Topic: RE: I am a slacker...
I've been finding alot of people's stories that are exactly like yours...and I am one of them. I had my surgery on March 15, 2007. I lost about 108 lbs by around seven months out. I haven't lost any more...I have lost some inches and visiablly slimed some though. I don't eat perfect and I don't exercise. When I start to feel like I should be smaller I just look at my old pictures and realise how very far I have come. I've gone from being considered morbidly obese to being overweight. Most people in the US are overweight...I can handle that! I've gone from a tight size 28 to 18s...I can shop in the normal section of stores!!! I don't have to buy the plus size anythings anymore. I can wear my husbands t-shirts. Try and find some of the positive things that are happening and bring out an old picture and put a new picture beside it to see the differences. When I look in the mirror I don't see a big difference...but those pictures sure do tell a tale!
I don't take my vitamins either....shame shame shame on us. It's hard for me to develop the habit is really my only problem. I do eat alot of other foods that are high in vitamins so I think that's why my blood work is just fine...I make sure to get it checked regularly. I really like the fruit flavored calcium supplements that are really for antacid...they taste like candy to me. I don't like the chewable vitamins so I just take small multi-vitamins with iron from the dollar store. They are cheap and tiny so they are easy to swallow. As long as I don't take the calcium supplements at the same time as the multi-vitamins there is no problem. You can also go to the doctor and get b-12 vitamin shots...it's once a month and that will at least take care of that issue.
A 5 week stall isn't that bad at all. Your body has to get used to changes and your body will shut off weight loss if your not getting in enough water, protein, or calories. Your body will also shut down if you start exercising like crazy.
Your doctors should be very supportive of you. My surgeon has never had a goal weight for me...it was just to lose some weight and keep it off. Other docs would say I need to lose quite a bit more weight...but mine is realistic. I'm in the overweight cateogry which is much better than morbidly obese or obese. His goal for me is to stay around the same weight I am right now. What should I be eating and exercising? He says I should try and eat good and exercise more...but whatever I'm doing to keep the weight I am at is good by him. I really like this sort of outlook...he isn't pressuring me to be perfect which would just put me under stress and prep me for failure.
Your doing great. Good luck getting to a place where you are happy.