It Takes All Kinds

I love interacting with you guys. It’s the best part. However,  I had to laugh when I received a rude comment from a passer-by who came across my little corner of the interwebs tonight.

Apparently I owe y’all a big apology for my rampant spelling errors. I was told they’re quite ” troublesome”.

The best part of the comment was the poster’s lack of spell check…I actually snorted at this.

I don’t claim to be nor have I ever stated I was a spelling bee champion. I also do 99% of my entries on my phone…I don’t think I need to say anything further in regards to that. 

Maybe I need to fire my editors…those Damn minions aren’t doing their job. They’re probably off eating bananas.

Below is a little bit of the comment I received:

you need to test the spelling on quite a
few of your posts. A number of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very troublesome to tell

The truth

You take the good you take the bad you take them both and there you have the facts of life…hmmm, I wonder what Natalie is up to. She was my favorite ;-) 

Released

I had my 6 week post op appointment yesterday (won’t officially be 6 weeks until this Wednesday). I talked my doctor into letting me go back to work.

Because of the surgery, I ended up with two large hematomas (the biggest, Hilda hematoma, was almost 9.5cm). Hilda & her cohort Henry, haven’t fully absorbed. I also had a problem with an abcess forming, which hasn’t fully absorbed either.

My recovery wasn’t what I thought it would be but it definitely wasn’t as bad as some horror stories I’ve heard.

Because I have an office job, my doctor allowed me to return to work. She wanted me to be off another 3 weeks. Ugh. I’m stir crazy enough; can’t imagine another 3 weeks at home.
I’m ready to go back to work. I’m ready to get back into my normal routine. So why am I having anxiety over going back?

I slept like crap last night. My mind was racing with thoughts of work. I’ve been with my company almost 5 years and I think I do a pretty good job. So why the heaviness & jitters? Why the “icky” tummy feeling?

I have a “To Do” list to accomplish today so I’m hoping that takes my mind off of tomorrow: the return day.

I’m just being silly with all this anxiety, right?

5 Thing I’ve Learned Since Being Off Work

I’M BACK – well not back to work but back enough to say HI to you all.

Recovery from my hysterectomy has been long and drawn out. I’ve had some set backs but each day is a new one: one I don’t take for granted.

I’ve been off work almost 5 weeks. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on many things: my health, my weight, my eating habits, the crisis in the middle East and how to watch season after season of a TV program – thanks Netflix.

Below are the 5 things I’ve learned since being off work.

1. I HATE MY JOB. I don’t hate working. I’m not the stay-at-home-time (thank you ADD) but I really don’t miss my job. I miss certain people but nothing and I repeat nothing about my job. I so wish I didn’t have to go back. But alas I do. I am thankful that it provides me a pay check and insurance but I truly hate what I do. I was going to start looking for something new before I knew I needed the surgery; now it’s kicked in high gear.

2. TV SUCKS. Real TV. Now in the Fat Household we don’t have cable or satellite. We have a good ol fashioned TV antennae and Netflix and Hulu. However, even though TV sucks, I’ve managed to watch complete seasons (yes plural) of multiple TV shows. I’ve literally fried my brain. It’s mushy.

3. PINTEREST IS THE DEVIL. Okay, not really but if the TV isn’t sucking me in, Pinterest sure in the hell does. I’ve pinned so many awesome things-recipes, crafts, projects, etc that If I lived 10 lifetimes, I wouldn’t do/make/taste all of what I’ve pinned.

4. TEA. I’ve always loved tea but we have become super duper close. I make a gallon of iced tea at a time. It barely lasts me a day. Yes, I said a day. I think I’m single-handedly keeping Liption in business. They should re-name the company FAT MOMMA TEA

And last but not least -

5. NAPS. I LOVE NAPS. I WANT TO SHOUT FROM THE ROOFTOPS THAT I LOVE NAPS. I take one almost every day. Between 11-1 is my normal nap time. Some days its longer. Some it’s sooner. On rare occasions there is no nap and I can certainly tell my body is mad at me for not taking my siesta. I don’t know how I’m going to survive when I go back to work. I think my manager will frown upon me snoozing from 11-1 each day. Maybe I could take an extra long lunch??

