Unexpected Consequences of Weight Loss

Since I started my weight loss journey, I have lost a little over 100 pounds.  In that time I ran into a few unexpected consequences.  Here are two that happened to me recently.

  1. I had to move the seat up in my Jeep, because there is less fat on my back and I was struggling to reach the pedals.
  2. My bike helmet needed to be adjusted, because there is less fat on my chin and face.  This is obvious when you think about it, but I never thought about it being a problem until it happened.

My journey has not been smooth sailing the whole time.  I still struggle with overeating and don’t always want to exercise.  However, all the difficulties have been worth it.  My life is so much better now.

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Why I Eat When I’m Not Hungry

There are a lot of reasons for people to eat when they are not hungry.  My main reasons are:

  1. Boredom
  2. Taste
  3. Comfort

If I am going to be successful in my weight loss journey, I have to find a way to deal with the craving to eat when I am not hungry.  I have to find another way to fill that desire.  I need replacement behaviors like:

  1. Change tasks
  2. Take a Walk
  3. Talk to Someone

Do you struggle with the desire to eat when you are not hungry?  If so, how do you handle your cravings?

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Bariatric Mindset Success

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Kristin Lloyd is a social worker that struggled with her weight, so she had bariatric surgery.  She now offers counseling to others who are going through the surgery process.

She is relatable and her vast experience makes her a great candidate to teach others about bariatric surgery.  In her book, she shares her personal experiences, advice on how to succeed, and warnings about common pitfalls.

My favorite quote from the book is, “Having weight loss surgery is the first step in breaking out of the victim cycle, because this means you are acting and doing something to take back control over yourself and your life.”

Basic Healthy Nutritional Guidelines

  1.  Eat three meals a day at regular times to maintain blood sugar and prevent overeating.
  2. Snacks should be used when meals will be more than 4 hours apart.
  3. Balance your plate with 1/4 carbohydrates, 1/4 protein, and 1/2 vegetables/fruit.
  4. Take small bites and chew your food thoroughly (at least 20 times).
  5. Measure your food according to serving size recommendations.
  6. Avoid high-sugar foods and decrease desserts to no more than once a week.
  7. Practice mindful eating by eating at a table and turning off distractions.
  8. Consume 60 to 80 grams of protein daily.
  9. Consume at least 64 ounces of water daily.

 

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Source:  Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama 

Migraine Update

Over the past few months, I have suffered from additional migraines.  However, none of them were severe enough to send me back to the hospital.  For that, I am extremely grateful.

I started studying about migraines, so I can hopefully prevent future attacks.  I learned migraines can be triggered by: stress, alcohol, weather changes, artificial sweeteners, salty foods, lack of sleep, dehydration, and food additives.

I also learned a healthy diet, exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight can help reduce migraine attacks.

I plan to make some serious life changes this year, because living with migraines is pure hell.

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