Thin Crust Pizza using “00” flour

Since Hubby and I like cruising so much,

we got really attached to Carnival’s Pizza Pirate Pizza!

our most favorite pizza is the Quattro Formaggi followed by the plain Pepperoni.

So we decided to give it a try and make our own to hold us over while we are not able to cruise. Since we cannot figure out the exact recipe for the  Quattro Formaggi we went with the plain Pepperoni, it came out great, not exactly like the Carnival Pizza but it comes pretty darn close for not having a pizza oven that can heat to 700 degrees!

Thin Crust Pizza using “00” flour

Thin Crust Pizza using “00” flour


    for the dough:
  • 1 kg of Anna Napolentana Extra Fine Flour "00"
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 package instant dry yeast
  • toppings:
  • 1/4 cup Spaghetti sauce
  • 13 slices of Turkey Pepperoni
  • 1 oz shredded Asiago
  • 1 oz low skim shredded mozzarella


  1. In a large measuring cup, combine salt, sugar and water.
  2. In a larger mixing bowl, add flour and form a well, then add yeast until it dissolves.
  3. Using a fork slowly mix the water with the dough.
  4. Place the dough onto a flat surface and knead until it is smooth and elastic; about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil on the bottom of the bowl to prevent dough from sticking.
  6. Place dough into bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  7. Let sit for about 15 minutes to rise.
  8. Cut, and shape into 8 dough balls, and place into separate containers and let sit for an additional 30 minutes before rolling out and baking.
  9. Top rolled out dough with your topping and bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes.


If you have any dough balls left over that are not being used right away, wrap them in plastic wrap, place in freezer bag and store in freezer.

Mastopexy and Thighplasty

So, as said before, I was scheduled for a Mastopexy and Thighplasty for December 8th 2017, 1 day before my 43rd Birthday!

I am going to spare you from posting pictures, because these are quite graphic. They are however on my instagram if you want to be really grossed out.

I had both surgeries combined and my surgeon took took 1250cc in fat with the liposuction from my thighs. She also took 28g of tissue from my left breast as well as 56g from the right breast.

I was already off pain meds since  day 2. Taking it easy and letting myself heal.

Recovery so far had been uneventful, except for the small triangular wound separation on the t-section of my right thigh. That I was treating with bacitracin and bandage at the time.


As you all know, I have lost 100lbs since starting my weight loss journey. After getting the Gastric Sleeve on August 26th 2015 I have used my tool to transform my body, and mind to be the healthiest version of myself.

I have struggled for years after always being the chubby one to become healthier and for a while exercise and eating I was doing just that. Then, I grew up, started working, partying and hanging out with friends drinking and dancing every weekend and I slowly started gaining again.

At the time I met hubby, I weighed in at 180lbs. Not my highest, but certainly pretty chubby.

Fast forward 2 pregnancies, 2 parents that past away, living in a country that was totally new to me without family and my familiar friends and I started ballooning.

At first I blamed it on the new way of eating here in the states, but that was one excuse after another. The kids… grew up and when my oldest graduated, I knew I had to get back in shape and wasn’t able to blame not having time because I had to take care of my babies as not working out.

I had done it before I could do it again. but after so many years of yoyoing, the doctors said we should try something else. So I had my surgery and I am so grateful they “talked” me into it.

I don’t have a Body fat percentage to go off from when I was at my highest, but I know it was HIGH.

Almost 2 years later, many miles of running and a tummy tuck and I am finally starting to see what I always knew was there. There might be a thigh lift still coming and maybe a boob lift, but other than that, I am planning on filling out everything else with pure muscle.

I was happy when I tested with my handheld Omron Bodyfat Analyzer at 21%, which according to the American College of Sports Medicine I fell into the good category for my age. But I wanted to see if this truly was my correct Bodyfat percentage. 21% just sounded too good to be true.

So I scheduled a Body Composition Analysis. The Bod Pod Assessment was pretty easy.

Prep was as follows:

  • No food (including gum, candy, mints), drink, tobacco, caffeine, or over the counter medications (including vitamins and supplements) for2 hours prior to testing.
  •  No physical activity 2 hours prior to testing
  • Appropriate attire:


  • Form fitting speedo or other lycra/spandex type swim suit
  • Single layer compression shorts
  • No jewelry


  • Form fitting speedo or other lycra/spandex type swim suit
  • Single layer compression shorts, no padding
  • Single layer no padding or underwire sports bra
  • No jewelry

I had to fill out a health questionnaire asking about my current exercise habits and any limitations.

After filling out my paper work she brought me into the exam rooms and

  • took my blood pressure reading
  • measured my waist
  • and weighed me in.

Then she had me dress down to my testing attire and put my hair into a swim cap.

I was feeling quite fancy!

She got the bod pod ready by doing calibrations and then it was my time to step in and get tested.

The first test was about 50 seconds, she then opened the pod and checked on me, to make sure I was ok. I felt a bit of pressure in my ears during the test, kinda if you are in an airplane, but it certainly didn’t’ hurt, then one more test and it was done.

