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Monthly Weigh-In and Other Monthly Things

This is what my hunger feels like, but I DON'T have to listen to this nasty green guy!
This is what my hunger feels like, but I DON’T have to listen to this nasty green guy!

I had my monthly weigh-in with the bariatric doctor yesterday.  This month I’ve lost a total of 5.5 pounds.  I’m getting very close to my original goal; so close that I’m actually only one pound away!  However, I’d like to lose a total of six pounds to be at 140.  These last pounds are dissolving pretty slowly, but the good news is that I have all the time in the world to get rid of them.

In other news, I’m really struggling with hunger this week.  It’s right before my period (sorry for the TMI, guys)  and I feel like I want to devour everything in sight. I had to grocery shop today, and I almost began crying in the car on the way home, knowing that I had to make dinner for my family.  Sometimes I feel like an alcoholic sentenced to a life of bartending when it comes to being around and preparing food.  Luckily, my oldest daughter pitched in and helped me by doing the side dishes while I grilled chicken.  On days like today, I feel like the only way I can control my desire for copious amounts of food is to have only the blandest items in my house, and to only cook for myself–not the most realistic of solutions.

Though I’m fantastically happy with my healthier body and lifestyle, yesterday was just one of those days that I wanted to sit on the sofa with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s and a bag of chips while watching trash television.  Today, I’m proud that I didn’t give in to yesterday’s desires.  I worked out at for 90 minutes and made healthy food choices.  I’m slowly learning that I don’t have to give in to my cravings and desires, but I also don’t have to stifle them. Feelings are there for a reason and slathering them with poor food choices and a sedentary lifestyle won’t make them go away.  I’m equally proud of myself for asking for help yesterday, and proud of my daughter and son-in-law for happily giving it to me.  At 50, I think it’s time that I learn to ask for help when I need it, rather than always attempting to be general manager of the universe!  The one craving that I did succumb to yesterday was the trash TV.  However, I drank plain mint tea as I watched the inane antics of the girls on MTV’s Teen Mom 2. At least my love of television garbage is a calorie-free vice!

How do you deal with cravings?  Do you feel accomplished at asking for what you need?  Tell me about it. 🙂

14 thoughts on “Monthly Weigh-In and Other Monthly Things”

  1. Zero carb/zero calorie trash TV is the way to go. 🙂 Congrats on resisting the temptations, and more importantly, reaching out for support when you needed it. I think that we can all take a lesson from that. We sometimes think that the journey is one we have to do alone.

    1. Thank you. The doctor said that once people reach their goal that it’s actually the most difficult period. You feel like you’re fit enough to begin slowly adding some non-healthy foods back into your diet. It really is a temptation–especially right now.

      Trash TV is always a wonderful “snack!” The junkier, the better!

  2. Great job of handling your cravings and asking for help. Congratulations on your weight loss and being soooo close to your original goal! That’s so exciting.

    1. 🙂 I hope you got my comment reply. For some reason your comment isn’t showing up on my post or in my comments on my dashboard. I don’t like to leave comments unanswered. Thank you so much for your kind words! 🙂

  3. I think it’s great that you were able to not give in to your cravings! I think this takes strength, will power, and determination. Seriously though, how do you not nibble on this and that when cooking for the family? I imagine you have to taste the food before serving or do you wing it in hopes that it does not need a thing? I love that you reached out for help. It’s hard to remember that we can’t always be Shera (cartoon character from the mid 80’s). You’re such an inspiration, thank you!

    1. LOL!! I used to watch Shera!! When I was strictly just using Optifast products, I developed a habit of not tasting food when I cooked for the family. Even if I got something on my fingers while cooking, I resisted the urge to lick it off. I have my husband or daughters taste it and tell me what it needs. Now, when I’m cooking I usually cook food for the family that I can have, or I make something for the family and modify it for me. For example, this weekend I made chicken parmesan for the family. I make a healthier version of it by dipping the chicken in egg whites and then in panko and seasoned parm and baking it instead of frying. I can’t have breading, so I baked a small chicken breast for me and put a few tablespoons of tomato sauce and a dusting of parmesan on top to cut calories. I also didn’t have pasta with it. The only thing that keeps me “good” is remembering how physically bad I felt with all of the weight. It’s still hard, but 99% of the time, I’m just as satisfied with what I’m eating as my family is with their meal.
      Thank you for your kind words. 🙂

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