I'm sad to report that I've re-gained 21 lbs from my lowest weight. Back at the beginning of September 2013, I was down to 178.0 lbs. Not long after that, I started getting away from "the basics" and the routine of three meals a day and only protein drinks or water between meals. I started snacking. Most of the snacks were fairly good, but they were still snacks and it meant that I wasn't drinking as much and I stopped going to the gym regularly because of a busy schedule. Then I discovered that I could drink ICEE's from the corner store and got pretty hooked on them, especially when I was stressed. My old habits of eating when stressed and eating in front of the TV when not really hungry came back. I still feel my choices were more conscious than before surgery, but the underlying addiction is still there and it won. I had too much going on with school to fight the food/exercise battle too. The odd thing is that I consciously knew I was choosing to snack & choosing to have ICEE's and choosing to not follow the basics. There were many times when I'd say, "I need to start again. I need to get back to basics," but then I wouldn't do it because of stresses of school.
I had my last final exam on Saturday, and I'm graduating this coming Friday. I have to return to school in the fall to do my student teaching semester, but I don't have many plans for the summer, so this is the perfect time to re-focus.
I have reset my starting weight and date on MyFitnessPal to today. This morning my weight is 199.8 lbs. Today is a new day. I have 14 weeks until I start the professional development time at the high school I'll be student teaching at in the fall. My goal is to AT LEAST lose the 21.8 lbs I gained since last September, and ideally I'd like to lose even more than that. I am getting back to basics of the three meals a day and only protein drinks or water between meals. I'm getting back to logging EVERYTHING on MyFitnessPal.
It is time for me to start over and take back my life. -- Despite my back-slide, not a day goes by that I regret having this surgery done. It has changed my life forever and I am eternally grateful for the changes it has helped me make in my life. I'd still do it again in a heartbeat! This back-slide just shows me how real my food addiction really is in my life and how conscious I need to be to win over it.
Highest Weight (in 2008): 310 lbs.
Weight Before Pre-Op Diet: 279.6 lbs.
Weight on Day of Surgery (5/14/2012): 267.0 lbs.
Lowest Weight Since Surgery (9/3/2013): 178.0 lbs.
Current Weight: 199.8 lbs.
Goal Weight: 150 lbs.