Friday, January 15, 2010

Show Us Your Life - Diets, Exercise Programs, and Weight Loss Ideas....

This is from Kelly's Korner, and a Friday feature of hers...

I guess I am a bit scared of the reaction I might get from Kelly's Korner readers, as many people feel that I took the "easy" way out. I have struggled with my weight all my life, and when I reached 393.6 pounds, I had weight loss surgery. I've learned a lot about myself as the weight has come off.

1. I can NEVER drink Coca-Cola again. EVER. I was a major addict having between 4-6 per day. I have been "clean" since the day of surgery. I can do pretty well without thinking about it for a long time, then every now and again, I think, "I'd kill for a Coca-Cola." Then I proceed to obsess about having one for the next thirty minutes. No other thought can enter my brain. I recently had that experience over the Christmas holiday one night while HH and I were out to dinner. When I had that "attack" I talked with HH wondering if this is the feeling that former smokers have. I've met many a person that have not smoked in twenty years that say they could light one up right then. Like the craving never completely goes away.

2. While I have a very forgiving surgery (as I malabsorb 80% of the fat I consume), I do not go out and have fast food very much anymore. Actually most of it, the smell makes me nauseous. I do enjoy Moe's Southwest Grill, and that is a "go to" food for me when I'm out and need a quick bite. The more I learn how to cook though, I really enjoy preparing meals at home. It gives me a real sense of accomplishment. I've made some bombs for meals, but I've also made some really good stuff too.

3. I weight myself everyday. This is a love/hate relationship, because I often know it is water weight, but I still let it get to me mentally. I need the number on the scale to make sure I don't go back to where I was.

4. I wear "real" in pants with a defined waist, no elastic. When you get up to a 36W like I was, there is really not that much you can wear. I need the boundary of knowing I need to ease back on things.

5. I've become much more discriminating in my food choices. I used to just eat candy because it was "around" I have certain favorites like Peanut Butter Dove Chocolates, but I don't waste my calories on things that I really don't savor.

If you are interested in knowing more about my weight loss journey, the majority of it is under 2007-2008. Please feel free to read it. I am also willing to answer any questions you might have.


Love Being a Nonny said...

Came here through Kelly's Korner and have spent a long time reading your blog. WOW! I don't even know you but I am so PROUD of you. WOW! You must be so disciplined and I can tell you trust the Lord to get you through every day. What encouragement for others who may be facing weight loss issues. You go girl!

karen@fitnessjourney said...

You obviously had great success with the surgery. It was very generous of you to open up and talk about what happens afterward. Too often I don't think we hear that it is still a struggle after the surgery. I know some people say it is the easy way out. I think you did what you needed to do to start living your best life.

Thanks for sharing.

SmallWorld at Home said...

Awesome story! And I love the Jackson Browne and Langston Hughes quotes on your blog.

Bea said...

Don't let ANYONE every tell you you have taken the "easy way out." I'm only 10 weeks out from my RNY and I've heard it 1,000 times already from insensitive, uncaring idiots.

Having your insides re-arranged and taking the initiative to do what you need to do to get healthy is not in any way shape or form the "easy way out."

I've followed your blog since my decision to have my WLS last year and you are an inspiration to me, and I'm sure to many others.