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WW Freestyle Fiesta!

February 22, 2018 — 1 Comment

I haven’t hosted any sort of social get together in months! When Weight Watchers offered the opportunity for WW Ambassadors to host a Freestyle Fiesta, I gladly accepted!

On Tuesday morning, I hosted a Freestyle Fiesta Brunch for a few friends.

It was so fun to have a houseful of girl friends on a cold and dreary Ice/Snow Day!

You all know I love to play in the kitchen, but I will say that fixing food for a large crowd stresses me out. I can’t boil water and carry on a conversation. I can have 10 different things going on in the kitchen, but carrying on a conversation can NOT be one of those 10 things.

That being said my Crockpot Breakfast Casserole was not completely cooked and I realized it after I’d told every one to dig in.

My Enchilada recipe had great flavor, but I did not buy chopped frozen spinach, so the spinach needed to be cut with every bit and I found it annoying and I didn’t enjoy the dish as much as I was expecting to. eye roll

The Taco Soup, which was actually an after thought since I was hosting a Brunch, was a crowd favorite. lol. Go figure.

I almost forgot to take any pictures at all of the food, and the ones that I did take, aren’t that great!

What really matters most is that I had friends over and it felt great to do a little entertaining after months of not doing any hosting.

I think they all had a great time.

Thank you to Weight Watchers for being such a great company to work for and to represent through the Ambassador Program!

WW sent an entire box of decorations, cups, straws, napkins, grocery shopping bags for 11 guest, coasters, an apron for me and all sorts of goodies for hosting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These 5 Smartpoints Flourless Brownies made with Black Beans from Skinnytaste were a huge hit!

 

Also from Skinnytaste was this Zero Smartpoints Turkey Chili Taco Soup and it seemed to be the crowd favorite!

It was great having everyone over!

Have a great day!

2018 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

Happy Saturday!!

February 17, 2018 — 6 Comments

Thank you Rebecca for my adorable coffee cup!

All the coffee in the world can not seem to make this face look awake!

Hi All,

I am alive and well.

So, I jumped right back into life full speed ahead and everything has been great except for my time management skills. Blogging has been at the top of my “want to” list, but life responsibilities and a little fun here and there has left my blog feeling extremely neglected. Yes, my blog has feelings.

I am happy to report that I have been cooking and eating lots of yummy Freestyle foods, I spent last weekend out of town and had all sorts of fun, I have been walking on the treadmill and doing Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube (Love her!) and I am back working at WW meetings! I worked at three meetings this morning and I was the Leader at two of those. I am subbing as a Leader when there is an opportunity to do so and I am so happy to be able to do that!

I walked out of those meetings this morning looking forward to the day when I am Leading meetings four to five days a week. So many great members, so many inspirational stories, so many laughs and friendly faces. Do any of you remember how much I LOVE THIS JOB???

 

Updates….

Knees

I finally made it to the orthopedic doctor to discuss my knees. It turns out that I do NOT have a torn meniscus in either knee, but the meniscus is very thin. Great news! No surgery recommended at this time, just some exercises and a prescription anti-inflammatory. He did recommended a cortisone shot in each knee and I wasn’t prepared for that, so I politely declined. Dang it! As soon as I got home, I knew that I should have just taken him up on his offer. He did say that if I changed my mind, I could come back anytime and get the shots. Then we had a nice discussion about my new boobs. This is the same doctor that did my rotator cuff surgery in 2013 and now apparently I feel like I can tell him anything. What am I doing?? He actually was fascinated by it all and had a lot of questions. Pretty sure I taught the doc a few things.

 

Boobs

Yesterday I had my 9 week post op appointment with my plastic surgeon. I wasn’t sure what to expect at this appointment. My particular breast reconstruction surgery  (Read all about my breast cancer and my decision to have DIEP Flap breast reconstruction) happens in three phases. Phase 1 was the surgery that I had nine weeks ago, the tissue transfer from belly to boobs. Phase 1 heals and settles for three months before moving to phase 2, with post op visits to see how phase 1 is healing thrown in there.

In a nut shell, phase 2 is all about making your new healthy boobs look pretty.

