Carbs will always matter…

As will Protein, Fat and other nutrients.

If you find yourself “stalled”, “not losing”, “gaining” etc look at your daily nutrient levels. As a bariatric post-op you will have to pay attention every day for the rest of your life if you want to 1) reach your goal and 2) maintain your goal weight.

There’s no such thing as a 6 month stall (for example)…be honest, you simply are not following the WLS rules…admit it to yourself and that’s when you can begin to get back on track!

I am fortunate that thus far I have had very good success with my WLS tool ie “Sleevana”, but I live a life that allows me to be far away from many temptations that others have to deal with on a daily basis. For this I am thankful.

If I had to endure the typical “day at the office” and a commute I may not be having the success that I am…I truly feel for anyone who’s got to deal with the rest of the world on a day to day basis.

That said, I won’t be apathetic or very sympathetic in regard to how I respond to “I just don’t know why I am not losing” …because everyone knows why they stop losing, and why they start gaining.  Not following the Post WLS rules is the main reason.  I choose to respond with facts and information.

I wish anyone who goes through the WLS process the greatest success, but also know that they first have to be honest with themselves, police themselves and be accountable for themselves.  As do I.

That said, a good reminder of “how many carbs do we need” came up in a group today so I’m sharing it here!

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< 50g Carbs = Early Bariatric Loss
Where we land after surgery and why we drop so much weight in the first weeks. Eventually, extremely low carb & calories will stall fat loss, destroy muscle and cause massive hair loss unless paired with protein drink fuel.
50g – 85g Carbs = Optimal Fat Burn
The “Bariatric Sweet Spot”, Protein First! Your body can burn through these few Good Carbs for fuel and begin burning stored body fat. Keep protein and nutrient levels up to maximize weight loss.
85g – 125g Carbs = Bariatric Maintenance
Most can remain at goal if they choose Good Carbs and Living Foods and not slide back into processed foods. Be careful though as some will regain at the higher end of this zone.
125g – 300g Carbs = FAT Storage
Carb Source Matters!!! Too many high glycemic, processed and convenience carbs…NOT a good place to be as a bariatric post op, even though it may be below pre-op levels.

The Bariatric Test of Wills …it’s for life

I wrote this to post on a facebook group I  belong to, but wanted to blog it as well.
I am YOU and YOU are ME and in writing this I am reminding US of what we need to do every day for the rest of our lives to achieve what we set out to achieve. I will preface with this: You already know ALL of this and you don’t really need me saying it.  You might be thinking “who does this B think she is”…well…I am YOU!
This morning I was thinking about what tests our will here in WLS land and in addition to just the “every day” of life, just off the top of my head I thought Oh, from October through April we have several “holidays” where food has become a big focus.  Big big big focus, and it’s harder for some than others.
I think it starts at Halloween or really weeks before…candy candy candy as far as the eye can see on the store shelves, candy of all shapes, sizes and flavors.  Nougaty, chocolatey, fruity, gummy, sour, sweet, hot, minty, sugary….candy…
Then we just keep rolling on into the savory richness of Thanksgiving Turkey, sides and pies….good lord when will it end??  Oh not yet, not yet….Christmas…where again, in addition to the same savory richness as Thanksgiving we are back to the haunted shelve of Halloween with the candy candy candy…and to make it even harder Christmas cookies, fudge and other confection are added to the mix.
WTF seriously? How is a WLS gal supposed to survive this?
…whew New Years is around the corner now and we’re almost…oh shit…Valentine’s day?  Really?  How can this be?
The damn candy is back!!! In your face, all around, you can’t walk into the local pharmacy without the smell of it blasting you in the face…it’s got to be almost over right?  Wrong… Easter candy will soon fill those shelve and tempt our fate… bunnies of all confections everywhere, cream filled, caramel filled, chocolate covered, plump marshmallowy sweetness, whether you like peeps or hate them you are still going to be subject to their presence everywhere you go…
What can we do about it being in our face everywhere we go for a 6 month stretch of the year? Can we make it all go away? Unfortunately no…we have to live in the same world as all of this No No food. It’s like a crack dealer around every corner!
Oops almost forgot that day in July when the fatty salads and roasted and grilled meat dishes come to celebrate our nation…no way could we go a whole 6 months without temptation.
But let’s be honest, temptation is there every day 365, isn’t it!!
We have to police our addiction much in the way any other addict in recovery would.  We have to remember that it is an addiction.
I know we all forget…food must be eaten for survival, for fuel…it’s not like we can “just say no to food”. We have to be the strongest addicts of all and choose the right “drug” ie food to keep us healthy and alive and “just say no” to the food ie “drug” that caused us to spiral into a life of unhealthy obesity.  So much easier said than done!
It’s so damn hard and I am right there with all of you in that every single day I am the only one who can make me make the right choice in regard to how I am going to fuel myself, keep myself alive and healthy with the food that I choose.
Do I make good choices every day…No…do I make note of all of the choices that I do make in the way of tracking every single day? Damn right I do, because it is really the only way I can stay accountable to myself.  If I don’t “track” it’s way too easy to let myself slide…piece of candy here, cookie there, crackers, oh I can have those in moderation.
Sadly moderation is a lie.  Moderation…what sets the limit on that?  YOU do! That’s who! If you are “moderately” eating crackers (or whatever it is that plagues you) only at 10am every Tuesday and you are not at your goal or are gaining then it’s not working!
If you are NOT at goal you need to be tracking every day, every single thing you ingest. You need to be low carb, low calorie, high protein. You need to check your BMI and your BMR and set a daily limit of how many calories you can take in in order to still one day get to your goal. You can set them for losing half a pound a week or more, but do it, just set that daily limit and stick to it as close as you can!
If you haven’t quite met your goal and find that you are now gaining you need to be tracking every day, every single thing you ingest. You need to stop with the “how did this happen, how do I fix it” You know how to fix it.  Low carb, high protein, low calorie, track everything.
If you are at goal and you are now maintaining, congratulations to you, the next phase of every day of your life has begun!  Here’s what you need to do.  Yes, you still need to track every day and based on your basal metabolic rate you need to be low carb, low calorie, high protein.
I look at my daily calorie limit like a balance in a bank account.  I can make withdrawals (eat) and I can make deposits (exercise).  As long as that balance doesn’t go below ZERO then I have kept my account in a positive balance for the day!  Will I some days overdraw?  Sure…but much like a bank I am going to fine myself for it…the next day you need to make a deposit to cover that overdraft or leave some funds in the bank to make up for it!
I live in a rural area in the foothills of Mt. Rainier in Washington state and the support group available to me is at 1pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month…I have not made it to the support group one single time since surgery.  I have come to rely on myself and a couple of online groups including this one to remind myself that I can’t ever go back to just putting whatever I want, even in moderation in my mouth.  You wouldn’t give a crack addict just a little rock now and then.  You wouldn’t give a recovering alcoholic a bottle of beer or shot of whisky now and then…this is our burden…we have to eat.
Choose wisely. Track daily. Be accountable. You know what needs to be done.

