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Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Keto Cookies

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Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Keto Cookies

I’m not going to lie, I created this recipe completely on a whim.   I was craving initially craving Cast Iron Keto Blondies, but didn’t have all the ingredients handy, and a lot of coconut flour.  As many of you, coconut flour can be very tricky to work with, but I was determined to some amazing, keto friendly cookies!  I’m actually very impressed with the outcome.  I would follow this recipe pretty exact on your first attempt because coconut flour is notorious for crumbling and being a little gritty, especially when it comes to baking.  These Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Keto Cookies turned out incredible, and even the boo was quoted to have said “I definitely approve. Holy cow”.  He HATES cooking with coconut flour, so I will gladly take that as a win.

What do you all use coconut flour with?  I’ve love to hear!  Comment below and let me know.

Oh, and by the way: I hope you are ready for pumpkin flavored everything, because there’s going to be a lot of that coming up very soon, along with tasty keto tailgating recipes, as fall and football season are upon us.  I can hardly wait.  More to come!

Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Keto Cookies | Fat to Fit Chick
Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Keto Cookies

 

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 C blanched almond flour
  • 1 C coconut flour
  • 1/2 C erythritol monkfruit blend
    • This is just my preference, use what sugar substitute you like.
  • 1 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 6 ChocZero squares
    • You can use any sugar free chocolate, I just had this in stock
    • This is about 60g of 85% dark, chocolate
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/3 C half and half
  • 1/3 tsp xanthan gum

Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Keto Cookies Low Carb

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.  Next, in a medium bowl combine all dry ingredients (except chocolate) very well, and melt butter in a separate dish in the microwave.  Next slowly add the eggs, and wet ingredients, mixing on a medium setting for 2-3 minutes, and mix well.  Set mixture aside.  Take desired sugar-free chocolate, and coarsely chop into small chunks if necessary and add to batter.

Once the batter is mixed, be sure to line the baking sheet with either a silpat or parchment paper.  This is very important as this dough is quite sticky.  If you want to be extra safe you can even spray a light spritz of pam or some type of oil to the paper, but it isn’t necessary if you have a silpat or parchment paper.

Using either a ice cream scoop, a spoon, or just your hands (I always use my hands), create a 1.5-2 inch ball and place on baking sheet leaving them a few inches apart.  Just a warning: This dough is going to be very sticky, but I found it necessary because of the coconut flour.  If you are struggling, try dusting your hands with some flour so the dough doesn’t stick to your hand.

Bake in the oven for a minimum of 12 minutes, probably no more than 18 minute per batch.  Place on cooling rack and enjoy!

 

 

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Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin)

Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin)

Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin)

Keto Recipes Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin) | Fat to Fit Chick

If you didn’t know, I just had a recently revalation that Brussels Sprouts can actually be incredibly tasty with this awesome Sweet and Sour Bacon Brussels Sprouts recipe.  Today, I bring this incredibly gooey “Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin)”.  I added a fair amount of cheese to this recipe, but let’s be honest, the more the better.  Hope you enjoy.

PS-  I’m going to come out with a guide on how to cool the perfect steaks soon!  It will include sous-vide, cast iron searing, BBQ, and more.

 

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Ingredients

  • 10 oz Brussels sprouts, cut into bit size pieces
  • 2 Strips of bacon, finely diced
  • 1/2C Heavy cream
  • 2 oz Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 oz Aged white cheddar
  • 1 oz Pecorino Romano
  • 2 Garlic cloves finely minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350F

Keto Recipes Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake Fit Chick Nutritional Info

In boiling, salted water, Blanch Brussels Sprouts for 1-2 mins, drain.

Add bacon to a large skillet and fry over medium heat, until fat is rendered, and bacon bits are crispy.

 

Remove bacon and keep fat in the pan.

Add Brussels to the bacon fat and saute until the edges start to get brown and crispy.

