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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

My youngest who is 15 went to see a nutritionist to help her get on track with her eating. I then showed her how to track her calories on the Teen Spark. She admitted it was eye opening to her how many calories she eats each day. Since tracking it has helped her be a better label reader and has helped her decide to eat healthier choices. I am proud of her.

I also tell many people when they lament that they are gaining weight to use Spark People just to track their food and to really see what they are eating. Making small changes can make bigger changes in health.

For me Healthy is the name of the game, the rest is just icing on the cake. Wearing smaller clothes, being able to fit in chairs etc., those are just side benefits. People ask me if I feel like a different person and the answer is no because my personality hasn't changed, just me being a healthier person has changed.

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CECHONE 2/2/2010 3:21AM

    I know huh! tracking is the key to losing it! For me that was the single most important thing to help me start to lose! emoticon

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excuses excuses

Friday, January 29, 2010

I have been recovering from gallbladder surgery and hadn't been walking the way I should. I'm still not feeling well, but am I just making excuses not to do my fitness walk? It is so easy to fall off the wagon when you haven't been able to for a few weeks.
I know it is good for me, I know it helps me to lose the weight and make my heart even stronger physically! My head knows all of this, but my body just resists right now. I had tried on Monday to start my walking regimen up again, but I felt too tired to finish what was once so easy. emoticon So I have just let that be, instead of doing smaller things. OK ENOUGH EXCUSES!!!!!!!!!! emoticon
Today I will go for small walks and work my way back!! NO MORE EXCUSES!!

1/29/10 6:56pm I walked for 30 minutes at lunch today, so emoticon emoticon

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LOIS263 1/29/2010 10:16AM

    Thanks New Me, you are so right on with your comments!!!!

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NEWMEIN2009 1/29/2010 8:41AM

    I always say the hardest part of doing my walks is putting on my shoes. Once I start, then I'm okay. Start out slowly and take it easy, especially if you're still not feeling up to it after your gall bladder surgery. It takes a while before your body will recover completely. Even 5-10 minutes several times a day will benefit you greatly. Pushing yourself before you are physically able will only discourage you. You'll build back up to your normal levels in no time.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Why is it that people feel they need to monitor what you eat??? I mean after my surgery when people asked if I could eat something it was because they were curious, now those same people ask it over and over again...."CAN YOU EAT THAT? ARE YOU ALLOWED TO EAT THAT?". I don't monitor other people's lunches why do people think it is ok? Granted I am not a shy person and nip things in the bud, but I know many of us go through this daily.

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NETTER2097 1/29/2010 6:56AM

    WOW, we would all sound like a bad echo, my response is always, "I can eat anything, if it does eat me first." I think half is curiosity and the "See that is not going to work, I am glad I didn't go through all that to fail, like she is going to." My husband is great when I tell him about people's comments, he always tells me, "They are jealous and want you to stay fat like them." LOL Most are not fat. But he tries to get me focused back on me where my attention needs to be. Glad we are all on the same pages. :)

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POPTART44 1/28/2010 5:19PM

    Unfortunately, we become "oddballs" after we have WLS. Lots of people feel it is their duty to monitor our eating habits. I don't know whether it's just curiosity or if they are just waiting for us to fail, but I hate feeling like the spotlight is on me when I'm eating with people that know I've had surgery!! When someone has asked me if I can eat something, my response is "I can eat whatever I want, just not as much as other people".

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JIJJI1313 1/28/2010 1:27PM

    LOL YOU are sooo right... Most People a just Rude!!!! I am a total health nut so I don't really get many comments but when I do... I am like you... I can eat whatever I want... don't YOU? LOL :)

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Gastric Bypass the easy way out???

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Before I had my RNY gastric bypass on 6/18/09, I used to think having the surgery was "the easy way out". I thought the surgery did it all for you before I began the process. I knew people who had the surgery and felt full after a few bites and didn't have to exercise and lost over 100lbs in six months, while I struggled with eating less and exercising more. It seemed so unfair!!!

