- Wednesday Nov 05, 2003
Hello Fellow Dieters!
Serveral people have asked me what I've done to lose some of my weight; well, here goes. I tried dieting for a long time and only lost minimally. Meanwhile, my Diabetes was raging out of control and my health declined. On June 17th of this year, I had gastric bypass surgery; I was 304 lbs at the time. Since that time, I have lost 62 lbs; but now, the hard work really begins as I have to start an exercise program to tone up.
Since my entries in 2001, many things have happened in my life. First of all, my marriage fell apart. My husband and I are separated and remain friends for the sake of our children. Secondly, I'm still in college and only have 3 classes left before graduating and moving on to a four-year program. I'm really excited about this! I can't wait to get finished with this part of the journey. Also, I recently began dating someone and although I have no idea where he and I are headed, I am at a happy and content place in my life.
My weight however, remains a preoccupation as losing more weight will be beneficial in my fight to keep my Diabetes under control. Some people mistakenly believe that having gastric bypass surgery is the "easy" way out. However, I am here to say that this is not true! It is still a daliy struggle to control my eating habits, to exercise, and to stay focused.
I will keep you all posted. God Bless! Lisa
- Wednesday Nov 05, 2003
Wow...it's been a long time since I came to this site but I wanted to review my progress. I got on the scales today and couldn't believe my eyes; I lost another 5 lbs since I'd weighed last. Each pound lost is so precious to me, especially since my Diabetes is under control now! I am making a promise to myself to get my behind back over to the gym; I've really slacked off lately! I'll have to take my measurements and update the rest of the entry information.
God Bless! Lisa
- Tuesday Jul 24, 2001
Hey Gang Don't have a lot of time today to make a lengthy entry. Everything is well. I'm at work (not that I'm goofing off on the computer or anything like that...grin). I ate a bagel with fruit spread for breakfast, drinking lots of water here at work today, brought salad and fruit for lunch and plan on a light dinner. So far, so good. I will write more tomorrow. Really busy week at work for me right now, but wanted to say howdy...so "howdy yall"
- Saturday Jul 21, 2001
Good Morning, evening, night (whichever applies when you're reading this). I did really good on drinking water yesterday. It's only 3:45 in the morning and already, I'm sitting here with my trusty ole water bottle (patting bottle). Today is the day of the cookout with my coworkers. Since it's at my house, I have a lot of control in what's being served. As I said in yesterday's entry, I went to Kroger & got diet soda, low-fat chips, fat-free dip, veggies, & fruits. John, one of my coworkers, is bringing his grandma's homemade chocolate poundcake. I've thought about this and decided I have several options. I can, (1) starve myself all day and then grab the pound cake from his hands when he arrives & gobble it down, thereby satisfying all of today's carbs & calories simultaneously!!! (2) I can try to pass up the cake altogether....but then I would probably spend the rest of the day wearing black and mourning the loss of a chocolate opportunity (which I haven't had in a while) or (3) I can eat light today and have a small piece of cake with everyone else. Personally, I prefer option #1 (like, who wouldn't? DUH)...but, I'm trying to lose weight and after carefully studying the food pyramid I've come to the conclusion that there is no "chocolate" group (it was obviously a man who created that thing; you know women would have included a chocolate group at least twice a day!)
I woke up this morning and sat up in bed (1 sit up)
I ran quickly to the bathroom (I think that's equal to jogging isn't it?)
The bathroom was occupied by my husband so I "danced" around in the hallway, waiting for him to get the heck outta there!!! (dancing I hear is considered an arobic activity).
While walking through the livingroom, feeling around for the light switch, I tripped over my son's Nintendo ("lifting" myself up off the floor = 1 push up)
Then I chased a fly around the kitchen with a flyswatter & had to smack at him 6 times before the Lord called the poor little thing home (6 arm twisters).
Now, here I am typing away at my computer and as I type, I am tapping my feet on the office floor. Whew! I think I'm over doing it this morning!! (panting) My commitment to exercise is becoming obsessive don't ya think? (grabbing towel and wiping away beads of simulated perspiration).
Ok, seriously. I plan to do a 10 minute workout 3 times today (which is what my dietician recommended). This is supposed to increase my heartrate enough that it will lower my blood sugar after each meal. I plan to eat light and have ONE piece of cake at the cookout (I have to learn to eat normal...portion control, portion control, portion control!!!) I also plan to carry my water bottle around with me today and keep filling it up. My goal is to stay under 1500 calories and not to supercede my carb allowance.
You all have a great day!
- Friday Jul 20, 2001
I did really good yesterday. I ate a total of 1364 calories and felt great. I have an appointment with my dietician today. He's really a cool guy and very supportive. I'm glad I made the decision to get back on top of this. My goal is to stay under 1500 calories (instead of 2000 calories). So far, that hasn't been very difficult. With proper food choices, 1500 calories a day (or under) has been easily achieved. My goal for today is to drink more water and take a 2-mile walk. Have a great day everyone! (hugs)
Ok, I am back. The dietician cut me down to 1500 calories (which is what I've been aiming for anyway) and 180 grams carbs (which is more sensible). I did really good today. I bought a bottle of water and kept filling it up and drinking it. Sometimes I forget how important drinking water is and then I come here and read your entries and the next thing I know I'm chug-a-lugging H2o(thanks)!
It feels really good to be back in control of my eating habits! It's way too hot & humid here to go walking. So, my plan is to set the timer on my vcr and record some workouts and do them before leaving for work each morning. I have to get back into the exercise routine I had earlier this year. I felt great and it helped me lose weight.
