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PattyGirl66

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  1. Enjoy... This list is filled with sizeable options enjoyable enough to devour guilt-free without any diet damage. And while most of these Snacks pack a nutritious punch, a few are clearly set out to satisfy that sweet tooth (see #23!). But hey, at 100 calories or less, it’s worth the splurge. 1. Mini PB&F: One fig Newton with 1 teaspoon Peanut Butter. 2. chocolate Banana: Half a frozen banana dipped in two squares of melted dark chocolate. 3. Frozen grapes (any color): 1 cup (about 28 grapes), stuck in the freezer for 2+ hours. 4. Honeyed Yogurt: ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey. 5. Spiced Orange: One orange— about the size of a tennis ball— sprinkled with cinnamon. 6. Grilled Pineapple: 2 ¼-inch thick pineapple rounds (about 1 cup), grilled (or sautéed) for two minutes or until golden. 7. Berries n’ Cream: 1 cup blueberries with 2 tablespoons whipped topping. 8. Stuffed Figs: Two small dried figs with 1 tablespoon reduced-fat ricotta stuffed inside. Sprinkle with cinnamon. 9. Oats n’ Berries: ⅓ cup rolled oats (cooked with water), topped with cinnamon and ¼ cup fresh berries. 10. Dark Chocolate: One block, or three squares. 11. Nut-Stuffed Date: One Medjool Date filled with one teaspoon natural unsalted almond butter. 12. Chocolate Milk: 6 ounces skim milk mixed with 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup. 13. Cinnamon Applesauce: 1 cup unsweetened applesauce. Or, try this homemade version! 14. Citrus-berry Salad: 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice. 15. Maple-pumpkin Yogurt: ½ cup non-fat regular yogurt (go Greek for extra protein!) with 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon maple syrup… like this! 16. Chocolate Pudding: One 4oz package. Try a fat/sugar free version or a homemade one! 17. Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Five strawberries dipped in two squares melted dark chocolate. 18. Tropical Juice Smoothie: ¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice. 19. Vanilla and Banana Smoothie: ½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth. 20. MYO Banana Chips: One sliced banana dipped in lemon juice and baked. 21. Baked Apple: One tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender. 22. Fruity Waffles: One 7-grain frozen waffle toasted and topped with ¼ cup fresh mixed berries. 23. Skinny S’more: Two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate. 24. Cinnamon Graham Crackers & Peanut butter: Two graham cracker squares with 1 teaspoon peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. 25. Cereal and Milk: ½ cup rice krispies with ½ cup skim milk. 26. Milk n’ Cookies: Five animal crackers with ½ cup skim milk. 27. Warm Spiced Cider: 6 ounces apple cider with sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg, warmed. 28. Citrus Sherbet: ½ cup lime sherbet (about one standard-sized ice-cream scoop) with ½ sliced kiwi. 29. Café Latte: 8 ounces steamed skim milk with 1 shot espresso. 30. Jelly Beans: 25 of ‘em! Although we don’t recommend these. 31. Marshmallow Pear: ½ pear diced and topped with 1 tablespoon marshmallow fluff. 32. Protein Shake: One scoop Protein Powder with 8 ounces Water (choose from tasty powder flavors like Cookies n’ cream and chocolate peanut butter!). 33. M.Y.O. Popsicle: 8 ounces lemonade frozen in an ice pop mold, or use a small paper cup as a mold. 34. Apple Chips: Munch on ¾ cup of kinds like these, or use this recipe! 35. Carrots n’ Hummus: About 10 baby carrots with 2 tablespoons hummus. 36. Pistachios: A couple handfuls— about 25 nuts (Crackin’ them open will take more time and avoid grabbing 25 more). 37. cheese n’ Crackers: Five Kashi 7-grain crackers with 1 stick reduced-fat string cheese. 38. Dippy Egg: One with ½ slice whole-wheat toast, sliced (to dip in yolk!).39. Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes: Two roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. 40. Curried Sweet Potato: One medium sweet potato (about 5 inches long) cooked for six minutes in the microwave and mashed with 1 teaspoon curry, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. 41. “Cheesy” Popcorn: 2 cups air-popped popcorn with 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast— it’ll taste like real cheese! 42. Guacamole stuffed Egg Whites: Halve a hardboiled egg, remove yolk, and stuff the empty space with 2 tablespoons guacamole (avocado, lime, cilantro and salt). 43. Grilled Spinach and Feta Polenta: 3 oz polenta (about the size of a deck of cards) cooked with 1 ½ cups water and topped with 1 teaspoon feta cheese and a handful spinach. 44. Soy Edamame: ¼ cup boiled Edamame with 1 teaspoon soy sauce. 