Supreme Pizza Crust less Quiche

10 Oct

Supreme Pizza Crust less Quiche.


Day 6 Preop: Thoughts and Advice

9 Oct

I threw this video together in the Ikea parking lot because I felt like there’s a lot of things I wish people would have told me about preop and how to manage it better. I learned by trial and error, and I wanna pay that labor forward. So here it is, folks!

P.S. I HATE watching videos of myself…I realize I have a lisp, my face is uneven and I make bizarre faces…BUT I know how much videos have helped me, so I’m going to keep doing them for YOU ūüôā

Pumpkin Steel Cut Oats

9 Oct

I love fall, even though we live in Florida. ¬†Our clothing and leaves don’t really change but my yearning for fall color, seasons , smells and food are all about FALL right now.

What I dream fall should look like:









What Fall looks like in my back yard ūüė¶










So how to eat yummy Fall food with this new “better” way of eating? ¬†I am on a quest to find new recipe choices and I will post along the way.

First of all my favorite smell, flavor and food during this season is pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin curry, pumpkin ravioli.. etc.

My first Fall recipe I will share is Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal.

Pumpkin Steel Cut oats

Pumpkin Steel Cut Oatmeal


1 Cup Steel cut oats (I purchased in bulk section of Whole Foods, but Quaker has them as well)

1/2 can pure pumpkin

1/4 cup half and half (or any milk, I like half and half because it gives more protein and is creamier)

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/2 tsp cinnamon ( or just shake until you have what you want)

1-2 tsp splenda or sugar substitute

dash of salt.


3 cups of water and 1 cup of steel cut oats with a pinch of salt to a boil
turn down to med-low and simmer for 45 minutes
If consistency is too thick or water is evaporating , add a little bit more water and stir frequently
stir in 1/2 can pure pumpkin,  pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, sugar substitute and 1/4 cup of half and half cook until warmed.

Serve immediately

1/4 cup (1) serving

Calories: 135

Carbs:       11

Fat:              3

Protein:     5

Sodium:    10

Sugar:          4

A New Way of Eating

8 Oct

As I browse so many websites learning recipes and new ways to eat I have learned so much.


1st РWe are not alone!  Many people have had weight loss surgery and they are all struggling with the same things.  What to eat, when to eat, and how much is too much.

2nd- Everyone’s tolerance for different foods is different where some people can eat chicken (I can’t ) and some can’t eat beef ( I can) so it is finding what works best for each of us individually with this new stomach.

3rd – Photos of food eaten look lots bigger than in real life. ūüėČ ¬†This image is from my dinner (see recipe below) this is a small plate and maybe, maybe 3 oz of food. ¬†Looks huge doesn’t it?

small plate









4th – Cravings of big portions don’t go away until you eat the first spoonful and then mysteriously .. they cravings disappear. ¬†So my eyes are still bigger than my ¬†stomach but this time my body forces me to stop.

Eyes are bigger than your stomach










I want to share a yummy new recipe that I made this weekend ( it has now been my lunch for the past 3 days) .  I find that I enjoy cooking because I can take little tastes along the way.  Just sitting down to a plateful is not as rewarding as it used to be.  (keep the eye on the prize Allison).




The Pioneer Woman Mingas









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New milestone

8 Oct

Victoria secret here I come !

Victoria secret






I thought it would be fun to try on some old Victoria secret nighties that I have had tucked away for about 8 years . Not only did they fit me but I felt comfortable and sexy . Ok not like model sexy but proud and sexy for my sweet hubby .

5 week wrap up:

I have lost 30 pounds lots of inches and my clothes fit amazing !

ramped up workout schedule 3x a week at gym

no FEVER , feel great!

Here are so not so good things I am struggling with:

Need to drink more water

Need more protein ¬†, then late evening I am hungry because I haven’t had enough protein .

Still can’t eat chicken or turkey ( comes up each time no matter how ¬†it is prepared)

I really miss going out to dinner, a learning curve on how to be entertained without food.  Does anyone else struggle with this ?





3 weeks Post Op

25 Sep

HI Team! ¬†It’s Allison, here is my first Post Op Video.

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Resisting Temptation

20 Sep

I think that any person who has struggled with obesity and thus has a love/hate relationship with food has probably been here. And it’s really hard. My office is full of culinary aficionados. I think it’s just normal to use food as a means to social interaction. ¬†There is always some food, somewhere and it’s usually loaded with carbs.

Fridays are our eating out days when we usually go to lunch at local restaurants. Fortunately this gives me some control over what I eat. However, most Friday mornings people will bring in Dunkin Donuts, Einstein’s Bros, muffins or all of the above. And just forget about all the birthdays, baby showers and other celebratory events. And so, when you’re trying to avoid carbs and someone sets a dozen glazed donuts and a box full of bagels 3 feet away, it can be terribly overwhelming and a little bit frustrating.¬†

So, how do you avoid the temptations? Cuz, to be honest, sitting here with my cup of water and Coconut Isopure isn’t doing it for me! I can’t really walk away because I sorta work here. So far they’ve been there 2 1/2 hours and I’ve resisted, but I’ve considered having “just half of one”. I’ve adjusted MFP to see what it would do to my day if I just had one.

I tell you, confronting food issues is really tough. Allison (who is now 3 weeks post-sleeve) told me that it’s hard to find anything appetizing anymore. In a way, it’s the thing I’m most looking forward to. I don’t want to be controlled by food, I want to be able to eat because I have to to fuel my body. I’m looking forward to having a tool that helps me manage these food issues.

