So What Changed Then?

It is something that I feel I must delve into and try to find an answer so thank you Osyth from Half Baked In Paradise for posing the question.

On Monday when I was interviewed for the TV program I said that on the day of surgery it was like a switch had been flicked and I became incredibly conscious of what I ate and what I did. I effectively changed my relationship with food and exercise overnight and this statement must therefore beg the question.

Why?

Obviously there is the answer of the small stomach not being able to eat as much as I want to which massively reduces my calorific intake BUT imagine if you will, now six months on there is absolutely nothing stopping me from eating all of the wrong foods once more. I could sit down to a fry up each morning, sausage and chips at lunchtime, a takeaway at night time and cakes throughout the day. Yes, obviously I would not be able to eat anywhere near as much volume as I did so it would take a while for the weight to creep back on but I could certainly eat badly enough that I would not be giving my surgery a chance, so that I would not be giving my health a chance and so that I would not be looking after myself as well as I could.

But no, after my operation I only wanted whole foods, healthy foods, foods that made my mouth feel fresh and alive, juts foods that weren’t dripping in fat and processed additives. Obviously directly after the surgery you are only allowed protein shakes and yogurts, this moves on to soft foods then onto pureed foods. This part of the process takes a good two months or so and MUST be adhered to, lest you damage the stomach or undo any of the work done by the surgeon. But strangely enough, after the operation I yearned for a salad, for a piece of Salmon, for simple plain foods. I have lost the desire to visit McDonalds, to visit the Chinese Takeaway or the Indian restaurant but what has caused this?

I am beginning to realise that I am at a loss for an answer. Yes it could certainly be to do with the hunger hormone Ghrelin being removed along with 3/4 my stomach. Without this constant desire for food following me around I am able to make more informed and much wiser choices because I am no longer in the position where my stomach starts to want feeding and then I have to comply by giving it poor food choices. Now because I don’t eat as much I am able to consider the food I buy before I get to that instant food fix moment.

But I believe the answer lies within my neural pathways and the decision to eat healthily and to get back to exercising in the gym just simply co-inciding with my operation. If we consider the fact that I had just undergone a traumatic experience and possibly my subconscious made me decide to pay attention for the actions take against myself. Perhaps my body was going to make sure it never went down that route again. I know the surgery is only a tool in the weight loss process but for me to no longer crave the fatty foods I once did, there must be more to it than simply physical changes so maybe for now I will just need to say it was an amalgam of issues that combined together to act on me in one fell swoop and I am glad it did because cutting the bad off in one go is like ripping the plaster off quickly.

So even if I am unable to put a handle on exactly what it is or was, I am grateful for the fact it has happened and the fact that I still continue to think like it over six months on. Lets face it, if I didn’t my Tasty Tuesday recipe’s would certainly look a whole lot different for sure.

FOOD DIARY:Thursday 24th September 2015

Qty Measure Food Calories (gr) Protein (gr) Carbs (gr) Fat (gr)
Breakfast  1  400mls  Phd Recovery Drink  290  23.04  46.1  0.96
 1  350mls  Phd Diet Whey Protein  182  34  5.5  2.8
Lunch  1 Small Bowl Quinoa and Greek Feta Prawn Salad  198  25  13  7.9
Dinner  1 Small Bowl  Chilli Con Carne  202  27  18  6.6
 1  50gms  Wholegrain Rice  70  1.5  12.25  1.5
 1  98gms  Gu Passion Fruit Tart  324  4.2  39.2  16.5
 1  30mls Double Cream  133  0.5  0.8  14.3
Snacks  2 400mls  Latte  210  12  18  8
 2  400mls  Tea  11.8  0  0.8  0
Totals  1620.8  127.24  153.65 42.06
Water  2  500mls  Mineral Water  0  0  0  0

So the food on Thursday was pretty good considering I had some company. There was no naughty foods to speak of apart from the desert I ate after the healthy meal, but boy did that desert kick my totals into touch. Who would have thought a little tartlet could have so many calories in it! I had considered maybe 200 or so like a Mars Bar or similar but NOT 324! Just as well it was on an exercise day so I had burnt some extra calories with all of my working out and walking!

With no gym exercise to report it comes down to Map My Walk to prove I wasn’t completely sedentary on my rest day. I walked first of all in the morning, at lunchtime and then again in the evening with my blisters now being so much better than I could have imagined 5 days ago.
The first screenshot shows I covered an okay distance on the first walk but in fairness I only stopped because Archie insisted we do so only to then hassle me for the ball once I had replaced my wellingtons with my shoes and thus was guaranteed no more walking!

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And the second one shows a similar result so in the end I was happy with the days movement.

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As I said we walked at lunchtime as well but it was so slow I didn’t cover it with the app but this one plus the other two walks AND the days running around all helped to give me a healthy Jawbone Up2 total of 20,558 steps which is equivalent to about 10 miles!

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And I was happy with that for sure.

‘Till tomorrow,

Stay out of the fridge.

12 thoughts on “So What Changed Then?

  1. simplysandilynn says:

    Great post! For several years I had stated that I would not even consider surgery. I didn’t want to “mess” with my body. I wanted to lose weight on my own. Once I realized that I had too much weight to lose “on my own”, and that surgery was an option – it was like finally admitting I need help. I have never had discipline but all of the sudden, now I do. I think it helps seeing the weight come off so quickly. It makes me want to focus on doing the right things to keep the momentum going! Thought provoking post, Cameron!

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    • Worlds Biggest Fridge Magnet says:

      It really is weird isn’t it?
      It is like the knowledge of that operation just gives us the power we needed all along.
      I waned to lose weight and hated admitting that I needed something doing but I am so glad I did, I have never been happier or healthier.
      P.S Thank you for the kind words.

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  2. New Journey says:

    Great post and even better question…makes me wonder what made me change….I think I was fed up with being heavy and at 58, you either try to make the best of the last part of your life journey by choosing a better path, or you resign that your unhealthy life style will and is catching up to you and it will turn its ugly head sooner than later…so with the prospect of Diabetes, Heart Disease, and all the other fun illness that come with obesity I made the mental change….should of I done it years ago….of course, but cannot dwell on the what if’s and why not’s…one step in front of the other and onward we go….it feels good huh?? I love that I am being so much nicer to my body and that it is treating me better….it makes for a better friendship with ourselves…. I love it when the post makes us think and wonder why….good job on the walking….kathy

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  3. Osyth says:

    Sometimes the answer is there is no answer but in fact you have given a great insight and the comments above give further insight. Most interesting blog and thank you for giving airtime to the question!

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  4. coteetcampagne says:

    We may never put a label on it, or get a handle on why we feel the powerful need for change.
    I think, for us, it’s part of our nature.

    I have flipped direction many times, sometimes through personal choice, sometimes it was thrust upon me…It doesn’t really matter, following that new fork in the road with your whole heart and soul is the key.

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