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BACK TO THE BEGINNING

Sunday, January 20, 2019

I had my first appointment of the year with my Bariatric doctor this past Wednesday. I knew it wasn't going to be good, but did not realize how bad it was. I started going to the Weight Management Clinic in October of 2016. I was frustrated because my weight wasn't going down. I was staying in the calorie range given to me by Sparkpeople, I was exercising regularly, and the scale was going in the wrong direction. I knew I wasn't heavy enough to be a surgery candidate, but at the rate I was going, I would be in a couple of years. I weighed in at 196.3 lbs. They did a Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) assessment and that was a BIG help. I adjusted my calorie intake down by about 300 per day, and I finally started to see results. I joined the BLC Golden Phoenix Team for the 2017 Summer Challenge and by July of 2017 I was down 21.8 lbs. I struggled and went up and down, but I still ended the year lower than I started. 2018 was a real struggle, and I just couldn't seem to get it together, even with the support of my wonderful BLC team. I had so much going on; my mom had a health scare, we were working short-staffed due to an extended illness, we were planning a month long trip for Christmas, and I just pretty much let myself get in my way. My last appointment of the year was supposed to be in right before Thanksgiving, but the office had to reschedule. I was gone for all of December, so I had to wait for January. I gained it all back. I accept responsibility for my actions, now I have to decide if I want to really do this. There is no magic pill, potion, or wand to fix this; there is only me.

So, back to the beginning and back to basics.
1. Track EVERYTHING. Be honest. If I eat an entire bag of potato chips, fess up. Two handfuls of animal crackers, log it. That fast food hamburger and fries, record it. I can't say I don't know why I’m not making progress if I am not being accountable for my eating habits.
2. Be consistent with exercise. My treatment plan is to do 45 minutes of moderate exercise 5 times a week. Consider working with one of the trainers at the gym for help with a full body strength training plan that will help me get the most out of my sessions.
3. WATER, WATER, WATER!! I have been chugging the Diet Pepsi instead of the H2O and that is just not good on so many different levels.

I also mentioned to my doctor that I haven’t been sleeping well. I go to bed and fall asleep, but my sleep is very restless and I wake up 3 to 4 times a night to use the bathroom. He asked me if I have sleep apnea and I said, "Not that I am aware of, but I do snore, and have since childhood. It is bad enough that the vibrations sometimes wake me up." So he has ordered a sleep study. When I told my Dietitian, she told me to stop all caffeine at least 6 hours before I plan to go to bed, and to try and stop fluids 2 to three hours before I go to bed. I have a follow-up in a month, and the goal is to lose at least 4 pounds by then.
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  • DONNALEE-53
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    724 days ago
  • MAGICAL13
    Hang in there girlfriend you got this. The pop habit is a tough one to kick . For me it was Pepsi. I haven't had a Pepsi in almost 3 years. I miss it at times and when I think I want one I remind myself how long it took me to quit. I have the occasion non caffeine pop occasionally. I just wish I could do that with sugar just convince myself I don't need it. You have got it figured out.... back to the basics. I'm right behind you. emoticon
    731 days ago
  • KOFFEENUT
    I figure on this healthy lifestyle journey we ALL hit bumps in the road (heck, I've wandered off the road ENTIRELY before!). The IMPORTANT thing is to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and continue to head in the right direction - EXACTLY what you're doing. Know that we're right alongside you, cheering you on!
    734 days ago
  • NORTHONTGIRL
    You sound determined! emoticon
    735 days ago
  • NEPTUNE1939
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    735 days ago
  • MUSICMOMOF2
    You can do it! Just switching from the Diet Pepsi to water should help tremendously. Hang in there and I hope that the sleep study gives you some answers.
    735 days ago
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