Jen - ya gotta work what works FOR YOU! Personally - and really, this is just me [and I'd probably be bounced out of your facebook group for this!] - Since we can't eat much, i've vowed that I'll eat what I enjoy - even if it's just a couple of bites of chocolate, or a splash of real cream in something.
Don't get me wrong - if i drank most of my liquids in coffee throughout the day, you can be sure that I won't put cream in it! but for one cup? yes. definitely.
And i adopted this attitude after i had a meltdown during a post-op visit to the surgeon. I'd had TWO peanut M&Ms, and totally freaked. My surgeon stared at me. He said you mean, two HANDFULS [i said no - TWO M&Ms]. he said TWO BAGS??? [i said again, no - TWO M&Ms, and named the two colors].
He shook his head and said that the surgery WAS NOT a punishment, and as long as I kept things in perspective, treats were OK. and then went into the GRAVY discussion - as in 'if a couple of tablespoons of gravy will help you get your protein in and keep it down, then go for it.'
This is about making it work FOR US, not for someone else.
Start your day with a smile, and get it over with.
Keeping it off is a hundred decisions a day that help you maintain what you achieved. And that's the hard part. - L Sanders
start: 506 [Sept 2001]
weight at gastric bypass [Jan 29, 2002]: 409
current weight: 225
weight for plastic surgery: 200
final goal: 180
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