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Wednesday, April 07, 2010



April 20th is my one year bandiversary. I have come far, down 65.5 lbs. so far, but I have been coasting really for the past few months. Or is it more like 5 months? A month ago I started seeing a personal trainer, weight training/strength training -- and while I look slimmer in the mirror (FINALLY) the scale is really being uncooperative.

I began to face facts. I need to go back to entering in my food eaten EVERY meal. No more slacking or guestimating. I know I "believe" I am eating okay, but let's get real. Are chocolate chip cookies "ok?" are Pringles "ok?" Even in small amounts - something that other lap banders are well familiar with-- those are not the foods I should be eating "just because they go down easier".

So today I came back to Spark and began entering my food. Yikes! How quickly it is brought back to memory how fast even the tiniest bit of food adds up! For example, I usually add 2 Starbucks mini-pouches of walnuts to my oatmeal each morning. (Heart-healthy, antioxidents right?) Nope. It just adds lots of calories and very little protein. On the drive to the personal trainer this morning I drank a Muscle Milk. That's fine - for a meal - but not for a "snack". Even the lite version (which I use) adds 100 calories to my day. The only upside is it is high in protein. Imagine if I used the regular Muscle Milk variety? Yikes!

For lunch, I have been eating tomato basil soup and adding about a half cup of low fat shredded cheese (for good source of protein, I thought). Well when I put it all in the tracker this morning -- OMG -- I guess I won't be choosing that for lunch today after all! One serving of the soup is 110 calories -- and the container (a small one) holds 5 servings! That is 550 calories for a small container of soup alone not counting the cheese! So I compromised and chose a little differently but it is clear I have to change up my eating to incorporate way more protein at way less calories.

In retrospect, I should have gained weight these past few months, given what I was eating (but in small amounts).

Getting back into Spark and filling out that tracker is an eye opener. For sure.
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  • CASE4GRACE
    It is sad how we think we are making good choices sometimes, but then the numbers show us just how wrong we were. I, too, have been coasting for the past few months. My 1-year bandiversary is coming up in 2 months, and I'm trying to get back on track again. I started tracking again and have been disgusted with how many calories I've been eating. What an eye-opener! Like you mentioned, the things we should not be eating regularly (like cookies or chips) seem to go down so much easier - and they are so much more convenient! It always comes back to us having to do the work if we want to get this weight off...there just isn't an easy answer.

    Thank goodness for the tools we have, huh! The band, the spark tracker and other tools - what would we do without them!

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  • no profile photo CD5127867
    Logging does show up the most amazing things. 15 months ago, I would have sworn I ate healthy. Boy, did tracking destroy that myth.
    3983 days ago
  • CBOOGS
    It sure can add up!! And that's exactly why I log on the food tracker, too!!
    Keep up your good work!
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    3983 days ago
  • PIR8CHIK
    Wow! Yes, you are right! It is surprising when you think you are doing pretty good and then you find out you really aren't!
    I track everything and have been for 3 mos now.

    The scale still moves super slow even though I know I'm doing everything right. But those little bites do add up. I had to cut out my misc. sweets this week. They had gotten out of hand. So I'm anxious to see how long I can do that and if it makes any difference. I have already noticed that it really brings my carb total down for the day. Which is good!

    Welcome Back! Best of luck to you!
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    3983 days ago
  • LUSHON
    Though I haven't had lap band, I am using the nutrition tracker to help me with the calorie count. You are so right--it does add up fast. Thanks for your blog. I can relate.
    3983 days ago
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