Wednesday, January 11, 2017
It's me again after a-
nother long absense
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Cold wind blows fiercely
Dormant, the earth lies so still;
Waits for Spring's return.
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Greetings all, I realized (once again) that I can't do this on my own and that I need a support group to help keep me motivated.
I've plateaued in my weight loss in a big, big way. I haven't really lost weight in a couple of months and my surgeon isn't thrilled about that. I should be losing at least 10lbs a month, IF (IF) I am doing everything I should be doing. I wasn't.
I was in the beginning of course, but then I got lax and thought, "Oh, I'll just start eyeballing my servings." and "Oh, it won't hurt if I eat some chips and have some soda from time to time."
Well, time to time quickly turned into EVERY. DAY. I'm not supposed to be eating potato chips, OR drinking soda after weight loss surgery. Potato chips (commercially prepared ones) are a nutritional black hole of nothingness with too much carb to fat and protein ratio. And the carbonation in soda pop can cause stretching in my pouch if I drink it. Sure, it takes a while for that to occur, but still. It happens.
Most of all: I. Know. Better.
As a result, at my last check up in November 2016, the surgeon recommended I return to tracking and meeting with the nutritionist. "And find a support group, even if it's not the one here at the hospital." The hospital is a 45 minute drive each way, so I never go. Really though, as I'm typing that out... 45 minutes isn't that much of a drive for me. I drive 35 minutes each way to work and back. I random drive to listen to music often. So really it's an excuse and nothing more.
But I realized that I do need some kind of support group, and Spark People (and the people therein) offer more support with less judgement and sniping than I've seen in other weight loss groups.
So my goal is to check in every day on the site, track my food, and post on at least one of my teams each day to keep myself a little bit active.