I seriously hope you all are doing well. I’ve missed interacting with you all and will get back to the swing of things shortly.

Now leave me alone, I need to pin a few things before I take my nap!

Greetings

Hello from hotel hospital. I had my hysterectomy and it didn’t go as planned, so I’m taking up residency here in the hospital. Hoping & praying I go home tomorrow. I sure do miss my little man. He’s been such a trooper and doesn’t want to leave me here. He gave me one of his frogs to sleep with so I didn’t forget him. Almost made me cry.
I wanted to check in & see how all of you are. I’ll write more later.
Til then, be well

BRRRRR….IT’S CHILLY IN HERE

Make-ahead meals are wonderful. Spend one day or one weekend cooking up a storm and you fill your freezer and ultimately your belly with good delicious food.

Some of my family’s favorite make-ahead/freezer meals are lasagna, chili and chicken soup. It’s so nice to already (sorta) have dinner ready for you.

Eating low carb, or trying to at least, really limits my make-ahead choices. My family will NOT eat faux pasta (like spaghetti squash, etc) and its too hot here in AZ for them to eat chili or soup.

I sometimes don’t mind cooking two different meals but when I’m running low on time it’s not the most convenient.

So, I’m reaching out to you, my low carb pals; what are some of your favorite make-ahead/freezer meals? What have you tried that didn’t survive the freezer?

In a few weeks I’m having surgery that will sideline me for 6-8 weeks. I’m looking for some great ideas to fill my freezer yet still eat somewhat healthy. Any ideas you have would be appreciated!

Lettuce talk about salads

I love a good salad. Munchy, crunchy lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, onion. Mmm delicious.

I got into a discussion with someone about what constitutes a “salad”. Does a salad have to include lettuce? What about potato salad or macaroni salad?

In my humble opinion, a salad is anything you want it to be. Ever hear of a jell-o salad?

I’ve been playing in the kitchen and I’m hooked on a few salads, bringing them for lunch and sometimes breakfast. But these don’t include lettuce.

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My green bean, tomato, onion & feta salad. I drizzle a little EVOO and add salt & pepper. Soo tasty!

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Here’s the basil, tomato & mozzarella salad. I love the sweet taste of the basil and the creaminess of the cheese. I added a little EVOO & salt/pepper to this one as well.

I eat so many tomatoes that a colleague has said I’m single handedly supporting the tomato farmers! I love love tomatoes.

I’d love to read/see & make some of your favorite salads!

Happy munching

BUYING IN BULK

I’m good at buying certain items in bulk: toilet paper, paper towel, laundry soap, coffee, but never really gave any thought to buying my proteins in bulk.

I recently started shopping at WinCo Foods. I hate grocery shopping so a place that can get me in and out quickly, save moola and provide decent items wins a big gold star in my book. Some friends of mine were talking about how awesome WinCo was so I thought, eh, what the heck. I’ll give it a try.

They have lots of bulk items. Dried goods. Pastas. Candy. Pink salt. Pig ears. It’s all there. Ready to be taken home by the consumer. They also sell gigantic packs of chicken, pork and ground beef.

I took the plunge the other day and purchased the bulk package of ground beef. 10 pounds of 85/15 beef for a hair over $30. For those beef eaters (not the Gin) we know beef prices (along with all meat) have gone through the damn roof lately. So my cheapskate brain said a pound of decent beef for less and $3 is a steal!

I knew I needed to split this monstrosity into smaller packs. I decided on 5-2 pound packs. One pound just isn’t enough for the Fat Family. I actually had fun doing this! And it packed my freezer!

I feel kinda dumb I didn’t do this sooner.

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How many of you buy actual food items in bulk? Any great pointers you wish to share?

Hope everyone has a great 4th of July. Whether you’re American or across the waters (you too have a 4th of July on the calendar, but it’s just not as cool as the day here in the good U. S of A). Stay Safe and light some fireworks!

WEEKEND BREAKFAST

Happy weekend, friends.

Weekends around the fat household usually are busy with cleaning, errands, staying cool but this morning I, even though I very much dislike it, cooked a huge-enough-to-feed-an-army sized breakfast.

I even took “orders”

Fat Daddy wanted breakfast burritos, hashbrowns & cherries. Little Man wanted scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, toast & cherries. While that sounded good, I went a different route.

