October 5, 2013

Is This You?

Are you that person who eats all of the shrimp out of the dish when no one is looking?  Only to find a carton devoid of tasty deliciousness because you have taken it upon yourself to eat all of the protein out of the dish!  Is that you?

If that is you, it's time to come clean.  Cleanse your conscience and leave a comment below, on my Facebook, or send me at Tweet.  Let a Diva know, if that IS you!


October 4, 2013

That AHA Moment!

When did you first have that "Aha!" moment when you knew it was time for you to take the plunge and really do something about your weight loss.  I got my wake-up call when I wanted to ride one of the rides here at Six Flags Atlanta, and I couldn't get my butt into the seat!  I was so humiliated, too!  I stood in line just like the millions of others only to be ultra embarrassed when it was my turn and I couldn't wiggle my ass into the chair.  Talk about someone ticked off.  

I sat down over the next couple of days and started to weigh the pros and cons and when the pros outweighed the cons, I began doing research about the various procedures and started my journey from that point. 

It's surprising what spurs us to make the final decision.  Please leave some feedback for me on my Facebook page, Twitter, or below in the comments box. 


Baked Spaghetti Squash & Cheese


I found this tasty recipe for Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese.  It is low carb and high in protein!  Enjoy!  If you recreate the recipe leave some feedback about your experience either here or on my Facebook!  This looks really good!

Photo is courtesy of Skinny Taste!  

October 2, 2013

WLS Food Staples

Divas and Divos!

What has become a staple in your WLS food pantry?  Mine is Greek Yogurt!  I have to have it now.  Also, I still use my protein everyday, and have to have at least one cup of coffee.  These days, I am particularly fond of Dunkin' Donuts Blueberry Coffee -- cream, no sugar, and no donut!  Let me know what you have to have.  Leave your comments below or leave me a response on my Facebook or send me a Tweet.


What Are You Eating?

I always get the comments about, "didn't you like your ..." whenever I eat out.  I really don't even bother to explain to anyone anymore that I can't eat the gigantic portion the waiter served me.  Even when I get a box before the entree comes and box up half of my food, there is always some food leftover.  I am no longer a member of the "clean your plate" club, and I don't condone it for my kids or anyone else.

For me, food is no longer as huge a part of my life as it used to be.  I eat to live; eat to survive.  I take care of my body now and that is a huge difference.  I use my food choices a fuel that my body needs instead a mainstay of my existence or the center of my life.    So I am boxing up those left overs and not going over my rations during a meal anymore. 

I am working on making my family meals in smaller portions.  That has been a true challenge for me.  I can't eat what I used to, and now I see so much food wasted in this house.  What I have trouble believing or I just find it hard to believe that when I cooked, I consumed a lot what I now consider left-over food.  I have to shake my head.  I don't want to knock anyone reading this for the first time.  I decided to go on this journey for myself, for my health and well-being, but also for my kids, but it just stuns me how much I used to eat.

I ate to be filled.  I ate to be satiated.  I ate to appease others.  I ate to have fun.  I ate to deal with pain.  I ate to celebrate.  I used food as a coping mechanism, but never as it was intended to be used -- as a fuel. 

This journey through weigh-loss surgery really brings a person through all of the stages of grief!  There is the mourning, the denial, the anger, the acceptance, and then the realization that you can move on.  When I first had surgery, I felt sad about all of the foods I could no longer eat.  I then went through denial that I couldn't eat what I wanted when I wanted.  That phase got me into deep doo-doo because it caused me to overeat and throw up, a lot!!!

Then I was angry!  I was angry that I couldn't do what I wanted to do or eat like I used to and I felt what I like to call, "buyer's remorse".  Why did I do this to myself?  . 
The phase of disbelief rears it head again, because as I shed the weight, when I looked in the mirror, I still saw the same fat girl.  I started getting compliments, and people started telling me how good I looked.  But when I looked back at myself, nothing had changed on the inside, within my consciousness.  I continued to feel the same. 

