Thank you all for your wonderful response to Suzy's weight loss news! That was most heartening. By the way, this morning the number had jumped to 105 pounds!
Now those extra large garments, and she had some very lovely ones, will be going to Goodwill so that other ladies will have an opportunity for attractive wear at bargain prices.
So, how did all this happen? First of all a down-to-earth discussion with our daughters, both of whom had been worried about their mother's health. They asked if Mom had considered surgery. A question to our primary doctor gained us a referral to Dr. Burpee (what a wonderful name for a bariatic surgeon!), who agreed that Suzy was a candidate for the surgery. Then came consultations with a nutritionist, a psychologist and a cardiologist.
The surgery itself, on January 24, did nothing but give Suzy a tool to work with. The rest of it was her own determination and will to succeed. She was aided, of course, by support from family and friends. That support continues, and your wonderful response is a big part of it!
Surgery was one tool. Here's another: the Vitamix blender.
Step back in time with us. A couple of years or so ago, Al Bossence (of Bayfield Bunch fame) blogged about his special breakfast shakes, which consisted of what seemed to us some very odd ingredients. Lord, we thought, we'd never consider doing THAT! Now, we are looking at Al's concoctions a little differently.
With this blender, Suzy can make the most wonderful tasting and nourishing shakes, and she's taught me how to do it also. Because she requires a certain amount of protein daily, and can't possibly get that from the quantity of everyday foods she can eat, she has a variety of whey-based protein powders in various flavors. The protein powders are added to a small amount of almond milk or soy milk (I usually use nonfat dairy milk) and an assortment of fresh or frozen vegetables and fruits. Spinach is a favorite due to its high iron content. Carrots and zucchini are frequent additions. Frozen strawberries or blueberries, frozen pineapple, frozen bananas (did you know you can freeze bananas? It's simple!) add nutrition as well as an icy chill. Fresh fruits are great also. Ice cubes go in for combined chill and liquid content.
One minute or so in the Vitamix, and there's a delicious and nutritious, if somewhat odd colored, morning or noon shake!
Drop by some time, we'll give you a sample of what's helping us along ... Our Life on Wheels!