In phase 2, they are given the best shape possible using fat grafting from the parts of your body that will give you the best overall shape. Any “dog ears” at the end of incisions will be fixed. Any areas of the breast where there is no tissue and appears to be a dent, will be fixed with fat grafting.

Dr. Chandler is very pleased with my results from phase 1, as am I. My scars are looking good. My incisions have healed nicely. Although my breast are very round (not really teardrop) and wide in diameter, they do look fairly symmetrical and physically I am feeling good.

My healthy new boobs are bigger than I was expecting them to be and they are much heavier than my natural breast. Get this. Not only can a genius doctor take your belly tissue and make you new boobs out of it, but once everything has healed and settled, he can give you a reduction and a lift! Is that just crazy?

He does tell me that my body will be very sore for 3-5 days, then I will feel much better. If he is not pleased with how everything looks (and I’m not pleased), then we will do another fat grafting later that should complete phase 2.

I will also be having a full hysterectomy during the phase 2 surgery, so one less surgery to schedule.

Phase 2 will likely be scheduled at the end of March or sometime in April.

Phase 3 is nipples. Those can actually be constructed from some of my own skin by my plastic surgeon, then have the areola tattooed on, or I can opt for the 3D Nipple Tattoo. Decision yet to be made. I might be done being cut on by the time we get there. We’ll see.

 

Life

These next several days are extremely full and I know it will be a few days before I get back here.

I have no new recipes, but I will share some favorite things that we have had since my last post.

 

First, Last Weekends Fun!

Outdoors with this girl!

 

Four Wheeling to watch the sunset

 

Puzzles and Games

 

Boys being Boys…

 

And some Cozy (Girly) Fires

 

We came home Sunday to celebrate the 4th birthday of our grand daughter, Princess Charlotte.

 

She asked for a purse and money to go shopping! Cracking up with this girl. We have a shopping date with her mommy for next weekend.

(Check out Wrenley in the bottom right. She is going to be ONE next month! How is that possible??)

 

Now, a little Food

Shrimp over Cilantro Lime Caulirice

 

Sloppy Joe’s over mashed Baked Sweet Potato from my friend, Trina.

I love this recipe!!

 

This was as easy as easy can be. 

Rotisserie Chicken, Broth, diced Celery and Onion, Frozen Veggies and a handful of Egg Noodles. Simmer and season to taste.

 

Check out my friend Trina’s recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry.

This tasted great for a variety and came together quick since I used a pre-cut bag of carrots and cut up the chicken and other veggies earlier in the day.  

I served this over some simple Fried Caulirice.

 

I’ll end with another tasty skillet full of veggies to eat with eggs.

You by now know that I like to open up the fridge and throw anything I can find into the skillet to fill an omelet or top off with some eggs.

Peppers, Onions, (Pre-cooked) DicednNew Potatoes, Diced Broccoli

 

 

 

Okay, there is just a little update.

I hope you all are doing wonderful!

Have a great week and I’ll check back in later this week!

2018 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

 

I’m Talkin’ Eggs

February 4, 2018 — Leave a comment

I hope you all are having a great Sunday! It is snowing just a little here in Kansas City and I think that it is beautiful!

It’s looking like a good day for some Turkey Sweet Potato Chili and a fire. We are watching the Super Bowl here at home and then I’m all ready for This Is Us! I have a feeling it’s going to be tear jerker!

Are you watching This is Us?

I went to my WW meeting on Friday and it feels so good to have that worked back into my schedule for now.

I loved being back at work Thursday morning, and this week I will be working at meetings on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, so a routine is going to feel great!

I didn’t blog daily this week like I wanted to either due to lack of time, or internet issues, so I thought I’d fill you in on some of my favorite things that I ate over the past week. If I have Internet today, I might even get to post this blog!

Now, let me talk Eggs.

I never tire of eggs. Fixing them in a variety of ways helps and I like that they keep me full.

They even make a great snack!

0 SmartPoints

 

I was all about the Omelets over the last several days. Things that make these a quick meal? (Eggs are NOT just for breakfast!)

  1. Keep a variety of veggies in the fridge diced and ready to go.
  2. Cook up some bacon or sausage (or both!) and store it in the freezer. Take out what you want when you need it!
  3. Keep a few cooked potatoes in the fridge to dice up and toss in your omelet.
  4. Look for any leftovers in the fridge that might taste great in your omelet for a nice variety. (Taco meat is great in an omelet!)

