Day one of the diet

@ElicBxn (60895)
United States
June 2, 2009 8:46pm CST
Well, the roomie wants to have gastric bypass surgery. She went to the surgeon yesterday and he wants her to lose 35 lb before doing the surgery. I think this is more than just losing for health reasons, but also to see if she is really serious about it - if you know what I mean.... So, the dietician there gave us this 1500 calorie diet and a schedule that we were to eat on. for example, for breakfast we can have 1 grain (1 slice of bread for example), 1 fruit (small peice of fruit - we cut an orange in half), 1 cheese/skim milk/yogurt (1 oz cheese or 6-8 oz of milk or low sugar/fat yogurt), 1 oz meat (an egg) and 2 fats (1 tablespoon of cream cheese or 2 tablespoons of avocado, or 10 peanuts.) Well, after eating an egg on a piece of bread, a half an avacado, a peice of cheese, and half an orange, I was full. It was actually more than I would normally eat for breakfast, but it was lower in fat too, also less starch. If I left off the french fries, actually not too far from the egg sandwich I would eat at What-a-burger. continues on like that, adding in veggies, counting a peice of cheese (one of those packaged messured slices for a meat for example) and let me have a cheese sandwich for lunch with 2 cups (I probably only had about a cup and a half) of raw veggies. I keep eating like this, I might even make my doc happy with my cholestoral, and I know I could lose 35 lbs actually, I could lose 125 and be talking looking really good. So, I'll be updating you guys I hope with lots of news, hopefully all good. I know a few of my mylot friends are also on diets, since I had to type this up for the roomie to read, if you want to know what goes into it, PM me with your real edress and I can send it to ya. Who else is going on a diet - rather suddenly, and surprisingly like I am? This is Elic, stuffed in Texas, signing off.
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• United States
7 Jun 09
Hi there ElizBxn; I am going to be on a diet soon too. But I am gonna exercise first because I need to get some weight off first before I watch what I eat. I guess I am a little weird about that. I look foward to hearing more about what you are eating as well. Take care and happy mylotting as well.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Thanks. Day 6 is going well, using different stuff for rewards, like limiting my soda intake so it can be a reward/treat. Yes, they are diet sodas
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@Canellita (12058)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Good for you! Keep building those healthy habits. In no time you are going to feel so much better and have more energy and everything!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I hope so, at least I'd like to see the scale going down instead of up for a change!
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@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
4 Jun 09
The first thing I did when I went low carb was to throw out anything in my kitchen that was even remotely carby. It is easier if you start fresh.I found a support group http://www.proteinpower.com/forum/index.php, after buying the Protein Power book. It is good to have a general guide and a support group where you can help fine tune things. I have learned how to make many things similar to high carb. I make lasagna with spinach leaves as layers instead of noodles.There is also a great website to get things loke low carb flower, natural sweetners and do on, all shipped for $4.95, no matter what size the order is. Netrition.com
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jun 09
Well, I agree, in fact I found a recipe that called for thin sliced eggplant for the layers - didn't come out great, but it was the first time I had tried something like that, and I am really not a cook.
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@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
4 Jun 09
As for myself, I probley should go on a diet. It was suggested by my primary care phyican a few years back. I tryed to do that but I sill loved the things that are not good for me. I have had to diet before when I was in the serivice, I realy did not like it too much. it is hard for me to stay on a diet.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I will say that the hardest thing with this diet is all the figuring stuff out, and cooking. A cook I'm not, so I'm measuring and figuring and looking at the chart. Along with my food allergies, it is interesting. That the the roomie and I have kind of 2 different goals, well, we both have the goal to lose weight, but I need to get my cholesteral down as well, but she just needs to get the weight down. At least fixing the cat food isn't going to make us hungry, I'm not fond of tinned sardines or clams, or even the chicken.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
4 Jun 09
A hearty congrats that your roomie is going on this diet and for you to do it too to support her efforts. Be careful of avocados though as they are actually quite fatty believe it or not Well I'm not so much on a diet per se, but am eliminating different foods--for instance anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup---not easy when so many foods have it---so alas ---no more Twinkies, Ding Dongs...waaahhhhhh. also eliminating cheese
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jun 09
well, 2 tablespoons of avocado is a serving of fat, and I'm allowed 2 servings in the morning since we cook the eggs with pam (actually I think the brand is Crisco) I figure I could eat 4 tablespoons and that is probably more than a half of an avocado, and that's what I'm eating. HEB, a grocery here in Texas, has these avocados in vacuum packs, so I figured I'd just eat these up and probably not get any more, at least until other things (like cream cheese) are used up. Once all the OTHER stuff is gone, we can look into what to buy for the diet. Now, a lot of the stuff we have is good - I love Special K, and dry cereal is counted as a grain - and I can have a 1/3 cup of it. Good thing because I have a LOT of it, got the 2 pack at Sam's last week. Will have to take the cookies to the client since that isn't on the diet...
