Almost 4 years ago, before I started blogging regularly I had a gastric bypass. Although I did lose some weight, it didn’t exactly go as planned. I didn’t have all of the side affects which are associated with the surgery, and instead was hungry ALL THE TIME. The surgery only really lasts for 2 years however. I didn’t do it for vanity reasons or because I was deeply unhappy with what I saw in the mirror everyday. It was after having another cancer scare which was thankfully a false alarm, but I realised that having my fat causing shadows on CT scans was only going to add to the already anxious life I was leading as a cancer survivor.
In 2014 I spent the year on some heavy duty medication for back pain and ballooned. I am also a PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), so hormones make losing weight difficult and am prone to weight gain as well as other issues. After losing 10 stone in weight I was gaining is back rapidly. I then fell pregnant with our miracle baby and lost weight during my pregnancy (11 pounds lighter when I gave birth). Now it’s piling on again and I know that something has got to give!
I am still hungry a lot of the time, and although I can now eat ‘normal’ portions and not the huge portions I could pre-bypass, I know I am turning to the wrong foods and grazing throughout the day. I have done slimming world in the past and lost a bit but not much, but think that because of the constant hunger it will be the best option for me. I tried joining last year, but when I saw how much the plan had changed I panicked and didn’t go back. My anxiety wasn’t under control then either and the class was a fair distance away. I have found a class closer to home, but it clashes with my RCIA class at the moment so will rejoin after easter. HOWEVER, this isn’t going to stop me starting my journey now.
I am going to start by cutting out the amount of bread I am eating and snacking on sugary foods first off, until I can do a big food shop to ensure my success at sticking to plan. I am also hoping that by sharing this online, it will help me remain focussed and hopefully keep me motivated. I know that being active is also a big thing that needs attention in my life, so I am going to prepare a plan as that will take some thought on my part. That’s a whole other blog post however.
So… tomorrow I will be taking some measurements…. DUN DUN DUUUUUUUN, and I know that my journey will begin!
What works for you? Any advice you can give me?