VSG Eating Habits

I think I’ve found a trick to keeping intake down with VSG (aside from the obvious restrictions). If I have breakfast then fast until late afternoon (or until I start to feel hungry – which is a different feeling than it used to be, FYI), I can’t really eat much after that. It’s sort of like, if I eat bigger meals, I can eat more at a sitting than if I just eat snacks. I’ve got no scientific evidence of this, of course, but it seems to be the rule with me.

Yesterday I was busy and didn’t get a chance to eat until after 3pm. I’d been feeling that weird hurty/hunger feeling that you get after VSG, but didn’t have time to eat until I got home. When I did finally eat, I could barely get a chicken wing down. About an hour after that, I had some crackers. The restriction even went through dinner at 6:30, I had a very small portion, but was hungry again at 8 – which seems to be normal for me.

So, for me, the trick is to graze all day rather than attempt “regular” meals. I try to keep to low carb for the most part. I’m also trying HARD to get my protein intake back up. My snacks right now are: nuts, lunch meat, cheese sticks, salad, soups and crackers. Plus dinner. I’m also trying to have one Protein Plus bar a day, which is 20g of protein in a small snack.

I’m upping my exercise to 4-5 days per week, so getting in that protein really needs to happen. I’ve been very lax about monitoring what I eat, because that was the reason to do VSG in the first place: NO DIETING. But I need to build muscle, and the only way that will happen is if I get more protein, so I gotta do it.

I’ve heard some VSGers worry that grazing will end up with a higher calorie intake that trying to have regular meals, but I don’t think so. I think it’s better to nibble and keep your blood sugars steady than to try to exist on the standard 3 meal a day plan. It seems to work for me, so I thought I’d share. :)

Workout Update!

So, since HeroesCon and all the jackassery from that, I’ve fallen off my workout schedule. This week, I’m back on. OWIE! I’ve changed up what I’m doing a little; here are the deets:

Treadmill 30 min programme, about 1.5mi (that FitBit Alta NEVER gets right)
Jog at 4-4.2mph for 5 mins, about .34 mi (ditto^^)
Leg Extensions, 70#, 3 sets 15 (not hard enough, going to add 5# more)
Need to add leg curls back, 35#, 3 sets 15
Shoulder press, 10# hand weights, 2 sets 15, going up to 3 sets
Need to add rows and triceps back, 3 sets 15 with 8#
Bicep curl, 8# hand weights, 3 sets 15, going back up to 10# soon
Need to add squats back in, 70#, 15 reps
Sit ups, standard legs bent, 50
Sit ups, pedaling, 25
Leg lifts, lifting bent legs for lower abs, 25
12# medicine ball side lifts from sitting/legs bent position for obliques, 25

I’d like to point out that most of this is done with simple hand weights. You don’t need to have a bench to get a good workout with weights. Rather than the extensions, do lunges with 10# in each hand. You’ll feel it, I promise! I try to avoid lunges since I’ve got weak knees. I have to be VERY careful with squats, too, or I’ll blow out my trick knee, which I did a couple of months ago. Get creative! You can do most weight training w/out fancy equipment. I also recommend Kathy Smith videos if you’re just getting started. She is just fair at weight lifting technique, but it’s a good place to start – the Staying Strong one is good for a beginner.

I do this big workout 2x week and I do cardio 3x, but I need to up that to 5x/wk. More challenging cardio (JOGGING! GAH!) will help me lose this last 10-15# I need to lose. As will beefing up (no pun intended) my weights. What I do is divide this workout into 2 and alternate arms/legs. I do the abs and squats every workout. That way I can get it done in 45 mins or so. I get VERY bored and 45 mins is about my limit for boring workouts. :)


Something just occurred to me.

I complain about “only” losing 70#, but that is 28% of my starting body weight. Which is SIGNIFICANT. (250 x .28)

If you started at 300#, the equivalent is 84#. (300 x .28) 90# lost from 300 is 30%, which statistically not much more than my 28% loss.

So for me to reach an equivalent %, I will lose less, if you just look at the number of pounds. 75# will be my 30% mark (175# weight). Which is pretty fucking stellar IMO.

Perspective. It matters. :)

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One Year VSG Anniversary

Sorry this is a day late, but I did get the VLOG posted yesterday over at youtube! Please subscribe! I think I’m going to do some cooking vlogging over there…

May 16 2016, right after surgery:

VSG Surgery 5/16/16

So, one year has passed since I made the best decision I’ve ever made – aside from marrying my best friend. :) And this is what I look like now:
5/16/17 One year!

I’ve not met my goal of 80# gone, but 65# ain’t too shabby. I am goal oriented, so I’m not giddy with the 65#, but I’m glad I’ve lost it. I’m hoping that the new exercise routine will help me get past this mid-180s plateau.

I’m still wearing a L top and 14 jeans, but the jeans are a little loose. I think my waist has gone done another inch or two. Even if I don’t lose weight, I know the weight lifting will change the way I look, so whatever. I guess we’ll see!! Muscle weighs more than fat, so the numbers may not move much.

I’m still taking the same supplements, still taking Nexium. I tried to get off Nexium again and failed, so I guess I’ll keep taking 20mg in the morning and 10 mg at night. I can’t even go down to just once daily. Ugh. I just hope they’ll come up with a better class of drugs than the -azole PPIs (esomeprazole, omeprazole). I kind of like my kidneys and want to keep them for a few more decades. Sigh.

VSG is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself. The weight loss is great, but it did so much MORE for me than just that. The experience of having surgery got me over some of my worst phobias – particularly needles. I still don’t LIKE getting stuck, but I don’t pass out any more, which is a fucking MIRACLE. This has also helped with my dental phobia, too. And of course, getting tattoos, which I can do without any fuss now. The awesome nurses in Mexico were SO GOOD at their jobs. Even the multiple sticks for an IV line were not too bad. MIRACLE, I tell you.

VSG also “cured” me of ALL my inflammation issues. I quote cured because I don’t think it was VSG at all, I think it was changing my gut flora that did the trick. When you have any gut surgery, you disrupt the flora by the antibiotics and the fact that you don’t eat for a week. I think this is a very important part of why VSG ended my inflammation. There is SO much research regarding gut flora right now. I’m sure that it will be linked to all sorts of chronic conditions – especially the ones involving inflammation.

VSG also empowered me overall. I finally did something for myself and it paid off. This has given me a new feeling of being in control that I had not had for a very long time.

So when you hear me preach the gospel of VSG, what you’re really hearing me preach is the gospel of empowerment.

If you are tired of being sick, fat and tired, then DO SOMETHING about it. I sat around whining for about TEN years. FUCK THAT. I’ll never do that again! I let myself get fat and unhealthy because of my fear of medical procedures. I really can’t say it enough: FIND A WAY TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO MAKE YOURSELF FEEL BETTER. If it’s the gym, a shrink, a doctor, or a medical procedure, make it happen. Don’t waste 10 years like I did!