What to Eat?
A month ago I was completely confused on what to eat, what not to eat, whether to count calories or just focus on smaller portions. After doing an online webinar with the dietitian at my surgeon's office, I think I finally have a grasp on the food portion of my weight loss. Basically, I need to be having three small meals a day, as well as a couple of snacks if needed. The minimum amount of time time between meals should be 2 hours, and the maximum should be 4. I am supposed to eat about a cup of food total per meal and that cup should be filled with high protein and high fibre foods. To give you a small example of what I am eating, here is a sample menu.
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup of blueberries
1/4 cup of high protein and fibre granola
1 whole grain tortilla
1 tbsp peanut butter
3 whole grain crackers
light marble cheese
1 veggie burger (without the bun)
1/4 cup cottage cheese
20 whole grain 'chips'
non-fat frozen yogurt
Getting a fill?
While I was definitely eating properly, the weight just didn't seem to be coming off and I was stuck at 19lbs for a good 3 or so weeks. One day I would go down, the next I would go up, and I was getting really frustrated. I called the surgeon's office and decided to book an appointment to get a fill (they would tighten my band so I would be more restricted and have to eat less). However, a few days before my appointment, I found myself eating more food and actually losing more weight. It seems that I wasn't eating enough,and so my body was stuck in 'starvation mode'. I called the office, spoke with a nurse, and while she didn't seem to like the idea of me eating more (although she never asked what I had been eating), she agreed that I should hold off on the fill for the time being.
My weight loss to date.
I am happy to say that as of today, I have lost 26lbs since my surgery and it is really starting to show. My face is much thinner (hallelujah!), my clothes are getting pretty big and I seem to be able to move, walk, etc. more easily. My first goal was to lose 25lbs and,because I did, I will be getting a new tattoo in the next couple of weeks. My next goal is 50lbs, which I hope to be at by Christmas.
Thanks for all of your support and I promise to update this blog more frequently than I have been.