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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3 days + 2 diagnosis + 1 antibiotic + no gym =…

What does all of that add up to? Come oooonnnn…think! Don’t think logically, though! It adds up to 5 pounds lost!

When I went to the gym on Friday, there was no change from my Tuesday weigh in or from the 2 weeks before that. Or the 2 weeks before that, if ya wanna get particular! Friday night, at about 8PM, I got a scratchy throat. By 9:15, I was asleep…for 10 hours, which is unheard of for me. When hubby got home from work at 10AM on Saturday morning, I went back to bed for another 3 hours then was a zombie for the rest of the day.

On a side note, I think every person should own and use a Neti Pot. Seriously. It saved me from the pain of a sinus infection.

By Monday morning, I could feel it moving to my chest and wasn’t about to deal with bronchitis so I went to the doctor. I had a 102.8 fever (huh? Who knew?), but my ears, nose and throat didn’t look terrible and although it was “crinkly”, my lungs didn’t sound awful. I got 10 days of an antibiotic and at least 2 days away from the gym. I finally went back today…after 4 days of not going at all.

The point of this post, though, is that I LOST 5 pounds! In a week! While I wasn’t eating the healthiest of foods and not exercising at all. Go VSG!!! Even though it has been a LONG 5 weeks of no losing, I still LOVE my sleeve!

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM  Leave a Comment  
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Didn’t want to bring it down, but I have to.

So, that stall? It’s still, STILL, hanging around. My PA and dietitian both say it’s due to either not getting my heart rate up for long enough several times per week and/or because I’m not getting enough calories in.

To make the PA happy, I joined a gym. The kids aren’t allowed there so they can’t keep me from going fast enough to get my heart pumpin’.

To appease the dietitian, I have managed to get my calories around 1000 per day.

Here’s the new dilemma. I’m only getting in 1000 calories per day and I’m burning much of that away doing 30-50 minutes of cardio and circuit training 5 days a week. I’ve only killed one bird here, people! If I increase calorie intake, I’m going to be eating all day to net myself 1000 calories!

Someone help!!! In the five weeks since surgery, I’ve lost between 21 and 24 pounds. I’ve never been able to do that before, but I’m still not happy. I’m still wearing clothes that I wore pre-op. I’m swimming in the pants, but I’m still wearing them. I just. don’t. get it.

Published in: on May 17, 2010 at 7:34 PM  Comments (4)  
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That stall that was over? It’s not.

My scale is just a piece ‘o crap. I tested it today. I stepped on, got a number. Moved it one inch to the right, got a number that was 7 pounds lower. Moved it an inch and a half up, and got a third number that was 1 pound heavier than the first.

I went to my PCP’s office after playgroup.

I’ve lost about six pounds since my 10 day post op appointment which was two weeks ago tomorrow. I should be happy with my 3 pound per week loss for the last two weeks, but I’m having trouble with that. I lost 17 while on my two week pre-op diet and that gave me 1200 calories the first week and 950 the second.

I know, I know. My calories are low, my body is rebelling.

My rational mind tells me that I am completely normal and doing well. Problem is that my rational mind is reserved for telling that same thing to everyone else. I can’t be rational when it comes to myself. NO WAY! Can I?

All I know is that I better lose another inch off my waist (lost 3.5 so far) or lose 5 pounds over the next week or I might do something crazy. Like put some honey in my tea instead of Splenda.

Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM  Leave a Comment  
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A recipe! It’s goooood.

A few years ago, before getting pregnant with Nugget, I tried another diet to lose weight. I managed to lose 3 pounds over 2 weeks before I gave up because I was not convinced that it was a healthy diet. I won’t mention which diet this was, but I will say that it is very healthy on a beach somewhere down South.

Ahem! Cough, cough!

Anyway, I still have a book with recipes because I love me some cook books and many of the recipes are fairly healthy. I was looking for something sweet and high protein today to follow some pureed soup. I found one called Ricotta Lemon Zest Creme or something close to that. (I don’t feel like gettin’ up to look right now, k? Sorry.) Want the recipe? I promise it is better than it sounds. Also? I modified it a bit to taste and so it would fit into my tiny VSG tummy and.

2oz Ricotta cheese
1/4 tsp. lemon juice or 1/8 tsp. lemon zest
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
1 pkg sweetener

Mmmmm… but with 1/2 cup soup, I couldn’t eat it all. I’m so disappointed, yet thrilled that I can no longer stuff food into myself just because it tastes good. For the first time in my LIFE, my stomach tells me when it’s full before consuming a horrendous amount of food.

VSG is amazing!

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 1:32 PM  Leave a Comment  
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2 weeks out food log

I’ve been keeping a food journal since the start of my pre-op diet. It’s not just for myself, but for the dietitian, too. For some reason, Joanna and Joyce like to see what I’m putting in my body. Then they analyze it and tell me what I’m doing right or wrong. I’m hoping I don’t get chastised too much when I go back in early May. I may have pushed the diet just a touch a couple of times, but it was an eat or don’t eat situation that is for another post. Right now, I’m going to give you an example of a typical day for me.

The day that I chose was one when we were at a hotel b/c Bug had an appointment at a major children’s hospital. I wouldn’t normally use 2% milk or have a non-protein for breakfast, but I had little/no choice.

April 23, 2010 — 17 days post op
8:00AM — 1 single serve applesauce = 0g protein, 50 cal
9:00AM — Syntrax made with 1 cup 2% = 31g protein, 220 cal
12:00PM — 1 Scrambled egg w/ 2oz cottage cheese = 14g protein, 110 calories
2:00PM — 1/4 c. oatmeal made with skim, 1/4 c NSA applesauce = 4g protein, 120 cal
5:00PM — 2oz Tilapia, 1tsp olive oil (for fish), 2oz mashed taters, 1/4oz cheese, 1/2tsp margarine = 14g protein, 193 calories
8:00PM — 2oz Tilapia, 1tsp olive oil, 1oz mashed taters, 2oz cheese, 1/2tsp margarine = 12g protein, 148 calories

Totals = 75g protein, 841 calories

Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 12:30 PM  Leave a Comment  
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Stall. Blech!

I am quite sure I haven’t lost anything in about a week. If that really is true and my scale isn’t just a big piece of crapola, then I think I know why. See, my dietitian wanted me to take in about 600 calories a day. I was getting in around 450. For two weeks. Then 650-ish for a few days. Then I realized I wasn’t losing weight like I was the first two weeks. That was when I decided I really needed to push myself to get my caloric intake up to the recommended 800 per day. I managed to do that for the last 3 days now.

GO ME!

Now, I just need to see the pounds coming off again or pants falling off or something like that. Grrr…I was hoping I would get an early stall because, well, I can’t be like 90% of all other sleevers! I’m different, dang it!

But I’m not. And neither are you!

P.S. Protein intake has been easy peasy!

Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 12:11 PM  Leave a Comment  
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