Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bariatrics, Bodybuilding and Baking

Yes, you read that correctly!  No, I am not kidding!

I’m not sure what got into me the last few months but I have been on a baking KICK!  It’s like all of my built up fat kid energy is just oozing out of my hands and into these baked goods.  I’m LOOKING for any excuse to bake and even cook:

Johnny is having a “special man friend” over- I should make brown butter buttermilk pancakes for the morning before he leaves.

My friend is having her monthly “party” she probably wants something chocolatey and sweet!

Mom had a rough day at work she probably wants a big dinner AND dessert!

Of course with Marc’s competition being over the poor guy has been bombarded with baked treats and baked treat ideas that he has too much of a good heart to say “Quit feeding me bakes goods crazy lady!”

I can’t even go into how much my co-workers hate/love me hehe.

Just because I don’t eat the treats doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy watching people indulge and enjoy eating them.

So…. how does this all tie in together and POSSIBLY work?!? How in the sweet name of baby buns am I able to live a bariatric lifestyle, a bodybuilding lifestyle AND a baking affair all at once?!

BALANCE.

I don’t eat all of the treats I make.  I absorb 100% of sweets and simple carbs due to the bariatric surgery so I have to pick my sweets VERY carefully.  I will pick ONE to take a TASTE of…not eat the WHOLE thing.  I also train VERY hard at the gym.  If I know that I will be indulging in a bit of a treat I will put in some extra time at the gym to make sure that I am countering the calories coming in.

I have always said that I REFUSE to give up things that I enjoy.  A lifestyle change is just that…a LIFESTYLE.  You can’t spell diet without DIE.  I choose LIFE.  It IS possible to find a balance.  I am constantly realizing what my weaknesses are, where I can make better choices, where I need to be a bit more cautious and the things I’m just better off avoiding because I know what would happen if I take just a taste…#Ieatthewholething.

Nobody is perfect 100% of the time.  There are days where we all screw up.  Finding the courage to forgive yourself, let yourself indulge responsibly and not drive yourself crazy becomes the daily battle that we all need to fight.

It’s pretty much been proven that diets DON’T work.  BALANCE, MODERATION, CONSISTENCY, PLANNING AHEAD and HONESTY DO work.  Sure, it will take longer, sure you will be more accountable because it comes down to YOU creating your own lifestyle but boy is it worth it.  You don’t miss out on ANY of the foods you love and enjoy, you don’t have to be nervous to go out with your friends or to family functions because you know what you are getting yourself into, you have planned ahead and you are prepared.

(BELOW ARE PICTURES ARE SOME OF MY BAKING CREATIONS)

With regards to my training and diet, I have scheduled my second round of plastic surgery and will be going in on July 3rd.  This round ended up being a bit different than originally planned because of the extra body fat I lost since meeting with him in 2012.  For this round he will be doing liposuction of the thighs, hips and back and grafting it into my breasts.  He will then be doing my arm tuck.

Due to the financial strain that surgery causes, I have decided to hold off on working with my amazing coach for a few months until the new year to give me a bit of extra cushion on finances.  Marc has been incredible to let me bounce ideas off of him with regards to my training / diet in order to get a good routine in play until surgery.

I am taking a bit of a different approach with my diet.  I met with my bariatric surgeon as a follow-up from the emergency surgery and we chatted a lot about the Paleo lifestyle.  He said that this was the type of lifestyle that is most beneficial for bariatric surgery as we are getting the nutrients we need and our body absorbs actual food instead of trying to absorb overly processed foods. I was a bit hesitant about this idea because I do enjoy my non-fat greet yogurt, sugar free bbq sauce and sugar free pudding…all of those things I will have to give up on this lifestyle.  At the same time, I think it will be a good challenge as well as an educational experience.  I will be eating 7-8 times per day but starting with about 2 oz. of lean meats per serving along with fresh veggies, healthy fats and nuts/seeds.  I have a hard time sitting down to one full meal so I think that spreading out the ounces during the day instead of just having a container of a full meal next to me all day and eating from it when I can will be more beneficial to getting in the calories as well as easier to track exactly what I am taking in.

My training is staying consistent with cardio 3-5 days per week.  I purchased the T25 by beach body to use in the mornings and I LOVE IT!  It is literally 25 minutes in the morning, it gets me out of bed, gets my energy levels up and gets me going for the day.  It’s GREAT!

Lifting is staying heavy.  I am wanting to keep my weight/body fat the same while maintaining the muscle mass I’ve built.  If I can add a bit more muscle before plastic surgery that would be great but maintaining is my goal right now.  Once I am fully healed and recovered is when I will re-adjust and get a new plan together.  While I have a BIG goal in mind, I think it is important to stick with my little goals in order to get to the bigger goal.  You smellin when I’m steppin in?

BELOW ARE PICTURES OF SOME OF MY BAKING CREATIONS!

Passover treats (flourless) Cocoa Quinoa Brownies Matzo Toffee Apple Crumb Bread Avocado Banana Bread Pecan Butter Cookies Apricot Torte Hot Chocolate layer cake

Passover treats (flourless)
Cocoa Quinoa Brownies
Matzo Toffee
Apple Crumb Bread
Avocado Banana Bread
Pecan Butter Cookies
Apricot Torte
Hot Chocolate layer cake

Gorilla Bread

Gorilla Bread

Hamantashan For Purim: Apple Pie filling Snickers Filling

Hamantashan For Purim:
Apple Pie filling
Snickers Filling

Maple Brown Butter Buttermilk Pancakes which I named "The Morning After Cakes"

Maple Brown Butter Buttermilk Pancakes which I named “The Morning After Cakes”

 

Mother's Day Brunch (3) Savory Breakfast Casseroles Chicken Sausage Brown Butter Bacon Pancakes Orange Spice Bread Cocoa Zucchini Bread Home Made Nutella Strawberry Pop Tarts

Mother’s Day Brunch
(3) Savory Breakfast Casseroles
Chicken Sausage
Brown Butter Bacon Pancakes
Orange Spice Bread
Cocoa Zucchini Bread
Home Made Nutella Strawberry Pop Tarts

 

REESES OVERLOAD CAKE (2) Blondie Layers Chocolate Frosting Chocolate Cheesecake Peanut Butter Frosting and Reeses

REESES OVERLOAD CAKE
(2) Blondie Layers
Chocolate Frosting
Chocolate Cheesecake
Peanut Butter Frosting and Reeses