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What I have learned

Monday, August 13, 2012

I joined SP quite a while ago and relapsed a few times, then seriously started working out and religiously watching everything I ate and drank..counting every grain and morsel and drop I put in my mouth..only to notice I was not losing even an ounce of weight! I wasn't gaining either but..
Then I decided to have weight loss surgery..for a number of reasons but mostly because of my numerous health roblems.
The weight loss nutritionist told us that our bodies really only needed a fraction of calories to sustain us, several hundred at best she said. Several hundred? However was a person to survive I wondered? Now I know.
It has been almost 5 months since my weight loss surgery and I have learned the nutritionist was very right.
I have continued to track my calories, carbs and exercise on SP and have discovered that on average-unless I give in to the occasional sugar fix, that I am averaging 400 - 600 calories per day and on average burn about 200 - 400 calories a day and more on days I clean the house really well-twice a week.

The bottom line, I have come to realize that the average moderatly sedentary person needs a much less amount of calories to sustain themselves than I now, and possibly many others may realize.

Life truly is a learning experience and I am so grateful to have made the choice to continue to live it by opting for a surgery that will hopefully allow me to continue along life's journey!

89 pounds to go to reach goal weight! Yippie Skippie!! emoticon
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    Courtney, My pre-op diet of 1500 calories, then 1200, then 1000 all the way did not net me even one pound lost! You are so fortunate to be losing while on a 1000 calorie a day diet. Honestly, I was so frustrated pre surgery because I followed my diet exactly as instructed but could not lose an ounce. I worked out for 3 hours 3 times a week--still, no pounds, ounces or inches lost..Ziltch, Nada, Zero!

    I am now 5 months post surgery!! emoticon
    1533 days ago
    Funny you should mention it... I have realized the same thing. I started to realize it when I began my pre-op diet. I was having no luck what-so-ever losing weight on 1500 calories a day. It wasn't until I dropped below 1,000 that the weight started coming off.

    Our bodies are very strange machines aren't they?

    Best of luck to you on your journey
    1533 days ago
  • SPIRIT42013
    Best of luck with the surgery and your journey toward optimal health! emoticon
    1533 days ago
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