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Here’s the blog post about my business if you missed it least week: http://bariatricbeginnings.com/2014/03/02/my-big-personal-goal-for-2015/
Oven Roasted Mustard Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts
1 lb of fresh Brussel sprouts
1 lb of fresh broccoli
4 tbsp. Dijon mustard
4 tbsp. olive oil
Salt/pepper to taste
1. Boil Brussel sprouts in hot water for 3-4 minutes. Then drain and rinse immediately with cold water.
2. Mix Dijon mustard,olive oil, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.
3. Place Brussel sprouts and broccoli in bowl of mustard/oil mixture.
4. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.
5. Place sprouts and broccoli on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
6. Roast at 400 for 15 minutes.
Update on my kidney condition that has been plaguing me for the past 7 weeks… I had my appointment with the nephrologist this morning.
I DO NOT have any autoimmune disorders, cancers, or serious viruses that could be causing the interstitial nephritis condition.
I did have one blood test that might signify what could be causing the nephritis. My Angiotensin Converting Enzyme blood test came back high. That enzyme coming back high could indicate a condition called Sarcoidosis. However the blood test isn’t the best way to diagnosis this condition. More invasive testing is.
We are continuing my Prednisone treatment for the next three weeks and then we will begin to taper off of it. If after going off the Prednisone my kidney function declines again we will re-run the Angiotensin Converting Enzyme blood test again and do another biopsy (I had one in the hospital), that is will be the best way to further diagnosis if it could be this Sarcoidosis. If my kidneys remain normal off the Prednisone we will know that the condition was caused by an allergic reaction to the Topamax which the doctor said was quite possible that it wasn’t completely out of my system earlier and it caused the relapse a few weeks ago. He doesn’t want to dig any deeper into the testing for sarcoidosis right now because the testing is a little more invasive and even if it is sarcoidosis the treatment is still Prednisone.
I am allowed to go back on my Ambien (yay sleep!!!), Multi-Vitamin, Calcium, Vitamin D, and B12! We are holding off on adding my Celexa which I take for anxiety back in and I’m okay with that.
Overall this is all good news. I am going back to work on Tuesday after being off for 8 weeks. Bad news is I hate Prednisone, I have gained 7 lbs in just 2 weeks. The doctor said that would happen with being on the Prednisone. Hopefully I don’t gain much more as I will still be on it for another month or so. It’s not real fat and I know it will go away but it’s still sad to see on the scale when you’ve been working so hard.
For those of you who don’t realize I actually have two degrees (a B.S. and M. Ed.) in Community Health Education. However they have never panned out to being able to secure a job in that area due to being morbidly obese (because who wants to listen/hire to a fat person about health education) and the job market here where I live sucks. I’ve been out of graduate school almost 7 years and have been working sub-par jobs that are far below my skill and educational level. My current job is that actually.
Anyway one of my big goals for myself after gaining my health and life back was to do something with those degrees. I’m finally going to follow my dream. I WILL launch my health education consulting business in 2015. It’s time for me to fulfill my dream and use my two health education degrees that I spent time (6 years) and effort earning.
My goal will be to run my business in the beginning as I work my “day job.” But ultimately I want my consulting business to be my only job. I am devoting the rest of this year to building my business plan, deciding what health topics I want to consult on, I plan on offering both online and in-person services. This is happening next year! By the end of this year I want be ready to get this off the ground!
I shared on my Bariatric Beginnings Facebook page about deciding to launch my health education consulting business and got these wonderful comments! It totally gives me motivation and hope that this will happen!
I was so thankful that I was able to get into my psychologist this afternoon. Mentally I’m starting to suffer which all that has been going on in my life right now and talking to her always helps, she’s who helped me through my bad dark storm years ago. I thought I was going to have to wait 2 weeks to see her and luckily someone canceled. Now I am going to be going back once a week for the next month and a half until I work through things. I’ve got to stay strong despite how upset all this is making me. And losing my cat this week just added to the whole mess. I think once we have an answer to WHY I have developed the condition I have I will feel much better.
