What's on your Saturday menu?

Melody P.
on 1/15/22 12:20 am - TX

Good mornin everyone! I've been up since midnight and couldn't fall back asleep. My feet , esp my left one, feels awful. I feel awful all over honestly lol

No big plans for the day. It's windy and cold. We need rain or snow so badly. I might clean on my room a bit today. It's not bad or anything, just needs straightening up. I might try to take it easier today...we'll see. Yesterday a section of siding came partially unattached from the shed and we had to nail and screw it back on. Winds were as height as 70mph yesterday and it's supposed to be bad again today.

Food was decent yesterday. The best in a few weeks. I need to work on protein more. I only got about 60 in yesterday. I will add a daily PP shake to work on it.

QOTD: I had a good idea for a question yesterday but it's gone like a fart in the wind. Which I guess has me wondering. What, if anything, are you most forgetful about?

HA! Life in general. I forget anything and everything

B: JUST egg, shredded potato, bacon, cheese and onion cup, coffee

L: we have some pork we are going to smoke...just unsure of which meal it'll be.

D: if not for lunch then pork...maybe some Brussels sprouts

S: yogurt , cheese, PP shake

if lunch isn't pork then it'll be enchilada casserole from the freeze.

here is a necklace I finished up last night. The necklace is made from copper then treated with LoS. The dragon head is copper plated brass.

Queen JB
on 1/15/22 4:56 am
RNY on 07/20/15

Morning! It's a toasty 3 degrees right now and that is the high for the day. I am staying in and under the covers today :) I have also been up for many midnight hours, so thought I would check in and say hey.

QOTD: I am terrible about remembering to reply to texts and emails when I read them at work but can't reply in the moment. Once they are read, I just forget to reply, and feel terrible because it must seem like I am ignoring people.

I need to do a ton of cooking today because this week I had a lot of ingredients but never put them together, which led me to grabbing easy things but that were not on plan. I'll know more about what I am eating today after I actually get my butt in the kitchen and start cooking!

  • High Weight before LapBand: 200 (2008)
  • High Weight before RNY: 160 (2015)
  • Lowest post-op weight: 110 (2016)
  • Maintenance Weight: 120 (2017-2019)
  • Battling Regain Weight: 135 (current)

Melody P.
on 1/15/22 6:02 am - TX

Good to see you here on the weekend!

on 1/15/22 5:50 am
RNY on 06/03/15

Mornin' All!

no big plans for the day here either. I guess reading. Although I just listed to a People's Pharmacy show on hoarding which is making me think maybe I should spend the weekend going through crap in my basement, which I've been planning to do for at least a year but have yet to get around to it. I wouldn't be considered a hoarder because, according to the show, part of the definition is that your "crap" interferes with parts of your life (e.g., not being able to get your car in the garage because you have too much crap in it), but seriously - we have a few boxes down there that I haven't unpacked since we moved into this house 24 years ago. Do I seriously need something that I haven't unpacked in 24 years? I'm thinking this would be a good weekend to get to it, especially today, when it'll reach a blistering 18 degrees. Plus the omicron surge - I've been limiting my trips out since it started. Might as well do something productive while I'm stuck in the house...

QOTD: I never used to be forgetful, but I've noticed more of it lately. It's kind of freaked me out because Alzheimer's runs on both sides of my family, but it could very well just be age-related. It's mild enough that my PCP said it could be either, and the tests they give wouldn't be helpful in my case, at least not at this juncture. Most people do get more forgetful as they age. She thinks (and I agree) that I'm probably more sensitive to subtle changes than most since I'm very aware that dementia runs in my family. But at this point, it really could be either. Like QJB, I sometimes forget to reply to emails - or I sometimes have to search my brain for someone's name that I SHOULD remember - or some word that escapes me. Anyway, enough on that.

B: skyr with raspberries, coffee with half & half

MS: I don't really need the protein (if I follow this planned menu), so I may just have SF/FF hot chocolate as my Miralax vehicle today. It's a good day for it.

L: cheesecake-flavored yogurt pie with blueberry compote

AS: piece of "malt loaf" with Greek cream cheese (I got this because my usual stores were out of light whipped cream cheese - OMG - this Greek whipped cream cheese is great!). Also, some kind of protein to go with this - either 1 oz of gouda or a L&F yogurt

D: a small piece of chicken lasagna and cole slaw made with Asian-style dressing ****ep putting the lasagna on my menu but most days I end up opting for something else...)

ex: strength-training with my resistance band for sure, and maybe some kind of cardio (which would be a youtube video since I'm not going to the gym until we're on the downside of the current surge)

have a great Saturday, all!

