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    From 360 to 180, I am amazed at this, and it’s been 4.5 years. Please everybody, stay with it, it works!
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    This post is the follow-up to my post asking for advice earlier this week - http://www.thinnertimesforum.com/topic/120767-advice-for-post-op-dinner-party/ A few days ago, I starting really worrying about a dinner party I was invited to and asked for advice. I got lots of good pointers, mostly along the lines of “don’t get so worked up over this - people won’t care/notice.” Well, last night was the dinner party, so here I am for a post-party postmortem. Before the party, I had emailed the hostess to say that I was a vegetarian-who-now-eats-fish (a category I once derided as “fake-atarian” but must now dignify with the name of “pescatarian” I guess). I was happy to hear that the hostess also falls into this category, as does another guest (whew! I wouldn’t be arriving at a lamb-roast! that’s a good start!). I loaded up on protein early in the day just in case, and determined to do my best to eat a little bit of whatever was served. I was also praying for salad, since I can do a pretty decent job of taking out some green leafy vegetables without getting too full. Or maybe a buffet-style thing where I could just take tiny bits of things. I arrived to find that there were only 5 of us, total (alarm bells!) and that the hosts are sort of famous for their cooking (more alarm bells!). However, they are also very very very fit and health conscious people, so I was still holding out for something other than a giant plate of carbs. I had some wine before dinner and some veggies and hummus, which was a great option. Then, the baked brie topped with fruit and nuts and maple syrup (Canadians!! grr!) came out of the oven, and a loaded up cracker was thrust at me. “This,” I thought briefly, “would be a bad time to find out that I dump from sugar.” You see, dear reader, I have had no sugar, other than the stuff naturally occurring in dairy, fruit, and veggies, in 8 months, so I had no idea whether this would be the end of the world or no big deal. (I maybe should have experimented beforehand.) I ate the cracker with the stuff on top, and the maple syrup definitely wasn’t a selling point in my opinion, but it went down and stayed down, and I felt OK. As a non-Canadian, I do like maple syrup in theory, but do not enjoy the liberal use of it that Canadian expats seem to enjoy. Then, to table. Out come pre-plated dinners (worst case scenario!). They served seared tuna and grilled vegetables and grilled halloumi (an excellent firm salty Middle Eastern cheese, best eaten grilled or fried, doesn’t melt, just gets crispy). Yes! I can eat all of those things! I skipped the bread (and actually the salad, too, no room with this giant plate of normal sized portions!), and attacked the tuna, which was delicious. I ate really really slowly and drank wine while eating (please just wash some of this food through so I can eat more!) and managed to eat about half of the tuna, all of the halloumi and some of the veggies. I mumbled some things about low carb and how delicious everything was - it was actually really delicious. At a certain point, I was admonished to stop eating if I was full and not worry about it, since of course I was the last one eating and the only one who didn’t clean her plate I gave up at that point. Then, the hostess disappeared into the kitchen to get dessert. Which came back to the table already plated (small voice inside making strangling sounds). It was sitting in front of me before there was any possible way I could have politely declined or even asked for a smaller piece. These are people I don’t know at all, remember, and who are being very nice to me and my husband as new people, to invite us over for dinner - so I can’t really be rude here. It’s super ultra rich chocolate cake and ice cream (small voice takes on new urgency, sort of quietly screaming). I’m pretty sure I looked a little like a deer in the headlights, but I tried to be calm, really I did. I skipped the ice cream and got some tsk tsks for that, but I ate a lot (for me) of the cake. I maneuvered around the frosting and got only the cake itself, to minimize the dumping risk. I ate super slowly. I tried to refuse the fancy Italian chocolate liqueur that was served with it, and was allowed to share one with my husband (I took fake sips). The cake was good. I’m not really a chocolate person (sounds crazy, I know, but I don’t love it, and since my sense of smell went haywire last winter, it just tastes sort of bitter to me), so it wouldn’t be my thing in the best of scenarios, but at this point, I’m just eating slowly and hoping that I’m not going to have a dumping episode right here at these fine people’s house. I did not. I got a bit hot and sweaty, but nothing other than that. I’m glad I didn’t push my luck with the ice cream. I was fine. After we left, I was like “Woo hoo! I made it through being invited to someone’s house for dinner and I did OK! I ate like half of everything! I ate cake! I made it!!!!!!” I think I’ve just established myself as a person who doesn’t eat much or maybe a picky eater, which is fine. I guess that both of those things