Friday, April 26, 2013

Random shtuff!

1.  I had my first fill on Wednesday!!  I found out I have a 14cc band, and my surgeon gave me 3ccs, for a total of 3 (he left it empty at the time of surgery).  I wasn’t nervous AT ALL until he said “okay, hop on up here” and patted the patient table.  Then suddenly I was lying there feeling completely vulnerable and scared.  Luckily, that didn’t last very long.   He gave me a shot of lidocaine to numb the area and then was able to find my port in one stick.  I think.  I wasn't watching and I couldn't feel anything.  So I’m assuming one stick because he was all “got it in one stick!”  So, yeah.  I was feeling fine & dandy on the way home, then had a Muscle Milk Light and threw up every drop of it.  Huh???  I didn't expect that.  I felt sick to my stomach for a while after that, but later that evening I was able to get another protein shake down and keep it down.  Since then I haven’t had any issues whatsoever.  But I don’t feel like I have any more restriction now than I did a few days ago.  If there’s a difference, it’s small enough that I can’t tell.  We’ll see…

2.  I LOVE my fitbit One.  It’s so great to have a constant motivator to move more, go that extra lap, beat yesterday’s numbers!  And the sleep tracking is an added benefit; it’s really cool!  It tells me how long it took me to fall asleep, how many times I was woken up during the night and my overall sleep efficiency.  I used it to compare my quality of sleep without my CPAP mask vs. with…I went from 72% Wednesday night to 98% last night!  That mask is doin’ its job.

This was after my morning walk; I'm now up to 7609  :)

3.  I need your input on whether or not this is weird (I think it is!).  I was heating up my Lean Cuisine in one of our break room microwaves earlier (it’s a very large company with a giant break room and 6 microwaves)…it had to cook for 9 minutes so I was sitting at a nearby table playing a game on my phone.  I heard the timer go off and stood up to collect my lunch.  On my way there, this girl walks in & opens the door to the microwave my lunch is still sitting it.  Now, there are FIVE empty microwaves at this point, because I go to lunch kinda late and pretty much everyone has already eaten.  So anyway, she sees my lunch sitting in there and takes it out.  She put it on the counter and put her lunch in, closed the door and hit start.  Since when is it okay for you to just take someone's food out of the microwave when there are others available???  You never know, it could have been one of those that you had to stir and then keep cooking, or maybe it needed more time because it was still frozen in the middle.  I didn’t even know what to say!  I just laughed a little and said “uh, is my stuff done?”  She just looked at me and said, “sorry, this is my favorite microwave,” in a way that let me know that she wasn’t sorry…saying that was more like her letting me know that I caused this to happen by not taking my food out the SECOND the timer went off.  Dude, I understand having a microwave that you think cooks more evenly or whatever, but wait in line if you want to use that one.  Keep your grubby paws off my food!

4.  I don’t know why I chose to make today’s post into a numbered list.  But I did.  This has been #4.

5.  Have a great weekend, everyone!!!  Here's an unrelated picture


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mmmm dinner

Had to share tonight's dinner because it was a keeper. Ground turkey tacos with pintos, a little tomato paste, my own (waaaaay lower sodium) taco seasoning, weight watchers shredded cheese and low carb while wheat tortilla. Boyfriend would not stop saying how delicious it was. Yayyyy! A high protein, low cal meal I can make that we both love  :)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My new favorite room

Today, for no reason in particular except I'm excited about it, I'm giving you a tour of my new craft room.  I've NEVER had a space to set everything up before, which means I've always had to drag everything to the kitchen or coffee table and have it scattered around everywhere and then drag it back to the closet when I'm done.  Which basically means that I didn't spend a whole lot of time messing with it because it wasn't worth the effort.  Last week I said "enough" and bought a desk off craigslist and spent 2 days getting everything organized the way I like it.  Here's how it looks now that it's all set up (even though I know it will continue to evolve):

On the left side of the desk I have card stock and patterned papers.  Designated drawers for full sheets and scraps (on the wall behind it is my Sunday painting project--I wound up liking it a lot!)

