And Now For Something Completely Different

Excuse the Monty Python pun, but I couldn’t help myself…..

Morning folks, today I have decided to go back to talking a little more about me rather than the broad brush strokes of life that I pen (actually I type them but you understand)

I have decided that a food log is most definitely one way forward. One that helps me stick to my required diet and one that lets you guys see just how little the human body can survive on even when you are a fat old biffa like am.

As you know, I regularly walk the dog and also regularly (although not as regularly as I should) attend the gym. For example, I had intended to go to the gym on Tuesday after I had taken the dog for a walk but after eating my breakfast/lunch a little too quickly I started to suffer from the old dumping whilst out with the dog. The sensation is quite singularly horrible. You start to feel very insular and sweaty even though the weather isn’t necessarily the warmest, then the stomach starts to churn and eventually all hell breaks lose (if you know what I mean 😉 ) But then, as quickly as it arrives, it is gone and you are left in a kind of peculiar haze wondering exactly what just happened. And just so as you know, I took advantage of this fact and took a trip to the Gym and did a workout. No slacking here…!

Now I think on the whole I have been very lucky since my operation. It was only seven weeks ago and I am eating almost anything that I might want albeit much much smaller portions and again as I have previously said, I am avoiding making the bad food choices I used to make all too regularly before my operation. This means that things like doughnuts, cookies, takeaways et al are all a think of the past. Obviously I do allow myself a treat every now and then for sure. All work and no play for me can be a surefire way to failure although failure on a much smaller stage.

My treats nowadays are possibly a Milk Latte and a biscuit, a portion of microwave chips (have you seen the size of the box? It’s tiny!), I have even bought some sweeties and some chocolate although those really are taken with care because the smaller stomach can make too much of them in reality, within a very short space of time and all they do is leave you feeling sick. I have had no cake since well before the operation, I have had no sandwiches and I bloody love a sandwich and I have also had no fizzy soda pop such as Coca Cola not even lighter stuff like diet brands. But even though I do have the other things on occasion, I don’t want them to become a habit and possibly the best thing to do to insure this from happening is to write it all down for you guys.

I think one of the biggest problems with any kind of diet is restricting things that make your mouth feel alive. When I was on my liquid only diet, I was absolutely gasping for flavour and ended up using soft DairyLea cheese as a way of getting some savoury flavour into an otherwise sweet flavoured diet. This has carried on into my everyday diet although I have replaced the DairyLea with small individually wrapped sticks of Cathedral City strong, mature and vintage cheese. Plenty of flavour bang for your buck for sure! However, I don’t eat these as often as I would like and again view them as a treat. To be honest, my naughty of now is so far removed from my naughty of pre-operation that I barely recognise it, but then it had no choice but to be. I am so obsessed with this not working and when you watch other people who have had a gastric weight loss surgical procedure and they somehow manage to maintain their weight (some participants of my 600lbs life for example) it can scare anyone into thinking that you might fail in some way yourself and as far as I am concerned, in my case that can just simply not be an option.

Along with the food diary I shall also be allowing you to see exactly what activity I have undertaken with my Jawbone, by taking a screenshot of the app on my iPhone at the end of the day. Obviously it can’t tell you what repetitions or exercises I completed in the gym but it will certainly let you know how far I have walked throughout my day and that to me is my main weight burning component. However, it will show you exactly how I have gotten on through my day and maybe it will inspire you guys to get dieting or if you are struggling with your food after your operation, maybe get you back on track.

I have decided however that I shall only weigh myself once each month. This way we do not become obsessed with my weight because I know with the exercise and the gym visits I am changing shape even when I am not losing weight. This sounds a bit daft but is true because when I bought my new jeans a couple of weeks ago, I put them on and they were a little neat around the waist, since then I haven’t lost any real significant weight but when I put them on at the weekend, they fit like a glove thus proving my peculiar theory..!

I have decided that my activity diary and food diary would best served if they were farther in arrears so to speak so instead of the day before, I do the day before that, that way we are always guaranteed an accurate diary entry for both. Obviously, the weights and sizes are as close to consumed as possible because I don’t own scales or know sizes at all!

