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Surgery Date: October 20, 2009:

Monday, February 18, 2013

How Easily I Forget

The parental units visited me this weekend.

Here's a pic of Mom and me at lunch on Sunday:

Having house guests reminded me how I do NOT keep the usual, everyday-type of foods in my kitchen anymore:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Breakfast Cereal
  • Bread
  • Butter
  • Rice
  • Cookies
  • Sugar
  • Jam
  • Crackers
  • Juice
  • Pasta
  • Frozen pizza
I suppose that list could be the average American's grocery shopping list.

If those foods are in my kitchen, THEN I EAT THEM.

So I don't buy them.

Maybe living on my own is one of the secrets to my success?

Many times I've heard peeps at weight loss surgery support group use their kids/spouse as an excuse of why they ate a certain food: "Because it was in the house. They bought it" they say.

Then usually someone else in the group will say something like, "it's your house too, you deserve to have a 'safe' food environment too."

What do they mean by 'deserve'?

What do they mean by 'safe' food?

Just in case you were wondering, here's what's usually on my grocery shopping list and in my kitchen:
  • Eggs
  • Fage 2% Greek yogurt
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Chicken
  • Turkey burgers
  • Cheeses (shredded, crumbled, cottage)
  • 1% Milk
  • Nuts (soy, almonds, etc)
  • Canned beans (refried, whole)
  • Protein bars
  • Soups
  • etc
Of course, a random pint of ice cream or Snicker's bar does sometimes make it home with me. 

It happens.

But do you know what's even more fun to bring home from a shopping trip?

A new pair of skinny jeans.


  1. I live with my husband and three kids, so a lot of the normal foods are still on my shopping list, so I make sure that I don't eat them. Luckily, with teens, the food usually isn't around long anyway. :-)

    My biggest problem lately is that one of my kids developed a lactose intolerance in the last year, so I have my diet, her diet and then the rest of them. I am still struggling to find family meals that she can eat or ways to adapt our meals so she can eat them. I apparently cook a lot of meals with milk and cheese.

    Because of our special diet needs, we both have special areas in our fridge and cupboard where just "our" food is kept. The people who can eat normally aren't supposed to eat our food. It usually works.

  2. I really need to organize the kitchen and put a pad lock on the "families" food cabinet! I can not get them to stop bringing junk home. Seriously I typically don't buy it.

    Love the picture of you and your mom! So sweet!

  3. Since my husband and I are both banded..I think that makes a huge difference. I can't imagine the junk that would be in the house if only one of us had this done! It could be a recipe for disaster! i don't think either of us would have been as successful.

  4. I have 2 school age children so I feel the pain of those people in your support group! We never buy cookies or juice, but Cereal is my downfall. We don't buy it often, and try to stick with the healthier kinds, but it still calls me like a beacon in the night!
    Thankfully I can't tolerate any bread products or else I'd be in trouble!

  5. No... butter? :(

    Glad you found a system that works for you, babe!

  6. I have thought about the difference of those who are able to control their environment vs those who share... :) In past "diets" my compromise is to ask that snack foods are ones I don't care much about...like I can pass on goldfish, but not cheezits, or most cookies, but not oreos...etc. I am about a month away from being banded, so hope that works. :) I am going to miss diet soda for instance, but they might kick me out before they got rid of all diet soda, lol....but they did get rid of my favorite kinds. ;) That is our family compromise!

  7. Thank you for posting your shopping list.. it gave me a lot of insight! I'll be phase changing on Monday! Thanks again!

  8. I don't have children, so maybe I am a little naive. However, I never really understood why the whole family cannot go a healthy, life changing journey with the person who has the lap band. It doesn't make sense to make hamburgers and mac and cheese for your children and spouse, then go off and eat your own thing. Eating styles are passed down to each generation. Part of the reason why I am overweight is because my parents didn't teach me to eat healthy (because their parents didn't teach them). Now that I'm an adult, I have to make the choice for myself.

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