Over on the right I have my Cricut (die cutting machine) and paper trimmer (and a framed pic of Charles and me).  Never mind the hammer, nails & cuticle oil on the corner...those haven't made it back to their homes yet

In the right-hand cabinet I have some magazines, a box full of paint/paintbrushes, and a clear bin with a bunch of odds and ends...stickers, rhinestones, yarn, twine, chipboard, etc.

On the pull-out shelf above it, I have this 3-drawer organizer

Top drawer: ribbon

Middle drawer: mini paper pads

Bottom drawer: stamps

Under the desk on the right, there's an extra little shelf, where I keep pre-folded blank cards and all of my ink pads

On the left side of the desk are 3 drawer are the Cricut cutting mats and tools, scissors, glues, spool of thread and needles

Middle drawer: Cricut cartridges and software, canvases

Bottom drawer: More odds and ends...fabric & paper flowers, brads, eyelets, decorative punches, buttons and more scissors

It seems like a lot now that I've gone through it all, but my collection is actually pretty small, comparatively.  

So there ya go...not that anyone asked, which they definitely didn't, but that's my craft room.  Does anyone else have an area in their house where they can write, paint, sew, scrapbook, or whatever your poison is?  If so, I'd love to see your space!!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Might as well

I've been thinking all day, I REALLY need to post something!  It's been almost a week and I've been radio silent. The thing is, I just couldn't imagine what I would say to you guys without boring the pants off you.  "Ate healthy choice chicken romano for lunch today, then played on my phone."  Yawn.  And while I still don't have anything super exciting, I saw this questionnaire thingy that Anna posted the other day and it was calling my name.  So thanks Anna  :)  

I like thunderstorms...especially when I don't have to get out in them, and I can enjoy them from the comfort of my living room while snuggling with BF and the cats.

I don’t like Easter.  (No explanation here, because it's a mystery to me too)
I love my boyfriend, my family, my friends (the real ones) and my cats.  I love my cats more than most of my friends.
I dream of getting my house broken into, and then having to watch as the invaders torture my loved ones.  This has been a recurring dream for soooo many years I can't remember when it started.  I realize this question might have been referring to something more positive, like hopes & dreams, etc. but this is the first thing that popped into my mind.
I wonder if I'll get my fill tomorrow, or if we really are just going to "talk about it".
I know the states in alphabetical order (thank you, third grade music class!  I've never forgotten).
I went parasailing in Mexico when I was 13.
I think this week should be over already.
I plan everything down to the smallest detail, only to have NONE of it go as planned.
I regret at least half the decisions I've made in my life.
I do much better in social situations if I've had a few drinks--sad but true.
I drink Crystal Light Energy instead of coffee these days.
I wish I had a pair of wooden clogs and a bonnet.  I don't know why I said that.
I am in a reeeeeally bad mood today.
I am not okay with being stresses me out SO much.
I need to clean my house so friggin bad.  It's probably contributing to my bad mood, even if just a little bit.
I hope I get a chance to go swimming soon.  I'm so embarrassed about being seen in a bathing suit that I haven't been swimming in so many years...and it was always one of my very favorite things.  My parents used to have to drag me out of the pool every day.
I want a recipe for fat-free, carb-free pasta...sigh
I sometimes write letters to people telling them all the ways they've let me down/upset me, and then rip them up & throw them away.  
I always get sad when I see roadkill.  No matter what kind of animal.
I can cry on command.
I cannot read Harry Potter without muttering under my breath in an English accent.
I avoid people & situations that intimidate me.
I will try to change my state of mind so I can salvage the rest of this week.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Adventures in Breakfast

Some mornings, I'm not sure why I even got out of bed.  Like right now, I think I'm about to give up on today, go home and eat a gallon-sized bowl of cheerios while overdosing on Netflix.  Let me describe for you in embarrassing detail what happened with my breakfast this morning:

