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  1. amberj


    hi! i live in denham springs and i am desperate for someone to workout with. my bf isnt very supportive of the diet and exercise even though he really needs it. so im always making excuses and eating poorly and its time that changed! i paid too much money to fail! i dont really have the option of going to gyms because i am a stay at home mom with 2 young children. ( hoping to get a job at headstart though) my apartment complex has a fitness center so its free. its not much. it has a treadmill, an elliptical, and a weight lift thing. I really want to get outside and walk nature trails. i visted my brother in alexandria and we went out to a local lake that had a trail through the woods. the hills and the rough terrain had me sore for a week! and we walked 5 miles and it didnt feel like it at all. but, im not really sure what there is around denham as far as nature. anyways if your interested, let me know! Id love to have friends who understand what this is like!
  2. amberj

    The First Post! :)

    Hi everyone! I live in Denham Springs and was hoping to find someone to work out with. I need someone to help keep me motivated so that i actually stick to a program. btw- i dont do gyms right now. but my apartment complex has a fitness room and i love hiking! If anyone is interested let me know
  3. Okay so when i was browsing around on pinterest i came across this recipe for a bread substitute. I made it last night and i must say I thought it was delicious. Whats even better is I am doing lilmissdiva's boot camp this week and I can eat this because it is only made with eggs cream of tartar and cream cheese ( or cottage cheese). It is delicious and very very easy to make! I was craving something sweet last night so I took a half of one and put some sugar free syrup on it. It literally tasted like a pancake! If you are missing bread and dont want to eat all of the carbs, this is a perfect substitute. best part of it is that it is extra protein! I used fat free cream cheese ***** make sure that the peaks on the meringue are extra firm The recipe says it makes 10, but it made 6 when I did it. This is the breakdown for each one Generic - Egg, 3 large egg 210 3 15 18 Adams - Cream of Tartar, 1/4 tsp 0 0 0 0 Philadelphia - Fat Free Cream Cheese, 1.5 ounce (28 g) 45 3 0 6 Add Ingredient Total: 255 6 15 24 Per Serving: 43 1 3 4 About This Recipe "These are a delicious home-made bread replacement that are practically carb free and very high in Protein. They are just like heaven so I call them clouds. Compliments of Kristin Patterson." Ingredients 3 eggs, separated 3 tablespoons whole milk cottage cheese or 3 tablespoons cream cheese 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 (1 g) packet artificial sweetener Directions Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Separate the eggs very carefully, there must be no yolk in the white. In one bowl, mix together the egg yolks, the 3 T. of Cottage Cheese OR Cream Cheese and the one packet of Sweetener until smooth. In the other bowl add 1/4 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar to the whites and beat the whites on high speed until they are fluffy and form nice peaks. Very carefully fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites until mixed, but try and not break down the fluffiness of the egg whites too much. Spray two cookie sheets with Pam or other fat-free cooking spray. With a large spoon, "scoop" the mixture into 10 even rounds on the sheets (about the size of the top-half of the McDonalds hamburger bun; roughly 3/4 inch thick and 4 to 5 inches across). Bake on the middle rack. Here is when you have to watch them, because the cooking time the same on any two batches. It is somewhere around 1/2 hour, but it could be less or more. You just need to watch them until them become nice and golden brown (again, the color of a McDonalds bun). Remove from the pans and cool on a rack or cutting board. While warm they are crumbly and similar to cooked meringue - but don't let this fool you! Once completely cool, seal them in a ziplock storage baggie or a tupperware over night. They will totally change their consistency, to something much more like bread - a softer texture that is nice and chewy. If you do not like softer chewy bread, then eat them as they are, nice and crisp. Since the sides that were facing the pan are perfectly flat, you use these to spread things on, or make sandwiches, or even as a burger bun! The choice is up to you, and you will be quite amazed at how much like a bun these really are! heres the website http://www.food.com/recipe/carb-free-cloud-bread-411501
  4. amberj

    No Carb Protein Bread!

    this is nowhere near as dense as actual bread. they are light and fluffy. I am 7 months out and have had no problem what so ever eating them. I am sure that everyone is different though, but for me these sit perfectly fine.
  5. amberj

    Please Talk To Me!

    and i dont really get on yahoo too much but i will always respond to a message on here best of luck!
  6. amberj

    Please Talk To Me!