This is a 5 Egg White Omelet. One Egg has 6 grams of Protein. One Egg White has 4 Grams of Protein. Sometimes I like to just skip the yolk and go all Egg White for 20 grams of Protein to keep me full if I know my next meal will be much later in the day.

For this omelet, I sautéed a few Peppers, Onions and Asparagus in 1 tsp of Olive Oil and then I tossed in the skillet some leftover Broccoli and one leftover boiled New Potato, all diced up. I topped this Omelet with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joe’s. I added a Banana (because I am bananas for bananas!!) and 1 tsp Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter. 

3 SmartPoints

 

Skillet Scramble. I do love a one dish meal.

This is easy and comes together quick if you keep those diced veggies ready to go and have some cooked meat in the freezer!!

I used Peppers, Onions and Asparagus and a leftover boiled new potato and sautéed those in 1 tsp of Olive Oil. I set those aside and scrambled Two Eggs. Combine with the Veggies and crumbled in one slice of cooked bacon.

Top with Avocado

5 Smartpoints

 

Sometimes just changing up my fruit choice is all the variety I need.

 

Here’s a Two Egg Omelet. Sometimes, I want the yolk!

I filled this with lots of veggies and some Pork Sausage Crumbles. I follow the recipe for Apple Breakfast Sausages, but I don’t make the patties like the recipe says to do. I like to just cook it all up in the skillet so I can just toss in a small amount.

This Omelet has 2 SmartPoints of Sausage in it and that is plenty to get a taste in every bite!

 

Don’t you want to fill an Omelet with all of this yumminess??

 

Look at these tiny Avocados. I think they are just so cute. I found these at Trader Joe’s. 

Eggs and Avocados should get married.

 

That about covers my Eggs for the week. These are a few of the other meals that we enjoyed.

Lunch two days this week was an RXBar.

 

This Chocolate Sea Salt is one of my favorites. Makes me think of a brownie.

 

I always love an errand day that ends at Whole Foods for a salad bar.

Veggies, Salmon, Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

 

Have you seen this Chicken Crust Pizza going around on Social Media? If made with 99% Lean Ground Chicken, the Crust is 15 SmartPoints for the whole pizza! 

I decided to give it a try. It’s pretty simple and we both liked it! It’s ground chicken, cheese and seasonings. Just mix and bake on Parchment paper, then top with your toppings of choice and bake another 10-15 minutes.

Weird, right?

 

I topped ours with Rotisserie Chicken, Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Mozzarella and Cilantro, as the recipe suggested, but this has all sorts of possibilities!.

 

This picture is not pretty at all and the meal looks really boring but dinner was great! This is the Skinny Taste Turkey Meatloaf. Mike loves a meatloaf and since he gave me such a great weekend, I wanted to make one of his favorite meals.

We had this two nights for dinner with different side dishes and Mike also had it for lunch on a sandwich.

I like to boil a few potatoes and season with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. (These are great to have for your morning Omelet!)

One Slice of Meatloaf = 3 SmartPoints.

That about covers our meals for the last week.

I hope that you are able to find something that sounds good, or at least be inspired to try something new.

Happy Sunday!

Now I want an Omelet!

2018 Goals
Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps

“love the life you live, live the life you love”

This is your friendly reminder!

Feel It on the First!

 

Men too! Know your body. Be your own advocate. Doing a monthly self breast check will familiarize you with our own body. Check for any unusual lumps, bumps, dimples or changes. You just might save your own life!

 

Okay, lot’s going on in my head.

The reality of everything that my body has gone through and what is to come is apparently just starting to sink in. The hormone changes are not making anything any easier to deal with. My entire torso looks like it belongs to someone else. Yes, my tummy is gone and that is nice, I now have breast and that is amazing and the cancer is out of my body and that is the BEST news, but there are many changes that look and feel very strange. I am covered in scars with more to come. A large part of my torso is numb and that is taking some getting used to. I am in the middle of the process so I’m still not sure what I will look like when it is all over. I can not seem to sleep. The hot flashes are crazy right now so they have increased my medication. After the mastectomy my body has gone through some strange changes and I have the body odor of a teenage boy, or a construction worker, or both! Phase 2 and Phase 3 are yet to come and having more surgery sounds exhausting right now. I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel, but it feels like the tunnel is very long.