I usually can't eat right when I first wake up.  That's not a band thing, it's just the way I've always been.  Every once in a while I'll wake up starving, but usually I need to wait a good couple hours before I eat anything of substance.  So today--I got to work and cleared out all of the urgent inbox items, then went to heat up my oatmeal.  I dumped some oats into my bowl and at that second, realized that I had started my period.  Great.  I need to get to the bathroom NOW.  So I threw my oatmeal in the microwave for 2:30 and ran out the door.  I'm almost to the door that leads to the main hallway (where the bathrooms are located) when I realize I've forgotten my security badge, without which I can't get back inside to my desk & oatmeal.  I run back to my desk, grab the badge, and head for the potty room again.  This time I made it all the way to the hallway door when I realize...I've forgotten a tampon.  By now I am ABSOLUTELY POSITIVE I've started, and things need to be taken care of immediately.  I run back and grab a tampon, brush off the friendly coworker attempting to make conversation, and head BACK to the bathroom.  Finally.  All is well.  But wait...

This is where I realize that I put my oatmeal in the microwave without adding any water to it.  What happens to dry oatmeal in the microwave?  I have no clue.  I speed-walk back to the break room and open the microwave, which only has like 5 seconds left on it.  I poke around at the hard, somewhat gummy oats in the bottom of the bowl.  I add water and stir everything around, and the consistency actually looks pretty normal.  I pop it back in the microwave, reducing the cook time a bit, and ONCE AGAIN head to the bathroom.


So by this time, I have to, um, clean myself off a bit, and there was blood on my thighs and I'd pretty much ruined a pair of panties.  Luckily they're black, so maybe...I don't know.  Yeah, yeah, I made the decision to read past the TMI alert so you only have yourself to blame!  And okay, in the interest of full disclosure, I had to clean up the floor a little, too.  UGH.  This day already kind of sucks.

I finish my clean-up job, wash my hands and head back to the break room, ready for some breakfast.  It sounds like a good idea, just eating my oatmeal in peace after the morning's shenanigans.  I open the microwave and I swear there is not one inch of that thing not covered in oatmeal.  There's like 1/3 cup still in the bowl, and the rest of it is coating the tray, walls and top of the microwave.  At this point I just started laughing.  People were coming in and out, getting coffee and washing their dished and refilling their water bottles, and I'm just mopping away at the microwave and laughing like some kind of mental patient.

Yeah, so...that's been my morning so far.  I just can't wait to find out what happens next!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Thanks, Luka, for subtly convincing me to post something today.  

I have been in kind of a crap mood lately.  I mean it comes and goes, but overall I've just been pretty cranky.  My weigh-in (which I neglected to post...when I get cranky I also get less responsible and tend to forget that there are things I'm supposed to do) was bad this past Sunday...1.2 pounds up from last week.  So I'm now back to 315.6...and actually, I stepped on the scale this morning and it was up to 316...WTF???  Okay, so there's nothing in my band and I have no restriction.  But I've been logging everything I eat & drink in MyFitnessPal and haven't gone over my daily limits...and I've been walking AT LEAST a mile and a half at work, almost every day, and making that extra effort to move my body more in the things I do every day.  It's just weird...yes, I've always had trouble losing weight, but it seems like I was able to maintain my weight for the most part for like 3 years without even making any special efforts (tracking, counting calories) like I am now.  So WHY am I gaining when my habits have improved????  I should just start RAGE-EATING ice cream like this gal here...she knows!

The other thing that's been on my mind a ton lately is getting my craft room set up at home.  BF and I have a 2-bedroom place so we're sharing the office (for now at least...our basement is half-finished so he might wind up moving down there).  We moved in almost a year ago and I still haven't gotten a work desk or shelving or anything...and I am in some serious need of creative outlets...but have no room to work on them.  I bought 7 canvases at Michael's the other day and I wanna paint, dammit!  

Sorry this post is so rambly and weird...this is why I haven't been blogging the last few days.  Hope everyone's having a better week than I am...and for those of you that have actual problems that are making your life hell, please forgive me my whining!!!!


