It’s the start of a new month.
A new week, in fact.
I wasn’t sure that I wanted to make this about “goals” for a new month mostly because life feels like it’s been a big joke lately. It feels like anything I’ve been excited for has been ripped away, so it’s hard to focus on setting up goals to be excited about for fear they get ripped away. So instead, I thought I would write about where I’m at with my recent regain after bariatric surgery and where I’m at with my nutrition.
I’m still battling the regain that captured me when I let my guard down from August through December 2015 and I’ve been fiercely going after it since January 25.
On the 25th I decided I would try something different with my nutrition. I had missed some things that had been removed from my diet and upon removing said things I noticed some issues with my digestion, example bowel movements……I had done some research because I’m a major researcher and incorporated this new nutrition regimen on January 25. My goal was to give it until February 20, roughly one month, to lose 6-8 pounds.
Well so far, in one week, the scale is down 3.2lbs!!! AND I bet it’s a little more since the day after I weighed I started my period (can you say water weight?)….excited to see next week’s weigh in though.
I figured I’m over one year since my surgery, thus moving me out of the honeymoon weight loss period that bariatric patients enjoy and I’ve officially hit the now you have to work your butt off like everyone else phase, I guess I was just secretly hoping that I would never fall into that category again, but truth be told here’s what that 21 pound regain did for me.
- It caused me to realize that whoopee do I’m a bariatric patient, that 20 pounds could easily have been 50 or 100 if I don’t watch it. I will forever always feel my sleeve was never really done correctly as I swear I eat more food than most sleevers, even coming out of the gate, BUT I will say this, with this new eating plan I get a cheat meal and I now know that this sleeve does in fact work because I have to take a fairly moderate cheat day in order to get my calories in for that day. I will explain more in a post in the future…..stay tuned
This all leads me to explain my next point. I’m not planning to really reveal what I’m doing nutrition wise just yet for two reasons:
1: a lot of fitness people aren’t really For it, which I’m learning they aren’t for giving it out to their clients, but will use it to prep themselves for competitions, which I say, “hey whatever floats your boat” I’m not sure if it’s the industry’s best kept secret, I haven’t figured that one out yet, maybe in the next 19 days I will….we’ll see
- I’ve been blogging for just over a year now and during that time I’ve written about all of my steadily changing harebrained ideas with nutrition. Before I reveal what I’m doing, I want to make sure that A: it works and B: it’s something I plan to do long term, hope that makes sense.
Now if you are wondering, I still stand firmly behind the following and in fact, put my daughter on this nutrition/fitness plan and she lost 20 pounds in 2 months just before we left Texas. So if you were to ask me my advice, here it is:
Eat 5 small meals a day
Track your calories in My Fitness Pal
Eat a high protein, moderate carb, low fat diet
Avoid white sugar and white flour at all costs!!!!
Eat only clean carbs, well what are clean carbs? I would say google this term: “list of clean carbs”
Anything beyond this, hit me up on Facebook, it’s my passion to help people who really want to be helped and have the drive and determination to change, even if it’s just one things about their current lifestyle, but please if you don’t have said desire, please don’t waste my time.
Cardio 3 days a week, intensity should be enough that you break a sweat. Start walking on a treadmill at a comfortable pace and increase the incline to 6 for 30 minutes. Remember to listen to music as it makes the time go a little faster and makes the workout a little more enjoyable.
It takes 21 days to create a new habit and I guarantee you, if you start by today, by this time next month you’ll be glad you started.
Like I said I put my daughter on this plan and she lost crazy weight and yes she’s a kid, BUT she stuck to it, was committed and lost weight!! She’s healthier now for it and her eating habits have changed dramatically!! Oh and she’s 13 so if she can do it, so can you!!!