Accessible Android Apps

Here is a list of the Android apps that I am currently using on my first generation Moto X.
These apps are accessible for me. I understand people have their own idea of what accessible means. All I can say is I use these apps and they do what I want them to do. I also use most of these same apps on my HP 10″ Tablet.

Acapela TTS Voices

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Music


AquaMail Pro Unlocker


Arcus Pro Key


Beep Hourly


chomp SMS

Commandr for Google Now


Easy Answer

Epson iPrint

Epson Print Enabler

ETI-Eloquence TTS

Fing – Network Tools

Google Voice

Hangouts Dialer



Music Folder Player Full

My App List

NOAA Weather


Office Lens


Podcast Addict

Podcast Addict – Donate

Point Finder

Pro Weather Alert



Scanner Radio Pro

Screen Filter

Share Where





Total Commander

Touchless Notifications Pro

TuneIn Radio Pro


TWiT Pro

Vocalizer Voices

Weather Timeline

Life After Surgery

Life after gastric bypass surgery is not a simple recipe for living as it may seem in news articles about weight loss. You have to be aware of what you are eating, how much you are eating and how often you are eating.

One might find that something they enjoyed and their new body after surgery does well with at the six month mark doesn’t work as well at the one year mark. In the same way one might find a food item that didn’t taste well to them at the six month mark tastes great at the two year mark.

Its about being aware of your food and body along with being responsible for yourself. You should still get on the scale once a week, at the same time of day with the same conditions. If that time for you is just after you wake up and haven’t put on clothes yet for the day or if its at noon each day, fully clothed. It needs to be under the same conditions each time.

Don’t get on the scale just to see if you have lost weight but to help manage your body. If you notice that the numbers are going up, take it as an alert to think about what you have been eating lately and what changed.
Also, take a look at how much you have been eating of an item. If you have always had two of something at a meal, take time to think about if you really need two of that item to make you full.
We all get into a rut with what we are eating and forget to think about doing something different. Instead of having two waffles with sausage for breakfast, try just having one waffle. Wait 30 minutes after eating and consider if you really needed that extra item or not.

Its all about monitoring the things you can and making needed changes when things aren’t going how you think they should. It is okay to ask others for help. If you can’t figure out why the numbers are going up on the scale or just staying the same, keep a log of everything you eat including any brand names, along with how you feel and find someone to share it with. That person could be your weight loss surgeon, someone at the place you had surgery, your primary Doctor or even a friend who had their surgery a few years before you did.
Many writers, software programmers, etc.. use the help of someone else to look at their work and find errors or ways to do things different. Use the same approach to have someone look at what you have been doing. Its not to criticize, but to offer suggestions you may not have thought about.

Its easier to make changes to get you back to the scale numbers you want when the numbers are up by five pounds than it is when the numbers are up by twenty five pounds. We all need help with things, don’t punish yourself if things aren’t going right. It is okay to not know what to do. There is no owners manual for your body. Everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you.

Tell Me How To Lose Weight

I’ve been asked about how to lose weight and one might think that after losing 172 pounds thanks to the help of gastric bypass, I can see how someone might think I know how to do this. The truth is, I only know how to lose weight for me, because I have this tool of gastric bypass.

I can’t say what will or won’t work for someone else because I’m not them and they aren’t me. Each person needs to find a method or plan that will work for them. I was not successful in losing weight any other way before I chose to have weight loss surgery. Nothing had worked for me but that is because I hadn’t found the right solution that I needed.

No single option in the area of weight loss is the best choice for any one person. We are all different and choosing to do what someone else did just because they were successful will get you nowhere.

Here is a link with some helpful information to help you start your journey to better health.

Obesity Action Coalition » Obesity Treatments

Favorite Coffee Things

This is a list of my favorite things for making coffee. I make all of my coffee drinks sugar free, a big part of life after Gastric Bypass Surgery.

