Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A protein drink I actually like!!!

While at Costco last week, one of the free sample people was giving out little cups of a protein juice fromBolthouse Farms.  I'm always one to try a new protein drink and this one had 64g of protein in the entire bottle!  


HOLY COW was it good!!! Probably one of the best protein juice drinks I've ever had! It was a mango drink, slightly thicker than juice but not quite as thick as a smoothie.... and it didn't have any gritty taste like some protein drinks do.  

AND... the best part.... buying two at Costco for just under $6 was such a great deal!  I saw them at the market at they were $5 for one!  

I've been drinking 1/2 a bottle every morning.... getting in half my protein for the day! 

Totally excited about this..... I needed to share it with everyone! 

Oh, I also tried the chocolate protein drink they have.... don't love it as much as the mango, but it'd do in a pinch!  30g for the small bottle of the chocolate. 

Here's their website where you can find all the info about their protein drinks! http://bolthouse.com/our-products/beverages/proteins
Enjoy! I do! 



UPDATE:  I also felt the need to mention that these drinks also come with a lot of sugar and carbs.   If that's something you're looking to cut back on, this might not be the drink for you.   Although high sugar and carbs can be really bad for some WLS patients, I find that getting in enough protein is a good trade for me.... I'll cut back on sugar/carbs the rest of the day in order to get enough protein in with this shake.  It's not for everyone... but it works for me! 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Super low-fat Cream of Mushroom Soup

For thanksgiving, I was in charge of the green bean casserole but we all know that green bean casserole is full of cream of mushroom soup, which is high in fat and calories.  So, I searched the internet for a recipe for cream of mushroom soup that was low fat and I found a WINNER!

The green bean casserole was super yummy so I decided to try to mushroom soup in different recipes.  I'd use the homemade soup just as I'd use a can of it from the grocery store.

Today's adventure.... Bone in, lean pork chops cooked all day long in my homemade cream of mushroom soup! You could really use this recipe anytime you need a creamed soup for your cooking.  It takes about 20 mins to make.... but really, the benefits are so great that it's so worth it! Low fat, full of flavor and guilt free eating!

Enjoy!


Skinny Betsy’s Super Low-Fat Cream of Mushroom Soup
2 ½ cups non-fat milk
1 tsp coarse cracked black pepper
2-3 bay leaves
½ tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cups mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup reduced/non-fat sour cream
Salt & pepper

  1. Combine milk, peppercorns, bay leaf and nutmeg in a medium saucepan and heat over low until steaming. Remove from heat, let stand for 5 minutes and strain into a measuring cup. (Discard peppercorns and bay leaf.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion, salt and pepper to season, and cook, stirring often, until golden & caramelized, about 5-7 minutes. 
  3. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook, stirring, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.  Salt and pepper to season. 
  4. Sprinkle flour over the vegetables and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  5. Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, stirring. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat. Whisk in sour cream.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

An update of photos...

Well, I don't have much new to say... other than HAPPY BIRTHDAY EMILY!  11 years ago she was born and I'm happy to report I weigh less than I did even before I got pregnant with her!! Yay!

Anyhoo... I do however have some recent photos to share!  As of this morning I'm down 109lbs and am feeling fabulous!  Another 17lbs until I reach my main goal of being under 200lbs! I wonder if I can do that before we move... I think that'd be awesome.  I should probably stop sneaking Christmas cookies though for that to happen.  haha

Oh... tomorrow, I go in for my 6 month check-up with my surgeon.  I get to find out how my vitamin levels are doing, protein levels, etc are.  Also, I'm going to ask him for a referral to a surgeon in Germany AND when I can start thinking about the full body lift to get rid of all this extra skin!! :) Yay!!

On to the pictures!

I'm all dressed up in my new outfit (yes, that's a waist I have!! hehe), make up done at Sephora, hair all cute.... looking fantabulous!! And really... .feeling even better! 


This is me and my best friend Desi of almost 20 years! We met the summer before high school started and now she lives just a few minutes away from me!  This picture was taken last night before we left for a party! Aren't we sexy? 


My handsome husband :)  We look so cute together! 


This is me and Jen on my birthday in Feb. 2010. 


This is me and Jen last night.  WOW! Big difference! 


And cause it's her birthday... an extra picture of me and my babygirl Emme  from last night! 




