Welcome to my blog, Rachel the Riveter! This blog has been a long time coming, a dream that has been rolling around in the back of my head for longer than I care to admit. I’m excited to write about food and somtimes home, beauty, fitness and anything else that takes a priority in my life. I really do a little of everything and can’t wait to see what other trouble I can get into!
Food has been a passion for me since I was a very little girl. My grandmother was my best friend and from as early as I can remember I would help her in the kitchen. She taught me everything she knew, from washing my hands before I started cooking to cleaning up as I go. I’m still working on the cleaning up as I go. Cooking because a major part of who I was, even when I was incredibly young. I learned to appreciate how different flavors went together and enjoyed experimenting with different recipes, much to the horror of my parents. Throughout all my tries and all my misses, my grandmother was there cheering
As an adult, I refined my palette here and there. I discovered a love of sushi and higher end restaurants. The more I ate out… the fatter I got. And I ate out a lot. Between raising two boys, divorce, and other stresses, before I knew it – I was ballooning up to sizes I had never imagined! Typical health issues that are normally associated with obesity began to plague me, and with a family history of heart disease and cancer, I knew I had to do something.
On April 14th, 2015, I went under the knife and had gastric bypass surgery. I could write a novel on why and what led me to do this, but it was not a decision I made lightly. I had fought having the surgery for years and years because I believed it was extreme and I was afraid I couldn’t do the things that I needed to do to be successful. I mean, how was I going to give up the foods I loved because of a surgery! Are you nuts! However, desperation to feel better brought the importance of my favorite foods into perspective for sure.
It has not been an easy path since gastric bypass. I know that a lot of people think that it is the easy way out. A woman I know even said, “it is a pity you had to resort to surgery to lose weight.” If you think that gastric bypass is the easy way out, you have lost your mind. For two months I struggled to keep food down because I developed a common complication called a stricture. It was like I’d eat and my stomach would take HOURS to empty. And if it was anything more than liquid, I vomited. It was hard and it was frustrating and it was awful. I felt so much better once I had my stricture repair, but it took FOREVER to get there and I had to fight tooth and nail for every bite before it.
Surgery doesn’t take away the compulsive desire to put food in your mouth. It doesn’t take away the cravings for your favorite comfort foods. I had no idea that it would be Asian food I’d miss the most, or pasta. I didn’t even eat pasta that much before surgery! The weirdest craving was a McDonalds cheeseburger. I hate McDonalds cheeseburgers, but man if I didn’t want one. I’m almost 5 months out as of today, and I still crave crazy foods. I haven’t had an issue with cheating though… I have found strength that I didn’t know I have. #iCanDoHardThings
My husband, Kevin, has been a huge support. He move mountains for me to be successful, forgives my outbursts when I’m frustrated and never fails to tell me how beautiful I am. I know for a fact that without him, I couldn’t do what I do on a daily basis.
Doesn’t hurt that he’s so darn handsome either.
I’m a web developer and love my career field. It affords me the flexibility of taking care of myself and my family the way I need to while still providing for my family. I look forward to sharing not only my love of food, but my other hobbies too.