Four months post-op…what I’m doing

June 28, 2008 at 9:47 pm 1 comment

Now that I’ve posted all the good changes that have happened in my life since my surgery, I think I should share what I’ve done to get here.  My disclaimer is, I’ve become very passionate about this and while I don’t want to offend anybody, I don’t beat around the bush.  I’m far from perfect.  I just joined a gym today (24 Hour Fitness) and I’ve only worked out a total of FIVE times in four months.  I don’t eat perfectly everyday–I let myself have chocolate and ice cream and chips.  Those things just aren’t everyday occurences and I really watch the portions.  I have had 2 very aggressive fills for 5.7cc in a 14cc band and I have not once slimed, PB’ed (for those not familiar, PB is a productive burp…you can imagine what that means) or gotten stuck.

I want to encourage others to be successful.  I WILL be successful.  I feel that I have been successful for the point that I am at.  I think that I have gotten a really good start and that is important. 

So, these are things that I feel have been important to my journey:

–I eat a balanced diet.  I don’t follow a strict low-carb, low-fat, low-whatever diet.  I do make sure I get in plenty of protein because a) I want to build muscle and b) I don’t want to lose my hair.  I eat things I ate before, just in smaller portions.  I personally believe that low-carb diets are unsafe and unrealistic.  I am learning to eat in a way that will last me a lifetime and help me maintain my weight, once I’ve hit goal.

–I eat no more than 1200 calories and no less than 800 (usually more like 1000) per day.  I usually have one day a week where I increase calories, up to about 1500-1600, to keep my metabolism up.

–I measure and/or weigh all of my food.  I don’t guess on portions.  If the portion is 3 ozs, I have 3 ozs.  When I grab a snack like pretzels or chips, I count out how many I can have.

–I log all of my food.  Even if I only take a bite or tiny portion, I still log it.  This keeps me accountable and helps me keep track of my intake.  I think this is so important.  I often find myself turning things down because I know I’ve had all the calories I should have.  I also know that I’m getting my protein.

–I have 60-80 grams of protein a day.  I do not drink protein drinks, I get all of my protein from solid foods.

–I don’t drink calories.  I have a cup of milk a few times a week, but that is the only caloric drink I have.  Otherwise I only drink water.

–I drink at least 64 ozs of water per day.

–I follow the bandster rule of no drinking 30 minutes before eating and 2 hours after eating (my doctor’s recommendations, your doctor my have different guidelines).

–I do not allow my band to be so tight that I can’t eat a small meal of solid foods.  I refuse to live my life burping and vomiting up my food.  That isn’t healthy weight loss–that’s an eating disorder, IMO.

–I am completely caffeine free, no soda, no coffee.  Well, I guess in my once every few weeks chocolate splurge there is a tiny bit of caffeine.  LOL

–If I want something, I eat it.  I just don’t eat a huge portion.  I eat a small portion–1 oz of chips, 2 pieces of chocolate, one scoop of ice cream. 

There you have it.  That’s it.  In the next month or so, I plan to add that I am going to the gym at least 3-4 times a week, for both cardio and resistance training.  I forked over a lot of money to meet with a personal trainer a few times.  I don’t meet with her again until July 9th so she asked that I only work on the cardio until she has the chance to instruct me and set up a plan for the weight machines.  I did 25 minutes on the treadmill today and 5 minutes on the elliptical.  I felt pathetic–5 minutes?!  LOL  That’s ok, I’ll take it and build on it.  My trainer wants me doing 45 minutes of cardio at a time so that’s my goal by the time I meet with her again.


Entry filed under: exercise, food, weight loss.

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  • 1. Jessica  |  June 30, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    I need your willpower about the portion sizes!!!

    And you’re sooo right about the low-carb stuff. Carbs should be the largest food group you eat every day; it’s the KIND of carbs that you eat that really makes the difference though.

    Congratulations on joining a gym! I hope you enjoy it – and take a yoga or Pilates class or two!!! 🙂


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Surgery date: 2.28.08
Highest weight: 350 lbs
Surgery weight: 339 lbs
Current weight: 262 lbs
Goal weight: 175 lbs
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