Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Weekly Weighin-Thanksgiving

Everything inside me wanted me NOT to post today.  I didn't want to admit that I had a bad weigh-in.  Alas, after several trips to the scale, I had to accept the sad truth, a 2.5lb gain.  I must accept my actions, (too much poor choices this week) and try to make better choices this week.  Maintenace is about being aware and correcting gains.  Combined with the Thanksgiving holiday, it will be a tough go.  I fully intend to enjoy my family and enjoy my meal.

There are positives this week.  I was able to do +2 mile walks this week, furthest since my knee surgery.  Being able to increase my exercise will help to make up for some calories.  Up to this week, I had to maintain strictly from my diet and it is more difficult.  I also received some wonderful NSV's at a family function which made me extremely grateful for being banded on this holiday.  Last Thanksgiving I had just started with fills and didn't have any help from my band.

I did have one confusing moment at the family function I mentioned.  Some family members gave me wonderful compliments on my weight loss.  Then, out of the blue, one of my more "outspoken" family members, walked up to me and loudly asked "How did you lose all that weight? It couldn't be just from walking!"  I was taken by surprise and was speechless for a few seconds.  I have only shared my WLS with a few select members and my wonderfully supportive husband.  Now that I have lost the weight, I fully intend to eventually share it with them, but this was not the time or the place.  At this point everyone in the room was looking and listening.  My wonderful husband saved me by talking about the protein shakes I drink and how I rarely eat carbs.  One-to-one I usually respond to this question by talking about my exercise and smaller portions, I was just not prepared to be called out like that in the middle of a room.  I don't blame the family member, I don't think she meant to make me the center of attention.  She just has one of those loud voices that can be heard over everyone else's.  She really was curious and interested in losing weight herself.

Since this is my Thanksgiving post, I want to give thanks to God:
  1. For this wonderfully healthy life that I now have.
  2. For my supportive husband who has been there for me since I was banded last Sept.
  3. For my beautiful daughter and granddaughters who complete my life.
  4. For making it possible for me to be banded, if not for insurance, I doubt it would have happened.
  5. For all the bloggers out there who give support and encouragement.
I am truly blessed and I hope you and your family have a wonderful week as well!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Weekly Mtce

I successfully lost the 1/2 lb gain from last week.  Maintenance is truly about awareness and corrective action.  If I continue to weigh myself once a week and take immediate action to correct any weight gains, Maintenanceville should continue to be a easy place to live.   Keeping to weekly weighins vs. daily has been very liberating.  It seems to be just enough to keep me aware without consuming too much of my thoughts. 

I went in for a teeny tiny .1cc fill adjustment last week and it seems to be exactly what I needed.  I reviewed my food log on my iPhone app today and there is a noticeable difference in the amount of calories/food that I am consuming compared to before the fill.  So far I have seen no adverse reactions which had caused my previous unfill a few months ago.  No increase of reflux and no Pb.  I am still able to eat all foods including steak and small portions of bread.  I do not plan to have another fill unless it becomes absolutely necessary.  I still consciously try to keep carbs at a minimum because my system reacts negatively when I eat too much of them.  Logging my foods with my iPhone app seems to help in many ways.  I only track calories and protein (I do not get enough protein if I don't track).  It helps with awareness in a big way.  For instance, yesterday we made rice krispy treats for school, WTF!  Who knew one dayum square has 352 calories/68.5g carbs/7.7g Fat!! Tracking this on my iPhone made me painfully aware and it was enough to keep that piece at one and not to go back for more.

I am continuing to work on my water consumption and as my knee becomes more healthy, my exercise is steadily increasing which should help to keep my weight under control.  I am finding it difficult to take it slow as I rehabilitate my knee, patience is not big with me. I miss so many things, running, biking, kneeling.  Hopefully I regain complete use of my knee again soon.

My next weighin will be the day before Thanksgiving.  I plan to fully enjoy the holiday but I will log my choices and take corrective action if necessary.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Weekly Weigh-In

It's time for my weekly maintenance post. This week hasn't been too good in any aspect, water has not been optimum. I gained a half pound this week.

Yesterday I had a fill, tiny one (.1cc ). So far I don't feel any change. I'm going to give it a week or two to let it settle in. If I don't feel it by Thanksgiving, I'll make an appointment the followingweek to add a teeny bit more. I'm going to take this very slow, baby steps this time. Last July I had that same amount removed.

This week I'm going to concentrate on getting my daily water of 64oz.
I'm going to increase my walking to 1 mile each day, I can't do more
than that yet due to my knee injury. I will also be going to the gym at least three days a week to do strength training on my knee.

I don't have any challenges in the next coming week so hopefully next week I will be the post that I have successfully lost that one pound.
This is what maintenance is supposed to be like, awareness and taking
action to correct the scale when necessary. I weigh only once a week
on Wednesday.

Now it's time to catch up on all your blogs!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Maintenance Update

My weight this week remains unchanged.  I am still using my Loseit! app on my iphone to track my foods.  It even has a little reminder to keep me from forgetting to Log. It is convenient.  I was over my calorie goal on too many days but I am tracking to keep myself aware, not to beat myself up about it. I don't even look at the calories because frankly, after years of dieting, I have a pretty good idea what they are.
I am in maintenanceville now and that means continuing to be aware.  I only weigh once a week and tracking my foods on my phone gives a gentle reminder to think before I eat :)

Beginning this week, I began concentrating on hydration.  My water consumption is typically not optimum in the cooler months.  Keeping my water in check seems to help my system in many areas.

I am reading so many posts from champion banders who are debating fills.  Since my last unfill in July, my list of foods that I am unable to eat is practically gone.  I am enjoying being a little loose in fills.  I can eat salad, chicken,all  fruit and even steak.  When I was super tight in my weightloss phase it kept me from being able to eat so many healthy foods!  Of course we all know the junk goes down just fine.  I am considering a tiny tweek like Tina, but I will give it more thought, I don't want to be very tight any longer.