My Weight Woes

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I'm going to talk about something that I NEVER thought I would talk about on my blog… my weight! You heard me, my weight. No, I'm not going to give you my actual weight (I'm not THAT brave, plus, we all know it's subjective… right?). As you know, I had a FULL hysterectomy last February. It was medically necessary. Very necessary.  The positives far outweigh the negatives. I REALLY do feel better. I had PCOS, severe endometriosis, a prolapsed and retroverted uterus. I had 4 surgeries related to all of my "female" problems. One included the removal of a 12 cm fibroid tumor. A couple of others were from cysts that kept growing and wouldn't rupture. Another was to remove my fallopian tubes. They were blocked (from years of endometriosis & previous surgeries) and causing lots of pain. I was young (for today's standards) when I had Palmer. I was 26 to be exact. I look back on that now and really believe that it's a miracle that we even had him! I had no idea that I had all of these problems until we tried to have another baby when Palmer was six. I had a molar pregnancy (results=no baby) that gave us a cancer scare and then a miscarriage all over the period of 4 years. All of those surgeries were in between all of that (oh, yeah, two other surgeries-D & C's). Then the biggie came…BREAST CANCER. I had a double mastectomy. A hysterectomy was just the next logical step (we decided that trying to physically have another child after Breast Cancer just wasn't smart for me). To tell you all this isn't the reason I'm writing today… my weight is! It's impossible to prepare someone for what happens to their body after a hysterectomy. Unless your Mrs. Hollywood and have the most amazing metabolism in the world, it's gunna change. More than likely not in a good way.  I know it's not all about good looks but it's just not healthy for me to carry all of this extra weight.  My back always lets me know when I have extra weight and it's NOT happy right now. So, I'm doing something about this. I'm telling you all about it because I think accountability is a super motivator! I started  the Advocare 24 Day Challenge on Monday.  Scary, very scary.  I have been gluten, dairy & sugar free for the past three days and will be for the seven more (it's the first part of the challenge).  I'm over dreading it. I was just ready to start. It took me a while to grocery shop! Reading labels takes time. But, I'm OK with that. I'm ready for results and I know that your diet is 70% of the problem. I exercise 4 times a week, so that's not my problem. I know it's the food I eat.  Wish me luck! 

I do want to share this recipe with you. I've made this recipe before but never knew it would be a staple for my diet one day! It's protein & fiber rich and meets my challenge requirements.  I found it on the blog, Honey, We're Home. It's called Taco Turkey Casserole. You can add cheese if you want (I of course won't be). It contains brown rice and I have never been a great rice cooker. Our Best Bites blog shows you the BEST way to cook brown rice and it's so good and easy!  I will incorporate this process into my directions!

Directions for baking rice (adapted from Our Best Bites). Pour 1 1/2 cups brown rice in an 8 in square baking dish.

Bring 2 1/3 cups water, to a boil, either in a saucepan or in the microwave.  Keep an eye on it and take it off heat immediately after it starts boiling. Immediately stir in 2 tsp unsalted butter or oil. Add 1/2 tsp salt.  Pour water over rice in baking dish. *note-you will have more cooked rice than the recipe calls for – save it for later!

Cover baking dish with two layers of foil, or one layer of heavy-duty foil. Put dish in 375 degree oven & bake for about an hour.  Remove dish from oven and uncover. Fluff rice with fork, then cover dish with kitchen towel and let stand for 5 minutes. Uncover and let rice stand 5 minutes longer. What results is much better than what I've ever cooked on the stove top!

Take your cooked turkey (the turkey is so lean, you should not need to drain it)…

And add a can of black beans (drained). I use reduced sodium beans, the taco mix has plenty of salt. Plus I do salt & pepper the turkey a bit.

Next, add your Taco Mix (they make a low sodium mix, I tried it before but I didn't like it, too bland. It's up to you).

