Today is a very emotional day for me. On this day, exactly one year ago, I took the extremely scary leap to have lap band surgery. I remember the range of emotions I went through as I was driving to the hospital. Among them, Am I being vain? Should I have given traditional dieting yet another try? Is this just the most stupid thing I have ever done? What if something horrible happens and I die over this? What if the band doesn't work for me? Today, I know that it was the most awesome thing I could have ever done. Here I sit a beautiful healthy person, I mean geez, yesterday I chastised myself endlessly for eating ice cream, where was that person before I was banded?
Before ~. Before I began this healthy journey, exercise was something other people did, not me.
Today ~ I feel guilt and remorse when I don't exercise.
Before ~ I ate like junk almost every day. Unless I was on one of my endless diets, I ate without considering the consequences. I was in total denial about how many calories I ate in a day.
Today ~ Although I don't log it all the time, I work really hard to keep my calorie count below 1200. Most days I fall well below that.
Before ~ The closest thing to a vegetable I ate was the lettuce & tomato on my BK whopper
Today ~ I am eating veggies and enjoying them. I consider healthy choices whenever I eat in a restaurant now, as well as what sacrifices I will need to make if I make unwise choices.
Before ~ All my clothes were too tight and finding anything fashionable was all but impossible. I remember shopping the women's section for hours trying to find something that didn't make me look 100 yrs old.
Today ~ I can walk into the trendy shops and buy beautiful clothing.
Where do I go from here? I have more small changes I wish to make, most are easier. Swapping white processed foods for whole wheat. Eat more fruit, when I had tight restrictrion it was difficult. Swap protein shakes for soy smoothies for a more natural protein. I am fortunate to live near the water and I want to minimize red meat in my diet, once a week or every other week, replacing it with seafood choices.
I don't wish to eliminate all processed food, I know that is just not practical for me. I just want to eat less of them.
Fitness ~ 30 mins step aerobics, 100 sit ups, 75 leg lifts, 30 mins swimming
Healthy eating ~ Breakfast-2 eggs, 1 pkt grits, 1 sl whole wheat toast, 1 tsp smart balance spread, alpine punch isopure protein , Lunch 1/4 c potato salad, 2 oz pork chops, Supper-ceasar salad, Snacks, 2 oreo cookes, 4 donut holes, 1/2 apple