I recently tried a different brand of coffee and have switched brands. I was comfortable with and enjoyed Dunkin Donuts ground coffee that I’d buy at my local grocery store. Recently the price increased to an amount that got me looking into other options.

About the same time we grabbed a bag of whole beans instead of ground. This inspired me to start grinding my own coffee.

I loved the bag of Cameron’s Coffee that we bought and I looked around on their web site. I found great prices on their bags of whole beans and have a few on the way.

So no more Dunkin Donuts coffee, they think more of their coffee than they do me. I’ve found a new love and unlike some people out there, I’m never getting back together, like ever.

Here’s my list, if you have any questions about making sugar free coffee, healthy eating, or anything else, please leave a comment or contact me.

KitchenAid BCG111OB Blade Coffee Grinder – Onyx Black

Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker

bubba 24 oz tumbler classic black

DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free Flavored Syrups

Torani | Sugar Free Syrups

Cameron’s Specialty Premium Coffee

I use a 3/4 scoop measuring cup to measure 6 ounces of water and a plastic tablespoon for measuring the coffee. I also use a small funnel for pouring the water into the coffee maker.
I add six ounces of unsweetened Silk Soy Milk to the tumbler before I put it on the coffee maker. Most of the time I heat the soy milk in the microwave for 1 minute but also enjoy putting it in the tumbler cold too. It makes the coffee a little cooler, which can be nice on a warm day.

There is some great information in the FAQ’s on the Cameron’s Coffee web site about making coffee at home.

Saturday Eating

My Wife, Ruthie, usually has her cheat day on Saturday. It is a required part of her diet. She changed her lifestyle to one based on The Slow Carb Diet. The way it works is 6 days a week you eat lean meats, low carb vegetables etc… What happens is your metabolism slows down and to get it going again, one day a week you have a cheat day. On her cheat day she can have whatever she wants and as much as she wants, then its back to six days of eating healthy again. This is required on The Slow Carb Diet and not just something she chooses to do for the fun of it.
Just as any lifestyle change it isn’t for everyone but it has worked great for her and she with it. She has lost more than 250 pounds and kept it off. Right now she’s in a maintenance mode and working on staying where she is with her weight.

Today for her cheat day she went to The Big Biscuit and we learned there is a Starbucks nearby. I’d been wanting to try a coffee from there for awhile but haven’t had a chance to go there until today.
I read many comments from people I follow on Twitter about the wonderful drinks they have at Starbucks. So before placing my first order, I thought I’d consult with my experts. I got suggestions from three wonderful people all involved in the weight loss surgery world and healthy living. I even got some of the Starbucks lingo explained to me so I could understand the options.
I also decided to get a Chicken Quesadilla from Big Biscuit as I do like those and its something I can eat part of and put the rest in the refrigerator for later in the day. Ruthie got biscuits and Sausage gravy, a grilled cheese, sweet biscuit, and a fruit bowl. She already had some ice cream waiting for her at home.

We both agreed with our thoughts on The Big Biscuit. If you like food with your grease, its the place to go. She hasn’t opened the fruit bowl yet and I’m hoping its not as greasy as the quesadilla and the biscuits were. I guess there is a favorite place for everyone and if you are a fan of grease, this is the place for you. I haven’t looked at their menu but for the real grease lovers, maybe they sell sides of grease with a meal.

Thanks to my experts I had a Skinny Mocha Grande with soy milk and no whip. It was very very very yummy and I plan to go there again. Ruthie had a Strawberries & Crème Frappuccino and she said it was good. Its not something she wants every week and said she prefers drinks from the Caribou Coffee location inside our favorite grocery store, Hy-vee.

Below are addresses of the places I mentioned, just in case you are in Kansas City and want to visit.

