This has been my mantra, my theme, whatever you want to call it, since deciding to get gastric bypass surgery. But it seems I need some clarification on what AWESOME is.
You see, I didn't do so great at my check up today, I didn't lose much weight and though both the doctor and the dietitian told me not to focus on that and that I was actually doing really good, I can't help but feel like I let myself down, and so many others. So the dietitian and I talked about making an action plan for what AWESOME looks like for me.
AWESOME ACTION PLAN
1. Exercise at least 3 times a week. That is what the dietitian planned for me. I want to walk every day, that would be Awesome. Plus I'm getting a puppy soon who will need lots of walks, so may as well get used to it now!
2. Ask for help when I need it. Not just about diet and exercise, I'm talking about emotional help. If I'm about to emotionally eat something, stop. Write a blog post, post on my teams, text a friend or DH. What derailed my last attempt was my PTSD got so bad, and I didn't ask for help until it was almost too late. I need to ask for help at the earliest warning signs
3. Go to therapy every week and go to the support groups for weight loss surgery. My therapist knows me well and when I tell her what has been going on she will know how to help me.
4. Change my routine/schedule. I wrote about this yesterday. I can't keep doing exactly what I was doing before and expect to be able to change anything. I need to make changes in my daily routines, even if they are small ones. I'm told that at this point, I don't actually get the physical craving for food because of how the surgery was done. That means the hunger is mental, and I can deal with that if I know what it is. Or it's thirst, and I'll be working on that too.
5. Tap into my military thinking. This one may sound weird. But when I was on the non-surgical medical weight loss program, I lost 50 pounds by using this kind of thinking to put all foods off limits. Taste didn't matter, texture didn't matter, it truly was eat to live not live to eat.
6. Two shakes a day, one for breakfast, one for dinner, and a meal for lunch. My problem is that I want a tasty meal for my one meal a day... and then I want tasty food instead of a shake... and on it goes. So I'm going to pick a soft protein, and unless DH decides to smoke or grill some fish for me, that is what I will have every day. No taste variation sounds boring and unnecessary, I know. It sounds too strict. But I know the way my brain works and this will work best for me. I think I will do tuna with a touch of mayo and a splash of pickle juice. Tasty, and something I can eat everyday.
7. Use my cpap every night. Apparently there was a study done on people doing weight loss and those who used their cpap regularly lost more, even though that was the only difference. The doc explained it as your body does the math at night on how much should be stored vs. burned and if you are not sleeping well, it gets the math wrong and stores more than it should.
I know I will come up with more, and I know some of these may sound weird to some people, but I gotta work with what works best for me. Like yesterday's blog where I was working on my schedule changes and getting a routine down, this is going to be flexible, if I get absolutely tired of tuna, I'll change it. Nothing is set in stone, this is just to help me get an idea of what my action plan to getting to AWESOME looks like.
I've set a goal for myself and my doctor things it is a great goal. I want to lose at least 40 pounds by the 3 month mark. And he said it is still totally doable for me. if I can lose more, great, but that is my minimum goal. And this action plan will help me get there.