6 month reflection
Sunday, April 17, 2016
So it's been 6 months since my gastric sleeve surgery. Boy, I have learned a lot! I have learned to focus my eating on protein. I try to get 100 grams of protein in a day, and to limit my carbs to under 100 grams. I don't worry so much about counting calories any more. I have learned that my body is going to do what it's going to do, and cutting way back on calories does me little good. I'm losing about 10 pounds a month. And that's okay. I've learned that I can't compare myself to others. For me, slow and steady wins the race. Plateaus are normal. I seem to lose 10 pounds, plateau for a couple weeks, then drop again. That's just the way my body does is, and changing my eating and exercising doesn't seem to help. But I've also learned to focus on the NSVs (non scale victories). When I'm stalled on a plateau, I'll notice that my clothes fit looser, or that I can finally get into that pair of pants that used to be too tight. I'm losing inches and my body is changing. I'm learning to love the new me. Yes, I have saggy skin and I still have a long way to go. But every day I am healthier. I have tons more energy. I can do things I wouldn't even consider doing a year ago. I can work in my garden, walk without pain or struggling to breathe, keep up with a crowd. I can fly on an airplane without having to get an extension belt or without fear of crowding the person next to me. I can go out to eat. I just plan on bringing most of my food home, and using it for lunches. Weight loss surgery isn't the "easy way out". It takes a lot of motivation. There is a lot of accountability, tracking food, exercise, weight. But for me, it has been the tool that is leading me to become a healthy, active person once again. And isn't that what we all want? Go me!