Summer’s here! Which means that fun in the sun is a daily way of life. Getting outside and getting active is easy, and it’s on my agenda for each and every day this summer. Being on summer vacation means I don’t have any of the workaday responsibilities that can get in the way of my plans. Now that I’ve had the VSG surgery, achieving my weight loss goals is only a matter of time, and this summer is going to be HOT. Sunday weigh-ins will keep me accountable through the weekend, and will give me a positive goal to begin each new week. I’m not on a diet, I’m establishing a lifestyle – my new life. My Sunday progress updates will be called Sizzlin’ Summer Weigh-Ins.
Week 4 brought with it lots of over-thinking. One of the top rules they tell us in my WLS support group meeting is not to compare your progress to anyone else’s, but that seems to be ALL I did this week. Am I eating too much? Should I stop eating veggies and fruit and just stick to all protein? Am I losing enough weight? Am I taking full advantage of this first 6 month “sweet spot?” As you can see, my mind swirled with questions all week.
I weighed in this morning at 259.4, which is a loss of 1.6 pounds this week, and a loss of 17.6 lbs since surgery. I’ve lost a total of 55.6 pounds from my highest weight. This week’s meager loss was the result of beginning weight training. I was prepared for this, because my body always reacts this way as soon as I begin working with weights. It’s the reason I stopped strength training while I was losing the pre-op required weight.
My main focus for this week is to continue the weight training, working out, and eating a well-balanced diet. I have my 6-week post op appointment on Friday (a few days early), and I’m sure I’ll have more to report then.
Even with all the questions I had going on this week, here are a few things I know…
- I haven’t hit an actual stall yet, and for that I’m grateful.
- I’ve been following Kaiser’s pre-op eating plan to a T, which is a well-balanced approach.
- Including weights into my workouts will be good for me for the long run for so many reasons.
- When I’m comparing my weight loss to others’ on the FB groups, I have to keep in mind: that I lost 38 lbs before I ever had surgery, most of these people only lost 15 lbs or less pre-op; I have no idea what their starting weights were; and everyone’s body loses at different rates.
So, after a lot of questioning and kvetching, I’m actually feeling calm now. I know that I’m a perfectionist, and I always strive to be the best I can be, even as a VSG-er. LOL. And I just have to remind myself that I am being MY best.
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!