Tuesday, 4 April 2017

20 years on, I weigh less that when I met my husband!

I cannot believe this, but it is true! I officially weigh less than when I met my husband back in 1996.

I was 19 a little cuddly, but just a bit overweight. That is what I weigh now:

84.9kgs - 13st 5lb - 187lbs. 

I am officially OVERWEIGHT not MORBIDLY OBESE :)

Everything is brilliant with the bypass. I have nothing to complain about, in fact it's like normal life to be honest. Even avoiding sugar and high fat things is a non issue.

I've changed the way I cook things a little by buying an Tefal Actifry which uses hardly any oil and makes a wicked curry and risotto including boring chipped potatoes. I cooked everything from scratch normally before anyway, so nothing much has changed in that sense.

I use Birch Xylitol as a sugar substitute in any recipe that calls for it, or on my cereal if I fancy making it a little sweeter. Its half the calories and alkaline too - so good for the gnashers! but apart from those small differences it's like nothing has changed other than the amount I eat.

I will give you some snap shots of meals so that you get an idea of the food I'm eating since losing 39kgs - 85lbs! I have eaten out several times, had takeaway pizza, macdonalds and all kinds of things that I used to but I have just swapped out some of the more rubbish options for healthier ones.

I know some people might be like "Omg, why would you eat Mcdonald's after having surgery, what a waste", but you know what, you're wrong. Let's be reasonable. I didn't do this to not eat, I did this so that I could eat normally! NORMALLY! Why shouldn't I enjoy any kind of food on occasion? And personally I think it's pretty normal after a 13 hour work day followed by a 2 hour meeting to turn the car into Mcdonald's at 11pm to grab some mozzarella dippers or a happy meal. It's not normal in my opinion to carry on driving and get home an hour later and start to cook something and eat at midnight. Right? However, it still might not be normal to only manage 1 dipper out of three, or 3/4 of a kids hamburger ;-) that's the bit I LOVE!

People are quick to judge your food choice, but they know nothing about how your life works. As with all things, everything in moderation. I also never ever go over my calorie guide set by my surgeon. He says I should be at about 1000 calories now I'm 7 months out, but I haven't  managed that yet. I get about 850 on average and that's all I need and all I want. I don't think I should push it to 1000 just for the sake of it. If I am happy with my food and nutrition, then I think this is good. Time to worry is then its creeping up over the 1000 before he says it should. I don't think theres a danger of that just yet. Add me up as a friend on MyFitnessPal! @byebyeband

My Chicken Madras made in my ActiFry - YUM!
Not the best photo but Chicken and Roasted Mediterranean veg with pasta and pesto. Also coked in the ActriFry so very low fat.
Halloumi with sun-dried tomato and olives on a Warburtons toasted Thin

I love the fact that I can eat everything in moderation and I'm satisfied. I was absolutely paranoid that I would not be able to eat with my family again, or I would have to look on in longing at what they're eating, but this isn't the case. Bypass fabulous. Even went to a carver last week for a full Sunday roast, and I had a 1/4 of what I would usually have, but because there was a little of everything, I was 100percent satisfied and felt just normal. I haven't felt normal for years. It's truly liberating. I am still getting used to portion sizes though as I throw away most of my dinners. I keep thinking I should put less on my plate, but I still throw 1/4 away. I use tea plates or saucers and this works well, but my eyes are still bigger than my belly by a long way!

Its so hard after the band because the full feeling is there, not a stuck uncomfy feeling or anything. Its just brilliant. Sometimes the full feeling is there after a couple of mouthfuls, sometimes after a cup of food. I can eat ANYTHING at all without chucking my guts up, or my food going cold while i trip back and forth the the bathroom. I don't have to drink endless hot tea to get stuff down. I don't have to wait to go exercise because I can't drink water or a protein shake etc. Everything goes down, every time, but just not a lot! I love it. LOVE IT! I am finally getting over my fear of eating out, and knowing i can choose 'hard foods' like meat, pasta, bread or similar. I don't just have to stick to soup or slider things. It's hard to get outta that head space.

Weight loss is still going strong too. No sudden slow down or anything. I have managed to adjust my work life to make sure I get food in, but it seems that water is my life saver.

I get a weird pain in my shoulder which is really crippling if I don't drink about 2 litres of liquid during the day. I noticed that I was getting this pain on Wednesday, Thursday and to a lesser extent Fridays. All other days no issues. Now W, T & F are days I work Looooong hours. I work in schools, and am full on teaching without a break for the entire day, except Friday when I get an hour break for lunch. I was forgetting to take water with me and only grabbing the occasional coffee. I upped my water on those days and BANG no pain. I was thankfully able to test this theory when I forgot my water and lunch which I packed last Thursday and what do you know… pain!

Apparently you can get that pain because of gall stones as the nerve endings are weirdly in your shoulder, so with rapid weight loss it could be that I have got a few niggly stones. My mum and my nan also had gall stones and had their gall bladders removed when they were 40ish, and neither were over weight. It's possible that I will need this too, but I'm hoping too keep it at bay by drinking a ton.

So how about hair loss? Well at about 4 and a half months I started to lose hair in a big way… but it slowed and my 6 months had stopped. I think by 4 months I was eating about 600 calories a day which is not a whole lot so it rapidly depletes all your stores of vitamins. Although I was taking the best multivitamin I could (Forceval - prescribed for patients who cannot eat due to anorexia, cancer, malnutrition etc) it still wasn't enough and the hair suffers. However by 6 months my calories had increased and I was eating a wide range of things and up to about 700 calories. Theres still a little more hair on the brush after a hair wash than I'd like there to be, but it's not coming out in handfuls any more. I kept it all in a bag as it was quite horrifying at first!! I wanted a way to measure how much fell out in a month for comparison.

I am now awaiting the regrowth as Im told that this is quite annoying with all the short little bits of hair sticking up everywhere haha!

But safe to say that I am doing great, living this bypass and just wishing I'd had the guts to do it sooner.

Oh and a funny thing - I got a letter through the other day from my local hospital saying I should attend the Obesity clinic… Only a year and 4 months after I went for my initial hospital appointment. So glad I went privately and didn't have to wait all this time for my first appointment!

Here follows some comparison pics!

(excuse the facial burns on the right photo)