I’ve had a dodgy few weeks with my tum (Fred) playing up every other day.
Since Friday night when he had a mini tantrum he has been on his best behaviour even when we went to My Thai for a meal last night. He behaved immaculately and enabled me to enjoy part of a mixed starter and some sizzling crispy duck with Jasmine rice. RESULT!!
Lets hope it continues tonight when we have a traditional Sunday dinner.
Even after his tantrums etc I still wouldn’t change a thing, I am 7 stone slimmer than I was pre-op and my sugars are stable. I enjoy shopping for clothes and don’t feel a freak when I am out.
Wish my hair wasn’t so thin but hey ho things could be worse.
So today I just want to mention Protein. Something we all need after bariatric surgery in large amounts i.e. 60 – 70g of protein per day minimum.
This helps to stop hair loss (more than already happens especially in the early months of post-op).
I have fine hair and noticably less these days but if I let my protein intake slide, my hair starts to shed again (good incentive not to).
I track what I eat on myfitnesspal.com. I try to stick to 1500 caleries (as per instructions from one of the consultants) but mainly I use it for my protein intake which I have set at 76 g per day.
I let my food recording slide for a few months and definitely notice my hair getting thinner again.
I now use PHD diet whey (chocolate peanut flavour) – tis amazing and they have other flavours too. 1 scoop of this with 200 mls of semi-skimmed milk gives a a nice 24g of protein and 185 kc (if you are counting calories). One of these a day helps me towards the protein goal.
I am not so good at posting on here these days for various reasons. Life does get in the way sometime.
A brief update:
I had my op April 2012 and it is now December 2016. I maintained my loss after being discharged from the surgeon until recently when I have put 4 kg on!!
At first I was horrified but then I chilled. So look at what you are eating woman and sort yourself out! Which I am now doing.
As I have said before “they operate on your tummy but not on your mind” and it’s your mind/cravings/habits that will contribute to weight gain time and time again.
I have also noticed my hair getting even thinner – so I started back up on MyFitnessPal to discover some days I wasn’t eating any more than 34g of protein ARGHHHH. We have to eat between 60 – 70 g of protein per day.
I now have a PHD Diet whey (Chocolate Peanut) shake (1 scoop and 200 ml of 1% milk every morning (177 kcals; 13 carbs; 24 GRAMMES of PROTEIN) – winner.
I have high protein soups or high protein meals like shepherds pie/Quorn/poached eggs etc so hopefully my hair will start to thicken a little (it will never get back to what it was).
Ending on a great note – being slimmer crazily gave me confidence to study for a PG Cert in Diversity Management and I graduated last week. Slimmer than 4.5 years ago and loving life.
I went all the way to Northampton last week, to Alternative Art tattoo studio for my 1 year (ok a little late, I know) tattoo. I had a small butterfly (my first every tattoo) covered over – what do you think?
I also walked/jogged the Park Run again, 5K, and knocked 2.5 mins of my personal best. Feeling good.
See you soon x
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