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  1. Megan
    February 7, 2017

    Tara,
    I am just starting my journey with Bariatric Surgery, and I’ll tell you, your post struck home for me. I am scared to death that I’ll fail, that I won’t be able to do what it takes. Over the last three weeks I’ve seem numerous specialists, paid hundreds of dollars in co-pays and taken a ton of time off work. I worry about emotional eating and the issues that got me into this in the first place. I worry about sustainability. I’ve been feeling like no one gets it. And my surgery isn’t even scheduled! Its just the prelims. Your fears are natural and I’m going through the exact same thing. You helped me out with your post. Hope this helps you feel a little less alone too!

    Hugs!

    Megan

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      February 7, 2017

      Thank you Megan. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone in how I’m feeling.

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  2. Malinda
    February 17, 2017

    Well, looks great! thanks for rhe recipe

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  3. Mary
    March 6, 2017

    First Tara, Let me say, “Inthink you are adorable,” even if you are a thirty something mother. I love your sassy, honest writer’s voice. But the think that struck me was the part about being terrified to fail after bariateic surgery. I want you to stop that. Now, YOU have a resource that others might not have. You are a lover of Jesus.
    Before I continue, let me tell you about myself. I’m a sixty something mother of three, grandmother of four, and wife to the same wonderful man I married forty one years ago. I am a retired elementary school teacher and I, too love the Lord. I started blogging in 2013 and although I’m technologically more challenged than others, I try hard to be successful because I want to. It sounds to me that you might be Christian, while I am Catholic… so our church going might be different but our Christianity probably isn’t.
    So, back to YOU. I Just read, in a Book called, Resisting Happiness, by Matthew Kelly, that we should make the hardest thing we have to do a constant prayer. Here’s the thing. I know this. You know this. But how often do we actually DO this? And, for the times we have actually done this, how peaceful, successful, and happy have we actually been? I know your answer to these questions is a resounding, “VERY!”
    So, I’ll leave with this thought. What you’re doing is for your health, for your family’s wellbeing at having their mom and wife around for a long time. And, it’s for the Lord. So you can proclaim His goodness and mercy everywhere. So, ask Him constantly to help you to only eat what is for His glory. If you do fall, ask Him to help you get back up, as He did, when He carried His cross. Ask Him to help you get back on track. You can do this. He’s got your back.

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    • Mary
      March 6, 2017

      Please forgive my typos. Happens all the time on my iPad.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      March 12, 2017

      Thank you for your kindness Mary. I want to write a longer response, but my kids are half an hour past their bedtime already. I will check out that book.

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  4. Sandra Caulder
    March 17, 2017

    Hi Tara: Dried fruit will add sweetness to your oatmeal and you can cut back on some of the sugar. I make dehydrated apples and then cut them up with my kitchen shears to add to my oatmeal. Tastes wonderful. You could also use peaches, strawberries, blueberries, apricots…you get the idea. Use whatever fruit you can find on trees or whatever is on sale. I have a dehydrator but you can also do it in your oven. (Check out recipes on-line) I also make applesauce fruit leather for snacks. I buy unsweetened applesauce at Costco and 2 cups of it fits perfectly on each of my “special” drying trays. If I want to mix it up a little I will blender in some fresh strawberries or other fruit, OR, I sprinkle on top some chopped nuts or coconut before drying. Always been a hit with my kids and family.

    I’ve been considering Bariatric Surgery for over a year now. I have diabetes and need to get this weight off to lower my blood sugar. It is really hard but I’m still trying to decide what to do. I will be following you closely because I really understand your writings. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Tara Ziegmont
      March 17, 2017

      Thanks for commenting. I tried dried cherries but wasn’t thrilled with the results. I didn’t even think of cutting them up – that makes total sense. I just found out today that my surgery will be April 6, and I won’t be able to eat oatmeal after that for a long, long time, so I probably won’t need to do a different recipe, but I’m sure your suggestion will help others reading!

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