Change HAS to happen for CHANGE to happen

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Since 12/31 of last year, I've been haphazardly (usually 1x a week, sometimes less frequently) keeping a weight loss chart that I shove in my nightstand drawer, after each time I weigh myself. My scale, that sits next to my nightstand next to my bed, measures body fat %, water percent, bone mass, etc. but some days I just glance at the weight and jot it down. Other times I record all the little numbers dutifully across the chart - a piece of sturdy cardboard that is ridged on one side, and flat on the other. I figured as long as I maintained and/or lost, or at least gained a little bit and then took it off, things would be golden in my world. Obviously with 50 more pounds to lose, that is not a great outlook, but I was living in my little fantasy world and that was the honest state of affairs. We all know that body weight fluctuates depending on the day and time of the month. I had fooled myself that ifI was losing a quarter pound here, a half pound there and it was okay and I would get to goal.

Yesterday morning for some odd reason, I decided to look back at the weight I put down on 12/31 of last year. It read, 196.5. I then looked at yesterday's weight. 194.5. Two freakin' pounds lost over four months? Are you kidding me?

I declare, I did not get lap band surgery in order to lose 2 measly pounds in 18 weeks! Several things became very clear to me.

1. Obviously I am not eating the right foods. I need to go almost total protein, and cut back on the sweets and chips that go down oh-so-easily!
2. Even though I am doing personal training 1/2 hour 3x a week, I need to step up my exercise to be longer (add cardio) and add 2 days more to my workouts with 2 days of rest, not 4 days of rest!
3. I need a fill. Doctor visit scheduled 5/20
4. I need to drink water to help me feel full in between meals
5. I need to reduce the quantities of food portions by setting a timer -- I cannot eat a meal over an hour's time any longer. If it does not go down through my lap band in 15 minutes or so, I need to stop eating until the next meal - 4 hours later!

Whoever said having weight loss surgery is the "easy" way out, does not know what they are talking about!

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  • no profile photo CD1315172
    You can do it!
    3948 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5127867
    There is nothing easy about changing habits. It takes hard work and really paying attention to what you put into your body.
    3948 days ago
    You have seen the light. LOL. Isn't it amazing how we fool ourselves. I did that last year after my plastic surgery. I came home weighing about 10 pounds more that I did when I went in. I told myself that it was swelling and fluid buildup and it would go away so I could eat whatever I wanted. I got some of my old habits back and guess never went back to presurgery weight. I actually gained 10 pounds in the year after plastic surgery. So I completely understand.
    3948 days ago
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