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 150 LW: 138 CW: 163

Melody P.
on 1/15/22 6:02 am - TX

3 out of 4 of my grandparents had Alzheimer's/dementia. It's a very real fear of mine too. I credit most of mine to the meds I'm on at the moment. I used to be sharper than a tack...in some things I still am.

on 1/15/22 8:29 am
RNY on 06/03/15

two of my grandparents had it (one on each side). And one grandfather died in a car accident at age 54, so who knows if he'd have eventually developed it or not. But yea - having it even in one grandparent on both sides is a little worrisome! (my father had it, too, btw). So it's definitely a concern...

RNY 06/03/15 by Michael Garren (Madison, WI)

HW: 373 SW: 316 GW: 150 LW: 138 CW: 163

Amy Liz
on 1/15/22 7:30 am
RNY on 11/21/16

Good morning ~ 70 mph winds, yikes! Stay safe. Yay for a 3 day weekend! Today we are taking the dogs to the park, playing/walking 9 holes and watching the NFL playoffs - which I will pretty much read and possibly nap through. Making chicken on the Traeger - I love smoked chicken, can't wait!

QOTD - I occasionally forget random things but I'm pretty organized in general. My mom's side were all sharp to the end. My dad had dementia pretty bad - his sibling too. His parents died young so not sure there. I do worry about my husband. He has dementia/Alzheimer's on both sides and can be forgetful.

Accountability - awesome! I'm killing it! 2022 was supposed to be perfect, but that has not been the case for me. It started rocky with diet and exercise but it's getting better.

B- coffee, eggs with salsa

l- carnitas and cheese

d- smoked chicken

s - almonds, jerky



exercise - walk and golf

Have a great day!

SW 309 CW 216.4 GW 175 LW 150

on 1/15/22 8:07 am
RNY on 10/29/19

Good morning! We are in an RV park attached to a huge fun casino and we didn't go anywhere near it last night. Too many people, and work wore me out. We are thinking of going this morning, masked of course, for breakfast. Then a nice walk with the dogs. This late afternoon we have a date with old friends to see their new house. Should be a great day.

I did really well on my food choices yesterday, but my weight is still up.

QoTD: I tend to forget where I put things "safely " away, and struggle to find common words when I'm typing emails. But I always take a breath and try to engage my brain on something else, and then the word will come to me.


B. Probably bacon and egg


D: street tacos, so I'll eat the insides. And wine. That I know for sure.

Peace Everybody!

Height 5'3"

HW 200

surgery date 10/29/19 177.9

CW 108

goal weight 125

White Dove
on 1/15/22 8:42 am - Warren, OH
White Dove
on 1/15/22 9:28 am - Warren, OH

Melody, your artwork is so amazing. My husband's mother had Alzheimer's and most of her sisters and children ended up with it. Her sons and brothers tended to die rather young. My husband has an older brother who was born in 1936 and he is the last son left.

I have never heard of any Alzheimer's in my mother or father's families. But I know that years ago, people hid things more. I do believe that there is more research and new medicines happening and that there might be some new cure for it in the future.

I have used memory tricks since my 20's to remember things. When I met a person I form a picture in my mind that helps me to remember their name. A guy named Phil Swanson has a image in my mind of him standing at a construction side with a sign that says Fill Needed next to him and he is handing out a box of Swanson TV dinners. For a grocery list of 10 items I associate each item with a picture in my mind that goes with the number.

One - run. I picture a horse running with the item in his saddle. Two - Zoo - I picuture a bunch of monkeys in a zoo playing with the object. Three - tree I picture a Christmas tree decorated with the object. Mnemonic memory was first taught by the Greek poet ****ro in the sixth centry. These are techniques I learned years ago and if I want I can quickly memorize a list of 100 items. Remembering people's names was very helpful when I ran a beauty shop and has been helpful in any job or social gathering.

Nothing bothers me quite as much as forgetting something. I also make lists and spend about 15 minutes a day focusing on what needs to be done and when I need to do it. Some of the people that I personally watched slip into Alzheimer's were extremely intelligent people who worked hard and were very active. Then they settled into comfortable and secure retirements and seemed to just quit using their mind for anything.

One friend was diagnosed in his late 50's and went on medication. That may have slowed the progress, but he still ended up with the disease. He was able to live at home until he passed away in his 70's with his wife to care for him. I believe that studying, exercising, and learning new things might be what the brain needs to fight off Alzeimers. I may be 100% percent wrong but it seems like if a muscle or body part is not used enough, it atrophies. My plan is to use my brain as much as possible and keep it active.

Real life begins where your comfort zone ends