describe me now, so that’s probably a good thing. “Hi, I’m Jen, and I’m a picky eater who doesn’t eat much.” BUT, I’m a picky eater who doesn’t eat much who can go to dinner at someone’s house and not die! I did my MFP food diary when I got home (gee, I’m so fun), and I only had about 1100 calories total for the day, even including the two glasses of wine and the cake. I guess there’s only so much damage you can do if you’re eating tiny quantities. Good to keep in mind while focusing on keeping the quantities of suboptimal things small. I think this dinner was the signal to me that I need to experiment a bit more and figure out some more coping strategies for dealing with being served things that are less than ideal for my way of eating. Living the life of an expat in this part of the world means eating dinner at other people’s houses pretty frequently, as that’s a major portion of the social entertainment available. Since we’ve just arrived, I think there will be a good number of these kinds of things as people get to know us, and I’m hoping they all go as smoothly, despite my fears, as this one went. I’m about 28 pounds from GW right now, so at some point in the foreseeable future, I’m going to have to learn how to maintain, which will require learning to deal with the normal everyday food challenges presented as I go through my life. Up to this point, I’ve been narrowly focused on eating *perfectly* and this has served me well, but my strategy will have to change a bit. In general in life, I find it much easier to be an “all or nothing” kind of person - I can do *perfect* perfectly, for a while, until I can’t. I have a hard time going back to something like *perfect* after falling off the wagon, or making periodic allowances that disrupt *perfect*. This is something I need to work on. The cake didn’t kill me. The maple syrup didn’t even kill me. Today I can eat whatever I like, which in this post-WLS iteration of my life means greek yogurt and protein shakes and cheese and shrimp, and I don’t have to feel bad or guilty or anything negative at all about what I ate last night. In fact, I can feel good about it. I was flexible and I ate both to sustain my health and to perform a social function, and both of those things are important in life. And they liked us enough to invite us camping next weekend, so I guess we passed the test. I’ll make sure to bring some protein bars.
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    I had your picture up on my computer when my neighbour dropped her 4 year off for an hour while she ran her older kiddo to school (missed the bus). First words out of her mouth was "LOOK! A PRINCESS!". I've printed a few copies of your picture Dunndeal - I hope you don't mind. Right now, she's giving you the finishing touch with some glitter markers!
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    I had ordered a shirt online at Lane Bryant and had it delivered to the store for free shipping. Tonight I went up to pick it up and they were having a big 40% off sale in the store, so I looked around. I have been struggling finding stuff to wear at home because my clothes were all so big, you could see my bra exposed in a lot of my shirts and my pants were literally so loose and falling off that they were uncomfortable to wear. About 5 years ago, I lost about 50 pounds and as I lost, I got rid of my clothes thinking I would never need them again. Then I met my husband, got married, and had a baby - so I gained weight....all of it back and a few more. Needless to say, I am now at the size that I got rid of 5 years ago, and have nothing in my stock pile. I do have clothing the next size or two down, but that doesn't do me any good now. So, tonight I bought a few items. Here is where I had an amazing moment....I found myself dressing in clothing too big and as I showed the sale associate, she was like - girl that is too big...let's try the next size down and let's face it, you are only going to lose more weight (I told her I had gastric bypass). She was so nice, she was running around the store helping me find things that fit my body and found out that I now fit into a size 18 Super Skinny jeans, size 20 blue jean jacket, a shirt that was an 18/20, another shirt that was a 20, a sweater that is just a tad snug, but I still got the smaller size because I won't wear it for the next month or two. These clothes all fit me, but still give me the option to wear them as I drop another size or two. I was dumbfounded to say the least. I know that almost all jeans nowadays have Lycra in them to stretch, but honestly, seeing that size 18, just did me in. I was shell shocked, excited, and felt hot tears in my eyes. Same with that blue jean jacket. I even had to break down and get some new undies - as my others almost fall right off and are all crumpled up in my pants and uncomfortable. Pre-surgery I was wearing a 26/28 tops and 24 pants - and most were snug. Now I am fitting (with a little squeezing) into 18/20 sizes tops and bottoms. But I felt good tonight. It felt like I had actually began to feel the changes a little bit even though I can't really see them myself. With all of my issues post op and TPN, this shopping trip was the positive thing I needed to help me mentally get through my daily challenges. YAY!
