Monday, March 28, 2011
I'm now at 136 and can't believe it. Some of my lessons learned during this journey to goal through weight loss surgery:
The scale still plays mind-games with me. I have learned to weigh myself so that I can guage my progress but not look at the scale as the source of success. I have learned that just paying attention to what I eat is part of that goal. To eat a healthy diet of whole grains, lean meats, and fruits and veggies is my mainstay. I also judge my success based on how my clothes are feeling on me and how I feel in my own skin.
I have become more in tune with myself and I pay attention to my feelings and I constantly research health articles and online sources for information. I was having a rough time with producing too much acid and none of the meds that were subscribed were helping. I was tired of wasting my money on those. They are not cheap. I developed ulcers and was just so frustrated for the first 4 months. I read about probiotics and how they helped boost your immune system and how they help you heal within. I bought a good brand and started taking them. I could not believe how good i felt after about a week or two. I swear by them now. I also drink alot of decaf green tea.
I still consult my doctors but I know that it is my responsibility to take care of me and be informed before I visit my doctors. You have to assertive with them and tell them up front what it going on.
I have also learned to relax more about my weight loss. I no longer feel like a trapped fat woman. I was always so insecure about my weight. I'm not that happy about my new excess skin but hoping with exercise and time that some of that will go away. I think it takes awhile. I am happier about how I look in clothes now. It is actually fun to dress now.
I try to concentrate mostly on what I know I should be doing, such as exercise, healthy eating, relaxation and fun. I'm working on mind, body, and spirit.
I want to thank all my friends here for all the support that you all have given me. I can now say that if I had to do this all over again (gastric bypass) that I would do the same thing. I would do it in heartbeat. A few months ago I had my doubts.
I am happy.
I wish the best for all of you on your journey. Please don't give up. It does not end with reaching your goal weight. It will be a lifetime journey. Look at it as if you are just trying to eat healthy to feel better.
I will post a new picture when I reach my goal. Hopefully that will be real soon.