Sunday, February 27, 2011

Remembering where I came from...

Some days, like today, I get a little down on myself. It's so easy to look at all of your imperfections...the things that are STILL not up to par....

For example....the infarmous Bat Wing, yes I'm working on this with weight training 2-3 days a week...and it is getting better. But it's hard not to get a little impatient about

Another example, even though I've been blessed to lose 128 lbs in 15 months *which is awesome!* I STILL have this nagging line in my head of, "you've STILL got 12 more pounds to lose! Why aren't they aren't off yet! Other people have reached their goal by now!"

What helps me during times like these are A.) looking at before and after photos  B.) comparing my quality of life before RNY and now C.) focusing on the GOOD things that have happened and the good things that WILL happen:

    Dec 2009                                                       Feb 2011

Well, a quote from a wonderfully inspiring lady, Joyce Meyer, hits home for me today,
 "I'm not where I need to be but THANK GOD I'm not where I use to be!"
**Take home message: Focus on the good, NOT the bad!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Happy Sunday!

So today is pretty day #3 here in Tennessee. Everyone is enjoying the beautiful Spring-like weather! Today is suppose to get to 63 degrees *yay!*
I've already gone for my mile walk outside today and got a nice dose of good ole' vitamin D. The birds are singing their praises this morning and there is a slight crisp breeze!

I am finally down to 162lbs *YAY!* I was at 163 waaaay too long lol  So that makes my goal now 12 lbs away!
In the exercise department, I am kicking butt and taking names! Mon/Wed/Fri 2 miles walking/aerobics and Tue/Thurs resistance band training w/ab workout.
I feel awesome since I started working out. I feel more energized, not as achy in my joints and I feel as though I walk with more confidence now.

I'm getting more into the bariatric friendly cooking/baking now. Eggface rocks my world with her creative cooking ideas! Check the pic of my attempt of Eggface's recipe of Shelly's Protein Truffles:

They are currently chilling in the fridge, but I look forward to trying one later!

Anyhow,  that's all I've got for now. I hope everyone is having a very blessed day.
Have a great week everyone!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

On fire with exercise!!!

Sorry for the hiatus, work has been VERY busy lately and I've had MANY projects to do as well as the usual day-to-day stuff.

Anyhow...YES, by the grace of God, I have worked out 6 days this week!! *whoo whoo!!*

Mon/Wed/Fri I walked/jogged 2 miles a day and Sun/Tue/Thurs I did resistance band training for upper and lower body as well as ab work.
What's my secret for ACTUALLY being able to do this you ask?  Aside from praying, I set my alarm clock 20 min earlier and I do half of my day's workout as soon as I get up *before I drink my protein shake*.
I can SERIOUSLY tell a difference in my energy level and my physique!!

I'm holding steady at 163 lbs right now...still have 13lbs left to lose but I know they will melt off eventually. I just need to keep on keeping on!!

As usual, Eggface is my bariatric cooking hero!! I cannot tell you how many of her delicious protein shakes I've tried and LOVED!!
My top favorite protein shakes by Eggface :

Shelly's Pecan Pie Protein Shake
1 cup Vanilla Soy Milk (or Regular Milk)
1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Vanilla Torani Syrup
1 Tablespoon Pecans
1 teaspoon Imitation Butter Extract (in the extract/seasoning section)
2-3 cubes of Ice

Whiz in blender till smooth. Top with a squirt Sugar Free Land o Lakes Whipped Cream and a few more chopped Pecans, optional.

**Zamy's FAV  Eggface shake below!!**


Shelly's Tiramisu Protein Smoothie

2 cups Soy Milk (you can use ANY milk)
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Kahlua Syrup
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Cheesecake Jello Pudding Mix, dry
1 packet of Instant Coffee Granules (you know those Taster's Choice or Starbuck's Via tubes)
1/4 cup Chocolate Protein Powder
1 cup Ice
Optional topping: Whipped Cream and Sugar Free Chocolate

Add liquids to blender first, then ice, then powders. Blend on high till smooth. Serve with optional squirt of Whipped Cream and dusting of shaved Sugar Free Chocolate.

OMG.....check out the newest protein shake recipes she added this week:


Check out Shelley's version of Caramel delites/Samoas!!


............Until next time!! Take care everyone!