My smile has been coming back. I was at the office yesterday which had me out of the house. I found my long commute freeing and my music which always plays in my car made me happy. But I think the biggest positive was I was back into the gym!
I’ve been in a rutt. I’ve been sick. Not feeling well. Feeling sad. The sad piece really makes me concerned. Sad is not an adjective I’d use to describe myself. But saying I’ve been sad is honest. It’s a general sadness. I’ve recognized it and shared it with my husband. The sadness has been affecting everything I do. Today I’ve decided to confront the sadness.
It’s Spring and the windows are opening and the fresh air is flowing in. I pull out the spring/summer clothes and inevitably end up getting rid of lots of stuff. Today was no different. Not only was I going to turn over the clothing for the seasonal switch, but we entered the Whistlers room for….. yup, should I say it…. SPRING CLEANING.
Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen. It’s just a number. I’ve got my Focused Attention. I’m going to manage this like a project. It’s not personal. It’s Regain!
I don’t have much left in me to tonight. Not because I did a lot today but because the time change tends to catch up on me. Great family day today. We got out and about. Into the city! I do love heading into the city. I was a city girl for many years and now I rub elbows with Chip n Dale and Bambi on a daily basis.
In 6 weeks I will be 47 years old. I will also be running a 5K. It is how I want to spend my birthday. I find this really strange. But wonderfully strange. How is it even possible that I could be excited about running 3.125 miles while someone times me. It’s mostly because I now know how a good run makes me feel.
I thought I’d answer a question tonight. I’ve received this question a few times recently and I believe my opinion is important to share. Protein shakes are a very helpful way to get a lot of protein in at one time. Protein shakes and soups are used regularly in the early stages of post op weight loss surgery life. Many have to do a liquid diet prior to weight loss surgery.
Once the honeymoon is over, then there’s “Maintenance.” That’s when we maintain the weight we’ve lost. Funny thing is most of us don’t know how to do this. Or at least I hear this ALL the time. Now don’t get me wrong I dove right into maintenance with my eyes closed. In fact I entered maintenance as a newlywed, a real newlywed with a husband to cook for. Yikes!!
Note to Self: Listen closely to your tiny tank. Slow down. Yeah I could also add, chew, chew, chew. These are both things we’ve been told over and over again. But even the seasoned post op weight loss surgery patients trip up. That was me tonight. Here’s the story and I’m sure you’ve heard it all before. It was a main dish I’m
You’re at a point in your weight loss journey where you feel stuck. You’re not quite at your goal. Or maybe you’ve been at goal and gained a little and want to get back to goal. You are struggling getting back into the mojo you had previously. Remember that desperate desire to be at goal? Although you still want to be at goal you can’t
I wanted to write a post today because I saw another weight loss surgery bloggers post and I thought it was so important to share. It had been reposted today by ObesityHelp.com. The journey of weight loss is no easy journey. With weight loss surgery we are given a great tool to use to lose and maintain our weight loss. To be successful
Ahh doesn’t that sounds good. Feeling good being you. Whether you have been or are an overweight person I know you can understand this. We have one body. It is our home. Yeah funny to think of it that way. But this is something I have been thinking about. We need to respect and love this home. It is our place of peace and comfort. If you’re not feeling peace and comfort in your own skin it can be a very lonely world.
So it’s true I’m a numbers girl. In fact it was even made apparent to me at work today when the holiday gift tag on the bottle of wine from my manager said ”To Tracy “Data.” Yes, I loved numbers as a kid. Studied to achieve a math/science like degree. Married a man who loves numbers and even made a child who loves
After you’ve made it through that work out, you know the one you didn’t think you’d get through. You know the one that almost didn’t happen because you started late, because you were thinking “maybe I’ll do it tomorrow.” After that work out the shower is the best. When you climb into that little booth of private celebration.
Just a quick video blog today. We made it through Hurricane Sandy with not much damage. Lots of branches and leaves down. My heart goes out to the those in NJ and NY. I work with many people in Manhattan and Jersey City and they have been hammered by this storm. You are all in my prayers. I tried to get out for a run today. The sun came out and by the time I got my kicks on it started to rain. So I headed for the treadmill and kicked 5K. That’s my number now. 5K and this is why.
