Sunday, April 11, 2010

It's a long road back to the beginning.

So I haven't been posting much because I've had a lot going on in life. I had a friend staying with me until she found a new place, another friend coming to get the stuff at my house she was storing, and major work projects going on.

And I've been slipping (which often happens when I let life get away from me). I haven't been eating all my protein, or drinking all my water. And the carbs. The carbs are slowly insinuating themselves back into my life like the evil little heebie-jeebies that they are. Needless to say, not only do I not feel all that well, but the hair loss has gotten worse AND I've only lost about 2 lbs in as many weeks.

Sigh. Anyone who thinks this surgery is a magic bullet can kiss my somewhat-smaller-but-not-quite-small-enough ass.

So today we are starting anew. Protein shake for breakfast, homemade beef & bean & veggie chili for lunch, 1/2 a cutie orange and about 10 almonds for a snack, roasted chicken for dinner, and I think I'll have some protein pudding right before bed. Those crackers will not defeat me with their whole-grain goodness!

So I'm getting back into a good food routine. Next step, more exercise. I think we'll talk about that in tomorrow's post (or the day after...we'll see how the week goes).


  1. I know that the surgery isn't the magic bullet. I know 2 people that had the surgery. One lost and kept it all off, one gained back all her weight and then some! I wasn't close to either of them, so didn't ever ask any questions about WLS. I would like to ask you about the percentage. What is the odds of loosing and keeping it all off? I hope better then 50%!!!

    I'm glad to see you are back, I always enjoy reading your post.
    The past is in the past, and all that matters is what you do now! Keep up the good work.

  2. I'm sorry...did you just say you've ONLY lost 2 pounds?

    Girl, you better be happy that I'm not right near you because I'd...well...I don't know what, but I'd be tempted to flick your nose or something.


    As in two more pounds you'll never see again. Two pounds - as in 4 sticks of butter.

    YOU LOST WEIGHT. And two pounds is where it's at. The WLS gave you a great jump start...a fantastic one. But here is where the really hard stuff begins - and if you're like me, it starts with the mental attitude.

    Two pounds is great. Losing two pounds means you didn't gain. I don't know how much weight you have to lose still, but two pounds will lessen that number (I think by two :) ).

    What I love is that you said that you feel like crap. And before I get accused of being a jerk, let me 'splain. I think it's great that you recognized that your body doesn't like it when it gets the wrong balance of food.

    To me, the scale isn't much of a deterrent. If it had been, I would've stopped way before hitting 280. What helps me now (and I believe what will help me in the future) is me being more in tune with what my body feels like.

    You're doing great. Really.

  3. Hi Tina:

    Most people will lose 60-70% of their excess body weight. But then most people will gain back 10% of their loss after 2 years. I figure that if I'm just average I will lose about 120 lbs, and then gain back 12. I am OK with that though, because it still means that I can lose over 100lbs of my excess weight. So far I'm down 80, so I've got a good running start. But it is frustrating to hear of the people who gain it all back--I don't know what I would do. So I just focus on being at least average and cross my fingers.

    Thanks for your comments!

  4. Dear Ms. HFP:

    Dude. What is it about you and the butter, or the not believing it's butter. :-)

    You're right, 2 lbs is 2 lbs. But remember I spent what is roughly the GNP of Uzbekistan on this, allowed someone to cut open my belly, spent 8 days in the hospital with one ER visit (so far), and can only eat about 3 grapes at a time. So I do have slightly high expectations. But that's why I have awesome people like you helpin' me keep it real, yo. :-)

    Thank you for the reminder...I needed it.

  5. Thanks for the info!
    Don't let that frustrate you, that some gain it all back. YOU won't be one of those :) Just keep up all your hard work and remember that it will all be worth it!!