Thursday, March 1

Muffintop Meltdown {v.9} What working for lap band surgeons taught me!




Progress! Points! & Lessons From My {former} Day Job





Progress Report:

Weight Lost Since Last Weigh-in: 3 pounds!!
Total Weight Lost: 14 pounds
Inches Lost This Week: 2.5 inches!!
Total Inches Lost: 21.5 inches

Points Earned:

This Week: 85
Points Balance: 507!!! (First $250 earned!!!)

Before I became a stay-at-home mom, my day job was handling billing for several bariatric surgeons.  Specifically a few excellent specialists that perform lap band surgery.  Lap band surgery is a procedure that helps severely obese people to essentially utilize less of their stomach, therefore becoming full after very small portions of food are consumed.  It is portion control for those who have tried other methods and failed.  It was always fascinating to see the amazing transformations of people I'd see before and after having their surgeries.  

I met a couple of really great nutritionists that worked with the patients to help them adapt to a healthy eating routine both in preparation for surgery as well as after surgery. If you’re interested in learning more about nutrition, you might want to check out NutritionDegreeOnline.org. I thought I'd share a couple of tips that have always stuck with me in terms of losing weight and making right choices in eating:

1} If you aren't hungry enough to eat an apple, you probably aren't hungry at all.  This is so true!  There have been so many times that I have opened my fridge at home looking for something to snack on, but refused to eat any of the healthy options.  If you are an emotional or boredom snacker like I am, this is a good reminder to ask yourself if you are hungry enough to eat that apple!

2} Don't drink water/beverages during your meals.  There are several different views on this particular tip, but essentially a small sip of water is fine, but chugging fluids of any kind can actually interfere with digestion and raise insulin levels (which can cause more fat to be stored!).  Water should be your go to beverage between meals.

3} If you do nothing else, walk!!  Walking is actually the exercise of choice for the most successful weight-loss veterans.  You can do it anywhere, including in place in the privacy of your home.  Rain or shine, walking can get you moving toward your goal!

What little tips have you learned that have made a difference in meeting your weight loss goals?

This Week:

I'm proud of these choices:

I'm staying disciplined and not cheating on Medifast!  
I'm drinking tons of water again.
I'm down to 16oz of coffee a day or less!

I'd like to work more on:

Adding exercise again.  My body is not quite adjusted to regular NYC activity levels.  So, I'm still easing back into a workout routine. 

I totally cheated when:

I went out to dinner for one of my best friends Birthdays.  I did awesome in ordering a salad with dressing on the side.  But then I realized they gave it to me on the salad and the side, and I think it was more sweet than savory which is not good for my current meal plan!


How did you do this week?

Want to catch up on my weight loss journey?



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8 comments:

  1. WHOA HELLO NEW BLOG LAYOUT! :D LOVE IT!

    And girl you are rocking this meltdown!! I'm so proud of you!

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  2. You are doing awesome girl! Keep up the good work!

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  3. Congrats! That's so great!! 

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  4. so true about if you aren't hungry enough to eat an apple you prob aren't that hungry!
    xx jes

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  5. Thank you so much! :) I can't believe I am finally losing weight consistently!

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  6. Thanks lady! You are doing awesome yourself!

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  7. Thanks JoAnna! :) Don't give up! I was thinking about your post the other day. I had to force healthy eating on the whole family in order to make it work for me!

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  8. I know right!? Such a simple way to keep emotional eating in check!

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Thank you so much for your lovely comments! I don't always have time to respond to each one, but I do read them! XO