Diary of a Recovering Former Fat Chick

When embarking on any journey, always be sure to KEEP SMILING along the way… ^_^

When embarking on any journey, always be sure to KEEP SMILING along the way… ^_^

It’s truly a blessing to have good friends that are literally there for you through THICK and THIN.

It’s truly a blessing to have good friends that are literally there for you through THICK and THIN.

"Back then, they didn’t want me… now I’m hot, they all on me."

~ Mike Jones

"Back then, they didn’t want me… now I’m hot, they all on me."

~ Mike Jones

Nowadays, people always ask me about the “diet” I’m on to maintain my weight loss. Most anyone that’s had weight loss surgery (and is following the proper protocol for post-op success) will tell you that there is no diet or magic pill for maintaining weight loss, and you must instead make a LIFESTYLE CHANGE in order to keep the weight that you’ve lost off for good. Prior to my roux-en-y gastric bypass procedure, I had a wicked sweet tooth… honey buns, cinnamon rolls, cakes, biscuits, etc… I had a constant craving for any kind of bread or simple sugars I could get my hands on. The reason that I elected to have gastric bypass surgery, as opposed to the vertical sleeve gastrectomy or duodenal switch procedures, is because of the dumping syndrome phenomenon that occurs with gastric bypass. If you’re not familiar with it, essentially it’s the nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, and generally sickness you feel when you eat (or dump) large amount of sugars into your small intestine (hyperglycemia). It’s sort of like a built in fail safe to keep those of us that were “sweets eaters” prior to surgery from eating the wrong things. In order to curb my appetite for sweets, I’ve collected some of my favorite foods that have helped me to lose over 100 pounds during my weight loss journey (disregard the Coca-Cola bottles in the background… they’re collectibles :o)
Dole Pineapples and Dole Tropical Fruit  (in 100% juice, not syrup. Go easy on these… they’re so good, you’ll want to eat a lot at one time!)
Bananas (Great energy boosters! You can freeze them for your smoothies too…)
Red Grapes (they really keep everything moving along my digestive tract… know what I mean??? Gross, I know, but they help and they taste awesome!)
Almonds (I use these as a filler food to tide me over until my next meal, and they’re great for boosting protein intake)
Cashews (I normally get the ones from Publix in the produce section which taste AMAZING!)
Progresso Rich & Hearty Chicken Pot Pie Soup (just the inside, no bread! They have a light version as well, but since I don’t absorb as many nutrients as I used to, I get the full version… it’s very filling! I can only finish 1/3 of a can at a time!)
Cheeze-It Duoz with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan (or the regular Cheez-It brand… satisfies my cravings for salty foods.)
Sun-Maid Raisins (you can never go wrong with raisins…portable and sweet!)
Sugar Free Jolly Rangers and Sugar Free Lifesavers (too many of these will give you diarrhea from the sugar alcohols, but they’re a great for satisfying sweet tooth cravings!)
Great Value (Wal-Mart brand) Strawberry Watermelon Drink Mix (I hate the taste of plain water, and add these to my 20 ounce Dasani bottles to help get in my fluid intake for the day… and they’re only 10 calories per packet!)
Jilly’s Sugar Free Gelatin (I lived on these in those first few weeks after surgery when you can only have clear liquids… still a great snack!)
Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt (simply put, THE BEST tasting Greek yogurt I have EVER found! 12 grams of protein per serving doesn’t hurt either…)
Quest Bar Cookies & Cream (the Apple Pie flavor taste amazing also) I LIVE FOR THESE THINGS!!! I hated trying to mix expensive whey protein into everything to keep my protein intake up, but these babies pack in 21 GRAMS OF PROTEIN per bar, and less than 3 grams of carbs!!! I keep a few on me AT ALL TIMES…