Friday, April 12, 2013

Try A Little Tenderness

One of my favorite scenes from a movie, ever!

Watch "Ducky Sings Otis Redding- Full Song (Pretty in Pink)" on YouTube

Five Facts Friday

Okay, so these might not all be "facts" strictly speaking, but I was going for the alliteration. 

Alliteration achieved.  Now down to business--

  1. I CAN  NOT WAIT to get my first fill.  I go back on Wednesday April 24.  Right now I have barely any restriction at all and I have to try reeeeally hard to keep my portions small.  I haven't weighed myself yet this week, so we'll see how things look on Sunday, but I'm afraid I'll be up from last week.  I've been careful about my food choices, I log EVERYTHING in My Fitness Pal, and I never go over on my calories, fat, carbs or sugar...but I just have a bad feeling about it. 
  2. I've already walked 3/4 mile since I've been at work, and I'm starting on my THIRD 28-ounce water bottle for the day--I'm pumped!  I've been adding half a Crystal Light Energy packet to each of my first two bottles of the day, and that replaces my morning coffee.  Definitely missing my coffee, but I like to put all the sweet flavored creamers in it and that shit just won't fly.  I figure maybe once every couple weeks or so, I'll treat myself to a skinny vanilla latte or caramel macchiato. Mmmmmmm.
  3. We're going out for Chinese with friends tonight, and I'm trying to decide ahead of time what I'll get...that way I don't get there, take a look at the menu & start drooling, and then wind up ordering every rice/noodle dish they have.  I'm thinking veggie potstickers and Kung Pao chicken minus rice.  At least King Pao isn't breaded or anything, and has tons of veggies in it.  I'm still probably looking at 800-ish grams of sodium though...  Any suggestions for good stuff to order from a standard Chinese menu?
  4. My boss just found this hilarious email that I sent him 2 years ago...Apparently the Washington Post held a contest in which high school teachers sent in the worst/funniest analogies they’d encountered in grading their students’ papers over the are some of my favorites:
    • Her eyes were like two brown circles with big black dots in the center.
    • He was as tall as a 63 tree.
    • Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
    • John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.
    • He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.
    • Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
    • She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
    • The lamp just sat there, like an inanimate object.
    • The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn’t.
    • He felt like he was being hunted down like a dog, in a place that hunts dogs, I suppose.
    • She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.
    • The red brick wall was the color of a brick-red Crayola crayon.
    • Her artistic sense was exquisitely refined, like someone who can tell butter from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.
  5. My work computer is really pissing me off today.  So far it has closed this post draft 3 times.  There were a few things that got deleted because it closed before autosave kicked in, so just imagine all of the witty and insightful things you're missing right now.  Sigh...  However, I was in need of a fifth thing, so I guess thanks?  But you also suck.

Surprise!  A sixth thing!!  I have been hooked on the "cutepolish" youtube channel.  No, it's not about cute girls from Poland.  There are like 30-ish videos of this chick doing awesome demonstrations of nail art.  I am obsessed!  There are even Stormtrooper nails, which appeals to both the girly girl AND the Star Wars nerd in me.  WIN!!!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!!!


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cocktails :)

It's getting warm outside!  In St. Louis, that means we have a few weeks of beautiful weather before it's 105 degrees with 98% humidity every. single. day.  I like to enjoy the spring weather while I have the chance so I don't blink & miss it.  

One of my FAVORITE things about spring has always been sitting outside on a nice evening and sharing some drinks with friends.  In the past, that has always been beer, cider or gin & tonic...but since carbonated drinks are now a no-no for me, I need to think outside the pint.  So here are a handful of fruity, non-carbonated (mostly low-cal) drinks that may tickle your fancy!

Blueberry Crush
2 parts Skinny Girl 'Bare Naked' vodka
15 muddled blueberries
3/4 part ginger syrup
3/4 part fresh lemon juice

Muddle blueberries, ginger syrup and fresh lemon juice in the bottom of a rocks glass.  Add vodka and top with crushed ice.  Garnish with blueberries.