I diced up some zucchini and onion and cooked it in some EVOO with a little sea salt. While that was getting happy in the pan I boiled some water for poached eggs. Yummmy!

When it all came together, I added in a bit of the chorizo from the boy’s breakfast and some diced tomatoes. I placed the eggs in top and viola-an instant gourmet-like low carb delicious breakfast!

This could easily be a dinner too! It was soo good I just might make it tomorrow too!

Happy, healthy, eating!

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QUICK, CONVENIENT, PORTABLE AND DELICIOUS

I work in an office and I’m an early bird but I don’t eat breakfast at home. Breakfast has always been my least favorite meal to eat (and I loathe making it). But Instead of eating carb riddled foods like muffins and bagels, I needed something that is tasty, healthy, easy and quick to prepare and portable (bringing eggs on my 30 minute commute and trying to fight for a microwave isn’t too much fun).

I’ve eaten salads and leftover protein from the previous night’s dinner but I was still missing something…but I didn’t know what.

So I started experimenting. Hard boiled eggs were a nice change. So were tomatoes with a little salt and cilantro. One morning I mixed my tomatoes and avocado together then the light bulb went off: all three of these foods (eggs, tomato and avocado) would be delicious TOGETHER.

So I combined them

eggs, tomatoes avacado

And LOVE IT. The creaminess of the hardboiled egg and the velvety texture of the avocado are amazing alongside the snap of the grape/cherry tomato. OH MY GOSH I’m in love.
LOVE LOVE LOVE

I’ve been eating this combo about 2-3 times a week. I haven’t gotten sick of it yet and it FILLS ME UP until lunch time. I add a bit of salt and a drizzle of EVOO for an added “something”. I like this new-to-me breakfast idea that

I’ve even eaten it on the weekends when I could have easily made an omelet or prepared something warm.

The summer months (lots of months actually) are HOT here in the desert so this cool, tasty, delicious and satisfying breakfast dish is just what I crave and WANT

DIAGNOSIS

I’ve mentioned before that I have always been heavy, chubby, fat, overweight, obsese-however you want to classify it. I was always that kiddo in elementary school who was mortified to step on the scale in phy-ed, especially with the other kids standing behind me. I was that kid who hid food so others wouldn’t see me eating it. I was that kid that when we had to start showering in phy ed, made up excuse after excuse to not be naked in front of the other girls. I’ve always been ashamed of my weight and my body.

I’ve grown to accept a few things about myself but even though I can accept things, I still judge myself. Far too often. I’m smart enough to know there isn’t a magic pill and diet and exercise is the way to do it. But what if there was an extenuating circumstance, prohibiting the weight from coming off. What if all my hard work was being fought against to keep me fat?

Enter hypothyroidism.

I’ve gone though some medical issues lately (besides my car accident injuries) and have seen a slew of doctors. Specialist after specialist because it wasn’t what the doctor thought it was. Finally, after what seemed like gallons of blood being removed, I got my answer: My thyroid is not playing nice.

My initial test showed high numbers. So I had another one. Even higher – the doctor stated there was something “definitely” going on. Really?! So off to another doctor I went.

This doctor, my primary, looked at the lab results I brought with me and immediately prescribed a medication. He then went over my symptoms and it was like he was describing JUST ME.

I told him my eating habits (the good and bad) and he stated I should really be the weight. I see him again in a month and will move forward from there.
I know I’m not the only person affected by hypothyroidism – lots of people have it. I just wonder how long this has been going on undetected. I thought my symptoms, etc were the cause of other things but now know that isn’t true.

I know that I still have to work hard on losing the weight but hopefully when my numbers regulate I’ll have a better go at it. I’m continuing to eat healthy (minus the dill pickle ice cream I had Saturday night) and doing more for exercising. The one thing I’ve noticed in just being on the medical for a week is I’m really thirsty. I’ve been guzzling water like it’s going out of style. And thus, peeing more.

You win some, you lose some, right!

Would love to hear your stories with your thyroid and how you live each day and get through the tough times. While I realize the medical will help I know it’s a lifetime commitment.

Community support is key in overcoming and learning anything. Let’s be “here” for each other.