I have an obsession with pajamas

I have enough pajamas to  wear a pair a day for 2 weeks straight without doing laundry…sometimes I wear 2 pair in a day, depends on how life is going.  I work from home so sometimes, if I don’t have anything else going on and the weather is cold and I feel like being cozy I’ll put on new PJ’s instead of day clothes for the day.

Having now lost 100 plus lbs I have a stuffed drawer full of pajamas that I am now swimming in…and I can no longer pull the drawstring tighter, or roll the waist band, or make other “tightwad” adjustments to keep in making them work…

That said, I am replacing my entire drawer of XL/2X/plus size pajamas with all new size Small pajamas! I feel a little sad for my old pajamas…I really did love them when they fit…I might have a strange sentimental thing going on with my PJ’s LOL.

I’m going to donate my old PJ’s to the goodwill and hope that they find a new home that will enjoy and appreciate their warm snuggly comfort as much as I did.

I am looking forward to my new pajamas, new designs, new fabric, new comfort, that fit properly.

“Surgery is Not the End”

 

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Just Me.

Wow. Profound?

 

It really isn’t the end, it’s really a beginning… I am a member of several facebook groups/pages relating to one type of bariatric surgery or another and over the past year and a half have seen people who are succeeding and people who are maybe not succeeding as much as they might have if they were staying true to the path we are supposed to be on.

The path is: Eat less – Lose weight – maintain healthy weight. Simple as that…really…(we all know it can be / is sometimes hard!)

Today I came across this page on Dr. Nowzaradan’s website and it really made perfect sense to me…I guess as long as I keep myself on the path that’s all I really need to be concerned about.

Surgery is Not the End

Surgery is not a magic bullet for weight control. Because there may be any number of environmental, lifestyle or psychological factors that contributed to an individual’s weight problems, these issues continue to be a source of conflict and struggle in the lives of those who have undergone weight loss surgery. Surgery addresses some of the mechanics of calorie consumption, but the underlying causes of caloric over consumption may remain. Patients must examine the root causes of their weight problem and face the issues head on.

Obesity is caused by only one thing: consuming more calories than you expend (see What is Obesity?). Of course there may always be influences in one’s life that make the conditions ripe for such excessive consumption or lack of caloric expenditure, but the basic reason that obesity occurs is quite simple.

Food is always present in our lives. It is a demonstration of abundance, affluence, love, comfort and satisfaction. While you may have decided to fight your weight battle with surgery, others close to you may not have made the same decision, and you may find yourself surrounded by the same foods after surgery that you were before.

Because of the various symbolic characteristics that food possesses in all cultures, we often find ourselves associating food with psychological voids in our lives. If over eating had been a compulsion or addiction for you prior to surgery, be aware that once surgery is performed, you may face other addictive behaviors such as gambling, alcoholism, promiscuity or drug use.

Unfortunately, while weight loss surgery marks the end of one path; it often is the beginning of another. It is important to connect with other people who face similar struggles and who are experiencing similar journeys in order for you to reach long-term success.


The Benefits of Peer Support
 

Support groups are designed to help you manage your post-surgical emotions and struggles. Here, you will find others who have undergone similar experiences before and after surgery. You will foster long lasting supportive friendships. You will find people who may understand your unique struggles better than your closest life long friend or tour dearest family member. You will have the opportunity to network, build business relationships, share laughter and share tears.Support groups should be attended even before your surgery so that you can collect a variety of opinions, become aware of a variety of concerns, fears and struggles, and create a well-rounded expectation for yourself. Listen to the stories that others have to share. Find guidance and answers to questions that are unique to people who face the struggles of the obese. You will be surprised at what you will learn and the stories you will hear.

Have you ever just…

…Fried Cheese?

Seriously…I never thought of doing this before recently and in part did it because of something I saw on “worst cooks in America” on food network…the person did not know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich and had just put cheese on the grill.

With my forever for the rest of my life attempt to stay lower carb, I have to get creative sometimes to get the satisfaction one might get from a real cookie or a real grilled cheese sandwich, or a real brownie and so on…my metabolic bank account doesn’t have enough funds to cover the higher carb versions so funky food experiments are my thing now!

Well my friends, I will forever more be frying cheese!

It’s as easy as putting shredded cheese in a hot pan and letting it go until you can flip it…and it has a taste and texture that are really satisfying!  I use Kroger 4 cheese Mexican blend. Less than 1 carb per serving as noted on the bag.  I do a double, so less than 2 carb per serving.