Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: Picked up some gorgeous Honeycrisp apples at the Farmer's Market on Saturday so I made one of my favorite breakfasts. It's perfect too because October is National Apple Month!

Shelly's Cinnamon Apple Walnut Salad

3 oz. Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor I used SF Caramel)
dash Cinnamon
1 Apple, chopped
2 Tablespoons Walnuts, chopped
1 Tablespoon Dried Cranberries

Mix yogurt, SF syrup, and cinnamon together till well blended. Toss with apple, walnuts, and cranberries. I used California Red Walnuts in this. If you can find some use those. So good. If not, regular are fine.

I made a double batch my Mum loves it too. The acid in the yogurt will prevent browning of the apples so you can keep it for a bit in the fridge but it's best if you make it and eat it for the crunchiest apples and walnuts.

7 Protein Packed Grab & Go Breakfasts

Lunch: One of my super easy go-to lunches. Melted Cold Cut Roll-ups. I make lots of different combos yesterday it was Turkey, Green Chili & Cheese.

You can eat them cold of course but if you have the time to warm them do it. It's worth the extra couple of minutes and pan washing for all this melty, gooey cheese deliciousness.

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Dinner: This would be great as a Thanksgiving side dish, it will be on my Turkey Day table. I added some cooked turkey sausage but you could leave it out for any vegetarian guests.

Shelly's Butternut Squash and Greens Cheesy Gratin 

2 lb. Butternut Squash, cubed & roasted
Olive Oil
Kosher Salt
9 oz. Birds Eye Steamfresh Chopped Kale
8 oz. Store bought Spinach and Artichoke Dip (or Creamed Spinach)
1 cup Low fat Cottage Cheese
a few twists of Black Pepper
Optional: 1 cup Cooked Ground Meat (Sausage, Beef, Turkey, Chicken, or not if you want a veggie version)
2 Tablespoon Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 425. Place cubed squash on a baking sheet. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Toss to coat. Bake for 45 minutes turning 2 or 3 times during cooking. I cheated and bought already cubed & peeled squash from Costco (I've seen it at Trader Joe's, Fresh & Easy, regular supermarkets) because I value my fingers and butternut squash is a pain in the you-know-what to chop up. If you get the whole squash look for a medium one about 2 lbs in weight. When squash is done. Reduce oven to 350.

Nuke the kale as per package directions. Set aside. Nuke Spinach Artichoke Dip. I used Trader Joe's Spinach & Artichoke Dip (TGIFridays makes a version too, they are in the frozen section.)  I've also seen them in refrigerated section of delis. Any will work. I warmed it to make it stirable. So if yours is not one of the frozen versions you won't need to microwave it. If you can't find the dip you could just use a package of frozen creamed spinach.

Whiz cottage cheese in a mini food processor or blender till smooth. Mix all ingredients together: roasted squash, spinach dip, kale, meat (I used turkey sausage), cottage cheese and black pepper together and spoon into a casserole dish.

Top with grated Parmesan. Bake for 25 minutes. Place under the broiler for 2 minutes to brown top. I ate it as is but it would be great as a side with turkey or ham at the holidays.

Snacks: Lots of coffee as usual and a Cherry Coconut Protein Shake.

Shelly's Cherry Coconut Protein Shake

8 oz. Milk (any, I used soy)
1 scoop Lean for Her Vanilla
1 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Coconut)
1/4 cup Frozen Cherries
a few cubes of ice

Whiz on high in a blender.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Thank you to all who entered The World According to Eggface Healthy Halloween Trick or Treat Giveaway

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Congratulations! You are the winner of the Purple Nike Workout Bag filled with some of my favorite weight loss surgery friendly protein shakes, snacks and more. You have mail!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: I had a few appointments and errands to run so I grabbed a couple of my Banana Chai Protein Donuts, tossed them in a snack sized Ziploc and went on my way. This last batch I made I made a few with red walnuts and a few sugar free chocolate chips (Walmart) just pushed a couple of chips, nuts in right before popping them in the oven and in my travels I had a Starbucks Sugar Free Vanilla Soy Latte.