Nowadays, people always ask me about the “diet” I’m on to maintain my weight loss. Most anyone that’s had weight loss surgery (and is following the proper protocol for post-op success) will tell you that there is no diet or magic pill for maintaining weight loss, and you must instead make a LIFESTYLE CHANGE in order to keep the weight that you’ve lost off for good. Prior to my roux-en-y gastric bypass procedure, I had a wicked sweet tooth… honey buns, cinnamon rolls, cakes, biscuits, etc… I had a constant craving for any kind of bread or simple sugars I could get my hands on. The reason that I elected to have gastric bypass surgery, as opposed to the vertical sleeve gastrectomy or duodenal switch procedures, is because of the dumping syndrome phenomenon that occurs with gastric bypass. If you’re not familiar with it, essentially it’s the nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sweating, and generally sickness you feel when you eat (or dump) large amount of sugars into your small intestine (hyperglycemia). It’s sort of like a built in fail safe to keep those of us that were “sweets eaters” prior to surgery from eating the wrong things. In order to curb my appetite for sweets, I’ve collected some of my favorite foods that have helped me to lose over 100 pounds during my weight loss journey (disregard the Coca-Cola bottles in the background… they’re collectibles :o)

Dole Pineapples and Dole Tropical Fruit  (in 100% juice, not syrup. Go easy on these… they’re so good, you’ll want to eat a lot at one time!)

Bananas (Great energy boosters! You can freeze them for your smoothies too…)

Red Grapes (they really keep everything moving along my digestive tract… know what I mean??? Gross, I know, but they help and they taste awesome!)

Almonds (I use these as a filler food to tide me over until my next meal, and they’re great for boosting protein intake)

Cashews (I normally get the ones from Publix in the produce section which taste AMAZING!)

Progresso Rich & Hearty Chicken Pot Pie Soup (just the inside, no bread! They have a light version as well, but since I don’t absorb as many nutrients as I used to, I get the full version… it’s very filling! I can only finish 1/3 of a can at a time!)

Cheeze-It Duoz with Sharp Cheddar and Parmesan (or the regular Cheez-It brand… satisfies my cravings for salty foods.)

Sun-Maid Raisins (you can never go wrong with raisins…portable and sweet!)

Sugar Free Jolly Rangers and Sugar Free Lifesavers (too many of these will give you diarrhea from the sugar alcohols, but they’re a great for satisfying sweet tooth cravings!)

Great Value (Wal-Mart brand) Strawberry Watermelon Drink Mix (I hate the taste of plain water, and add these to my 20 ounce Dasani bottles to help get in my fluid intake for the day… and they’re only 10 calories per packet!)

Jilly’s Sugar Free Gelatin (I lived on these in those first few weeks after surgery when you can only have clear liquids… still a great snack!)

Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt (simply put, THE BEST tasting Greek yogurt I have EVER found! 12 grams of protein per serving doesn’t hurt either…)

Quest Bar Cookies & Cream (the Apple Pie flavor taste amazing also) I LIVE FOR THESE THINGS!!! I hated trying to mix expensive whey protein into everything to keep my protein intake up, but these babies pack in 21 GRAMS OF PROTEIN per bar, and less than 3 grams of carbs!!! I keep a few on me AT ALL TIMES…

Save YOURSELF.  

Save YOURSELF.  

LEFT SIDE: Size 24, 305 Pounds
 RIGHT SIDE: Size 10, 199 Pounds

 
The difference? My smile has gotten a lot BIGGER… :o) 

LEFT SIDE: Size 24, 305 Pounds

RIGHT SIDE: Size 10, 199 Pounds

The difference? My smile has gotten a lot BIGGER… :o) 

BELIEVING is the first step towards ACHIEVING. 

BELIEVING is the first step towards ACHIEVING. 

I haven’t worn a shirt that even VAGUELY exposed my midriff since my age was in the single digits…
NO, my stomach is not washboard flat. NO, I do not have 6-pack abdominal muscles. And NO… I don’t give a damn.

I haven’t worn a shirt that even VAGUELY exposed my midriff since my age was in the single digits…

NO, my stomach is not washboard flat. NO, I do not have 6-pack abdominal muscles. And NO… I don’t give a damn.

“You do not need to be loved, not at the cost of yourself. The single relationship that is truly central and crucial in a life is the relationship to the self. Of all the people you will know in a lifetime, you are the only one you will never lose.”
— Jo Coudert  (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: itsthewinterwind, via poutsandfro)

If only it was possible to get a refund on time that we’ve wasted… 

If only it was possible to get a refund on time that we’ve wasted… 

sabersecrets:

Herbs, 🍃 fruits, 🍓 coconut water 💦 

sabersecrets:

Herbs, 🍃 fruits, 🍓 coconut water 💦 

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sabersuperfood:

'Rasp-Blueberry Whirl' Smoothies!

sabersuperfood:

'Rasp-Blueberry Whirl' Smoothies!

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