I follow three different online support groups currently for those who have had surgery and those who are pre-op. Ninety percent of the posts are either before/current or before/after pictures, which I must say are all quite inspiring. Included are motivating stories, questions about the actual procedure, post surgical basic living questions. You also have the “BOT” posts, back on track. These are people who have experienced a regain of some level and now they are working to “re-lose” the regain.
As I sit in my “high-seat” of observation, not of action, I am quick to mentally criticize those who have gone before me. I have commented to others how I cannot understand how people can take such drastic measures with their body only to look for post-op recipes that convert pre-op foods into post-op options which allow them to eat the foods that got them to where they were pre-surgery.
I comment on these particular these things as I have eaten my own way through the “things I will miss or not be able to eat again” and have put on weight instead of using this time to lose some initial weight in order to begin the process.
I worry that I am setting myself up for failure. I have not begun a regular exercise program, as I promise myself each week. I have not cut down on my portions, though it is also been a goal. I have not started logging everything that goes into my mouth, though I did purchase mini-notebooks yesterday. I HAVE stopped drinking sodas. I need to cut out the sugar and carbs, up the protein and increase lower carb vegetables. I say all of this in order to “come clean” and be accountable to all of you….my team.
I want and need to make this a success. It is a part of my thoughts most moments of the day. That said, I am making a commitment to you, TODAY, to truly begin this journey. This morning I have just weighed, granted post two cups of coffee, and the scale reads 276.8, I commit moving forward that I will share here with you, each Sunday, my progress on eating, exercise and weight from the week, in order to begin what I believe will be the most important part of new life disciplines.
Today the work begins….