I've wanted to write this post for so long. I can't even tell you how excited I am. I never imagined that in less than 10 months (44 weeks) after surgery, I'd have lost 100 lbs. (45.4 kg.). My weekly average is 2.3 lbs. (1.04 kg.), although those weeks of big losses that I experienced early on are long gone! It feels surreal to be sitting where I am today.
To begin, some stats. I started this process at 280 lbs. with a BMI of 42.8. I now weigh 180 and have BMI of 27.4. I wore a size 24 pants and 3X shirts. I am now in a size 14 pants and medium/large shirts.
Here's the picture of me in my old jeans. Hard to believe I used to fit into them!
Me & my youngest daughter in the size 24's
So what have I done to lose the weight? In no particular order, here's the "skinny":
#1 - I exercise every single day, but I never go to a gym. I walk my dog each morning for at least 30 minutes. I go rain or shine, snow or sun. I've completed two 5K fitness walks. I also ride my bike to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays and I look for other opportunities to ride during the week as well. It is certainly easier when it isn't dark by 4:30 PM and pouring down rain, but I even ride in the rain and dark. In the summer, we did a fair bit of hiking. A few times a week, I lift free weights while watching TV.
#2 - I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. I do not count calories, carbs, or anything else. Having said that, however, I must report that real hunger is pretty unusual these days. The lap-band definately diminshes the sensation of hunger. So maybe a more accurate statment is that I eat at the conventional meal times with nothing in between.
#3 - I've had two fills (and one unfill). I have 2.3 cc's in my 4 cc band. I would recommend the smaller bands to EVERYONE if you have a chance because it takes no time at all to get to your "sweet spot". I've been at mine since May or June.
#4 - I typically eat three meals a day. I don't eat snacks or dessert on a regular basis. If I am hungry between meals, I'll have a cheese stick or something, but I don't get hungry at all much so that is fairly unusual.
#5 - I eat at least 50 grams of protein a day. Okay, I know I said I don't count, and I don't officially count anything, but I tend to eat the same things day after day and I know the protein counts for most foods so I am pretty confident I hit this mark each day. I know many of you eat a whole lot more protein than that, but I am a vegetarian so 50 grams can be a stretch. Some of my favorite vegetarian high-pro (doesn't that sound like dog food?) foods are Greek yogurt, Nile Spice Black Bean soup, eggs, cheese (cottage, regular, string cheese, etc.), and vegetarian meat replacement items (sausage patties and links, chicken patties, "facon", "not" dogs, etc.).