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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 216lbs
Total weight loss: 109lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 98lbs



Monday, November 22, 2010

A WLS perspective on Thanksgiving

With the biggest holiday of eating just around the corner... I'm left to wonder how I'm going to get through the day without indulging in too many bites of stuffing and pie.

I read this article written by someone on one of the weight loss surgery websites I visit daily.  They describe exactly how I was feeling about Turkey Day.  So... click on the link to read the article and then read my reaction below.

http://www.obesityhelp.com/forums/amos/Food-For-Thought.html

You hit the nail on the head with this one!!

I was tempted to do on Thursday exactly what you just said here.  Take a few bites of everything, drink a cup of hot spiced apple cider rum and eat a sliver (or two) of pie.

But, thankfully, you reminded me of why I don't need to do that.  Why I'm thankful for my new Skinny Betsy body and that I don't need to eat my way through the day to be happy.

I bought a new outfit for the day, in a smaller size.  I'm going "treat myself" to that instead of treating myself to a piece of pie, extra bite of stuffing or over indulge on all the high fat, high sugar, high everything foods on Thanksgiving.  I am going to look smokin hot in my cute new dress and I'm going to feel great!! Happy Thanksgiving to me... I'm thankful for my new body!

I needed this reminder!!

Oh, and PS... Here's me in the fitting room trying on my new outfit for Thanksgiving.  THIS is my pie... my stuffing.... and extra helping of mashed potatoes!


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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 219lbs
Total weight loss: 106bs
Weight loss since surgery: 95lbs

Saturday, November 20, 2010

JavaCupcake Before & After

I've been blogging at JavaCupcake.com since January 2009... and since then I've attended a few events.

Back in February of this year, I attended Cupcake Camp Seattle where I had a display of my cupcakes and took a picture standing behind it.

Today, I participated in Will Bake for Food where I had my cupcakes and other goodies on display and took another pictures behind it.

105lbs later.... I look so different!!!! I thought this was a cool side-by-side photo though... what a huge difference this surgery has made! I look like a completely different person!

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE IT LARGER!




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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 220lbs
Total weight loss: 105bs
Weight loss since surgery: 94lbs

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

100 POUNDS!!!!

I finally made it to 100lbs lost!  Actually, when I stepped on the scale this morning, it was 101lbs!  Even better! :) These last 4 lbs have come off so slow.  I'd been hovering around 97-99lbs lost for about 2 1/2 weeks and then BAM I'm at 101.  Thank goodness!! Finally across that 100lbs mark!

I made two before & after pictures for this big milestone.  The first with the "before" pic I've used for all the others and then another pic I found from the summer of 2008.



I was looking in the mirror tonight and my husband comes in.  I was standing up straight and noticing how flat my tummy was getting and how much thinner my midsection is.  He said, "GOD DAMN!" in that loud, surprised, I wanna do my wife right now kinda voice!! hehe It was the best compliment ever!

Still figuring out how to get in enough calories, enough protein and keep the sugar and fat intake to a minimum. It's SO HARD to do!  But, I'm only 4 1/2 months out and I'm still learning how to do this!

Another 25 lbs and I'll be under 200lbs!  I can't wait for that milestone!  It's my next goal!  And then.... after that, who knows!! I'll cross that bridge when I get to it!

Oh ps... I can't wait until I get to a weight where I can have plastic surgery to get rid of all the extra skin.  I have this massive spare tire around my middle that's comprised of extra skin!  ACK!  I need to get rid of it ASAP!  I hate it!!

Went shopping this week too.  Into a size 16/18 jean.  Seriously.  I haven't been that size since 10th grade.  I went to Target and could actually shop in the normal size section!  AWESOME feeling!!! I love shopping!!

Yay for Weight Loss Surgery!!!


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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 224lbs
Total weight loss: 101lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 90lbs

Monday, November 1, 2010

In a rut

These last few weeks have been really slow when it comes to the weight loss.  I've been hoping to get to the 100lbs lost mark, but it's just not happening.

This morning, I stepped on the scale to find that I had gained 2lbs.  TWO LBS!!!!  HOLY SHIT.  That has NEVER happened before.  Maybe 1lbs but then I lost it the next day.  I almost cried when I saw that 2lbs back on the scale.  I just don't know what I'm doing wrong.  I mean, it really couldn't have been that piece of Halloween candy I ate last night that put on 2lbs, could it?

