Oh for the days of my youth. I could just think about losing weight. Two days on a diet plan and I was off and running. The weight came off easily and I could tweak the diet plan to suit my needs. Even after the babies came.
In 1975 I was at my goal weight and a lifetime member of Weight Watchers for two years. People thought I was one of husband's daughters.
Then I had a hysterectomy. I had read a book by a woman doctor who said after surgery women will not have the ability to lose weight for a year. So what's a year? But I gained 20 pounds each year after the surgery. I was constantly dieting so it was not always new pounds but a regain after dieting.
Yo-yo dieting has taken its toll on my body and my health. So please don't send me any new diet plans. I have tired them all and I am totally burnt out on them.
One of my daughters has told me for years that I have very forgiving mirrors at my house. And I had learned to always face the camera because I look thinner from the front. but this recent picture let me know I had to take the blinders off. Maybe it was just my friends camera having an off time on this trip, but I don't really believe that. Of course having me in the picture made everyone else look good!
Even though I am at the lowest weight and BMI to be eligible, deteriorating health has helped mer decide to have weight loss surgery. I have not made this decision lightly.
Talking to others who have had the surgery has helped me, so I begin journaling.
First my primary doctor had to recommend a bariatric surgeon and I began the journey.
The first step is to attend an Information Seminar at the hospital. CHECK
Contact my insurance company to see if the surgery is covered. CHECK
Get a complete medical clearance letter from my primary care physician. CHECK
Schedule and complete appointments with the surgeon, the dietitian and a psychologist. CHECK
Attend a support group meeting. CHECK
10-30-09 waiting for surgery scheduling. In the meantime the dietitian gave me a list of seventeen behaviors to begin before surgery and continue for the rest of my life. Choose two she said and when you master them, add others.
I chose to count protein grams and to eat my protein first, vegetables second and starches and grains last.
Second, I chose to eat slowly- making the meal last for 30 min. Take small bites (size of a dime) and chew until the food is the consistency of applesauce. (Counting bites never worked for me as I usually talk to husband at meals) I found the applesauce criteria much easier to tackle.
Third I chose to avoid liquids with meals and for 30 minutes after meals. This is hard for me. But after surgery it will make the difference on getting sick after eating. I may get sick the first few days or months, but drinking with meals or too soon after eating will cause dumping syndrome. I want to lean this eating habit now.
I think I chose too many things on the list and today I had to back off on my 4th choice which was to wean myself off caffeine. I am having enough stress with the first three. So I am back on caffeine until I master other items on the list.