Everyday seems to be a little learning session for me. Here are things that I have learned so far…
Originally, the thought of eating yogurt after surgery was NOT appealing at all. I mean, I ate the stuff before surgery… but somehow after surgery it just didn’t seem to float my boat. Sweet stuff has not been my go to flavor at all. I finally bit the bullet and ate some on Sunday. It was good, went down easily, and didn’t make me sad. LOL. Things make my tiny tummy sad from time to time. Not like angry sad… as in, “Damn, what did you just eat?!?!” But just sad as in, “Awwww… that wasn’t thrilling at all.” The point is… just because you didn’t like it yesterday (or didn’t think you liked it) try it again a few times… Your tastes will change like your panties. I promise!
Popsicles will calm my tummy when feeling blue. This could be if I “think” I am hungry or if I ate something that didn’t sit too well… the cooling of the popsicle seems to feel good these days.
I can take in more fluids when I drink… but it is still better to monitor myself so I don’t forget and guzzle. Especially if I let myself get thirsty. That’s never good.
Stay away from temptations. They are in the strangest places. I baked some salted caramel brownies for my husband yesterday. No big deal. Didn’t even want to eat one. BUT… had a saltine cracker in my hand the day before… I SO wanted to eat that sucker! Really? A stupid cracker? I didn’t eat it… but I can still see how I could easily toss back some empty calories if I were to let myself.
Your weight is going to fluctuate. Get over it. Do not be a slave to your scale. Be a believer in the plan. Stick to it. The weight will follow.
You are YOU and no one else. I may lose a billion pounds and you may lose two (or vice versa). Everyone’s body is different. We lose at our own pace. But, I promise… your body is not defective. You cannot remain the same weight forever if you follow plan. Just ain’t happening.
Exercise is key. It helps to keep you regular. It keeps your from losing all your muscle mass. It is necessary if you want to be successful long term. Exercise is for the rest of your life NOT just for the length of your diet.
Which brings me to my last nugget of glorious knowledge… this is NOT a temporary diet to help you lose “X” number of pounds. This is a permanent change. You will have to remain faithful to your plan if you want lifetime success. So, if you are looking at this as, “This time next year, I can eat this or that…” then you will be sadly disappointed with your regain.
I hope this doesn’t hit anyone the wrong way…. it is really a motivation for myself.
STAY FOCUSED… it is SO worth it!