A Change Is As Good As A Rest (Well Almost)

The world after having Bariatric Surgery is a weird place when it comes to food. Nearly everything that the stomach tells the brain is new and the brain really doesn’t know what the stomach is saying. The eyes look at the portion size and the brain tells the hands to dish up more only to be proved wrong when the stomach becomes involved in the eating process. This means that every meal I now eat has to count toward my complete required daily intake because there is simply no room for any extras. I need to understand that although I may want that handful of chips, their nutritional value compared to a whole food Keema Palak is zero and if I eat them, I will not have the ability to eat the good food with the required nutrients and thus my exercise and well-being will suffer.

It is an absolute minefield that I must navigate and I must learn to listen to my body and tell myself no matter how much I want something, if it isn’t good for me then its a no go. To that end I have again changed my diet a little so that the morning meal gives me a little more carbohydrate with a lower Glycemic Index so will have a slower release of the nutrients I might be needing when it comes to energy. This hopefully mean that I don’t run out of puff so readily in the gym and after yesterday afternoon’s performance in the gym, it might just have worked. I sat on the exercise bike quite happily for my 15 minute stint and covered 7.4 kms, before heading off to the stepping machine and cross trainer.

Mind you, regardless of what I may have written above, I really do need to get my tablet taking correct because on the day that this diary was written (Saturday) I really did mess them up and although I didn’t take them with a cup of Tea, I still messed up by taking some of them just before eating and it left me feeling a touch Tom and Dick (sick). I suppose that this along with my diet and my fluid intake and my exercise etc etc will all take time to learn, but then that is the nature of life, learning to change in order to deal with things.

FOOD DIARY: Friday 12th June 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)

Time :

 1  70gms Six Seeded Brown Batch Loaf  137  8  20  6
 2 Large Eggs Scrambled Eggs  164  15.6  0  11.4
Total (gr)

Time :

 1 Small Bowl Hot Thai Prawn and Noodle Salad  130  22  27  0.3
Total (gr)

Time :

 1  Small  Portion Chips  478  6.4  60.5  24.8
 1  Small  Battered Cod No Batter  360  18  10  22
Total (gr)

Time :

 1  600mls  Tea  28  0  8  0
 1  500mls  Diet Coke  0  0  0  0
 1  Pint  Strongbow Cider  239  0  31  0
 1/2  Pint Strongbow Cider  119.5  0  15.5  0
Total (gr)  1655.5  70  242  64.5
Water  2  500mls  Water  0  0  0  0

So as you can see, at the quiz night there was Cod and Chips as a mid evening meal. I did partake although left a good amount of the small portion of chips. I also only ate the inside of the Battered Cod leaving the batter to one side in a bid to keep the calories and fat lower. I also partook of a pint and a half of cider before this morning realising that it is one of the highest carbohydrate loaded drinks I like.


I shall have to keep the cider to a minimum now. Mind you, Carling Black label does appear to be acceptable at 189 cals per pint with only 8gms of carbs….. Although I reckon that needs verification 😉

Anyway, on the whole, the food diary day wasn’t too bad, although I had planned on the gym when I ate my higher carb lower G.I breakfast although I never made it there. Considering it was a night out and the calories could have flowed freely, I think I did well to temper my intake and am in some ways quite proud of myself even if the diary totals tell a different story.

Now, onto my fitness. As you know, yesterday was going to be a gym rest day but because I was suffering a total lack of motivation on Friday, I decided it best to get beck in the saddle. I re-started my new regime and also walked with Archie the Dog even though the weather was totally garbage. This was supposed to be the first rest day of the new regime but we now have a slight delay so it will take a little longer than the couple of weeks I was expecting to use as the yardstick to see if it was helping at all.

The gym saw me invigorated with a 15 minute session on the bike, a 5 minute stepping session and a 6 minute session on the cross trainer. According to the machines this burnt off about 250 calories although I would really need a proper monitor like a Suunto to verify that. Add to that yet another new weights and exercise session I was pretty tired before I went to walk!

The gym session looked like this:

  1. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Abductor machine
  2. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Adductor machine
  3. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Abdominal Crunch machine
  4. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Lower Back machine
  5. 3 x 20 Reps 25kg Cable Row
  6. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Chest Press
  7. 3 x 30 Reps 20kg Pec Deck
  8. 3 x 20 Reps 20kg Tricep Pull Down
  9. 2 x 25 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  10. 1 x 30 Reps 6kg (each arm) Bicep Dumbell Curl
  11. 3 x 20 Standing Oblique Bar Twists.
  12. 3 x 5 Standing Russian Oblique Weighted Bar Twists

And was followed up with this walk:


Which gave a Jawbone reading of this:


All in all not a bad days effort and a good way to get back into things after my recent false start

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

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