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Seven days out and my eyes are open

judysbabies

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Good morning....

 

Day six found me feeling fine physically. I drove. I grocery shopped. I took the kids to McDonald's.

 

Being in the kitchen is hard for me. I have children that must be fed. While preparing plates of burgers and chips for my two youngest kids, I dropped a chip on the counter. I reflectively reached down and popped it in my mouth. Of course I immediately spit it out. However, the incident left me wondering.....

 

This morning I woke with an epiphany!

 

What I am going through each day post-surgery is the major reason that patients must go through "training" for surgery. All of the nutrition training was to help with the actual - in your face - reality that I cannot, under any condition, pop chips or anything else in my mouth without thinking. Nutrition training was to help train my mind to tune out the billions of food commercials as I watch TV during my recovery. Nutrition training was giving me a foundation or a home base to turn to when I feel that I must have something to eat or I will die. Nutrition training was to give me something to think about and cling to when my mind is going crazy and I panic because today's stress cannot be fixed by food.

 

Had I not had the time before surgery hearing about and thinking about what I must do after surgery, I would be a big fat failure. I would have been one of the people who cheats themselves by eating what shouldn't be eaten and stretched my stomach right back out to hold my dear and faithful friend, Food. I am not one of those and refuse to succumb to the overwhelming temptation to do so. I will hold on to my goal and let my goal be my friend. (My goal is to be healthy and active.)

 

I will survive. I am woman. Hear me roar! (You have to be over 50 to get this.)



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Hello there,

I got it but then again I am 50 , lol, I am 3 weeks out and I know exactly what you are saying. My family still wants to eat and they do miss my cooking. Both my hubby and my son have actually lost weight since my surgery because I am not spoiling them with those extra yummy things that made me fat in the first place. You are right, we can do this, we do have that inner determination and strength acquired by years of experience. Why on earth would anybody go through all of this just to cheat themselves in the end. Good luck to you,

Neuanfang

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i got it an I am not quite 50 yet...lol

I am 3 mos out. I spent my post op time off work watching the food channel. I did ok. But my husband is very supportive and he tried to not eat in front of me if he thought I would really like what he was eating. I however, dont have small children. So I now have a rule that if I feel I absolutely cannot pass up something. 3 bites. 3 bites...(i don't mean a mouthful) I mean 3 bites. but i am not finding a lot of things I cant pass up. For me this tool is my way to keep the weight off. I am determined to do this. And, the NUT training before hand did help so much. It is a life changing process. We will lose some battles. BUT WE WILL WIN THE WAR.....

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Hi, I completely understand im in my early40's and had surgery Dec. 28, 12! I feel fantastic just recently started working out to help tone up certain areas. I agree this tool is just a tool and we do have to be realistic about what we eat. I am so glad that I had this surgery. I am determined to keep the weight off and look forward to motivating others who maybe struggling as I once did before I finally decided enough is enough! Take care TD41

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I'm 55. I did not have the training as I am a self pay. I rid my house of bad food. My hubby had been doing his own cooking for the last 2 weeks. He's lot about 6 pounds. But I am cooking again. 3 weeks out...having fish and green beans...although it will only be enough to fill my 4 oz tupperware dish. If my hubby wants snacks he buys a small bag at his work or keeps them in his truck. I haven't wanted any. I did not spend this much money and what I've gone through to sabotage i. I am constantly thinking about and planning what to eat, when to drink. Now I don't have kids at home...I can see that being hard. But hey, throw out the chips. Do your kids really need them???

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Over 50, so I get the Helen Reddy reference. Needless to say, my kids are grown and out of the house. It has got to be so hard to have to cook for your kids and family, but it can be an opportunity. your kids don't really need the junk food - yeah they'll complain at the beginning but there are healthy alternatives to chips. I now know that I should not have given in to the junk when my boys were growing up. My oldest son is obese and my younger one has to watch what he eats. They learned their eating habits from me, and now I need to take a drastic step to save my life and be alive for my grand kids.

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I got it and I am just shy of 50! I am not post yet but I get the training and the acceptance that we will have a new normal. I am more than ok with it my family is behind me I just want to get to surgery!! These new habits will be better for everyone effected.

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Age 45 and Helen Ready is one of my faves. I am 3 mos post op and completely understand where you are coming from. Bravo to you for being conscious of what you SHOULD and SHOULDN'T put in your mouth. I am going to remember this as I struggle with a cheat now and again. Thank you!!

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