- HEALTH TRACKER
Often when I feel I'm hungry, I'm actually thirsty. Try drinking to fill up your pouch and schedule your meals. As postops, when we eat randomly, rather than scheduled meals, we have a tendency to overeat and not eat the right things.
Check the Craig's List in your area. I found a garage sale with some nearly-new scrubs in my size for $1.00 each. I got five complete outfits & four extra pairs of pants for $14.00. Before I left I saw some like-new Timberland hiking boots ($100 retail) - she threw them in for $6.00 to make it an even $20!
I love those kind of bargains!!
I had a bad right knee before surgery. The pain was so bad I was having to use a cane at home. I just limped at work. I couldn't walk far without pain. I took my grandsons to an amusement park and had to take my cane and stop and rest every 100 feet or so.
I had a steroid shot that made my knee feel like new for about 4-5 weeks. Then we went for the gel, a series of three shots. It worked great for a few months. I had the RNY surgery December 2011 starting at 263 pounds. My knee didn't feel significantly better until I got down below 200. I walked/ran my first 5K July 1. I am now 157 lbs and my knee is 90% better. I still have some discomfort when I get up after sitting a long time but am able to walk that out quickly.
I also found that a knee brace ($10-12 at Walgreens) helped when weight bearing before my weight loss. My doctor cleared me for all exercise except leg extensions. Do what you can tolerate to work the knees so you can strengthen the muscles surrounding them. It makes a big difference.
As the weight comes off, your knee will not have as much pressure. I've heard that with every five pounds there is 25 lbs of pressure on the knee.
Good luck to you!
Actually, I've learned a lot through this process and when I see people eat as you described, I feel thankful that I have learned how to eat healthier and in a more mindful manner. I use it to remind me to take smaller bites, chew longer, take time between bites and to stop before I am uncomfortably full. Use it as a positive reinforcement of the changes you have made in your life to become a healthier person.
My co-workers sometimes feel uncomfortable about eating sweets and unhealthy foods around me because they are afraid that I will feel bad or remorseful that I can't eat it with them. I assure them that I don't feel those feelings because it is a lifelong choice that I made to change my eating habits.
Look at those people that stuff their faces with food and gorge and think "I used to eat like that - thank goodness I changed my ways"!
You'll be losing belly fat as your weight comes off. Compression garments are our salvation! Slimpressions are the best, but are a little on the pricey side (although they are having a 40% off sale online on Monday 11/26). I got a tank from Dollar General for $10 that works almost as well.
I had my surgery 12/20/11 and was able to get up and around well by Christmas. You need to walk, but don't be doing any heavy lifting or overexerting yourself - you're still healing.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday!
I submitted my before & after photos to be posted by OH. I've worked hard to lose 106 pounds. I am very disappointed that they changed the picture so much that, to me, it does not reflect my weight loss but makes me look shorter and chubbier. Is it just me or can any of you tell the difference between the two?
This is the picture as I submitted it:
Here is the picture as OH posted it:
Do you think I'm being too picky?
I smoked for 38 years and transferred over to electronic cigarettes. Kudos to those that could quit cold turkey. I could not quit smoking cold turkey just as I could not control my weight by just dieting.
Electronic cigarettes are a healthier alternative to smoking. I have used them for 2+ years and am tapering down on the nicotine content so that hopefully I can eventually give them up entirely. They provide that throat hit and hand-to-mouth satisfaction that is missed when you not only quit smoking but quit eating.