Peachy Keen
1 shot silver rum (1.5 ounces)
1 medium peach, peeled & chopped
1 cup Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice
juice of 1 lime
handful of ice cubes

Add to blender and blend to desired consistency.  Add more ice if needed.

Skinny Pina Colada
Blend together:
1/2 cup unsweetened frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 shot coconut-flavored rum
1/4 cup light coconut milk
4 ice cubes

Blackberry Bramble
1 1/2 parts gin
3/4 part blackberry liqueur
3 blackberries
3/4 part lemon juice
1 part simple syrup

Combine all ingredients in cocktail shaker, top with ice and shake vigorously.

Easy Margaritas 
(makes 6)
1/2 can frozen limeade concentrate
6 oz. tequila
2 tablespoons cointreau (or triple sec)
1 quart ice cubes
2 packets stevia (optional)

Blend to desired consistency.

1 part vodka
2 parts no-sugar-added grapefruit juice
1 part Ocean Spray Diet Cranberry Juice

Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker, top with ice and shake vigorously.

Bourbon & Blood Orange
2 parts bourbon
1 1/2 parts blood orange juice
1/2 part lemon juice
1 1/4 parts simple syrup
4 parts ginger ale

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker (you're supposed to add the ginger ale afterwards, but I will do it this way from now on to de-carbonate it); shake gently.  Pour over ice.

Mango Margaritas
1 jar (20 oz.) mango chunks, drained
3/4 cup tequila
3/4 cup triple sec
1/8 cup sugar
1 lime

Throw mango chunks into blender; add tequila, triple sec and sugar.  Squeeze in lime juice, and top off with ice.  Blend until smooth.

Summer Peach
2 parts X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
4 parts peach tea

Shake in cocktail shaker with ice; garnish with fresh peach slices

Skinny Arnold Palmer
2 parts sweet tea vodka
4 parts Crystal Light lemonade

Combine and pour over ice

If anyone has other skinny/fun summer drinks to share, please do!  I'm always on the lookout for a fun new cocktail to test out.

Happy sipping  :)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Black Bean Burgers

These are one of my new favorite treats.  Yes, I miss the bun...a lot.  But there's so much great flavor packed into these burgers that I totally don't mind as much.  The amounts are all according to my preference...feel free to change this as much as you want, I'm not a master chef or anything :)

Black Bean Burgers

  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup corn (you can use frozen, canned or fresh)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • Breadcrumbs if needed to thicken (I wound up using a few tablespoons, but I had slightly less than a whole can of beans so I think it was a little more loose than it would have been)

Preheat oven to 375

In a food processor, chop onion and garlic.  Add beans, corn and flaxseed, and pulse until everything is all mashed together.

In a small bowl, beat together egg, chili powder, cumin and hot sauce.  Add the bean mixture and combine.  If the mixture to is too loose, add breadcrumbs by the tablespoon until it's thick enough.

Divide into four, shape into patties and place on a lightly greased baking sheet.  Bake for approximately 10 minutes per side.

**I topped these with reduced-fat cheese slices, mango salsa and spicy mayo (I used 1 T light mayo, 1 T plain greek yogurt, and dashes of hot sauce, cumin, cayenne and garlic powder until it tasted good to me) and wrapped them in Boston lettuce leaves.  

I thought they were really good, and BF thought they were "weird, but good".  Ha...I think he still prefers a meat burger.  I don't know if he'll want to try my next experiment: turkey quinoa burgers.  

Let me know if you try this and like it!


Hungry Weekend!!!

My boredom-hunger was being a little A-HOLE yesterday.  That's what I get for testing out new recipes on Saturday and then staying home all day Sunday to sample them every 20 minutes.  UGH.

At least they were fairly healthy recipes though, so it's not like I was eating total crap all day.  I had a pal over on Saturday and she helped me test out some recipes that I'd been working on...ground turkey (or chicken) egg rolls and spicy black bean burgers.  They both came out really great!  For some reason I didn't take any pics.  

