5 day pouch test summary

1.4lbs lost in the 5 days of the 5 day pouch reset.

I think having gone OVER 1200 calories is what made me gain some of the lbs lost back. On the morning of day 3, I was at 141.2lbs and on the morning of day 5, I ended up at 142.2lbs.

Saturday morning hubby and I went on our 5k insane inflatable run, after that we had Cracker Barrel for breakfast, and decided to make the 4 hour drive to Eagle Pass to celebrate his birthday. From there on out, we had food at the Casino (options were tacos or fried food) and we had some drinks. I was already dehydrated from drinking too much coffee and not enough water and after coming home Sunday late night I made his favorite (snowcrabs with melted butter and some small potatoes) but I also had 2 glasses of wine and when I stepped on the scale this morning I was a whooping 145.6lbs. (Constipation and being dehydrated contributed to some of this gain)


Overall, my thoughts about the 5 day pouch reset?

It helped my mindset, I am more mindful of portion size and I think with drinking enough water, smaller portions and staying under 1200 calories I should be able to drop the regain. Of course going back to drinking alcohol, will increase the weight eventually. Exercise during these 5 days were minimal. So if I increase exercise I might need to add 100 calories back to the 1200 to make it 1300 calories per day.

I decided to do a “MODIFIED” 5 day pouch reset again the day after Memorial day.

Liquids for the day 1&2 with a small protein forward meal for dinner staying under 1200 calories and day 3,4 and 5 will be adding small protein rich lunches as well.


Day 5 of 5 day Pouch reset

Today’s goals: Solid Proteins

In addition to day 1&2&3&4 we can have:

Chicken breast



7 am first cup of coffee (creamer and sf torani syrup)7:30am second cup coffee

8:15am third cup of coffee

8:45am yoplait greek yogurt with 1 TBSP Whey Isolate and dole pineapple/mandarin fruitcup in light coconut water

10am 16oz bottle water

12 pm Turkey meatloaf and roasted green beans 1oz cheese

1pm 16oz bottle water

2:20pm 2%cottage cheese with fruit on bottom with 1 TBSP Whey Isolate/ 1/2 bag Kays Almond protein cookies

3:30pm 8oz Diet V8 energy drink

4:20pm premier protein shake (peaches and cream)

5:15pm water 16oz

6:45pm Lightly breaded chicken tenders, roasted green beans and 1/2 slice whole grain bread with spread.

7:30pm 16oz water

8:30pm Flapjacked Mighty Muffin

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Total macros for today: 1360 calories, 127g protein, 130g carbs, 15g fiber, 68g sugar, 39g fat

Day 4 of 5 day Pouch reset

Today’s goals: Firm Proteins

In addition to day 1&2&3 we can have:

Ground meat (turkey/chicken/beef)

Lobster or Crabs

Shellfish and scallops

7 am first cup of coffee (creamer and liquid stevia, since I ran out of Jordans Skinny Syrup)

7:50am second cup coffee

8:15am third cup of coffee

8:45am 1pack SF brown sugar oatmeal (Great Value) with 1 scoop Whey Isolate

10am 16oz bottle water

12:15 pm 1 cup Turkey Chili

1pm Clear Premier Protein 16oz

2:30pm Chicken noodle soup 8oz

3:30pm 8oz Diet V8 energy drink

4:20pm Yoplait greek yogurt with 1TBSP Whey Isolate & mandarin/pineapple fruitcup in Coconut water

5:15pm water 16oz

6:45pm Turkey Meatloaf with 1/2 cup mashed potatoes, Roasted green beans

7:30pm 16oz water

8:30pm Flapjacked Mighty Muffin

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Total macros for today: 1436 calories, 109g protein, 175g carbs, 21g fiber, 67g sugar, 33g fat

Day 3 of 5 day Pouch reset

Today’s goals: Soft Proteins

In addition to day 1&2 liquids we can have:

Canned fish

Canned chicken


Soft fish like Tilapia


Cottage cheese

Soft fruits/vegetables

re-fried beans

mashed potatoes


6:30 am first cup of coffee (creamer and SF Syrup)