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    PapaG

    PapaG After

    From the album Before & After

    This is me at 18 month post surgery at around 160 pounds.
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    There is only one. It was so nice to finally meet her, and yeah, she is the sweetheart I always knew she was.
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    Hello Tracy. Sounds like a rough situation you’re in. But hunger post sleeve is a strange beast. There are probably a group of interweaving things gong on. The sleeve stretches but very very little. Don’t expect much more room than you have now. That being said, swelling from the surgery is probably just going away and your tolerance for denser foods should just be increasing; so you’ll be able to start eating denser foods like Chicken. Just be sure to chew dense things really really well. I’m still not able to eat much of dense foods if I don’t chew it well. So be mindful when you eat dense things, chew until its mush. As for hunger, few Sleevers I know experience hunger pangs ever again after surger. For example, I have not experienced a hunger pang since getting my sleeve in 2014. However, whether you ever have them again, this early out you are probably experiencing acid and fluid gurgling which can often be mistaken for hunger pangs. My sleeve is very noisy and stil talks to me at least once a week. My money is on you’re hearing the gurgling and understandingly interpreting it as hunger pangs. All the above said there is also head hunger where our minds are convincing us we’re hungry. Wish I could say this goes away but I and too many other WLS’ers I know still battle that beast on a daily basis. Just know that you can succeed, you have the tool needed. Best of luck!
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    I am so very sorry for what you are going through. I don't know you but your post made me cry for you too. I wish that I had some words of wisdom for you. Instead all I am able to say is that I hope things turn around quickly for you. I will keep you in my thoughts and please keep us posted.
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    I know it's stressful, especially early out. But at a party, it's very likely that people will be focused on socializing and not really interested in what you are or are not eating. We tend to focus on it, but others don't. Speaking from experience.
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    I think your intake will increase a bit as your swelling goes down. At 4 months out, I can take in 3-4 ounces in a sitting. I think it will take you longer to get hungry between because of that. Also, I think you'll get better at heading off hunger in little ways. If I get hungry between meals, 4 almonds, a quarter of a protein bar, or a third of a string cheese do the trick.
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    So sorry to hear about the stroke, you must have been devasted to hear that happened during your surgery. I wish you only the best for your recovery. Many of us here have faced delays due to unforeseen circumstances either happening or being diagnosed in the lead up to our surgeries. Mine was delayed for six months by my surgeon after my husband died. He insisted I take the time to grieve before allowing myself to go through with the surgery. My best advice to you is to take the time you've been given as though it is a gift. Use it with the absolute belief that you will continue to have the surgery by preparing both your mind and your body for the surgery. I lost so much weight during my six months the surgeon was shocked. The surgery as a result was both easier for him as well as safer for me. You don't need to make any decisions right now...and probably shouldn't if truth be known. Just move on believing you'll go ahead with the surgery, albeit later than originally planned, and use the time to both recover from the hysterectomy (which I know takes time) and build your body back up to the point where you're ready when your surgeon says you are. Contrary to what many believe, WLS isn't a "Big" surgery. The hysterectomy you've just had was a far bigger surgery. I remember reading before mine that hysterectomies are considered second to heart surgery in the degree of "bigness" when it comes to surgical interventions.
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    Lol, some days I have a problem carrying 3 gallons of milk! And thank you!
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    not common to see a posting here where it was of any importance to anyone except us. We just carry around this paranoia that people will characterize us for not eating a lot! Dinner at friends last night - told 'em, they were surprised to see me so skinny, and not a word about my intake. It's becoming a non-issue for me.