    well my story is simple really, I have been overweight my entire life and have always reached for food as a way to comfort myself. food was something i could control. By the end of high school, i was well over 200 lbs. I had my first child at 21 and weighed a little over 300. I recently had my second child. I weighed 355. Complications arose during the pregnancy. I had gestational diabetes that couldnt be controlled with food, the meds they put me on caused me to gain a lot of weight. Up until then, I was staying at a styrasy pace and eating healthy so I even lost some weight. When I went into labor, I was 3 weeks early.My blood pressure skyrocketed. My kidneys were starting to shut down. For the first time, I was scared I could die. She was delivered via c-section and I was put into ICU to recover. From that point on, I knew something had to change. I had my daughter in April. About September, I started really considering the surgery. The first week in october I met with my surgeon. 2 weeks later I had my psyc eval a week later I was approved. I think the diet from gestational diabetes sped my process up because it was a physician supervised diet. I had my surgery on November 16th. I have had extreme highs and extreme lows since surgery. It really is a lot to process mentally. Especially since I have to cook fo my family and know that I couldnt eat that. I will say that I have zero regrets and it is simply the best thing i have ever done for myself.
  7. looks like we had the same thought!
  8. I go though that exact same thing! i have a severe carb addiction. like you, sweets is my downfall. This week I did lilmissdivas boot camp diet thing. it really helps with breaking that addiction and makes you focus on eating the right things. It has been easier than I thought but think its because i am so focused on getting that gallon of liquid in that I don't have time to think about junk food. there simply isn't any room fo it with all that liquid. I hate plain water, so I do crystal light and unsweetened tea. I wish you the very best!!
  9. thats all i used with Chike. If you use hot water with the chocolate, it taste like hot cocoa. the strawberry and vanilla are also good. this is the only brand that i found that wasnt chalky bitter or had a horrible aftertaste.
  10. my favorite is Chike. i went through a lot before i found one that actually tasted good. but everyone has different taste. its a trail and error kind of thing. I got samples of a lot from a local hospital. they were like 2.50 a piece so I didn't waste a whole lot on something that i wouldn't drink. good luck! as fa a the clear goes, i dont really know. for 3 or 4 days after surgery i was doing good to get water and broth down. I threw up a lot! but that was a side effect of anesthesia! That stuff is brutal on my body! http://www.chikenutrition.com/
  11. amberj

    Please Talk To Me!

    well you have certainly come to the right place! his site is full of amazing people with amazing stories! I am always available if need to talk. just send me a quick message!
  12. amberj

    No Carb Protein Bread!

    i figured people here would appreciate this recipe. I was amazed at how good and how versatile these things are. I used one to make a sandwich today. I just put some baked chicken breast on it and it was amazing! I will experiment with it later on. I am sure that a little vanilla extract and some fat free cool whip with maybe a few pieces of fresh fruit would make it a tasty guilt free dessert! I know that I have just found my go to. maybe i can finally be done with my obsession with bread! My next thing I am going to try is quinoa in place of rice and pasta. From what I understand is it cooks like rice but is really a seed so it is loaded with protein as well. Thank God for pinterest!
  13. day two out of five of my back to basics boot camp diet :) today's gallon of liquid of choice is strawberry orange banana crystal light. i was up half the night because of the tea. got to get this weight loss back on track. I may have peed a hundred times yesterday and last night, but i lost 3 pounds since yesterday morning :)

  14. i had that too after surgery but it was mostly acid reflux and i was confusing the 2 sensations mainly because my mind kept saying it was time to eat and my body just couldnt.
  15. amberj

    Chickening Out!

    In my opinion, the band is more to deal with. You have to worry about adjustments and slipping. I personally know 2 people who have the band and wish they would've went another route. I started with wanting the band but the more research that I did the more I realized that it just want right for me. I didn't want to have to deal with the maintenance of it. I have 2 kids and was in college. i couldn't be bothered with that. and i honestly don't like the idea of something being left inside me. to address what your mother said about all the kinks being worked out, there is always something that could possibly go wrong. no device is 100% fail free. . research research and research some more and then make your decision on what is best for you and your lifestyle.
  16. Im not necessarily a vet but ill put in my opinion anyways. I honestly think that most important tip is understanding its purpose. I went in thinking I was getting this and i was just going to drop all this weight and it would easy. I thought that I would always feel full and that I wouldn't want to eat anything ever again. I thought I would never have an urge for ice cream of candy. But obviously I was wrong. I didn't fully understand what I was getting myself into. And I wasn't mentally prepared for all the changes that were going to take place. I haven't lost as many as some in my 6 months post surgery (around 70 lbs) but i think i have done okay. I am sure that i could have lost more if I didnt sabotage myself on purpose. I went though all kinds of stages. I felt I wasn't worthy of being small or that it was tearing my family apart because each time I said that I lost some weight it would start a fight because he assumes I am going to leave him. I lost a lot of hair and have really saggy arms now. that in itself took a toll on me. I was started to hate myself so like always, i turned to food. I am finally coming to terms with my inner issues and making a change because i did this for my children. my mind still had control over my plate making too, i always put too much and cant eat it all. so all in all, what i am getting at is prepare your mind for the changes because they happen very fast and it doesn't have the time to catch up. I wish you the very best of luck with your journey. and always remember that you are worth this and your deserve to succeed!
  17. amberj

