18 month update and challenge update
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I'm 18 months out from surgery now. I have actually gone backwards during this last challenge and put a few pounds back on. It's been a real struggle to maintain and I still have some really bad eating habits that are not broken. Surgery does not fix everything, that is a fact. It helps, a lot. But there is still a lot of hard work to be done and all my years of using food emotionally have become pretty ingrained, I often react without even thinking.
While I have stayed away from the foods I can't have (breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, corn, sugar, chocolate) I can easily 'snack' compulsively on approved foods (nuts, cheese). Salt and carbs are not healthy for me and cause very fast weight gain- which I've learned the hard way.
So I am working on a new approach:
1. I'm working on finding true balance in my life. Work- home- relationships- even friends and sparkpeople. I tend to be all or nothing in my efforts and that usually doesn't go very well for my stress level. So I am working on that daily.
2. I sought help and am on an anti-depressant which is much needed. Sometimes I can't do things by myself which is hard for me to admit. I've also looked into counseling with someone who specializes in bariatric patients.
3. I'm going back to basics on my food plan. I really do understand what doesn't work for me, and while part of me rebels at living with such a high restriction in diet- I know it is what is important if I want to live a healthy life- which I do. Sometimes life requires sacrifice- something I'm not always good at wanting to do.
I ended the challenge slightly up from the beginning with my weight. I suppose it could have been worse, and it was a good wake up call. I am going to try to increase my walking during this challenge and my goal is 2 miles of walking. Since I wasn't walking at all just 7 months ago- this is a lofty goal but I'm determined to do better.