Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back to the Grind

After spending my summer working and having surgery, I can't believe I start back to school on Monday. I think, in all my years of being a student, this is the first time I can honestly say I'm actually looking forward to going back to school. My schedule worked out perfectly with my work schedule (which last year was unthinkable). I bought a lunch box and an ice pack, some protein shakes from Costco (delicious) and a few protein bars to try out, since I'm going to be on campus 9-5 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have a good feeling about this semester.

On the band front, things are going ok. I'm down 2 lbs from the 248 I was last week at my follow up appt. I don't remember the exact weight from this morning, but it was 246.something, which I guess I'm happy with, especially since my band is empty. It sucks being hungry a lot of the time, but today I started on soft foods, so I'm allowed to have lunch meat, chicken, and cooked veggies now, which I'm quite excited about. There are a few recipes I'm excited to try as soon as I can eat real food. This week I'll probably make my healthy version of orange chicken. I've been craving Chinese food hardcore. Anyway, I'm not sure if I mentioned this, but I'm obsessed with the Food Network. Like, I was watching it in the hospital after I woke up. Crazy? Perhaps. But it makes me happy. So, I saw Anne Burrell make this recipe for spinach and ricotta gnocci. The recipe only has 1/4 cup of flour in it, so it's mostly protein. The fat free ricotta cheese that my local grocery store carries has 45 calories and 8 proteins per 1/4 cup serving, so I'm excited to try it out. Another thing I found while browsing the internet is called cloud bread. Has anyone ever tried this? It almost seems too good to be true. But I'll definitely be trying it out as soon as I'm on regular foods again. I have 2 weeks of soft foods, then I'll be on regular.

That's about all I've got going on right now. Have a great day, all!

5 comments:

Cece said...

Great news ... great progress. Just remember to chew-chew-chew your tiny bites of food to pulverization and you'll be fine ! Glad that school worked out for you !

Cece said...

Definitely let us know how the cloud bread turns out !

Kebs said...

Hi Jackie, I saw your blog linked to another bloggers page, and just wanted to say hi! I am 23 and a student as well, so though it would be great for us to talk! I am in the very beginning stages of Lap-Band, so congrats on your surgery, I can't wait to read all about your progress!

Ronnie said...

First of all, tell me about these protein shakes from Costco. LOL Second, you're evil for posting that cloud bread link. I'm gonna have to make em now.

Melissa W said...

GOOD protein shakes?!?!? I will drive to a Costco to get them if they're good enough!! Please share!