- HEALTH TRACKER
“You want to eat right, but when you try, you feel like you're starving. Here's how to never say diet.”
If you are dieting and often feel hungry, you may not be on the right program. Dieting doesn't mean starving yourself. It means feeding your body what it needs, when it needs it. Every time you eat, your body goes to work processing that food. If it knows you are going to feed it again regularly, it doesn't hang onto it as hard. It keeps your metabolism burning off excess. Feeling "starved" triggers your body to hang onto excess. Knowing when you are TRULY hungry is the first step. Feeding your body properly with fruits, veggies, lean proteins, whole grains, and nuts (and in calorie friendly portions) is the second. Even if you are eating 5 to 6 meal/snacks per day is okay when done the right way. If you've just embarked on a new program, you may need to give it a couple of weeks to let your body adjust to the new plan, so if you feel the need to eat too often, assess if you are really hungry or just wanting to grab something out of habit. In a short while, you and your body will adjust.
Unfortunately, weight gain is very common after a few years. All I can say is that possibly you are not eating enough. I know I know that sounds crazy but, your body needs food for energy and to function properly. So, my suggestion is to maybe see a nutritionist and see what adjustments can be made to your diet.
That's exactly what I meant. The MGB surgeon should be in the spot light as not being qualified to do it.
I'm so sorry you had to go through that. The surgeon never should have attempted it on you. Why did he think he was qualified to do it? Did you sew for malpractice? I can see how you would blame the MGB but I think I would go after the surgeon for doing such a crappy job and making you so miserable.
I hope things calm down for you soon and you can have a quality life.
“You want to do more, be more, but you are waiting until you feel more prepared. Here's how to gear up.”
Okay, sorry but sitting out in life isn't going to cut it. Sure, you could wait until you are completely on top of your game in life (whatever that means to you). Or, you could start living it now. What do you want to do? If you feel your weight, or your age, or your personality is holding you back, it is. If you feel nothing can hold you back from your dreams, then they won't. Abraham Lincoln once said, "Always bear in mind that your resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing." If you decide to succeed, and actually move toward that success, you will either succeed or be able to know why you didn't, instead of wondering if you could've or just writing off that you can't.
“You want to eat healthier, but it's such a chore. Here's how to clean up.”
If you've said (probably in a whiny voice), "Eating healthy is more expensive," or "My family doesn't like eating that stuff," or even, "I don't know what to make that's healthy," you are not alone. All of those statements SEEM true, until you overcome them. You are probably just not USED to thinking that way. Start by trying one healthy recipe each week. Yes, there will be some that you or your family doesn't like. You've probably tried new, unhealthy recipes that they didn't like from time to time too. It's okay. Chuck it and try again. There are plenty of very good recipes that will be successes. You may believe that healthy foods are expensive. Depending when produce is in season, and your location, prices will fluctuate. But you can usually work around these issues. You might feel your grocery bill is higher too, if you are buying fresh ingredients in ADDITION to what you normally buy. Once you start REPLACING the processed, pre-packaged foods (and probably a few trips through the drive thru), you'll see that eating well is healthy for your pocketbook too.
“You want to feel inspired, but there's de-motivation at every turn. Here's how to run it off the road.”
Television, family members, so-called friends, magazine ads, a look in the mirror. There are plenty of things that make us feel bad about ourselves. Things that make us doubt that we'll ever succeed at our goals. So, what are we going to do about them? Eleanor Roosevelt had a great quote, "In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility." We know outside influences will occasionally bring us down, so how do we spring back up? What motivates you? Music? A particular movie? Thinking about God? Standing in the sunshine? Reading uplifting quotes? Exercising? Find what motivates you and keep your goals on the road to success.
This could be a simple as a dietary change. Many of our foods produce a lot of gas. Might want to check your food choices.
When was the last time you had an endoscopy? This is always a good way to find out if there are actual physical issues with your tummy.
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With any kind of major surgery, recovery takes awhile but you should feel a little better each day. Give yourself plenty of time to heal.
Your body has been through a lot and I don't doubt that this is just a response to that process. When I was in the Air Force years ago going through basic training, I didn't have my period for a couple of months. It was such a drastic life style change, high physical activity and many other things going on, my body just kind of freaked out.
Keep in touch with your doctor and see how things ago after a month or so. Hang in there.