So............... SIGH.  I'm so upset, frustrated, disappointed.  I think I need to spend today really thinking about my diet, how to improve it, and how to really get back into the weight loss that will help me get off these last 60lbs I want to get rid of.

What that's going to entail... I don't know.  I think maybe I need to go back to drinking protein shakes everyday.  (Cause I also noticed my hair is thinning and that's a sign of low protein)

And, if I'm going to be 100% honest here... I think I need to stop being so passive about this experience and I really need to play a more active role in the weight loss.  I can't just keep thinking the lbs are going to fall off and I can just get by with what I've been doing.

This is a journey... a long one... and I really want to be successful at it.  I don't want to weigh 325lbs ever again.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Overweight Actors on TV

Lindsey and I took several classes together at BCC where we discussed diversity... she sent me this link to an article in Marie Clarie that has me all riled up now.

Go read it HERE, then come back and read my reaction.

Like racism.... this is fatism. I hate it. Every word of her article made me cringe. And honestly, I stopped reading 1/2 way thru it because it pissed me off so much.

She said anorexia was okay because some people are naturally thin... but seriously, some people are naturally bigger too.

And... I think that EVERYONE, regardless of size, color, ethnicity... deserve starring roles in TV. We need more diversity in the media to show the beautiful differences that make up human kind.

Would you be disgusted with two larger people making out in front of you? Maybe if they had their rolls hanging out or were dirty or were doing something disgusting. But Mike & Molly are well dressed, groomed and I'm sure smell fantastic. Screw Marie Claire and their writers.

I won't ever be reading their magazine again if that's their view on people who aren't what society deems as acceptable or beautiful.

Ok... So, deep breath Betsy.  Breathe in slowly and read the rest of the article... it could get better, right?

WRONG.

In the article the writer says, "I think obesity is something that most people have a ton of control over. It's something they can change, if only they put their minds to it."

Yes, because for my entire life, I never dieted, exercised or tired a million different ways to lose weight.  I guess my mind was never really set enough on losing the weight.  I guess I just didn't try hard enough. *eye rolling* I think that for some people who don't struggle with weight, they don't understand how hard it really is being fat.  It's a struggle every day.  And it's not a matter of "putting my mind to it" that will allow me to lose weight.  For me, it took a surgery to physically force my body to lose weight.  Diet and exercise were no longer a viable option for me.  I tried and there were too many other physical ailments in my way.  I think that if the author were to live in my life for a week when I was 100lbs heavier, she might change her mind about it being such an easily controllable issue.

And then she goes on to give some advice on how to lose weight and exercise.  One of my doctors tried to give me that speech once before I had my surgery.  I laughed at him and said, "Do you not think I haven't already tried that?  Been down that road before, several times? Do you really think I'd be asking you to cut me open and rearrange my insides if diet and exercise worked for me?"  SERIOUSLY.  Get a CLUE.  Diet and exercise don't vigorously work for severely overweight people.

Now, I know you might say well it worked for the people on "The Biggest Loser".  You're right.  It did work.  But they lived at the fat camp for several weeks, had trainers and devoted all their time to weight loss.  What average person has that time?  I know I don't.

The author of this article is a big bully.  Who, I'm sure has self esteem and body image issues of her own.  I feel sorry for her really.  She is the one who is probably hurting inside more than any fat person on TV or that I know.

She apologizes at the end in an update for hurting peoples feelings.  But, as my friend Lindsay said, "too little, too late."

I think that shows like "Mike and Molly," "Huge," and "Drop Dead Diva" are important parts of our culture and they show diversity in size.  These shows show that people who are overweight lead lives that are just as normal as everyone else.  They don't say that being overweight is good, healthy or what everyone should strive for... they show us that diversity can be beautiful.

I think back to my Body Image & Art class I took at UWT where I was introduced to a book called, "Fat? So?" (they've got a website too!) where I was able to learn about accepting myself and my body at any size.  The tag line is "For fat people who don't apologize for their size".  It's definitely a book worth looking at, for people big and small.