45. Dijon Pretzels: Two pretzel rods with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard. 46. Crunchy Curried Tuna Salad: ½ cup canned tuna with 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1 tablespoon chopped red onion, and two ribs celery (chopped). 47. Greek Tomatoes: One tomato (about the size of a tennis ball) chopped and mixed with 1 tablespoon feta and a squeeze of lemon juice. 48. Shrimp Cocktail: Eight medium sized shrimp boiled and served with 2 tablespoons classic cocktail sauce. 49. Smoked Beef Jerky: About 1 ounce— look for low sodium versions! 50. Cheddar and Tomato Soup: ½ cup tomato soup with 1 tablespoon shredded low-fat cheddar cheese. 51. Kale Chips: ½ cup raw kale— stems removed— baked with 1 teaspoon olive oil at 400° until crisp. 52. Sweet Potato Fries: One light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes. 53. Cucumber Sandwich: ½ English muffin with 2 tablespoons cottage cheese and three slices of cucumber. 54. Turkey Roll-Ups: Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard. 55. Mixed Olives: About 8 olives. 56. Antipasto Plate: One Pepperocini, a ½ inch cube of cheddar cheese, one slice pepperoni, and one olive. 57. Pumpkin Seeds: 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, sprayed with oil (just a spritz!) and baked at for 400° for 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle with Kosher salt. 58. Choco-Soy Nuts: 3 tablespoons soy nuts with 1 teaspoon cocoa nibs. 59. Wasabi Peas: About ⅓ cup of these green treats. 60. Balsamic Veggies: 3 cups raw peppers (any color!) dipped in 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction. 61. Cheesy Roasted Asparagus: Four spears (spritzed with olive-oil spray) and topped with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 400°. 62. Cucumber salad: One large cucumber (sliced) with 2 tablespoons chopped red onion and 2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar. 63. Spinach and Feta Egg-White Scramble: Three egg whites scrambled and mixed with ½ cup raw spinach and 1 tbsp feta cheese. Cook in frying pan or zap in microwave until egg whites are no longer runny (about 1-2 minutes). 64. Crunchy Kale Salad: 1 cup kale leaves chopped with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. 65. Chick Pea Salad: ¼ chickpeas with 1 tablespoon sliced scallions, a squeeze of lemon juice, and ¼ cup diced tomatoes. 66. Grilled Garlic Corn on the Cob: One small-sized ear brushed with 1 teaspoon sautéed minced garlic and 1 teaspoon olive oil, grilled until tender. 67. pretzels & Cream Cheese: 15 mini pretzel sticks with 2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese. 68. Bacon Brussels Salad: Seven brussel spouts thinly sliced and mixed with one piece lean bacon, chopped. 69. Rosemary Potatoes: ⅓ cup thinly sliced potato tossed with 1 teaspoons olive oil and a teaspoon of chopped rosemary. 70. Spicy Black Beans: ¼ cup black Beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon non-fat Greek yogurt. 71. Caprese Salad: 1 ounce (hockey puck sized) of fresh mozzarella with ½ cup cherry tomatoes and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar. 72. Goldfish: About 40 fishies…try the cheddar kind! 73. Chips n’ Salsa: 10 baked tortilla chips with ¼ cup salsa. 74. Mini Ham Sandwich: Two slices honey-baked ham with 2 teaspoons honey mustard rolled in a lettuce leaf. 75. Lox Bagel: ½ whole-wheat mini bagel with two thin slices of lox. 76. Chocolate Trail Mix: Eight almonds, four chocolate chips, and 1 tablespoon raisins. 77. Apples and Cheese: 1 non-fat mozzarella cheese stick with half of a baseball-sized apple (any variety), sliced. 78. PB & Celery: 1 medium celery stalk with 1 tablespoon peanut butter. 79. Cottage Cheese Melon Boat: 1 cup melon balls with ½ cup non-fat cottage cheese. 80. Carrot and Raisin Salad: 1 cup shaved carrots with 2 tablespoons raisins and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. 81. Tropical Cottage Cheese: ½ cup non-fat cottage cheese with ½ cup fresh mango and pineapple, chopped. 82. Blue-Cheese Stuffed Apricots: Three dried apricots with 1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese. 83. Rice Cake and Almond Butter: One rice cake (try brown rice!) with 2 teaspoons almond butter. 84. Sweet n’ Spicy Pecans: Five pecans roasted with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. 85. Apples n’ Peanut Butter: ½ an apple, sliced and dipped in 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter. 86. Chocolate Hazelnut Crackers: Four wheat thins dipped in 1 teaspoon Nutella (or other hazelnut spread). 87. strawberry Salad: 1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic. 88. Cacao-Roasted Almonds: Pop in eight almonds like these!
  2. PattyGirl66

