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My biggest struggle post op and now into maintenance



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Is figuring out what I want to eat! And making the right amounts. When shopping at the grocery store, there is just so much that I see and shouldn't eat. Most of the time I am fine skipping things that I shouldn't have, but struggle to find things that inspire/excite me. Most of what I see in the grocery store is, EH! And I move on. Then there is the issue that I really don't like to cook, and I like cleaning up after I cook even less. So, I tend to want quick/easy and then when I DO cook, I try to make enough for multiple meals. And when I do that, I either end up making more than I can eat (or get sick of before it is gone) and waste... OR... it is something good enough that my husband or kids eat too much and leave me with not enough. The struggle is real!

Oh... and lately I have had a bad sweet tooth! Now, most of the time, I could go weeks/months without sweets. That is NOT what made me gain weight. But recently I "NEED" sweets more than ever before! I am not too worried, these phases have happened in the past and they don't usually last very long... but this one seems to be lasting a little longer. I am allowing myself to eat limited sweets. What I really love is my grocery stores strawberry shortcake and ice cream sandwiches. I have to be careful though because I keep wanting more. Again, these phases usually don't last too long for me, but this one has been going on too long for my comfort already. A couple days ago I decided I am going to continue to allow myself something sweet, but I finally switched it to oatmeal cranberry and walnut Cookies. I only eat one at a time, and no more than 2 in a day. That seems to be helping meet the sweet need while having at least a LITTLE nutrition in it. And I am finding I am full (or should I say satisfied) faster with them and I think the sweet phase if finally passing with them. Keep your fingers crossed! And I will add... the days I have fought the need for sweets... I ended up eating way more than I should of other stuff. So this seems to be working better for me. My weight has been very stable for many weeks now despite it... my low weight is 131.8 and I fluctuate between that and 135.5. I am happy with that.

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YOU are doing AMAZING! To think this has occurred since last September 4, 2019 is Totally Mind-blowing! Do you ever have to pinch yourself to be sure it’s not a DREAM??!?

CONGRATS!🎉🎊💖

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1 hour ago, Lily66 said:

YOU are doing AMAZING! To think this has occurred since last September 4, 2019 is Totally Mind-blowing! Do you ever have to pinch yourself to be sure it’s not a DREAM??!?

CONGRATS!🎉🎊💖

Haha... thanks! I don't know... I am finally back in what I consider my real body. When I was obese, that was the nightmare for me. Couldn't for the longest time figure out WHY I suddenly gained so much weight, or how to regain control of my weight and health. We now think sleep apnea was my trigger. Took care of that, and bariatric surgery to reset my weight... and the great health is following.

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SO happy for you! I feel same sentiment, returning from the “nightmare of the weight and a person I DID NOT KNOW” to the me I knew until I hit 50😩. We’re getting another chance!😄

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