As of today, I have lost 26 lbs too which is great and am 298lbs ( Can I officially say , I will NEVER see 300s again?!?! I sure pray so). My diet has been a restrictive one with my calories under 1200. This may be too low for some people, but I though I would share some of the tips that I have been learning along the way. Going through this process has been an eye opener in how the body works and my nutritionist is an angel. I can call her any time.
Here's what I'm doing ( I know I'm preaching to the choir but bear with me, I think I finally got this for me)...
- I eat 3 meals and 2 snack ( my snacks are 100 calories or under)
- I eat Protein first, then the veggies and fruit on my plate, and then if I'm still hungry I'll eat the bread.
- Because of my surgery, I haven't ate any bread, pasta, cookies, chips, cake or ice cream for the last month and a half. I'm not going to say it has been easy. It just plain sucked for the first three-four weeks watching everyone around me eat these but now I'm handling it great. I've found alternatives.
- For my sweet tooth, I have sugar free chocolate pudding or sugar free jello with fat free whip cream. If I want a snack that is a little more salty, I'll eat a low fat jerky with a slice of low fat cheese. This works great for me right now! Right now, I'm not tempted by the "bad" foods. Don't know what it will be like down the road but right now this is how I'm feeling.
- I have a tablet by my bedside. I write down what I eat the whole day. I don't carry this around or make it so involved. Just jot down what you ate, the calories and know that tomorrow you will do better. I also make a little note if I started my period or went to a party or out to eat. That way I keep track.
- There are a couple of great site that help me find out calories on my food, http://www.dietfacts.com/fastfood.asp; http://www.thecaloriecounter.com
- There are plenty of free ones online. Just bookmark a couple to refer back to.
- Learn the number game. This is a bigggggg eye opener for me. The average woman carries 5-7 lb extra water weight. Our water weight flucuates so much because of our hormones.
- Find out what your resting metabolic rate: just google this. For me, it is 2021 calories. This is how many calories my body burns a day just to function and keep me alive. There are 3500 calories in 1 pound. That is a 1479 difference, meaning if I eat only 2021 calories a day, I will lose 2.5 lbs in a week. Light bulb moment for me.
- Now, insert real life. Doing the best I can everyday and stop beating myself for not losing this weight and keeping it off and know that WLS for me is a tool that I will need to maintain any weight loss.