Let's get back to ME!
Jan 20, 2018
Even the sound of this blog title makes my body cringe inside! The concept of putting my needs first has always been difficult for me. But I know it is essential! I have jumped back into the mental perception: " If I don't take care of myself I will not be able to help others!" Now I know it should be based on more self-worth, but I can't seem to find worth to be motivational. ( and yes I realize that is an unhealthy self-perception, I am working on!)
This last week I have made some changes and plan to continue with them. I drink more water than I ever have, I intentionally pay attention to what, when and how much I put into my mouth. I have kept the positive mantra that I need to focus on me!
I work most days but I do cook meals in the evenings I am home. If it was only me, then I think I would be easier for me to just fix my proportions and making protein a priority. BUT that is not the case... dinner is also for my family. In the past, we have several people at home, and now it is only three. A teenager, my husband, and I. All of us have a genetic deposition to diabetes. ( My husband has been diagnosed and my daughter is overweight.)
My natural tendency is to please others, so finding an agreement on meals is difficult! I have been told that I am the cook, so they should eat what I serve. That is easy for my daughter, but it is not easy for my husband. I feel this need to make him happy, but I know his food choices are not healthy, and I already despise cooking. Therefore, resentment builds up, when I search and try to find healthy approaches but the meal is not eaten or appreciated.
What should be our bonding and social time, turns to me quickly finishing my meal, and sitting there watching him mindlessly eating large proportions. The gluttony of others has become a heart-wrenching disgust in my mind. I feel terrible that I have the thoughts of disgust about someone else's concerns for food. However, I am sure it is because I see myself in the process. I know my husband doesn't want to be unhealthy and yet he continues. I Know I have done the same thing, and yet it is SO hard for me to set the boundaries for the family meals I cook!
I question my reasons for not just fixing smaller, healthier proportions for my husband, and then I realize it is a co-dependency that I need to change about myself. I am ready to change, and in order to be successful, I need to not worry about the perceptions of others! " It's all about me!"
Just the thought of that phrase, " It's all about me." seems so hypocritical from empathetic mindset, but Logically I know it has to happen in order for me to see my worth. I know this type of thought process does not help with my weight loss, and I am working on changing my thought patterns. So daily have been trying to remember, this is getting back to the real ME!
4 years out and 2 years lost
Oct 22, 2014
Returning to a supportive group
I just realized the last time I posted was in 2011. A lot has happened since then- I have graduated with another Master's Degree.
I am still working full-time and I am attempting to regain my focus on me.
I don't know exactly what happened to my weight, but I have re-gained 40 lbs since my last post. I can make every excuse in the book but that would not matter. What does matter is that I keep taking care of me. I have been meeting with a counselor, I met with a dietitian and I have been keeping up my surgeon in on my concerns. I am frustrated, and have been dealing with depression again. I do not see this as a failure, but an experience to learn from.
My surgeon has offered another option, as he knows I have been putting forth my efforts. I am not sure what my plans will be- revision or not, but something has to change.
However, without putting myself down- I know there are things I can do and I DON'T. I don't know why I don't exercise, I always feel better when I do- But I don't make it a priority. I don't know why I crave chocolate and find myself sneaking it like a child hiding the cookie. I don't know why I find it hard to look at myself and appreciate what I have accomplished. I am making mistakes that cause difficulty- eating carbs occasionally seems to be an easy habit to get back into. Typically I don't drink anything when I eat, but I am not sure that I wait the 30 minutes before and the 30 minutes after. I also know that I do not drink enough water.
If I think about it I know there are several things I can do. NOW just to get motivated again.
You look skinny...what are you doing?
Oct 18, 2011
I have lost 86 lbs in a year! This is an exciting event! It has been an easy road with no complications! I have absolutely no regrets. However, it is a life change. I have changed the way I eat , the way I look at food, the way I cook, the way I socialize, the way I interact with people, the way I look at the future. Theses are all positive results, but a new view of life in general.
I do not think...I KNOW I have not put forth the effort that I could to be fit. I lost this weight with primarily no exercises. I do not think this is healthy at all, but I have not trained or held myself to that standard. The weight loss slowed down in the last few months and I am sure it is because I do not exercise and I have been slacking on 'what' I eat.
THE WAY I EAT....
I work full time,and rarely take time to eat. So breakfast and lunch usually are not the best for me. I try to stick to oatmeal,or cream of wheat for breakfast. EARLY.... 5 am. Hot tea, then coffee....
Lunch is usually beef jerky and a fruit, or Greek yogurt.
Dinner, depends on the nightly activities, being a mother of 2 athletic teenagers, and a 5th grader at home, I have to really work at making the meals in a timely manner and with all the nutrients I need.
I no longer eat...nor do I feel neglected ---as I do not eat ice cream, milk ( very little on a rare occasion),carbonated drinks of any sort, carbohydrates-- bread, pancakes, waffles, etc.
I eat more vegetables, and fruit, meat and cheese than I ever did! I have not been able to use any sweetener syrups in my drinks, for if i do.... bathroom here I come! This makes Starbucks and flavored teas a little different when ordering.