Ask for Help. I wanted to talk about this tonight. I think it is important to remind ourselves that we are not in this alone. When losing or maintaining weight, we don’t have to do this alone. And we shouldn’t. If you’re like me, I have always tried to do things myself. I’m not sure why. But I’ve always waited way too long before I ask for help.
I woke up today and was in a mood. If you know me then you know this is unlike me. It was a funk. I couldn’t figure out why I had the funk. I did work most of Saturday morning but had a great day otherwise. This morning, it became apparent at breakfast that I was not myself. Well this was going to be a problem. I had a lot to get done today, had my Mom visting and there was a party this afternoon in our neighborhood. The funk had to be fixed.
I wanted to continue a topic I’ve been writing about. I want to talk about Alcohol. Last night was date night. I looked forward to it all day. I got a pedicure and picked out a new outfit. We went to our favorite restaurant and in fact sat in the same booth that we did on our first date. You can tell we are creatures of habit. What was the difference this date night?
I feel as if I’ve overcome an issue I’ve had with looking at myself. Earlier in the year I wasn’t liking what I saw in the mirror. Some thought this was strange because I had already taken off a lot of weight more than 130 pounds and I had kept it off for 12 years. But I yearned for that girl in the mirror I saw at my lowest weight after weight loss surgery.
I’m cracking myself up here! I love to blog. And I am trying to live blog from my iron infusion. Thought I’d hit you with some pictures from the event! It’s nice and quiet here. Sometimes it can be busy. I found a great seat in the corner and the nurses were so friendly and helpful. They loved the fact that I had brought my computer with me and I was documenting my infusion. I know many of you want to know what this is all about so I am going to try and do my best to show you.
Friday night was Date Night. We haven’t done that in a longtime. We were overdue. My son had his Karate Movie night and that opens up the evening for us to get out on our own. We are home bodies so we typically stay home and watch a movie ourselves. But recently we realized we need to get out more and have a “Date Night.” Needless to say I was delighted to get girlied up! The dressing up worked so well that when my husband saw me he immediately had to take a picture. And then we were headed to our favorite restaurant.
I thought I might share a couple of the recent questions I’ve received. My Ask Tiny Tank volume has been booming lately. Lots of great people asking good questions. I think it may be from the my new Facebook Page. We are all so lucky to have this online community available to us. Facebook. Twitter. Blogs. When I had surgery there was my hospital’s support group and it was a struggle to get to it since it was more than 20 miles away.
When you listen to how you feel and not what your brain wants, it all seems to work. What do I mean by this? Well it is so important for weight loss surgery post ops to listen to their tiny stomachs as they move into maintenance. Of course when you are newly out of surgery all you can do is be in tune with your new stomach. But as you get further out you begin to be more comfortable with everyday foods. And we begin to live life and put ourselves in “normal food” situations. It is at this time that we really need to differentiate between listening to how we feel versus listening to our head telling us what it wants.
There’s been a lot of journaling in my house this year. If you haven’t picked up the book or seen one of the movies about the series Diary of a Wimpy Kid you must have no contact with children. My son has been obsessed with this series. We have all the books and have even pre-ordered the up coming book due in November. We’ve seen both movies in the theater and now own them so they can be watched repeatedly. Sounds like nausium but in fact after I got over the horror of some of the brazen content in the series I realized that my son was dying to read these books. How can you beat that?
Even though today was my first day back from vacation, it was a stressful day for me. The news that was stressing me out was delivered early in the day. And with my “just back from vacation” swagger I took the news well. But as the day went on and I began to absorb the ramifications of the change that I would have to endure, I began to feel the stress roll in.
Later on after your weight lost surgery when your tiny tank is more mature, eating can become a habit. I believe many of us live in a carbohydrate induced stupor. We eat more carbohydrates than we need and our bodies never burn the sugars consumed from meal to meal. They just end up stored as fat.