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Lunch: I came home and made these protein packed, flattened meatballs. They had a Greek vibe with mint (don't leave it out) and the Greek yogurt cucumber dip. They are a great lunch or dinner. I ate a couple just dipped in the yogurt sauce but you could top a salad with them or use a piece of Boston lettuce like a cup and drizzle the dressing on top. Would be a great game day appetizer too. 

Shelly's Beef Kofta (Flat Meatballs) with Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce

1/2 lb. Ground Beef (you could really use any meat: pork, turkey)
1 teaspoon Dried Mint
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 cup Almond Meal
dash of salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

Mix with hands till combined. Form into 8 meatballs. Place in a pan I used a drizzle of olive oil for crunchy edges (Pam would work too) and press down slightly to form ovals. Saute until they are well browned on all sides. Serve hot with Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce.

Cook's Note: almond meal and almond flour are interchangeable in this recipe: meal is just ground almonds with skins on, flour is ground almonds with skins off.

Cucumber Mint Yogurt Sauce

4 oz. Plain Greek yogurt
1/4 of a Hothouse (English) Cucumber, diced fine
1/2 teaspoon Dried Mint
dash of Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper

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Dinner: Foil Fish Packet. A go-to dinner at my house. Shelly's Tilapia Squash Foil Fish Packet: slice up some squash placed it on a piece of foil, 1 green onion. Add a piece of any fish you like (I used tilapia, shrimp or scallops would be great too, just lower the time by 5 minutes) Sprinkle with any seasoning you like, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil. Wrap everything in foil tightly. Toss on a covered BBQ for 20 (defrosted) - 25 (frozen) minutes and depending on the thickness of the fillet.

Don't open the lid. Trust me it will come out perfect every time and best of all. If you are really bad like me eat it directly from the packet and there is zero clean-up... well OK a fork. I served it with a dollop of Greek yogurt seasoned with the same seasoning I used on the fish cause I dip everything.

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Snacks: Lots of coffee powered my day (those splashed of soy milk add up) and I was in the mood for something crunchy and gave these Crunchy Bean Snacks a try. Yum! and 7 g. protein. I had the sea salt ones (they come in 5 flavors, I have a packet of the tomato basil to try next.) 

More Days in my pouch

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Eggface Healthy Halloween Trick or Treat Giveaway

Halloween is quickly approaching and we can't let the kiddos have all the fun. I've got a goody bag of health and weight loss surgery friendly products, some of my favorite protein bars, protein shakes, snacks and more. Trick or Treat WLS style!

Happy Halloween! Tell a friend! It's Giveaway Time!

The Prize: A purple Nike Exercise Bag so you can hit the gym, beach or travel to the Your Weight Matters Convention and hang out with me next summer and it's jam packed with some of my post weight loss surgery bariatric favorites...

3 single serving packets of Celebrate Vitamins ENS in Vanilla Cake Batter, Chocolate Milk, and Strawberry flavors (each delicious shake contains a high potency multivitamin, 500 mg of calcium citrate, 4 g of fiber, and 25 g of whey isolate protein in each serving)

1 jammed packed Sampler pack of Celebrate Vitamins including some of my personal favorites: Calcium Citrate Chews, Grape Multivitamin Chewable, Cherry B12, and tons more to try.

4 Celebrate Vitamins ENS - 2 in 1 Protein & Calcium Bar 2 of each flavor Caramel Chocolate Crunch and Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch.

7 single serving packets of Chike Nutrition Protein Drink in Chocolate Bliss, Very Vanilla, Strawberry Burst, Banana Magic, Orange Creme, and High Protein Iced Coffee in Original and Mocha flavors.

7 Quest Nutrition Protein Bars in a variety of flavors: White Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Brownie, Peanut Butter Supreme, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Banana Nut Muffin, Double Chocolate Chunk, and Cinnamon Roll.

5 single serving packets Big Train Fit Frappe Protein in Chocolate, Vanilla, Vanilla Latte, Mocha, Espresso flavors.

4 packets of Blue Diamond Almonds in Lime n' Chili, Natural, Wasabi & Soy and Roasted Salted flavors.

1 single serving packet of Unflavored BiPro Protein.

1 single serving packet of NutraSumma Pea Protein in Vanilla flavor.

28 oz. Purple Blender Bottle Shaker.

