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Work In The Way Of Life

This post is going to be a fast one, as I’m slowly excavating myself from under a pile of grading.  It is the end of the semester, and grades are due tomorrow at 4, so I’ve been grading like a mofo every night this week.  Progress is slow, because it’s all essay reading.  But I haven’t forgotten about the blog!

In the next few days, I will:

  • Write a piece on mindful eating.  We had a great session about it in group tonight that I think is worth sharing.
  • Write a review of Dr. Nicholson’s new book, Weight Loss Surgery:  The Real Skinny.  Outstanding resource for those who have had or who are contemplating WLS.
  • Comment on how I navigated a week’s worth of food celebrations and possible poor choices.  Hint:  I did pretty well.
  • Compile a post that will be helpful to those who are early on in the process of pursuing bariatric surgery.
  • Write a third installment of “Things I Wish My Doctor Had Told Me” since I’m approaching my 6-month surgiversary.
  • Catch up on my Daily Bites series.  I know some of my readers use the photo collages to help them see that eating post-op doesn’t have to be boring.  I’ve snapped photos but haven’t had time to organize them.  Thankfully, I have MyFitnessPal records to help me there!

And now I return to the kitchen table to plow through the last set of essays to grade until bedtime, and then sleep…sweet, sweet sleep.   Until tomorrow…

Still So Much to Learn

After getting a few things out in my therapy session tonight, I determined that there is much I still have to learn about this new lifestyle I’ve created for myself.

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Uncovering Ugly to Find Pretty

What is pretty?

Have you ever given it much thought?  I don’t want you to give me the societal expectation of pretty.

What is pretty to you?  Think about it.

I had to think about this tonight while I sat on my therapist’s couch and told the story of my interaction with the Talbots salesgirl on Saturday.  One of the things I left out of my story about my victorious trip there Saturday was this:  while we were conversing about our respective struggles with our weight and what we had each done to fight them, she said to me, “You’re so pretty.”  I thanked her and our conversation continued.

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Motivation and the “Juicy Sexy List”

I want to begin this post by saying that if you are considering surgical intervention for weight loss, please be sure that you also take care of the head game too.  I think that sometimes whenever we attempt to lose weight, the one thing we do not remember to take care of is our brain and our psyche.

We meticulously plan meals, count calories, fat grams, carb grams and protein grams.  We measure out appropriate portions of food and track every bite, lick and taste that passes our lips.  We take the right supplements at the right times of day and remember to drink our water.  We even plan workout schedules and wear fitness tracking devices when working out to see how hard we are working or how much we are walking.   We may even take measurements of key body parts and take photographs at certain intervals so that we can see the change in ourselves over time.  But we rarely remember to perform the most important self-care that you can do whenever you’re trying to lose a large amount of weight–taking care of our minds.  And it is our brain that requires the greatest amount of TLC and maintenance along any weight loss journey, no matter how you choose to pursue it.

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Building a Community of Support

A while back I read this article:  Want to lose weight?  Shut your mouth

I disagree with this doctor’s advice.  While everyone’s path to health is unique, I don’t agree with keeping mum about lifestyle changes, especially ones as drastic as the one I am about to undergo.  The woman’s doctor, Jon Walz “blames the need for secrecy on the culture of obesity” according to the article, and it is this that I have an issue with.

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