Wow, can't believe this is my 9th month of maintenance. I've been reflecting today just how scared I was when I first entered the "maintenance cafe." I was so petrified of gaining it all back as fast as it had come off. The weight loss numbers seemed crazy, and I had ALWAYS gained right back before. I'm talking SINCE JUNIOR HIGH. I can honestly say for the first time in my life I feel like my weight loss efforts are working WITH my body instead of AGAINST it. I have officially been on maintenance longer than it took to lose the post-op weight. A! nd I feel great. I am SO grateful!!!!! And thank you, my TTF heroes for being with me the WHOLE way. I look forward to being one of the "TTF old timers" like many of you. I'm not nearly there yet, but feeling stronger and more secure and less scared every day. This is doable!
Okay, enough of that, now onto the specifics of the last month. More summer travels with family trips to a Wisconsin lake house and visiting my cousin in Canada. I was away from alot of my foods and the daily scale, but after last month to Samoa (see last blog), I'm feeling way more confident about seeing weight loss or gain in the clothes I'm wearing. I also managed to get to Weight Watcher meetings 3 out of the 4 weeks. I was proud of myself for making the 45 minute drive each week to meetings while on vacation. And the effort really kept my head in the game.
I also joined a gym for a month so I could keep training for our huge hike in September. (DH and I are going for 14 days and 160+ kilometers through the Alps with 10 other friends!) Anyway, I ate "vacation food" like yummy Wisconsin cheese and beer, but the 15 mile hike and trips to the gym evened it all out. I also had protein shakes many days for breakfast and my favorite sardines for lunch. (Weird I know, but post-op tastes are different, right? )
Two headgame things happened this month that I thought I would share:
1) When I returned and saw my neighbors and friends at home, ALL of them asked if I was still losing weight. I told them I know for a fact that I've been in the same 6 pound range for 7 months. It made me realize that they still remember me as heavy, so even though they've seen me healthy, they are still surprised when they see me after a break. THEIR minds haven't adjusted to my weight loss yet. It makes total sense, as I've been heavy for years, but it gave me some food for thought. Anyone else experience this?
2) Even though this journey is terrific and so much healthier than where I was, there will still be some negative reactions. I spoke to my sister on the phone yesterday, and she asked how the weight loss was going. I told her I was thrilled, and so proud to say that I've been in a 6 pound range for 7 months now. My goal was a 10 pound range so I'm super happy with a 6 pound range. Her reaction distressed me. She said, "Oh, a 6 pound range? That's tight. That's a really tight range. You need to be careful."
Careful of what? How can she turn a success into something bad? Even family members can react negatively, and that hurts. Oh well, one time when I was thin, she told me I had an "exercise disorder" because I was running 4 times a week. Trying not to let it get to me.
Anyway, there you have it. I go to my surgeon's nutritionist this month, so looking forward to that. Love to all, and signing out!!
Here is a pic from visiting my cousin in Canada (Please overlook the cocktails! ), and hiking in the woods of Northern Wisconsin.
Maintenance Diary -
1st month - Range 135.4 - 140 pounds
2nd month - Range 133.0 - 135.4 pounds
3rd month - Range 127.2 - 133.0
4th month - Range 125.0 - 128.0
5th month - Range 124.0 - 126.6
6th month - Range 124.6 - 127.8
7th month - Range 126.4 - 130.4
8th month - One weigh in 126.8
9th month - Range 127.0 - 130.0
10th month - Here we go!