How to Enter: 1.) LIKE The World According to Eggface Facebook Page 2.) COME BACK HERE and LEAVE A COMMENT on this blog posting (be sure to include a name and some email address where I can contact you if you are the winner) Scroll down to # of comments below to leave yours. That's it, easy peasy.

For fun... Tell me what you are going to dress up as for Halloween or your favorite costume from the past.

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Contest Period Ends: Sunday, October 19th, midnight (Pacific), sometime Monday, October 20th. I'll draw a name using a random number generator and announce the winner here on the blog! I will also email the winner at the address provided. You'll have one week (7 days) to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen. Remember winners MUST be a Facebook follower (aka have LIKED) of the The World According to Eggface. One comment entry per person. Blog comments are moderated so there may be a slight delay (up to a few hours, especially at night if I'm sleeping Zzzz) in seeing your comment/entry post. Giveaway is open to anyone in the contiguous United States (48 contiguous only, sorry it's a legal and money $ thing.)

Be sure to check out my Healthy Halloween Post Weight Loss Surgery Survival Tips

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

It's World Egg Day! 8 Eggceptional Recipes

It's World Egg Day! Here are some eggceptional (sorry couldn't resist) dishes you can make to celebrate this awesome protein source. Low carb, high protein, all delicious.

Shelly's Individual Baked Chili Relleno Casserole

4 Eggs
1/2 cup Ricotta Cheese
dash salt
a dash (or 2 or 3) of Hot Sauce (I love Cholula)
1/2 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese (divided use)
1 (7 oz.) can Mild Green Chiles, drained and diced

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray 4 ramekins with Pam cooking spray. In a blender, combine eggs, ricotta, salt and hot sauce. Blend till smooth. Combine the shredded cheese (minus 2 Tablespoons) and chiles.

Spoon equal amounts of chilies and cheese into each ramekin. Pour egg mixture on top. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake until golden brown and the eggs have set, a knife inserted comes out clean. About 35-38 minutes.

Serve for breakfast or brunch with fresh fruit (looks fancy pants but is super cheap & easy) or for lunch or dinner with a little green salad. Perfect vegetarian dish for Meatless Monday.

Shelly's Baked Scotch Eggs

Shelly's Ham, Cheese, Triple Onion Egg Bites

Shelly's Cauliflower Chicken Fried Riceless "Rice" 

Shelly's Bacon Cheeseburger Deviled Eggs

Shelly's BTE Bacon Tomato and Egg Salad with Cucumber "Crackers"

Shelly's Egg Foo Young Bites

A Classic Hard Boiled Egg Bento Box Lunch

Which recipe are you eggcited to try?

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Healthy Halloween Post Weight Loss Surgery Survival Tips

Hope these ideas help you celebrate Halloween in a way that is still a ton of fun but honors your commitment to your healthy lifestyle post weight loss surgery. 

Healthy Halloween Survival Tips

* If you must buy candy... wait to buy candy till Halloween Day. Those bars won't be calling to you from the cupboard a week beforehand.

* Buy the candy you hate. If you love Snickers buy Sweet Tarts. Don't set yourself up by having your favorite peanut butter cups taunting you every time you enter the kitchen.

* Better yet... buy a non-candy treat to giveaway to the trick or treaters. The neighborhood kids will get plenty of candy even if you don't pass it out. There are tons of great alternatives to candy:

• Pencils
• Bracelets
• Bubbles
• Playdough
• Magnets
• Maze games
• Kazoos
• Key chains
• Whistles
• Trading cards
• Stickers
• Crayons
• Erasers
• Yo-yos
• Rubber Hi-bouncing balls
• Plastic Animals and Insects
• Coins
Glow sticks (my favorite and bonus they help kids stay safe as they wander the streets.)

* If you are heading out in the neighborhood trick-or-treating, make it a fitness challenge by having the group of friends or siblings wear pedometers and track how many steps they take. Then donate the candy collected (see below for ideas.)

* Be sure to eat a protein packed meal and drink plenty of water. If you are full from good stuff you will be less apt to want to snack on those not-so-fun sized candy bars as you are walking (FYI 4 fun sized bars = approximately 320 calories.)