    Low Blood Sugar

    orange juice is one of the best things to drink when your sugar drops. when I had gestational diabetes I bottomed out to the high 20's the dr office said to drink things with a high sugar content. But to be on the safe side, you should get it checked out to see if it will be a reoccurring issue and how to regulate it. best of luck on your journey!
  18. I have struggled with my weight for mot of my life. I learned how to cope with life and issues by eating junk food. It was the only stable steady thing in my life. My mother died from cancer when i was 4 and my father passed a year later by ways of his own hands. At the time I didn't understand, but as i grew older, i missed them and couldn't process why I had to be the one little girl without parents in my school. So i ate. Candy, ice cream, cake, cookies, chips, etc. I started dieting when I was about 12. I weighed about 180 pounds. I tried the typical diets like weight watchers and those 3 days of starvation diets. Nothing ever worked. By the time I was a senior in high school, I weighed 250 pounds. Luckily I wasn't teased in school. I was well liked and the fact that i had an older brother who was able and willing to whip anyone who offended me didn't hurt. I started taking addepex (sp?) a year or so later. I weighed around 280. I lost 40ish pounds. But like most diets, it didn't stick. I gained it all back and then some. At 21, I had my first child. I got up to 310 during the pregnancy. That weight never went away. Last year, I had my second child. I weighed about 355 when I had her. I had gestational diabetes during the pregnancy and I almost died the day I went into labor because of extreme blood pressure numbers. I was put in ICU to recover because even after the birth my blood pressure would not get to a stable number. I have never been more scared in my life. I knew that something had to change. I wanted to see my children grow up. I didn't want to die because I was too fat to function. I made a consultation appointment in October. The process to getting approved was really easy for me. I got approved the first try and it only took a week after the claim was submitted. I had my surgery on November 16th. The day after I regretted having it done. I threw up constantly and I could not keep any pain medicine down. This went on for 3 or so days. I lost weight pretty fast at first and I was thrilled because something was actually working. I had my ups and downs and ins and outs. I have been frustrated with myself a lot. Stalls have lasted months at a time but I can only blame myself. I think a lot is self destruction. I am afraid to be small because I never have been. I started getting a lot of saggy skin and i couldn't stand to see myself in the mirror. i started eating poorly again and the weight loss stopped all together. I am just now getting the point where I can admit I have an issue with my self and that I have fears of losing a lot of weight. This surgery is by far the best thing I have done, but it is also the hardest. I wish I would have realized that it only fixed my stomach size, it didn't fix my mind. I still want to eat junk, especially when I get down. I still want to do the things I did before. Old habits resurface in the face of adversity and I am struggling very hard to overcome that. almost 7 months have passed and I have lost about 70 pounds. Some days I feel like i haven't lost a pound. I am an ongoing process and I know that I will reach my goal because I have this amazing tool to help me. So to anyone reading this who is considering getting the surgery, make sure your minds in the right place because it can take a serious toll on your mental state. It also helps to have a support group. his site is great for that. Thanks for reading and best of luck on your own journey
  19. Thanks for all of the support. It is so nice to know I am not alone with the struggles that I am facing. It helps to know that I have somewhere to turn without fearing the" I told you you couldn't do it" or the" I told you it wouldn't work" speech.
  20. amberj

    My inspiration and my progress

    This is what I live for! my beautiful little girls--this is the reason i'm here and they are the driving force in me getting this surgery done. I want to live a long happy healthy life so I can see them grow into the beautiful women i know they will become.
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  22. amberj

    100 3525

    My first bathing suit in like 7 years. still along way to go but im making progress
  23. I just went shopping---in my storage closet!!! and i put on and zipped a size 16 :) :) :) :) :)

  24. zumba foe the wil is so fun. best part, I can look like an idiot in the privacy of my living room. rhythm isnt my thing. but it gave me one back of a work out !

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