FOOD DIARY: Tuesday 5th May 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (k/Cal) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast 1/2 55gms Peppered Mackerel 85 8 0 10
1 250ml Upbeat Protein Shake 149 20 12 2
1/2 75gms Danone Danio Passion Fruit Yogurt 65 5 7.5 0.1
1/2 300mls Tea 14 0 2 0
Total (gr)
Lunch  1/2 75gms Danone Danio Passion Fruit Yogurt  65  5  7.5  0.1
 1  600mls  Tea  28  0  4  0
 3  120gms Slices of Soda bread toasted with butter  300 12  48  18
Total (gr)
Dinner  1  350gms  Thai Green Chicken Curry Soup  265  5  15  15
Total (gr)
Snacks  1  22gms  Snack-a-Jacks Chilli  91  1.6  17.4  1.7
Total (gr)  1062  51.6  113.4  46.9
Water 1 500mls

As you can see, Tuesday was a little Carb biased so I will have to address this by removing the bread from the diet entirely and using that as a treat. I shall also have to up my Protein intake so more cold meat will be eaten along with Heinz Baked Beans being introduced to the diet. Calorifically I hit the nail on the head and with my walking and time in the gym, I see no issues there.

At the gym I was also very active now upping my weights and reps on all of my exercises.

  1. 3 x 15 Reps 25kg Abductor machine
  2. 3 x 15 Reps 25kg Adductor machine
  3. 3 x 15 Reps 25kg Abdominal Crunch machine
  4. 3 x 15 Reps 25kg Lower Back machine
  5. 3 x 15 Reps Calf raises. Own body weight
  6. 2 x 15 Reps Leg raises. Own leg weight
  7. 3 x 15 Reps 20kg Cable Row
  8. 3 x 15 Reps 25Kg Chest Press
  9. 3 x 15 Reps 15Kg Tricep Pull Down
  10. 3 x 15 Reps 5kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl

That was my activity at the gym and it has increased in the matter of the two weeks I have been attending which for me is quite brilliant news and I am so glad I have taken the step to restart my gym program.

Finally my days activity on the Jawbone finished up like this:

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You can clearly see that I took on a similar amount of calories as the food diary lists but the nice thing is I had burnt so many of them off as far as the Jawbone was concerned. The only issue is the good foods were eroded somewhat by the bread and the Snack-a-Jacks that I ate, so they have to go! I also had a ton of sleep but I take that as a leftover of a busy weekend so expect to get back to normal as the week progresses.

So tell me, what is your diet like now you are post operative? Are you struggling somedays as I do? Are you as active as you would like to be?

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

6 thoughts on “And Now For Something Completely Different

  1. sleeveforme22 says:

    I’m still on pureed stages, so my diet is still pretty full of mush and liquids. I should be approved to move to soft foods tomorrow and hope to start experimenting with more foods. I’m just looking forward to normal tastes and flavors.

    As far as exercise, I’m doing mostly walking 4-5 times a week. I did sign up for a series of Yoga classes in July (hoping by then I won’t feel so self-conscious in Yoga-wear).

    You mentioned carbs – I also have to stay away from breads and starches period or it totally slows down my weight loss.

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  2. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

    I feel your excitement at getting back to real foods…! Carbs are the absolute bloody devil but they taste soooo good!
    Well done on the exercise, I enjoy my walking but at our weight, we have to be careful we don’t overdo it and end up with issues.
    Good luck.

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  3. thepaleosleeve says:

    I have been off kilter this week. After out “incident” Monday, I’ve been having issues. I haven’t tracked any things, I haven’t exercised and my food choices haven’t been the greatest. Today I’m going to work on getting out of my funk and back on the treadmill and get a couple shakes in to balance out my poor choices. I’ve learned to have grace with myself, unlike before the surgery, but I also don’t want to screw up all my hard work I’ve put in so far.

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  4. Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

    I’m not surprised it knocked you for six, not surprised at all, but you must take strength from the fact it meant you and your daughter spoke and were able to communicate the problem. Bringing old habits with you from the past are sure to make it hard and they are the ones we turn to for comfort in times of stress. What you should now be doing is getting the comfort from the fact that you still exercised and made good choices despite the situation. That is the way forward, comfort must be acknowledging your own success and not your failing by turning to your old bad habits. You can do this.
    Back on track today.

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