Category Archives: meal planning

Post-Op Week 39 Progress Report

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This week’s progress was good.  Unexpectedly so, even.

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Post-Op Week 28 Progress Report

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This week’s date with the scale ended well.  I think I’ll go on another one next week to see where things head with our relationship.

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Post-Op Week 27 Progress Report and the Weight Loss Cha-Cha

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I seem to be doing the weight-loss cha-cha this week: for every step forward, there seems to be two steps back.  It’s a dance that really isn’t any fun, and totally screws with your mind.

I think this is the dreaded stall I keep hearing about, but have yet to experience.  Until now.

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Bonus Post: Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken Recipe

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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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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.
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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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Post-Op Week 23 Progress Report and Less Than 100 To Goal!

Good loss this week. I think my losses are slowing down to a healthy 2-3 pounds a week as I approach the 6-months post-op mark.  I don’t care how long it takes me to get to my goal, just so long as I get there.

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Today marks another milestone: I now have less than 100 pounds to lose to get to my weight loss goal. I am less than 50 pounds from my surgeon’s goal.  It is weird to think that I could possibly be at MY goal by the summer.

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Holiday Goals and Meals, Not Seasons

Tomorrow promises to be a fairly busy day, even though I am not really cooking for us.  This morning, we went out and bought what we will eat tomorrow for our Thanksgiving meals from the chef’s case at the grocery store to avoid leftovers and to avoid eating at someone else’s home.

Something someone on the OH VSG forum posted this morning, “Thanksgiving is a meal, not a season” has been rolling around in my head all day today.  How I view special events that revolve around food has changed, and this shift in thinking has influenced how I view eating on days deemed special occasions, like Thanksgiving.

I am planning to treat tomorrow as a one day event, not an excuse to eat whatever, whenever.  It’s how all of us should treat the holidays with regard to eating.  They should be singular events that do not give us free rein to eat just anything in any quantity for an extended period of time with the hollow promise that “oh, I’ll get back on track at New Year’s.”  Because you and I both know that never happens.

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