“You know you have to find time to exercise, but it's just so elusive. Here's how to find it's lair.”
You wonder how some people do it. They seem to be able to get everything done. They must be multi-tasking wizards. Here's the truth. There is no such thing. If you are doing more than one thing at a time, you aren't doing at least one of them well. Think texting and driving. Feeding the baby and doing homework. Cooking and learning calculus. Sometimes folding laundry and watching TV will leave you with towels in your underwear drawer and your house guests perplexed when they need to dry their hands. Studies have shown that when you multi-task, not only does your skill level go down for each project, but you also raise your stress level. It's a lose-lose situation. You simply have to eliminate things from your to-do list. If you want to exercise everyday, you'll have to give something up, or at least rearrange other things to save time. All the time you need is right in front of you. It's up to you how you'll use it.
“You want to make a change, but you keep remembering your past failures. Here's how to get amnesia.”
Fine. You've tried, and tried, and maybe tried some more without the success you've dreamed of. So often, what holds us back is the past. We figure since our attempts have failed before, odds are not in our favor. Fooey! Failures are a perfect way to access WHY things didn't work so we can work around them. Stop looking behind you and start focusing forward. Look ahead to what your new life looks like
“You make plans but just don't follow through. Here's how to execute the blueprints.”
No matter what goals you have in life: losing weight, starting your own business, writing a book, scrapbooking, or starting an ant farm all take action to achieve. You may think that you've just been lazy, or that it must not REALLY matter to you based on the amount of time and effort you have put in in the past. Maybe all you need is a "detailed" plan. So, instead of your goal being, "I'm going to lose weight by exercising at the gym and eating right," it needs to chunk out very specific actions. Map out a week: "On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I am going to go to the gym at 1:00." Write it on your calendar. Next, tackle eating. What recipes will you make, what do you need to buy, how will you handle eating out, what will you have for snacks at work? By scheduling very detailed steps with dates and action items, you will be more likely to see your plan become a reality.
“You are suppose to work out today, but you're teetering. Here's how not to totter.”
How would you feel if you didn't brush your teeth today? And, hmmm, forget about doing anything with your hair. Oh, you don't need to change your clothes either because you did that yesterday. How do you think you'd feel? Cruddy. Gross. You probably wouldn't feel at your full potential would you? The same is true for exercise. When you workout it makes you feel good, improves your life, and gives you a boost of energy and endorphins. So, do your workout, brush your teeth, your hair, and put on some fresh undies and life will be good. The other option is not pretty
“You start out strong but then lose your edge. Here's how to stay razor sharp.”
Each day you find that a certain time hits and all the good choices you've made all day are flushed. Suddenly you're grabbing anything in sight, nibbling this, licking that. Why can't you stop yourself? Okay, look at it like a video game. If you are engaged in a battle where the monster will only be vanquished with silver bullets do you think showing up to pelt the beast with marshmallows will work? Doubtful, unless he eats all of the mini morsels, gets sick to his stomach and can't continue his ferocious rampage because of gas pains. Stop going into battle unprepared. Unlike the monster, you can make a plan and be ready. Knowing where your shortfalls occur is the hardest part. Now, just figure out what you're going to do different to make sure you are the victor.
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“You portion your food, eat well, and then cave during kitchen cleanup. Here's why your kid's half eaten Oreo will not find it's way into your face.”
Do you have trouble not "cleaning up" with your mouth after meals: leftovers that detour from the pan to your pie hole, half eaten kiddie plates that get scraped into your kisser instead of the trash? If the possibility of having someone else do that chore is not happening, try this: make it part of your workout. If you need to, go slip into your workout wear and tennis shoes. Now, focus on speed, agility, muscle flexing, and fat burning. There is no eating when you are working out. Set the stage for what will happen during this time - make it an event, a very fast event. Quickly scrape, rinse, pack up, and wipe down. Now, since you have your shoes on, jog around the block with your hand in the air in victory. You rock!
“You've tried and failed. Here's how to turn the stench of failure into fertilizer. ”
Our mothers told us the truth: You learn from your mistakes. At least let's hope that we are wise enough to understand that failure is simply training. It doesn't mean there's no hope, that we could never possibly succeed, that we are so uniquely screwed up that there is not a workable solution. Poppy**** As Thomas Edison so brilliantly quoted regarding his attempts to create the light bulb, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that didn't work." Maybe you've found just as many ways that didn't work for something you were trying to accomplish. Take time to stop and smell the fertilizer. Reflect on those and learn. WHY didn't they work? By weeding out what doesn't work, pieces may start falling into place of what WILL work, what you might try. Remember, you only fail when you've given up trying.