*BIG SIGH*  Ok... I think I've gotten it all out of my system now.  I'm almost 100lbs lighter, but still... I will always feel like a "fat girl".  I will always be sensitive to issues like these... and I hope that maybe, I can help people see that being overweight isn't a choice.  No one wants to be fat.  But sometimes... it's just the hand we were dealt in life.

It gets better.

If you feel like it... leave me a comment and let me know what you thought of the article, my reaction, or what you think about overweight actors on TV.


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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 227bs
Total weight loss: 98bs
Weight loss since surgery: 87lbs

Friday, October 22, 2010

Boobs

Yes, you read that right.  Boobs.  I've always had big boobs, but they've never been one of those things that really stood out on my body.  Mainly because there was so much of everything else, they were hidden.

Lately, I've been wearing tighter fitting shirts.  Ones that well, show off my boobs.  And seriously, I think they are looking damn good!!  Yay for boobs!


Just to add a comparison, my friend Erica found this old pic of me from last summer.  4th of July I think.  Gross, huh? lol  My boobs look SO MUCH BETTER now!! 



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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 231bs
Total weight loss: 94bs
Weight loss since surgery: 83lbs

Saturday, October 16, 2010

More inches melting off!

I had Dave help me take my measurements this past week.... I'm up to 45.5 inches lost!

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO MAKE IT LARGER

A huge loss in my waist, hips and legs this time! SOOOOO happy about that!  That middle section is where I'm carrying all my weight right now and excess skin too.  

I'm almost to.....  I almost can't say it.... I'm almost to 100lbs lost!! So close! I can't wait to get there! Today, I'm at 91lbs lost.  :) Yay for 91lbs! 

15 October 2010

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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 234bs
Total weight loss: 91bs
Weight loss since surgery: 80lbs

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Tips!

A friend of mine emailed and told me she wanted to start losing weight and asked for any tips I had.  At first I thought I might not be able to help because my eating habits are so different from the norm... but I realized that my lifestyle now can be adapted to anyone who is wanting to lose weight.  My family eats like I do and we're all doing good! 

With that said.... here are my tips.  (This isn't' a complete list of everything I do, but it's a good start!)

1) Stop drinking soda and juices that are full of sugar. This will really help with the calorie and sugar intake... both of which will make it hard to lose weight.

2) Cut out caffeine. A cup of coffee or a Diet drink won't kill you... but only once in a while.

3) No more fried foods. I know.... you love your fryer, but these fat filled foods are a killer. If you want to make fries, bake them. I know... they aren't as good... but they're so much better for you.

4) Choose healthier versions of the foods you already love. Learn to read labels. This is really important to me. There are a lot of foods that you can get in "low fat" versions or low calorie versions. Choose that. For example, when buying cheese I always get the low fat kind. When buying pasta for spaghetti, I get the whole wheat or the kind with added protein. Choose sugar free too. They often have very little taste difference and are easy to incorporate into your normal cooking. Non fat milk is another example as well as getting the leanest beef you can find or just using ground turkey instead. Turkey is so much leaner than fat and tastes the same with seasonings on it... sometimes better than beef.

5) Protein, protein, protein. Make sure you eat lean protein everyday. Starting your day with a protein will really help your metabolism for the rest of the day. A scrambled egg or greek yogurt are great options in the AM. Also, choose the leanest cuts of meat you can get. Bake it or pan cook it with cooking spray. But make sure you get protein everyday.

6) Fat in foods is not your friend. Avoid it as much as you can. Yes... some fat is good for you... and you really do need some everyday.... but try to avoid high fat foods. This doesn't' mean you still can't have the foods you enjoy... you just have to prepare them a little bit differently. For example, if something calls for pan frying, then use a non-fat cooking spray to coat the pan first. Also, read the labels of things and choose the ones with the least fat content . This will really help.

7) Exercise. Now for me... exercise doesn't mean getting on the bike 5 times a week. This just means being more active in general. For example, a couple days ago we walked to Emily's school and played on the playground for an hour then walked home. It was a great workout. If you want to get on the treadmill or bike everyday, that's good too. But I think that there are other ways to get exercise in. 30 minutes 3-5 times a week is what's suggested.

8) Invest in some healthy cooking books. This has been a huge help for me and Dave. We look looking thru cook books and finding new recipes. Last night Dave made stuffed cabbage and it was really yummy!!! Cook books FOR THE WIN! haha

Monday, October 4, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame! Part 2

Saturday night was my first Mariners game since my surgery.  It was also my last Mariners game before we move to Germany.  It was a night full of mixed emotions... excited, happy, sad, proud, accomplished.

