With winter coming towards us we all dream of warm drinks and carb loaded meals and desserts. Remember that we have since evolved from the days of needing those extra 10 pounds to get through winter. Resist the urge to hibernate. What is your favorite winter activity? For me it’s time to explore and find something I love to do. What’s your strategy to get through the coming months of temptation?
For the record: I didn’t eat all those burgers and fries. I just photographed them before they were distributed.
Don’t let your mind trick you into believing that you are treating yourself kindly by eating that bag of chips or that chocolate bar.
fabulouslyflabby said: How long did it take for you to be able to drive and function after surgery? I'm trying to figure out how many days to give myself off work. I work a desk job. Thanks!
I didn’t take any narcotics after surgery at all. I was good to drive when I got back - 3 days later. I think most docs recommend at least 2 weeks off.
Anonymous said: hi i have been following your journey for a long time and have so many questions. i guess my biggest fear is commitment. i have tried so many diets and i know they WOULD work, but i can't get my head in it. i'm good for one day and then mess up and binge eat and abandon completely then try again the next week. i know with gastric sleeve i can't do that but what if i WANT to binge like i need that? i don't know how to stay committed and i don't know if i can do WLS because of that
Hi! Thanks for the note. Sorry that it took me so long to respond. I’ve read and reread your message trying to come up with the “right” answers, but I’m not sure I know them, so I’m going to do with your message what I do with things that seem really big and overwhelming and break it into small steps I can do.
If your biggest fear is commitment then I think it’s possible that you are afraid of your own potential. If you unleash the person within, what could you do. And then you may fail. And what if that happens. And then you may succeed and that opens up all kinds of anxiety inducing possibilities. Success is almost scarier than failure. If you stay the way you are, it might unpleasant or even miserable and unhappy, but that’s a known entity/quantity and you know you can handle it. But the truth is, you can handle the unknown too. The trick is believing that you can.
So I think that we are similar in many ways. I have lost weight before. I think we all have. But most of us have quit or given up before. And it’s not that I didn’t want to quit or give up sometimes, but at this point, 10 months in, I can say that I can’t imagine life any other way.
It was really hard for me to deal with bingeing behavior, but it was possible with the sleeve. To date I am proud that I have never binged to the point where I’ve made myself sick (vomiting or dumping) and now I take pride in my self control over bingeing. I do at times “binge” in the sense that I will eat 3 oz of jerky instead of 2, but long gone are the days of eating an entire bag of Pirate Booty at 2am.
Let me be clear though, the WLS is just one component of my transformation. The big key, central tool in my toolbox is the built in appetite and portion control that is the gastric sleeve. But physical activity and mental health are the other two keys.
Choose recovery. Nobody ::wants:: to binge. It’s an out of control feeling. You will feel much better with a little distance between you and the bingeing. Surgery can be that giant reset you need. I encourage you to consider and research all of your recovery options thoroughly.
And message me anytime, anon :)