THE WAY I LOOK AT FOOD...
As I grew up, food was at every event in our family. I would crave and sneak chocolate from my dad's hiding spots, and I would make creations with the bare pantry my mom would leave.. as she was always dieting trying to serve fat free food or lessen our sugar intake.Sweets were a reward, it tasted good, it was only for special occasions, or when mom was slacking on her diet.
Food was also my friend...not only did it taste good, it made me feel good, it gave me Independence.. it was something I could control. Or at least I thought....
Food then became my confusion... during the teenager years, I did not like to eat in front of others, I would eat very little at school, and if i did eat it was junk food. Again.. control... I could sneak the junk food at school, if there wasn't any at home.
Food then became my enemy...As I had kids cooking and eating became a forced issue. I had to feed the kids, I had to make sure my husband had the meals he liked. I had to learn to cook... not just what i wanted, but whatever was easiest and pleased everyone. I hated food... I hated meals.. it was the source of arguments at holidays, the source of disappointment when I couldn't get the recipe just right, the frustration when I was tired making everyone happy, my time consumer when I needed fill in the time, and my contentment when I was trying to sort things out.
Now... food is my energy... nothing more than that... I enjoy sweet flavors still chocolate! But I am satisfied with the boiled eggs, yogurt, and beef jerky. I recognize when I am using food for my contentment... (my emotional eating) and I try to make sure I don't hold my own mistakes as forever habits.
THE WAY I COOK...
I don't cook a whole lot different then I use to, I just monitor my own intake more. It seems to be difficult to cook meals for my family and myself, so i just cook as I normally do, but supplement my own meals. I think I need to work on this, as this life change is also meant to teach my children the right way to eat. What kind of teacher am I, if let them eat whatever they want.
THE WAY I SOCIALIZE...
Meals were the center of the entertainment in my family when I grew up. I did not change this mind set with my own children. Birthdays meant cake, friends over meant BBQs, Anniversaries meant expensive meal out... celebrations meant hot fudge sundaes.
Meals are no longer the reason to sit around a table and talk. I spend less time eating and more time socializing. Of course I eat less than most at the table... and I have to remind myself to chew, chew chew... I have changed the way I celebrate with my family.. doing more activities together rather than meals.
THE WAY I INTERACT WITH PEOPLE...
I feel that I am more assertive, and proud of myself. However, I am not use to the attention I get from familiar people and strangers. I never thought I would have a problem with the attention, but now I find it frustrating when strangers look at me and when familiar people continue to focus on my outer appearance. I have always been outgoing, but people do seem to take me more seriously now...sadly I do not think this is just my impression... I really believe there is a bias against the obese. This part hurts me... for I feel that for years I have been judged and I know others are judged.
THE WAY I LOOK AT THE FUTURE...
Being obese, I looked at my future in a oblique manner. Everything was a day by day process not ever focusing on the future, but surviving the day. The truth is, I didn't want to think about the future, because I was afraid I wouldn't be there. Now.. I have plans, there are things I could never do that i look forward to. I take more chances, as I feel God has given me an extra chance...why not enjoy things more.
My new life.. yes.. I am the NEW DEE... and I am glad I took a leap of faith. I did this for myself, and I continue to find reasons to love myself, this is the most important result of my surgery! What am I doing???? I AM LOVING MYSELF!
Stuck at 60....
Apr 14, 2011
passed the 50lb mark
Jan 11, 2011
Are you alright?
Nov 15, 2010
I hear all these comments and feel helpless. I don't mean to not apperciate concerns, but I am still learning on my own. The comments seem to make it harder. I am now seeing my habits that I have not admitted to until now. I can not deny it that I grab bites of food while cooking. I rush through my meals.. this is all something that i have to work on all the time. The evenings are definintly a learning experience. I am working paying attention to my body more, and following thru with my goals!
I apperciate the people on here, that have given me support. Without the input of people on here and reading posts, I woulld be lost! GROUP HUG!
3 weeks out... 20lbs down
Nov 05, 2010
I can see it in my clothes, I can feel it when I sit at the desk.. sit in the car!
I feel the energy! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!
I returned to work about 10 days after surgery. Other than being tired in the early evening,
I feel Great! Lunches are so easy now,but I do find it difficult to keep up on my water. Obviously I haven't had to go in to the hospital for dehydration-- but I know it isn't enough!
I go day to day not focusing on my positives. It is terrific to have a wonderful family that supports me. I get to hear my little girl tell me what is the healthy choice of food to eat.
Going out to eat is an adventure.... I don't mind ordering one cup of soup, or side of yogurt, or a yam. I never finish what I order, but it is a good feeling to save money! I am learning what types of soft healthy foods I can eat and still join the family with out loose out on the relationship. I look a meals differnlty now, it is not about the food but the fellowship. I have more time to talk to my family and listen to thier stories, rather than focusing on my hunger. Don't get me wrong-- I can get hungry... but it is differnt now, and easy to satisfiy. Head hungry is something else I am trying to get to over. I fix food for my family and I won't be hungry but thier food looks good as I cook. I find myself reaching out for a bite, and realize.. hey I am not hungry, why do I keep grabbing food. Habit... Addiction... whatever you want to call it - I am working thru it.