I made a spicy spread for the black bean burgers out of light mayo, plain greek yogurt, hot sauce, cumin, garlic & cayenne pepper.  It went great on the burgers (which we put in lettuce wraps) but I wasn't thinking and left it sitting out on the counter while we ate.  BF walked into the kitchen at one point and caught one of our cats just lapping away at it.  He yelled and chased him away, and I think Buzz didn't realize (or maybe he just didn't care) how spicy it was, because he started coughing, then continued to lick his lips for the next half hour.  I felt sorta bad for him, but it was hilarious.  Plus--serves him right!

Last night for dinner I made these delicious chicken taco cups in a muffin tin.  Seasoned chicken, salsa, black beans and corn in a crisped-up wonton wrapper with melty reduced-fat cheddar...SO GOOD!  

But yeah, as you can see, my weekend revolved around food quite a bit.  I definitely need to make some plans for this coming weekend so I won't be as tempted.  

Shout-out to Cheri, who should be leaving the hospital soon if she hasn't already.  Welcome to Band-Land, Cheri!!!!!!

Have a lovely week, all!!!


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Weigh-In Sunday

Starting:  341.8
Last week:  316.2
This week:  314.4

-1.8 lbs since last week
-27.4 lbs overall

Heading back in the right direction!  Even though I knew it was normal, I was bummed to gain back some of those pounds I initially lost on my starvation clear liquid diet.  And I think I'm starting to notice a difference in my face!  

3 weeks ago--

Last week--

Maybe it was just the angle...I dunno.  But I've gotten a few comments from people that I look a little smaller  :)  Awww, my very first NSV!!!!


Friday, April 5, 2013


Thanks, Drazil, for today's BYOC, and a Happy Happy Friday to you all!!

1. Tell us something that you want to do or wish you could do but you continue not to do it for fear of judgement or failure or of what others may say or do?

For me, it's not one thing in particular but just things in general.  I wish I had the confidence to try something new when it sounds fun to me.  As it is, instead of being excited about it, I'm worried that it will put a spotlight on me in a way I'm uncomfortable with.  I hope someday I can work past that.

2. What’s your favorite pizza topping and brand?

It kinda depends on what I'm in the mood for.  Sometimes I like my pizzas decked out with goat cheese, kalamata olives, sauteed spinach, tomatoes, pesto, you name it!  Other times I would kill for a simple east coast-style pepperoni pizza.  The decked-out one I like to make myself at home, with homemade crust.  If I'm craving a pizzeria-style pepperoni, I go to East Coast Pizza or Dewey's.  I'm getting hungry just thinking about this.

3. If you could go back in time but only as far as five years – would you go or not go and why?

There have been some major painful events in my life over the last 5 years, and I've definitely done things that I'm not proud of, or would do differently given the chance.  It's tempting to say yes, but I can't.  I think everything that's happened has been a lesson for me in some way.  And I have learned SO MUCH about myself in the last several years.  I think I'm stronger now than I've ever been.  And it was almost 5 years ago that I met Charles, who is most definitely my soul mate, even though I never believed in that before meeting him.  What if I'd done something differently and we never wound up meeting?  I would never take that chance...I can't begin to imagine what my life would be like right now without him.  We help each other grow and give each other the confidence to take risks & step outside our comfort zones.

4. Who is your favorite Disney princess and why?

I've never really been that into Disney princesses, but if I had to pick one, I guess it'd be Cinderella.  That was always one of my favorite stories when I was little.  When it was adapted for Faerie Tale Theatre, my brother and I taped it and watched it over and over and over, etc.  I thought Shelley Duvall was so beautiful with her sparkly make-up!

5. Repeat Question – summarize your week!

Real life:  This week was a short one for me at work, since we were out on Monday & Tuesday in Chicago.  It was nice to get to shave a couple of days off the work week, but also stressful, in that it took way more effort and catch-up when we got back home.  I'm still not used to needing to put so much thought and planning into my days, but I'm getting better.  