See, I've been going to Mariners games my entire life.  My love for baseball all started when I was little and my big brother, Robert, would take me into the street in front of our house and play catch with me.  He'd quiz me on the Mariners line ups and he'd teach me everything he knew about baseball.  Baseball was the one thing that brought me and Robert together.  Still today, it's the one thing we always have in common.

The last time I was at Safeco Field for a game, I couldn't fit comfortably in the seats.  I was cramped, the people next to me were cramped.  I sweat.  And I was just uncomfortable.  I had gone into the M's Team Shop looking for a new hoodie, but left empty handed when nothing fit me.  I was just too big for any of the cute stuff.

Dave and I arrive at The Safe and we go straight to the Team Shop.  I was down 80+ pounds and I wanted a new hoodie to commemorate my final game and my weight loss.  Walking into that store, knowing I didn't have to buy the biggest size they had, knowing I could try on anything I wanted and it would fit... well, I've never experienced a feeling quite like that before at Safeco.

I picked out this, and it's only an XL.  Not an XXL or XXXL like I used to wear.  Regular ole XL!!

We get to our seats and to my surprise, when I sat down, there was room on either side of me!  I fit!! And what was even more amazing, I could cross my legs!  What? YES!! Cross my legs!!

(On a side note:  Crossing my legs is my new favorite thing.  When I was fatter, there was no way my big ole legs could be crossed.  So now that I can do, I do it all the time!!  There is just something about crossing my legs that makes me feel more like a woman, more feminine.)

So, I got a new jacket and I fit in the seats.  A M A Z I N G feelings both of those things were.

The night ended with me in tears.  Safeco, the Kingdome and the Seattle Mariners have been a  part of my summer my whole life.  As I stood at the top of the stairs, looking down onto the glory that is the Mariners... I cried.  All the memories, joy, laughter that was had in this amazing place will be cherished in my heart forever.   I even got engaged there (on the center field scoreboard!!!).  I'm getting choked up now just thinking about how much I'm going to miss Seattle baseball.

Good news though... I'm still losing weight and victories like these are being had all the time!  Weight loss is amazing and I'm so happy with my progress!


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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 241bs
Total weight loss: 84bs
Weight loss since surgery: 73bs

Friday, September 17, 2010

75lbs - Before & After


Last night was EPIC!  Dave's platoon had an all expenses paid cruise on an Argosy boat in downtown Seattle.  I got to buy some new clothes for the event and I was SO EXCITED to be able to fit into super cuteness from Torrid in a smaller size than before!! Of course.... TONS of pictures were taken, but none of just me.  So here's one with everyone cropped out in a before & after!



Sunday, September 12, 2010

75 POUNDS!

So, it's been a minute since I've written on Skinny Betsy... but, I've been a little preoccupied!  Now that things have settled down a bit,  I have more time to get back to writing.

First things first... I hit 75 POUNDS lost today!!  I stepped on the scale this morning and I was like WOO HOOOOO I can't believe it! I kept saying outloud to myself and my husband, "I lost 75lbs! I lost 75lbs! I lost 75lbs!"  It's like I had to say it to myself over and over before I really believed it.  I am becoming a different person, inside and out and sometimes... it's just hard to believe!

Here's a pic from last week... not quite 75lbs yet, but close!

Dave and I are going to start walking together... which I'm really looking forward to! And... we're getting a stationary bike from a family friend.  So I'm really looking forward to riding that too!  I have a goal of taking the hike down to the bottom of Snoqualmie Falls before we move to Germany.  I'm hoping to do it soon!!


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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 250lbs
Total weight loss: 75lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 64lbs

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

So, I've been a baseball fan since... well, as long as I could walk and talk.  As far back as I can remember, my brother has been teaching me everything I ever needed to know about the sport.  As a family... we've gone to hundreds of baseball games together!  In the last 10 years though, my weight had always hindered my ability to really fully be comfortable at the games.  I was always a little too big for the seats, was out of breath walking from the car.... those kinds of things.

