Wednesday, February 20, 2013
To all that checked in on me during my absence from Spark I thank you - and to all I missed responding to, I am truly sorry. I have spent the last month & a half trying to figure out what was wrong with my body and my mind. My weight has fluctuated in crazy ways since hitting 219 months ago, now I have been as low as 212 and as high as 230, with 15-20 lb water weight fluctuations being gained or lost in 4-5 days. Anyone else experience a strange water weight rollercoaster 9 months post op from VSG or other WLS? I should have posted those weights on those days but just let it consume my attention and before you knew it, some demons from my past resurfaced. It's my fault, I let it happen but here's how it happened:
My diet consists of nonfat yogurt, granola or cereal on top, protein shakes when I remember, and vitamins. I have tolerated real food in tiny portions, it's more of an occasional treat than a habit now to eat real foods, but it's going to be a while until finances improve and I regain my mojo in the kitchen. Thanks to help from a friend, I have a brand new bag of Cytosport 100% Whey Protein Chocolate Powder from Costco - so I have no excuse for not being properly nourished. I wonder - could it be that I get little salt if any from my regular diet? and that is affecting my body's ability to establish water balance?
The other thing that is happening more and more is people close to me telling me to stop losing weight - that I am skinny enough. I've heard that so much this year that I even started replacing Snickers Bars for meals. In addition to the new Snickeraddiction, I have had such deep depression that I either at little or ate yogurt & cereal every hour or two and nap in my recliner all day.
As most blogs do, this one is providing some answers as I type it - my irregular but mostly nutritious diet needs to be more stable and include a small amount of salt to be able to retain water normally. I really need to find the motivation to track what I eat on a daily basis - and monitor how it affects my weight and body's water level. I still would like to hear your thoughts and experiences on this issue...therein lies the joy of spark!
Here's something cool to share - I use PalTalk.com as my main chat program, and a person I have known for years on PalTalk (she's a nurse) ran into someone they talked about SparkPeople and whomever that SparkFriend was out there knew all about me - SprinkleChez and my blogs. If you are that person from Ohio, WV or PA that had such a conversation with my PalTalk Nurse Friend - please send me a SparkMail!
We truly do touch more peoples' lives than we ever realize. But once & a while we are lucky enough to get that affirmation from a stranger or by long distance, and that my friends, is a feeling that I cherish, its why we're here. I am glad I am here and will be forever grateful for each and every one of you being in my life. May God bless you and yours everyday-
Your friend, "Sprink"