I’ve lost 100 lbs with the Gastric Sleeve! Hello fam! I am beyond ecstatic to report that I have officially lost 100 lbs! From my all time highest weight of 322, I weighed in this morning at 221.6. Wow! This has been a rollercoaster of […]
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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 […]
Blissful Bacon Brussels Bake (Brussels Sprouts Au Gratin)
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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- 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
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.
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How to be Successful With Weight Loss Surgery
From my Pre-Op Point of View
One of the first few subjects during our pre-op program was hugely about “taking care of me”. Often times we are finding that we find ourselves in this state of obesity because we simply do not care for ourselves. We push our feelings aside to appease others, we eat poorly, and maybe we even put our mental health aside. In a way, we take pride in how selfless we are. We love that we put others ahead of our own, because it makes us feel good.
However, as Sherri says, we can’t keep giving ladles of ourselves away, because eventually there will be none left for ourselves. And that’s exactly what has happened. I have tried to appease everyone in my life for the sake of getting along, for the sake of making them feel good about themselves, for the sake of being accepted and well-liked. Sure, that “good feeling” feels nice, so it’s all worth it in the end. But then, suddenly you find yourself caring about others more than yourself; you always make yourself available to them. You find that after years of putting others first, you have completely deteriorated. In my experience it was obesity.
I did not care about myself enough to take care of myself. I ate what I wanted because it made me happy, nor did I want to create positive changes because I was too worried about others, ultimately creating the situation that I’m in.
Again, I felt good giving to others. I don’t blame anyone for being in the position I’m now finding myself in: I truly felt happy helping others. But, in turn, I put more effort to others than I had myself, without even realizing it, and the only person to pick up the pieces is myself.
Not anymore. Changing your body is just the beginning. As bariatric patients, we really need to focus on so much more than just the weight. It is imperative that we get in tune with how we got there. We are so blessed to have a second chance at life. Don’t mess this up. Give yourself some time for YOU. That would be my biggest piece of advice thus far. You are worthy of giving yourself all your attention and so much more, you deserve to be cared for, and you absolutely must put yourself first. Even as a pre-op patient, I truly believe this is the key to a successful weight loss journey.