This post will bring everyone up to date on what has been happening since my successful surgery on July 2, 2012.
For the first month after surgery I had to be careful and eat mostly easily digested food. I couldn’t eat raw vegetables so I ate soft cooked vegetables instead. I mostly stuck to the Phase 3 type of eating but didn’t eat any salads. I have to admit, I didn’t do very well at sticking to even Phase 3…but I DID try. I ended up gaining about 4 pounds by August 1.
So since August 1 I have been trying to get myself back on Phase 1 because I still have about 30 – 40 pounds to lose. When I found out I would be having the surgery and then was informed I would need to phase off the diet because my body would not be able to tolerate the vegetable load for a while, I was not happy. I know myself well enough that I KNEW I would have a tough time getting myself back on the protocol if I stopped following it for a while. And I was right.
I have been trying to stick with the Phase 1 protocol since August 1 and have struggled with it every step of the way. I find myself doing great for a small period of time and then I get overly stressed and thoroughly exhausted from stuff I am having to deal with and, instead of dealing with the issues properly, I dive into the carbs to get the good-feeling-chemicals going in my head. And they work for a little bit! I DO feel better for a tiny bit of time!!! But then I not only have to deal with the same stress and exhaustion but I also have to deal with the guilt and the weight gain from eating those carbs. I really DO need to find other ways to make myself feel better when I get in these situations because life always includes stress and exhaustion. At least, MY life always includes stress and exhaustion lately.
So today I am back on-protocol and feeling great! I am learning to adjust to having to take lunch with me instead of being able to cook something at home. I much prefer to eat something hot (like potato soup, chicken a la king, or chicken noodle soup) and a salad for lunch. But since I am gone at lunch time most days I am using the Ready to Drink vanilla or chocolate drinks and taking cut up raw vegetables with me instead. I’m looking forward to the day I can start eating my regular lunches again which won’t be for at least a month.
I measured myself today and posted those. I must measure differently than my coach did because my measurements look like I have put on inches. But I can tell by the fit of my clothes that I haven’t added any inches and, in fact, have probably lost more. So I will just continue measuring myself so they will be consistent from now on even when I do start seeing my coach again.
It’s good to be back!