Jenny Craig Day 25 - Gastric Bypass, Biggest Loser, and Emotional Eating
Today's Jenny Craig Tips:
* Your Jenny Craig diet counseling sessions will do little to address your emotional struggle, so ask a friend you trust to be your confidante for those want-to-devour-a-sheet-cake days.
* For inspiration watch shows with people facing the same diet struggles (or at least featuring people that are fatter than you).
And now, here are the details of my 25th day on JC...
What I Weighed Today: 188.5 lbs. (8am)
I found out today that a friend of mine is going to have her gastric bypass revised because her eating was out of control and she had gained most of her weight back. I’m devastated for her, but so incredibly proud that she faced the issue head-on and decided to do something about it. The whole gastric bypass subject is so touchy and it angers me that it gives fat people a means to discriminate against each other. We are all fighting the same fight. The weapons we use may vary but it is the same fight. There is a misconception that gastric bypass is the "easy way out". It is not only NOT easy, it is not necessarily permanent. The same demons that made you fat in first place can come back to haunt you and the next thing you know the scale is back up to where it was. I was lucky that I’d only fluctuated up about 15 pounds before I started this journey. But another few years and it is possible that something could have triggered a binge long enough for me to gain a substantial amount of weight back. I don’t take anything for granted. Trying all these plans for the short amount of time that I am will give me more weapons for my arsenal. More knowledge about what I live with as a life plan, and what I can use to quickly get back on track if I slip. My surgery was a tool that helped me walk away from being morbidly obese. But the surgery stop being the reason for my maintenance a long time ago.
Never eat more than you can lift. —Miss Piggy
When I first got my surgery I could barely take two sips of water without feeling like my stomach would explode. Now I can eat an entire meal without feeling sick. I do have to take my time and I certainly can’t put away the volume I used to but with the right combinations of fatty and sugary foods, I could easily be close to 300 pounds again. On top of the fact that this surgery does not solve all of your weight-loss worries, it also leaves you incredibly under-nourished. I will battle anemia, Vitamin D and calcium deficiencies and acid reflux for the rest of my life. I have to take an army of supplements everyday just to feel healthy. I fear what the deficiencies will mean for my old age but the quality of my life now is so much better than what it was at 341 pounds that I feel the trade off may have been worth it.
What I Ate Today:
Breakfast: Jenny Craig Banana Nut Muffin, 2 oz. String Cheese, 2 cups Coffee w/4 tablespoons sugar-free Hazelnut creamer
Snack 1: Jenny Peanut Butter Chocolate Anytime Bar
Lunch: Jenny Craig Rotini w/Meatballs, Baby Carrots, Pear
Snack: Jenny Craig Cookies & Cream Cheesecake
Dinner: Jenny Craig Fish & Chips, Steamed Mixed Veggies w/I-Can’t-Believe-It’s-Not-Butter Spray
Snack: 2 apples
I would never advocate the surgery for anyone but I also would not judge anyone who felt it was something they needed to do to live (in every sense of the word).
No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain, you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office. —George Bernard Shaw
I watch The Biggest Loser. It is totally inspirational to me and I save the episodes and watch them during the times when I’m on an eating plan and need to keep my head in the game. I am in awe of these super-morbidly obese individuals that push themselves to the limit to reach their goals. If there had been a Biggest Loser back when I was super-morbidly obese, I probably would have made it on the show. I wish them nothing but the best and pray that they will be able to get up every morning and fight the fight to maintain their loss. Unfortunately, the contestants, trainers and host of that show don’t seem to have the same best wishes for the likes of me. They consistently remind everyone that the contestants have achieved their weight loss without the crutch of surgery or pills. It’s disheartening to hear someone disparage my struggle. If you are reading this, you know that I am going through the same things that anyone with a weight problem does. If you are reading this you know that my weight problem is internal as well as external and no surgeon can cut out my internal struggle with food and self-worth. Only I can change that and if I don’t work on it every day, it will eventually start showing up externally no matter how small my stomach is.
Right now, I am going to pray for my friend. I’m going to pray that she goes through her revision safely and that she faces her remaining demons so that she will never have to go under the knife again. I don’t judge the fact that her life’s path has brought her back to this but I worry about the internal issues that may be the driving force.
You are probably reading this because you want to know what plan is best for you. Just know that no plan will work without having a plan to work on how you feel about yourself. Once you get that straight, the rest is gravy…well, low-fat gravy (you know what I mean). Gastric bypass, Biggest Loser viewing, whatever. It won't be enough without finding a way off the emotional eating train. That's the train with the world's biggest caboose!
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