In looking back over previous attempts to lose weight, I am reminded of about 7-8 years ago when I decided to try the Nutrisystem program (for the 2nd time). I had been laid off from my job and was trying to fill my life with something to focus on while I was picking up those pieces. I decided that I would sign up for this program, shell out a whole lot of cash and make this my primary focus. I was somewhere around 270 pounds at the time, possibly more, but I can't find any documentation at this point to confirm the exact number. I did just as I planned and starting following their program, eating their food as outlined and supplementing where applicable, I also started walking every morning, sometimes in the evenings as well. And it worked. The pounds were falling off of me and before too long I was at 250, then 230...within 5-6 months I was down around 217 pounds. My life was back, amd my health was back, I was fitting into much smaller sizes, very physically healthy...but I stalled there. I was sick to death of the food (it's really not the greatest food, and it's easy to tire of the same choices I made that I could tolerate), and I got a new job. My focus shifted to the stress of the job (and it was very stressful), and I soon lost sight of my weigh loss goals. I quickly put back on 20 pounds, and over the next year, found myself back up to 270 again. Very depressing, but so typical. I was able, in later years to lose some weight again, and had maintained the 245-250 range for a few years. Which brings me to the present.
With my weight at 247 when I had my surgery, and the fact that in the last 2 weeks I have been shedding weight rapidly, I am excited. I believe I will in no time be at that lowest weight I can remember of 217. I don't have an official weigh in to report today, (since I weigh in tomorrow) but this morning I did see 226 on the scale. That is crazy to me. To lose this much weight in only 2 weeks? But to add some perspective, I am able to do this because of the sleeve as my tool. I have had nothing solid to eat in 16 days, but have maintained my strength and health with protein shakes each day that equal 60 grams of protein, Without the sleeve, I would have felt so hungry and unable to take advantage of this time where my stomach is still healing and unable to accommodate very much at one time. Plus, I have been very vigilant at following the plan exactly as outlined. I haven't allowed myself to test my limits to see what I can actually meet. I believe my sleeve probably could manage a little soft food right now, but I am waiting until I have the clear to move forward. I think I am getting better results by doing this.
Have I been tempted to eat something? Oh yes! Head hunger is a very real thing. The 1st time it really affected me was on Thanksgiving. Jim had bought himself a Papa Murphy's Canadian Bacon Pizza, (my favorite). When it was baking, I could imagine the delicious tomato sauce and cheese and how that would taste on my tongue. It also happened a couple days later when I cooked some pork chops for him and my son. They looked so delicious and I really wanted to have a bite and chew on them. I am not even a huge fan of pork chops, but these would have been fantastic. Was I hungry? Not at all. I just wanted to taste. That's head hunger. Luckily, I know my limitations and have been very fortunate to not experience any nausea so far on this journey, so wanted to remain careful and focused.
I can predict some difficult situations in my future, but right now, it feels so good to see that scale moving down every day. In fact it's fantastic!
I am not exactly sure how long it has been since I was under 200 pounds, let alone under 210 pounds. I believe it was in the very early 90's, when my 3rd son was young and my last son had not yet been born. It would have been when I was living in Arizona still and joined Weight Watchers a few times. My guess it's easily 25 years or more. To think, I may even see that number before the end of this year? Unimaginable.
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