Sunday, January 25, 2009

Taking a Trip

Hello guys...I am so sorry that I have not written a new post lately. I ahve been out of town speaking for the past week. I am sure that I could not travel for any length of time and do well eating. I would have to make some major adjustments if I traveled. I was bored driving and food seemed like a good thing to munch on while I was away. I did make good choices but it was so much harder thatn when I was in my controlled enviroment at home! I would have to come up with a serious plan! I had a great time...I took my 11 year old daughter with me. I was fun to have her one on one! I am very internional about that time since I have 5 children!

I will try to get the video made soon about my favorite dish to make with left over grilled chicken!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Grilled Chicken

Ok....I am a computer...techie.....IDIOT! I do not know why I can't upload videos right onto Blogger...if the are 3 - 4 min. it takes about 2 hours, if they are 4 -5 min they take almost 5 hours...and if they are 1 second over 5 min they will not upload at all! I have tried this on both our computers...old and new???!!!:) I do not know what to do? Anyway here is the link to the new video on you tube.

Here is my basic recipe for the marinade.

1 plastic bag
6 chicken breast
1 cup Italian dressing
1/2 cup either soy or teriyaki sauce...I prefer teriyaki
2 tablespoons of any kind of spicy seasoning...I use Montreal Seasoning
Soak for 3 hours or as long as all night.


Sunday, January 18, 2009

Embarassing Moment

I am a mother to 5 amazing children. I love being a mom! My husband is in full time Christian service. He is really wonderful....I'll tell you more about him later. I speak 1 or 2 times a month to women's groups on a variety of subjects. Well this past week I went to speak at a gathering and I was feeling pretty good about myself. My hair worked, my outfit was fine. Now I am that person that if you drop by my house on any given day you will not find me with any makeup and if I didn't know you were coming..I probably won't have my bra on. I like comfortable! But when I speak to a group I certainly want to look nice. I thought I had achieved that????

I had to tape it for a video that our church is getting together and when I got home I watched the video. You should never watch yourself! My hair....flat, my pants way, way, way too short!and I look like I am pregnant! When am I not going to look like that? While I look so much better than I once did...... and I am grateful for that!!!....I still look pregnant. I am going to have to start some sort of fund raising campaign to pay for a tummy tuck....because god knows that is not in the budget for a minister's family. Well not this minister anyway! You can check out a clip of that video on my other

We all Scream for Icecream!

I have a couple of things on my mind......It has been over 3 years since my surgery and I pretty much know what triggers a dumping episode. I avoid these things...I do not like dumping! For may last 10 min. but more often it lasts for about 45 min.....I do not have 45 min to spare in my day therefore I do not tempt fate! SOOOOOO. Friday night is family night here at the Helms. We watch a board games...order pizza...drink soda...and eat ice cream. I do not feed my kids junk all week....they get enough of that everywhere else...they are not deprived! I have always felt like junk aught to be the exception and not the rule...unfortunately many families are the total opposite. If you give your baby soda in a sippy cup.....STOP!!!

Anyway we all enjoy this night very love traditions and we have been doing this one for about 8 years. I of course skip the soda, icecream and usually eat the topping off of the pizza....which I enjoy very much! This Friday night I made myself a little cup of icecream....maybe two tablespoons. Now one of my worst dumping episodes happened about 3 months after surgery with...icecream. Why might you ask am I trying it again???? I DO NOT KNOW!!! I wanted a little??? :) I have skim milk with my cereal, I even eat some soups that have heavy cream.....I use 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar in my tea.......what else is in icecream....maybe the first time was just because it was too soon after surgery??

It was HORRIBLE!!! 10 min. after I ate it..I was on the hopper...where I stayed through half of the movie! My kids kept coming upstairs to see if I was OK. Yes we are pretty free here:) It was not worth it...I will not be trying that again! Not a problem because I can assure you that the ability to bend over and tie my shoes is worth so much more to me than icecream!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Protein Shake

Today I am going to share a few tips on making a pouch and family friendly protein smoothie. These are the backbone for many WLS patients. Let me know what you think. I want to give a huge THANK-YOU to BariatricTV. You guys are amazing!!

My very favorite smoothie is:
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 sliced frozen banana (this is not a cup but 1/4 of the whole)
3 semi sweet chocolate morsels
2 scoops Shaklee soy protein
5 ice cubes

Wednesday, January 7, 2009


One of the biggest keys to success with your wright loss is planning. In this video I share a few of my tips for success in the area of meal planning. Check back in a few days because we are going to be making smoothies. Yummy, Yummy high protein smoothies!

For some reason this file was too large to download on blogger so you will have to follow the link. You know I am not a professional like the guys at Bariatric TV. I love these guys!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Well I am back after the holidays. We had a wonderful Christmas and I did not gain any weight!!! YEAH!!! I am really excited about sharing some wonderful recipes and tips for you! Be sure to email me or blog me if you have any requests or questions.

michele@driventoencourage(dot)org is my personal email address.

Happy New Year!!