How to overcome a stall.

You wanna know the secret to getting over a stall? Especially those that are early in your journey? Come ‘ere.

A little closer.

A leeetle closer.

You wait. You just wait it out.

Really, folks. That’s all you can do.

I got advice from so many people and I appreciate it all. The one thing I kept hearing is to increase my calories, which I did. At the same time, though, I started hitting the gym 5 days a week. I just couldn’t increase calories enough to make up for what I was burning at the gym. 1000-1100 calories total per day minus a 90-105 minute workout equals not enough calories.

It’s a catch 22, really. Everyone, from friends to professionals, wants you exercising, getting your heart rate up for an extended period of time, toning and staying strong. You want to ward off the excess skin as much as possible. The problem is that we can’t eat enough to balance it all out. We can’t eat more and exercise more. At least not within the first few months post op.

So, in the end, you will lose weight. Some people have no stalls. Some have one at two weeks out (raises hand) that last FIVE weeks (waves said hand wildly while saying, “OOH! OOH OOH! ME!”) and that’s really discouraging. No matter how the fat girl in me felt, the skinny girl in me kept saying that I will overcome it. I will start losing weight again and I am doing everything right.

And that skinny girl was right. I can’t wait to actually meet her.

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 11:21 AM  Leave a Comment  
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My post op diet — NUT says do not restrict.

Most people listen to my diet or look at my food journal and say they don’t know how I do it. Others look and gasp, telling me to cut my carbs to no more than 20-30g per day for the best results. Still others said to eat only baked fish and chicken with no marinade, seasoning or olive oil to help with moisture. That last one makes zero sense to me, but whatever, right? To each their own?

Here’s the deal and I’m sure I’m in the minority with this — I eat mostly protein, some carbs, some fats and some sweets. My meals consist of about 2 ounces of chicken, steak or seafood. With that, I will also have a bite or two of veggies. If it’s there, I may also have a tiny bit of potato.

On any given day, my food journal adds up to 1000-1100 calories, 70-90g protein and around 60-75 total carbs. This has been the norm for about a week now. I do not deprive myself even though a lot of people say I should really restrict myself to get all I can out of my “honeymoon” period post-op. I didn’t have surgery to go on a diet, I did it to change my life. I’m not eating a pint of ice cream anymore. I’m eating 1/4c or less of sherbet/ice cream/gelato once in awhile (I’ve had it once so far…yesterday). I’m not eating a few fudge-sicles a day, I’m eating a couple NSA popsicles or fudge-sicles a day. Yes…a couple on most days.

The only things that I do stay away from now are white pastas and rice. I will eat a bite or two of potato, but if the pasta/rice isn’t whole grain, I don’t eat it.

Oh, and I am at the gym 5 days a week doing 45+ minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of sculpting/toning/weights.

What are your thoughts? Are you pre-op, post-op or just thinking of bariatric surgery? What surgery are you considering/having? How do you want to/did you treat your life/diet post op?

Published in: on May 26, 2010 at 11:06 AM  Leave a Comment  
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A little Bug love

Yesterday, as I was sitting here reading email, my 6 year old, Bug, came to me, put his arms around me and gave me some love. A few minutes later, he said, “Mom, I’m so glad you had surgery to be skinny. You aren’t so hard to hug anymore.”

It brought a tear to my eye in a couple of ways. First of all, he’s SIX! He realizes that his mom was/is very obese. Second, even if nobody else can see it, he can tell, by his hugs, that I have made progress.

With that, I can say that I will NEVER regret having this surgery. Second to my life being prolonged, my kids are the reason I had a sleeve gastrectomy performed three weeks ago. They are the reason I WANT to live a long(er) life.

And today I made a new goal. Bug will hug me…and his arms will touch. Not just fingertips or hands, but arms.

Published in: on April 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM  Leave a Comment  
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