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Pollo Asado Tacos with Plantain Tortillas

Pollo Asado Tacos with Plantain Tortillas

Pollo Asado Tacos with Plantain Tortillas So as my previous post explains, I am doing (Paleo) Whole 30 for a month, so I think it’s safe to say I’m long overdue for a food post.  Plantain tortillas are absolutely incredible, two to three tacos should […]

Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge

Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge

Mixing it Up a Bit: Whole 30 Challenge It’s been just over two months post op and I am very happy with my weight loss results.  I have lost about 53 lbs post op, and about 67 lbs over all! I am absolutely ecstatic with […]

And So It Begins

It’s really happening. After this long journey, I sit here in my bed, getting ready to take a shower; I can’t believe this moment is finally happening. You would think I would be flooded with emotions and excitement,  but in a sense, I’m almost numb.  I’m not going to lie, some of it is because I have thoughts running through the back of my mind that just keep reminding me “why?”. “Why did you let things get so out of hand that you have to have a surgical intervention? Why couldn’t you just get a hold of this while you still had a chance?”.

This journey has already been so emotional, an awakening of sorts. I have reflected on past experiences in my life to better understand why I got here in the first place. Why did I let myself gain an extra 150 lbs? Why did I stop caring?  Will I ever let myself get to this point again? Am I going to fail this surgery? What makes this any different than all my other failed attempts.

Even though it sounds like I’m riddled with disappointment in, I’m not. I could be, but what’s the use in that? I’m just so thankful for the oppprtunity to get to start over.  I really try to live with the mentality that I don’t have many regrets in life because all you can really do from the past is learn, but if I had one regret, it would be how I let myself go deep into this state of morbid obesity.

Honestly, I have not been obese in my adult life. Being so vastly overweight has been a huge part of my identity: It’s helped me become invisible.  I have missed out on so many opportunities in my life because of my weight. I didn’t want to go out because of my size, as if staying home inside (and eating) was a better alternative.

Yesterday, I had to do a 24-hour fast, and I’m not going to lie, it was hard for me. I have never done anything like that before, I have never been 24-hours without food. It was almost emotional,  I kept thinking how I will not be able to indulge anymore, how my lifestyle is actually really going to change.  I can’t just casually give into my impulses anymore, it’s time to grow up and take care of myself.

But you know what? I’m ready.

I truly am ready to embark on this next journey of my life. The only thing that can stop me now is myself, and while this is by no means going to be a quick fix, I’m going to have an incredible tool in my body to aid me along the way.  I can finally define myself through my personality, not my weight.  I can finally live life how I want to, and not have to worry about how uncomfortable I’m going to feel going out at such a large size. I can soon do the physical activities I once loved.

I’m finally going to start living life, and not this shell of a life I’ve been living. I’m finally ready to give up my identity as the fat chick, and I’m ready to live my life to the fullest. I’m ready to have a healthy mind and body.

Fuck obesity.

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo-Style Meatballs

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo-Style Meatballs

Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo-Style Meatballs- A great Alternative to Wings! I know, we all love our buffalo chicken wings, but if you just aren’t in the mood for wings, give these blue cheese buffalo-style meatballs a try! Many of you may have already had buffalo […]

Fathead Baked Brie with Blackberry Mustard

Fathead Baked Brie with Blackberry Mustard

Here is a recipe for baked brie using a fathead crust.  I may have legit eaten half tonight, thank god I had over 1000 calories left for today.  I’m in too much of a food coma to say much else about this delicious creation, so, […]

Lemon Paprika Chicken

Lemon Paprika Chicken

Lemon Paprika Chicken

This is a great tasting low-calorie dinner, this works great if you’re low carb, keto, or paleo! The xanthan gum gives the sauce a very creamy texture: You would think there is in it!  I highly recommend serving this with daikon radish and some broccoli as they complement this dish very well.  Daikon radish makes an excellent potato substitute, with hardly any calories or carbs!

Ingredients:

  • 4 chicken breasts or thighs
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp dehydrated onion
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 knorr bouillon cube
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  • 2 cups water

Coat chicken with half the paprika and all the garlic. Sear in a dutch oven or other oven safe pan.

Once chicken is seared, add knorr, water, rosemary, the dehydrated garlic and the paprika to a bowl and mix to create the a braising liquid.Lemon-Paprika Chicken

Turn the chicken skin side up (if you are leaving the skin on) and fill the pan with the liquid until the meat is covered but leave the skins above the liquid so they don’t get wet, this will allow for crispy skin.

Peel lemon, and place strips around the pan in the liquid to extract the oils from the peel.  Cover your pot and either cook on the stove at the lowest setting or set your oven to 325F and cook until the chicken is cooked through and tender. You want it falling off the bone.  This will usually take 25-30 min depending on the size but you can test one with a fork to see if it pulls off the bone easily.

Remove chicken from liquid and add xanthan gum and lemon juice. Blend with an immersion blender or remove liquid from pot and use a conventional blender: be extremely careful with this. Blending hot liquid is somewhat dangerous, it can explode out of the blender, so I highly recommend the immersion blender instead.

Serve with your favorite keto veggies.  With this dish I braised daikon radish and then sautéed it in some homemade ghee (don’t you worry, recipe coming very soon). Yes, you can definitely use butter.  Also the nutritional data includes the sauce, so you can top with as much sauce as you like!