Wednesday, October 12, 2011

One year update…

Posted by Lisa on 01.18.11

January 7, 2011 was my one year anniversary of my gastric bypass surgery. I can’t believe it’s been a year! And what a year it’s been!

I am holding steady at appprox. 110 lb. weight loss. I hover between 167-171 lbs. I am able to eat more now at a sitting, maybe up to 1-1/2 cups depending on the food. If it’s salad, I can easily used portable dishwasher eat 2 cups of lettuce, but if it’s chicken, turkey, or other kinds of high protein meats, I may be able to only get in 1/2 cup of it. Depends on the density of the food.

I have allowed myself bread once in a great while, although I can only handle a very small amount of it as it expands in my stomach, which, believe it or not, I can feel when it happens. What a weird feeling. I do eat some carbs, and not always the best choices in them (especially around a special time of the month), but I still do keep good focus on the protein that I have to have. I make sure I get in at least 64 oz. of water per day, and I do drink coffee in the morning. Caffeine was a big no-no in the beginning, and truthfully, caffeine never affected me before the weight loss. Now? Holy crap does it get me going! The one food I haven’t eaten yet is any kind of pasta. When I can feel the bread expand like it does, having pasta doing the same, worries me. So I have avoided that for this entire year.

My activity is pretty constant. I have a hard time sitting still. Good news for our home, as it stays pretty spotless these days. I am still running, normally at least 2 miles per day 3-5 days per week. I have found that I truly love it. If for some reason I miss a couple of days of running, I start to have dreams about it at night. I miss it that much. What I do want to start doing again more seriously is my boxing. It’s very sporatic right now.

I have quite a few pictures to upload from this past year that will give you more of a sense of the journey it’s been. I have seriously lacked updates here since I hit my goal weight, but am realizing lately that I really do have more to me than just my weight loss that I should be sharing. Even just how it really is a lot of work to maintain at this point. I realize that people think having the surgery is ‘easy’. And although it has been easy for me, in the sense that the weight finally came off, there is alot of mental and physical work that went into everything that I have been through in the last year.

For now, I will close, but will post more very soon. I miss the contact with my visitors (if any of you are still here!). I hope your Christmas and New Years was amazing! XOXO!!!