Saturday, March 24, 2007
I'm falling in love with this site! It's so cool! They've thought of everything!
I have yet to do the strength training they've laid out for me, but I did look through all of it and find it very doable in my home, which is what I was hoping for! And the fact that they've thought of making a printable tape measure! How great is that?! Scary, but great! (I've printed it and will cut it apart and tape it end to end and do my measurements after I'm done with my journal entry.
I remember once in high school, after trying every diet out there, unsuccessfully, starting a diet with a friend...and I remember that feeling of hope, excitement and confidence that we had, doing it together...I was successful in losing some weight that I kept off for the rest of high school...it was after having babies that I lost my program and gained a tremendous amount of weight. But that feeling I had back then...I've got it again! I didn't even have it when I had gastric by-pass surgery (a year ago Valentine's Day)! I mean, yes, I've lost a lot of weight with help from the surgery...but I was terrified that it would come back, like every other time I've lost a significant amount of weight.
I've done the research. I know that most by-pass patients gain back 10-15% of the amount they lost. There's a window of opportunity with the RNY...12-18 months they all say. (Mine was a much smaller window! I stopped losing at around 7 months post-op.) So I didn't lose what I'd wanted to during my "window"...I've maintained since September, which is the longest I've ever maintained a weight loss, since that one time back in high school. But I've not lost anything since then.
So in the last 2 weeks, I've tried to go back to basics...remembering all I learned through the bariatric support group and on-track classes. I'm exercising every single weekday morning, before work. I'm not drinking with my meals (or an hour after). But I'm making sure I get my 64 oz. in every day. I'm trying to eat only three times a day, but I do find I sometimes pick at things mindlessly. That's what I've really got to work on.
Only 2 pounds off, but my clothes are feeling looser, so I know something's happening. I really, really want to be under 200...I want to make realistic goals. Of course, I'd like to be under 175, too, but I'm afraid to set such a big goal...I made my sparkpeople goal 175, but if I'm to be honest, my first goal is to weigh less than my husband (currently 206) and then to be under 200 and THEN 175...and then I'd probably go with 150. Smaller, less overwhelming goals.
Well, I have to assemble my new tape measure and do some strength training!