Tuesday, January 10, 2012
How many times have you heard, whether on TV or from your doctor, to keep busy? At first, you may wonder if it really works when it comes to weight loss.
When we think of keeping busy we usually relate it to exercising in one form or another. Unless we are an athlete or stay at the gym all day, keeping busy might not be that easy. Keeping busy can come in all forms. Going to sporting events, seeing movies, playing pool or any other game can all be ways that we keep ourselves busy. The only problem with all these events is that they all have food or drinks being served. If we're not careful doing these type of things can really sabotage our weight loss.
Let's face it, if we go to a sports game whether its because we like the team or we are there to support our kids, there is always food there. And who doesn't like to have popcorn with that great movie we are about to see or that drink or two while we play pool. So does keeping busy really help or hurt us?
I know that keeping busy helps me. I am in the process of going to college and so most of my time is spent sitting in my favorite chair and reading or studying. I have had to learn, through trial and error, how to not eat and snack while I'm studying. Getting up and getting out of the house distracts me and helps keep me from food.
If you have trouble with the food when you go out here is a tip that might help you. I know its helped me. Do not bring your debit card or credit card when you go out. As you plan your night out get the cash you need for the night. Get cash for each pool game, for entry into ball game, or for the movie ticket. Pay it all in cash. Do not take so much extra that you have money for the snacks that are there. Limit yourself, kinda like you would if you were gambling in Vegas. If you don't want to lose all your money you only take so much with you to the tables. Let's face it, overeating is an addiction and if we can find a way to do it we will.
With limiting your cash flow, also have a healthy snack before you leave. If you combine the two you have a better chance of keeping on track and not ruining your night with guilt.
Enjoy your next outing and most definitely keep busy!
Monday, January 10, 2011
As I considered this, I realized that I could go on and on about the positive side of losing weight and use that as the Pro part of having surgery, but that is the same with any tool you use to lose weight. No matter what you use to help you, you will get the benefits of losing weight. Better health, longer life, better self image, more confidence and whatever else you can come up with are all wonderful side effects of losing weight. I want to talk about what I think is positive about having surgery as opposed to using something else.
The only Pro I could really come up with was that surgery permanently changes the size of your stomach, well sorta, you can stretch it if you don't follow the rules. Truth is, it gives you a start over. Start overs are very important. When you are extremely overweight your stomach is so big that trying to keep it to the place where you are not always hungry is impossible. Then try to lose weight with it and after some time that becomes basically impossible, at least that is what I felt. After surgery your stomach is about the size of your fist, give or take. Immediately after it's smaller than that. For the longest time putting more than a cup of food in my stomach was pretty much impossible. Obviously, that aids in losing weight big time. Getting used to that stomach is part of the Con's that I'll do next time.
I can't over emphasize the importance of the smaller stomach. Surgery gives you what no other form of weight loss tool can give you. Lap Band is another good choice but that doesn't do for obese people what the surgery does. Here's where I recommend seeing a doctor who does both and take his advice. Being able to start over with my stomach is something that I am very thankful for and don't want to mess up. There are no do-overs after this.
I'd say surgery only has one Pro but I think it's a very important one to weight loss. Being able to start over and do things right is very rare. It is something that shouldn't be taken for granted and those who can't prove that they can change the way they eat shouldn't do it. It will be good for a while but you really need to make lifestyle changes to make it work over long term just like any other tool.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I'm taking a small break from my bariatric blogs to share something that I found especially helpful to me and I'm hoping it will be for others as well.
My husband is a Captain in the Army Reserves and currently serving in Afghanistan. The last I saw him was about three months ago and we have the blessing of having him home for Christmas. Last I saw him I was 20-25 pounds heavier. What's interesting about my husband's comments to me is that the changes he commented on just didn't take place in the last three months, it's just that he has noticed them.
It was good for me to have someone with whom I am intimate to be able to touch and feel around and notice the muscle and changes in my body that I have been working on since April 2010. He was impressed with the increase in muscle all over and was able to assess my weak points. After losing 179 pounds it can be difficult to see the muscle through all the excess skin. (I might add that my husband is very wonderful with this process and still finds me attractive. I'm a lucky woman.) It was nice to have someone verify what I have already seen and it was nice to have someone notice the hard work.
What was really nice was what he had to say about everything. He said I was happier, more flirty (which, if you know me, may be a bit much), and more sensual. He said he noticed the tone of my body and keeps commenting on how skinny I look. He was a bit hesitant at first when all this started but now is quite pleased with the results and is even looking forward to the future.
What I want people to realize is that all this didn't happen overnight. My husband, who knows me intimately physically hasn't noticed everything until now. I could have been offended but instead it reminded me that this is a process. We live in such a "fast food" culture. We want changes that took years to happen to be reversed overnight. I know my changes will be a lifetime in coming and maintaining but I want it now. Because of my exchange with my husband I am more willing to let time do it's thing. I'm happy with my changes and am looking forward to more.
If it's taking you longer than you'd like to see the changes in your body, hang in there. It will come, trust me. It just takes time.
The next time I see my husband will be in July 2011. By that time I hope to have taken off another 15 pounds and to have had a body lift. I'm sure he'll notice that! :)
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