Sunday, June 09, 2013
I posted this on a new team I've started - Fighting Post-Bariatric Weight Regain. I thought it was worthy of a blog entry, too. Maybe some of you can relate. Maybe some can't. Whether you're pro or con weight loss surgery, just know that we all struggle to lose the weight, and that weight regain is a very real thing and makes for a very difficult and humiliating experience. BUT THERE IS HOPE! YOU DON'T HAVE TO LET THE REGAIN WIN!
One of the most important decisions I've made in my life was to have bariatric surgery. There are so many types out there now. Each one, tailored to the individual by their medical team. Personally, I had the open Roux-n-Y procedure done. It is one among many approved procedures now. Something that everyone is warned about is the weight regain. Somehow, we put it in the back of our minds, determined that no matter what, it's not going to happen to ME. I believed that, too...until it did indeed happen to me. I'd lost a total of around 190 pounds by the beginning of 2008. That's when I started gaining the weight back. These were the basic rules I was (AM) to live by regarding my surgery:
1. Get between 80-90 grams of protein per day
2. Drink at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water every day (64 oz. total).
3. Don't drink 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after I eat (no drinking during eating either).
4. Take very small bites and chew incredibly well so that everything will pass through the opening at the bottom of the pouch.
5. Start with 1-2 oz. portions, each month adding to the portions until I finally come to an 8 oz. portion of food.
6. Very few carbs, except for natural, whole food carbs like fruits and very limited whole grains.
7. Vegetables when I can get them into my diet along with protein.
8. One multi-vitamin per day.
9. Two calcium supplements per day.
10. One SUPER vitamin B complex per day.
11. One biotin vitamin per day (1000-5000 mcg).
12. Eliminate carbonated beverages completely.
13. Oh yeah... and NO SWEETS and no fried foods (which cause dumping syndrome).
These were the most basic of rules. In 2008, I decided that I'd been a "good girl" and that it was time to try some new things to see if I could do them. So, first, I had a root beer. It was the best root beer I'd ever had. It was incredible! I could feel the gas building up, causing a lot of burps. I figured that with so many burps, there was no way that the gas would cause my pouch to stretch. How wrong I was!!! If I'd had just that one root beer, maybe it wouldn't have been a problem. But I didn't stop with one. I continued to have one every few days, then it was every day. Then it was several times per day. In addition, I started drinking with my food...the carbonated beverages, to be specific. Then, I started introducing sweets into my diet to determine how many sweets I could have before I had the dumping syndrome. These were ALL BAD IDEAS!
Basically, I stopped doing almost everything that I'd learned to do by experimenting with my pouch. In this experimentation, it expanded, allowing me to eat more and more. I'm not sure how big my pouch reached, but I could eat a lot more than a mere 8 oz! By the end of 2009, I'd gained about 100 pounds back!!!! Ouch! Talk about a blow to my health, my ego, my total self-image. It was horrible.
If you've had or are thinking of having bariatric surgery and you're asking yourself, "When will I be able to ___________ normally again?", then you're simply not ready. Although I thought I was ready, and may have been at the time...I undid my preparedness by experimenting with the "what if's". The surgery is a FOREVER decision, not to be taken lightly. It's a huge commitment.
It's really simple... the whole key to weight loss, whether you do it with weight loss surgery, or without, it takes the same thing...lifestyle change. Some of the changes needed to successfully use the tool of weight loss surgery are much more strict than weight loss without surgery (depending on the type of surgery), but if you make the decision for the surgery, you must make the decision to stick to those rules or risk weight regain. Either way you go, there are obstacles to be overcome.
Lifestyle change. That's the key. No matter what form your journey takes, it's small steps to great outcomes.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
What's so great about smoothies? My favorite thing about smoothies is that they're sweet, they contain great vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants! I knew before that I love blueberries! I bought a personal blender, some frozen fruit, some yogurt, and some protein shakes. I've found that I absolutely LOVE smoothies. I realize that most of you have already discovered the amazing world of swirled fruit and yogurts. But I'm a little behind...I have challenged myself to try something new every few days. So this smoothie thing is really a great thing for me (and, by default, my family!).
