Today marked one month post-surgery.
7/18/16 – 274 lbs; 4.8% lost since surgery
8/11/16 – 263 lbs; 8.2% lost since surgery
Confession first: I’ve had an unhealthy relationship with the scale since coming home from the hospital. For a while (a few weeks), I was literally stepping onto the scale daily. Bad, bad Phyllis. (I did Weight Watchers years ago. I know I shouldn’t weight myself more than once a week. But each morning, I just wanted to check. Just once.) And you know what, that made me sad. I don’t care how much my brain understands that weight loss takes time. I don’t care how carefully I follow all the doctor’s instructions. I still have a desire to step on that scale every time and see a smaller number. And guess what? There were days when I stepped on the scale and it went…up. UP?!? How in the #%&*?!? could it go up? I’m ingesting maybe 500 calories in a day. And exercising. What in the — and then, Mike reminded me how much progress I’ve made. How nearly all of the pants pre-surgery are too big already. How I’m able to easily wear dresses from long ago. How most of my shirts are loose now. And it made sense, but I was still a little angry with that scale. I’ve come to terms with it though, and I’m only weighing myself once a week. It’s an actual struggle each morning, but I tell myself I will be so much happier to see the “big” number after a week than the little bitty numbers each day.
Back to work: I returned to work 2 weeks after surgery. I think just about everyone thought I was insane, but I was ready. Physically and mentally. (Let me tell you, having this kind of surgery during what feels like the hottest/most humid summer in Erie in forever isn’t fun…going outside is just not an option for this girl. Blech! I moved north to get away from humidity.) Being back at work has been good. No major issues. I just have to be mindful to remember to drink enough water and pack reasonable “meals” that a chock full of protein.
Back to exercise: I started back to the Y this week. It feels really good to workout, even if it isn’t for as long as I’d like just yet. #babysteps
Diet improvements: Up until this week, I was really, really good at following the recommended diet to a tee. But, I finally was like, “I’m sick of eating only plain yogurt, ricotta, provolone, mozzarella, hummus, eggs and popsicles.” So this week, I started to expand my palate…always in small quantities. Collard greens, black-eyed peas, chicken lunch meat, sirloin tip steak, quinoa and macaroni and cheese never tasted so good.
I’m looking forward to seeing what changes I experience in the next month!