Posted by: wurdygirl | September 13, 2008

Cook the Chicken…Or Maybe Not

I’m having a bit of a problem. Ike is heading this way and I can’t decide on what to cook. Yes, even at times like this food is still on my mind. I’m thinking what if we lose power…what are my protein options? I bought canned chicken and tuna, but being the creature of comfort that I am, I’m seriously debating the merits of pre-cooking some BBQ chicken. Yeah, eating BBQ chicken thighs in the dark might just cheer me up.

In my area, the storm is supposed to bring lots of rain and wind gusts up to 50+ mph at times. We are expecting widespread power outages as well. I’m thinking I should probably get the chicken in the oven before the worst of the storm hits in the next couple of hours.

On a serious note, I hope all of those in the path of Ike remain safe.

Posted by: wurdygirl | September 9, 2008

3 Month Bandiversary

Okay, I said that I would post some updated pictures for my 3 month bandiversary. Here they are:







The first picture was taken the day of my surgery. The second picture just this evening. I think I can see a little bit of a difference. I wish I could see more though. I am losing my double chin very slowly. I’ve been trying these facial exercises to hurry it along because I want it gone so badly. You can’t see in the picture, but the jeans I’m wearing are pulled up to right underneath my bra because they keep sagging down. They’re really baggy on me. Speaking of bras….notice that the girls are shrinking too. 😦

It’s very difficult for me to look at these pictures because I feel so differently. I just wish the way I look matched the way I feel. That said, I’m beyond thrilled to have lost what I have. I am down 46 lbs. I am off my blood pressure medications. I’ve lost a lot of inches and have gone down one size and about to go down another. I’m also very thankful that I’m not hungry all the time anymore. It sure makes things a lot easier. I still struggle sometimes with making appropriate choices, but I do very well at least 97% of the time and it’s slowly working. I can’t wait to see what I will look like in our Christmas pictures this year!                                                                                                                

Posted by: wurdygirl | September 6, 2008

What’s Happening Here?

I have to tell you, this 2nd fill is really kicking me in the rear. I’ve overdone it twice and wound up paying the price for it. If the first fill didn’t enforce the Lap Band rules, then this one certainly has. I get stuck when I eat too big of bites, don’t chew enough, eat too quickly, or too much. Before this 2nd fill, I was able to do all of these things with varying degrees of ease. I could also gulp my water. I can’t do that anymore either.

I’m so thankful for these things. I was obviously not able to control my portions or eating on my own for a long periods of time. Now I have this band that helps keep me in check. Make no mistake, the Lap Band is not doing the work. It’s only a tool. I still have to make the correct choices of what to put in my mouth, but it does keep me from feeling hungry. It keeps my portions under control and allows me to eat like a normal person for once in my adult life.

These days I’m averaging about 1,000 calories and I’m starting to get more and more compliments on losing weight. I had one student who made my day when she told me that I was getting skinny. Bless that child!!! So, things are looking up. I’m steadily dropping again. I haven’t weighed myself at home recently, but my clothes are getting super loose and I’ll be going down another size very soon. (my scale is possessed…up 15lbs one morning, down 20lbs by afternoon) I’ll have to get an official weight at the school since it’s almost identical to my doctor’s scale. I’ll try to post some comparison pictures soon for my 3 month bandiversary.

Posted by: wurdygirl | September 3, 2008


Okay, I’m pretty sure I don’t have a brain in my head. I went for a fill yesterday and wound up getting 1cc, bringing me up to a total of 4cc’s in my 10cc band. To make a long story short, the doctor told me to stick to liquids yesterday and soft foods today. *groan* I don’t know how I forgot. It’s probably because I’ve been feeling really good all day.

The kids were really hungry when they got home and I managed to hold them off until dinner. Anyway, for dinner, I cooked the chicken thighs I’ve had marinating for 24hrs and some cabbage. In all the rush to get everything ready a little early, I forgot about the soft foods. I ate with the kids. I had a small chicken thigh and some cabbage. My nose started running, I started feeling a ‘backed up’ feeling in my chest…ugh…OMG….let the sliming begin. (sliming= saliva & mucus, getting stuck tends to produce copious amounts.) I’ve lost my dinner (several times) and am feeling awful. This is the not-so-pretty-side of the lap band when you don’t follow the rules.

Boys and girls, don’t do what I did! Strict liquids tomorrow for sure!!!

Posted by: wurdygirl | September 2, 2008

2nd Fill

Today was my second fill. I was only down 6 lbs from my last fill a month ago, but I think that’s pretty normal for my body. It seems that I won’t lose anything for quite a while and then one day I’ll drop 5 or so pounds and then stall out again.

I did tell my doctor that I really felt like I needed a fill because I was getting fairly hungry between meals and I was eating about 2 cups at one sitting. I used to not be able to eat that much right after my first fill. Thankfully, she agreed and I was able to get a 1cc fill. That brought me up to 4cc’s in my 10cc band.  Right now, I’m feeling pretty good and taking it easy on the food. Tonight, I had canned chicken soup. Definitely not my favorite, but necessary after a fill.