Add garlic and saute for another minute, careful not to burn the garlic

Lower heat, add the cream and mozzarella, and stir until cheese is melted and

has combined with cream to make a smooth, creamy, sauce.

Add bacon back into the pan, and stir to evenly combine, then transfer the mixture to a baking dish.

Grate cheddar cheese and Pecorino over the top, and bake until the cheese is browned.

 

 

Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin) | Fat to Fit Chick
Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussel Sprouts Au Gratin) | Fat to Fit Chick

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Fat to Fit Chick’s 6-Month Gastric Sleeve Surgiversary

Fat to Fit Chick’s 6-Month Gastric Sleeve Surgiversary

6 Months Post Gastric Sleeve 95 lbs lost | Fat to Fit Chick
90 lbs Lost After Gastric Sleeve

Fat to Fit Chick’s 6-Month Gastric Sleeve Surgiversary

On 10/20/17 I was officially 6 months post op.  What the what!  I can’t believe it’s already been 6 months.  SIX MONTHS.  Time flies.  I am no longer a surgery newbie but an experienced vet.  I have learned so much about myself in these six months it’s surreal.  Today I’m going to share some of my victories and my struggles with this journey.  Are you post op and share some of my struggles?  I’m sure I’m not alone, right?!  But first, let’s start with the positives.

My Victories: Weight Loss

All right, let’s start with the most major victory of all: My weight loss! With my highest weight being 322, and my surgery weight being at 308, I have lost a total of 95 pounds.  I am down to 227.  Omg.  I can’t believe I’ve lost this much.  This is insane to me.  However, despite losing all this weight, I really didn’t feel like I’ve accomplished much until I hit 229.  Yes, only two pounds ago. I am starting to see numbers I haven’t seen in a very long time, and for that I feel like I have accomplished so much more than I ever have.  For me, the real victory will be once I reach 199: I probably haven’t seen that number in 13 years, onderland.

As someone who was otherwise healthy,  losing the weight has been my main achievement.  Some people get surgery to help with diabetes, or to help them conceive, but none of those applied to me.   I am really just focused on being a better me, and to start living my life as a young woman.  Not a hermit.

Also, while in many ways I’m even more self-conscious, and self-aware than ever, overall I am feeling more confident in myself.  I just feel more “normal”.   It’s funny, people say we use food as a coping mechanism to become more invisible with our size, but I feel less visible now, in a good way! I don’t feel like I stick out everywhere I go; I feel like more of a person, and not an anomaly or a joke.  I actually feel like I am taken more seriously now.  Could be self-image thing, but I truly feel so much different about myself.

Fat to Fit Chick's 6-Month Gastric Sleeve Surgiversary
Fat to Fit Chick’s 6-Month Gastric Sleeve Surgiversary

A Very Happy Bonus

Another personal win for me is that I finally got back into my career path of cosmetology.  While I never did hair at my absolute largest, I still remember being very near 300 lbs as a hair stylist, and it was absolute agony for me.  I was psychically not cut out (pun not intended) to do hair at that size.  Aside from the obvious aches and pains associated of being that large, I would sweat so much behind the chair.  I always thought it was just anxiety related but in retrospect I have learned that it was due to my size.

My face would sweat so bad I would literally be dripping onto the floor.  My waterproof makeup would smudge and smear, and if I caught my reflection I had raccoon eyes.  It was awful.  Now that I’ve gone back into the industry at a smaller size I am thrilled to report that I don’t have to deal with that problem anymore.  This is just a personal win for me, there are many curvy hairdressers that rock what they do at any size, but this was absolute hell for me and my body.

Post-Op Struggles and Blues

Well, here we are.  In this section I’m supposed to talk about all of my post op struggles. But who am I kidding, there are none! I am sleeved, , and life has never been easier.  I’m just dropping like 50 lbs a day because this process is just so gosh-darn easy.