    Chicken Muffins

    For anyone who loves muffin recipes- This is an Easy on the go food - can be frozen once done. This is a small batch I made (3 Muffins) You can double the recipe up to make 6 or more. *Get creative, you can add any meats to this such as diced up ham, Tuna fish, ground turkey, etc* Ingredients: 5 oz. can of chicken Breast (or you can use grilled chicken finely chopped) 1 whole egg/1 egg white 1/8 cup of celery (finely diced) 1/8 cup of shredded chedder cheese (reduced fat) or (any reduced fat cheese) pinch of onion powder pinch of chicken seasoning (optional) Non-stick spray Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 - spray 3 muffin cups with non-stick spray In a bowl mix all ingredients, pour mixture into a well greased muffin cup (3) , place in oven for about 20-25 minutes. Nutritional facts for ONE Chicken Muffin: (if you eat 2 just add on below) Calories: 100 Fat: 3.7 Carbs: 1.2 Protein: 15.3
  3. PattyGirl66

    65lbs lost :) - Progress Pics

    You look fantastic!! Keep up the good work!
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    Courage to not feel embarrassed I failed.

    Hey Juan, Listen, you already know what you have to do, besides who am I to judge anyone! You said it best, "get back on track". You know the first start is to make an appt. with your bariatric surgeon and let him/her truthfully know what is going on. They are there to 'help' you. The beauty of the band is that it is always there to 'help', but you have to do your part. You are going to be on the right path soon, just don't give up....
  5. Hey Everyone, I've searched high and low to find the BEST tasting Protein shake recipes for us! I just purchased the new NutriBullet Nutrition System and am having fun looking for healthy Protein shakes. I am going to start incorporating fresh veggies and will post as I go along. Many of these recipes I have already tried and LOVE! These Protein Shake recipes can be 'doctored' taylored to your liking, don't be afraid to experiment (that's what I do)! *some recipes you may add ice or not* this is entirely up to you the way you like your shake... Hope you all enjoy! Protein Shake Recipes Chunky Monkey 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 Scoop chocolate Protein powder 1/8 cup Walnuts ½ of a small banana strawberry & Banana smoothie 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 Scoop of vanilla Protein Powder ½ small Banana 3 Strawberries (fresh or frozen) Banana Split 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder ½ small Banana 1/8cup of chopped Pineapples 2 Strawberries (fresh or frozen) Blueberry Smoothie 8 oz. Skim or Almond Milk 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder ½ Cup of Fresh or Frozen Blueberries Chocolate Covered Cherries 8 oz. Skim or Almond Milk 1 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder 10 Fresh or Frozen Cherries 1 tsp. of cherry flavored extract or sugar free Torani Syrup (optional) pumpkin Pie 8 oz. Skim or Almond Milk 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder 1 tbs. Sugar Free Vanilla pudding Mix ½ cup canned Pumpkin ½ tsp. Pumpkin Spice Mochachinno 8 oz. cold coffee 1 scoop Chocolate Protein Powder 3 ice cubes Pina Colada 8 oz. Skim or Almond Milk 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder ¼ cup of Pineapples (fresh or frozen) 1 tbs. of Coconut extract or Torani syrup Butterfinger 8 oz. Skim or Almond Milk 1 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder 1tbs. Peanut Butter or PB2 Powder 1 tbs. Sugar Free Butterscotch Pudding Mix 3 ice cubes Cherry Vanilla 8 oz. Skim or Almond milk 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder 6 Maraschino Cherries 1 tbs. French Vanilla Torani Syrup or Vanilla extract Caramel Chocolate 8 oz. Skim or Almond Milk 1 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder 1 tbs. Caramel Torani Syrup (sugar free) 3 ice cubes Lemmon Meringue Pie 8 oz. Skim or Almond Milk 1 Scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder 1 tbs. of Sugar Free Lemon Pudding mix ½ tsp. Lemon extract (optional) 3 ice cubes Pistachio Cake 8 oz. Skim or Almond Milk 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder 1 tbs. Sugar Free Pistachio Pudding Mix 1/8 cup of Pistachios (optional) 3 ice cubes Strawberry Cheesecake 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder 1 tbs. of sugar free cheesecake pudding mix 4 fresh or frozen strawberries 3 ice cubes Mango Madness 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mangos 3 ice cubes Carrot Cake 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 scoop vanilla protein powder 1/2 cup fresh or frozen sliced carrots 1 Tablespoon low fat Cream cheese ½ tsp. Cinnamon ½ tsp. Nutmeg Peach Cobbler 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 scoop vanilla protein powder ¼ cup frozen or fresh peaches ½ tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. nutmeg Red Velvet 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 scoop chocolate protein powder 1 small beet Mudslide 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder 1 tbs. chocolate sugar free pudding mix 1 tbs. sugar free Kahlua syrup 3 ice cubes Almond Joy 8 oz. skim or almond milk 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder 1 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder ½ tsp. coconut extract 1/8 cup raw almonds (optional) 3 ice cubes
  6. Less than 8 Months! I am over the moon excited! It is so hard to comprehend that in less than a year I have made it this far, even though I have so much more to lose, it is a sure sign I am going to get there no matter how long it takes! Okay, How I did this you may wonder? I do what works for me! I track my food daily (no matter what), eating no more than a cup of food per meal and exercising. I am a firm believer in and have been on this thread about 'doing what works for you'. Finding a solution through trial and error is the way we learn, from mistakes. That is pretty much how it functions in the 'real' world. Many bandsters may disagree because they think 'their' way is the 'right' way! I make it a huge effort to not just to lose this weight, but to keep myself healthy while doing so. When I realize something is not working, or I just don't feel right I look back on my tracker of what am I eating and research on how I can improve things. Example: I noticed I haven't been eating my vegtables and fruits like I use to. So, I purchased the new Nutribullet and every morning I get a full dose of my veggies/fruits with my Protein. I not only feel good, but I feel good knowing that I am improving the benefits of my health by eating these healthy nutrients. I also added flaxseed ground meal to my shakes every morning as well. You see because this is what works for me! Don't compare yourself to others, and when you have a set back remember that you are only human. Don't beat yourself up, instead pick yourself up and get back on track. I believe with the right mindset you have the ability to accomplish anything! Lastly, thanks to my peers on here who continue to support and motivate me. You all have been a tremendous part throughout this journey from the beginning. To my best friend Missy (Mis73), I love you girlfriend you are my rock and my hero! Pictures soon to follow...
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    Lost Over 100 Lbs in....