I was able to get dressed and we went over the immediate results the bod pod gave me.

NOT BAD!!!! So the at home was a little off, which was too be expected since it only measures the upper half of your body with electric current, going in one hand through the upper body out the other hand. I carry most of my excess weight (and always have) in my belly and thighs.

So according to the chart I am in good fitness condition (and I am shooting for the excellent)

I have 31lbs of body fat and 101lbs of lean mass!!!! That sounds way better than 23% Body fat!!!


I am now scheduled for a Fitness Assessment (Aerobic Fitness (VO2 sub-maximal testing), Muscular Fitness (grip strength/back strength assessments), and Flexibility. Results of Fitness assessment are utilized for individual exercise prescription.)

Where they will measure my hear rate and get an idea of what my lung capacity ect are and over all fitness level to help me prepare a Strength training routine to build that muscle I want. I am soo excited!

It’s not until July 11th, but I am ready for it.

Week 12 or – 3 month update! Tummy Tuck

Finally the 3 month update!

So there has been a lot going on.

The scars are starting to fade, I can still to this day, feel pulling in my upper abs and in my lower ab right by my right incision.

I have ran my first 5k since the tuck and I must say I did way better than I had expected it would turn out.

Running on the treadmill at 3mph and 3.5 mph is not that bad, but as soon as I up it to 4mph it still bothers me a lot. So what I end up doing is reverting back to my abdominal binder for that period while I am running and it just feels so much better having everything tucked in and away.

Dr. M was happy with the results and how my incisions have healed. I am cleared to go back to normal exercise. I asked him when I am able to re pierce my navel, and he said to wait until I hit my 6 month mark. I am so excited!

I have re-gained 5lbs since our cruise in April and have not been able to shed them. I have started the strength though and it might just be “some new muscle” and some water weight, because I have noticed I am a bit dehydrated. STILL!

I have asked about inner thigh lift (needed but he refuses to do them because they do not heal well). My Chest area…. Them Boobies! Ha ha. I refer to them as tennis balls in tube socks. I went from a 44F down to a 32 D at the moment. He said he can almost 100% guarantee, that I would NOT be happy with a lift alone. I would need implants as well.

Cost: On base outrageous!

Off Base: Have not researched yet, but I am pretty sure out of the question for at least a few years until I have saved enough. I might change my mind. They look pretty good in a bra!

Measurements are in inches and weight is in pounds
Weight/Body Part 8/25/2015 11/18/2015 2/9/2016 5/12/2016 8/18/2016 10/4/2016 6/01/2017
Weight 214.4 177.4 155.2 137.2 128.2 127.0 130.0
Neck 15.5 14 13.5 13.25 13 13 13
Chest 48 42 38 36.5 36 36 36
Upper Arm 14.25 12.5 11.5 11 10.5 10 10
Waist 46 38 32 29.5 29.5 29.5 29
Hips 50 41 37.5 37 36 36 36
Upper Thigh 24 21.5 20.5 19.5 19 18.5 19
Calf 16 14 14 13.5 13.5 13 13
Forearm n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 8.5

I have started at home exercises for my buttocks and inner thighs.

So here is what I am doing 3x a week (or at least TRY)

  •  step ups on my coffee table off all things! I do 3 sets of 10, alternating legs

  •  Sumo Squats, 3 sets of 10

  • Donkey Kicks, 3 sets of 10 alternating legs

  • Laying Side leg lift, 3 sets of 10 alternating legs

  • Butt Bridges, 3 sets holding for 10-15 seconds each

and last but not least: The STOMACH VACUUM. This one I do several times throughout the day, every day to work them muscles!

My actual appointment is not until June 5th, but I wanted to go ahead and post this now, to kinda let everyone know what I have been doing.

Week 6 Tummy Tuck

Finally week 6 is here and I am able to remove the Binder!

I am no longer required to wear the binder 23/7 and I am so happy about that!

here a quick look at what the incisions look like now.

I am now starting to use a scar cream to help fade my scars. Doctor had told me at my 4 week follow up that I am able to go back to normal exercise now. Just don’t over do and stop when something hurts. I am starting out with slow running again. I cannot wait to get into shaping with some squats and inner thigh exercises as well as upper body firming of my arms.

I am able to do almost everything without any discomfort now at this point. Saturday hubby and I are signed up for my first 5k since the Tummy tuck, and I am anxious to see what I can do and how far I can push myself.

I have been slow going on the treadmill the past 2 weeks, and I am hoping I can finish under 45 minutes!

At my 3 month appointment I am able to bring up in conversation my questions about

  • Inner thighs (if he thinks I am able to firm them up and fill out with muscle —-or… if he recommends skin removal)
  • Booty (if he thinks I am able to firm them up and fill out with muscle —-or… if he thinks I need BBL or implants)
  • Boobs (if he thinks I am able to get away with just a lift —-or… if he thinks I need a lift and augmentation)

Week 2 thru 4 Tummy Tuck

Today, marks 2 weeks since the abdominoplasty.