I’ll keep you all updated on how I’m doing with it. I’m hoping that this will be the one that kick starts my weight loss into high gear.

Posted by: wurdygirl | August 29, 2008

Scrabble, Anyone?


I recently joined Facebook to look for old friends from my school days. It’s so fun to reconnect with those from your past. It’s especially a lot of fun now that I’m not suffering from teenage angst these days.

My best friend through school eventually up and moved far away from me. She went to university. I started having babies. We grew apart. These days, she’s married and has 3 of her own children. One of the things she’s always loved to do since I’ve known her is play board games; especially Boggle and Scrabble. We used to have so much fun playing these two games over and over on a Saturday morning while dunking our peanut butter covered graham crackers in our hot chocolate. Ah, those were the days…

Anyway, we reconnected through Facebook and have a rousing game of online Scrabble going on. It’s amazing how the years just melt away.

Posted by: wurdygirl | August 26, 2008

A Mountain of Paperwork

Why, why, why does the first day of school involve my children coming home and bombarding me with 126 pieces of paper that have to be filled out and brought back the very next day? Although I work in a school, I still do not understand this concept. I know that we have to get emergency info on the kids, but come on! Thankfully, I’m only dealing with 2 children this year who need bundles of papers filled out. Hopefully, I will find a way to muddle through it somehow.

This was the first day of school where I work too. I always love to watch our little 3rd graders. They’re so cute! That said, they also have no idea what’s going on and it’s been a long day of directing kids on what they need to do and where they need to go. I don’t mind telling you that I’m completely worn out. I thought that the last week of moving all of those books would have built up my stamina, but obviously not.

Dinner tonight was a frozen Lean Cuisine Magherita pizza. Yes, it was that kind of night. You know, the kind where you’re so tired that you simply cannot bear to think of cooking. This is why frozen dinners come in handy at times. However, I’ve got to get on the ball and do that menu planning I was planning to do this past weekend. I got the lunches sorted out, but not the dinners.

The good news is that I’m down another 3 pounds. I guess all of that physical labor I did last week really helped get the weight off. I’m definitely able to eat a lot more than I was right after my fill. I can get 2 cups of certain foods in. Thank goodness my next fill is right around the corner!

Posted by: wurdygirl | August 23, 2008

Where’s My Lunch?

I said I wasn’t going to do anything today. As those of you with children know, things seldom work out as you plan; especially, if you plan to do nothing.

My son, the vegetarian, asked me what I was going to do about his lunches this year. That got me to thinking about the lunches that the school serves. Frankly, I can’t think of much that he could eat that didn’t have some meat something in it. So, we decided that he and I would try to eat the same things as much as possible. This way, I can cook one time and make extra for our lunches the next day. I also tried to think of something easy that he can assemble for himself at school.

Frankly, I’m very proud of myself. I came up with some good ideas. I had to go stock back up on my storage containers and buy my son a new lunch box. I swear that those storage containers disappear like our socks. There must be a black hole at the back of my cabinet as well as behind the dryer. Anyway, here are some of the ideas that I came up with. 

  1. Assemble your own fruit/yogurt creation using lowfat vanilla yogurt, Splenda sweetened fruit cocktail, and add about 1/4c of granola. Add slice of whole wheat bread with peanut butter in case he’s still hungry. (I’ll eat some sort of protein with it.)
  2. Taco salad- salad greens, lentils, brown rice, greek yogurt (tastes like sour cream), salsa, & cheese
  3. Burrito day- black beans/corn/tomato mixture, greek yogurt, salsa, & cheese
  4. My veggie pasta salad- recipe included in post. (This will be a side dish to my protein.)
  5. Veggie pita- whole wheat pita, black bean burger, greek yogurt, salsa, cheese or just whatever veggies he wants
  6. I bought lowfat string cheeses, sugar free drink mixes that he can put in his bottle of water, Nature Valley granola bars, and multigrain All Bran crackers. I can add these in wherever needed to make sure he has enough to eat.

I think it’s a good plan. He’s pretty excited about it and happy with the nutrition he’ll get. If he had to depend on picking at his food to find things he could eat, he would not be a happy camper and I would worry.

I made this recipe tonight to try it out and see if my son liked it enough to make it a meal. Fortunately, he did. I ate about a cup of this after eating my chipoltle citrus flavored chicken thigh. I ate too quickly and that amount wound up being too much. Not good. Remember…Lap Band= eating small bites, slowly. Inhaling my food is something I’ve done for years that I’m still trying to break myself of.

Veggie Pasta Salad

  • 1 box of Ronzoni Smart Taste rotini
  • 2 c frozen broccoli florets
  • 1 c frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 can of dark red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 small can of sliced black olives
  • 1/2 bottle of light italian dressing


Cook noodles and vegetables at the same time (I do this all in the same pot). Cook according to noodle package suggestions. I cooked mine for 9 minutes and it turned out perfect. Drain pasta & veggies, rinse with cold water. Place in large bowl. Add kidney beans, black olives, & dressing. Toss gently and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. The flavors strengthen and blend the longer you let it sit. I occasionally would toss mine throughout the day. Serve and enjoy!

