Now: I currently weigh 220 lbs and wear a size 18/20 and even a couple 16’s!!!
Now: I exercise 5-6 days a week, 40-60 minutes a day
Now: I still order the same favorite restaurant foods, but ask for a to-go box immediately and eat ¼ to ½ of the serving. I also try very hard to be completely aware of the caloric repercussions whenever possible. I never have room for desert.
Now: I track calories 5 days a week and make more “conscious” decisions on the weekends (even though I choose to not track closely during that time). I now know that I probably took in about 3000 calories a day when I was not “caring” about my intake. Now I take in anywhere between 1000 and 1500 calories a day.
Now: I just sold the last of my Medifast products and enjoy eating REAL food with daily Whey protein shake supplements to keep my protein numbers high since I’m working out so much.
Now: I not only don’t have hardly any cravings for fast-food (although I do still occasionally crave a taco from Jack in the Box), but I also pack everything I need to get me through my work-day and it nukes faster and is 1/5th of the calories of anything I can get anywhere else, so I don’t bother! If I’m ever in a position where something fast is necessary, I really do consider calories before putting it in my mouth. Just because it’s high calorie doesn’t mean I don’t eat it though…but it does mean I make adjustments as needed.
Now: I make little mini pizza’s if I have a craving. The 200 calorie portions from Digiorno are PERFECT in a pinch. I have also discovered that you can make a delicious little pizza on one of those sandwich rounds. Higher in protein and fiber and lower in calories that way! I do sometimes miss the chewy crust and full flavor of my old favorite pizza. But if I don’t have several people to share it with, I don’t want to order it so I haven’t had it in 4-5 months now.
- I did lose hair for a while, but that has finally stopped now. It was incredibly noticeable during showers and when I was getting my hair done. Not to mention the layer of fur the backs of my clothing would harbor. I would say it probably started sometime in February and finally normalized to a normal rate of hair loss in the last two months…thank goodness. I never had bald patches or anything, but the amount in the tub drain after a shower probably increased by 4 or 5 times the usual amount. It was disconcerting but it did finally end. For the record, my protein consumption has always been within the recommended range and I never took any specific supplement for hair loss, it did just end on its own.
- My new “full” signal is a dull ache in my mid back on the right side. It’s totally bizarre and unfortunately does not start hurting until about 20 minutes after I have eaten “too much”…so it’s not a very useful full signal. This has become less cumbersome now that I am at my sweet spot because I can easily eat my appropriate portion of food and stop and generally speaking do not get the back-ache very often….but I do still get it occasionally. It’s not horrible…just annoying.
- My nose runs a lot now…runs more often after eating, but in general I go through more Kleenex now than I used to. I have no idea how it’s related, but I know it is. My sister, who is also banded, gets a runny nose after eating, too. She also gets what we affectionately call “the yips”…thank heavens I don’t get those. She keeps hoping I will but it hasn’t happened yet. I also sneeze ALL THE TIME…like 5-10 times a day. This is new…but not any kind of deterrent.
- I can still eat as many tortilla chips as I want. The band does not stop this in any way. That’s a little disappointing since those are my go-to munchie food. I have to learn to just avoid them. I still eat too many at a Mexican Restaurant. I probably would have lost more weight by now if I had never learned that they were easy for me to eat. :(
I love my band!!!
|Highest Weight - 298|
|Current Weight - 220 (Size 16 dress!)|