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Colleen’s Fleet Street Spinach Pie

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So, my friend Joanna who is in my writer’s group had a wonderful little party last night. The New York Philharmonic performed Sweeney Todd and she was the assistant producer. PBS filmed the production and it was broadcast on Friday night. Joannaaaaaaaaaa had a private screening for all her friends where she served “meat” pies and held a pie making contest.

I made spinach pie. I had never done that before. I was not really sure how to make a spinach pie. I had a three goals in mind when I started. One, I wanted a vegetable and spinach is my favorite. I was a little afraid that with meat pies and fruit pies, I would not have anything that was very bariatric friendly. Two, being bariatric friendly, I didn’t want to eat too much crust. And three, I wanted to win.

So, I perused a few spinach pie recipes and then just winged it. It was absolutely delicious. Even people who claim not to like spinach liked it. And I won!

I won a little plastic 1st place medal, a decanter of whiskey which I cannot drink, and the best part of all! I won a one month light membership to Canvas, which is an alternative co-work space for artistic types who do not have an office.

I was so thrilled because I really only expected to win the bragging rights for making the best pie, which really would have been enough for me. (Don’t tell Joanna, though!)

People have been asking me for the recipe. While I’m a good cook, I’m really bad at putting together recipes. I’m the worst kind of cook. I don’t measure and I just mix everything together until it “looks right”. So, here is the recipe for my award-winning Fleet Street Spinach Pie! Good luck!

I Have Always Wanted To Do That

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I have had a rough winter, physically, emotionally, food-wise. I have just been making myself crazy. Like most people in the US, I will be so happy to put this winter behind me.

With spring making an appearance in the DC area today, I feel inspired. I got up early this am and went to a Women’s Day luncheon for Empowered Women International. My good friend Sush took part in their program and now has her own art studio.

When I woke up this am, I was not feeling well. I had a bit of constipation, which is quite painful. I had to pick up my friend at 10am, and I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make it. I forced myself to deal with it and just go.  I am so glad that I did. I had a great time. I also came away from the event inspired.

I also started thinking about all of the things that I never did because of my weight and all of the health problems that I had. I had trouble walking and breathing. I felt that I could not fully participate in events because of that. Or I was depressed because of my weight and health problems, so I did not even try.

One of my biggest fears, now that I have lost 127 pounds and can do so much more, is going backwards. I do not ever want to find myself in that place again. So, when I got up this am not feeling well, it was tempting to just say home under the covers and whine about not feeling well. I probably would have too if Sush had not called me.

I dragged myself off the couch, took a shower, put on a pretty dress, styled my hair, and left the house. As Sush would say, “The New Colleen goes out!” I did. And I’m glad for it.

So, I decided I would make some goals for myself this spring. There are all kinds of things that I never did that I really want to do. Here are 5 things I have never done that I am going to make myself do this spring.

So, we’ll see how much I get done. I have to do the Tidal Basin walk and Cherry Blossom parade at particular times, obviously, but the rest I will give myself until the first day of summer to complete.

I want to kick off the warm weather season right. I need to dust off the funk from this winter. I think getting out and doing stuff I have never done before I a great way to jump into spring!

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Continuing Weight Loss

First, I’d like to begin by dedicating this post to my friend Joanna who when I told her I had lost 58 pounds earlier this week, said to me, “Oh come on give me 60 at least!”  She was joking of course, but now I get to poke some fun right back at her.

I weighed myself this am.  I am down to 238 pounds.  That is a total of 60 pounds lost since October 24, 2012.  So, there you go, Joanna, 60 pounds!  🙂

I have to tell you.  I am amazed.  It is hard sometimes for me to believe that I have lost this much weight.  I do see the difference when I look in the mirror and when I look at pictures of myself from before the surgery.  So, I do actually believe it, but I am still sometimes surprised when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror or put on clothes that just a few months ago were far too small or me.

Today I went to see a movie with my friend Sushmita and then we went to lunch.  The restaurant we went to had booths.  Normally, I prefer tables because I do not fit well in booths.  I could have asked for a table, but I decided to be brave and test out the booths now that I’ve lost so much weight.

Good news too!  I fit very comfortably in the booth with room to spare!  I was so happy.  Eating there was pretty easy too.  I had a lamb burger, with no bun and instead of a side of fries, I had a side of grilled asparagus.  Gotta love mediterranean restaurants.  So, I had half the burger and three spears of asparagus.  I did bring the rest o the burger home to have for either dinner tonight or lunch tomorrow.  I have not decided which.

I have had some problems this week.  I have been suffering constipation off and on.  I’ve been trying to follow my doctor’s advise when this happens.  Drink a lot of water.  Do not skimp.  Make sure I get 64 oz in no matter how difficult.  I can take some chewable fiber pills, but if I do that, I absolutely have to make sure I meet my water requirements.  Also, when I suffer constipation, I am not allowed to push at all.  I know it’s kind of gross to think about, but I just cannot put that kind of pressure on my stomach.  So, I have been in a bit of pain this week.  Good news is, I was finally able to go.  Now I am feeling really good.

I am including a photo of me sitting in the booth at the restaurant.  Excuse my hair.  I did not have time to do anything with it this am, so I just pulled it back in a pony-tail.

 

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First Weigh-in

Today I went to the doctor to have the staples removed from my stomach.  I was so happy to get rid of them.  They were very uncomfortable.  I’m still dealing with some minor pain and discomfort, but I am feeling much better.  Eating has become easier as well.

I’ll be honest, the first couple of days were a lot harder than I thought they would be.  The pain was incredibly bad and I had a lot of problems with nausea and discomfort.  I found it hard to create an eating/protein shake/water drinking schedule.  I definitely had days where I know I did not eat nearly enough.  I tried to supplement food with protein drinks, but I know I did not get quite enough of those either.  The past couple of days, however, I have had a much easier time.

Today, the nurse removed my staples and put tape across my scar to help keep the scar closed.  I have to keep the tape on for ten days.

OK, now the big news.  While I was at the doctor’s office, they weighed me.  Today, I weighed 281 pounds.  I started at 298.  That is a 17 pound loss in 10 days.

WOO HOO!!

I was surprised honestly.  I was not sure if I had lost any weight.  I was so focused on healing, walking, eating properly, that I have not focused on the weight loss yet.  It feels good to see some results.

Today I am sharing a picture of my friend Guin’s cat.  The cat’s name is Shelly.  Shelly reminds me of my sister’s rag doll cat., except my sister’s cat has beige markings instead of black.  I think Shelly is a beautiful cat.