Didn’t I even wish you guys a Happy New Year? Oy, where has the time gone?
I’m a single lady this weekend. Hubby took a road trip with the guys and it’s me and the dogs here. In my “pre-surgery” days, if hubby was on a weekend ride, I would look forward to buying some treats for myself. Usual fare was home made nachos & a little ice cream. Or Taco Bell. I haven’t had Taco Bell in 10 yrs!
Tonight when I was at the grocery store, I still wanted a special treat for myself, but didn’t know what to get. Not a darn thing appealed to me. Nothing that made me excited to run home, get my jammies on and sit down in front of the tv and eat, ya know?
I’ve been eating a little weird the last couple of months. Generally, I don’t feel like eating anything other than yogurt, honey-roasted peanuts, and mini rice cakes. Oh, and SF Popsicles. Ya, I know, pretty healthy, huh? And I’ve gained 10 lbs. bah.
Do I sound bored? Bor-ing? Need to get in the swing of things around here, get my voice back.
C’ya next time, k?
**omg. I wrote the same thing 2 yrs ago! Sorry. OH, and I recently had my 10 yr. WLS anniversary. Imagine that.
I was visiting a website that talked about this wonderful “high protein, no sugar and caffeine” drink – wowsa! But just like so many of the products that are highly recommended and used by some of my WLS folks, they’re expensive. Of course, everything is relative, and for 9 yrs. I used Optimum’s Pro Complex protein powder religiously. Generally cost me $46 – $58 for 4.4 lbs. (they would match any other price, even online), and it would last me a couple of months. Recently it has increased in price, PLUS, my hubby is now drinking it for breakfast so obviously, it’s not lasting as long.
We now use a comparable protein powder and the cost is more manageable. It’s MuscleTech Premium Whey Protein for 5 lbs. and is $32 @ Sam’s Club. Don’t love it as much as the other, but I can deal with it.
It’s a reality. I cannot afford to buy many of these products. Yes, “I am worth it” etc etc, but not at the expense of starving my husband or having our utilities shut off or our home foreclosed on, know what I mean? So I add my protein powder to my own coffee. Great! I add protein powder to my yogurt. Yum. I am healthy. Just had my labs drawn and they are awesome. If I treat myself it’s a Starbucks biscotti, and I must confess that I always use Starbucks beans for my ground coffee at home. For me it’s simply a fact that I can’t afford a Mercedes Benz but I LOVE love love my little VW Cabrio convertible – for real.
Since I miss eating sweets sometimes more than anything else, when my daughter told me about this recipe, I HAD to try it. It’s banana ‘ice cream’ made with old bananas only.
In a nutshell (I’ll link to the recipe that I followed), you take a few (3-4) soft/brown bananas that you’d either say “I should make some banana bread with these over-ripe bananas” or simply throw them out. Peel them, cut them up in small chunks, freeze for a few hours, remove, throw them in a food processor and eat. The Lucky Eater site has the specifics, recipe, and some photos that you’ll probably need to take a look at.
I’m telling ya, you will NOT believe how it tastes! All I could say to my husband as we were eating it, is “Someone is playing a trick. This is JUST bananas. Can’t be.”
Couple of things though… I used a blender because I do not have a food processor. And the first time I made this, I froze the bananas over-nite. So, #1) the bananas were reeeally hard and #2) I almost burned up the motor in the blender. Yesterday the bananas weren’t quite as hard (3 hrs in the freezer), and I was a lot more delicate with the speed and blending the bananas. Would probably be a lot easier with a food processor.
I also do not love-love bananas, so a little went a long way and the 1st time (‘cos I ate about 1/2 cup) kind of make me pukey feeling. I made it the second time primarily for hubby.
Wonder how it would taste with other things thrown in? or maybe just on top, like strawberries or blueberries? maybe even some protein powder? BTW, I threw a tablespoon of peanut butter in the blender too. yum. Let me know if you tried anything else like this or added something extra!
So I quit smoking 16 hours ago. I’ve done it before but wound up starting again. I quit for a year before & after my surgery. Who knows why I started again… because I’m an addict, that’s why. I’m doing pretty good today, the occasional, really strong craving, but I talked myself through it – out loud. How gross it was, coughing – and the positive stuff – my granddaughter, really my #1 motivation!! and the urge to smoke passed.
Besides that, I’m actually struggling more to not eat/snack tonite. Back and forth, back and forth – it’s ok, only 2 pieces of bread. NO, it HAS to stop!! When I was thin, I never in a million years ate bread. Very very rarely, and most definitely not at nite. It can be done.
I’m caring enough about myself to quit smoking. It inspires me to eat better too. Heck, I think I will even walk in the morning. Gotta replace that morning ciggie with something, right?