Blending Like a Ninja and Food Diary 2-3-12

Tomorrow is my birthday, but today I opened up and used my present. With the need for soft/liquid meal in the upcoming weeks, I decided to get a nice blender. I decided on the Ninja Professional blender after reading reviews and watching videos on YouTube. It was $89 at Wal-Mart, and I had a $30 gift card to use, so it was ¬†fairly affordable. There’s also a food processor attachment on some of the Ninja blenders, but I decided to hold off on the full kitchen system.

I have to say, it’s SO nice to have a good blender. We’ve been using a decent Hamilton Beach blender for a few years, but it’s not very good at crushing ice. The Ninja took my ice, frozen peaches, frozen blueberries, pure vanilla extract, and almond milk, and pulverized them in about 3 seconds. I was impressed. It’s nice to not have to take a utensil to stir things up to break up the ice.

Now usually on this blog, I talk about my gastric bypass. But let’s talk now about beauty! Today I went out with my best friend Emily for birthday pedicures. There’s a place at Fashion Place mall that does an amazing full luxury spa pedicure. We sat in our massage chairs and chatted as we got pampered for almost an hour. With the mineral foot soak, cuticle clean-up, paraffin wax treatment, foot and leg massage, and a fresh paint of gorgeous pearly silver nail polish, I felt like a new woman.

After pedicures, we went to Chick-fil-a for lunch, which is so yummy AND easy to eat when you’re on a calorie-restricted diet. I got the chargrilled chicken salad, 6 waffle fries, and a few bites of ice dream. We also splurged by getting treats at Mrs Fields and See’s, but I just got enough for a little taste. We also got some goodies from The Body Shop. If you haven’t tried their Chocomania body products, you’re missing out.

This evening, a neighbor of mine invited me over to meet his family. We had connected on Twitter, but had never met in the year that we have been neighbors. We talked a lot about nutrition and my surgery decision. He wanted to give me his “two cents” about my decision for surgery. I told him, “If I had two cents from everybody giving me advice about surgery, I’d have about thirty bucks by now.” I think I’ll forever be answering other people’s questions about surgery, but I guess that’s what I get for publicizing my WLS journey.

  • Blueberry, peach, almond milk protein smoothie – 140 cal
  • CFA chargrilled chicken salad with fat free dressing, 6 fries – 200 cal
  • Part of Mrs Field’s cookie slice – 200 calories
  • Gala apple – 80 calories
  • Sweet onion chicken teriyaki on flatbread – 370 cal
  • 2 T hummus and celery – 70 cal
  • Total – 1150 cal

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