Thursday, December 5, 2013

The State of Things

Well, hello, blogland! Nice to see you. Thanks to our lovely Sarah for pulling me out of hibernation J
When I last wrote, it was about a week after I had my band removed. A lot of things have improved since then, and a lot of things are much much worse.

First the good: no more vomit, no more heartburn, no more gastroparesis, no more GI issues in general. I get a little indigestion if I eat too much bread, but I know it's not good for me anyway, so I just consider it a little warning sign to eat better. Many of my vitamin deficiencies have cleared up as well. The only thing I take now is a multi, fish oil, and Vitamin D (it's practically a requirement up here in the mitten). My friends and family all say I look healthier now and that my face has some color again. Guess I was looking a bit pasty for a while there.

Now for the bad: I'm sure you can guess. I've gained like crazy. At my lowest back around 2011, I was flirting with 200. Over 2012, I had gained about 20lbs battling the gastroparesis. Finally, with the band gone, I put on another 30lbs or so. This morning I weighed in at 254. Whew. It kills me to type that, but I'll own every ounce of it.

The last few months have been a rollercoaster. I first hit 250 back in July. I realized I was quickly running out of clothes (I had gotten rid of all the fat pants a year or two ago), which prompted me to sign up for a 6 month weight loss / transformation / wellness challenge. It started off great, and I lost ten pounds over the first six weeks. Then the bottom dropped out. My tater tot started kindergarten, our schedules were turned upside down, and the stress level at work increased exponentially. I maintained that initial loss over our Italy trip (more on that in another post), but I've put it all back on over the past couple months. I've just been miserable. I've been very down and emotional, and I find myself having a really hard time being positive. It just sucks. And through it all, the coaches of my program have never given up on me, which, in my present frame of mind, just makes me feel like even more of a turd.

As I try once again to pull myself up out of this rut, I have been reflecting on what helped me to be successful in the past (besides the band). And one thing, one very big thing, was all of you. Knowing you were out there experiencing the same things, rooting for each other, and even commiserating together. I forgot how much I needed it.

Now, I'm not promising anything. If there is anything I've learned over the past few nasty months is that I have a tendency towards making sweeping grand statements that only set me up to fail. So I'm not going to tell you that I'll be commenting every day or posting three times a week.
What I will tell you is that I will be making an effort to incorporate this back into my life. Removing myself from our little community was one of the worst things I could've done. It is time to get back on the train. Until next time…

P. S. Before you ask, I promise some Italy pics and new house pics and all that stuff soon!


Sarah G said...

Glad to hear the band removal alleviated your troubles!

You've got this, Maria. One day at a a time. One healthy choice at a time. One pound at a time.

♥ Drazil ♥ said...

It's good to hear from you. This community is great for support so I'm glad you reached out.

Darlin1 said...

Glad to hear from you Maria...... One day at a time....I'm here for you!


FitBy40 said...

Welcome back! I'm glad to see you're feeling better and have some of your health issues under control.
You're here now, and we're here for you. You will get the other stuff under control too. Hang in there!

Steph said...

Glad to have you back posting! I have my band unfilled completely now, since I had my tummy tuck on 11/19. It's a struggle to make the right choices (and now drown myself in cookie butter and oreos) everyday and not being able to exercise at all only makes things worse. I'm here for you and email me any time if you just need someone to vent to or for encouragement! :)

Rhonda said...

Mariaaaaa! I miss talking to you every day. :'(((

So glad to hear from you. I just started a new blog (imagine THAT)... so hopefully I'll be around cheering you on. :)

Love you!