I am on week four of my pre-op diet, so I thought I would post my next three goals. So far, I would say I am doing okay. I cut out pop in my first week and have yet to cheat on that! I’m pretty proud of that one. Week two I promised myself I would eat out less. Since, I have not bought food at school once or gone to Starbucks. I still have went out for dinner with friends, but it’s certainly less than I used to. I try to make healthier choices when I am out, like a chicken salad. I won’t lie, I have struggled with taking my vitamins every day. I’m trying! I know how important it will be after my surgery. I don’t know why I just have such a hard time bringing myself to do it. I usually take my morning dose but after that it’s all to hell! So, I am still working on that one. In less than a month, I have lost 11 pounds. I know it’s not much but I’m getting there! Here are my next 3 steps towards a healthier life.
1. Keep a strict food journal – I have been toying with this for a while. I go a few days and then I stop but it’s time to get serious. I know my doctor will want to see some type of log eventually. I’m going to start using MyFitnessPal. It’s the best iPhone app I have found for keeping track of food (and someday exercise). The app is loaded with foods and their complete nutritional value, which I love! Yes everyone, you can keep track of your calories, protein, fiber and more! Just search the brand or type of food you are consuming and it’s likely to be there. I have yet to input one thing. If you just want to count calories, it also has a quick add option. You can even add friends and track your weight. The app is easy, it’s just remembering that’s hard! This weeks goal is to immediately input everything I eat.
2. 8 glasses of water a day – It’s important for everyone to drink 8 glasses of water a day but it’s even more important for bariatric patients to avoid dehydration. So why not start now! I hear it helps aid in weight loss too. I have already measured my favourite CamelBak water bottle and it’s the equivalent of 2 glasses. Therefore, I have to drink 4 full bottles a day. That shouldn’t be much of an issue for me, seeing as I absolutely love water and always seem thirsty. I plan to track it in MyFitnessPal along with my food just to be sure! Remember everyone, don’t use plastic bottles! Invest in something reusable.
3. 15 minutes of exercise 3x a week – Oh my, this one will be the killer. It’s not that I don’t enjoy working out, I do. I just can’t handle what comes afterwards. As someone with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, I just can’t seem to win with exercise. I know, I know. It’s supposed to help those conditions but that has yet to be true for me. One small work out costs me a week of pain. I live a pretty busy life and I just don’t have the time to not be able to move and function properly. It’s so frustrating and has been a never ending cycle that has followed me throughout my life. Living in daily pain is enough, adding to it has always seemed absurd. I tried working with a personal trainer on exercises that were supposed to help me and lead me to weight loss. Absolutely no dice! She would stretch me before and after every workout but I would still wake up crying the next day. So needless to say, this challenge is going to be tough for me. I was recently put on two new medications so I’m praying that they will change something. I do have a free gym in my high-rise, which is awesome. I’m going to try to do the treadmill for 15 minutes, three times a week. Maybe I can try the hot tub or sauna afterwards and see if it helps with the healing! I know I will have to eventually work out more, but this is my starting point and will be my biggest challenge to date.
Tonight I am driving home to Pennsylvania for 24 hours so that I can attend my monthly meeting with my primary care physician. I hope she will be happy with my results but I know that I need to do better. I plan on bringing in my list of goals, giving her a link to my blog and asking her some questions about workouts for RA/Fibro patients. I will keep everyone updated on what she has to say!
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