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Post-Op Week 41 Progress Report: Buckling Down and Filling a Void


Slight gain this week, but I am not surprised.  Given that I lost nearly 6 pounds last week, this pound up doesn’t surprise me.  I also had a bit more sodium than usual yesterday and didn’t drink as much water as I normally do.  I’ve also eaten a little more starch than usual lately, which is not something I normally do either.

I know what I need to do; I just need to buckle down and do it.  Sometimes self-discipline is tough.  Believe it or not, self-discipline is something I’ve sorely lacked where eating is concerned.  The lack of self-discipline in my eating is what got me to 440 pounds.  So when I say that this new normal of mine has been more than challenging, I’m not exaggerating one bit.

I need to get back to my Daily Bite photojournaling.  I log everything I eat and drink in MyFitnessPal, but I’ve fallen off the photojournaling for the past month.  I really need to get back on that train, because I think it helps me add yet another layer of self-accountability, something else that I lacked for so long.

I won’t lie, I’ve slacked off in a lot of little ways.  But the little things do add up to big things if you let them.  So it’s time to tighten the reins, dial back the carb intake, increase my exercise, and get back on track.  These last 64 pounds aren’t going to leave my body without some real hard work, and I’ve gotta put in work to get them gone.  NOW.

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Holiday Goals and Meals, Not Seasons

Tomorrow promises to be a fairly busy day, even though I am not really cooking for us.  This morning, we went out and bought what we will eat tomorrow for our Thanksgiving meals from the chef’s case at the grocery store to avoid leftovers and to avoid eating at someone else’s home.

Something someone on the OH VSG forum posted this morning, “Thanksgiving is a meal, not a season” has been rolling around in my head all day today.  How I view special events that revolve around food has changed, and this shift in thinking has influenced how I view eating on days deemed special occasions, like Thanksgiving.

I am planning to treat tomorrow as a one day event, not an excuse to eat whatever, whenever.  It’s how all of us should treat the holidays with regard to eating.  They should be singular events that do not give us free rein to eat just anything in any quantity for an extended period of time with the hollow promise that “oh, I’ll get back on track at New Year’s.”  Because you and I both know that never happens.

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Quick Post and Weekend Preview

Great protein day again today: 90 grams.


Today’s food choices, from upper left: one egg omelet with cheese and Applegate Farms uncured ham; grilled chicken with broccoli and cheese; leftover navy bean soup; multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; Trader Joe’s dark chocolate caramel wedges; Trader Joe’s turkey jerky; leftover grilled tilapia, green beans and half a half roasted red skinned potato.

My eating today was pretty good.

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New Tracking Strategy and Today’s Daily Bite

Here’s what I ate today:


Today’s food choices, from upper left: multivitamin and calcium supplements x2; roasted seasoned red potatoes; chicken taco filling; Trader Joe’s dark chocolate nibs; scrambled egg with a side of Rudy’s smoked ham; Rudy’s smoked beef tenderloin and pinto beans; honey barbecue chicken drumsticks. Not shown: Applegate Farms chicken breast slices and Goldfish crackers.

I decided this morning that I would track everything I ate and drank today so that I could avoid unplanned eating as much as possible.  This worked until this afternoon, when my students were doing their population genetics lab in which we use Goldfish crackers and model the genetics of the population of crackers.  We do this to study the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, a biological principle that basically says populations don’t evolve if certain conditions are in place for that population.  It’s a mathematical modeling lab and the kids really dig it.  I mean, they get to eat!  And I do too, if I want to.  Pre-surgery Me would have eaten a handful of crackers every class period, downing the equivalent to 6 servings of crackers.  But I can’t do that now, and I don’t want to.

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Week 2 Pre-Op Diet Complete: Progress Report

preop063013And a second week of pre-op dieting comes to a close.  One more week to go.  I’m pleased with the loss, and not surprised that it is significantly smaller than last week’s.  I am pretty positive that I won’t have another weekly loss like last week’s ever again, barring anything unusual like another bout with Giardia (no fun) or food poisoning of any sort.

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Week 1 Pre-Op Diet Complete: Progress Report

week1preop062313I have officially completed one week of my pre-op diet!  Hooray!  I made it!  And I didn’t kill anyone!  I think that should be applauded more than anything.

I dropped 17 pounds this week, all of which I am sure is water weight.  But hey, they are 17 pounds I am no longer carrying, so that’s really what matters most here.  So how did you do it? you’re probably wondering. Continue reading