18 month update and challenge update

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I'm 18 months out from surgery now. I have actually gone backwards during this last challenge and put a few pounds back on. It's been a real struggle to maintain and I still have some really bad eating habits that are not broken. Surgery does not fix everything, that is a fact. It helps, a lot. But there is still a lot of hard work to be done and all my years of using food emotionally have become pretty ingrained, I often react without even thinking.

While I have stayed away from the foods I can't have (breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, corn, sugar, chocolate) I can easily 'snack' compulsively on approved foods (nuts, cheese). Salt and carbs are not healthy for me and cause very fast weight gain- which I've learned the hard way.

So I am working on a new approach:

1. I'm working on finding true balance in my life. Work- home- relationships- even friends and sparkpeople. I tend to be all or nothing in my efforts and that usually doesn't go very well for my stress level. So I am working on that daily.
2. I sought help and am on an anti-depressant which is much needed. Sometimes I can't do things by myself which is hard for me to admit. I've also looked into counseling with someone who specializes in bariatric patients.
3. I'm going back to basics on my food plan. I really do understand what doesn't work for me, and while part of me rebels at living with such a high restriction in diet- I know it is what is important if I want to live a healthy life- which I do. Sometimes life requires sacrifice- something I'm not always good at wanting to do.

I ended the challenge slightly up from the beginning with my weight. I suppose it could have been worse, and it was a good wake up call. I am going to try to increase my walking during this challenge and my goal is 2 miles of walking. Since I wasn't walking at all just 7 months ago- this is a lofty goal but I'm determined to do better.

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    So proud of all you are doing.
    1077 days ago
    emoticon Excellent! I'm an all of nothing person too. It's hard for us! I'm trying to be as kind to myself as I am to others. God Bless you, and may you have continued success!
    1267 days ago
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    1540 days ago
    Hugs, Di. I believe in you.
    1544 days ago
    Love you. And Life has always been a trade-off. We know that. We just have to keep an eye on things is all. many hugs to you.

    1544 days ago
    I know you are working hard and admire you for all you have gone through. I am glad you are refocusing. Although I dont have a really restrictive diet I too at times fight with having less, but your quote at the end is a good one for us to remember. Eating should be a tool to help us be healthy and not a way of life.

    I bet this Spring Challenge will be a good one and yes walking now and being able to will be a big help.

    Hugs and love
    1545 days ago
    Nuts and cheese are difficult for me too. They are so easy to overdo -- I am planning to focus on just meats and low carb veggies for the most part. We can do this!

    1545 days ago
    I had read that the surgery effects are only good for about 5 years and that folks have to get a handle on the emotional eating or they can regain the weight. I am glad you can see the problems and you know what you need to do.
    I think you are going to one of the amazing success stories.
    1545 days ago
    Love you
    1545 days ago
  • KNH771
    As you hit the two year mark, it does get a bit tougher. I think maintenance is a completely different animal than weight loss. You're doing some great things. I've thought about the counseling, but have never followed through.
    1545 days ago
    Excellent blog! So proud of you for pushing forward & always trying your best. I love you.
    1545 days ago
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