I came home tonight from Jazzercise, and there I was on the TV in the commercial I did for Rex Healthcare back in March just 5 months after having my gastric banding surgery. My husband had stopped what he was doing to watch- and he rewound- and he looked at me- and he looked at the TV- and we both said WOW. I look really different now. This was a great feeling because I have to admit, since August my weight loss has been stagnate. My life literally got in the way of the effort needed to keep up with a weight loss mission.
I work full time and this past fall I decided to try and wrap up grad school by taking a full course load of graduate level history courses. To complete my degree requirements, one of those classes had to be taken at the University of North Carolina Greensboro- so Monday, after working 7-4 in Raleigh, I'd drive to Greensboro, go to class from 6:30 to 9:30, then drive home 2 hours to Clayton. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I was in another class at NC State. The rest of the time- I was reading and researching and trying to stay on top of things. There was no time to commit to exercise- there was barely any time to grocery shop. My husband was also taking a full graduate course load while working full time- so we became takeout eaters. I, much to my disappointment, became a drive-thru diva.
In my past battles with food and weight this was a slippery slope that ALWAYS lead to weight gain. But with the band, I had learned how to make better decisions, even in the drive thru lane. I didn't need to super size- the band wouldn't let me eat all that anyways. Drinking while you eat defeats the band- so no more chugging empty calories to wash down french fries. I learned that I could eat less than half of the kids portion of french fries and throw the rest away- oh and that I didn't need to eat french fries every meal- or every day. I had learned to look at labels to maximize protein per portion- so I was more aware of everything I ate.
So through the past semester and even the holidays, I didn't gain any weight. The scale says I didn't lose any either, but that's OK. Because I graduated and now I have the time back to recommit. Recommit to eating healthy and get back to the exercise that I was surprised to find I loved doing.
So this isn't a resolution to eat right and exercise, it's just picking up where things left off before life got in the way of this weight loss journey.