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 5 showed me that I’ve fully moved into my new life. I had my 6-week post-op appointment a few days early (6 weeks officially starts tomorrow), and got a clean bill of health. This past week was a good one – I got in solid workouts, ate “new” foods, and fit into new sizes.
I weighed in this morning at 256.6, which is a loss of 2.8 pounds this week, and a loss of 20.6 lbs since surgery. I’ve lost a total of 58.4 pounds from my highest weight. This weight loss is fantastic, because I’m back on track with losing about 3 lbs per week. I’m in the mid-250s, a place I haven’t been in a couple of years. And I’ve lost 20 lbs in 6 weeks, which is also pretty amazing. Lots of milestones are just around the corner, which is so exciting. I think the difference is in higher protein, lower carbs, and longer workouts.
I mentioned this before, but I really think that now that I’m in Stage 4 and can eat almost any protein I want (steak is going to wait until 6 months+), I think I’m going to see strong successes. My portions have increased to 3oz of protein per meal (as I can handle), which means that reaching 60-75g of protein/day should be so much easier, without adding a shake supplement.
Eating out with friends/family is going to be so much easier now. This week is a big one because my birthday is on Tuesday and then we have the 4th of July on Thursday. Two big holidays, and I’m not at all worried about not losing weight. I love my sleeve! The built-in portion control is such a great tool, but even more important is this new lifestyle that I’m leading. I’m so happy and content with the way I’m eating, the workouts I’m completing, and the way I’m feeling. Plus, if I want to indulge, I can do it without going overboard.
For example, last night my soon-to-be-6-year-old niece and I had an impromptu sleepover. My mom had brought over Dryer’s slow-churned ice cream (which is 1/3 the fat of regular ice cream, not to sound like a commercial), and as I was dishing it out for my niece, I decided to have a bit for myself. Instead of serving myself a heaping helping, I stuck to the 1/2 cup serving, and was completely satisfied. The funny thing was, my niece ate more than I did! Actually, with all of the meals we’ve been having together lately, I’ve noticed in awe that I’m eating less than my 6-year-old niece! That blows my mind. In the best way possible. Even more mind blowing is the fact that I didn’t worry that I was having ice cream the day before my weigh-in, as I would have in the past, because I knew that a tiny scoop of ice cream wasn’t going to blow a week of hard work. I love that I can have treats in small portions now and again without blowing everything. And yes, I realize that this is how most people operate in their daily lives, but pre-pre-surgery, there was no moderation in the way that I ate. I applied the “all or nothing” philosophy, which was unhealthy. Now it’s as if a switch has been pulled, and I don’t even think about over-indulging. It has less to do with the sleeve and more to do with all the hard work I’ve put in to get here.
For the upcoming week, since it’s going to be filled with celebration, I’m going to concentrate on keeping my workouts solid and enjoying my new life to the fullest. I’m always a positive person, but this week I’m feeling extra happy!!
Until next Sunday, my friends. I hope the scale treats you well, and that you have a wonderful week!