Archive for September, 2009

Breakfast of champs!

Try my breakfast of champs! After weight loss surgery, finding things to eat that are full of protein for breakfast is often difficult, if one can not tolerate eggs well.

Serves 6

* 3 containers (5.3 ounces each) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
* 5 tablespoons honey
* 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, plus 1 tablespoon juice
* 1 papaya (1 pound), peeled, halved lengthwise, seeds discarded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
* 1 package (6 ounces) fresh blackberries
* 1 package (6 ounces) fresh raspberries
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint, plus sprigs for garnish
* 1/2 cup granola


1. In a small bowl combine yogurt, 3 tablespoons honey, and zest; set aside.
2. Using the large holes of a box grater, grate the ginger (no need to peel) into a small bowl. Squeeze ginger through a fine-meshed sieve or strainer placed over a medium bowl to get a total of 1 tablespoon ginger juice. Discard pulp. To the bowl with the juice, add remaining 2 tablespoons honey and lemon juice; whisk to combine. Add papaya, blackberries, and raspberries and toss gently to coat.
3. To serve: Spoon half the fruit and juices among six 8-ounce tall glasses. Sprinkle chopped mint over the fruit. Top with half the yogurt mixture and half the granola. Layer with the remaining fruit, yogurt, and granola. Garnish with mint sprigs. (adapted from Martha Stewart Living)

Each portion of this delicious concoction packs a whooping 6 grams of protein and no fat!

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the pumpkin patch, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Autumn, brings the cool temperatures, apples and pumpkins! Enjoy this recipe for homemade spiced applesauce. I know have to use reduced sugar or sugar-free brown sugar, but just as delicious!

Spiced Applesauce

8 Golden Delicious apples, cored, peeled and cubed
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. water
1 t. pumpkin pie spice

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker; stir to mix. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours, or on high setting for 3 to 4 hours. When done, stir with a wooden spoon. Gently crush applesauce against side of slow cooker to desired consistency. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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The changing seasons

baby shoes, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

Another week has proceeded by rather quickly. Lots of thing happening in life and things tend to be a bit on the hectic side. A new school year, new semester, new season approaching and another new baby on the way in the next four weeks. My niece is expecting her second daughter over the next few weeks. Another life will be added to the Klan or family is should say! Before we know it fall will be down all around us and in the meantime I will savor every moment of my favorite time of year, early Autumn.

On the weight loss side of thing I’ve hit the 63 week mark post op and things tend to be better most days. I am about 10 pounds away from my goal, but these 10 pounds have been the most difficult to loose. Still working out almost everyday with a mix of cardio and weight training. Most days I love this routine. A change for the former ultimate couch potato in my family, now people have a difficult time keeping up with me. October 19th, I have an appointment for a consult for a bilateral brachioplasty. Ouch! it does sounds painful and I have not made up mu mind yet on this surgery. So if any of my readers out there have any insights both good, bad, or ugly I love to hear about it!  🙂

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Today is a sad day for all. The eighth anniversary of the events of 9/11. Seven years ago I was sitting here at my desk like today, when the news was announced. Life has not been the same since. Today I am thinking of those who have lost their lives or those whose lives were destroyed on this day. Please join me in remembering today. Take a moment and do something nice for someone you don’t know, a small act of kindness will go a long way. Tell someone you love them today. Maybe someday there will be no violence in the world.

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The Long Labor Day Weekend….

This weekend we celebrate Labor Day here in the US. I guess if you are fortunate to have a job, then you have something to celebrate. In the land of the unemployed then the day may be a day for for family and friends to get together. Wherever you and whatever you are doing, have a great weekend~

Labor Day History

As the Industrial Revolution took hold of the nation, the average American in the late 1800s worked 12-hour days, seven days a week in order to make a basic living. Children were also working, as they provided cheap labor to employers and laws against child labor were not strongly enforced.

With the long hours and terrible working conditions, American unions became more prominent and voiced their demands for a better way of life. On Tuesday September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers marched from city hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first-ever Labor Day parade. Participants took an upaid day-off to honor the workers of America, as well as vocalize issues they had with employers. As years passed, more states began to hold these parades, but Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later.

On May 11, 1894, workers of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago struck to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. They sought support from their union led by Eugene V. Debs and on June 26 the American Railroad Union called a boycott of all Pullman railway cars. Within days, 50,000 rail workers complied and railroad traffic out of Chicago came to a halt. On July 4, President Grover Cleveland dispatched troops to Chicago. Much rioting and bloodshed ensued, but the government’s actions broke the strike and the boycott soon collapsed. Debs and three other union officials were jailed for disobeying the injunction. The strike brought worker’s rights to the public eye and Congress declared, in 1894, that the first Monday in September would be the holiday for workers, known as Labor Day.

The founder of Labor Day remains unclear, but some credit either Peter McGuire, co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, or Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, for proposing the holiday.

Although Labor Day is meant as a celebration of the labor movement and its achievements, it has come to be celebrated as the last, long summer weekend before Autumn.  (http://www.history.com/content/laborday/labor-history/labor-day-histor)

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The Swine Flu Satire….

I love this!, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

If you wake up like this don’t go to work…hehehehehe

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Wandering Aimlessly

elmo, originally uploaded by The Rambling Rountrees.

After WLS, your life changes dramatically in many ways. Although not physically hungry after my works out at the gym, I often find myself aimlessly wandering through the aisle of the the local grocery store looking for something, anything to be exact. But not knowing what I am looking for! Not sure if you all understand what I am saying…. Sometime “head hunger” is a terrible thing. Your stomach is not hungry but your head is telling you to eat something. This is not cured by WLS. Now after 1 year post op I am experiencing “head hunger”. So I go and bust my butt at the gym, then I leave to go home to have dinner but not sure what to eat, so I wander around looking for something that I can tolerate. You see, I still have difficulty eating poultry products of any kind. So I am relentless at looking…what do I eat? Bizarre, I know!

Meantime, classes have started once again. My stress level is very high, so the gym is a great place to burn the stress off. Ugh!

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