* Stay home and have a Halloween Party: Put on Michael Jackson's Thriller and Dance, Read a Spooky Story, Make Tortilla Pizza "Monster Faces," 

Bob for Apples, Carve Pumpkins and Roast the Seeds, Make Deviled Egg Spiders, Make Monsters: A batch of play dough with some cookie cutters, a garlic press, a rolling pin, pipe cleaners, buttons, beads, etc. and you've got your own monster making factory.

Shelly's Pumpkin Spice Playdough

3 cups Flour
1 cup Salt
2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
3 cups Boiling Water
4 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
Couple of drops of Red and Yellow Food Coloring

Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl then add boiling water. Add oil and coloring and mix. Knead when cool enough to handle until smooth dough. It smells awesome too.

* Trick-Or-Treat For a Cause

Use Halloween to teach your kids about helping other kids. UNICEF sponsors a "Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF" program where trick-or-treaters collect change instead of candy. The money raised goes to UNICEF's worldwide aid programs. You can download all the information, box label and fundraising ideas on the UNICEF web site.

Also through its "Coins That Count Donation Program," Coinstar coin-counting machines, allow kids to contribute to organizations like the World Wildlife Fund and the American Red Cross. Kids can take change collected to a Coinstar machine donations can be made to participating charities when coins are deposited or you can get your cash and donate to a cause you hold near and dear. Kids might like to donate to your local animal shelter.

* Donate the Candy

Operation Gratitude collects candy for the troops overseas and many local dentists are drop-off locations for more information visit Operation Gratitude's web site and donating to your local Food Banks are always an option. Speaking of local food banks... please consider joining me in this project.

More Eggface Halloween Healthy Treats:

Halloween Bento Box Lunch Idea

Another Halloween Bento Box Lunch Idea
Shelly's Mummy Tortilla Pizza
Shelly's Deviled Egg Spiders
Shelly's Poor Barbie Protein Shake
Shelly's Healthy Halloween Fluff Stuff
Shelly's Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Jars with Harvest Mix 

Even more 
Spooktacular Healthy Halloween Ideas can be found on My Pinterest Halloween Page

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Post Weight Loss Surgery Menus: A day in my pouch

A day in my pouch is a series of blog posts to show what a typical daily menu looks like in my post weight loss surgery world. Here's what I ate yesterday...

Breakfast: Banana Chai Protein Mini Donuts. These will be made again and again. Not only do they taste great but they make the house smell AMAZING when they are baking. I used Big Train Spiced Chai Fit Frappe which is also a yummy protein drink that is great hot (my favorite way), cold or blended into a frappe with ice. Chai is an ancient traditional drink of India, black tea flavored with vanilla, honey and spices like cardamom, cinnamon, star anise, clove, so basically most of the spices you find in traditional banana bread recipes.

Shelly's Banana Chai Protein Donuts

2 Bananas, mashed
2 Eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Fit Frappe Spiced Chai Protein Drink Mix
1/2 cup Non-fat Dry Milk
1/4 cup Almond Flour (or Meal)
1/4 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
2 Tablespoons Sugar Free Torani Syrup (any flavor I used SF Vanilla)

Preheat oven to 325. Mix all ingredients till well combined. Spray Mini Donut Pans with Pam. Fill 3/4 full with batter.

Bake 14 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and remove from pan. Makes 24. After they are cool I stored them in a Tupperware in the fridge. Toss a couple in a snack sized Ziploc baggie for a quick breakfast on the go.

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Cook's Notes: Almond flour is ground almonds blanched almonds. Almond meal is ground almonds with the skins left on. They can be interchanged in most recipes.

This recipe would be great for those that are on a gluten free diet and looking for a gluten free banana bread replacement.

Lunch: Mmmm I haven't made a pizza version of my egg bites in a long time. Basically just toss in whatever you love on top of a pizza. I had mushrooms to use so I sauteed those, some mini pepperoni slices and cheese of course. These are great on their own. They make an awesome party appetizer or add a salad or they are great as a side with soup.

Shelly's Pepperoni and Mushroom Pizza Bites (aka Crustless Mini Quiches)

5 Eggs, beaten
12 Mushrooms, diced
Mini Pepperoni Slices (about 3 pieces per quiche)
1/4 cup Italian Blend Cheese, shredded
1 Tablespoon Oregano
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
a few twists of Black Pepper

Saute mushrooms and set aside to cool. Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together (except pepperoni). Spoon into lightly greased (non-stick cooking spray works great for this) mini muffin tin.

