Hi All – sorry, it’s been a while since my last blog.
I must admit it’s been a tough couple of months. This has been the bit where you have to let go of your ‘habit’. So, we’ve all just been through that time of year when food is EVERYWHERE! Not just food, but bad food. Lush biscuits, chocolates, mince pies and generally richer food than the food around the rest of the year. So it started in the office with people bringing in Christmas treats (every day!!!). This was where my strong sense of resistance got tested, and lost. I had done so well since August and now – well now it seems to have gone out of the window. Not only at work but everywhere else I went there were more and more opportunities to graze on these treats.
I likened the 6 weeks around Christmas to being like an alcoholic who was surrounded by booze, everywhere I went! When alcoholics or drug addicts give up their substances, they abstain. Food addicts can’t abstain from their substance – they need it to keep going. I think food addicts have a much harder habit to kick. How do you separate food for nourishment from food for gluttony? And the worst thing is that the bad food slides down real easy…
And so the guilt appears again – and how did I used to deal with this guilt? Eat.
Well the good news is that I am through that stage. Phew! I looked at my weight loss yesterday and actually I managed to still loose 10 lbs over the past 2 months even with all the temptations and tough head space days. Some people would love to loose weight over Christmas – so I am still a winner 🙂
I met with Marcus’s Nutritionist last night over a coffee (no cake!) in Wimbledon. I thought I might get a lecture! Of course I didn’t. Marcus’s team are just lovely…
We worked out my weight loss since the surgery and I’ve lost 51% of my excess weight. The average is 55% at 5 months so I have done really well. My BMI is down to 32 – only another 3 points to be back into the next category. We talked about how the sleeve works, how the stomach breaks down the food and why it can give pain or discomfort. We looked at the foods which still give me grief – I now understand why and it all makes completely sense. The recovery is much harder/longer than the bypass as the sleeve has a much bigger stitched area. This can still swell up when battered with the wrong foods (and up to 9 month after the op).
We talked about the main points for weight loss/management. The diet industry is still looking for the miracle cure (and making us look for it too) and it is really simple.
3 meals a day – so hard for me as I am a grazer.
Each meal should be a 1/3 veggies, 1/3 protein & 1/3 carbs – simples
Avoid a lot of fruit – wow – this was very interesting to hear again. Julia the counsellor told me right at the beginning to stop eating too much fruit. It’s a myth that it is really healthy for you. Well, it is healthy, but there’s a bucket of sugar in there too! I dropped my smoothies I was having in the early days after my op, and the weight started dropping off.
So, after having probably the toughest couple of months fighting with my monster I am now through it and out the other side. Scott has made me feel focused, positive and grounded again.
And, and, and…. today I have joined the One Hundred Club – I am no longer in the 200+ lbs group any more. I plan to always be in the One Hundred Club – somewhere in the middle (156lbs according to my 11 year old!).
I love my sleeve.