What has been one of my biggest fears since I had WLS? That would be regain!!I was shopping at a place called 1/2 Price Bookstore looking for low-carb cookbooks, and overheard a woman on her cell talking with her father about having to go low carb and high protein. Of course, I had to stick my nose in after she hung up and gave her some opinions on some of my favorite low-carb cookbooks. She told me that she hadn't eaten meat in 25 years and she had to up her protein. I really took a good look at her and she was about 50 pounds overweight. I gave her some suggestions about soy products and she said that she was tired and hated soy after all of these years. She also mentioned that she was a carb addict. She walked away from me with an arm load of cookbooks and diet books and casually mentioned that she had had gastric-by-pass surgery.
I almost started crying for her and for myself. To go through all of that and then gain so much weight back and knowing that it could happen to me! I've been worried about my lack of balanced diet and little carbs creeping into my diet here and there. My weight is stable, my clothes size is actually a size smaller than a few months ago, but for how long!?!? I've read the stories and see so many that have gained back after a couple of years. I don't think that I eat the healthiest, I don't get my water in everyday and I don't exercise faithfully.
I figured by this time, almost 20 months out, that I would have conquered my food demons, that every bite that I put in my mouth would be healthy and on my WLS surgery plan for life. NO! I still struggle, just about everyday. For those who have had the weight loss surgery, be on constant guard. For those considering WLS, it is not going to be a magic bullet and it is hard.
Now what to do about all of this: weigh my food, journal, keep the crap out of my house, drink my water, eat the protein first, and take my supplement and vits. Same old same old, but oh so necessary.