Beauty in the Ordinary

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"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hmmmmm


Not that I am promoting this method...but...
since hubby has been on this low fat (read no fat) diet for his gallbladder issues,
not only have I lost the three final,stubborn pounds that refused to budge,
but also four more.



So now...I am acutally four pounds under my goal weight.


Husband (some 15 pounds lighter) is scheduled for surgery this coming Monday.



We are keeping our fingers crossed it will be laparoscopic surgery, however there is a chance it will have to convert to open, should the doctor decide.  No more dangerous we are told, just a longer recovery period.


Then it will be two more weeks of the low fat/no fat eating
while his body adjusts to not having a gallbladder any more.


Talk about swimsuit-ready bodies!!

p.s.  He says the one thing that has kept him (food) sane over the past little while?


Angel food cake...unfrosted, of course...totally fat-free!

27 comments:

  1. My God, a naked angel food cake! Put some blueberries or strawberries on that girl.

    Congrats on the weight loss. Many times there is a silver lining in a not-so-good situation.

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    1. hahahaha Sock'em...yes, dressed the girl up with a few fresh strawberries! Always looking for the gift in it all!

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  2. Sorry to have been absent from your blog (and mine too) for so long J., but you know it's been me and Kerouac on the sidewalk again! Love that quote.
    So, it already begins! Looking for the light in the dark! You've found it doll, now let it grow, and soon there will only be light!
    Happy healing to Mr. P. I see the two of you sunning yourself somewhere real soon - and you're the guests not the hosts!
    And as an old Chinese proverb says: "My barn having burned to the ground, I can see the moon".

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    1. You have been missed! Time to dust that Pink Bicycle off. I put the quote there hoping you would see it!
      Just got to get through the next couple of weeks!

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  3. What a tough time it's been but the end is in sight,how great that you got to get beyond your goal!!! now that is not easy..hope all goes well for your man..the cake looks very nice lol fat free...you have to post the recipe for us all.

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  4. It's a tricky cake to make - one dozen egg whites!!!...but given that just about everything else is on the NO-FLY list, I thought I would make the effort. Looked at the store-bought versions and just too many preservatives in them.

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  5. All the best to your hubby, J and well done both of you on your weight loss. The angel food cake looks delicious.
    PS love V's comment too.

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    1. Me too Molly! Looking for that moon!

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  6. "... They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones that never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!" ..."

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  7. now if I was you, I would sneak a large fat bastard cake!!!!
    good luck for hubby x

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    1. I'm being very good to myself John...still having my glass of wine!

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    2. With a sick husband, we always need a glass or two of fine wine.

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    3. Isn't that the truth Sock'em!

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  8. If only we all had your will-power. All the best to your husband, and keep up the good works.

    I need to shift a few extra winter kilos.... maybe when Lady M is away!

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    1. I know you are a soup gourmet...really it's what has worked the best for us. You can put all sorts of nourishing things in them, de-fat them, and they are tasty and filling. The other component, is little and often. We are moving away from the notion of a large dinner at night and just grazing our way through the day. I'm a little sad to let go of the ritual, but if it's not working for us anymore, it's time to let it go.

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  9. Good job on the weight loss Jacqueline!

    There's nothing like a little solidarity to get the ball rolling.

    Hope everything works out well with your husband's surgery.

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    1. Thanks T. Monday can't come soon enough, for either of us!

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  10. Have said a prayer for your husband's surgery that all will go well.

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    1. appreciate all the help we can get Relyn.

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  11. Hi Jacqueline

    If anything good were to come from your husband's recent diagnosis, it is this good news of weight loss. Congratulations, you will be turning heads on the beach.
    Will keep you in prayer
    Helenxx

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    1. I wish Helen! Thanks for the good thoughts and prayers...as I said to Relyn, we will take all the help we can get.

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  12. Good for the both of you!!! so cutting down on the fat reeaally is the sevret...drat! Lately, I've been loading up on the stuff...no wonder I'm down to one pair of jeans that fit...phooey!
    Wishing your hubby all the best with his surgery...praying for the laparoscopic method to rule the day!!!
    xo J~

    PS~ Thanks for the encouraging words J...I think Churchill and I are going to get along famously!

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    1. So it appears to be Jessica! I guess the real secret is 'just a little' of the rich and yummy stuff now and again. It's so easy to slip into damaging quantities!
      Thanks for the prayers. Roll on Monday!

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  13. Thinking of you and wishing your husband well for his operation Jacqueline. I think it is fantastic that you both managed such a healthy attitude to life...I am envious..you reached your goad and a few more. You will have to tell me how...please!!
    Best wishes to you both...
    Jeanne xx

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    1. More a case of 'needs must' than choice Jeanne. Even the smallest amout of fat induced painful attacks.
      No worries for you, once you get to Vietnam eating a low fat south-east asian diet will be simple. Embrace the local cuisine (but watch your sodium levels!)

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