7:15am second cup coffee

8am third cup of coffee

8:45am Greek yoplait 100 with 1 TBSP Whey Isolate

10am 16oz bottle water

11:45am 1 scrambled egg, 2 slices of bacon, 3 cauliflower tots

1pm Bai Dragonfruit 18oz

2:25pm Low fat cottage cheese w/fruit on bottom and 1 TBSP Whey Isolate

3:10pm 8oz Diet V8 energy drink

4:05pm Yoplait greek yogurt with mandarin/pineapple fruitcup in Coconut water

5pm water 16oz

7pm Tortilla crusted baked tilapia(4oz), steamed broccoli(1/2cup), whole wheat couscous(1/4 cup)

8:30pm Mighty Muffin

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Total macros for today: 1162 calories, 102g protein, 113g carbs, 11g fiber, 70g sugar, 32g fat

Day 2 of 5 day pouch reset

I started out my morning with 3 cups of coffee, with Jordan’s Skinny syrup and a Coconut flavored creamer.

7am – my first cup of coffee

7:45am – my second cup of coffee

8:30am – my third cup of coffee

8:45am – Tiramisu yogurt with 1 TBSP vanilla flavored whey isolate.

10:00am 17oz Tropical Punch Clear Premier Protein

11:25pm 1 cup Poblano and Corn Chowder

12pm water 8oz

1pm yoplait greek 100 protein and 1 TBSP Whey Isolate

2pm 8 oz water

2:15pm 8oz Diet V8 energy

2:50pm Iconic protein Coffee

4:10pm Chocolate Pudding pack (sf) with 1 TBSP Whey Isolate

4:45pm Bai drink

6:30pm Chicken Noodle soup

8:10pm Flapjacked Mighty Muffin

I realize that it seems like this has been a lot, but really I have nothing here. The chicken noodle soup, was with the chunks, and I ended up having the muffin, because I felt like I needed something that I could actually chew.

Total macros for today: 1201 calories, 117g protein, 123g carbs, 13g fiber, 50g sugar, 28g fat


today’s Vlog

Day 1 of 5 day pouch reset

Goal for day 1 and day 2:

60-70g of protein

48-64 oz of liquids (including protein drinks)

Pre-made protein shakes: (Premiere protein in Cookies and Cream as well as Peaches and Cream), GNC lean shakes in Snickerdoodle

Clear premiere protein water

Vanilla flavored Whey Isolate powder and Syntrax nectar powder in Lemonade Stand.

I also bought reduced sodium chicken bone broth and beef bone broth and I had some creamed condensed soup left in my pantry.

Lowfat greek yogurts without chunks

Sugar free pudding cups and Sugar free fudge pops as well as unsweet applesauce.

I started out my morning with 3 cups of coffee, with Jordans Skinny syrup and a Coconut flavored creamer.

DAY 1 – 143.8lbs

7am – my first cup of coffee

7:45am – my second cup of coffee

8:30am – my third cup of coffee

10am – silk strawberry yogurt with 1 TBSP vanilla flavored whey isolate.

10:30am start 17oz water bottle

12:45pm 1 cup reduced sodium chicken bone broth

1:45pm 1 sugar free chocolate pudding snack with 1 TBSP vanilla flavored whey isolate

2:30pm 16oz of Syntrax Nectar -Roadside Lemonade

3:45 pm yoplait greek 100 whips – strawberry cheesecake

5pm GNC Snickerdoodle shake

6:30pm Poblano and Corn Chowder

7:15pm Sugar free fudge bar

7:45pm diet v8 energy drink

8:20pm vanilla sugar free pudding snack with 1 TBSP vanilla whey isolate

Total macros for today: 1081 calories, 93g protein, 120g carbs, 13g fiber, 51g sugar, 29g fat

Vlog for today

5 day pouch reset

So I am trying this one more time, I am trying the 5 day pouch reset to get me back on track.

I have noticed that since the tummy tuck in March 2017 I have regained 13lbs, I have let alcohol back into my life and I am eating bigger portions and foods that I am not supposed to. Here is what they test is supposed to be about:


I am also making a vlog about this, that can be found on my Youtube channel. Make sure to subscribe, thumbs up and follow!

Cruise Packing List

For those of you that know me personally, or follow me on Facebook, instagram, youtube or twitter, I love cruising!

So since we go on so many, I decided to put together a printable version of what I pack when going on a cruise.

After much trial and error, over packing or forgetting things I came up with something that works for me.

I am adding the link to a printable pdf version here cruise-packing-list-print

If you enjoy the little printable drop me a line below in the comments!

Thanks yall for stopping in and happy Cruising!

