in Not a Diet
Good lord, has it really been almost two months since I posted? How did that happen? It’s a good thing I’m not the only blogger
around here, huh? I guess the thing is just that everything is proceeding according to routine, and that doesn’t make for the most fascinating blog posts.
But I did hit the one-year anniversary of my surgery a couple weeks ago. I didn’t even think of it on the actual day (I was in France) but I remembered it the next day and felt pretty pleased with myself.
In the year since my surgery:
- I’ve lost a bit more than 80 pounds.
- All of my health indicators (blood sugar, thyroid, vitamin levels, cholesterol) have stabilized in the normal range. (In fact, I lost so much weight that my endocrinologist had to decrease my Synthroid dose.)
- I’ve gone down four or five dress sizes.
- My heart health has improved drastically (I’m currently working out at level 11 for the full half-hour while maintaining my heart rate in the 130s).
- My menstrual cycle has completely normalized and become quite regular.
The surgery isn’t a magic bullet. It has been a lot of hard work, and continues to be. Having a lap-band doesn’t mean that I don’t have to think about my choices. I do, and I am careful about what I eat. But I am not so careful that I never indulge. I still eat dessert sometimes, and chips sometimes. But only small amounts, and I don’t feel guilty about it afterward.
But mostly I eat healthy foods: Greek yogurt for breakfast, spinach salad with chicken for lunch, lean grilled meats for dinner. I’m so glad it’s summer. Grilled food is yummy and prepared without added fats or calories. We had planned to grill year-round, but with the Denver winters that ended up not happening. So last winter I went back to cooking lots of delicious healthy recipes, and that worked out pretty well. But now that it’s summer it’s more about protein and veggies, and less about carbs and sauces, and that is definitely a good thing.
So, what’s next? Well, I want to keep losing weight and getting fitter. I haven’t forgotten about that triathlon (I need to get a bike so I can start training). I would say I’m about 40 pounds away from my goal weight. Of
course with the lap-band those last 40 pounds are usually the slowest, but now I know it’s an achievable place for me. And when I get there we’ll see if that’s really where I want to be. It’s hard to know, when I’ve never been at a healthy weight, what that sweet spot will be for me.
But I will say, even if I never lost another pound, this surgery has already been a huge success.