Last night... everything was different.  My brother, Dad, Emily and I went to a AAA Tacoma Rainiers baseball game in Tacoma.  Here's what was amazingly different!
  1. I had gotten some free jerseys from the Rainiers early in the season, they didn't fit.  But last night, MY JERSEY FIT!  A standard XL!  I was SO EXCITED and I even got compliments on it at the game!!! 
  2. The walk from the car to our seats... didn't even break a sweat or huff and puff for air.  Didn't even think twice about it actually because it was so easy.  :) 
  3. I almost cried when I realized this one... My ass fit in the stadium seat! With room to spare on each side! OH MY GOD!  I don't know if I can EVER remember that happening! Usually, cause we're all big people, we're smushed in those seats like sardines!  NOT THIS TIME!!! Yay!  
  4. No ass sweat.  I know it's gross.  But when you're as over weight as I was... sitting for a long time in one spot, you can get sweaty, especially my ass and back.  None of that this time.  It rocked! 
  5. My favorite baseball hoodie... it's almost too big.  I wore it anyways.  hehe
  6. Eating peanuts = a good thing at the ball park!  I can munch on these little bad boys, get lots of protein and the good fats and feel like I'm still enjoying the best part of watching a game.  And to go along with this... I ate a couple bites of ONE piece of pizza.  Not pizza, hot dogs, garlic friends, pretzel and everything else I  usually eat.  I was able to control myself... enjoy what I did have and be okay with it! Not saying I'm never going to eat garlic fries again... cause you know, as soon as I get to The Safe...  I'll be eating at least ONE fry! hahah (It's all about moderation, baby!)
  7. And overall... the whole experience was just so much more fun! It was easier to move around, I had more energy and I was just happier!  
Here's a pic from the game!  I'm only posting it cause you can't see my new hair and body.  hehe Can't spoil it for my hubby!!! 


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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 256lbs
Total weight loss: 69lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 58lbs

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Shrinking Betsy!

Desi came over today for another round of measurement taking!  And HOLY SHIT.... I CAN NOT BELIEVE the number of inches I've lost!!! Here's the breakdown...


What's that say..... yup, you read it right.  TWENTY TWO (22) INCHES lost in seven weeks!  No wonder everyone tells me I look so good!  There's so much less of me!!!!

A few people have asked me for pictures... but I wont' be posting any until my husband gets home.  I want what I look like to be a huge surprise!! But between Shrinking Betsy and going blonde... I don't know if he'll recognize me!!!


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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 258lbs
Total weight loss: 67lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 56lbs

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Protein French Vanilla Creamer

Last Christmas my husband bought me a Keurig 1-cup Coffee Maker.  Since the surgery, I've been reluctant to start using it again because 1) I'm not supposed to have a lot of caffeine and 2) creamers typically have no protein in them.... so coffee really doesn't add any nutritional value to my diet.  It's already hard enough as it is to get in enough food and protein during the day, that I had to find a way to make a creamer that had some nutritional value to it!!! So, this is what I've come up with!  I like A LOT of creamer in my coffee... so depending on how much you use... this could be adjusted!

Protein French Vanilla Creamer
1/4 cup Non-Fat French Vanilla Creamer
1/4 cup Non-Fat Milk
1 tablespoon Vanilla Protein Powder
1 large cup of coffee with ROOM


In a measuring cup that pours, combine the creamer, milk and powder.  With a fork, stir until all the protein powder has been broken up and dissolved.

Add creamer mixture to cup of coffee.  With the fork, stir again.  A few clumps of protein powder may still be visible, but those will dissolve in the hot coffee if you keep stirring!

Enjoy!


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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 260lbs
Total weight loss: 65lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 54lbs

Saturday, August 21, 2010

10 Kick Ass Perks of Weight Loss

  1. My clothes actually FIT.  
  2. Cleaning out my closet means getting rid of clothes that are TOO BIG instead of too small! 
  3. In the car, my belly isn't an inch from the steering wheel... it's SIX inches! 
  4. The seatbelt actually has more than 2 inches of slack on it!! I can lean over to pick something up without having to take off my seatbelt too! 
  5. Towels wrap around my body, completely! 
  6. I don't need the detachable shower-head for those hard to reach places anymore.
  7. I fit into the booths at restaurants. 
  8. I don't have to buy the biggest size in the store anymore! 
  9. My boobs stick out further than my belly!!! 
  10. Everyday my self esteem comes back a little more! 
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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 262lbs
Total weight loss: 63lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 52lbs

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

60 Pounds!

I reached 60 pounds lost today!  My husband comes home very soon and I can't wait to shed even MORE before I see him! Here's a picture from Monday.... I can't believe I look like this!!!