If you think like this, it’s time for a reality check.  While I knew this process wouldn’t be all butterflies and rainbows, I really didn’t think there would be so many challenges, this soon out from surgery.  Let me preface my anecdote with that I have a history of major depression and anxiety.  Even if not diagnosed, I believe that anyone who has allowed themselves to become morbidly obese may have some form of depression.  When you have a BMI of over 50, there is more to it than just having a passion and strong desire for food.

My World of Darkness and Self Harm

The honeymoon period lasted about 4 months.  Everything was great, and I was super optimistic.  For reference, I was taking antidepressants, and anxiety medication (a large dose), rather faithfully throughout this process.  Especially since I’ve heard that this process does affect your hormones.  What I wasn’t ready for, was the mental hell I was about to endure.  I’m not sure if my birthday brought upon a lot self-reflection but right as August hit I went for a downhill spiral.

It’s as if a switch in me turned off, but I completely changed overnight.  I was so angry with myself despite losing about 80 pounds at that time.  I loathed myself for needing to get surgery, for letting myself go so bad.  I hated seeing how droopy my body was getting, how my stomach hangs very low, how nothing was firming up despite going to the gym.  I was supposed to be doing better but I was at an all time low.  I had not felt this low in years and years.  I had so much disdain for myself.

I didn’t want to live,  I was suicidal, self-harming, and I was also constantly over-eating to the point of needing to purge, just to eat some more again.   Despite going to therapy and taking my medication, nothing helped. What made this process even worse, was that for the first time in 27 years, I did not have food to cope with my depression, which is why I had never experienced anything so horrific and low before.  Food, always got me through rough times, and for the first time in my life, I had to deal with my problems head on as an adult, and I didn’t know how to.

I never felt so certain I was going to take my own life.  Cody, my boyfriend, tried so much to help me, yet I pushed him away and selfishly made his life a living hell too as I could not be dealt with.  It was a very dark a lonely time.  Needless to say, I gained weight, which only fueled the fire of self-hatred.

This lasted about two months.  I had never been surrounded by so much darkness, and didn’t see a glimmer of hope for myself.

Taking Back Control of My Life

Then, I finally made a change in my life.  I quit my job.  “I’d be depressed too if I worked as a customer service agent”, my big brother once told me.  Something about him saying that was so validating.  It sounds so cheesy, but I realized that I just needed to leave that job.  I walked into work one morning, clocked in, and then clocked out about 30 seconds later, gathered my belongings, and left. 

I’m not going to say that this job was the cause of all my problems, but for the first time in a long time, I took control of my life.  I was in a career I didn’t want to be in, and I was just wasting time.  I had absolutely no work lined up, but I knew I needed to change careers.  It was the best thing I’ve ever done.

I was working my new job within about two weeks, and I had finally got my groove back.  Was this job causing all my problems?  Maybe.  Maybe I would have gone through this exact phase while working at the salon, I don’t know.  This job isn’t without its faults, believe me, but it was such a good choice for me.  I am finally back on track, I am losing weight again, and I feel great.

One other thing my brother mentioned to me, that really helped me get through this time, was that he said “You are at a turning point now and this is going to be the hardest moment of your life.  You are realizing that you cannot go back to your old ways, and life is changing for you forever.  Once you pass this turning point life for you will never be the same, and you will never look back”.  This brought me an incredible sense of comfort and I often reminded myself of this when I am struggling through life.

Reflections and Thoughts

Lost almost 100 lbs after gastric sleeve surgery | Fat to Fit Chick
Stopping for a quick break at Disneyland!

Getting the gastric sleeve has been the biggest, and best decision of my life.  It has not been an easy ride, but I am forever thankful for the opportunity.  I am thankful that I had I horrible job to pay for my insurance to get me this surgery.  I am in a very good frame of mind and I am so thankful for the people around me.  I am starting to enjoy life again, and wanting to go out and appreciate all that life has to offer.

I am a little over half way through my weight loss goals, I can’t wait to see what the next six months brings. <3

 


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