Wednesday, November 21, 2012
About three weeks ago I was approved by the durgeon for gastric bypass surgery after 2 years of working with the medical weight loss center and doing everything they've told me to - up to and including Dr. Rx'd weight loss medication - and losing a respectable, but modest 25 lbs.
I'm really excited (and scared!) and there has been LOADS to do to prepare for the surgery. There are vitamins to buy, and protein shake mix to find, and junk food in the house to get rid of, and then there's all the legal junk, like a power of attorney and a health proxy.
Today I started the pre-op diet, which was given to me by the nutritionist that works with the surgeon at the weight center. It's a pretty drastic reducing diet...protein shake w/a half cup fruit for breakfast, another shake OR a piece of fruit for snack, 4-6 oz. lean protein w/1 C. non-starchy veggies for lunch, another protein shake for afternoon snack (optional) and the dinner is the same as lunch. The nutritionist said that I can eat the lower fat of the Lean Cuisine type meals if it's easier and so I bought a few for lunches, which I tend to forget to eat. So far the diet hasn't been too bad, but I definitely feel hungry. I'm hoping that increased water will help with that, but I also expect that my stomach will start to shrink a little before too long and it won't feel quite so much like I'm on rations.
Friday, June 17, 2011
I really truly cannot believe I've lost 20 lbs so far! I haven't lost this amount of weight in probably 8 years. I'm truly stunned. Particularly because I haven't tracked my food since Sunday and I *know* I've eaten emotionally at least twice this week. Wow! That definitely motivates me to get back on the journey! :)
Friday, May 27, 2011
I like having things around me...my favorite book series from junior high, the invitation and program from my best friend's wedding tucked into the photo album with pictures from the event, the ceramic keepsake box my dad gave me for Valentine's day when I as 12, etc. My house is filled with memories in the form of my possessions. This natural tendency to hold onto things is a two-edged sword, though, and every so often I begin to feel hemmed in and weighted down by all the stuff. Maybe it's the sudden heat of summer that's just found it's way to Boston, or an abundance of free time this week, but that bloated-home feeling has returned. Experience has shown that the only relief from this feeling is to identify things in my house that I want to let go of and send them on to a new home. Today, I have found a shopping bag full of clothes, books, and other flotsam to send to the goodwill. I've also generated a large bag of trash. What will you do to slim down your body and your life today?
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
I've noticed that while it's only a small amount, I'm consistently eating above my calorie goal this week. At first, I rationalized it by telling myself that it was only 100-200 calories. No big deal! I can burn that off in an afternoon of running around! Yeah...except that I haven't been burning it off. And really, this lifestyle shift is about learning to do things differently. I'm generally a "don't sweat the small stuff" kinda gal, but I think I need to reassess what "small stuff" means when it comes to my health and well being. 100-200 calories *isn't* a lot when I'm active...running around a unit for 12 hours a shift taking care of patients burns loads of calories. But I'm not working right now and my activity level has been pretty low. (I am working on that aspect of things, too.)
So! My goal for today is: I will eat normally but I will finish my meal *before* I feel 110% (or even 100%) full.
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