Here’s what we know right now about my condition. I DO know what’s wrong with my kidneys, I have something called interstitial nephritis. The problem right now is trying to figure WHY I am having the condition. This condition is also the cause of my hemolytic anemia. When my creatinine (which measures kidney function) is normal, my hemoglobin goes up closer to normal. So as my kidney condition improves so should my hemolytic anemia. But right now we have no idea why I have developed the condition. The majority of IN cases (at least 70 %) may be attributed to bad reactions to drugs but so far we haven’t figured out what I am allergic to. We thought we had figured it out back in the hospital(that I was allergic to my migraine medication of Topamax) but the condition returned and we determined it wasn’t that. I’ve been pulled off everything I take including all my WLS supplements until we can figure out the cause. Other possible causes of interstitial nephritis are also autoimmune disorders and certain infections. I had 30-40+ blood tests last week checking for various autoimmune diseases that could be causing the condition. They aren’t even all back from the lab yet I had so many done! I have a doctor’s appointment Wednesday morning with my kidney doctor and wonder if we will be any closer to why.
I feel like each day that passes that I am closer to mentally losing it. I need to work on relaxing and doing calming activities but it’s been hard because I am someone who over thinks everything. I am typically of those “worst case scenario” people. I am trying not to go there but I find myself heading that way more and more lately. I really can not go back into that dark storm, I fought so hard to get out of that storm before. But at the same time I am getting tired of running from the clouds that I feel are following me right now. I wish I had some sort of machine that could just suck all those clouds up and then after I had them all I would blow up the machine to ensure those clouds were long gone and couldn’t come back. But if I do go through the storm, I know that I will come through stronger than ever before.
“That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche
This post is for those who are registered and participating in my 500 Miles In 2014 Walking Campaign.
The mass email was sent this morning, I’m still getting a few emails spit back to me, so if you are registered and didn’t get my email this morning please email me or message on here and I’ll check to see what the issue is!
Here is the link to submit your February mileage! This is how mileage will be submitted each month for the remainder of the year. Each month I will email the link for you to submit for that month, so below is the link for the month of February only.
MILEAGE WILL SUBMITTED TO ME HERE: http://bariatricbeginnings.polldaddy.com/s/february-500-miles-in-2014-mileage-collection
Starting tomorrow (or today if you’re done) you can begin using the link to submit your mileage. You have until Monday, March 3 at 11:45pm (EST) to submit your mileage then the link will not except anymore responses.
And remember the prizes for the month of February are:
1. A canister of CLICK (winner chooses flavor), CLICK back-pack and a CLICK bling tumbler from CLICK Espresso Protein Drink
2. 1 Blender Bottle with 5 packets of Oh Yeah Total Protein System shake mix (various flavors) from OhYeah! Nutrition
3. 1 Variety Protein Soup Box from Bari Life Bariatric Supplements
4. 5 packets of Big Train Blended No Sugar Added Ice Coffee (vanilla and mocha) from Betterbariatric.net
Those who logged at least 40 miles (remember I prefer these to be extra exercised miles and not everyday activity!) are eligible for the prize drawing. I will announce the 4 winners on Tuesday, March 4.
Also remember if you are no longer interested in participating or can’t participate please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can remove you from my database so you won’t receive anymore communications from the campaign. I understand life and injuries happen!
I love quinoa, tonight I decided to make quinoa stuffed tomatoes and other times I’ve stuffed peppers also. But tonight I was in the mood for the softness and sweetness of the tomato. I hollowed out the tomato (about a medium size) and stuffed it with a roasted red pepper and basil flavored quinoa, a sausage (I used 1 link for both tomatoes), and a sun-dried tomato and basil flavored feta cheese. I cooked the quinoa per the box instructions and cooked the sausage in a different pan. After both were done I mixed the two together and added the feta cheese to mix. I then stuffed them, added a little extra feta to the top, and then baked it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes on 425 or until the tomato started to crack and was soft. You can do this same thing with peppers if you prefer.
One tomato is about 285 calories and 12 grams of protein.
Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes (Serves 2)
2 medium tomatoes, hollowed out
1 link of sausage (I used Italian pork sausage)
1 cup of prepared quinoa (I used Near East brand, Roasted Red Pepper & Basi flavor)
1/2 cup of crumbed feta cheese (I used a Sun Dried Tomato and Basil flavor), set aside a bit for the top if you like
1. Wash and hollow out tomatoes, I used a melon baller to do so.
2. Cook quinoa to box instructions, set aside.
3. Cook sausage and then add to the finished quinoa.
4. Stir in feta cheese and then stuff a 1/2 cup of the mixture into the hollowed out tomato and set in a small baking dish.
5. Sprinkle feta cheese on the tomatoes if you desire.
6. Bake tomatoes in oven at 425 for about 15-20 minutes until the tomato start to crack and are soft.