I was all set to do a down 90 lbs. (40.8 kg.) post today, but I'm not complaining. I am now down 92 lbs. (41.7 kg.) with a loss of 2.4 lbs. (1.1 kg.) since last week. My goal is 8 lbs. (3.6 kg.) away! HOLY CRAP!!!! As of this morning, I weigh 188 lbs. (85.3 kg.).
I know there are quite a few newbies following my blog so I thought I would roll out one of those What I'm Doing posts. I haven't done one in a while. I want to start by saying that GASTRIC BANDING WORKS! I struggled with my weight and sluggish metabolism for a long time. I feared nothing would ever work for me and that I would be fat forever. My starting BMI was 42.6. It is now 28.6 and I am no longer obese.
So here it is, in no particular order:
#1 - Eat all foods in moderation: Nothing is off-limits. I eat and enjoy all foods without guilt in moderation. If I want something, I have it. You will not see me posting about how I was "bad" and ate this or that. I do not think there are such things as "good" or "bad" foods. Some foods are healthier than others.
#2 - Exercise every day: Even at 280 lbs., I incorporated regular physical activity into my routine. I have done many things over the years, but what I do right now is walk each morning for 30 minutes. I also ride my bike to work on Tuesday and Thursday (about 3.5 miles each way) and I often ride my bike to church on Sundays (1 mile each way). A few nights a week, I lift free weights while watching TV.
I know a lot of people equate exercisee with going to a gym to work out. I have done that in the past, but right now I cannot afford a gym and I don't have the time to go even if I could. I want people to know that you don't have to spend a lot of time and money on a gym workout if they don't want to. It is possible to lose weight without it.
#3 - Eat at least 50 grams of protein: I have been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since I was 19 years old and so I have to make an effort to get my protein in. In this process, I have found that I lose weight more consistently when I eat protein.
#4 - DON'T count calories: I should say that the first few months post-op I did write down everything I ate and the calorie counts. I did it sporadically through June and then it just sort of petered out. I will sometimes count everything up in my head, but I don't usually do that anymore either. I did it initially because it was a safety net for me, I guess. I didn't know how the whole band-thing would work and I wanted to be successful. But after months of steady weight-loss I came to realize that I didn't want to do it anymore. I want to live my life and NOT be on a diet. I've always believed that the healthiest diet was one it which all things were permitted in moderation (see #1) and my gastric band lets me eat that way without dieting.
#5 - Blog: I had my surgery in Mexico so I don't have a local surgeon for follow up care. I do have a great fill doctor here in Eugene, but I've been at my sweet spot since June so I don't see her much. What I do have is all of you guys to support me and be accountable to. You are amazing and I am so glad I started this blog!
#6 - Eat when I'm hungry. Stop when I'm full: I generally eat only when I'm hungry and I stop when my band tells me to. I typically have three meals a day. I seldom have snacks. When you have good restriction, there is a lot less hunger. But if I am hungry, I will eat regardless of whether it is a meal time or not. And sometimes I chose to have popcorn after dinner or a dessert in the evening, but it is a pretty infrequent thing.
So that's it! I have said many times that there isn't anything special that I am doing that I will stop when I hit my goal. The gastric band has been the very best choice for me and I am so happy I did it!