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    I am very sorry that you are not able to have your first choice in weight loss surgery, but this change may prove in the long run to be a blessing in disguise. Although the sleeve has some advantages, the gastric bypass also has some very important advantages including quicker average weight loss, greater average weight loss, lifelong malabsorption of calories (to help you lose and then maintain your weight), a better ability to put diabetes into remission, an ability to essentially cure acid reflux, and (for many of us after the initial month or so) a much easier ability to drink lots of liquids. For me, another advantage of the gastric bypass was that nothing was taken out of my body during the surgery - It felt more natural to me as I didn't like the idea that I with the sleeve I would lose almost all of my stomach. Although medicine malabsorption issues can arise with a gastric bypass, resulting in a need to switch away from XL medications, most of us find that once we reach our goal weight that the need to take almost all of our medicines has gone away. I currently take no medicines (besides daily vitamins). I have not seen any study that shows that there is less hair loss with the sleeve than with gastric bypass. Some people have serious hair loss after weight loss surgery, some people have no hair loss after weight loss surgery, and most of us have some hair loss in the months after weight loss surgery, but most of the lost hair comes back by 12-18 months out. Being sure to have enough protein and liquids in your post op diet, along with taking your vitamins and a biotin supplement, appears to help with hair loss. I have never regretted having a RNY gastric bypass instead of a sleeve. Not once.
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    Pray for salad? I can eat more lettuce cause it squishes down to nothing in the belly. Have they seen you eat before? If so, then they may know you are a light eater? Good luck, have fun!
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    You have nothing to be ashamed of. We have bodies that are constantly trying to put on weight. It's a daily battle. As for what you perceive as whispers at work, I take comfort in the fact that most people are pretty self-centered and far more concerned about their own woes than yours. I do get it, though. Does your therapist have a nutrition background? I've been lead astray and wasted a lot of time taking advice from therapists who aren't really qualified to give advice on food. Not saying this is the case for you, just brought up memories for me. Please check in often. You WILL make progress. You're focused and capable. We're here to support you.
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    Hi @Eboni, I think you're looking at two different issues here: 1) will potato chips and spaghetti hurt your stomach (probably not? although the oil in the chips may make you pretty sick), and 2) will eating potato chips and spaghetti help you get to your goal weight. I'm pretty sure you know the answer to number 2: these are foods that, as a recent WLS patient, aren't going to give you any nutritional benefit, but they will crowd out the nutrients you need right now (mostly protein), leaving you less stomach space for those because you're filling yourself with refined carbs, which have little nutritional value. I'm guessing that potato chips and spaghetti might be comfort foods for you. This is probably a good time to think about different ways to approach your relationship with food so that you can make it a healthier relationship going forward. For me, those are two kinds of food that I have great difficulty eating in very small portions, so I'm not eating them at all until I'm at my goal weight, and after that, I'll re-evaluate (but probably not eat them much, if at all). I'm also still working very hard every day to make sure I get my protein in - I don't have room for "entertainment" food in my diet. Your best bet if you're not sure is to talk to your nutritionist - he or she may have some advice for you on this subject. In the meantime, prioritizing protein seems like the best way to get you where you want to be!
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    That is so awesome! In a month or two I'm projecting you will be in 14/16, so keep the receipt and tags if you don't wear them. Especially the warmer things.. I always wanted a jeans jacket but thought I looked like the Goodyear blimp in a size 24. I finally got one and love it! You go! And pretty soon you won't be able to shop at Lane Bryant
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    If you have recurring reflux prior to surgery, your surgeon will do his best to steer you away from the sleeve and toward RNY. I had horrible heartburn a LOT, definite signs of reflux, plus Barrett's esophagus (which is where stomach acid has irritated your esophagus so much it starts to turn into something more like stomach lining in self-defense; it can be a precursor to cancer in a very small percentage of people who have it). I'd done a bunch of reading before seeing my surgeon, so when he asked me if I knew what type of surgery I wanted, I said "Sleeve, but I can't have it, so RNY."
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    Hooray! I think about you everyday and look to your example as inspiration.
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    Take it easy Robin. Recovery from a hysterectomy takes time. It's painful and the restrictions are so frustrating, let alone all the hormonal changes that will be unbalancing your body and moods right now. You could well find it takes a few months before you even start to feel any degree of normality again.....that's not even taking the stroke into account. Be kind to yourself, and allow others to take as much of the load off of you as they will.
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    Thank you both I appreciate it this is so new to me now to have to go slow and things I can't do but I'm taking this all in and using every day as a blessing ....:)
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    I went to a labor day weekend bbq a few weeks ago. I just told the people we were sitting with and it was no big deal.
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    That is amazing Tom. 4 1/2 years out and you're still making a success of your WLS. Congratulations!