Place approx. 3 mini pepperoni pieces in each quiche. Bake for 30 minutes at 350. Let them cool a few moments they pull away and pop right out. Makes 24.

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Dinner: This was delicious. Super rich and filling. My Mum and I split 1 gratin dish and it was plenty. Leftovers heat up great for lunch.

Shelly's Baked Eggplant Ricotta

2 medium Eggplant, roasted
1 cup Ricotta Cheese
1 Egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/4 cup Shredded Italian Blend Cheese

Take the 2 medium eggplant and cube it, I left the skin on but you could peel it. I tossed the cubes with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of Kosher salt on a baking sheet. I roasted them in a 425 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes, turning twice during cooking.

Mix ricotta, egg, seasonings till well blended. Put the roasted eggplant in gratin baking dishes and top it with the ricotta cheese mixture. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Pureed, soft foods stage: I would peel the eggplant and after it's roasted put it in a mini food processor till smooth. Place pureed eggplant in the gratin dishes, top with ricotta mixture and bake same as above.

Snacks: Too much coffee, a peach and a Cottage Cheese Double.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

OAC Your Weight Matters #YWM2014 Wrap Up

This past weekend I was in Orlando, Florida attending the Obesity Action Coalition "Your Weight Matters" National Convention #YWM2014 learning about the latest science-based research in weight, health, nutrition, fitness and wellness and having a great time making new friends and catching up with old ones. I flew in on Wednesday and my friend Sarah picked me up at the airport. We found the nearest Starbucks and got to sit and chit chat over a latte which we only get to do in real life once (or twice if we're lucky) a year. I ate peanuts, a few pieces of dried apple, a protein bar, and a protein shake all day so I was really looking forward to dinner. We found a few people who had also come early and had dinner in the hotel restaurant. I had sashimi and steamed edamame. My protein count for the day ended up being pretty darn good. I went up to my room to take a last look at my presentation for the Beginning Advocacy Training Session for the next day...

This session sprang out of a discussion at the last retreat (the OAC National Board has a planning retreat each year) and the desire have more members armed with the tools to share their story and spread the word about the Obesity Action Coalition's great efforts on behalf of the 93 million people affected by excess weight and obesity within their own community and sphere of influence.

During the new session I presented a segment on how you can utilize the power of social media in advocacy efforts. This is super important to me and a place I think everyone of us can make a HUGE impact in educating the public about obesity, increasing access to care and treatment, standing up to weight bias and bullying, advocating for community issues like access to healthy foods, safe streets, more parks, community gardens, childhood obesity issues, so many areas. We can use social media to put our faces and stories to those headless images of those affected by obesity you find in the traditional media. For those of you that follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest you've seen some of my OAC messages, links to resources and brochures, calls to action... just imagine if we all shared just a few of those messages a month. We can use the power of social media to do so much for the causes we care about.

If you ever get a chance to go to the OAC Convention (FYI you ALL will be going next year! More about that later in the post) I highly recommend taking part in the Thursday Advocacy Training sessions. They are a completely free, optional add-on. There is also a National Advocacy Training that will give you the tools to take your advocacy to the next level. The OAC often draws from that group for the people they bring to Days on the Hill in Washington DC.

We had a nice Mingle that evening with tidbits (Mmm cheese) and chit chat and then ate dinner in the hotel, more sashimi. I was on a kick.

Friday morning Convention officially began and I was on stage at 9 AM to help welcome the crowd before our keynote speaker, Dr. Arya Sharma spoke, never miss an opportunity to hear Dr. Sharma, not only is he super smart but funny too. Follow him on Facebook.

The day was filled with amazing speakers: Dr. James Hill, Merrill Littleberry, Dr. Stephen Cook, Dr. Lloyd Stegemann, so much information. I facilitated a Lunch Session: "Linking With Others: Finding Your Support Online" and met a lovely group of ladies. Thank you to my pals at Sworkit (one of my favorite exercise apps) that provided me with a free pro-app download for each of my group.

The Expo Hall had lots of great vendors sharing goodies. At the OAC booth you could get all the great publications and learn more about how to get involved. Some of my favorites like Celebrate Vitamins and fitness inspiration Robanne Robin were there. I was especially jazzed for the health testing area.