Metabolic Testing

I decided to get Metabolic Testing done, to figure out what my body burns in calories on a daily basis.

It all started with the notion of me trying to cross something off my bucket list.

A Bikini Competition

Women’s Bikini-Fitness :ourdisc-wombodfit-01This category has been introduced in 2011 and is aimed at women who keep their
body in shape and eat healthy. Overall body lines, balance and proportions, body
tone and healthy appearance are taken into consideration. High-intensity weight
training and hard, lean muscles are not necessary. The emphasis is on a well-shaped, fit, healthy and attractive appearance, similar to that of models.
Competitors are assessed in two rounds, wearing a two-piece bikini and high-heels.
In both rounds, quarter-turns, including front, back and both sides stance, are
performed. As well, the final round begins with “I-walking”, which gives each
competitor a chance to present her body and her charm on the move. This
competition started with one open class and – due to the extreme popularity –
expanded to eight body-height categories nowadays: 158 cm, 160 cm, 162 cm, 164 cm, 166 cm, 169
cm, 172 cm and over 172 cm.Bikini-Fitness photo: Amateur Olympia winner Maria PAULETE ARANGUREN (Spain).

With this in mind I went to talk with a Sports Nutritionist to figure out what my calories should be for bulking (increasing calories and weight training for gaining muscle) and cutting (decreasing calories for leaning out).

Since I had bariatric surgery, my requirements and metabolism is completely different than someone who did not undergo weight loss surgery. She was able to look at my food journal and said it looks good and I shouldn’t change anything in my eating, but since she had no idea what my body would be burning on a day to day basis, she was not able to put a plan together for me to help with bulking or cutting. There was no base rate to go off. So she asked me to have my metabolic testing done to see what my body burns daily just by keeping myself alive and daily activities.

Last week, after coming back from our cruise (yup I gained 5lbs) I went to have my Metabolic Testing done at our Local Army Wellness Center.

But first:

What is Metabolic Testing?

Metabolic tests measure the rate at which your body burns calories during different activities. During a typical assessment at your health club, a qualified trainer will measure your resting metabolic rate (RMR) and your metabolic rate during various intensities of exercise. In most cases, the numbers are then assembled into a personalized exercise program tailored to improve your specific metabolic profile and help you to lose weight.

For this test I was asked to be fasting for a minimum of 5 hours prior to the test, No make up or lotions on the upper torso.

I had to answer a few questions about my activity levels, exercise habits and daily routines, and was categorized at  “Sedentary” because I sit in front of the computer for most of my day, even if I go on my 3 mile runs 5 days a week. Most time is spend sitting.

Then I was weighed, and asked to lay on the bed and Johnathan placed a mask over my face and made sure to remind me NOT to fall asleep during the 15 minute test. Just lay there…. and breathe… So boring, but it was manageable.

After the machine was done testing (You breathe normal for 15 minutes while your oxygen consumption is measured) I got my partial result.

My RMR was 1144. That means, by just laying there, breathing, my body is burning on a daily average 1144 calories just to keep me alive.

For me to be able to receive the full result, I had to attend a Upping Your Metabolism Class, which I did yesterday.

My results, where he calculated my sedentary lifestyle (sitting in front of the computer most of the day) and my at this time very slow paced 2-3 mile daily walks (since I had just a scar revision surgery) and NO other exercise we came to a minimum total of calories I should be consuming to maintain my weight and what I needed to do to lose weight.

He identified my metabolism as slow and in the little chart to the right you can see the breakdown of calories.

RMR 1144

Lifestyle (sitting during most of the day) 344

Exercise 7 days a week at a very slow pace 200

Brings the total of calories I should be consuming to maintain at 1688

to lose weight at about 0.5lbs a week I should be consuming 1438 calories a day, no more, no less.

Now the calories will increase with activity, if I burn more calories with exercise, the numbers change. Let’s say I add in a Jillian Michael’s 30 minute workout everyday and my exercise calories burned go from 200 calories average to 300 or 400 calories average, I would adjust those but still subtract the 250 calories for a weight loss. Does that make sense?

So Friday, I will go back in for another Bod Pod appointment to see what my current Bodyfat Percentage is (last time this was done back in September and I weighed 132lbs with a 23.4% BF) As you can see, I have since gained a few pounds and I am currently at 143lbs. Once I have all my current results I am scheduling a follow up appointment with the Sports Nutritionist and we will go from there.


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.