Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Since the cat is out of the bag, its time for me to share some fun food stories. I was on liquids for quite a few days postop and may I just say that having only liquids gets really old? I could feel my stomach rumbling something fierce, but the weird part was....I didn't feel hungry. I am attributing this to being postoperative, and not because I have a band in there. But I got sick of the noise, no really. I would be just sitting on the couch, recuperating, and my stomach would be rolling and rolling and growling and super, duper ticked off. It was LOUD. I advanced my diet faster than I was supposed to and started eating mushy food. Mushy food is going to be on the menu for the next 3 weeks by the way. But my stomach has decided it isn't going to kill me from the inside out. I think it's still pouting, but it'll get over it.

Anyone out there ever heard of the Happy Baby Food Grinder? My mom had one growing up. She loved it. You could take what you were serving the rest of the family for dinner, throw it into the grinder, and Voila! your toddler who had few teeth could gum down some lasagna. I happen to have said food grinder at my house. My mom asked if the one I had belongs to her....and I think it does. It has a dated look to it. I'm not sure why I still have it, but thanks mom! This little guy is going to save my life, and the life of my loved ones who live in my house.

I have now used the grinder for a pasta dish a nice lady in our ward brought over, for lasagna (who said it was just for toddlers with no teeth?), and I plan on using it for a crockpot chicken recipe I'm trying out tonight.

If you think I am going to buy baby food to get me through the next three weeks you are Crazy! Although I really used to love the baby food plums. They had a little tapioca in them and they were oh, so yummy. (I even used to choose this as my "treat" when my mom took me to the store...remember mom?)

Which reminds me, tonight is mother-daughter night at young women's. We are supposed to bring a dessert we enjoy to share. Maybe I should buy a dozen or so jars of baby food plums to spread around? Nothing like making a broad announcement at a church function "Yep, I had lapband surgery...wanna suffer with me?" So I get to make a chocolate cake, because that is what my dear daughter requested. I could probably gum some of that down, but I've had enough chocolate cake in my lifetime....thankyouverymuch...and I don't need any more tonight. Tonight will be an exercise in enjoying people and company, and not food. This will be good for my relationship with food. We are on a bit of a break...only seeing each other 3x a day instead of 24/7. That kind of codependency is unhealthy.

But now that I've mentioned it, I think I'm gonna make a quick trip to Wally's to see about those plums. They gotta have some redeeming value in them, don't they?


McGiven Family.... said...

It sounds like you are doing great! Ryan likes baby food too...he would probably like that diet. It must be in the blood :) I hope you have a speedy recovery. Good luck!

Bridget said...

I am trying to teach my body about the 3x a day thing too....

mom/Janet said...

By the sounds of it, anywone would lose weight if they followed your diet. Maybe that could be my salvation. Nothing like being compelled to not eat sweets. Continued good luck

Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

We had one of those baby food grinders too and I inherited it when I had babies... I don't know what happened to it, but it was awesome because Baby Food is expensive and so making my own was way cheaper. Glad you have served food a Re"strain"ing order....ha ha ha...knee slapper, hope I didn't make you pop a stitch. Love you!

Katie said...

How ironic...Gary is studying about bariatric surgery right now. You gave a very good description of the procedure in your previous post.

Anyway, I am so happy for you. Deciding on any surgery is for sure agonizing. Everyone knows when their time is right. I am really excited for you! You are going to feel awesome when its all said and done. Hang in there! Keep making such wise dietary choices. (Do you like my wannabe pep talk?) Just wondering....can you ever have the band completely reversed? (I know I could do the research but I'm way lazy and would rather read blogs all day. :)