- I had life changing surgery with my arm lift, breast lift & augmentation.
- I took a once in a lifetime vacation for two weeks in London during the Olympics.
- I gained a lot of weight.
During my recovery, I couldn't work out. I tried eating Paleo and while it is amazing in theory, I couldn't get it to work for me. You want to know why? Because I kept making excuses and I didn't follow the program. It is the story of my life, so there is really no surprise there. :)
So, Paleo didn't work. What did work for me?
What worked for me was having my band at proper restriction
and eating according to the gastric banding "rules."
OMG. What a concept! I can say with confidence, that I have had my band at "proper" restriction many times over the last few years. But it was only when I was following the rules, that I had true and lasting success. I type this as I just stuffed a ginormo bite of breakfast in my piehole. Nice, Beth Ann. Very nice.
So, what's the plan?
- Tomorrow, I go in for a fill.
- I have printed out my rules for eating like a bandster and I will follow it.
- I will drink water.
- I will work out consistently.
- I will blog.
Those are the things I did during my extended period of weight loss. When I started pushing the rules, eating things that I "could" eat instead of focusing on what I "should" eat was when I stopped losing. I do feel strongly that the biggest reason I gained weight was because I could exercise. That's fine and I don't regret my surgery or my vacation, but now I can't just maintain. I have to lose.
Additionally, blogging is an integral part of me losing weight. I make all sorts of excuses of why I can't blog, but if I'm honest with myself it is because I don't want to admit I'm failing. Blogging makes me be accountable and I only don't do it when I don't want to face up to my actions. Do I really want to lose weight? Yes, I believe I do.
My rules (mostly stolen from Maria...):
- Small meals
- Small bites
- Heed your stop signs
- Do not drink while eating
- Protein first!
- Avoid junk
- Water, water, water
- No liquid calories
- Is it worth it?
I have 5 weeks until my 20th high school reunion and 6 weeks to BOOBs. I can't say how much I will lose, but I know that if I follow the rules for nutrition and work out, then I will feel so much better about myself when it is time to meet up with old friends. That's what matters, right?