Blogland:  Fell far behind in blogland this week, and I'm still getting caught up.  Yesterday I swore I was going to use my lunch break to do that, but instead I gave my blog another face lift.  I couldn't seem to find a design that I really liked, but I think I finally did yesterday.  So you can relax now...I know you were all very concerned with the appearance of my blog.  Just breathe.

Tonight we're going to see Jurassic Park 3D in the theater (!!!!!!) and I am waaaay excited about it.  Tomorrow I'm testing out some new recipes with a friend.  I've been working on these recipes for a few days now and want to make sure they taste as good as my brain-stomach thinks they might!  Among them are some spicy black bean burgers, turkey-chipotle wrap and baked egg rolls.  If I like them, I'll gather the nutritional data and post them here.  Because there definitely aren't enough recipe resources for bandsters...yeah...

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

-Monzi Scheme  :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Well Hello There

I am so damn behind on all of your blogs...I promise to catch up today!!!

I've been so spastic and scattered (and other unfortunate 'S' words) since we got back from our Chicago trip, and this morning I got to thinking:  I need my routine now more than ever.  There's so much planning and preparation that goes into my days now, and I have to work harder than some people to keep my personal life from becoming chaotic, because I'm just naturally a messy, disorganized scatterbrain.  (At least at work I am a tidy, organization-hungry, Microsoft Excel-loving, Type A neat freak.)  Anyway, our trip threw off my entire precious routine, and I'm just now getting my shit together.  Whew.

I didn't eat very well on our trip, but I logged everything into My Fitness Pal yesterday and to my utter disbelief I found out I didn't actually go over any of my daily limits with the exception of sugar.  And it's soooo easy to go over on sugar if you're not trying.  Some of my estimations might be a little off as far as how much of stuff I had, but it should be close enough to determine that if I went over, it wasn't by much.  Nice!

I'm pretty much eating anything I want now, as long as I take it slow to make sure my body's okay with it.  I still haven't had steak, and I'm staying away from pasta and doughy breads, like bagels, etc.  Although I DID have a tiny serving of my BF's mom's pineapple stuffing at Easter, and it was worth every gram of sugar & every carb.  It's insanely delicious, but made of all the worst things I could possibly eat: bread, butter, sugar (and egg & pineapple).  But absolutely NOTHING goes better with Easter ham.  It even makes me not hate Easter as much.  I have a completely irrational hatred of the holiday, and I despise having to attend family events to celebrate it.  Charles (BF) is mystified by this, and I can't even begin to explain it.  I'm complex, dammit!

Okay, I'm off to lunch (and reading all of the bloggy goodness that I've missed over the past 6 days!).  


P.S.  I'm gradually losing those pounds that I re-gained when I started eating soft/mushy foods!  Almost back down to the -28 pound mark...hopefully by Weigh-In Sunday!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


The show was friggin amazing!!!!  I don't know if many people know of/like Nick Cave (most of the time when I say his name people ask me who he is and what kind of music he makes, which is sort of impossible to describe...or maybe just for me) but he has a new album out and one of the songs is called Jubilee Street. That was the second song they played. As it got closer to the end, the song started building and building, getting more and more loud and urgent and intense until I felt like I was going to seriously combust. it was one of the most incredible things I've ever experienced at a show.

We went to a bar afterwards to get a few drinks and some dinner, and I has this pita & hummus appetizer. It was delish, but that was my first experience getting stuck. I'm kinda glad I got it over with, because I'd been getting really nervous about it, and at least I know now that it won't kill me, just uncomfortable. I didn't PB, just took a minute for it to go through. I burped and that seemed to help.

I wish we had more time to explore before we went home! We're staying in a really cool area...lots of shops and restaurants and its right next to the train. But since I was just off for 6 days for surgery, I guess I should go back.  Boooo!

Okay, I'm still sitting in bed so I should probably get moving. Sleeping late FTW! Have a great day, all!