New PB&J Recipe

This is an updated version of my PB&J. I’m using different pockets now, the healthiest I can find and I just realized today that I’ve only been eating a half pocket with each PB&J.

I always want to mention that this works and is healthy for me. We are all different and people can tolerate different things after having weight loss surgery. Proceed with caution.

Toufayan Smart Pockets
Smart Pockets, 100% Whole Wheat, with Multigrain
Weight: 6 pockets [9 oz (258 g)]
It says there are six pockets in the container but they are cut in half, so 12 half pockets. When I’ve had these, I’ve only been eating a half pocket at a time, so I need to cut the amount of carbs in half. Here is the info for one of the half sized pockets.

8 g
2 g
1/2 g
2.5 g
Net carbs
6 g

These are the healthiest, at least for me pocket type thing I’ve found. They are very thin and you have to take care in opening them up so you can put something inside.

Old Home Creamy Peanut Butter
Serving size
2 tbsp
Total Carbohydrate
7 g
Dietary Fiber
3 g
0 g
8 g
Net Carbs
4 g

Smuckers Concord Grape Jam with Splenda, Sugar Free
Serving Size
1 tbsp
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber

Total net carbs
15 g
Total Protein
10.5 G
Total sugars
1/2 G

If I can be of any help with your journey to better health, please contact me through the blog or email me at:

There is no finish line when it comes to weight loss, when you reach that magic number, the battle isn’t over. You have to get up another day and deal with the same issues as the day before.
Also, remember that there is no single option in the world of weight loss that works for every person. I had gastric bypass surgery because it was the right option for me. My Wife uses the Slow Carb Diet because it was the best option for her. There is no easy way to weight loss, no matter which option you choose.

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Dad’s Day

This coming Sunday is commonly known as “Father’s Day” but its Dad’s day to me.

One of those rites of passage for me as a young boy was being old enough that I could go get a haircut by myself. It was around this time in my life that we lived in Blytheville, Arkansas. It was a small town compared to many places but much larger than what one might think of a small town where you would find Andy, Barney, and Opie.

I reached the age and maturity that I could ride my byke to the barber where Dad and I went all by myself. I could tell the Barber that my Dad would be by later for his own and would pay for my haircut.

I clearly remember as if it were just yesterday this frame hanging on the wall at the Barber’s. Sitting in the chair, looking forward, I saw this:

“Any man can be a Father,
it takes someone special to be a Dad”

So this Sunday is Dad’s Day, at least for me. I can’t list all of the wonderful things my Dad has done for me over the years and all of the important life things he has taught me.

So this Sunday when you visit or make a phone call, think about if he’s your Father or if you are lucky enough that he’s your Dad.

Blind News

There have been times I’ve wanted to tweet or share a news item from the blind world that I have been a part of for 21 years but I get so busy with my own blog, things around the house, and life in general that I just don’t have the time to search for and post stories that are interesting.

I have recently learned of a twitter account to follow that is a great source of information.

Follow @actnowkc

The great people behind that twitter account also have a web site with lots of info and resources.

Take a moment to visit their site. I’d ask you to let them know I sent you, but this isn’t advertising and they don’t pay me for referrals, Just doing what I can to spread the word.

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 ยป Obesity Treatments