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Day 19: My car for sure. About two years ago I needed a new car and I began my search with a budget in mind. My dad told me about a car he thought I should get and once I googled it I fell in love. I went to my local dealership knowing it was wayyy over my budget and I bought it anyways. No regrets.

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Day 19.
I've heard people say they forget to eat and it has been such a foreign concept for me until this trip. I get so immersed in the activities plan that I literally forget about food!! (In the past, the reason vacations were pleasurable was SOLELY for the food!!![emoji3]). That being said, when I do eat, it's been not so clean. We were at an Indian restaurant and at the end, I couldn't resist saffron rice but could only have 4 bites and had that COMPLETELY stuffed feeling and it was over....

Splurge Item: After 15 years of marriage, my husband upgraded my wedding and engagement rings this fall. They are both exquisite and beyond measure a splurge that if I'd known beforehand could not justify. BUT, I'm extremely grateful for and LOVE it.[emoji176][emoji176][emoji176]

B-Side Question: Does Thanksgiving/Banquets make you nervous now? This will be my first Thanksgiving and we'll be traveling out of town for it and while I know it will be semi stressful because I won't be on my own turf and my sister in law is probably one of the best cooks I know, I'm not worried about the food part at all. The major reason I'm thankful for the sleeve is knowing my capacity, I will want to eat/hit the high notes of the meal and WALK AWAY from the rest easily and easier than ever before........... like I said, first Thanksgiving post surgery, we'll see what happens years out[emoji6][emoji28][emoji176]

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23 hours ago, Orchids&Dragons said:

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Gonna try it this weekend.

For the crust, I use about 1 cup each almonds and pecans (raw) ground up in the food processor with about 6 T melted Butter and a little splenda and just mix it and press it in the pie pan, freezing until ready to bake. Better than graham cracker crust!! And very few carbs!!

Edited by MIZ60

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Day 19: Biggest splurge item

Years ago my husband bought me a new car for my birthday. (We knew we were going to get a car anyway, but he surprised me with one that day.) He had it done in custom leather and a few other cool features. I would never have gotten all the "fancy", but I did love it and drove it for many, many years.

Interestingly, that is actually the only brand new car I have ever owned in my entire life. I loved driving it, but was less thrilled with making the payments on it. I now drive an old mini van! 😜

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The splurge item(s) I am most grateful for are the various pieces of beautiful jewelry my husband has gifted me with over the years, for birthday and anniversaries. Some of it is only worn on cruises or other dress up events but a lot I just wear almost every day. I can still remember the occasion for each piece being given and how special it made me feel. On our first anniversary, he gave me beautiful diamond studs and I gave him---wait for it---a bottle of his favorite cologne. We still laugh about that one.

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1 hour ago, MIZ60 said:

For the crust, I use about 1 cup each almonds and pecans (raw) ground up in the food processor with about 6 T melted Butter and a little splenda and just mix it and press it in the pie pan, freezing until ready to bake. Better than graham cracker crust!! And very few carbs!!

Why don't you cook the crust for a little while? It seems like that would amp up the flavor of the roasted nuts.

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15 hours ago, Orchids&Dragons said:

Why don't you cook the crust for a little while? It seems like that would amp up the flavor of the roasted nuts.

Well, it does cook some in the process once you put the filling in it but I never really thought about it. I did it the same way even when I used graham crackers back in the day. The way my mom made it as well. I suppose you could bake it some and watch closely since nuts burn easily.

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2 minutes ago, MIZ60 said:

Well, it does cook some in the process once you put the filling in it but I never really thought about it. I did it the same way even when I used graham crackers back in the day. The way my mom made it as well. I suppose you could bake it some and watch closely since nuts burn easily.

You might have been able to guess that I was eating a handful of roasted pecans (Love my air fryer) when I posted that 😁

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2 hours ago, GreenTealael said:

B-Side Questions: Were/Are you a sweets or salty food person? Has anything changed since surgery?

I was definitely more a salty person than a sweet person pre-wls.

Now, I am BOTH. 🙄

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20. I'm grateful for my furbabies every day. They are a huge support for me.

B-side - I've always preferred salt but I do like both. No change for me.

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Day 20: I am most grateful for my sweet mini schnauzer Bella in my daily life. She is such a good girl and always makes me smile. She follows me around the house and always want to sit with me (even on the toilet) .

B-side: It is hard for me to decide because they are both appealing. Fortunately, I have been able to eliminate most of the bad stuff (Kettle chips and chocolate candy come to mind) and found slightly healthier alternatives.

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