Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Brink of 2014: Trying New Things

I know this is getting out late, but I wanted to write a quick post here about some goals I have for 2014.

First, I refuse to call them resolutions.  Resolutions are not binding, they’re often not resolved, and they are meaningless.  There are no consequences for not following through, and they are often hollow. Continue reading

Bro, Do You Even Lift?


We are slaves to cardio machines at the gym, when the weights are where we really should spend more time to get the biggest bang for our exercise buck. I’m just as guilty of this as anyone else–here’s my evening’s cardio. Not too terrible, but could be better.

In any attempt to lose weight and get healthy, exercise is a must. I know, biggest understatement of the year.  I don’t claim to be a fitness expert but I do know that to be fit, one must reduce body fat percentage, increase lean muscle mass, increase stroke volume, and increase VO2 max.  These are things the average bear doesn’t think about–hooray for having a biology background!

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Post-Op Week 25 Progress Report and the Way I Sleeve


This week saw a slight gain.  Am I disappointed?  Slightly.  Am I discouraged?  Not a bit.  Let me explain.

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Something Brewing…Wait For It

No, it’s not beer.

It’s not coffee, either.

I’ve had a post rattling around in my head for the past couple of weeks that I’ve wanted to write but haven’t been able to organize into something that is both coherent and cogent.

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What Discipline, Determination and Drive Look Like

What do discipline, determination, and drive look like to you?

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A Different Kind of Before and After

So often in this post-op WLS journey, we use before and after photos to document our progress and to celebrate our losses.  I know that these types of photos are important to me because they serve as motivation for days when the scale doesn’t read the way I want it to.  They help me remember that one day doesn’t define the entirety of my entire path, and that my hard work is not in vain.

There is another type of before and after photo I’d like to share with you.

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Bonus Post: Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe


This bird is pretty much the best bird you will ever eat. For reals. And it’s easy to make.

My Christmas gift to you, my readers: a recipe!

I decided that for our Christmas meal, we would eat something high in protein and flavor.  We’d already done turkey and beef tenderloin at Thanksgiving, so those were out.  Fish didn’t seem Christmasy enough, and pork just doesn’t have enough protein bang for the calorie buck, so chicken it was.  I decided to buy a roasting chicken (larger than your average bird at about 5-6 pounds instead of 2-3) so that we could eat on it the rest of the week, and have the carcass left over for me to make stock/soup out of later on.

This was seriously the best chicken I have ever made in my entire young life.  It turned out so moist and flavorful that I am pretty sure I will not roast chicken any other way ever again.  I mean, I’ll still make barbecue chicken legs, but this…for a whole bird?  It’s a great way to make it.

The secret to the moist meat?  The brine.  Brining a chicken is one of the best ways to ensure that it stays moist through the roasting process.  Since you’re roasting at a high temperature, the brine will help break down the muscle fibers in the meat, loosening them up so they trap water inside.  This helps keep the meat moist despite the high cooking temperature.

So here’s how I did it.

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Christmas Eve: I Passed! But I Failed!

If you’ve seen the 1985 film “Real Genius,” perhaps you remember this exchange.  Let me give you the context for it.  In the film, Chris (Val Kilmer) has been vexed by a problem he’s encountered while building a laser for one of his professors.  He has just thrown a fit in the dorm’s kitchen when he has a revelation about how to solve his problem.  This epiphany causes him to celebrate, dancing and shouting, and in the midst of his celebration, he runs into his friend Lazlo (Jon Gries).

Lazlo Hollyfeld:  Well, how’d you do?

Chris Knight: How’d I do?  I passed!  But I failed! Yeah!

Lazlo Hollyfeld:  Well, then I’m happy and sad for you.

That’s how I feel about yesterday’s eating.  I passed, but I failed.

Let me explain.

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Updating Holiday Traditions: Mindful Gifting

You were probably expecting a post about mindful eating because I said I was going to write about that today.  Well…

I was going to write about mindful eating today, but after a particularly soul-wrenching therapy session today, I decided against it.  And I don’t mean soul-wrenching in a bad way; I was given an awful lot to think about and ruminate on, some of which I’ll write about eventually.  So if you were expecting my insights on mindful eating, I apologize and will write about that later on this week.  Promise.

What I will share with you is something my husband and I did today that has become a holiday tradition for us.

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Post-Op Week 24 Progress Report and Holiday Week Plan of Attack

This week’s date with the scale ended really, really well. In fact, it was much better than I expected.

I had not expected to lose quite as much as I did, but I will definitely take a 7.2 pound loss any week, especially during the holidays!  I was expecting maybe 2 or 3 pounds, but not 7!

I’d say I navigated Week One of Holiday Eating Hell pretty successfully. As we go into Week Two of said eating hell, I’ve got a game plan in place to make sure I’m just as successful come next Sunday. I’m closing in on 100 pounds gone since day of surgery. I’m really hoping I hit it before my 6-month appointment on the 2nd. That would be an awesome way to begin the New Year.

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