But for now, I’m just saying no to temptation, because I know in 26 days my life will drastically change and I’m going to take control now.


Intro to My Journey

19 Sep

Just a quick webcam introduction to who I am and why I’m here.

My hope is to chronicle this journey through weekly videos in addition to posts, so this is the beginning of a looong journey, my friends. Only 3 weeks 5 days til I get sleeved, but who’s counting?


Day 8 post op

8 Sep

My New BFF

So this week has been interesting . Everyday around 4:00 I get a fever , it climbs to about 100.2 and I can’t take the discomfort and I take 2 Tylenol ( of course my go to would have always been NSAIDS) and it goes away . Next day I feel great , starting to do more things then Bam! Fever is back .

Thursday night (day 6) it goes to 101.8 , next morning I call drs office and of course they tell me to go to ER.

Arrive at ER 11:00 a.m . Check in , Another IV is put in ( I have small veins so always a fun time) chest X-ray ordered . Oh yeah , failed to mention that I was having tight chest feeling and had pneumonia 6 months prior I was pretty convinced this is what it was . And I had not been blowing on my BFF ( yeah , I know double entendre) .

Chest X-ray came back showed no pneumonia (yet) but some infiltrates , but they admitted me drs ordered and wanted to do a CAT scan of my stomach for further evaluation .

Well , I just wanted my antibiotics and I wanted to go home .

I had the CAT scan at about 7:00pm and I was cleared to go home after the radiologist says it is clear .

Well they admitted me to an overflow room . One large room with 6 beds petitioned off by curtains . Well I was willing to do this because my intent was to go home ! 7:00, 8:00 , 9:00 no radiology report .

10:00 and the natives are getting restless . The dude next to me decides that he wants to chat through the curtains . He is a RNY patient from 3 years ago , he and his wife are long haul truckers , he lost 250 pounds , he loves strawberry protein drinks , needs a banana bag for his hospital stay , he has had 5 hernia operations all over the country . ……. 11:00 no report ……. He is unhappy about the overflow room , doesn’t understand the nurses and why since he was here earlier in the week he had to give the same information again , and his favorite Popsicles are orange……. 12:00 am no report . I ask nicely hey , great conversation however you getting sleepy yet ?
“Ahh heck no I am bipolar and have been awake for 4 days ” ahhhhhhhhhhh I see knowing this is going to be a very long night !

1:00 am report comes in . Not the news I was hoping or expecting . ” an encapsulated hematoma has been detected ” I am not going home .

So a sweet sweet nurses aide comes to me and says well you aren’t sleeping want to go hunt down some sugar free Popsicles ?

Ahhhh now this is an Angel sent from God . We walked to the bariatric floor and she went and talked to charge nurse and got Popsicles . We walked back and gave the orange one to my bipolar friend ( oh yea all lights are on movie is blasting , so the natives didn’t calm while I was gone ) .

2:00 am sweet Nurse comes over to me and says transport is here for you , a room has come open on the bariatric floor . Ahhhhhhh. I may get some sleep after all . Bipolar friend is ranting why he isn’t getting a room and that is all I heard until the peaceful wheelchair ride to the 3rd floor .

Beautiful welcoming room with soft ambient lighting ( never noticed this last week when I was here ) was a sight for sore eyes .

20130907-213207.jpg I was so happy I took the picture upon arrival .

IV fell out again , had to be replaced new blood work had to be drawn so finally fell asleep about 4:00 am . 7:00 am change of duty , rounds and on and off sleeping , with whispering a of another surgery .

10:00 am Dr arrives and explains :

Fever is because of several things :
1) dehydrated ( yep not drinking enough fluids . guilty !
2) lungs diminished due to me not blowing my BFF
3) encapsulated hematoma of my spleen ( large blood filled bruise is how I interpret this ) this is from surgery and might even be common but most people don’t have CAT scans that soon after surgery to know . He feels confident that surgery is not needed .

Yahoo ! Great news !
I was sent home with heavy antibiotics , drink your water !!! Blow my BFF lots ! And come into office next week for 2 week follow up .

I came home had a great day feeling good got cute toes done , pedicures always make me feel better .


6:00 I am excited to have my first puréed meal . Chopped ham blended in food processor with laughing cow cheese . Sounded yummy at the time , I ate 3 oz and so so full !

Feeling achy and tired take temp back to 99.8 . Yep I am not done yet . Blow , blow , blow , sip , sip , sip .

Now who said this was the easy way to lose weight ?

Lessons Learned
1) drink fluids
2) blow on the BFF every hour 10 times when awake
3) thankful for sweet nurses
4) follow drs advice !

Feeling confident that tomorrow will be better .

Day 4 post op

3 Sep

Yep , each day is getting better and better . Lots of lessons learned !
1. Sip water all day long and if I wake up at night sip some more ! The debilitating migraines are from dehydration . Sip sip sip all the time is my new motto
2. Journal my intake on my fitness pal app . I thought I was getting enough protein and fluids until I started actually keeping track and I was NOT – thus the headaches and weakness .
3. Don’t try and be Wonder Woman if my body is in pain take the 1/2 pain pill . When body is in pain it doesn’t want to eat and drink so the cycle begins.
5. Don’t weigh yourself this early – lots of fluid retention still
4. Ignore the house ! I am throwing this in to relieve my own guilt ūüėČ

My goal today is to go to vitamin shoppe and see if they have any powdered protein and try some different soups . I am really sick of protein shakes .


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