I’ve had a couple of people ask me what I eat everyday. I thought it would be beneficial to those that are interested to post it as an entry rather than in a comment reply so here it is! 🙂 So… to warn you, I am VERY boring when it comes to food. I eat basically the same thing EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. Honestly, this is not a new habit that I started the supervised diet as I have always been this way. In the past, I just ate the same BAD things every day lol.
My goal is to maximum protein and minimize carbs. I don’t really worry to much about fats because I don’t believe certain fats are the enemy. Also, if I’m striving to maximize protein then I’m not choosing fatty meats anyway! So, here’s what a day looks like for me
- Protein = 95-100g
- Carbs = 11 – 19g
- Fats = 25 – 30g
- Water = 80 – 110 oz
- Breakfast = (3) Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage Links w/ 1/8 cup shredded reduced-fat colby jack cheese
- AM Snack = 1 oz beef jerkey (great value brand bought from Wal-Mart)
- Lunch = 2.25 oz of Tyson grilled chicken strips with 1/8 cup shredded reduced-fat colby jack cheese
- Afternoon Snack = 1 oz beef jerkey
- Dinner = 1/2 Butterball turkey burger w/ 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat colby jack cheese
- PM Snack (optional) = 1 Strawberry or Raspberry Dannon Light and Fit Greek Yogurt
The only thing that really differs in my meal is that sometimes when I go out to eat, I eat grilled shrimp, chili, or part of a grilled chicken salad. I eat at the same times everyday as well. It’s routine and I like it. I don’t need variety… I need to be healthy…. I need to get to goal…. I need to not give food so much power over me!!
First, I want to say that NO, this post is not about the Sleeve being better than the RNY procedure. I think a decision on which procedure to have is a personal one and everybody should make that decision for themselves.
HOWEVER, I will say that a lot of people come to the boards to make a “Help me decide between sleeve and RNY” post. It seems like a lot of pre-opers are concerned that they will not be able to lose as much weight with the VSG as the RNY. Continue reading
Last week, I was talking on the phone with my aunt (who really is only a few years older than me) about her recent trip to FL for my cousin’s bridal shower, dressing shopping, etc. While she was riding somewhere in a car with the bride to be, she was sitting in the back seat with my other Aunt (mother of the bride) and the maid of honor (my other cousin, bride’s sister).
In the car, they were talking about weight and how the bride is still trying to lose a few lbs and my Aunt (mother of bride who does not know about surgery) practically yelled, “OMG, SPEAKING OF WEIGHT… HAVE YOU SEEN THE PICS OF NIKKE? She looks SO good! She’s lost SO much weight.” Continue reading
After about 5 days of the scale toying with me and my body deciding it wanted to gain and lose and gain and lose, I finally hit a weight goal today that I have been looking forward to since I got into the 200s! This morning when I weighed in, I was 274.4 lbs. I like to make mini-milestones to look forward to so that my longgggg journey to losing 280 lbs overall doesn’t seem so long. I know that 274 lbs is a strange number, but there are a couple of reasons I wanted to get to this number.
FIRST, at 274.4 lbs and 5′ 9.5″ tall, I have a BMI of 39.9. This means that since I’ve never had any co-morbidities, I would not qualify for weight loss surgery at the weight that I am today. This is is crazy for me to even wrap my head around! I started this journey with a BMI of 63 and I can’t believe I now wouldn’t even qualify!! SECOND, this weight is significant because I *only* have 100 more lbs to go until I am considered a normal weight. Although my goal is to go a little further than that (unless I feel 174 is good enough w/ a few lbs of extra skin), it’s great to *only* have 100 lbs to go. Continue reading
On Tuesday, I was officially three months out from surgery. I’m a couple of days away from being 9 months out from when I started the six month supervised diet and decided to change my life for the better! Woohoo! Every month, I take progress pictures and am always amazed at how far I’ve come and I try not to dwell too much on the “how far I have to go” thoughts (even though that is really difficult).
This morning, I weighed in at 275.6 lbs which is exciting. I’m really, really eager to get to 274 and there is a reason for that, but I’ll get into that more when I actually get there lol. Continue reading
Last night, I went to the Wednesday support group meeting that is sponsored by my weight management clinic’s office. I’ve been to several of the meetings in the past and I’ve found that I enjoy them a lot more now that I’m a post-op patient. They run their meetings in a format where the post-op patients introduce themselves and tell their story, and when finished, the pre-op patients ask a lot of questions. I’ve found this group a little frustrating in the past, because a lot of times the conversation goes into what I like to call the “protein shake vortex” where that’s all anybody wants to talk about – ugh! Last night, I was one of 3 or 4 post op patients there and the only person that has had the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG) weight loss surgery. I found myself speaking a lot and being very frank with the pre-op patients! Continue reading