Let's get one thing VERY clear: Living my life with a Lap-Band takes WORK.
Check out this conversation that went down on Facebook a few days ago:
Thank you for reminding me that I am doing a lot of work each and every day to maintain my weight loss.
Perhaps I am not sharing with you all the amount of hard work that it takes each and every day?
If you go back to blog posts when I was in my 14 month losing phase (Oct 2009-December 2010), I was in the phase that I like to call "Hard Core" mode.
It was on. like. Donkey. Kong.
On a post-it note. Low-tech.
I counted each and every calorie and protein gram that passed my lips.
When I got to ~1200 calories for the day: I STOPPED EATING. Even if I still wanted to eat (head hunger issues), I just drank water. This was usually right after dinner time.
Occasionally, on a rare day, I would end up in my bed at 7:30pm because as we always used to say in Weight Watchers: "When you run out of points for the day, go to bed."
I kept track of how many ounces of water that I drank each day. I did and still do aim for 100+ ounces each day.
I hardly ever ate out at restaurants during those 14 months. I just didn't trust the cooks in the kitchen. Literally.
When friends would ask if I wanted to go out to Happy Hour downtown or go grab dinner after work, I usually didn't go.
I couldn't go because I had to go workout. I would Zumba or ride the Dreadmill 4-5 times a week.
I couldn't go out because me in a restaurant meant that I would eat more than I should.
I didn't trust myself with my own food choices.
I also didn't drink any alcoholic drinks for those 14 months.
I was intensely focused on getting to goal.
Getting below 145 lbs.
And I got there.
I've blogged a few times about how weight maintenance is very different than my losing phase: go read that post HERE.
I've been in maintenance for almost 28 months now.
That's twice as long as my losing "Hard Core" phase.
How is maintenance different for me?
I have one to two days each week where I get to go above 1200 calories. I might hit 1600-1900 calories on those days.
Usually the weekend.
I don't write down what I eat anymore.
It's been a few months since I've whipped out a post-it note.
But I still aim for 1200 calories a day.
Even in maintenance.
I got so much practice writing it all down during my losing phase, that I usually know what my calorie and protein totals are in my head now.
I still go workout 4-5 times a week.
And I sweat.
Is all that work worth it?
Why is it worth it?
Because with all that work, I get to have health. Remember how badass my recent blood work/labs were?
Because with all that work, I don't need to take three hour naps on the weekend anymore. I'm not sleeping my life away.
Because with all that work, I get to have a rockin' body like this:
It's all worth it.