BSN Desserts recipes

A few weeks ago, I bought some new protein because, well, I was out and needed some. I grew kind of tired of the Nectar Latte Cappuccino so I ordered some BSN Dessert in Fresh Cinnamon Roll and Chocolate Coconut Candy. Both are good on their own, made per manufacturers instructions. For myself, I prefer either a thin shake or an icy dream of a shake so I manipulated the recipe.

    The Almond Joy

8oz Almond milk
1 scoop (35g) Chocolate coconut candy BSN powder
app. 5 ice cubes
Blend everything together really well and enjoy

    Cinna-happiness

6oz FF Skim milk
1 scoop (35g) Fresh cinnamon roll BSN powder
App. 5 ice cubes
Blend it all together well and enjoy.

Yummmmmmmmm.

Published in: on May 31, 2010 at 7:12 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Going back to the beginning

I’m tired of thinking that my not losing weight steadily is my own fault. No matter what, I cannot eat enough to gain weight. I’m still sticking to protein first, water-water-water and keeping carbs within the limits set by my dietitian. I keep being told by other bariatric patients, though, to limit carbs to under 30 per day.

So, today, I am going back to shakes and foods that are very easily measured for protein, calories and carbs. My nacho night leftovers were not easy to measure…mostly because I didn’t do it from the very beginning. When I mixed the leftovers up to make a dip of sorts, I did measure it out by weight, though.

What I’m trying to say is that I got complacent. I measured weights, but got lax on everything else (except protein). I need MORE protein because I’m at the gym five days a week. I’m not sitting one my smaller, but still very substantial, butt.

I will not let this surgery not work for me because I can’t. It HAS to work. I will not be the 1%. I will be on that wall in my surgeons office.

Published in: on May 31, 2010 at 6:49 AM  Leave a Comment  
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How to overcome a stall.

You wanna know the secret to getting over a stall? Especially those that are early in your journey? Come ‘ere.

A little closer.

A leeetle closer.

You wait. You just wait it out.

Really, folks. That’s all you can do.

I got advice from so many people and I appreciate it all. The one thing I kept hearing is to increase my calories, which I did. At the same time, though, I started hitting the gym 5 days a week. I just couldn’t increase calories enough to make up for what I was burning at the gym. 1000-1100 calories total per day minus a 90-105 minute workout equals not enough calories.

It’s a catch 22, really. Everyone, from friends to professionals, wants you exercising, getting your heart rate up for an extended period of time, toning and staying strong. You want to ward off the excess skin as much as possible. The problem is that we can’t eat enough to balance it all out. We can’t eat more and exercise more. At least not within the first few months post op.

So, in the end, you will lose weight. Some people have no stalls. Some have one at two weeks out (raises hand) that last FIVE weeks (waves said hand wildly while saying, “OOH! OOH OOH! ME!”) and that’s really discouraging. No matter how the fat girl in me felt, the skinny girl in me kept saying that I will overcome it. I will start losing weight again and I am doing everything right.

And that skinny girl was right. I can’t wait to actually meet her.

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM  Leave a Comment  
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My post op diet — NUT says do not restrict.

Most people listen to my diet or look at my food journal and say they don’t know how I do it. Others look and gasp, telling me to cut my carbs to no more than 20-30g per day for the best results. Still others said to eat only baked fish and chicken with no marinade, seasoning or olive oil to help with moisture. That last one makes zero sense to me, but whatever, right? To each their own?

Here’s the deal and I’m sure I’m in the minority with this — I eat mostly protein, some carbs, some fats and some sweets. My meals consist of about 2 ounces of chicken, steak or seafood. With that, I will also have a bite or two of veggies. If it’s there, I may also have a tiny bit of potato.

On any given day, my food journal adds up to 1000-1100 calories, 70-90g protein and around 60-75 total carbs. This has been the norm for about a week now. I do not deprive myself even though a lot of people say I should really restrict myself to get all I can out of my “honeymoon” period post-op. I didn’t have surgery to go on a diet, I did it to change my life. I’m not eating a pint of ice cream anymore. I’m eating 1/4c or less of sherbet/ice cream/gelato once in awhile (I’ve had it once so far…yesterday). I’m not eating a few fudge-sicles a day, I’m eating a couple NSA popsicles or fudge-sicles a day. Yes…a couple on most days.

The only things that I do stay away from now are white pastas and rice. I will eat a bite or two of potato, but if the pasta/rice isn’t whole grain, I don’t eat it.

Oh, and I am at the gym 5 days a week doing 45+ minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of sculpting/toning/weights.

What are your thoughts? Are you pre-op, post-op or just thinking of bariatric surgery? What surgery are you considering/having? How do you want to/did you treat your life/diet post op?

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM  Leave a Comment  
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