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Jun302006

Fasting

It's a major bore to hear about people's diets, so I will make this one short post and leave it at that until otherwise necessary. Most of us understand the struggle with driving forces to eat, compulsive something-or-other and the difficulty in changing our un-healthy ways, so ruminating on it all is pretty worthless. I actually like writing about all the birth thoughts and even my cocci experiences. I suppose, in a way, dieting is a health issue, but I just know how incredibly bored I get listening to the litany of what someone did and did not eat during their day. I don't want to bore anyone.

So, partner and I are doing a Slim-Fast fast at the moment as we ready ourselves for Optifast through our HMO. Optifast is medically supervised and I will be having blood work done every 2 weeks to make sure things are peachy. It lasts 20 weeks. 420 calories a day.

I am also eating miso soup with sprinkles of tofu in it - and blueberries. My New Orleans friend turned me on to frozen blueberries as a snack, so I portioned it all out and have those to eat, too. Gotta have those anti-oxidants ya know.

4 Slim-Fast a day (they are 180/190 calories, depending on whether it is a higher protein one or not) and 2 soups plus half a cup of blueberries. One of the Slim-Fasts has a scoop of protein powder in it (27 grams) to supplement what I am doing. Protein is very important to post-gastric bypass folks and, of course, to those in the dieting mode. All told, I will be ingesting right around 1000 calories... trying for 800, but not doing so well with that. Yet.

When I had the gastric bypass, I didn't eat 200 calories until 2 months out... not 400 until about 6 months out. By a year, I was at 800 calories. I lost 100 pounds in 10 weeks - 190 in a year. Fasting does not scare me (healthwise). I've done it before and was never healthier than that first year after surgery.

So, it's day 3 on Slim-Fast (with a couple of seriously sick compulsive slips), I'm going for my initial bloodwork and physical today for the Optifast thingiemajig and we should be on the program by the end of the month.

I hate how out of control I am with food. It's humiliating to be on a diet after a gastric bypass. I remember judging others 5 years out who were fat again... that would NEVER be me. And my oh my how bitter those words are tasting now.

If you feel compelled to tell me how horrid Optifast and Slim-Fast are, I'd appreciate typing and erasing because I am not a dunce - I've studied my options and this is the best one for me to get myself de-toxed and back on a diet plan (post-fast) that keeps me healthier.

Remember, my cholesterol levels jumped nearly 100 points in 6 months' time. That is unacceptable.

I'll toss my weight loss at the bottom of some posts in case you want to sing along.

6/28/06 - 248.5
6/30/06 - 244

Reader Comments (8)

I like that: type and erase--because you know your options. Hmmmm...great minds. :)

I'm pulling for you.

Hh

P.S. Are you doing the Slimfast twice a day and a dinner--or only the SF?

All I have to say is Good For you. Keep it up!! Down 4 already is awesome, you'll be there in no time.

June 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJillian

Good luck with this. Not boring at all!

From one who believes in the physical/spiritual benefits of cleanses and fasts.

June 30, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterladyelms

All I can say is good luck, and please take good care of yourself....if not for yourself, than for me and all your other clients who want you around for our future babies...ok, a selfish reason, but you're very good at what you do....

Jill

June 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterOpening Pandora

Thank you all for your good wishes.

It was so hard today. We took the Rabbi out for lunch and we'd planned what we would eat, but he wanted to go to another place and I had to revise my menu. I ended up having turkey burger without a bun and a small salad. (See how boring that is?)

Not very liquid... that was the challenge. I'm going to have to figure out how to do all this liquid stuff when I'm not home. Perhaps taking cans with me and putting them on ice? What about at births? Do I put the fasting aside for that? (Probably.)

Our family decided no BBQ this July 4th - too many of us are too fat!

I've also joined FitDay - a free counting calories site. I've always HATED the thought of counting calories. Never wanted to ever. Now, I am finding that knowing the calories keeps me in line MUCH better than not knowing them.

Want that cheese stick? Is it worth 140 calories? Nope.

*sigh*

June 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNavelgazing Midwife

Sending hugs and thoughts of encouragement.
Remember - you gotta say no to some things so that you can say yes to other things (like health and emotional wellbeing)

Interesting note (or not) My mom had gastric bypass in Feb 04. Began at over 438 and now sits about 155 (I think 35 pounds of that is flappy skin)

Our emotional eating issues are alike a huge mac truck that hang on us, aren't they? It takes a LOT of courage to tackle those head on. I'm thinking of you.....and wishing you success.

June 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLife's Laundry

One of the most important things, [please remember!] Is that once you reach your goal weight, you must learn a new habit of eating. An intirely new life-style. Best of luck to you!

September 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

forgive me for being so blunt, but do you think this will really be more permanent than the surgery?

I just see the up and down of weight loss being so much more dangerous and hard on our bodies than carrying the initial weight to start with.

I haven't ever heard of a single person that kept weight off after OptiFast. It's not a natural way to lose weight! Look at Oprah!

You can kick my ass now. I guess I have sincere biases against anything other than lifestyle changes and exercise for weight loss. Quick fixes are appealing, but the long-term effects are not.

September 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterSage Femme

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