Just another day

Day 6:

I am happy to report I am staying On Plan!!  YAY!  It really hasn’t been much of a struggle.  I have done this so many times before and I know this way of eating works for me.  I just have to plan ahead.  I have to make sure I have healthy options available at home.  I have to make sure I pack my lunch at night because I know I never have time in the morning.  I have to have some fairly quick easy “go to” breakfast food…again that time/morning issue.

I told Cheryl (my best friend/sister by choice) today of my plans to have Weight Loss Surgery.  She was very supportive, she even said she might look into it.  Which really surprised me because she has a bigger fear of doctors/hospitals than I do.  but she was just diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.  Having her support means a lot to me.

Just about everyone I talked to about WLS has been supportive.  Kevin was the first one I brought it up to.  He was all for it.  Although, I think he sees it as an easy fix.  But he has no idea what it is like to lose weight.  He is planning on coming with to the informational meeting on Thursday night.  He is even going to take off early from work to go.  That is a big step for him. My daughter was happy I choose to do this and is very supportive!  She said my hubby would have to buy a couple more guns cuz I would be one of those hotties with a little waist and big boobs and have all kinds of guys chasing me.  My son didn’t say much one way or another.  Which is a good sign.  My mother still has not come around to the idea yet.  Hopefully she will.

After I spoke with insurance the other day I started looking at Blue Distinction Centers in Minnesota that perform bariatric surgery.  So unless my clinic/doctor has another plan of action I tink I know where I will go for my surgery.  I just need to do a bit more research.


One Way or Another

I really feel motivated!  I really feel I can do this.  One way or Another! I had a little slip up at dinner Friday night.  Hubby surprised with an evening out.  Food choices went great! BUT…I had a margarita.  I was over my calorie limit by less than the total calories in the margarita.  I KNEW I should have had a Bloody Mary or a Rum and Diet Coke.  On the plus side I was under calories Thursday and Saturday by more than enough to make up for the Margarita.

I found out my insurance will cover bariatric surgery, BUT my doctor/facility is not a Blue Distinction Center.  I know my doctor talked a bit about that and what could be done.  I will get more details on Thursday night. 

I have been researching RNY vs. DS types of weight loss surgery.  I am still unsure but will definitely discuss both oprions with the doctor will do my surgery.  My biggest concern now is that it won’t get done before year end.  Although I will plead my case that I have been under doc supervise WL programs before, for six months or longer, and have not had longer term success.  So WHY should I have to start that 6 month waiting period again?  Not to mention I have high BP High Cholesterol, sleep apnea and arthritis.  Makes sense to me! I see no good reason in waiting 6 months!

When Life Gives You Lemons…Make (Sugar-Free) Lemonade

Ok this has nothing to do with Sugar-Free Lemonade.  And I really didn’t have such a lemon of a day. BUT…I did make the best of an unexpected screw-up.

I KNOW that I MUST plan ahead in order to stay On Plan.  Last night, I packed my lunch for today because I know I never allow myself enough time in the morning to get ready, make breakfast, eat breakfast and pack a lunch.  As the saying goes, Failing to plan, is planning to fail. So I had a plan! 

Breakfast was a fresh nectarine, Greek yogurt a slice of toast with Canadian bacon and iced tea.  Approx 365 calories.  On plan!

Lunch: last night I packed a salad with diced ham and lots of veggies and sliced some strawberries. About 275 calories a little low, but I can justify having a cocktail after work and a baked potato with supper.

Now on Friday’s we have “Grill Day”.  The employee fund purchases meat buns and chips.  One or two people bring something to pass.  Not a full blown pot luck, but close.  I am armed and ready!  I have my salad, I have my berries! I go to the break room take my salad (which I packed in an old cool whip bowl) out.  I open the lid and…


I mistakenly packed a tub of cool whip….wait get the full picture here. A MOLDY tub of Cool Whip. Neither on plan, not appealing.  And I AM HUNGRY!! 

Now rather than saying, “To hell with it”.  I thought, hamburger patty approximately 300 calories, bun approximately 100 calories.  It works.  Not one of you Top 10 healthy diet meals, but it will work.  I saved my strawberries for my afternoon break.  I have been reading up on requirements following WLS (weight loss surgery) and some the things I must learn to do is take smaller bites, slow down and chew food to the consistency of applesauce. So I focused on those three things.  I made that burger last 15 minutes.  Not the half hour that will be recommended post-op but better than they 2.5 minutes I would have normally taken to gobble it down.

I will do this.  I will stay on plan and I will take it one day, one challange at a time.

Time for lemonade!

Time Will Tell

July 5th, 2012 A day like any other in the eys of most people.  For me, today, today is…my Indepenance Day, my rebirthday, my starting over day…again.

If you came her it was probably via the 3 Fat Chicks website.  So you know this is going to be a diet blog.  Read, comment, agree, disagree or lurk. 

Maybe somebody reading this can offer me advice or incouragement.  Maybe in time I will be able to offer advice, encouragement or (gasp) inspiration.

I used to blog.  Then I stopped. I also stopped, weighing and measuring portions, counting calories and going to the gym.  So now I am starting over.  It is rather humbling.

I began this journey as I have so many other times.  Healthy breakfast, counted calories, packed my lunch, drank plenty of water.  But this time my goal is a little different.  I made a decision last week.  It was a big decision for me. It was a scary decision for me. But I think it will be the right decision for me.  Gastric Bypass Surgery. Roux-En-Y. My goal to have said surgery before the end of the calendar year.

Step 1: Talk to my doctor – Done

Step 2: Go to informational meeting: July 12

I don’t know what comes after that.  Except that I will get “A BUNCH” of papers to fill out and get them in ASAP to make the YE2012 deadline.

I am scared. I am excited. I am hopeful. I am fearful.

Scared-surgery needles hospitals doctors scare the bejeezees outta me.

Excited- I am exicted to take back my life.

Hopeful- That this will be the tool I need to take control of my life.

Fearful- What if I go through all this and I can’t do it?  What if I fail? What if I don’t lose weight?

Time will tell.