Sunday, March 10, 2013

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts (I try and post them every few days) to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world.

First a little update on my crazy couple of days. On Friday at about 4:12 PM I was sitting at the computer and I heard this loud pop. I mean loud. Then super loud buzzing started and there was a second pop and blue sparks shot out from the side of my computer toward me. I jumped back, hit the floor and pulled the cord out of the wall. The power went out briefly in the house and then came back in most of the rooms. I went outside to check the fuse box and found 1 breaker tripped. I flipped it and went back inside to check. Part of the house was still dead. I went outside again and by then several of my neighbors were outside. They had similar stories... one had lost their microwave, one had her furnace go and her computer tower was on the floor and the rug underneath was black, one lost their ceiling fan. My next door neighbor had the same situation as me... blue sparks from their computer. I heard tons of sirens.

I head over to Starbucks (a block away) to get online, on the way I saw cops and fire trucks everywhere. I found out from a pal on twitter that it was a huge power surge and hundreds of homes were affected. I also talked with a few more neighbors. One lost 3 computers, 2 DVRs. I went home to my computer, speakers, cable Internet box, surge protector all toast and part of house still in the dark. It was interesting peeing by candlelight. I hit Costco Saturday AM and got a new tower and picked up the rest of the things that were destroyed, new cable box and all that. I'm several hundred dollars in the hole. The power company better reimburse. When I was removing all the fried equipment I noticed the carpet under the surge protector was scorched so it could have been way worse. I was thankful. I finally had full power restored at 5 PM today.

In the middle of all the electricity drama, my cat Charlie had to go to the vet. $300 later she seems to be on the mend, she brought me her stuffed mouse as a gift a few minutes ago so I think she's doing better. It's been a very expensive $$$ few days. I might have to start singing on the street corner. Any requests? I do a mean Bohemian Rhapsody.

Well, enough about my drama, let's talk food. Thankfully the kitchen was not one of the rooms affected so I was able to make coffee and cook. Here's what powered me yesterday...

Breakfast: With so many errands to run I tossed a 1/2 of one of those new Double Chocolate Vanilla Crunch Pure Protein bars (OMG yum) in my purse and stopped at Starbucks for a few minutes of Internet access and a Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce Soy Latte

Lunch: Here was the bright spark in my day (electricity pun) I made a to die for bean salad. So good. This will be a summer staple at my house.

Lunch Healthy Salads Protein Weight Loss Surgery Menus

Shelly's Garbanzo and Green Bean Salad

1 (15 oz) can Garbanzo Beans, rinsed & drained
1 (15 oz) can Cut Green Beans, rinsed & drained
1 cup Cooked Chicken Breast, cubed
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
2 Tablespoons Red Onion, finely diced
2 Tablespoons Black Olives, chopped
Salt and a few twists of Black Pepper to taste

Mustard Tarragon Dressing
1 Tablespoon Grainy Mustard
1 Tablespoon Tarragon Vinegar (near salad dressings)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Mix dressing ingredients together till well combined. Pour over salad ingredients and blend till well combined.

Tip: This would be a great use for leftover rotisserie chicken or when you BBQ next time throw an extra couple of pieces of chicken on for this salad the next day. I think it would be yummy with tuna, cooked shrimp, leftover steak too.

Dinner: Another favorite staple at my house: my Butternut Squash Casserole I buy the peeled, cubed butternut squash to make making this faster.

Healthy Recipes

Snacks: Coffee, lots of it and a bowl of Pistachio Protein Ice Cream. Next week it's St. Patty's Day this one would be perfect or Mint Chocolate Chip.

More days in my pouch.

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Lesley said...

Hey, I made the butternut squash casserole today, too! :) I can't wait to try that bean salad when the weather finally gets warmer here. Yum!

Anonymous said...

What a way to end the week - wow! I hope this week is better for you, Shelly! Kisses to Charlie.

Joanne Egnell

Anonymous said...

so glad you are ok and glad charlie is feeling better. i made your cauliflower casserole and it will be a permanet dish in my home. Say hi to your mom for me.

stay safe

Ramona Jobe
Broussard, LA

Anonymous said...

At what point did you recommend eating pure protein? How far out from surgery?

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! That bean salad looks so good...I can't wait to try it. I think it would be perfect for lunch.

Glad that you and Charlie are both okay!!

Chris said...

How do you find drinking coffee? It gives me the jitters but I can't seem to function all that well without it!

Michelle "Shelly" said...

I drink so much coffee Chris I think I've probably built up an immunity to its effects. If I have a transfer addiction it's probably that ;)

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Lesley, I always think of you when I make it!


Hope you guys enjoy it!!


Anon, Talk to your Dr about what foods you are allowed. When you are in doubt if something is on your plan... bring the stats or recipe or package with you to your next appt.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Thank you guys it was a crappy weekend. I just checked on Charlie and she's happy as a clam and hopefully some of the $ will come back from the electric company.

I had to laugh we had an earthquake this morning... pretty sizable, stronger one in this area in a while and I thought... OK universe WTH?!

Denise H. said...

Geez, thank God there wasn't a fire! And thank God you had room to go in the hole. I'd send you a Bux but I'm maxed out on all credit cards to pay for a LBL this June! Yikes!

I went to Red Lobster w/ a girlfriend and used one of your lotsa love for leftovers ideas. Made the bean/shrimp/avocado salad, the awesome pesto/shrimp pizza(NOM!), and the broccoli fritters. Love it!!

Let's hope for a better week!

Kris Schweighardt said...

Shelly, how many servings would you say that salad is?

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Hey Kris, It depends on how far out you are. 6+ for sure but you know what you eat at 8 weeks is different then 6 years.

Kris Schweighardt said...

Thanks, I am 4 months out from what would technically be my 3rd weight loss surgery. My nutritionist told me about your blog and I am now addicted to Greek yogurt dip :). I made the salad today, and told my hubby after it was done, "there is no way I can eat this whole thing" lol! I wanted to enter the recipe into my fitness pal, but needed an idea of serving size.

Libbe said...

Hi Shelly, I made the salad and am wondering if you think I can freeze it? My husband doesn't eat chicken and I am afraid it will go bad before I eat it all.

Michelle "Shelly" said...

Well... I'm thinking freezing will change the texture of the veggies and make it kind of watery and not appealing when defrosted. It'll be great for 3 days in the fridge.