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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Starting Over... Day 3

Wow... what a difference a day makes. We were outside, digging up grass, for several hours on Monday. This probably explains the phenomenon I experienced on Tuesday. Monday I consumed 1608 calories and 94 grams of protein. Tuesday was a normal work day, back to a schedule, most of the day sitting at a desk, and I only ate 1138 calories (Ok make that 1254 – it’s midnight at the time of this writing and a mini sugar free lemon poppy seed muffin was calling me) and 81 grams of protein. Water is a major factor. I use Kroger In an Instant Light Sugar Free Peach Tea drink mix in my water. I realize that it’s not as good as plain water but by using these I can drink (8-10) 16.9 oz bottles of water per day. As I type that, I am aware how crazy it sounds. Starting today, I will substitute every other bottle with plain water.

So here are Tuesday’s stats:

Open RNY Gastric Bypass: 10/22/2002
Highest Weight: 356
Weight at Surgery: 306
Lowest Weight: 156
Highest Recorded Weight Gain: 238
Weight on 05/29/2011: 224
Weight on 05/30/2011: 221.8
Weight on 05/31/2011: 221.4
Weight on 06/01/2011:  219.8

WebMD                 Personal                 Actual
Calories:          1301                    1200                        1254 (Now that’s a happy medium. Go me!)
Protein:            46 grams             100 grams                81 grams (This needs to be a little better)
Total Carbs:    130 grams           50 grams                    87.7 grams (A little lower would be great)
Sugars:             25 grams             20 grams                 13.6 grams (Love that number)

A much better day that included a 1.6 lb drop for the day. I have a tendency to be a bit ADD so I like schedules.  I have learned how to fit breakfast, lunch, two snacks, and 4-5 bottles of water into an 8 hour day. I take my lunch every day so I have a lot more control over what I eat. Being at home I am more apt to graze and eat at odd times. I feed my cravings for both creating something new or different and consuming the final art piece (or flop. The odds are 50/50). I’ve tried off and on for years to schedule myself on the weekends but it has never worked.  My fear is that my days off in chaos are derailing everything I accomplish during the week.  I guess we’ll find out on Saturday.

Tuesday afternoon I started looking at what I had logged so far and what I had planned for dinner.  I’m getting a bit obsessive about it but not so much that I’m concerned. Not yet anyway. What I noticed was that I wasn’t eating any “Free” foods. If you’ve ever been to Weight Watchers in the last 30 years, you know that “Free” foods are food with little or no calories. This includes a few fresh vegetables, salad vegetables, herbs, spices… so with my leftover pork chop, I had a beautiful salad with baby greens, red onion, alfalfa sprouts, sugar snap peas, tomato slices, and shredded parmesan. It was just enough to keep me full without adding too many additional calories.

I did something to pamper myself after work Tuesday. I NEVER pamper myself and while this sounds like an every day event I got my hair cut. I received a style that I really didn't like last July. I have been letting it grow out and just never stopped to get it trimmed. Now that it’s falling out, it was starting to look unhealthy and I was no longer proud of what I consider my best asset. It looks and feels so much better and I’m amazed at how much better I feel about myself. A new do for a new me.

I’m really excited to see the 1.6 lb loss this morning. During my initial weight loss period in 2002 – 2003, I averaged losing a pound a day for the first 70 lbs and then it backed off to a pound every other day or so. I’m interested to see if I can stick to this and if I’ll consistently average a pound per day again. I'm not expecting those kinds of results the second time around though it would be nice. It’s really hot again today but I intend to add some activity to my day; taking stairs instead of elevator, walking around the block a few times, and maybe even a walk after work with my husband. 

I’m having fun with this and can’t wait to see what today brings.

Thanks for coming along.


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