I turned 50 and felt like I was at my best. Now at 51 I feel like I’m 91!

Monday, I met with a new OBGYN. I had a hysterectomy scheduled in March with my regular OBGYN, but after reading several post on the Facebook support group for DIEP flap surgery, I saw several women talking about combining Phase 2 of the DIEP surgery with their hysterectomy.

Feeling frustrated that the option of combining the two surgeries had not been suggested to me, I decided to check into that. I would need to find a new doctor that worked with my Plastic Surgeon within KU Med.

I am so glad that I checked into it! I discovered that KU has a Oncology OBGYN department (why had no one mentioned this to me?) with four female surgeons and they scheduled my appointment with Dr. Jewel. I loved her immediately. 

She made me feel so comfortable and answered all of my questions. I was feeling 90% certain that a hysterectomy was a good idea for me, but after meeting with her, I now feel 100%. AND….she will coordinate with my Plastic Surgeon to do the hysterectomy and Phase 2 together. This means one less recovery period and one less time under anesthesia.

I’m hoping this surgery happens in March, but know that it could be later due to scheduling conflicts.

Yesterday I had a vaginal sonogram as part of the pre-op. You’re welcome.

You have to drink 32 ounces of water one hour before the sonogram, then hold it! When receiving this information from the nurse, I opened up my eyes wide.

Me – “Are you serious? Has anyone ever not been able to hold it during the sonogram?”

Nurse laughing – “Thats never happened.”

Me laughing – ‘Well, there’s a first time for everything.”

I was fine. I guess that’s still never happened

 

Two weeks ago, I went in for an MRI on each knee.

Now it seems that I have a torn meniscus on EACH knee and a Bakers Cyst on the left knee. Apparently these cyst are common when you have a torn meniscus. Yep. Likely another surgery.

I’m not real sure how this happened, but I did fall down the deck steps carrying my granddaughter about a year and a half ago. I was wearing slippers and we were going in the back yard in the dark to look at the Harvest moon. I slipped on the second to the last step and I held her tight and landed hard on both knees on the concrete landing. Thank goodness she was fine but my knees did hurt pretty good, one more than the other. I iced them and took Advil. I didn’t see any need to go to the doctor. That is the only thing that I can think of where this could have happened. Who knows?

I have an appointment next week with the Orthopedic Surgeon. 

 

Walking and Yoga?

I took a three mile walk with a friend on Saturday afternoon. That was my first walk after surgery. It was a beautiful day and it felt great to be catching up with Becky and walking outside. My knees don’t hurt to walk on, but they do ache at night and when I bend them I have a sharp pain in each knee. Going up and down the stairs hurts sometimes, but not all the time. They crack and make lots of noises.

I didn’t’ think walking would hurt anything. I actually thought that it would be good for me. Saturday night I hardly slept at all due to the aching. So, no more walks until after my doctors appointment and find out exactly what the plan is.

Some yoga positions feel great while others feel not so great for my knees or the parts of my body affected by surgery. I’m just trying to do what feels best and avoid anything that doesn’t feel right.

 

My Sweet Friends

There are some really difficult things happening for some of my friends right now and I hate that they are going through so much. Cancer battles and the unexpected loss of a friend this week. It’s been a rough year for this group of friends.

I have a great support system with these girls as two of them were diagnosed with cancer a few months before me and they have both been so strong. We have been able to have very open conversations and laugh about everything as well as cry.

I hate that these friends are going through so many deeply emotional life events. They are a strong group and a kind group. They are a loyal group. They have all been friends for years and I am lucky to know them.

Prayers and good vibes for all of them please.

 

So, this post has been on my mind for a few days and each time I would sit down to write, it was hard to decide what to share and what to not share, and food pictures didn’t feel very important.

Thanks for reading and letting me share when I need to.

2018 Goals

Make time each week to Meal Plan
Drink 100 ounces of water each day
Exercise 5 days a week
Eat three meals and one snack daily
Fitbit 10,000 Daily Steps

“love the life you live, live the life you love”