My surgiversary is rapidly approaching and because of that I decided to do a liquid diet. I had to do it for two weeks before surgery so I figured that now would be a great time to revisit it. I know that a lot of people in the weight loss surgery community disagree with "dieting" after surgery, but I don't. I stand behind my decision to.
The liquid diet gives me a chance to refocus on what it is that I put in my mouth. I didn't realize how often I would stop by the kitchen and grab a bite of this or a piece of that until I was unable to do it. Grazing is only good if you're a ruminant.
The weight loss will be a beneficial side effect. I was a little higher in my range than I was comfortable with and I know where I am happiest. I can feel a difference in my body when I'm 193 vs 198. To those who say one shouldn't undertake a liquid diet because it doesn't last, I would argue in the case of a weight loss surgery post op it does. A few weeks of liquids will reset the restriction on my sleeve and I will be back to eating smaller amounts. For me, this renewed restriction will last for months. Also, seeing movement on the scale can be quite a motivator and can encourage one to make healthier lifestyle choices even after the liquid diet is over.
This is my primary reason for deciding to undergo this again, though. People undergo religious fasts as an act of remembrance and reverence, I am undertaking this liquid diet with the same motivation. I don't want to forget.
I don't want to forget where I came from.
I don't want to forget what I went through to be where I am.
I don't want to forget that I have the strength to do it.
I can't forget.
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