- Giant workout shirt: check
- Compression capris: check
- Ponytail pulled through a ballcap: check
- iPod loaded with curated workout playlists: check
- Knee brace, the fitness accessory all active middle-aged women are sporting this season: check
- Fitness monitoring gadgets (Fitbit and HRM): check
- Liter bottle of water, to be downed during 70 minute workout: check
- Inner turmoil and confusion about who this woman is, because it doesn’t look like me: check
I swear, looking at this picture of me, I really don’t look like me. I look at it and I can’t believe that I inhabit the body in the photo above. I’m trying hard to get acquainted with the woman whose body I have come to inhabit, and it’s tough. I have enjoyed getting to dress her, but getting to know her…that’s a totally different proposition altogether and a tougher task.
On an unrelated note…
There is a lady in the weekly weight loss support group I attend that complains about how she’s always hungry. So she tells us she goes to the kitchen and gets a “bariatric snack.” When pressed to describe what the “bariatric snack” is, she tells us it’s a bag of chips that are marketed as some sort of snack food appropriate for WLS patients.
Now here you see 3 ounces of roasted boneless skinless chicken breast. THIS is a “bariatric snack,” not a damn bag of artificially created protein chips. When you eat real food, you stay satisfied longer, and hey.. this only has one ingredient: chicken.
A REAL bariatric snack: roast chicken.
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This week saw a slight gain. Am I disappointed? Slightly. Am I discouraged? Not a bit. Let me explain.
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The past couple of days I have been a beast when it comes to protein: yesterday I got in 98 grams of protein; today I got in 102 grams.
But I have been So. Freaking. HUNGRY. And I don’t get it. I really don’t.
This is NOT head hunger. This is not “I’m bored, OMGIWANNASTUFFMYFACE” hunger. This is true, legit, physical hunger. The kind that makes your stomach hurt.
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Tagged daily bites, eating, hunger, post-op eating, post-op life, shit is hard, stupid hormones, the body is a funny thing, use of PPIs, VSG, vsg realness, WLS, wtf body?, wtf sleeve?