People that know about the surgery, notice my weightloss and it makes me feel great! But I am not sure if others really notice yet. Gee... that sound so arrogant, but yes.. I want people to notice me!
I went to a support meeting-- although I would call it more informational. It was full of resources for the holidays and ideas to survive the holiday stress. However, no one really mentioned individual questions or concerns. I thought that their would be more time to share or exchange experinences, but then again... I can do it on here! I am learning as I go, teaching my family as I learn, and finding ways to make my life as healthy as possible!
Pizza, Tacos, Coffee, Ice cream...
Oct 18, 2010
I feel like a roller coaster of emotions. I feel GREAT... I don't feel hungry, but I have to learn to emotionally ignore food. I only have until
Thursday and I will have my post op appointment. I am hoping at that point I can at least to a full liquid diet. Just when I am focusing on my intake, protien, and doing well.... hmmmmmm I smell Pizza!! I could so easily just sit down and eat a piece! But I am not going to I have control... it is just the thought as I watch the family eat. I warm up my broth... and sit down at the table sticking to my limits.
I told my hubby that God must really want me to keep focused, because Tacos and Pizza are some of my favorites. Proudly I have done very well!
This morning the smell of coffee filled the house while the sound of the pot brewing, my tastebuds began to water. OH... I can have coffee, to get me going, just as I have before. The challange.... I can live without the milk, but how am I going to sweeten it? I pour a cup, add some splenda-- take a taste... I despise the after taste... I pour the coffee out-- making a new cup, I start to grab some dry creamer thinking... hmmm maybe I can add just a little. I look at the ingredients...my daughters walk in and say..."Mom... you can't do that no milk products."
Caught, in the action, I retreat. I now try to sweeten the coffee with Stevia.... I take a taste--- hmmmm this might work. I take it into the living room take a few more sips and finally decide I will have to wait for my coffee...
MEETING SOME GOALS
One of my goals was to get thru the surgery with no complications.....this goal is MET!
Another goal was to be a role model for my daughters and sons.... I believe this goal is occuring....
We sat down to dinner and my youngest daughter just finished her drink. ( Caprisun) I told her that it is healthier to drink water and it will fill her up. I told her that sometimes our body feeels hungry, but really it is thirsty-- so drinking water might help her feel full. She finished her taco and then drank a glass of water... she then said.."Mom your right! The water made me full, I don't need to have another taco. The water helped- Mommy I want to be like you and drink lots of water."
TAKING ON CHANGES FOR LIFE
I've decided not to look at the scale, as I do not want to focus on my weight... but be more alert to my healthy lifestyle. It seems that when I look at the scale I only get depressed... Even when I lose weight, I don't really feel an inner excitment.... never have, so I will not focus on the " What if's or I should have's or I could be's of life.." I will be proud of my efforts to have an newlifestyle.
It took me so long to get to this point emotionally.... I am glad for the changes in my life... as I will learn from all of them!
My greatest concerns about this surgery was the opinons... but all is going well. I cried today, when I recieved a card from my grandmother... something so simple... but meaningful. She is PROUD of me... brought tears to my eyes. How I love my family and I want nothing more than thier support.
Occasionally there are comments made or jokes that I take personally, but I realize this is NOT about them... IT IS ABOUT and FOR ME.
Oct 14, 2010
I made it home...Life is great:) A little gas pain, but overall, no difficulties. Dr.Higa, came in to see me before and after the procedure. His entire group was very helpful. I will write more about my experiences...but need to get to my broth
Offical date...Offical excitment..normal nervous..
Oct 08, 2010
How can one be nervous and excited? I went to my pre-op yesterday.. it is set! it is hard to believe that next week this time it will be over and yet just beginning. This week, I put myself on a full liquid diet just to mentally prepare and to get use to having a different meal then the family. It actually felt like more than I usually eat... but the emotional ties to food are prevalent. I think hey I am doing great.... then I realize I am thinking about food only because I am pre-occupied with other concerns. Meal time.. is just another need. No longer is it the focus. I am struggling with who I tell and who I don't. Some people understand while others respond with "why would you do that to yourself." My natural response is... why wouldn't I do this! I have been dealing with this for years and I want to change!
I finally got the nerve to tell my mother. I am almost 40 years old.. and still concerned about what my mother thinks... lol I don't really understand why I worry about what others think, but it is always in the back of my mind. I guess it is because I need postive support to get through this and I feel that my some ofmy family and friends will see this as a cop out...or failure instead of a postive change for my life.
Therefore I feel limited as to who i inform. However, it almost seems easier to let strangers know, as i do not feel judged. But God has helped me prepare for this...I have recently learned that I do not have to always please others or do what they say. I do not have to..."Keep up with the Jones" God loves me and has given me his gift by grace... nothing is attached to his gift... i don't have to earn it, i don't have to jump thru hoops... I only have to be ME!