Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014: The End

It's been a whirlwind of a year.  I can't believe how fast yet another one has flown by.  I just went through my blog to find my weight at the end of 2013 and had some awesome reminders of things I did last year and where I wanted to be this year.

I was sad to see that at the end of last year I proclaimed that my resolution for 2014 was to be at my GOAL WEIGHT by my 2 year bandiversary and that did not happen.  In fact, on my 2 year bandiversary, I was preparing for revision.  Things happen and I guess I can't kick myself too hard considering I had no control over the device in my body beginning to malfunction.  So I'm not at my goal weight, but I am in a SLIGHTLY  better place (weight-wise) than I was at the end of 2013.  VERY SLIGHT, but still, better.

At the end of 2013, I weighed 241.2.
Today, I weighed 236.8.

That's right folks, I lost a total of 4.4 pounds in 2014.  lol, sad.  But a lot happened in 2014, I gained weight as I fought REALLY HARD for my revision approval, and I lost that weight again.  My only resolution for 2015 will be to again be in a better place when the year ends than I was in 2014.  I do want to win my dietbet as well, which will put me at 222.2 by June 21.

In 2015 I'll also be running my first obstacle race, which scares the shit out of me.  And I intend to run more throughout the year.

I'll leave you all with some of my favorite photos from 2014:

I began 2014 with my cousin Jenni and friend Leyton at a downtown Raleigh nightclub.
My birthday was crazy fun with lots of friends by my side.

I got to go to Disney for the FIRST TIME!  Happiest place on earth, for sure.

My nephew visited in June, and in 2015 he'll be making a move to NC for good, and that is probably what I'm looking forward to most.

I had a lot of good times with good friends!

I got to meet a big group of the Sleeve Sisters from instagram several weeks ago.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Update, Races, and Recipes

Hey guys!  I'm still here!

I hope you all haven't forgotten about me.  I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged.  Quite frankly, I've had a lot that I've wanted to keep private, so I just haven't come here because I knew I'd have the urge to write about things that I'm not ready to write about yet.

On the weight loss front, not a lot has been happening.  Thanks holidays!  I haven't even weighed myself in about a week, which is scary and I need to get on that, which is even more frightening.  For the sake of my Diet Bet, I need to do it though!  I'll bite the bullet tonight or tomorrow morning.

Last Monday I had my gallbladder removed.  It was a easy peasy.  No problems, not much pain.  I'm really fortunate to have a very high pain tolerance.

I recently learned of a beautiful thing.  Have you all heard of VIRTUAL races where one can earn medals?  Let me be honest and say that I'm a bling whore, and I have already purchased my first entry.  I'm not cleared to exercise from the gallbladder removal for another two weeks, however I fully intend to run this 5k before 12/31 so that I can earn my medal! Check out or to learn about virtual races where you can win medals.  I think this is good motivation for me to begin running again.  I love some neck bling, especially when it represents an accomplishment.  Maybe my first half marathon will be a virtual race...

Christmas was good, but now that that's over, I need to REALLY buckle down with food.  Over the weekend I made my high protein Chili and high protein Mexican Chicken soup.  In the chicken soup, I generally put heavy cream to tone down the spice, but this time I didn't have any so I just omitted it.  I didn't miss it at all, so I won't be adding it anymore.  Including the recipes below, because they're both wonderful and healthy :).  Both recipes make a huge pot of soup, so I generally freeze half and eat the other half for 1.5-2 weeks or until I'm sick of it, then freeze whatever is left.  If you all have larger families, this will be great for them, especially with the cold weather.

High Protein Chili

  • 2 pounds fresh ground beef
  • 1 quart tomato juice
  • 1-2 cans diced italian tomatoes
  • 1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 medium-large onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chili powder (use less for milder chili)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin (use more for real flavor)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar/artificial sweetener
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    Cook hamburger in large pot.  Add all other ingredients.  Cook on medium for 2 hours, or until vegetables are tender.

    Mexican Chicken Soup
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 can Rotel (hot or original, your preference)
  • 1 taco seasoning pack (or 1/4 cup taco seasoning)
  • 24-30 oz chicken broth, depending on how brothy you want it
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
  • 3 (15-ounce) cans navy beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can corn
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast

    Cook the onions in the olive oil until translucent.  Then add all other incredients.  Cook until warm, done :)

  • Thursday, December 11, 2014


    Womp Womp....

    As suspected, the ultrasound came back positive for gallstones.
    At least that explains why I've been in such pain.

    Gallbladder will be gone soon.  

    Monday, December 8, 2014

    3 months post-op....Already?

    Has it really been almost 3 months since my revision?  Time flies!

    Today I have my 3 month nutrition follow up.  The nutrition appointments have felt kind of pointless to me in the past, maybe because I've been doing this for so long and everyone else in the classes have been new, but now that everyone is 3 months out, maybe I'll be able to get more out of it.

    Wednesday I have an ultrasound scheduled to check out my gallbladder to see if that's what's been causing my pain.  I'll update you all.

    Next week I will have the follow-up with my surgeon's PA.  I am curious what she'll have to say.  I don't know if I'm where they expected me to be.  I'm definitely not as far along in the weight loss as I expected.  But I happily don't have all of my lap band problems, so that's great.
    -No more stuck episodes.
    -No more PB episodes.  (Do you all remember that time I PB'd down my shirt to hide it from a date?!)
    -No more fear of food.
    -No more fear of just drinking WATER!
    -No more painful port.

    I do have acid reflux, but I manage it pretty well.

    In other news, can you all believe that BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD is now trying to deny paying for my surgery?  Truthfully, as difficult as the approval process was, I'm not shocked or surprised, but I'm just disappointed.  I will never by choice have them as an insurance company again.  They are horrible!