I was chatting with our WLS dietian...she was calling in my results from my 3 month post op blood work (which were great except for the calcium levels which is more to due with my thyroid). I was asking (grilling) her what the ideal fill is, what the ideal restriction was, what the ideal rate of loss was. She told me that there are no standards aside from the prescribed basic rules (solids first, no drinking 1 hour before, after...). And she also told me that people are very different and so are their weight loss journeys...because patients have different:
1) Sized stomachs
2) Stomach linings
3) Sensitivity in their vagus nerves
6) Health Status (thryoid, heart conditions, diabetes)
7) Eating Disordered (bulimia, anorexia, medication)
So her basic message is don't get caught up with other people's stories...focus on your own...follow the rules...and listen to your body. DON'T COMPARE...Amen to that. This is so simple but makes brilliant sense...our paths to weight gain have been so different...so our paths to weight loss and ideal BMI will be different.
I think the best thing I've done for myself is to journal everything I eat (myfitnesspal.com), follow the rules and to really listen to my body. For instance:
1) Two Meals-I'm fine with two meals and coffee for breakfast. I really need to eat liquids only in the am because of my restriction/tightness and because I take synthroid, supplements.
2) I need 1200kcal or Less per Day-To lose weight, I really need to stay at about 1200kcals or less. It doesn't matter if others can get by with just eating 3 cups of food or 1500 kcals or 1700 kcals. My body needs 1200 or less until/when I ramp up my exercise. My lifestyle is becoming more active as I introduce more exercise but to be honest for 8-10 hours during the day, I'm sitting in meetings or writing.
3) Eating Slower Has Been Key-I think I got into a pattern of eating fast because of the stress of juggling my job/young motherhood. Now that the kids are more independent and because I've moved into a more family friendly corporate environment; I can measure, sit and eat and listen to my vagus nerve/stop when I'm full.
Now...lately I've also noticed my skin dimpling as the fat decreases and the skin wonders where it went. My skin has looked funny and its been itchy. I've been using this great product:
This skin therapy oil is great for just plain moisturization but it also is know to help (which by the way...all apply to me at this stage!!!) :
- Stretch Marks
- Dry Damaged Skin
- Uneven Skin Tone
- Aging Skin
I know I haven't lost 100 lbs but I'm thinking positive and imagining that it will help me as I lose each week. It has gotten rid of the itchy feeling and seems to be fading my stretch marks...I have several friends who used this during pregnancy and it really helped their skin bounce back. I feel more comfortable in my skin lately. It was about $13.00 for 5 fl oz.
Thanks for listening. Have a great week..Have a healthy week.