It was a delight seeing you today, as requested my story follows. I sure hope this blesses someone because the changes in me have blessed my life!
I am 62, and it's taken me this long to learn what works best for me to keep weight off. I've reached my goal, I went from 218 pounds, at a very tall 5'1" tall, to 134 pounds, that's from a size 22 to an 8. and I NEVER allow myself to gain more than 2 pounds. If I do, off it comes. It takes 3 days to gain, and 3 days to lose. I like to weigh myself each morning because I like accountability to myself, I know where I stand.
I have lost over 100 pounds, three times in my lifetime, and I will never do it again! Each time I slowly gained the weight back, and I've always battled at least 50 plus pounds, I know beyond any doubt I will NEVER be fat again because for me…There is absolutely nothing that tastes good enough to get fat over. Food is overrated, I spend no part of my time thinking about what I will eat next, or when, I'm more interested in feeling and looking my best, and keeping the weight off for life. If there is a special occasion I plan beforehand what I will have, I may eat a little of everything but just a bite or two and I'm great.
I've discovered that I choose, I control, and I decide what, and when I'll eat. I have 10 guidelines, plus the guidelines are given at South Texas Surgeons, and I live by them. I weigh my food because I choose not to eat more than 6 to 8 ounces at a meal, I always use a small salad plate, that's a lot of food to me, and I always wait a minute between bites. I don't drink anything during my meal or for 30 minutes after, This works well for me. I like to eat just twice a day I 'm not hungry at lunch time, and if I'm not hungry I refuse to eat. I keep a solid protein salad chicken or crab made in the refrigerator in case I do get hungry in the afternoon, then I eat a bite or two, that's plenty.
Our evening meal is usually a solid protein and veggies, and I eat no later than 3 hours before bedtime. I choose not to eat starch, grain, or sugar and haven't for years. I haven't eaten anything fried in over 20 years. It sounds prohibitive but it's not I eat all the wonderful things I love, and one of my guidelines is "if it's not perfect" I don't eat it I don't want to fill my pouch with food that is just ok, I'm not settling for anything less than YUMMY!
I finally know deep within my being "I decide, I make choices, I control what I eat!" I love my lap band it helps me avoid hunger, it helps me with portion control, but even using my lap band as intended is my choice! I can bypass it, didn't take long to figure that out, but I never have, and I won't, why would I choose to undermine myself, and the best tool in my life, for my life?
Thank you for allowing me to share with you, this has been the best adventure of my life and it just gets better and better
Attached is my after picture. I couldn't get my before to attach (thank God)