“You have an event coming up and you don't know if you'll make good choices. Here's how to see the future.”
That wedding, office get-together, family reunion or birthday barbeque sounds like fun, but the food choices will likely be things you shouldn't eat...and there'll be way too much of it. What to do? Look into the future. Really. Actually think about what will happen: how will the food be presented (buffet style, served at the table, a waiter walking around with hors d'oeuvres), what will they serve, what will they serve that you can eat, what should you absolutely avoid? The more insight you have the better. Now imagine how you will react. Envision yourself only taking what you've pre-determined is okay. "See" yourself walking past the no-no items, saying "No thanks" to seconds being offered, and leaving bowls of food untouched. Make sure to see your expression - you, smiling, happy. How do you feel? Empowered, in control, confident...with no regrets. By visualizing the outcome you want, you will be far more likely to have a reality to match.
“You are trying to eat right, but you feel cheated. Here's how to get even.”
If it seems like you have to give up every food you love in order to get healthy, you may need an attitude adjustment. First, a little test: who do you think is happier: someone who won the lottery one year ago, or someone who became a paraplegic one year ago? Of course, if we had to choose one of those, we'd all choose to win the lottery. But, the fact is both groups are the same as far as how happy they are one year after those major events. It's a fact that people can learn to be happy with pretty much anything. The option to pick happiness over wallowing in misery is up to each. You can look at your new food choices, workout schedule, and healthy lifestyle choices as a great thing just as easily as deciding it sucks. Once you make the choice for embracing it, you'll be surprised at how much easier it is.
Sometimes we need more support than a support group. You may want to consider finding a Life Coach. They are really good at helping by providing tools to use when things get rough. Also maybe getting into something like Yoga or some kind of meditation group that will help you center and acknowledge yourself for who you are and be happy with who you are. If you could find a Mindfulness group, that would be good. It is not religions based by any means but it helps you know yourself in a more positive way. Think about it, ok?
“You want to slim down to improve your reflection. Here's what's beyond the looking glass. ”
We all think, "thinner me = more confident me," or "more likeable me," "more interesting me," or "more approachable me." Why do we believe less of us is more? Granted, becoming healthier is definitely a plus to your life, but instead of just looking at the physical beauty you're achieving - don't forget the real you is inside of that shell. Remember to exercise your soul, motivate your inner voice, and build up your confidence. How? Do things that better your interior too: take classes, join a book club, volunteer, pray, explore something that interests you, learn a new language, engage with others. While you become less in the mirror, become more on the inside for a truly beautiful reflection of yourself.
You just had surgery and you worry about not enough weight loss? Give your body time to heal and adjust. Relax and work on following your food program and stay off that scale if you can. Find some wonderful things to do, hobby or activity that will keep you focused on other things. Before you know it, your clothes will feel roomier and THAT is a great indication of weight loss. Can you do that?
Also, it would be nice if surgery healed the brain as well. It is important that all of you learn to develop a healthy relationship with food and make some permanent life style changes. If possible, find a support group, nutritionist, and/or counselor who specializes in food issues. This is a whole body journey and your success will be greater if you can get all the support possible.
The full sensation is something that I can't help you with. One thing I do is use smaller plates, bowls and focus on portion control. As I said, it is important to develop healthy habits and help your body get the results you want.
I hope this helps. Yea I don't mince words. I say what is realistic and it is a journey that can be positive if we take the right steps to help ourselves by getting the support we need.
I am so happy for you and your family. You are on the road to a healthier you!
“You have such a long row to hoe to get to your goal. Here's how to be a great farmer.”
You want to lose a large amount of weight, or start a project that will take you months if not years to complete. How do you keep motivated to have the results you want when your projected time frame is over? Someone very smart once said, "We make plans and God laughs." Who knows what will come your way a year from now, a month from now, next week, or even tomorrow. Today is what is important. Not for what it will bring you in the future, but how it makes you feel today: empowered, inspired, confident that tomorrow you'll be able to continue the pattern. Start with today and prove to yourself all that can happen in that small field of time.