I am coming up to my 4th Holiday season with the Band. My 1st year was pretty easy to say NO to all the temptations that were around me. I was on a mission to loose 100 lbs within a year and I was going to do everything in my power to do that.
Looking back I wish I had set my goal at loosing the 125lbs ( that I needed to) in 18 months. It seems when I hit 100lbs I slacked off and allowed the crappy foods back into my life. I only lost another 16 lbs year 2.
Year 3: I ate the crap in moderation but was just bouncing up and down 10 lbs ( only because I exercised every day - I have to exercise because I love to eat. - Plus I really do enjoy exercising). I still fit into my clothes and was a socially acceptable looking person. So all in all I was happy.
Over these last 8 months I have had a lot of medical issues that have not allowed me to exercise as much as I wanted to or needed to. I had a complete hysterectomy 5 weeks ago. The hospital that did my surgery required me to have my band completely emptied ( Whoa it felt like a normal tummy again - and I picked up all my bad habits again. I ate everything that I could not eat in the last 3 years. Bread & Pasta in excess) I also started eating candy, cookies and crap. I thought I would enjoy the time while I had it. WRONG !! Those empty fat cells filled up so fast and I gained 20 lbs.
I am so mad at myself but I cannot blame anyone but me. It is only me that chooses the food that I eat. My band controls( when adjusted correctly) how much of it I can eat.( Unfortunately the crappy carbs chew down to nothing and go right thru the band - I could eat them all day if I wanted to) I had a fill last week and ask the Dr to just make it snug enough that I cannot eat bread. Pasta I can say no to. Bread! I need the deterant of pain to say no.
When I jumped on the scale at my fill appointment and saw the #, I was horrified
. I work from home and I was recuperating from the surgery. My days were spent in my nighty, and no bra. Way too much freedom. I am now making sure I put on a bra everyday and get dressed. Feeling my snug clothes is helping me stay on track with my eating plan.
If you are a newbie and reading this - do yourself a favor and read all the old postings from Kathkeb. She has kept below goal for over 4 years because she has not eaten the following foods. One piece of advise she gave was that she tried on her skinny jeans every Friday. if they were snug then she was back on track and backed off the calories the following week. I am going to do this as well every Friday _ I just bought a pair of the new Rock Star Skinny Jeans from Old Navy in Colbat Blue and another in Plum and my goal is to wear the Blue jeans with my brown boots to Thanksgiving dinner!!
Since my fill I have vowed to go on a NO "C" DIET
NO CRAPPY CARBS.
Last night I had to run down to Walmart to get some supplies for work. I made sure that I had my dinner before I left. Thank goodness. The amount of Candy was overwhelming. I expected to see Candy in the Candy isle. (easy to walk past) There was candy displays popping up every where I went in that humongous store. They even had a candy display near the craft section.
Proud to say that I got thru the store with No C foods in the basket