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Weight Loss Recap
Today's weight: 265lbs
Total weight loss: 60lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 49lbs

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Penne with Chicken and Roasted Veggies

I went to a family BBQ yesterday and needed a healthy, delicious option to eat! So, I brought this salad, served cold!  It was a big hit... even with the kids!!! 



JavaCupcake's Penne with Chicken and Roasted Veggies
Inspired by this Pappardelle's recipe.

1 boneless skinless chicken breast
½  lb Penne pasta
1 sweet onion, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons fresh oregano, chopped plus 1tbsp for garnish
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 head of garlic, each clove peeled
Olive Oil
Sea Salt
Ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. In a 13 x 9 inch baking dish, add chopped oregano, tomatoes, onion, and garlic cloves. Drizzle olive oil over all, grind salt and pepper to taste on top and toss well to coat. Bake at 450 for 30 minutes or until tender.
3. Cut chicken into strips, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Heat a pan to medium-high and cook chicken until centers are free of pink.
4. Cook pasta in pot of rapidly boiling salted water until al dente (about 8 minutes). Drain.
5. In a large serving bowl add pasta, chicken and roasted veggies. Toss lightly to combine. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese and freshly chopped oregano.
6. Serve immediately warm as a meal or refrigerate and serve as a cold side salad. 

NOTE:  Substitutions can be made for any of these ingredients!  The pasta, veggies, spices... use what you've got in your house for a delicious dinner or side dish!  You could even omit the chicken for a vegan meal!

Too Good For You to be True Fruit Muffins!

I wanted to bake this morning... so, I came up with a non-fat, sugar-free, whole wheat, high protein, fruit filled muffin recipe!  So healthy for you... you might have to eat two!! Enjoy!

Note:  These are pretty tart because of the raspberries.  If you don't like tart, omit the raspberries!



JavaCupcake's Too Good For You to be True Fruit Muffins
makes 16 muffins


1 cup flour
¾ whole wheat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt

1 scoop vanilla protein powder
¼ cup sugar free applesauce

¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
3 large eggs
2 cups fresh blueberries or unthawed frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries

  1. Preheat oven to 375ยบ.  Line muffin pan with paper liners.  Spray lightly the inside of the liners with non-fat cooking spray. 
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, spices, protein powder and salt in a large bowl.
  3. Make a well in the flour mixture and break the eggs into the well and pour the applesauce and orange juice over the top. Using a whisk, mix the wet ingredients together until combined, gradually mixing in the dry. Switch to a spatula and scrape the sides of the bowl.  Fold in the fruit and mix until just combined.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, pour the batter into the muffin cups and fill to the top of the cups.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean. Rotate pan after 15 minutes to ensure even baking. Do not over-bake or the muffins will be dry.
  6. Remove pan from oven and let cool on a rack for 5-10 minutes then remove muffins to a rack to cool completely. 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Small Victory!

I went shopping today for a cute summer shirt that actually fit me to wear to a bbq this afternoon.  I hopped over to Fashion Bug, a store where I used to wear 3x and at my highest 4x shirts.  Well today... I tried on some cute 2x shirts thinking they'd fit.  Boy was I WRONG! They were TOO BIG!  I had to goto the smallest size they had in the store... a 1x!  I almost had a moment in the dressing room when I tried it on... HOLY COW!  I went from a 4x to a 1x in 7 weeks!  I couldn't believe my eyes! I turned to the side to look at myself in the mirror and WOAH, my boobs stick out further than my stomach does.  WHAT??!?! HOLY COW!!! I'm actually seeing a dramatic change in my body and it's AWESOME!!!!!!!!

PS... I had another moment in the car after I left the store.  I really wanted to call my Mom and tell her all about it, giggle, laugh, cry and be happy together.  I miss her the most in times like these... when all I want to do is call her.

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Weight Loss Recap

Today's weight: 268lbs
Total weight loss: 57lbs
Weight loss since surgery: 46lbs