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I wish you both good luck with the diet. Maybe your roomie will like eating this way and decide against the surgery. I've heard of it happening before. Whatever she decides, I wish her all the best.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I would wish she could, but I can bet money she couldn't. First, her family have no idea of what is a meal. Pile it on the plate and cram it in the mouth is the method of the family, and I know that going out for a picnic would be too much temptation for her, whereas, the surgery will make it so it doesn't happen.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
3 Jun 09
Actually, people can out eat gastric bypass surgery. They can eventually stretch their new, smaller stomach out to accomodate more food. They have to really stick to the diet restrictions and guidelines following surgery. I hope she accomplishes her goals.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jun 09
we are aware of that, that's part of why we are both doing the diet, so we can both learn what "real" portions need to be
@camomom (7536)
• United States
23 Jun 09
Sounds like a lot of changes to a persons diet. I wish you both the best of luck.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
23 Jun 09
Thanks, the roomie lost 14 lbs in the first 2 weeks. I didn't do as well, but since I'm toting less weight in the first place. We need to exercise, but we got so sick last week, that it really hasn't happened.
@camomom (7536)
• United States
23 Jun 09
Nobody wants to excersize sick but it can help you feel better or heal faster.
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@GardenGerty (101890)
• United States
8 Jun 09
I tried to do a stress test today and could not complete it. After ten days of mostly sitting I just wimped out. I was supposed to do a cadenced step to a metronome for 3 minutes. 16 inch high step. I quit after one minute and my heartrate was way to high then. I would be happy to lose thirty five pounds. Even happier to lose fifty. I have seen great diets like that. I just would have a hard time making it work with my work.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
8 Jun 09
the roomie took a chemical stress test and the trick to this one is messure messure messure its a 1500 cal diet and right now is like only the 3rd time i've been hungry not to say I haven't wanted something not on the diet, but I wasn't HUNGRY probably the worst is wanting to eat more Special K than I'm allowed, love that stuff - dry! we've been splitting the oranges so we only get half, and probably still a bit over the 60 calories, but I'm not getting the 2 fats allowed at lunch since I don't eat sandwiches with mayo, mustard is my thing.
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@GardenGerty (101890)
• United States
9 Jun 09
Yeah, this test was pretty hard on my knee that has arthritis. It popped later on. I know that for me the key is not just the food but the activity level.
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@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
3 Jun 09
That's some healthy diet there. Good luck with it, Elic and may you and your roomie get incredible results soon. I just learned today that bananas are heart friendly. . And green tea is good anytime.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jun 09
thanks, Zed, but I'm allergic to bananas, so I don't care how good they are for me....
@zed_k4 (17627)
• Singapore
4 Jun 09
Pleasure... Hmmm, how about eating starfruit specifically then. I heard it's good too..
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
3 Jun 09
GOOD LUCK, to both of y'all. My neighbor has that surgery but she had to go & do what they wanted her to for a long time before they did it. She has done really well & looks great. U REALLY HAVE TO BE devoted on following their rules.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I know what you mean. Sadly, I would have a real problem with the bypass surgery, even if my insurance paid for it, because I have trouble eating the same foods too often because I start reacting to them.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
4 Jun 09
I hope your friend does well. i think kathy really followed the rules. she would splurge every once in awhile.
