Sunday, October 16, 2011

Healthy Living

So as each days goes by I learn more and more about my body. I am so amazed at how resilient my body really is. I can survive on a low calorie diet, imagine that. I am taking a lot of vitamins to make-up for the lack of nutrients and vitamins my body isn't getting. It is a lot of pills but at least it isn't medication. I've also found a few things where it is a cream and you eat it and it is done. I have chewable vitamins which are nice because swallowing a pill is not so easy for me. I think the thyroid nodule in my throat is why it bothers me to swallow pills. It feels like pills get stuck where that nodule is. So I take one at a time and make sure I have a straw which seems to put more pressure to force it down.

Protein is the foundation of my diet. I can tolerate things like chicken (dark meat is best), turkey (although I seem to get fuller faster), fish & shell fish. I have had some beef but I don't really make a habit of having beef. I've had only ground beef and I was able to tolerate it but I just am not a big beef eater. My personal choice. As far as veggies go I can't really eat them mainly because by the time I get my protein in there is no room for any else. But if I do eat veggies they are usually not raw (too hard to digest) and they have to be cooked well.  I love squash cooked well. In fact I had some tonight for dinner. The other thing I've found that I do good with is Dry Roasted Edamame. OMG, it is so good and has 14 grams of protein for 1/4 of a cup. To me they taste like nuts without all the fat. I will eat these as a snack just to help with the overall intake of protein for the day. The other proteins such as cheese, milk, yogurt and beans sit well for me too. I just don't have those as much since I lived off of them for awhile. I will add cheese to some items just for a little bit of added protein. I also use protein shakes to help me get in my protein. I try to use the whey isolate version since they absorb the fastest. I always make my shakes with milk for the added protein and also it usually makes them taste a bit better. I will have protein bars as well. The Quest protein bars are a little more friendly for me as they don't have a lot of carbs and sugar and come in delicious flavors. They are all natural as well which is what my diet consists of. There are other things that I will eat such as potatoes which are only eaten in small portions and are only eaten once in awhile. I don't do salads and I honestly miss them. I thought I wasn't much of a salad girl until they aren't part of my life. Maybe later on I will be able to tolerate a salad but right now it is just not going to happen.

As far as my workouts they are coming along great. I am so impressed with how much my body is changing physically. My stomach is significantly flatter, but don't get me wrong I'm not saying I have a flat stomach. I'm saying my stomach is smaller than my breasts (as far as sticking out) and that is something that a woman is proud of. My arms have a more defined shape (again just hate the hanging skin underneath). My legs are thinner although they are still large. I noticed I'm definitely not as wide as well. I am starting to be able to fit in most chairs which is a relief. I couldn't fit into any of the chairs at work at my highest weight and now I can sit in all of the chairs. Some aren't as comfortable but I know that will change too. My flexibility has improved tremendously. I remember when I couldn't lift my legs and touch my hands underneath and now I can with ease. Just so many little things that have changed. I'm sure with the fat not being in the way, that has also helped with some of the flexibility but I know the water yoga and water aerobics have also contributed as well.

My knees haven't improved much. Today they actually felt pretty good (knock on wood) but they still ache most of the time. I saw my doctor a few weeks ago and let him know how disappointing it was that I've lost 160+ pounds but not much improvement in my knees. He told me I need to be patient and that I will probably continue to feel pain for at least another year. He explained that they are healing. My tendons were stretched to accommodate the fat and as I lose weight they will be loosen up and with exercise they will tighten up but this won't happen over night. So this makes a lot of sense to me and I will just have to be patient. I am doing better I guess but they aren't where I wish they were. I will continue to be patient.

I still no longer have hunger pains. They say some people eventually get the hunger pains back and some don't ever get them back. I hope I don't ever get them back quite honestly but will accept whatever happens. I don't have any desire to eat sweets which is the biggest shocker. Sweets was my weakness post-op and I never crave anything sweet. What they say about getting it out of your system is true, if you don't eat it... you won't crave it. The things I will crave occasionally is a sandwich or a salad. I just can't eat bread so the sandwich thing really I can't do. I do eat the insides of a sandwich but it isn't the same. Also been craving one of my favorite shrimp salads. Eating just the shrimp isn't quite the same as eating the salad with all of the veggies, shrimp and salad dressing. Ironically I crave healthy things. Imagine that. I would have never imagined it nor would I have believed anyone if they told me I would be where I am today. Not only with my weight loss but with where my mind is. I'm in a good place overall. 