The Big Biscuit
6332 NW Barry Rd
Kansas City, MO 64154

6234 NW Barry Rd
Kansas City, MO 64154

5330 NW 64th Street
Kansas City, MO 64151

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Thoughts About Why We Wait To Have Surgery


There have been a few articles recently about more Women are having weight loss surgery than Men.
I’ve been thinking about why this is and I can only speak from my own experiences growing up obese. I was first aware that I was overweight in the second grade. I am sure I was overweight before this but just wasn’t aware of it then.
This was about the time when my parents got divorced. My Sister and I got shipped off to an Aunt’s house in Kentucky while Mom & Dad did what they had to do and got rid of the house. I’m still wondering what happened to all of my Star Wars stuff, but that is for another day.
I can remember talking with my Dad about being overweight. I’m sure he was only trying to help but the things he said only made things worse. He would tell me, just stop eating or really helpful things like: You’ll never fall in love because women don’t like fat guys.
That was about the end of the discussion with him even though I kept getting bigger and bigger over the years.
The summer before 8th grade I moved in with Mom. It was more of the same story though. Along with being made fun of at school, verbal abuse from Mom’s endless line of loser boyfriend/husbands and then getting double talk from her about what I should do to lose weight.
She’d tell me to stop eating when I’m full. She’d also make an apple pie and tell me I’d better not let it go bad because she worked really hard on it. Yet when I chose to not eat the whole pie because I know its not good for me, I get yelled at because the pie got moldy.

After enough abuse because of your weight, one just gives up. You think there is nothing that can be done for me, I’m just going to be this way forever. You get the feeling nobody wants you because of your weight.

I knew there was such a thing as weight loss surgery but didn’t bother learning more about it because I just gave up on trying. Nothing else I had ever tried worked and I usually just got fatter.
It wasn’t until I became diabetic that I got the wake up call and had to find some way of losing weight. People wonder why it isn’t until one of the other weight related medical issues happens until someone gets help. It took something like diabetes to get me to wake up and realize it was time in my life to do something for me.
As I’ve said in other postings and writings, the thing that got me seriously looking into weight loss surgery was a 3 part series on a local news talk station. This wonderful lady, Lisa Carter did a story on her experience with weight loss surgery. I listened and knew this is something I could do and its something I am going to do.

So for me it was something major that happened that caused me to make a change. I think that is how things are often done though. Many people don’t look into buying a new car until their current car starts having more problems than what they are willing to deal with. At least guys, don’t buy new shoes until their current ones get too small or fall apart. You don’t usually buy a new bed until your current mattress becomes painful to sleep on, even after you’ve added the memory foam on top and you are sleeping on top of the blanket.
Sometimes it just takes something major to cause one to wake up and realize its time for something different. Just my thoughts,

Making A Change

There comes a time when you realize that you need to make a change. This is something that you have to do for you. If you are obese or overweight, you are the one who needs to lose weight. You won’t be successful if you are doing this just to get the doctor off of your back. Hopefully your Doctor has said something if you need to lose weight and they want to be a part of your team. Not every Doctor wants to be a part of the team though. If your Doctor has ever told you that you are healthy other than your weight, they don’t want to tell you the truth. There may not be any visible problems yet, but inside your body is another matter.
Obesity takes a hard toll on the body and its something you won’t see until after a problem happens. You are now diabetic, need emergency heart surgery, or have cancer. Sure, you were okay at your last Doctor visit six months ago, but these problems had not appeared yet. These are the problems that happen yesterday, today, or tomorrow.
Obesity is a disease and you shouldn’t try to fight a disease on your own. It takes help from many areas, doctors, support from friends, but it also takes you to realize its time for a change.

Now watch this great video for a great source of finding help. If you are one of those people who think, well my Dad was overweight and he was okay, or my Aunt was overweight and she lived until she was 70, just remember, I was obese and apart from the years of being made fun of by schoolmates and even family, I developed two very rare and deadly forms of cancer, became blind, and finally decided to do something about my weight before it killed me.
Weight Loss Surgery isn’t the answer for everyone, but there is no one fix it answer that fits everybody. We are all different and its a matter of finding what works for you.
You can’t just do what your cousin did to lose weight or what that person on television did because you aren’t them and they aren’t you.