Add your cooked rice and you're done! You may add cheese if you want (I never do, but you might). You can even top with sour cream. If you are trying to be lean though, skip the cheese and sour cream. I do eat THESE with it though…THEY ARE AN OBSESSION OF MINE! I'm not eating them right now because of the gluten. I'm eating Mission Tortilla chips right now because they are gluten free.

So there you have it! Let me know what you think if you make it!


8 Responses to My Weight Woes

  1. Sarah says:

    I did the 24 day challenge with my sister in August! It is such a great jumpstart and will get you on the right path. I've continued my diet and exercise regime since then and I've lost 10 lbs so far. I'm down 16lbs altogether from last year's peak weight. I have a lot more to go, but I feel so much better already. Don't get discouraged if the numbers don't come off as fast as you want.  (Mine did not…I take FOREVER to lose a pound). Just keep at it. It's a lifestyle change you are after and that is what will keep you going in the long run with weight loss. I've done no program since ending the challenge (except eating the proper amount of calories) and have lost 1 lb per week on my own with the habits I learned. I also did the Couch to 5k program alongside this which helped me out. Good luck with the challenge! Go to Livestrong.com for help after the challenge to keep up your weight loss. It is an awesome way to track your diet and exercise every day!

    • Wow-thanks Sarah! I haven’t seen you but bet you look awesome! Thanks so much for the encouragement! I need it! I’ve lost 2 pounds so far. It is disappointing when you get on that scale and haven’t made the progress you had hoped. But, my clothes tell the real tale. Already noticing a difference! Have you gone back to gluten or are you still staying gluten free? Thanks for the tips too!

  2. How, after all these years, did I not know you had PCOS?  I have it as well (was diagnosed when John  was about 4.)  As you know the root of PCOS is an endocrine issue – insulin resistance -   dealing with insulin and as  my Dr. told me "if you aren't using your insulin, you are wearing it!"….thus the super, not fun fact that PCOS alone (not to mention all the other changes you have gone through) make weight a continual effort.  Piper has the insulin resistance as well (and couple that with her Thyroid issues and you have a whole other party of fun!)It has always been a battle and so frustrating!!!! 
    Anyway, I got way off topic and onto myself ~sorry~ and I truly didn't mean to do that!  I hope you find all the motivation and self control you need to meet each and every challenge and find a healthy place on the weight front.  You are so right about it being about health and NOT about a number (hey, you can always trim the tags out of clothes if it is about a number…right?)

    • Yes, Michelle-PCOS (the devi’s evil step sibling!) Do you take glucophage for it? I took it for years, but quit after my hysterectomy. Am wondering if I need to go back on it? The all natural hormone Dr. said to stop it but isn’t a guru of PCOS so I wonder about it. Several ladies on the internet said NOT to quit it…hummmm! I know SUGAR is the culprit for anyone with PCOS! Didn’t know Piper had tyroid issues….bless her heart. She’s such a beautiful, kind, smart young lady – you guys have done such a wonderful job with all of your kids!!! Love & miss you friend!

  3. Mindy says:

    I (sheepishly) can say I never had an issue with weight until after my hysterectomy a few years ago.  That, coupled with getting a wee bit older, has led me to try to eat differently.  I had a really, really hard time giving up what felt like EVERYTHING most diets required.  For me, I have found that cutting back on calories and increasing my exercise had helped me the most.  I am unable to use HRT due to my strong family history of breast cancer.  I am sorry to read that you had to endure this also.  Both my mom and aunt are survivors, both with a different variety of cancer.  They have had two cousins with it also and their brother, my uncle, recently passed away from prostate cancer.  I wish you the best with your weight loss endeavors.  God Bless!

    • Thank you very much Mindy! Yes, you sure do have a strong family history. I did not, which is why it was so surprising when I was diagnosed! I praise God everyday for my early detection and healing. God Bless You too and thank you for your words of encouragment!

  4. phyllis says:

    You have been through way too much!! You look so young and pretty in your little 
    thumbnail pic! 

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