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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Liquid diet. I'm doing it and owning it.



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.

Me writing this blog post
My life depends on it.



5 comments:

  1. We can reach a point where it isn't about "dieting" anymore at all. You become able to make decisions based on other factors, just like athletes, vegans, raw foodists, etc. What matters is your intention. Are you making the decision to do liquids for awhile because you are in control and can freely make that choice? Or because you're struggling with control and you're acting out of desperation? You seem quite in control to me.

    I would argue one point with you, however. What you eat (or don't) will not alter the physical state of your stomach's restriction. You may believe that's what's happening but as you deeply focus your awareness of hunger and satiety, you'll naturally adjust yourself. It's been years for me now that I've become used to feeling better simply not being hungry, rather than "full." You become very tuned in to these cues that are part physical, part mental. You reset your own preferences and comfort level; your stomach isn't changing.

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  2. Good for you! I am thinking of doing the same. I have found that I am eating much too much these days. I was exercising a LOT (running and cycling) but as the weather worsened, my exercise dropped off, but my eating didn't.

    Keep updating on your experience, it will be good for me to hear! Good luck!

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  3. p.s. - you have an incredible jawline! Mine is all saggy and getting jowly. Boo! And your beautiful hourglass figure...way to go!

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  4. As long as you are careful and it wont make you sick is my concern for you. You have too many people that support you in your journey and we would hate to know that you are not well. Keep up the progress and I look forward to reading more posts.

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  5. As long as you are careful and it wont make you sick is my concern for you. You have too many people that support you in your journey and we would hate to know that you are not well. Keep up the progress and I look forward to reading more posts.

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