I was going to purchase some spinach tomorrow to put into my smoothies this coming week. That was, until I read a spark article (a "sparticle"?) at
that compared all the leafy greens to each other. It turns out that the most outstanding, vitamin-packed leafy green is kale! So, I'm going to give it a try. If the article is off and I can taste the "green", I'll give the spinach a try. I'll report back to let you know how it goes!
Spark on, Everyone!
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Since September of last year, I've been a stay-at-home-mom. I love staying at home! However, finances dictate that I must return to work. Jarrod, my hubby, and I have prayed about a part-time job that I interviewed for last week. It's with his employer (in a different department).
We have prayed that God's will be done in this situation to work to the good of all involved...I'm simply hoping that His will is the same as mine. LOL.
If you have a moment to stop and say a quick prayer for my family in this regard, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Love to all!
Friday, May 10, 2013
We all do it. Most of us are harder on ourselves than we are on others around us. I don't know a single person for whom this isn't the case. Today, try to treat yourself with the same tender-loving-care with which you treat your best friend. Go ahead! You deserve it!
Remember, all is not lost just because you had a sweet, melting morsel of milk chocolate. All is not lost because you missed one workout due to having a cold and not feeling well enough to go to the gym or to walk in the mall or park. We all need to set goals to which we need to rise to the challenge. We need to remember that this whole journey is about progress, not perfection. When we’ve expected absolute perfection from ourselves in the past, we’ve come up short, burned out, and given up. We don’t have to do that this time! We just need to make progress…long strides or short strides…both are great. Sometimes cutting ourselves a break long enough to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and continue on our journey is just what we need to maintain that progress.
That being said, my effort to give myself a do-over today is to reset some of my spark streaks so that I can make a new, concerted effort to continue those streaks and maintain them to a level of at least 90% in a given time frame. For example, if I reach 92% in getting 5 fruits and veggies in a day over the course of a month, I’ve succeeded. STRIVING FOR 100% WILL ALWAYS BE MY GOAL. Cutting myself a break is giving myself permission to be imperfect in the progression of my spark streaks, yet maintaining a high percentage of the days in a month that I have been successful in that particular short-term goal. Making progress is the primary goal after all, right? That’s the means to an end…a fantastic end. Health and wellness! If I reach the 100% that I’m striving for, I’ll be able to treat myself to a non-food treat, like a manicure or pedicure…or both! What are your favorite non-food treats?
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Thank you to all of the people out there who motivate and inspire us! There are so many Sparkpeople out there who are willing to help people out of the goodness of their hearts, expecting nothing in return. I want to personally thank you all whose paths I've been fortunate enough to cross, whether it was in person, on my spark page, or at one of our meetings/rallies. Thank you to all those who are kind and thoughtful enough to send spark goodies just to let me know that you're thinking of me. You ALL are so incredibly precious! If you're reading this...whether you're new or a seasoned Sparkpeople member...YOU are motivating me!! Thank you!!!
I've been thinking the last few days. One question that lingers in my mind is: "Who motivates the motivators, coaches the coaches, inspires the inspirers, and who's the wind beneath the wings of those who have helped us catch our second wind?" Take a moment today and thank that (or those) person(s) who have touched your life in a positive way (Sparkpeople or not). Even the best of those who motivate us need to find some motivation, too. Whether it is coach Nicole, Chris Downie, Chef Meg, ~indygirl, Ksigma22, or other Sparkpeople members. Let's take today to remember those people and send them a note of motivation, inspiration, and recognition. They need it too!
We may take separate paths to reach our destination, but we're all on the same journey to wellness. Let's find a way to help those who have helped us!
Love and Success to us all.
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