Posted by: wurdygirl | August 22, 2008

Those Books Nearly Killed Me

I promise that I was going to post pictures of the enchiladas that I made recently, but my children seem to have deleted them. This is unfortunate because I wanted to show you how delicious-looking they were. I will post the recipe anyway at the end of this post.

I returned to work at the school on Monday. This is my first time to be starting the year and I can truly say that I had noooooooooo idea how much work goes into getting ready for the school year. It’s exhausting! Primarily, I have unpacked, packed, labeled, lifted, transported, and delivered textbooks. I did the math. Here’s a look: new math books (733 not including Spanish textbooks)- I have laid my hands on these no less than 3,665 times. This includes unpacking, labeling, stacking on the shelves, taking them down, & delivering them. social studies books (438 books)laid hands on these (unpacking and delivering) no less than 876 times. language arts books (438 books as far as I can recall)- same number of times as the social studies books. reading books (520 books)- I have laid my hands on these at least 1,040 times. I lost count of all the workbooks and I’m not yet finished with the science books. So, according to my calculations, I have handled at least 2,129 books. Remember that this does not include workbooks. I have handled these books at least 6,457 times this week.

HOLY CRAP!!! No wonder my arms are about to detach from my shoulders! I’m hurting in places I didn’t even know that I had muscles. My thighs and buttocks are on fire. My fingers hurt. My hands hurt. I’m pretty sure my feet are going to fall off. My toes feel bruised. My only consolation is that I’m getting paid to do this and I’ve probably burned about zillion calories. There is no way in hell that I’d willingly subject myself to this unlike some people who hire personal trainers to put them in this kind of hurt. That said, I’ve gone home every night with a sense of accomplishment.

Of course, due to delivering all of these books, I haven’t had much time to eat. I was really worried about my food choices when I went back, but it seems to have worked itself out. I’m now eating baked, skinless, chicken thighs for breakfast. I know, it doesn’t sound appetizing, but it’s good. I usually eat some turkey lunch meat with 9 or 18 (depends on how hungry I am) All Bran crackers and Grey Poupon Deli mustard. Today, I had a South Beach ham and turkey wrap meal. I ate it all, but felt overly full for a while. Honestly, dinner has either been a “fend-for-yourself” night, leftovers, or Subway. I can pack away a 6 inch veggie sub just fine. It’s definitely time for another fill. Despite that, I’ve stayed right around 1,100 calories each day with my exercise added in. Not too bad, but I don’t know the results yet because I’m staying away from the devil of a scale I have for a while.

Tomorrow, I plan on doing nothing. I mean it. Absolutely nothing! Okay, it might not work out that way, but that’s my goal. Sunday, I’ve got to meal plan and cook. I want to enjoy my last weekend off before school kicks off somewhat. I hope all of you have an enjoyable weekend as well.

AGH! I almost forgot the enchilada recipe!

Chicken Enchiladas with Verde Sauce

  • 20+ corn tortillas
  • rotisserie chicken meat (used white and dark), shredded
  • 1 large onion, chopped and cooked
  • 1 c Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 large bottle of salsa verde or tomatillo salsa
  • 1 c chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 c sour cream
  • 3-4 T canola oil

Saute chopped onions until carmelized and set aside. Shred store bought rotisserie chicken meat. Mix with onions. Put salsa verde, cilantro, & sour cream in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a sauce pan and heat on low until it gets hot, then turn heat down to warm. Heat about 10 tortillas at a time in a moistened towel in the microwave just to soften them up enough to work with without tearing. Place about 2 T chicken meat/onion mixure in tortilla. Roll tortilla up, place seam side down in sprayed baking dish. Repeat until you fill the dish completely up. Brush enchiladas with oil before putting on sauce (this keeps the tortillas from soaking up all the sauce). Pour sauce over enchiladas. Top with cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes or until cheese is brown and sauce is bubbly. These are delicious!!!

Oh, yeah…and for my vegetarian son I made cheese enchiladas which involved me putting about 2 T of cheese/onion mixture as the filling. Next time, I’m going to try a spinach, cheese, tomato, cilantro, onion mixture for the filling. These are really versatile.

Posted by: wurdygirl | August 20, 2008

Running on Empty

You might notice that I haven’t written in a couple of days. I’m still here and haven’t abandoned the blog. I started back to my other job on Monday and I’m worn out. Between delivering the textbooks and the kids, I’m running on empty. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t do during the summer. Now I’m having to do physical labor…sheesh. Even my fingers are sore from unpacking the new textbooks and packing up the old ones.

Never fear though. I heal quickly and with a little sleep, I’ll be back on top of things. I will write more then. Oh, and I’ll also post my recipe and pictures of the chicken enchiladas with verde sauce. They turned out fabulous!!!

Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

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