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    Didn't you lose a whole person, albeit a smaller one? My youngest daughter weighs around 125, so that means you've lost someone the size of her...amazing ❤️
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    Wow! I'm always amazed at how anyone could lose a whole person! You've done an amazing job and are an inspiration to all! Goes to show, one can lose their weight and keep it off.
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    The WLS just concentrated all the goodness in you. CONGRATS on sticking with things and seeing this through!!
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    Never been a huge fish fan so haven't tried that but did try some prawns a week ago and that went down... surprisingly problem free. BUT I know what you mean about the fried food - the first time 2 weeks ago I decided to try out a bite of something deep fried was mostly the old craving/love for that stuff saying "what the hell" but by the time the 2nd bite was being chewed I was already feeling so insanely heavy and uncomfortable on the inside I had to make myself throw it up before I felt comfortable. First time that's happened since the op and I aim to keep it that way - no more deep fried for at least a good long while. Strangely some lightly wok/stir-fried veggies were not a problem so I think it's mainly battered and heavily fried and saturated with oiliness that's the problem. As far as experimenting goes, I just can't help it. I've always been a food loving person, I even love to cook and bake and such and since I'm now on a more controlled and restricted food life, I've been since the end of the 3rd month, slowly but surely sampling all kinds of things in teeny doses, from half a slice of pizza to some chopped chorizo with a little salad to a couple of squares of dark chocolate and so on - just to see how my body reacts to different things now.
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    I had some social functions at work just 2 weeks or so after surgery - some round table discussions at lunch, where you're all just kind of staring at each other. I think you overestimate how much other people are noticing what is on your plate. Your friend may have noticed because it was small dinner party but this sounds like it will be larger. If buffet, minimize bare space on the plate by spreading out salad or schmearing foods (highly technical process of making a thin layer of food on plate rather than a mound). Who did I watch on YouTube that created the mashed potato cave and hid food inside? I really do think you'll be surprised at how little people are focused on it - its those that have had WLS who have been obsessed with food afterall.
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    Yes sometimes I carry a ribeye steak with me instead of lobster just to mix it up a bit. Works every time to break the ice. Yes thought planting the notion you are losing weight now with first dinner party would set you up for your losses over near future. In expat community everyone knows everything soon enough anyhow, so might as well shape the expectations.
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    I'm hoping to blind them with my sparkling personality! I can definitely say I'm on a diet, since I will probably be losing more weight in the next few months - this might be the best cover story in that it's... true. And will prepare them for me getting a bit smaller. Glad you did well on your trip to Indonesia. I adore Indonesian food - without the rice, it must work pretty well, actually. Lots of small bits of very spicy protein and veg. Now you've got me looking on Google Maps to see if there are any Indonesian restaurants around Muscat... Blessing a neighbor with your excess lobster is pretty good way to make friends. Maybe I should just carry some lobster around in my bag. "Hey do you want some lobster?" A classic opener.
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    I give you permission to use diabetes as an excuse. The pancreatic gods will forgive you!
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    Great point, @NerdyLady - fortunately, this will be, as far as I know of the invited guests, only expats and likely only people from English speaking countries. There will be more tolerance for weird food plans, for which I'm grateful. I'll try to relax about it, but my last go-around really stressed me out. I think I'll cross my fingers and hope that everyone has had a fair amount to drink before we go to the table, so they won't be noticing as much There was mention of tequila, so I may be in luck there. @Kio My husband has been REALLY helpful about stealing food from my plate so far. I'm *that* woman: "Oh, hon, I couldn't possibly finish this - do you want some???" Lol. That's soooooo not me, but I guess now it is. @Res Ipsa @Cheesehead @GAviv - Thanks for the reassurance that I can get through this without looking like a jerk - I give your responses extra weight since you've actually been dealing with this for a while, now @CJireh I'm thinking of inventing a gluten sensitivity... I know that annoys people who actually have celiac, and I do not want to make light of their really awful bodily responses to gluten, but it would be awfully handy. Maybe just "I don't eat carbs" - more truthful is probably better!