I don't weigh in everyday as I was getting obsessed and disappointed with the scale. So I only weigh myself a few times a week. As of my last weigh-in (10/10) I've lost 90 pounds since surgery and 167 pounds total. I'm so impressed by these numbers. Wow... I am really doing it this time. I don't feel like it is a huge challenge and definitely feel like this is a lifestyle change that I can live with. YAY for me!

Monday, October 10, 2011

I'm a winner!

Well wouldn't you know. I actually won a contest. I always enter contests. It is totally free to enter so what have I got to lose? But I've never been lucky enough to win these types of things. Well I won this contest and got the good news this morning. Of course I ordered a bunch of vitamins last night and I won a bunch of vitamins this morning but I will definitely use them. Thank you so much Shelly I am so excited!

See what I won below:

The Prize: This totally SPOOKTACULAR Gift Basket of Celebrate Vitamin goodies to help you maintain post weight loss surgery good health.

Calcium Plus 500 (Cherry Tart) 90 ct.
Multivitamin (Pineapple Strawberry) 60 ct.
Multivitamin (Mandarin Orange) 60 ct.
30mg Iron (Grape) 30 ct.
B-12 (Cherry) 90 ct.
Sample packets of many of Celebrate's other yummy flavors


4 single servings of ENS - Multivitamin & Calcium Drink Mix (Wild Cherry)
4 single servings of ENS - Multivitamin & Calcium Drink Mix (Citrus Splash)
4 single servings of ENS - Multivitamin & Calcium Drink Mix (*New flavor* Cranberry - Grape)


4 single servings of ENS + Protein (Vanilla Cake Batter)
4 single servings of ENS + Protein (Chocolate Milk)
4 single servings of ENS + Protein (*New flavor* Strawberry)

Your Multivitamin, Calcium, Fiber and Protein all in one drink. If only these were around when I was a new post-op.

but wait there's more... a Pumpkin Orange 28 oz. Blender Bottle and a Pill Organizer

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Changes, food and a great protein bar

Life is good for me. I'm learning what it is going to be like for the rest of my life. My lifestyle change is finally settling in. I am doing so much better than I was a few months. I will occasionally come across things that don't agree (last night home made chicken & veggie Chinese style and tonight some soup) but most of the time things sit well with me. I have to be aware of what I am putting in my mouth which is a change from the norm. Prior to surgery I would be known to eat without thinking about it. I go into some black cloud in my head and just eat as much as I could. I now have to always be present which is something we should all do.

I'm learning I don't need food to survive but I need food to live. That is something that is pretty deep with me. I'm all about living life to the fullest; whereas, prior to surgery I was just surviving. Yes, my knees are still holding me back a bit BUT they are better than they were. They aren't great but I am not walking with a cane which goes to show that I am getting better.

I no longer have a relationship with food. Instead I focus on relationships with my family and friends. That is something that is so important to me and I've been selfish and sort of put my friends and family on the side and focused on food. Well I'm slowly trying to rekindle some of what I have destroyed, if possible. I have friends nearby and then I have those that aren't close but I still love them. My shout-outs today go to Jen & Ray B. and family, Michele N., Paul J., Mike R., Jennifer A., Susan S. - thank you so much for being my friend and for always supporting me no matter what.

Exercise is still fun and I went and exercises even though it was cold and rainy. The pool is heated but it still was cold even while working out. I just kept thinking about the Jacuzzi which I got into after my workout and it was so nice and warm and cozy. I'm going to have to workout when it is cold and rainy there are no excuses anymore!

I have a great new protein bar I discovered. It is made by Quest and my favorite flavor is Peanut Butter & Jelly. They are all natural, gluten-free, 4g net carbs, 20g protein, no sugar alcohol, and no trans fat. Since I can no longer eat bread this really satifies my need for  a PB&J sandwich. They are a bit chewy, which I didn't expect, but they are delicious. Try them out by visiting their website

I had so much good stuff to say but now my brain is shutting down and telling me I need to sleep. I will be back to post and hopefully will be able to remember what I was going to say.

Update: I've lost a total of 163 pounds [86 since surgery & 77 prior to surgery]. Wow those numbers are just adding up quickly. So proud of myself to see those numbers!

Monday, October 3, 2011

These are some important and interesting articles I came across, courtesy of OAC (Obesity Action Coalition).

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to Cover Behavioral Therapy for Obesity