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@hairypits (294)
3 Jun 09
Call me cynical...but this is the bit I think is hypocritical about surgery. The fact that someone wants to have it is normally because they can't lose weight be dieting - then they go and have to lose weight by diet to have it done.HUH!!!??? I respond well to diet and have been following pig2twig or Neris and India's Idiot Proof Diet Book. It works. I lost 3 1/2 stone last year and dropped 3 dress sizes. I felt so healthy but had an op on my kidneys in January so had to put the diet on hold for a bit. I'm now fully recovered and as from tomorrow am back to it x
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jun 09
well, I think its more that they want to be sure you are really serious and will follow instructions - and she is 358 lb right now, so they want to down to closer to 300. The fact is that she's been down to 280 in the past, but was sick the whole time she was on that diet, so you kind of have a choice, surgery or being sick all the time. On the other hand, she has also NEVER been at her "correct" weight since she hit puburty, so there is probably a lot going on besides just over eating (and trust me on this one,) her family has NO idea of what a "reasonable" amount of food is. I actually knew, but since everyone around me was larger than I was, I was still eating less then they were (and getting fat that way.) I hopped on my scale today - not telling how much I weigh, but will report on losses.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I wish your roomie the best of luck with the diet and the surgery. I am not really on a strict diet but I am trying to lose some weight also. I am going to be exercising more to get my weight off. My sister may be having this surgery done soon also.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jun 09
The roomie and I have been talking about exercise, once our bodies adjust a bit to the new calorie count, we are going to start exercising. I want to add swimming to the program because the bike only does the legs, and swimming would get the upper body involved too.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 Jun 09
very good, i wish you all the best. sounds like a very healthy diet.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
4 Jun 09
it really is, but we'll see how it goes - 3 and a half months to my next blood draw, maybe I can show some weight lost too!
• United States
3 Jun 09
Awesome!!! I love dieting. It makes your taste buds work better. MMM so that's what that actually tastes like. lol Anyways, remember not to beat yourself up, have fun with it and if you slip up, give yourself a big hug and try again. If you have any recepies that give you more energy, hook me up.
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jun 09
well, mostly we are just watching the diet right now - haven't tried to get too fancy. See, I think we could make some kind of egg dish with veggies and then cut it into portions for eating, but the one thing I need to watch is my cholesteral so I have to watch the eggs. I am going to go looking for some Elic safe yogurt to go with breakfast. So, so far, the only recipe we've done is making mac & cheese with tuna - basically, a half a cup of mac & cheese and a half a can of tuna, the roomie added pepper. Good thing I love mustard, and that's a "free food" because that's what I put on my cheese sandwiches!
3 Jun 09
Hi Elic, You are a very good friend to your roomie as you are going on the diet with her to help her which is very admirable, mind you, with what you are telling you eat, it sound really tasty, we eat a lot of fruits in our house and really we eat quite healthy, not fries or burgers here, plenty of veggies pasta and rice in small potions and plenty of salads, hubby loves it too. Tamara
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jun 09
yeah, and like tonight, there was 6 oz of pork, so we each had 2 oz tonight and I bagged the other 2 for her to eat later. Tomorrow I will probably have another 1/2 cup mac and cheese from last night with more tuna while she has the pork. I can see we are going to have to buy more veggies, the cooked veggies don't travel well, and I don't like raw brocolli (she does.) We are also going to buy more pumpernickle bread, since we both like it and it goes well to make cheese sandwiches, some thing I can eat fairly freely without paying for it later like so many things in my diet.
@carpenter5 (6786)
• United States
3 Jun 09
I am so proud of you! I've lost about 10 pounds, as has hubby. I need to start posting some of the lower caloried recipes that I've been making. We've been trying to eat more veggies, using frozen and fresh instead of canned. I've switched to Heart Smart butter instead of margarine and olive oil instead of Vegetable oil. Just small things that have helped tremendously!
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
3 Jun 09
we've used olive oil for years, and I prefer real butter to the chemical mixes that make up oleo, but letting her use the soft spread margarine because it is easier to measure. Tonight, 2 oz of pork, a cup of cooked veggies, and a 1/3 cup Special K cereal - still need the fruit and we have cantalope to cut up.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
25 Feb 10
I hope everything is going well on the diet. I would love to just be able to go on a diet without having the abdominal pain that has resurfaced even worse. I love to eat things like cottage cheese, salads, broccoli (except for the broccoli farts that come out in the end It was a broccoli fart that nearly killed me on the way down one section of dangerous highway. I farted and couldn't roll the window down because of the freeway and the section of road. I learned that day that you don't fart in a closed vehicle or in a hot shower.) If you get a chance, read the other response to my post on your subject. The person got very rabid about my passing around false rumors. I said what I did because I worry about my friends and their immediate room mates/families. I didn't post that to scare you or your roomie. If I did I apologize. As I said before, I wish I lived close by you guys so that I could help you out.
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