I’m failing my pouch , I’ve stretched it , I’ve gained weight , I am human .
This August I will be 5 years post op Gastric Bypass Revision . This surgery is my tool , not my easy way out and I have failed it . I have eaten far too much food at a sitting , I’m drinking Diet soda and I am snacking .
ALL WLS FAILS !
I confess , I admit it and I will FIX it .
You see all these bad behaviors lead me to be the 284lb Fat Dawn that I was
WLS is not easy , it’s not fail safe and yes you can gain weight back . I’m proof of it . Have I hit an ungodly number on the scale ? No – but I am not where I want to be . My lowest weight ever was 140lbs and I was happy there . I looked great and felt great . I am now sitting between 162-168lbs and I am Fluffy! I hate it but I know why I am and I know how to fix it . Am I fat , maybe ? Does society see me as an overweight person ? I hope not but I didn’t have this surgery to meet societies vision of how I am supposed to look . I did this for me and I need to fix this for me . This is how I look now – today
Fluffy yes , Fat maybe but I have the tools to fix this . So how am I going to do it ? Easy , by getting back to the basics of WLS and following the rules .
1. Limit carb intake
2. Eat more fruits and veggies
3. Chew each bite slowly and mindfully
4. No liquids with meals
5. No Soda
6. Take multivitamins
7. Reduce portion sizes
8. Drink more H2O
9. No more SUGAR or sweets
10. Focus on high protein foods ( vegan protein for me )
11. Reduce alcohol intake ( beer!)
12. Stop snacking or grazing between meals
13. Continue lifting weights and running
Seems easy right ?
Wrong – it is a head game and I need to tell my brain to listen and do these things .
I will succeed , I will get back down to 140lbs and I will be happy .
Being a vegan now it’s a little different to maintain my protein intake and I will have to research this pretty extensively . When I lost my initial weight I ate a lot of protein but it was all eggs, cheese, yogurt , meat and such – I can’t do that anymore .
Ditching the soda and reducing the carb intake will help me – I know that as it worked before .
So here’s to new beginnings , re teaching myself old habits and just getting back to the basics again .
I got this !