For years I tried to lose weight and change my lifestyle by eating less and exercising, but each time I failed and gained the weight back and more. I would do great, but the eating less would catch up to me, I was HUNGRY ALL THE TIME!!! I'm not an emotional eater, I was somebody that needed more food to feel full. One cup of rice or pasta wasn't enough, I had to have at least 2, 4 oz of protein, please at least 6 oz!!!

Last year I realized I was turning 50 and I couldn't keep yo yoing, plus my weight was getting higher not lower. I had to do something and so decided Bariatric Surgery was the way to go. At first I felt guilty for taking the easy way out, but now I know many of us struggle to lose the weight as well. Sure there are many after surgery that seem to have the fat melt off, but many of us still have to exercise and we still have to be careful what we eat to keep losing.

It isn't an easy journey nor one to take lightly. My greatest joy is that I am only hungry when I am truly hungry!!!!!! Praise God!!!!! I still struggle with exercise, I know i have to do it, but it isn't something I enjoy. I know now Bariatric Surgery isn't the easy way out, it is just a powerful tool for us to use daily. And you can't take the tool for granted, because I have seen a few people now through this process who had the surgery and gained all the weight back!!!

It hasn't been a year, but I am now in my 7th month post op, which I have been told is when it becomes harder to lose the weight. I just have to be diligent about my exercise, which for a few weeks has been on the back burner due to my gallbladder surgery, even walking was difficult.

Just thought I would post my musings about the surgery for those who are thinking about it, have had it or for those who think it is " the easy way out"!

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MEKLUN 1/28/2010 2:38PM

    It's all about choices and what you can and cannot accomplish on your own. I wish I was able to do this without surgery. Who wants their innards rearranged?? But failure after failure left me morbidly obese and afraid to even try again.

Is the weight coming off easier? Yes! Have a paid a price? Definitly. The price is not an easy one to pay but is worth it to me. And the big battle for us is yet to come..... maintaining the weight loss.

I tell people that it is easier to lose weight and I paid a hefty price for it but the best thing this gives me is a chance to start over. If I cannot change my life around, exercise more and eat less, I will be back where I was. But NOTHING before has given me this chance and even though it is not easy, the price I paid takes it's toll just like regular dieting does, I am satified with the choices I have made.

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ROSEREDD58 1/27/2010 1:58PM

    I had my RNY Mar 23,2004. I lost 105# my first year. I still only eat very small quantities, but my problem is grazing. My surgeon has told me time and again it's my fault and I must learn to control my eating. Unfortunately I have not been able to do that, and have gone from my lowest 178#(282#preop) back to 220#. I eat small amounts, but seem to be hungry All the time! I have dropped to 214# in the two weeks I have been a member of SP. But I'm looking for those who have been thru what I have and am hoping for some advice emoticon

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NEWMEIN2009 1/27/2010 8:35AM

    The one thing I have learned during this surgery is that there is no easy way out. This surgery is a great tool and as I walk on my treadmill or work out with sweat pouring down my face, I DARE anyone tell me that I have not worked for EVERY single pound I lose! My mom made a comment last night when I told her I was getting ready to go down and work out on the treadmill that I was doing it to lose more weight. Well, partly yes, but I have accepted the fact that I MUST incorporate exercise and eating right into my daily life from here until the end, whether my goal is to lose or maintain. If I do not commit to doing so, I will end up right back where I started. It's just going to have to be part of my routine, just like brushing my teeth.

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POPSGRYL63X 1/27/2010 6:06AM

    I think that whichever method you choose - the traditional diet & exercise or major surgery - you still have to find some way to "eat to live" and not "live to eat". I have watched many television shows about bariatric surgery and the people who have gained their weight back. My point is...there is no easy quick fix - long term anyway. Food, unlike drugs & alcohol - you MUST eat - and temptation is everywhere. Thanks for sharing your story and best of luck to you on your journey.

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Jan 24, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Had my gallbladder removed a little over 2 weeks ago on 1/8. Still recovering, went back to work last wed., boy was i wiped out this weekend! Eating is ok, but digestion is much quicker...so have to be careful! Haven't been able to exercise much, but I will start up again slowly on Monday, it is like I am starting all over again!!! Oh Well, that's the way life is! emoticon

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CECEWRITER 1/25/2010 9:24AM

  Rooting for you!

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