That evening we danced, laughed and took crazy pictures at the Decades Party. You could dress in any decade you wanted. I was a 80's rocker. P.S. Everyone needs an inflatable guitar. It's awesome.

The Obesity Action Coalition also announced the dates and location of next year's convention. If you haven't heard: The OAC's Your Weight Matters #YWM2015 National Convention will be held in San Antonio, Texas, August 13th - 16th. Mark your calendars...

Saturday I started my day off before the sun came up with a group walk. I love walking in the AM it's a great way to start the day. Grabbed a shower and head down to the sessions...

The sessions began with Dr. Jim Levine. I could listen to him all day, he sounds like Chris Martin from Coldplay. Speaking of Coldplay "Sky Full of Stars" was this year's theme song. We also heard from Dr. Michelle May, Dr. Mark Gold, Ted Kyle... the list goes on. I'll talk more about all the education and things I learned in future blog entries but I have to share this pearl of wisdom from Dr. Michelle May's session I just had to tweet...
Amen. We need to work on that head stuff. It was a nice lead in to my lunch session. I facilitated a Lunch Session on Saturday called "In it for the Long Haul: Tips for Success in Your Bariatric Surgery Journey" I wasn't crazy about the title because you know if you have read my blog for any length of time that I believe there is no such thing as "success or failure" as long as you are in the game so to speak but I hopefully gave the table a few tips and resources that are helping me and will hopefully help them too. There were a few familiar faces from the Riverside Jarupa Valley Bariatric support group I spoke at last month. Thank you to my local peeps for your support.

After the final speaker session I went up to my room to get ready for the Awards Gala. I wore a black and purple dress. I NEVER wear dresses but Merrill's session back in Dallas changed that and now I vow to wear one every year. I didn't count on having to zip it up without assistance. Just call me pretzel girl. I twisted in ways I don't think I have ever twisted but thankfully I did it. This is the only full length shot I could find so far. That's James Zervios, Director of Communications for the OAC.

It was a lovely night. Several of my pals received awards Sarah Bramblette, Rob Portinga, the aforementioned Merrill Littleberry and the lovely Abby Lentz. BTW I have copies of Abby's Yoga DVD's I'll be trying out and sharing my thoughts about. I have been told yoga will help with body image "stuff" so I'm jazzed to try them out. Thank you Abby. We danced a little and said some goodbye's to those catching early flights.

Sunday morning's Inaugural Advocacy March to Washington, DC. was extra special to me. I had a little extra input in the planning of this portion of the event and seeing the ideas that I had jotted down on paper months ago turned into the real life interactive stations was a thrill. I was beaming as I watched participants making their voice heard by signing a petition for patient access to treatment, taking a stand against weight bias, learning how easy the OAC makes it to reach out to their local legislators, and getting a visual of the power of the OAC's voice across the country.

The event was an add-on and ALL MONIES raised went directly into next year's scholarship fund to help those that are unable to afford to attend come to the event. When next year's application process opens I will be sure to post that info on the blog.

All weekend convention attendees and those of you at home that took part had been logging their steps, we heard updates throughout the weekend and I was hoping we would get the necessary steps to make it to DC. WE DID IT! It was a powerful end to an amazing weekend.

I am glad we weren't a few hundred steps under. I know my Saturday count was missing at least that but I couldn't get the reading from my original pedometer because umm it fell into the toilet. Yes, that happened. I heard a plop and well I wasn't going in after it but we made it so thankfully those steps of mine that are swimming in the sewers of Orlando weren't missed.

So now... you must make plans to come to the event next year. I am especially asking you all to attend and help me make #YWM2015 even more awesome as I go from co-chair to taking the committee's lead next year. They say everything is big in Texas and I am counting on it! There will be tons of great speakers, even more wonderful opportunities to learn and try new things, lots of friend making and BIG smiles. Speaking of smiles... my face literally hurts from smiling and I lost my voice from talking so much. I miss everyone already and have been playing this weekends theme song on repeat. I'm sure I will share more videos and photos as I spot them online but I wanted to give an update let you know I made it home. I've been cooking up a storm too so tomorrow watch for a food post. Back to reality.

More Photos from the #YWM2014 on the OAC's Flickr Stream
Tweets from the event #YWM2014

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