothes or bras, even, feel as if they are burning the flesh on my back. It's just too painful-- and lord knows, I don't want to scare the kids by not wearing a bra!  I am still taking it little by little to get back into my regular routine, but I notice that I tire very easily and have to rest quite often.  Tomorrow I go back to the doctor for him to give me a date I can return to work.

But, I can now give my son as many hugs and kisses as he can stand since I am no longer contagious!  So he'll be receiving make-up kissies from me.  It's still a slow road to recovery,  otherwise.

Smooches to all!


September 2, 2013

I Never Knew These Things Existed

This entry is a little off-topic.  I love writing, but I am nothing short of being a YouTube junkie.  I swear if I need help with some, there's a video on it.  Bake a cake -- there's a video.  Apply the best eyeliner ever -- there's a video.  Show off your skills for anime and drawing -- there's a video on how you can make a lot of new friends and money on it!  Seriously!!! Who knew???

My latest fixation with YouTube has been tummy tucks, scrapbooking, and all things Filofax.  People when I say there is a Filofax culture out there, there is a whole culture out there that I feel like I have missed.

Have I been under a rock or something that I didn't know about this group of people who have so much love for their Filofaxes that they "trick" them out, sticker them up, and take these would be boring planners to a whole new level.  And, to top it all off, there is a new rage in masking tape that is colorful!!!  Yes!!! Colorful!!! It's called "Washi" tape.  You can find it in a lot of different places like Michael's and Staples, but it really amps up your decorating skills when it comes to altering a Filofax.

So, I also learned there is a website and forum devoted to all the different sizes of Filofax, models,  and the out of decorating the pages to give them your personal touch.  Don't tell anyone, but there is also some type of "underground" where buyers and sellers get together and list what they want or what they want to sell, and it happens for them.  OK, not really and underground, but it was pretty cool that this site exists, don't you think.

The next time you want to find out about something, skip Google, and head over to YouTube and search for a tutorial.  Look up some filofax tuts, or even a makeup tutorial or two.  Have fun and learn something that catches your fancy.  Share your comments below and send your friends on over to have a look as well.  Do you think I should start a vlog?  Let me know and if we get enough response, I might take you up on jumping on the YouTube bandwagon.  The Diva could be vlogging!!!


Things You Learned at Camp

Chew, chew, chew your food gayly through the meal...the more you chew the less you'll eat, the better you will feel.  This was a camp song I learned a king time ago at Grotonwood Camp in Massachusetts.  It was good advice then just as it is good advice now and I never knew how important it really is.

Many people don't take the time to chew their food thoroughly and enjoy each bureau during a meal.  That means our food us often shoved in our mouths,  half chewed and then swallowed in large and indigestible pieces.  This us the mist easy way for a person to eat overeat because our brain hasn't caught you with our gut.  The brain needs 20 minutes to signal the body that it's full.  If you don't chew well enough, you eat too fast and end up with a tummy ache or unwanted pounds.

This is something I have to remember each time I take a bite.  If I overfill my pouch with big pieces if food, it can't handle it and I end up feeling bad org worse,  throwing the food back up.   After a few weeks of feeling like I'd swallowed lead, I let my surgeon know about my discomfort and he reminded me that I needed to chew my food.

How simple!  I went back home and started chewing a lot more carefully and it has mad such a difference.   Now, I don't have the stomach discomfort and I am really enjoying my meals a lot more. So my advice is to take the time to smell the roses, enjoy good conversation,  and chew your food so you can take advantage of its flavor and texture.


Atlanta WLS Diva

Coming Soon!

I will be doing an with fellow WLSer Bryson "Bmoney " Jenkins.  He's lost over 100 pounds and is doing big things in the Atlanta music scene.  He'll share his experiences with weight loss surgery, and his feelings about keeping up witness the whole WLS lifestyle.

Check back later this week for the interview!  Until then, smooches!