    Dee, I barely reconized you! omg you are a skinny minnie!!! congratulations on your weight loss journey! Thank you so much for always being here for me (hugs)
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    Lost Over 100 Lbs in....

    omg, I am rolling here- this group is my all time favorite!!!! (hugs)
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    March Challenge-Lucky to be Losing!

    omg, I think half of us on here are going through the same thing... any day now for me,I reckon my weight is going to be on stand still for awhile, LOL
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    March Challenge-Lucky to be Losing!

    You are kicking azz! so proud of ya!!!
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    March Challenge-Lucky to be Losing!

    <-- Checking in at 265 - down -3 drum roll ========== I finally hit the -100 lb WHOOOO HOOOOOO
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    Hello Everyone!

    Welcome to our second home!! Keep us posted on your progress
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    bye bye to the old me...

    You are going to do just great!!!!! Congrats!
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    Starting to panic!

    I know many many of us can relate to this. I had the same fears as you, and still do. That will probably never go away. Now, I can only speak for myself regarding restriction with my band. I have never had a fill and I guess you can say I am in what everyone calls the 'green zone', for now. I am going to be honest to say that I still have cravings, and sometimes want to shovel things in my mouth. I just don't. Knowing I have this band around my stomache, for me puts things into perspective. I simply don't want to hurt myself, my band, and most importantly my health. These things 'steer' me in the right direction so that I can be successful. Like any wls you will always have to watch what you eat so that you don't gain back the weight, it will always be work and effort, you have to help the 'tool' in order to make this happen, and it will....
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    Nervous!

    The correct answer is "I will do this".. You have to want it bad enough to make it work! Can you taste success? Of course you can! The scariest part is the unknown, we all go through this. The scariest part is not doing anything about it.... You can do this!
  16. Very normal! Focus on keeping hydrated, as your new stomach heals each day you will be able to add more Protein. (hugs)
  17. All of my overweight life I never had a 'big' face. In fact, it was probably one of the smallest parts of my body. Last year after finding out I had a thyroid problem I had gained 65 lbs in 5 months. The weight this time went to my face (not all of it of course), it was the first time I had to LOOK at my once small face and see how disfigured it looked. It is still hard for me to see the photos without tearing up, but I wanted to share the difference weight loss has made in the shape of my face, as I continue to keep losing....
  18. Took the exercise machine 'Gazelle Edge' out of the closet ... Its about that time! 20 Minutes start date today, will do this every day until I increase it up to 30 minutes, then hopefully an hour!
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    Down 48 lbs - a work in progress

    You look fantastic!!! You are doing really really great!
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    March Challenge-Lucky to be Losing!

    <---- Checking in / Down 2 LBs / weight 268
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    Faces Don't Lie....

    Dolly, You are so beautiful, tiny, and fit! What an inspiration you are to me, thank you (hugs)
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    Faces Don't Lie....

    Missy, My rock.. what would I do without you. I love ya girlfriend!!! x0x0x0x0
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    Faces Don't Lie....

    Thank you Reen! I am here for you too hon!!!!!! (hugs)
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    You think Lap Band surgery is high? Check this out...

    extremely eye opening .....

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