Could have just as easily titled this piece – It Is About Time! At the time of my last post, I weighed in at 209.6. I titled that post – Onederland Imminence and talked about how surreal my newly redound rapid weight loss felt as well as my excitement about creeping up on onederland.
Clearly something about that post irritated my mind and/or body. In the 3 days following it, I regained 3 pounds. Then, the scale stopped moving. That was close to two weeks ago.
A few days ago, I became obsessive. First, I realized that my mother (who lives with my husband, my three year old and myself) had switched us to fat free half and half. Upon examination, I realized that it had changed my carb intake from one to four carbs per serving. I’ve been drinking more coffee than usual. So, I immediately identified that as one culprit of unhelpfulness.
Then, I began weighing and tracking my food (something that my doctor doesn’t require). It was mostly for the purpose of being able to see what I was consuming. I’m actually doing fine, there. I’m taking in between 650 and 850 calories a day and meeting my protein goal everyday. At five months out, I think that’s about where I should be. Interesting note – MyFitnessPal will not let you complete a daily food journal entry if you are under 1,000 calories. It warns you that you aren’t eating enough and there is no button that I saw to complete the entry anyway. They really end to create such a button or, alternatively, create an option under the settings to indicate that you are a bariatric patient and have that lift that restriction on completing daily food journals.
Even though I am (and was) doing fine consumption wise, the food scale has still been a game changer! About once a day I was eating a meal with a few ounces too much food and it was SO painful! Overeating after weight loss surgery is no joke! Since right now my diet is extremely limited, I now know about how much of everything I can eat without feeling overly full. I do not miss that awful, “I feel like i ate a cow because I had 3-4 too many bites” feeling!”
Most importantly, the s ale has started to move again! I’m now a few ounces from my low weight fro a couple of weeks ago! thank goodness! I now realize that while I did make a few positive changes to my habits over the last couple/few days, I didn’t need to make any significant changes. That tells me that what I was experiencing was a good old-fashioned weight loss stall. While it is totally annoying, it’s just part of the process.
Fortunately (knocking on wood despite the fact that I’m not at all superstitious), I seem to have broken the stall. So, here is to a new day!