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    Are you in a cultural setting where food is an expression of love? In the past, I have agreed the wise people above about dinner parties. Not knowing much about Oman, I wonder if not eating much is insulting? I grew up around family/friends who were deeply disappointed if I didn't try their special dish. If this is the case, I would email the host and let them know in advance that you have many dietary issues that have restricted your diet. They will appreciate the heads up and this may avoid any hurt feelings. If this isn't the case, then I agree with everyone above! Have fun
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    I am thinking back on previous dinner parties and I am thinking I have no idea what other ppl have eaten, I don't think I ever take notice. I have a feeling no one will even notice. However if someone does seem to notice or say something, you could always say that you have special dietary needs or food allergies or whatever and they most likely won't pry.
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    As usual, I totally agree with Greer (GAviv). Relax and enjoy the dinner and any other parties that you go to. We all worried about this issue after our surgeries, and have found out that most people really don't care what other people are eating or not eating, especially in today's world when so many people are on special diets for medical, religious, moral or some other reasons. Just focus at the party on talking to other people and having a good time. If someone does ask why you do not want more food, just tell them that you are on a special diet that limits what you can eat. If they push more (and they won't) just explain that you need to eat high protein food in limited amounts only (although try not to say that as you munch on a cookie).
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    Jen, is totally right in her comments. When eating I ask myself (what the nutritional value is) what's in it for me. There is nothing in chips or pasta for me even this far out. I didn't have surgery to eat junk and pack it back on. If my family is having pasta, I cook chicken for me, put a little cheese on it and add some marinara sauce. If you keep putting in your body what you've always put into your body, you're going to get what you've always gotten; overweight. Now, the honeymoon period is the time to make major changes and take off your excess weight. I wish you luck...
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    There's definitely a line between loving concern and concern trolling. With the actual concerned people (your mom), it's easy to be annoyed, but at the end of the day, she's worried about you because she loves you. She's just seeing a big difference and it's a shock to a mother's watchful eyes. With concern trolls, I suppose it's just a matter of time before they give up and realize that you're happy and healthy and are just thinner than you were - and that it's nothing to concern themselves with. Humans are pretty nosy creatures, and when you add some possible jealousy in there, it's a bubbling stew of "concern" that isn't pleasant to be on the receiving end of. Eventually they will grow tired of speculating and go back to being all wrapped up in their own business - self-centeredness being another thing humans are are good at. I hope the concerned voices grow much quieter very quickly, for your sake. Did I mention that it's very convenient to move to the other side of the planet where you know no one during this process? Blank slate, baby.
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    I am very sorry that you are going through this. I had no such problems after my surgery.
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    Thank you, its been far too long since I’ve been here.
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    Another walk today...two miles. Not a problem but I'm drenched in sweat. Granted it's warmer than normal here in the NE but my son and husband were with me and they weren't drenched. I'm not usually a huge sweater but now that I'm out of shape AND heavier, I'm a mess when I exert myself. I know that will go down when my weight goes down but for right now it's annoying.....HOWEVER, I'm not going to stop moving because of it. I just came home and changed. Tomorrow I'll walk again. I want to be physicals in better shape by the time my surgery gets here.
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    I agree wholeheartedly @BurgundyBoy re the chicken breast. In my opinion the absolute worst cut of meat from the humble chook.....and completely unforgiving in the cooking, yet always the cut recommended for the diet conscious. I'll use the breast for a parmigiana or a Swiss chicken dish, but neither are particularly diet conscious meals hahaha!!!! I've come to love the thigh meat for most of my cooking, but love the drumstick. Until now I tended to avoid them though because of all the advice to remove the skin for healthy eating. I certainly don't do that these days....I figure given my capacity for only a single drumstick the skin is minimal anyway. I've never tried confit cooking but might give it go when I next have to cook - that's probably about 6 months away for me given the 200+ meals already in my freezer.....yes I was very prepared for my recent surgery knowing I wouldn't be cooking afterwards. I'm proud to say I've not tried anything yet deep fried or battered. I dumped so easily on sugar that fat just stayed off the menu. I'm not afraid of it from a diet point of view, rather the dumping potential. Last time I dumped I lay down and it was 12 hours before I woke up again.
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    So true! This is a sort of emotional burden we carry. Other than to us, no one much notices except the Evil Busybodies who really aren't worthy of notice.
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    @BurgundyBoy Were this not a forum made up of fine people, I would use some choice words to let you know how terrible you are.