My experiment in weight loss mind control is working so far! Since my insurance coverage changed between September and today, I’m no longer able to have the lap band surgery – unless I hit the lottery. So I decided to try to stick to the post-surgical eating plan anyway – basically “pretend” I had the surgery and go from there. I’ve also gotten more serious with the treadmill, as I would have had to after surgery.
I confess I have not been as stringent about soft vs regular fool because I know it doesn’t have to fit through a very narrow opening. But I’ve gone with the liquids. I have sugar-free Instant Breakfast with skim milk – they have you use whole milk after surgery because you need a little fat in your diet, but I’m getting a bit of fat in the meat I eat for protein. A half banana for lunch, half for “dessert” in the early evening. Salad or veggies with protein (cottage cheese, lean meat, fish) in the evening. Basically, it’s a calorie-restricted healthy diet. Since I take vitamins anyway, I don’t worry about inadequate nutrients. I take a calcium supplement, too – Viactiv chews – lets me think I’m having a treat instead of a nutritional supplement.
The hard parts, so far, have been watching TV and grocery shopping. I always knew how many commercials on TV were for food, but it’s different when you aren’t eating that stuff and you can see it and hear it. For me, the hearing in worse. I can watch and just let my vision glaze over until it’s done. But hearing makes me want to eat something. So we’ve taken to muting the food and restaurant commercials when they come on.
Grocery shopping was okay, but I have to almost ignore certain aisles or send my husband down those to get a specific item.
I have eaten in restaurants a couple of times. Soup (tomato or chicken based) and a sandwich or small salad have worked well. We’ve always enjoyed eating out, so I need to see if I can find things that conform to my eating plan.
Since I started this on April 4, I have gone from 233.4 lbs to 225.8 lbs – a net loss of 7.6 lbs. I have not been particularly hungry and I have had adequate satisfaction from what I have eaten. As my weight drops, I’ll continue to try to increase my activity/exercise. With fibromyalgia, that’s often a “wait and see” kind of thing – wait until you wake up and see what kind of day it will be. But this early success will hopefully boost my self discipline.
Otherwise, all I can do is . . . wait and see . . .