So after my news last week that I now have two hernias, I decided to try and lose some weight. I am adamant that I do not want surgery until it is absolutely necessary and so I spoke to my doctor about the benefits of me losing weight and we agreed that it would really help with the hernias. Thus begins Operation No Operations!
I looked at groups such as Slimming World and Weight Watchers and though I know that they are great for some people, I thought they weren’t for me for a couple of reasons. One is that I don’t want to go to classes and two is that my medical history scares the bejesus out of most people and I wasn’t sure as to whether they would understand. On a side note, if you are interested in Slimming World, take a look at the very lovely Wit Wit Woo and her 5 month weight loss journey.
I bought myself a fitbit that tracks my steps, heart rate, sleep and through the app, I can log my food and track my calories. I aim for 1400 calories a day, but I don’t freak out if I go over and I am doing 10,000 steps a day. I am finding that the fitbit and app are keeping me on track, on days where I am well under on my steps, I am forcing myself to get out and get my steps up. It is a huge boost to my will power to have a watch that is gently reminding me to get moving. I even filmed one of my dog walks when I had to force myself to get out even though it was raining!
I haven’t been hungry this week at all, I am making sure I eat three meals a day and just avoiding snacks, though last night the desire for a Feast ice cream was just too strong and so I had one and enjoyed every bite! I have been really shocked at how many calories are in things, it has made me realise why I am overweight. 170 calories in a gin and tonic, yo!!!
I am also looking at my portion sizes and weighing out my food, I realised that my average bowl of cereal is twice the recommended portion size! I am finding that I appreciate my food a lot more and I am enjoying eating. I have always had a thing about clearing my plate and so often would carry on eating even after I felt full just because there was food still on my plate. Smaller portions mean I eat well and then if I am still hungry, I can always go back for a little more.
The thing that is important to me is not denying myself anything that I really want. I was so limited with what i could eat when I had my jpouch that now I hate to be told I can’t eat something. I am very lucky with my current ileostomy that there is nothing so far that I can’t eat. I just chew everything well and drink plenty. Even though I am limiting calories, I have found it quite simple to still eat filling and delicious food.
So how has it gone? Well here’s the numbers.
Starting weight – 16th May 2016 – 13 stone 13 lb
Week one – 23rd May 2016 – 13 stone 8 lb
I lost 5 lb this week!!! I can’t believe it! I have eaten well and never once felt hungry, an example of my diet this week…
Breakfast – Granola with 0% fat natural yoghurt and sliced mango, strawberry and pineapple
Lunch – Salami, parma ham, mozzarella, feta, humous and fresh bread
Dinner – Baked potato and sausage casserole
Snack – satsuma
I am drinking plenty, either water or no added sugar squash, tea and coffee. I do like fizzy pop and I am trying to reduce the amount I am drinking, but it is sugar free. (I know, I know, it’s still bad!!)
I don’t feel strong enough to exercise yet, my hernias scare me and so I am walking a lot, I am aiming for at least 10,000 steps a day and also doing some work in the allotment. I am trying to be active every hour, which is something the fitbit encourages. I am wearing support garments from Vanilla Blush or just a pair of strong support ‘fat’ pants, you know, that underwear that is supposed to suck you in?
So there we go, that was week one of weight loss. I wasn’t sure whether to blog about this, I am not an advocate of dieting and think women are pushed into weight loss all the time. I am a size 16-18 and classed as overweight, my BMI was 28.7 which is on the verge of obese (which I find ridiculous as I do not think I am obese!) Despite what society tells me, I love my body, I don’t mind that I am bigger than some, I genuinely feel happy in my own skin.
But this weight loss is for my health and so I feel I must go ahead with it. I am so terrified at the thought of more surgery that I really want to do everything I possibly can to have positive affects on my health. I don’t think we all need to be the same size and shape but I do think we all need to be responsible for our own health and for me, right now, this means dropping a few pounds and putting less strain on my stomach and hernias.
For anyone thinking of losing weight, especially those of us with IBD or other medical needs, do speak to a health professional first and make sure the changes you make are healthy and positive.