Today, I feel like I am in the acceptance stage. I look in the mirror and see a thinner me, but I have different thoughts now.   I have learned how to eat, what to eat, how to satisfy myself and my cravings, and how to take care of my new body.  I had to adapt a new mantra as I was transformed after my surgery.  My new thoughts had to allow me to look at and treat food differently.  Through this transformation, I am slowly learning how to cook less, and really plan my meals.  I find if I don't plan out my family's meals for week, and my lunches for the week, we waste a slew of food, or I end up not eating during lunch, or eating out.  It takes a lot of thought to go into planning and I have used a lot of Google hours to find ways of slow cooking meals, making our meals more simple and tasty, all while be health conscious.  I have to say that this organziation has really helped all of us because I can see fewer items spoiling in house and less food being leftover and spoiled.

If you are considering Weight-Loss surgery, I hope you can use my experience to help you make wise choices.  You will go through the "stages of grief", but the sooner you recognize them, the better off your journey's outcome will be.  Please leave me some love below.  Leave some comments on my Facebook page, or send me a Tweet @faith0107!  I would  love to hear from you and find out where you are in your WLS Journey.



October 1, 2013

Obesity Action Coalition Educational Webinars Announced!!!

My Lovely Divas and Divos!

The Obesity Action Coalition is having a series of webinars (free) that are addressing many of the issues we face after WLS.  Here is one based on Self-Perception.  I have already signed up to be in attendance!  I am hoping that if you are struggling with your self-acceptance, you will sign up for the event!

Hosted by Merrill Littleberry, LCSW, LCDC, CCM, CI-CPT, better known as “Vitamin M,” “Who’s Staring back at You in the Mirror? Improving Self-Perception,” will look into the barriers and bridges that propel us to or prevent us from establishing a positive self-image. This webinar will take a therapeutic approach and convey it into a functional understanding that can be applied into daily life.

Press the link in the picture above and that will lead you over to the Obesity Action Coalition Membership page.  There you will be able to join for $20 and with that membership, you will be entitled to 50 educational pieces.  I hope you can make it! 

See you there!  Smooches!

September 30, 2013

Realizing Your Dreams

I have been asking a lot of questions of myself and the people around me about being happy with life and being fulfilled.  I have been receiving a lot of different responses.  I hear a lot of people say that a lack of income is what discourages people from living their dream or a lack of time. Is that the only thing that holds you back -- money?  I feel like that a lot of times too.  I want to start new things, but then I talk myself out of them because I think I won't have the money to do it or the financial backing.    I tend to start mini projects, but then I will get tired of it or I realize that it is too complex and I won't finish it. 

I can truly say that in the workplace when I start a project, I carry it to completion.  Why can't I do this in my own life?  I will be focusing on this question as well as about what I am passionate.  I feel as if I am not doing enough to discover my passion and I don't want to continue to just work at something that I don't care for just because it is my job.  Just because I have a job, doesn't mean I have a career.  I should be more courageous in my personal life and realize my dreams. 

What truly makes me happy has escaped me over the past year.  In that, I forgot that I am a bright and intelligent woman, with a lot of creativity and a voice that should be heard.  One of my ultimate goals is to empower other people to experience the best life they can.  I have to live the best life I possibly can, too.  To do this I have to believe in myself more and stop settling for "I can't" or "You can't".  Ain't nobody got time for that!  I started this path in January of 2010, and I want to continue to encourage other people to take a giant step out of their comfort zones!  I refuse to give up on my journey simply because I feel like I have fallen off my horse.  It's time for me to get back in that saddle, take up my lance, and go and find some windmills to tilt.

If you are feeling up to the challenge, let me know what you are doing to realize your dreams!  Tell me how I can encourage you or help you to be more accountable for the success you want.

Please leave your comments belong.  Give me a like on my Facebook page.  Follow me on Twitter, @faith0107.  Give me a shout out or think of me in your daily prayer or meditation.  Let me know.