I'm having a cookout with some coworkers tomorrow. I went to the store and got diet soda, low-fat chips, fat-free dip, vegetables for veggie trays and some fruit. I figured by planning in advance, I wont make bad food choices. You all have a great evening! (hugs)
God Bless Lisa
- Thursday Jul 19, 2001
Good Morning Everyone Well, a lot has happened since I made my last entry. First of all, pipes bursted in our basement and flooded everything in it. Unfortunately, the computer was one of those items. I just got it fixed and back on-line. Secondly, I actually got down to 280 lbs, I was so excited. But, then I allowed the stress to get to me and suddenly, losing weight didn't seem that important anymore. I gained quite a bit of weight (14 lbs). I spent a while beating myself up but then figured that it was time to quit making excuses & feeling sorry for myself and get back into the swing of things. I started out at 338 lbs and got down to 280. Now I'm 294 lbs. I still have a 44 lb loss. No need to throw that success away simply because I stumbled for a while. I went to the store and replaced everything with low-fat, low-carb foods. I allow myself up to 2000 calories per day and 255 grams carbs. This worked extremely well for me earlier this year; when I lost all that weight. So, if it works well, I'm not going to mess with it. Because I get snacky at work, I bought some gladware containers and am putting fresh fruits and sliced raw veggies in them and taking them to work. I also took a large water bottle to work and am filling it up with water and drinking it throughout the day. I have an appointment with my nutritionist tomorrow and feel confident that I CAN make it back down to 280 lbs. I'm really glad to be back. You guys are an awesome source of support and I just love you!! (HUGS)
- Monday Mar 19, 2001
Hi Everyone I know it's been quite some time since I've made an entry. No, I haven't forgotten you all or given up my challange of losing weight; I've been sick. I've had bronchitis that's been with me for three weeks and so far, it's not getting any better (despite the antibiotics). I have another appointment this evening. Hopefully the doctor will give me some other type of meds that WILL help this time. In any event, I've lost another 4 lbs since my last entry! I'm not losing as fast as I was, but I'm still losing & that's what is important. The military is sending my husband to Panama City, Florida for 2 months for some training. So it'll just be me, school, work, 3 kids, the cats & dog, all the cooking & cleaning, laundry, etc..etc..etc. But don't worry, I can handle all of this responsibility...I'm on PROZAC!!!!!!!!!! (laugh)! Well, I'll try to make an entry more often (I promise). I've missed hearing from you all daily and reading your diaries! Many hugs! Lisa
- Sunday Feb 25, 2001
Good Morning everyone!
It's a beautiful day here, it's warmer and really sunny! It feels just like a spring day!!! I decided to start some of my spring cleaning today and do all of the laundry that has accumulated throughout last week. I swear, I think laundry breeds in this house!
Anyway, I've been doing pretty good (diet wise). I'm still bloated and puffy but I'm feeling pretty positive about it; because I know it'll go away.
We got a new puppy yesterday. She is adorable. So far, no puddles and piles in the house. She's taken to the leash well and does her business when the kids take her outside. Hopefully she'll stay this well behaved.
Well I must go. I have a whole house waiting to be cleaned and laundry needing to be done. You all take care and hope you have wonderful weeks!
Lotsa love Lisa
- Friday Feb 23, 2001
Good Morning Everyone! Hope everyone is doing well. Thanks for wishing me well on my mid-terms. So far, I've gotten 3 of my grades back and they've all been teriffic! My menstrual cycle started today and you all know I gain weight like crazy during this time of the month. So, I'm not even going to weigh for a while (it just makes me feel depressed). If you remember, last month I whined, cried, complained, & pouted when I gained that water weight. Then, after it was over, I dropped 7 pounds! So, I'm not going to whine about it this month!
I did really good with my eating habits yesterday and I've penciled some time in my schedule for exercise this weekend. I feel great! I'm carrying my water bottle around with me today and I'm doing better about getting that water in to my bod....
Hope you all have a great day and a wonderful weekend. It snowed here yesterday and it's been very cold. I will be SO glad when spring comes and I can take a nice long walk without freezing my buns off. Is it just me or does this winter seem to be dragging?!
Lotsa Hugs Lisa
- Thursday Feb 22, 2001
Good Morning Everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a while but I was finishing up midterms and finalizing essays that had to be turned in. I managed to lose those two extra pounds I gained and my eating habits are back on track! I feel good!! Thanks for all of your encouragement during a very stressful time (hugs!) You are just awesome!
Breakfast: Low-fat yogurt, strawberry breakfast bar. Lunch: Lean turkey sandwich, salad, and cantelope. Dinner: Tuna sandwich, WOW Doritos, Crystal light lemonade, and snackwell chocolate chip mini cookies. SNACK: Low Calorie Fudge bar.
Breakfast: 2 slices of diet toast with Brummel & Brown, Honeydew mellon. Lunch: Lean ham sandwich, low calorie popcorn cheese puffs, & 1 cup of soup. Dinner: Pork chop, peas & carrots, corn on cobb, and 1/2 baked potato. Snacks: neutrasweet popcicle & popcorn.
Exercise: Haven't had much time for this lately.
Water: Have been doing okay with this...will do better today. I'm taking my trusty water bottle in to work and school with me today and will keep it filled.
You all have a great day...I'll catch up on your entries tonight!
Lotsa Love! Lisa