Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I just spent time reading my blogs from June of last year when this journey started for me. I had the gastric bypass done on Dec 14 2011, that was just another tool to help me along the way. Since last June, I have lost 59 lbs. I don't really have a goal of where I want to be, but I know I need to lose at least another 50 lbs. Since the surgery, I have started an exercise routine at the local YMCA. While I am still participating in the arthritis water aerobics class, I have also added the treadmill, recumbent bike, and some weight equipment to the routine. I try to exercise from 3-5 days a week.
I meet with the nutritionist tomorrow and look forward to hearing how she thinks I am doing on my meals and any suggestions she can add. Heavier foods I can only eat about 1/4 to 1/3 cup, while soups and lighter meals I can eat about 1/2 cup. Wow, what a change from the amount I was eating preoperative.
The hardest part I have found is just cooking so little for just one person. Sometimes I actually think "why bother"? At the rate I am filling up my freezer with left overs, I may not have to cook again for months! Hhmmm, wonder what I will do with all that extra time?
I've come a long way since those early days last June and I feel I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel! I know I already feel better, my knee pain is gone! I can walk 30 mins on the treadmill now at 2.8 mph. I haven't walked steady for 30 mins in years! I ride the bike 30 mins. I've dropped from a size 26 jeans to a size 20 ( and they are getting loose). I've gone from a size 3X top to an XL.
Yes, I think I have made some smart decisions this past year. The gastric bypass has really helped and I have had no complications post op. I think I am finally ready to finish off this battle!