Both of the JP-drains are out.  I have a very slight amount of oozing from both drain sites and was advised at my follow up appointment to start using a Neosporin type of cream over them.

The PA was very happy with my healing process so far. He said everything looks great and most of the sticky tape over my incision should be gone by the next time I come in. 2 weeks from now on April 7th I have my 1 month follow up. He is hoping that most of my stitches around the belly button will have dissolved by then and my incisions should be closed completely.

I am continuing to wear my binder for the first 6 weeks he said.

Hopefully at my appointment all incisions are healed and I can start with scar treatment.

He said I can shower as normal,  but still no soaking until all stitches have dissolved.  He explained that sometimes they can act like a candle fuse and introduce bad bacteria. I am able to suntan outside as long as I keep my incisions covered. In the first year the incisions are hyper sensitive and will absorb the sun at a more rapid rate causing the scars to darken permanently. So the best thing is to keep them covered for the first year after.

I am perfectly fine with that.  I want them to be as light and flat as possible so I will do everything in my power to let them heal.

The first week Tummy Tuck

So they say the first week after surgery is the hardest…

Immediate after surgery and the first two days were pretty much spend in bed sleeping and resting. Day 3 after surgery is what my PA had referenced to as Shower day. This was the first time I was allowed to remove the binder and my dressings and take a shower. It felt really awkward not having the binder around my tummy. I was also allowed to take off the clear tape over my belly button and take out the gauze. I was instructed to take my shower but to make sure no soap got onto my incision and not to rub when washing or drying off. My hubby helped with washing my hair and I had hung my drains around my neck from a lanyard to not get them caught on something and not to pull them out on accident.

Walking gets easier and I had my first BM today. I made sure to take Colace per instructions, had some Prune juice and coffee to get me going. I still get tired and the drains are slowing drastically down with their output. I am hoping to get them pulled out tomorrow.

I had 12cc in the right over the last 24 hours and 20cc in the left.

I am a side sleeper and having these drains in I have to sleep on my back making sure I don’t accidentally squish the drains or pull them out.

I am still waling hunched over but I am no longer shuffling my feet.

Step counts have been embarrassing low.

Day 1 after surgery total steps were 167.

Day 2 total steps were 460

Day 3 total steps were 419

Recovery Tummy Tuck

I woke up in the recovery area with two great nurses. They kept me comfortable and made sure they met my needs, one of the pressure cuffs around my right calve didn’t pump, so they checked it out and got it to working.

From recovery, as soon as I was able to see clear without double vision, I was moved into the temporary room where they made me change from bed to a recliner. I had to be able to eat something and drink something before they were able to discharge me. At this time they also brought hubby back in.

I could see how relieved he was seeing I was up and already back to eating. I had an apple juice, some cranberry juice, then they gave me some unsalted soda crackers and graham cracker.  I kept everything down and was cleared to go home after they got all my prescriptions together and went over post op care with me.

Finally in the car, I asked hubby to stop by the store to get some sugar free Popsicle’s for my sore throat. Pain was tolerable at this point. Getting in and out of the bed was not an easy task. I had to have hubby help pull me upright since everything was so tight.


Surgery Day Tummy Tuck

So the day is finally here.

Report time was 11am. I hardly was able to sleep at all last night.  I ended up going to bed at 11pm, making sure to get a last minute snack and some water.

I woke up several times during the night, and we finally got up around 7am. I got ready and we headed to the hospital, where we arrived about 1 hour before report time. I checked in and then we waited right up until about 10:30am when the nurse called me back. They checked my vitals, put some sweet id bracelets and a fall risk bracelet on me. They gave me the standard gown to change into and then the wait began. First the nurse came back with consent forms I had to sign and then I started to get hooked up with some nausea meds, a nausea patch,  tyenol and they laid the first line for the IV. Right around 12 noon is when my surgeon showed up to mark me, went over the procedure one last time and gave me the opportunity to ask any last minute questions. About 30 minutes or so after that,  the OR nurse came in, asked all the same questions everyone else already asked, verified name and procedure and cleared me for anesthesia to come in. She said I should be feeling quite tipsy soon and I was able to kiss hubby good bye, gave him a high five and that was about the last thing I remember before waking up in recovery.

here the dreaded before:

Light Spaghetti Carbonara

This recipe of mine made it into the Bariatric Foodie PWMF 2015 contest cookbook.

Light Spaghetti Carbonara

Light Spaghetti Carbonara


  • 1 Onion
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • ½ c. Lean Ham diced
  • 4 tbsp. fat-free Milk
  • 2 tbsp. fat-free cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cooked Zucchini noodles


  1. Small dice onion and ham, and saute in oil with the minced garlic.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix the egg with the milk, cream cheese and grated Parmesan and add slowly to make sure the egg does not scramble.
  4. Add zucchini noodles and heat thoroughly.