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July 7th 2007
Hello everyone, my name is jessica i'm 23 years old a mother of a 2 year old and wife. I'm in nursing school now. I've been over weight since i was 4year old. The pictures i have of myself as a toddler show me normal. But since i've been overweight. My dad and mom separeted at 3 and they kidnapped me back and forth from mexico to Us. I ended up with my father at 4 years old and grew up not knowing my mom. We lived in alot of extreme situation from being homeless to being in a shelter and then living with friends till we became stable. I grew up as the fat kid always kinda being the outsider of my friends. Recently i realized all the pain i still have from all thoughs terrible name calling that still sticks in my head. from being boy crazy but never having a boyfriend thought elementary middle and very very few through high school. Ouch!! I started dieting and pills but the time i was 11years old. I had an extremely abusive nd alcoholic stepmother but the time i was 11. i would have up and down times, I was 150 in 5th grade and it didn't get better. I finally lost some weight at 16/17 but was still extremely overweight. I big contributor to my weight loss was my drug use. I was finally reunited with my mother and older brother at 17 years old and i went to see them in mexico. They moved back with me, and i finally felt a comfort and happiness i hadn't known in a long time. i started exerciseing and watching what i was eating limiting my carbs. I was losing weight finally by the time I was 18 i weight zbout 180 at my losest weight in my life!! i was young out of high school things were going good AND men were finally paying attention to me. A few months later i met the man who would become my husband. WE married 9mo. later, i wanted to to be loved. I know i pushed the relationship and ignored my instincts. Well me and my husband have had many extremes in very high or very low and it is not untill recently that we have been able to find a happy medium. Well me and my husband got together and started gaining weight not as active and eating sweets (husband worked in a bakery). then my father committed sucide june 2002 when my little brother were taking away from him and my stepmom. From there i just continued to gain. The next summer i was in a depression so deep gorgeing myself on sweets and food. locking myself indoors and not even working. But then end of summer i weighted about 260/270 Then in November i got pregnant with our son. By the end of the preganancy i weighted about 303. I quickly lost that weight by breatfeeding and eating right, but not one year after my sons birth i started coming on again with a vengence. I was at 290 when i started extreme dieting againg with diet pills. I lost 30 pound only to gain back 43. I went to a dietician in fall 2006 and i was all gong ho about it and lost 10 pounds but gained that back when things started going back to cheating, guilt and denial. i went to a special therapist who specialized in eating disorders. I lost another 15 with exercise making better choices. but in march 2007 got tendonitis in my feet and had to stop exercising for a while. Guess what i gained the weight back with the quickness and Really started feeling the effects the weight has on my body. My knees have been giving my trouble but now my feet and body are constantly reminding me of my weight. I'm young (23) and i feel young but am rudely reminded of my weight when i want to play on the gym with my two year old at the park. When he want to go outside and play and i have no energy. This is terrible but true my husband's back hurt for days after we have sex! I don't even want to have sex anymore. I'm a scorpio as is my husband and were so passionate and wild and now it's a chore and i can't work like i use to. I know i need help and drastically because i can't keep going like this. My mom was diagnosised with diabetes a year ago and i see the told it is taking on her life physically and emotionally. I want more. I've been planning to go to six flags with me husband since we got together five years ago, and this summer when we have the money and means to go I realized i'm 303lbs. I probably can't go on the rides :( I was working one night and after doing a 12 hr shift in th ed at the hospital i work I realized that my body can't go on holding this wait for my nursing career. I won't last! Then the next night I was placed on a biariatric floor at my hospital where I met an angel that told me her story and i realized how much i saw myself in her. She gave me the address for thinnertimes.com forum and i began looking and researching the different types of procedures. I would like to have route RNY procedure and my husband fully supports me. I just have to get placed on his insurance with kiaser.July is suppose to be open enrollment but no word yet. and i shoudl be insured by october where i will start the process with my PCP. I just can't wait...
From Mike: OK, so here is my recipe for "Clouds" - and these are FANTASTIC! Think of the McDonalds hamburger buns (the small burgers that come in a Happy Meal) and these are not too far from those. Wow - I am so excited about these, and I eat them every day!
Three Whole Eggs, CAREFULLY SEPARATED (whites apart from yolks)
3 Tablespoons Whole-Fat Cottage Cheese
1/4 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar
1 Packet of Sweet-n-low Sweetener (pink packet)
You separate the whites and the yolks of 3 eggs CAREFULLY (I put the whites in one mixing bowl, and the yolks in another) - the key is DON'T GET ANY OF THE YOLKS INTO THE WHITES. Add 1/4 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar to the whites and beat the whites on high speed until they are fluffy and form nice peaks. In the other bowl, smoothly mix together the egg yolks, the 3 TBSP of Cottage Cheese and the one packet of Sweet-n-low until smooth. Now, CAREFULLY fold this mixture into the egg whites until when mixed, but try and not break down the fluffiness of the egg whites too much.
Now, spray two cookie sheets with Pam or other fat-free cooking spray. Now, with a large spoon, "scoop" the mixture into 10 even rounds on the sheets. A good rule of thumb when doing this, is to "envision" how the top-half of the McDonalds Happy Meal hamburger bun looks - you know, around 3/4 inch thick and 4 to 5 inches across. You get the idea :)
Now, drop them in to a 300-degree oven, on the middle rack. Here is when you have to watch them, because I have NEVER seen the cooking time the same on any two batches. It is somewhere around 1/2 hour, but it could be less or more. You just need to watch them until them become nice and golden brown, the COLOR of a McDonalds Hamburger bun - you know, that dark brown-tan color?
Remove from the pans and cool on a rack or cutting board. Now, you will notice that these are crumbly and kind of stiff like cooked meringue - but don't let this fool you! ONCE THEY ARE TOTALLY COOL, seal them up into a ziplock storage baggie OVER NIGHT. They will totally change their consistency, to something much more like bread - a softer texture that is nice and chewy.
Now, since the sides that were facing the pan are perfectly flat, you use these to spread things on, or make sandwiches, or even as a burger bun! The choice is up to you, and you will be quite amazed at how much like a bun these really are!
HERE IS THE NUTRITION FOR THE *WHOLE* BATCH OF 10 - of course, you just eat how ever many you want, and then divide-up the nutrition:
Total Fat: 15 g
Total Carbs: 1.5 g
Protein: 18 g
WHAT A FANTASTIC ALTERNATIVE TO BREAD AND A GREAT BOOST TO PROTEIN! YAYYYY!!
I got the small whole wheat pita bread. Cut them in half then take the half and tear it apart and cut it in half again, you'll get 8 chips from one pita.
Spray them lightly with the "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" and sprinkle on seasoning, I used garlic and onion seasonings. Put them in the oven on 350 degrees for an hour to an hour and a half, watch them so they don't burn. Let them cool and they are crispy and YUMMO!! Add a small Laughing Cow cheese wedge and WOW!!